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....
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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...
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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...
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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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Welcome back beautiful brides to be! 

Not only are the holidays here but so is engagement season! So I am doing my happy dance because it really is the MOST WONDERFUL time of the year! When I do a consultation with a couple my favorite question is "So how did the proposal go down?" and the stories I hear are just simply the sweetest! For instance my couple Aimee + Anthony's proposal was based around The Amazing Race which is Aimee's favorite! Anthony got a hold of some envelopes that look like they were from the show and made a scavenger hunt where the final envelope led Aimee to Laguna...
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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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