Katie + Ryan got married at Saddlerock Ranch this summer in Malibu and it was every bit of magic you could imagine! Our Lead Coordinator Erin worked so hard in making sure every detail was in place, all the vendors were up to date on changes, and truly loved working with Katie + Ryan!

I get asked alot why Saddlerock is one of my favorite places to work and I just can't help but feel like this...
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Jessica + Gilen might be one of the sweetest couples we have ever had!

They hired Grace and Gold Events nearly a year out from the wedding and our team couldn't be more excited to be back at one of our favorite venues Indian Wells Golf Resort!

When I first met Jessica + Gilen it was like we had known each other forever. The theme of their wedding was whiskey and their priority of their wedding...
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There engagement story might be one of my favorites to date. 

Jenna walked into a room with a large screen that projected a video of everyone in her life. Dane had gotten Jenna's friends and family involved to create a video that would end with him asking her to marry him. There was dancing, laughing, silly photos the whole shabang With the song "Shutup and Dance with Me" in the background. The best part was he was able to video her reaction as the video aired. 

They showed me this video when we met and I immediately got chills. You could INSTANTLY feel their love. At the end of the video,...
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Caroline + Will's wedding was by far one of my favorite 2018 weddings and Laura from Walking Eagle Photography captured it beautifully! 

Caroline + Will are from my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Carlsbad for Caroline's job about 2 years before they got married. The choose the venue Carlsbad Inn because the views were breath taking but it also allowed their family and friends to explore the little town they loved! 

With Caroline + I both being from the South I knew it was going to be important that we add in as many southern details as we could! I have listed below some of my...
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Katie + Ashley got married at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs this past January and to say it was perfect is an understatement. 

Katie + Ashley found Grace and Gold Events on the Ace Hotel Preferred list and when we first spoke it was magic and we hit it off right away! These ladies hired us for "month of" as they were so organized and knew exactly what they wanted. Ace Hotel is a hotel that is...
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What I loved most about Crystal and Roy is they knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding. They were so easy going and they just wanted their closest family and friends to eat amazing food and dance all night! Crystal hired me a little of a year before her big day. She wanted someone she could easily talk to, ask questions, and someone who would give suggestions along the way. I didn't...
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Carissa + Kyle are a dream couple I got to work with! They were so kind, always organized and so excited to get married! They said I do in Indian Wells at the Indian Wells Golf Resort in front of their closest family and friends! Carissa knew exactly what she wanted and always had a smile on her face. Kyle was so kindhearted and so ready to marry his best friend. During Carissa + Kyle's...
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There aren't enough words to describe how amazing this couple is. From the first time we talked on the phone to their wedding day Brianna + Edem were so kind and so excited to get married. I was introduced to this couple by the bride's aunt who I work with frequently in San Diego. I remember our first phone call and it was like we had known each other forever. Brianna + Edem said "I do" at...
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What is a styled shoot you may ask? A styled shoot tells a story through photography. While this may sound simple, they are typically quite complex. The premise behind these shoots is to showcase the skills and services of the wedding business. But because there is so much involved that is what makes it complex.    In this post I am going to break down exactly what it takes to put together a...
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Your guest book is a wedding detail that should feel special and personalized. You want your guests to leave you a sweet note, or look back and see all the friends and family that gathered for your special day. 
1. Wine Bottle Guest Book  Photo credit: The Knot
Your guests will love getting to sign these unique bottles! You can find personalized labels or create your own to allow your guests to sign for each anniversary. You can replicate it or use it as inspiration for your own wine bottle guest book idea! 


2. Yearbook Style Guest Book 
Photo credit: Erin L. Taylor Photography

A yearbook...
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Ah, the time has come! You are officially engaged and now your Pinterest Wedding board can come true! The whole experience starts to feel real for both you and your guests and you can finally start your countdown until the big day. But what do you put on your wedding website? What is too much, and what isn't enough? 

Your wedding website will become a resource for all of your guests to refer to...
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Planning for a big event, especially your wedding day, the last thing you want to think about is what disasters can strike and how to combat them. From a cancellation last minute to gifts being stolen, or worse...a damaged wedding dress? Yeah, no fun. Wedding insurance can help to protect you against these things, and many others that you might not foresee. So let's talk about what wedding insurance is and how it works. 

What Is Wedding Insurance?

Wedding insurance protects your investment from circumstances beyond your control and reimburses for most expenses that you incur. From vendors...
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Wedding planning takes a lot of moving parts to make the whole thing come together at the end. Similar to a puzzle, each piece needs to work together to make the whole thing come together.   First, you have to evaluate what you and your spouses' priorities are and plan around that. If there is a specific photographer or DJ you want then booking them may be more important than the venue. Setting a schedule and making a list is pertinent to the planning and booking process.   Vendors are grouped into two categories: those who can service more than one wedding in a day and those who...
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So what is a first look, you may ask? Well, baring tradition, it is when you decide to see each other and typically take pictures before the ceremony. Some like this as it takes the edge off, or helps with the anxiety. In a traditional sense, you would wait until the ceremony before seeing each other for the first time. But the first look is also, becoming a popular tradition. It really is up...
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Getting a good night's sleep is the best thing that you can do for yourself, especially on the night before your wedding.

However, it can be difficult to actually get a good night's sleep because of the multitude of demands on your mind in the last hours before your wedding. You are likely to be more stressed out and anxious because of everything on your mind, and you are not going to be the...
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Estate wedding planning can seem glamorous and above the top! Think wrap-around porches, acres of trees or beachfront property! But it can also be tricky to navigate and lots to bring on site to make your special day happen! Especially depending on the owner’s requests and potential noise or weather restrictions. So today we will share our top 7 things to consider when planning your soiree.

  1.     Guests Lists   When planning a backyard wedding the guest list is extremely important. You will want to know how many people you can safely fit in your backyard and you will want to...
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As a planner I love to take ideas and create a beautiful styled shoots and weddings! This Havana Styled Shoot was inspired by a wedding dress that I loved from the moment I saw it. The wedding dress designer Kirsten Paige, was in LA at the same show I was last year and she was explaining her dresses to me when she mentioned that her Gatsby Dress has a surprise blue element. After that moment I...
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Wedding planning can be a wonderful and stressful experience! Especially if you are in a time crunch or just want a short engagement.  Now depending on what you want this may not be possible. If you have a specific venue in mind this may not be possible, and flexibility is key if you want to plan it in a short time, or only have a short time to plan.  
 1)    Know and Have a Vision.
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There are plenty of expenses that come along with a wedding. But I bet there are a lot of things you never even considered because they can seem so small, yet add up quickly! Below I am going to outline for you some of the major costs that are easy to miss and how to plan for them in your budget. Photography By Brooke Merrill Photography 1.     Bridal Party. Yes, you know those adorable announcements you see on Pinterest or your friends Instagram that seem so sweet and simple? Yeah, they can add up quickly with average costs running from $2.00 to $50.00 per person. Depending on your bridal...
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You are now down to the final month or so before your wedding! It’s getting all so real and exciting! Now it’s crunch time in making sure all the little details are worked out and all your ducks are in a row! Making sure you get your marriage license can be a confusing process! But don’t worry I am going to explain the steps you need to take in order to make sure you go in knowing what...
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Yay, you’re engaged! Congrats! It’s the day you have been waiting for ages for! All your Pinterest wedding dreams will come true…until you realize how much actually goes into planning a wedding, and all the details and lists and when to do what. It basically becomes a huge feeling of overwhelm and anxiety! Well, that is the LAST thing we want you to feel when planning your happy day! So...
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Wedding planning can be overwhelming and stressful enough as it is. Let alone the thought of having to be everywhere at once during that last month. Coordinating the vendors, all the girls and guys in the wedding party, ushers, caterers, decorators, the list goes on and on. Not all of us were blessed with amazing event planning skills and that’s okay! Because I wouldn’t want to be...
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I don't do Elopements often but when I got the email from Sabrina that she was looking from a coordinator for her elopement I just couldn't say no. Sabrina + Luke live in London but decided to get married at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs in June. 

Sabrina had planned her entire wedding from London and I always loved her emails as you could just feel her excitement to marry her best friend. She had 24 guests all fly in from London and watch her and Luke say I Do with the desert moutains as her backdrop. 

Sabrina + Luke LOVE Patron XO Café and used the mini bottles as placecards but also as...
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Planning a wedding has a fun, crazy, exciting vibe to it all. So it’s easy to forget the tiny details or remember to ask everything. Today we are going to talk about what you should absolutely ask your venue before you book with them.   The first step you need to take is understanding what size venue you need and what does your dream venue look like. Do you want outdoors, do you want indoor with big open spaces, do you want remote locations or something out more in nature? So before even going in and asking what your venue includes or doesn’t include, and allows or doesn’t...
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In planning a wedding there are so many things to take into consideration. Most women spend years dreaming of the perfect wedding, and planning Pinterest boards, but don’t take into consideration the budget, the size and location when it becomes a reality.   Deciding if you should have a big wedding or small wedding really does depend on a few things. Number one being the budget,...
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April's Gold Member of the Month is the amazing Kirsten Paige of Kirsten Paige Bridal. I met Kirsten when we did the Big Fake Wedding last year in LA and we have been friends since! Kirsten has this amazing eye for designing gowns and just recently grew her business to the Midwest! Kirsten Paige started her business in 2014 when her dad asked her "why would you want to design for someone else...
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GOLD VENDOR OF THE MONTH 

I am just so excited to announce that I will be doing a GOLD vendor of the month series starting today! From here on out I will be featuring a vendor that I have had a pleasure of working with and think they are just really AMAZING at what they do! These vendors can be Florist, Hair + Makeup, Photographers, and well you get the point! My goal as a planner to is help...
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1. Getting Ready + Details
This information should be at the beginning of your timeline. I personally like to start with the first vendor that will be apart of your wedding day which is generally the Hair + Makeup gals. When you have bridesmaids, flower girls + mothers getting ready you want to work with your Hair + Makeup artist about a timeline on which girl will get what done and when. This will allow the morning of your wedding to run smoothly and each girl having something done will know what time to have hair + makeup done. I alot each girl about 45 minutes to 1 hour for their hair +...
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Thankful 2017

Today on the blog I am talking about being THANKFUL and boy have I been thankful for so many things this year! 2017 was probably the biggest year I have ever had! Scroll below to check it out and maybe even see a surprise!

Grace and Gold Events opened their doors on February 2, 2017 and have been planning the most EXTRAORDINARY weddings ever since! I have even added a Bat Mitzvah to the calendar for next year! WOOHOO!


Rhett and I welcomed a baby boy named Oliver Ford on July 25th, 2017 at 6 pounds 10 ouches and 19inches long. When he smiles our hearts melt. I don't think I have ever LOVED...
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You're engaged, now what? Check out the seventh part of Grace & Gold's "Wedding Planning Series," for our guide to finding and hiring your perfect photographer, one of the most crucial members of your wedding-day-vendor-dream-team!
Let’s start picking out your vendors!
 Now comes the really fun part of putting together your vendor dream-team! Between now and your wedding you will be researching, contacting and meeting a wide variety of people who might be helping your create your perfect day. Once you’ve selected your venue and maybe have hired a wedding planner, we suggest that the...
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You're engaged, now what? Check out the sixth part of Grace & Gold's "Wedding Planning Series," for our guide to creating a custom planning calendar! We have all the timeframes and deadlines for making all of the major decisions that will go into wedding day!
I have my budget, wedding date, wedding venue… what’s next?
Let’s start planning! You now can (sort of) jump in to selecting your vendors, deciding details, creating your Pinterest boards…. Go wedding dress shopping? There really are so many things to do, it can get overwhelming quickly! So now is a good time to discuss with...
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You're engaged, now what? Check out the fifth part of Grace & Gold's "Wedding Planning Series," for our guide to finding your perfect wedding venue! Be patient, this is our longest blog yet, but it is a step-by-step guide for narrowing down your selections and the major details you need to try and remember throughout the process.
Can we select a venue now, please?
Sorry it’s taken awhile to get here, but we see a lot of couples really dive into selecting things without thinking about their budget first. This means that a lot of times the end up really having to scrimp or eliminate...
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You're engaged, now what? Check out the fourth part of Grace & Gold's "Wedding Planning Series," for their Ultimate Wedding Budget Breakdown (I swear we are going to stop talking about the budget soon!).
How should my budget break-down?
You have a total number, an approximate date, and you are considering a planner… you have done a lot! From here, you have 2 directions to go in: you can either start looking for a venue, or you can break down your budget into a specific categories/amounts so you know just how much you have for everything. I suggest breaking down your budget more, which is...
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You're engaged, now what? Check out the third part of Grace & Gold's "Wedding Planning Series," on whether or not you need to hire a wedding planner right now... or saving for that dream day-of coordinator farther down the line. 
Do you really need a planner?
So you have your budget, an idea of how many people you want to invite, where you might want to the wedding, and an approximate date…...
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You're engaged, now what? Check out the second part of Grace & Gold's "Wedding Planning Series," on taking into consideration a few more things before finalizing your budget.
OK, I've got my budget set after that first conversation... let's go crazy!
Not so fast! Whether you have $10K or $100K to spend on your big day, you need to get a few more details squared away before you start dividing...
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You just got engaged… now what?First of all, congrats! This is a super-exciting moment in your life, so don’t make light of it! Pop the champagne, phone all of your friends, and put an adorable pic on Instagram ASAP! Bask in this glow for a little while, and enjoy the newness of everything.
But after a few days (or maybe weeks, sometimes it’s months), you will inevitably feel the pull to...
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When hiring a wedding planner, we here at Grace & Gold Events believe that having chemistry with our clients is one of the most important things. You are intending to trust us with planning and putting together one of the most important days of your life, so let's make sure you love the planner you are working with! Here is an in-depth interview with Lead Planner and Co-Owner, Sarah Bond, with some insights about how she plans weddings and her own life:
Any wedding rules or philosophies when it comes to planning?
You have to feel 100% comfortable with your vendors. If you are booking someone...
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