Like I always say... Keep these things to the professionals! Throughout my entire event planning and wedding planning career, I have always been very passionate about my couples and clients hiring professional photographers. Sure, the new Iphone may take amazing photos, but what about the editing? What about creating a gorgeous portrait with a lens that barely has to be edited?
My passion comes from knowing and working with photographers around California who are so in love with "getting the shot" or just in love with the entire idea behind photography. Those are the photographers that need to be booked. The ones that, one, know what they're talking about, and two, that are passionate about capturing moments that will be with you until the end of time.
I know a few wedding planning friends who have witnessed a good friend of the bride and groom, shooting their wedding, but also drinking while doing so... Can you blame the guy?! He's a good friend... why wouldn't he pick up a glass of wine or a pint of beer? That being said, is he really in the right place to capture the moments you've written down on your shot list? The last thing we want, as wedding planners, is for you to go through your photos 2 months later, and not be happy. These do last a lifetime you know!
Professional wedding photographers, and professional photographers, in general, have an eye for detail, and they have the best intentions. The phrase "you get what you pay for" is SO true! I always suggest meeting with your photographer to ensure that you two connect in more ways than just photos. Your photographer will be with you from the moment you are getting hair and makeup done, to the moment you leave the venue! Having someone you connect with taking photos will not only make you feel more comfortable, but it will also call for incredible images that you'll love.
So if you're in the market for an amazing wedding photographer, let me know! I'd love to send a few names over.
Until Next Time,
NSE - North State Events
In honor of Saint Patrick's Day yesterday, I had to share a birthday party we put together last week for 225 fabulous guests! It was a blast, and really made us appreciate the culture even more.
We named the party, "Cannons-Pub", named after the birthday boy's last name! From Irish dancing to amazing Irish music played by Michael's band Pub Scouts (They play every Friday evening at Duffy's!) ; It was truly amazing and a very special birthday!
Later in the evening, guests even roasted Michael, which was too funny! He enjoyed it a lot, you could tell.
We had some pretty talented vendors at this birthday bash, and like always, we couldn't have put on this fabulous party without them!
Venue: Eagles Hall
Photography: Trevor Claverie, World Love Film + Photo
Audio/visual: North State AV
Floral: North Bloom
Rentals: Eagles Hall & We Do Designs
Coordination & Planning: North State Events
I may seem biased, as I am a wedding planner myself, but before I even took the plunge to begin my career, I knew how important it was to have a planner. On today's blog post I am going to give you 5 reasons why hiring a wedding planner is so crucial for your day to run smoothly, and stress free!
1. Communication With Vendors.
Even if you don't end up hiring a planner to plan your wedding from beginning to end, as your day of coordinator, we will be sure to communicate with your vendors at least 1 month in advance! This way, you can leave all of the small details to us. Doesn't that sound amazing?!
2. Timelines & Day Of Help
Having a timeline done for you is crucial in making sure that the day runs smoothly. Without one, how will your coordinator know when to do what, at what time? If you don't have a coordinator, are you going to have your mom, or aunt run the day? Wouldn't you want them to be a part of it? So having day of help along with a timeline is absolutely necessary in my mind (again not trying to be biased...)
3. Setup & Clean up
Although most coordinators charge a bit extra for set up and breakdown, it's worth it at the end of the night when you are exhausted! Trust me, your family doesn't want to clean! On the other hand, if you have a large family, willing to help your coordinator, we may not even charge extra! So either way, having a good coordinator will end up making your lives, and your family's lives easier too.
4. From Beginning To End
As wedding planners, we also love starting a wedding from scratch! From the vendor meetings to the tastings, we don't mind these appointments one bit! I always recommend a full service planner when a bride is overwhelmed with work, or even family. Your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life! Not the most stressful.
This may sound corny, but I truly love the friendships and relationships I make with my couples! Spending all of this time chatting, going to appointments, and being a part of such a magical day, ultimately ends up in a beautiful friendship that lasts a lifetime, and I couldn't imagine a better career! My goal as a wedding planner is to not only be your coordinator, confidant, or professional go-to person, it's also to make sure you're enjoying the process every step of the way. As a friend, and as your planner! You can lean on me when things get stressful, and you can know that I will be here even when you're married!
As always, it's a pleasure to share my experiences with you all, and I truly hope you take this as a kick in the booty to hire the perfect wedding planner for your special day!
Where do I even begin?! Other than the obvious... how beautiful did Brooke look and how handsome did Eric look?! I've known Brooke since I was her greek recruitment counselor in college about 14 years ago! I know, it's been that long!
Over the years, because of the wedding industry, we'd run into each other! at bridal fairs, or wedding networking meetings. When I heard her and Eric were engaged, I was absolutely over the moon excited, AND honored when I was asked to be her planner! Obviously, our team said heck yes, and here we are, looking back on an incredible wedding day.
The wedding was a dream... from the guests having to ride the chairlift up the mountain for cocktail hour, to the exciting toasts and fun dances; the entire day was magical.
Brooke said her favorite part of the entire day was the ceremony, because it showcased their love, and felt like it was just the two of them up there. "Our officiant was our best friend Kyle, and it was probably one of the best gifts we had received." - Brooke
I really love her advice to any future brides; be "glued" to each other the entire night, because it goes way too fast, and enjoying the moment together makes it last!
Now, who wants to see some of my favorite highlights?! Check out the vendors listed below, and enjoy some gorgeous images.
Photography: Jack Vu
Venue/Catering: Sugar Bowl Resort
Coordination/Planning: Northstate Events
Rentals: WeDo Designs
Floral: Cambray Rose Florists
Hair: Angela Cattaneo/ Beyond the Ponytail
Make Up: Megan Mortenson
DJ: Ryan Manill
Dessert: Lovely Layers Cakery
Dress: Miosa Bride - Designer Lillian West
Jewelry: Chloe and Isabel by Brooke Smith
Wedding/ Engagement Rings: Heidi Gibson Designs
On Feburary 2nd, we held the Children's Museum Gala at The Butte Creek Country Club, and to say it was a success, would be an understatement!
This is the second year in a row that this gala has been sold out, and I am truly so honored that our team could be a part of this journey!
We honored the founder, Dana Leslie and welcomed the new Chico Children's Museum Director, Leslie Amani! The funds that were raised are being put directly back into the museum exhibits.
The party really celebrated all of the hard work on this project over the past 4 years and was perfect timing to celebrate our grand opening that happened just a few weeks prior! When I say party.... I mean PARTY! (As you'll see below!)
Thank you so much to all of our vendors, and to our volunteers who dedicated so much time into making this night perfect.
Venue: Butte Creek Country Club
Photography: Little Wishes Photography by Emily Hajec
Floral: M Creations
Planning: North State Events & Sage Bowman, Nantucket Home
Food: Butte Creek Country Club
Design: Patricia Heath, The Design Renegade, Carson Pezzetti (North State Events), Heirloom Fox
Rentals & Decor: We Do Designs & Little Red Hen
Entertainment: The Decades Band
Auctioneer: Kevin O'Callaghan
Desserts: Tin Roof Bakery, Cinful Desserts, Mim's Bakery, Krispy Kreme, Denine's Cupcakes, The Cookie Shoppe, Brown Box Bakeshop, Midnite Munchies
"Hire a dj" "Hire a dj" "Hire a dj"!
I'm sure if we've been working together, you've heard me say that 1 million + times... but that's truly because a DJ can make or break the entire mood and vibe of your wedding day.
From the pre ceremony music, to the very last song, choose your DJ wisely, and take the time to go over the music you love, and also the music you really don't like!
Here are FOUR ways to know if you're hiring the right DJ:
(Other than the fact that it's not your uncle....)
1. How Long Has He Been Djing?
This is an important question, but not necessarily a make or break situation. If the DJ you're meeting with explains that he's only been doing it for 1 year or less, but has the confidence that he will make your beautiful day perfect, he may be the one! We've come across DJs that have been in the business so long, that they're not in touch with today's technology, which can hinder a lot of the planning moving forward.
2. What Style Of Music Is This DJ Used To Playing?
I'm sure you don't want a club DJ playing at your conservative ranch wedding, or vise versa correct? Although DJs have access to a lot of music, they don't always necessarily have everything you're looking for. So when interviewing different DJs, be sure to ask those questions!
3. What Does Their Booth Look Like?
There have been a handful of times when I walk into the reception space, and see an outrageous set up created by the DJ. I get it, not all vendors have the decorative touch, but make sure they don't use a sparkly table cloth when you're going for a muted and neutral look... just may look a bit odd!
4. Do You See Eye To Eye?
Just like finding the right wedding planner, or the right photographer makes a difference in your experience, so does finding the right DJ. Personality is everything, especially if you're looking for them to MC. Do they have a personality you click with? Can they win your guests over while they're patiently waiting for dinner? All of these play a huge role in making the day memorable.
I truly hope these tips will help you throughout your DJ hunt! Make sure to stay true to yourself, and stand up for what you want. Also, don't hire a family member or a good friend... let them enjoy the day!
North State Events
We're back with MORE 2019 wedding trends for the year! Are you ready for them? As trends come and go, there are always some that I even scratch my head about... but ultimately, as a couple, it is what YOU want that always matters in the end. Happy Planning!
1. Dresses with POCKETS!
Yes, we said pockets! Jumpsuits are making a huge come back as well, with pockets too! Who said convenience has to go away during your wedding day? What if you want to take the perfect selfie... where would you put it otherwise?! What do you think about this trend?
2. Dresses With Sleeves
That's right! Dresses with sleeves are BACK, and better than ever! As we mentioned previously, if you're wearing a strapless, or backless dress, or spaghetti straps, it's OK! These are just trends popping up for the year! Let us know how you feel about this trend. Love it? Hate it?
4. Plastic Free!
This has been a trend that has been brewing for a while now. With activists all around us, it is important to recognize that going plastic free is great! From decorations, to utensils, we are proud to see this on the top trending list. Although renting china, or buying the wooden cake stand, rather than the plastic one may be less cost affective, it still makes a difference!
5. Natural Makeup With a Red Lip
We are seeing this much more often this year! Especially in the fall and winter months. Red lips with a very simple eye and face is not only trending, but it also is absolutely gorgeous. What do you think? Do you think getting a bit more glam is more exciting for a wedding day?
6. Edible Party Favors!
This is one of our favorites... because well, they're edible! This isn't only cost affective, but also useful! An example that we've seen while coordinating weddings, is putting the bride and groom's favorite candy in a little customized box (This can be plastic free and sustainable too if you choose)! It's personable, and yummy!
7. Late Night Snack
Many couples are booking food trucks, pizza deliveries, even ice cream trucks to show up after 9 PM for a late night snack! This not only helps with, you know, soaking up the alcohol, but it's also a cute and thoughtful touch! If you have some extra room in the budget, this may be a great option!
We just love these trends that are becoming more popular! Which one was your favorite? Ours definitely has to be the late night snack...!
Looking for some help planning your big day? Give us a call, and let's grab a cup of coffee!
With the help of my amazing team, we pulled off the Lulus.com annual holiday party! The name of this huge bash was, Lulus Downtown Takeover, and it was definitely a take over! With 850 employees and their plus ones (or twos) it was quite the party.
With my background in event planning when I worked for the corporate office at Chipotle, I was so excited to have the opportunity to plan a very large event such as this one! From the little details, to the large timeline, you can say I was in heaven....
Now that we have an in-house party planner, we feel like we can take on many more large events in the future! We did absolutely everything from the beginning, to the very end of this event, and it truly wouldn't have been possible without the vendors that were involved and their help!
The top comment of the night was, "I am so happy that there were three different venues that hosted us! Going from venue to venue made the experience really exciting." That's right, we had three different venues involved that had live music, food and of course great conversation!
Thank you to our vendors who were involved in making this event such a huge success:
Venus: The Argus, Madison Bear Garden & El Rey Theater
Entertainment: Off The Record Band, The Kelly Twins (dueling pianos), Elite Sound Mack Morris DJ & Karaoke
Dessert: Chico Catering Company S'more bar, Shuberts Ice Cream & Brown Box Bakeshop cookies
Decor & Rentals: We Do Designs, Squishy Bebe & Little Red Hen
Party Design: Carson Pezzetti, North State Events
Tenting: InTents events
Photography: Trevor Claverie, World Love Film + Photo
Late Night Snacks: Woodstalks Pizza
The moment I met Meghan and Marc, was the moment I knew that these two weren't only meant for each other, but also meant for North State Events to coordinate a gorgeous wedding in the Sutter Butte Valley!
Meghan and Marc share a love of living a healthy lifestyle, as well as a life full of adventure and love. Being able to coordinate their big day was a dream. Meghan was so involved in the planning process, and it was refreshing to see a smile on her face at ALL times! Even during the stressful moments! You go girl...
Following the wedding day, Meghan told me a bit about how the day went in her eyes and what her favorite parts were... grab a tissue!
Meghan said, "They saw us enter the ceremony as two, and got to see us leave as one." This stuck with me... because how true is that? Her favorite part of the entire day was the ceremony because of this reason, and I couldn't agree more.
She also has some advice for those of you that just got engaged; One is, to take a ton of family photos! These last a life time, so I agree too, make sure you write out that photo shot list!
She also said, to listen to family's advice, but ultimately make the decision yourself. Take into account that everyone loves you and wants the best for you; so let them help! Even if you don't use all of their ideas.
I promise we did not pay her to say this, but she also mentioned how important it is to hire at least a day of wedding coordinator. Obviously we agree, but it was awesome to hear this from Meghan, who planned her entire wedding, but who also wanted to enjoy her day without worrying about a thing!
Last two, were, if you're not planning on doing a first look with your future husband/wife, make sure to do one with your mom, dad, or even your bridesmaids. The photos are so special! Lastly, take a deep breath. You won't get this moment back. As a wedding planning company, we stress this. Take it in, breathe, and love every second of the chaos.
Without further ado.... here are some highlights from Meghan and Marc's beautiful wedding day!
As an event coordinator, a wedding planner, and a mother... It's been a challenge to really get into the groove of organization. But now that I have a solid routine, with an incredibly supportive husband, things have been a bit easier to manage!
Choosing to be organized is a task in itself, but I have a few tips for you mommas, coordinators, or business professionals that have helped me along the way!
1. On A Sunday, Take Time To Organize
This is so important to get ahead of the game for the week. From organizing your file cabinet every Sunday by relevance, to making labels for your pantry, craft room, etc... cleaning out the clutter will change your week, and make you feel like you're organized! (Even if you have a long way to go.)
2. Take Time To Write Out Your Goals
At first, I thought this was silly... the whole "journaling" thing. But then I slowly became aware as to how affective it truly is. When I journal, not only do I put my goals on paper, but I also express how I am feeling in that very moment, which translates into how my day is going to go! This organizes my thoughts, so I am not completely jumbled throughout the day. I refer to my journal throughout the day so I keep myself accountable!
3. Buy A Cute Planner
Ok, it doesn't have to be cute... but it helps! Having a planner in general with hour by hour slots will help you streamline your day with purpose. Instead of writing random things in your "Monday" box, put it in there by time. This will ensure that you get things done. Another tip, is to write in pencil! If you don't get the task at hand finished that day, instead of scratching it out and getting upset, just erase it and put it on the next day. Trust me... it helps a type A brain like mine!
4. Labels Labels Labels!
I know I mentioned this in the previous tip, but making sure that your planner is labeled and maybe even color coordinated (whether that is with highlighters or different color pens) will allow your brain to relax and not have to think so hard about which task is most important. This of course, is if you don't use pencil. But these days you can even get pencils that are colored that erase, so whatever you prefer. My point is, is that if you have the most important task of the day in red, your brain knows to accomplish this task ASAP. It helps you realize that there isn't time to slack on this particular task, which motivates you.
5. The Night Before
Organize everything the night before (as long as this is before 10 PM). From kid's lunches, to setting the coffee's timer for the morning after. From putting your clothes out for your morning work out, to meal prepping for the week for yourself... Do it the night before. You'll wake up refreshed, excited, and ready for the day ahead. The more you do this, the more of a habit it will become!
Organization isn't so scary, I promise! This has helped me streamline, not only my personal life, but also my professional life. Let me know if any of these tips work for you, or if you do some of these already!
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Ashley - North State Events
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