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    How to Obtain a Marriage License

    Hello All! The below information is from my experience and I am in no way affiliated with the California State therefore things may change that are not listed here. Here are some general steps and guidelines for obtaining a marriage license: Gather Information. You will need: Your social security number, DOB, and proof of identity (Drivers’ License or Passport). Both of your parents’ full names, DOB, birth states, Social Security number, and date of passing (if applicable). Fill out the application online. By filling out the application online before you go into the county clerk’s office you will save yourself time and hassle. Visit the County Clerks’ Office We recommend…

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    Eco-Friendly Wedding Series

    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Decorations

    Hello and welcome to the last article on our eco-friendly wedding journey! Throughout this blog series, I have given you sustainable tips and tricks for most aspects of your wedding-planning process, but, for me, my favorite part of planning my wedding was choosing the decorations. Tying together the small details at your wedding can create a personalized and powerful experience for both you and your guests to remember forever.  Although I’m going to share many suggestions in this post, you should always do what is right for you and your wedding. You may make some great eco-friendly choices about your wedding and you may also decide to splurge on some…

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    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Floral

    Hello! Welcome back to our Eco-friendly wedding journey! Today, I would like to talk about your flowers! The many different floral choices you make for your wedding can make a huge impact on how your day looks and feels. Below are some Eco-Friendly tips for creating a gorgeous and sustainable wedding day!  Venue: First, let’s talk about your venue. If your wedding venue has a lot of flowers built-in you don’t have to add much. Check out our post on picking an Eco-Friendly Venue for other tips for choosing the right place for your wedding day.    What flowers do I need? Traditionally, the following florals may be used at…

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    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Catering

    Welcome back to our Eco-friendly wedding journey! Today, I would like to talk about food! Food is a guest favorite at pretty much any event, so when it comes to catering your wedding, you should take your job very seriously. Catering is also usually the biggest section of your budget and for good reason! You are planning to feed and hydrate your closest friends and family and that does not come cheap. As with most decisions in wedding planning, however, I do believe you should always put yourself first! I have collected a series of questions that you should ask yourself and/or your potential catering vendors to identify their Eco-Friendly…

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    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Stationery

    Welcome back to our Eco-friendly wedding journey! As you plan your wedding, you might be wondering how to approach wedding stationery in a sustainable way. As we all know, picking your Save the Dates (STDs for short) and Invitations are important because it lets your guests know what to expect on your wedding day. What better way to make a statement than to make a sustainable stationery choice!  Below we have listed some resources for the two main routes one can take with Invitations and STDs: sustainable printing and paperless. When thinking about which option to choose, consider your guests, their age range, and whether they will be able to…

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    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Attire

      Wedding photos last a lifetime and therefore most couples spend a lot of time finding the perfect outfit for their wedding as well as suggesting what their bridal party should wear. Below I have some suggestions for how to make more eco-friendly choices about wedding attire for the couple getting married, bridal party members, and guests!   The Bride- Wear a Secondhand or Vintage Wedding Dress! Check with your Family: In the photo to the right, you can see a gorgeous 2018 Bride wearing her mother’s dress from 34 years prior. With just a few alterations from a family friend, she was able to wear the dress of her…

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    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Registry

    When trying to make an eco-friendly registry there are a few routes one could take. I have noted them below with some information that might help you pick the right path for you and your partner.    Honeyfund:  Nowadays people are living together before they get married so they don’t need to register for as many household items. Most clients are preferring to do a non-tangible registry where guests can donate money for their honeymoon or a downpayment for a house. The most popular way to do this is to attach a Honeyfund Registry (or a similiar program) to your wedding website.  Nursery Registries:  If you are planning on doing…

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    Eco-Friendly Wedding Series

    Eco-Friendly Weddings: Venue/Vendors

    In addition to being an exciting and memorable process, wedding planning can also be a difficult balance between planning the boundless event of your dreams and also being responsible not just for your finances but also for the planet. Fortunately, it is possible to be ecologically friendly without sacrificing your vision and without breaking the bank. As a wedding and events planner for the last nine years, I have often seen how much is tossed aside after a wedding as waste and how unnecessary this can be. To help you with this, I have come up with an organized list of tips and tricks that I will be sharing here.…

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    Wedding Rehearsal FAQ’s

    * All the common questions we get about planning a wedding rehearsal! * Q: Who do we invite? A: We recommend inviting anyone participating in the ceremony to the rehearsal. This includes bridal party members, flower girls, ring bearers, immediate family, and the officiant. Q: What time do we plan for our rehearsal? A: This depends on your venue. Most people like to do their rehearsal exactly 24 hours before their wedding ceremony. This is not necessary but nice. Plan whatever time works best for you and your guests. Ask your guests to arrive 15 minutes before you plan to start your rehearsal. We will be starting on time to…

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    A Bride’s Guide to Bridesmaids

    Congratulations, you have just picked your bridal party members! Now what?  As a wedding planner and a former Bridezilla, I have put together two templates that I believe will help set up your squad to be the most supportive girl group since the Spice Girls.  Let me first start off by saying that not all bridesmaids are female anymore. I will refer to them in this article as she/her but please change any pronouns to fit your group of badass friends!  We all wish that our friends could read our minds to give us our ideal Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Weekend/Gift, but unfortunately they can’t. You are going to have to tell…