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Wedding Jeannie Is Back!

I’m proud to announce officially that I’m back! The truth is I never left. I was a wedding planner from 2000 to 2013 and then I created a PR & Marketing firm called 3 Wishes PR, representing some of the best companies in the wedding and event industry in 2013. I continued to plan wedding on occasion for families I’d worked for previously. To me that’s the ultimate honor. I’ve had the pleasure of designing and planning multiple weddings for several families. The photo above is one such “family” experience I’ve been lucky to have. It was held in the family’s home and since they are so comfortable with me, they invited me to take a break and cool my feet of with them in the pool. The image is from one my favorite photographers, Joel Maus of Studio EMP. He worked on the other family’s events as well. In fact we brought back almost the entire team from the first daughter’s weddings. Everyone loved working together again, and it made it so much more personal for us.

This year we continue to be referred by colleagues, venues, and previous clients. We decided it was time to update our website and rebrand. The Wedding Jeannie name is well known and we couldn’t bare to part with it, so we are planning under the name of 3 Wishes Events by Wedding Jeannie. Our focus will be on concierge level design and planning services for couples throughout California. We will take a limited amount of events per year, which will allow us to focus our very best efforts to our clients.

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Chevron Chic Wedding Tabletop

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Tell us what you think of our Chevron Chic Wedding Tabletop. I had the greatest time designing it with fellow creative partners Jenny B. Floral Design, Copper Willow Paper Studio, Luxe Event Rentals & Decor, Classic Party Rentals, Designer Specialty Linens, and The Event Company. Special thanks goes CHRISTOPHER TODD STUDIOS PHOTOGRAPHY for the beautiful photos.

I designed this lifestyle set for California Wedding Day Magazine’s bridal show called The Look of Love. My inspiration key words were MODERN, WHIMSICAL, CHIC. Southern California is all about fun in the sun, and I wanted to capture California’s spirit of an endless summer. Jenny B ran with the inspiration and created floral designs that screamed sunshine and fun. Colors of yellow and persimmon signified Southern California’s vibrancy. Copper Willow designed a paper suite with the MODERN theme in mind. From menus to escort cards, and even drink coasters, the scene was set for a polished look.

Copper Willow Paper Studio created a cocktail menu featuring the chevron motif.

Copper Willow Paper Studio created a cocktail menu featuring the chevron motif.

Copper Willow Paper Suite

Copper Willow Paper Suite

Our Chic aspects came from the white lacquer tables, metallic gold, round bar backs and white leather bar. Just to give it a little glam, splashed of metallic gold gave our design the elegance we love. All of the round edges give this COURAGEOUS design a soft and welcoming feeling.

By far my favorite piece of this set was simply the CHEVRON table runner that Designer Specialty Linens custom made just for our table. It’s BOLD and CURRENT. I love how talented partners can simply hear your idea and create something new.

Chevron Table Runner by Designer Specialty Linens

Chevron Table Runner by Designer Specialty Linens

I hope you enjoy what we came up with, and use it as inspiration for your own tabletop style. Shoot us a message and give us your thoughts.

Persian Sofreh Aghd – Cultural Wedding Traditions

Living and working in Los Angeles has given me the opportunity to work for clients from many interesting cultures. Most often, our clients are blending two cultures, and rely on me for advice in doing so. They understand that I embrace my own Latin Heritage, and I encourage them to incorporate their culture into their wedding. One the most touching traditions I’ve experienced is The Persian Sofreh Aghd.

Afsoon & Henry were married at The Westlake Village Inn. They had a very elaborate and elegant Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh Aghd is the legal ceremony in the Iranian culture. The Sofreh altar (spread) is a detailed display of items believed to bring the bride and groom blessings in their life and marriage. The altar is displayed on the floor, facing the east, with the couple facing the light. Cushions are placed in front of the altar, as the bride and groom are seated throughout the ceremony. Each item on the sofreh has symbolism for the qualities the couple should possess in their marriage. Common items may be honey, coins, spices, candles, a mirror, and The Koran. Traditionally they are placed in a specific order, shown below.

Whether a sofreh is elaborate or modest, is the personal choice of the couple and their families. Symbolism of the items is what carries the most importance. The ceremony itself is filled with meaningful traditions that may not be fully understood if two cultures are being blended. For that reason I recommend a ceremony program that explains the importance of the sofreh, and the ceremony order.
Afsoon and Henry’s wedding was so meaningful to me. How lucky I was to experience these amazing traditions. Afsoon’s generosity in teaching me about her culture and her family traditions were a gift to me. She gave me the ability and confidence to plan many more Persian weddings in the future.
Resources: Persian Mirror Magazine http://www.persianmirror.com/

Do You Want More? Or Less?

By now you’ve seen those commercials on television with the kids sitting around a class room,with a business man in a suit, discussing what’s better. Bigger or smaller, faster or slower, more or less.

The basic premise is to ask kids common sense questions and see how they answer them. The tag line for the series is, “It’s Not Complicated”. The goal is to show adults that our choices have become so complicated because of “hype”, that we no longer use common sense. By stripping it down to common sense, with one or the other options, we should pick the better option right?

I’m a wedding planner, so I’ll use my profession as an example. Are you looking for a planner? Do you want MORE? Or Less? Of course you want MORE…it’s common sense. But couples today are consistently choosing less. By choosing cheap, DAY OF, wedding planners with little or no experience to manage their weddings, they are getting LESS.

An experienced wedding planner has all the MORE you deserve. MORE EXPERIENCE working at real weddings, MORE EXPERIENCE solving problems that arise at weddings, MORE EXPERIENCE with vendor relations, timelines, floor plans, deliveries and set-ups, not to mention MORE VENDORS in her vendor list, that are available to you. Her vendor list alone is a virtual who’s who in the wedding industry broken down by category, budget range, and quality of work. Trust me it takes years of hard work and experience to build a vendor list like that. The LESS planner would kill for my list.

I know what you’re saying to yourself..I can see you through the screen, rolling your eyes! You’re saying “I have a budget, I can’t afford MORE”. Common sense would tell you that cheaper is better. In all honestly, I don’t offer cheaper. I OFFER MORE. Instead of a DAY OF PACKAGE, I OFFER A MONTH OF PACKAGE, that includes MORE. It cost’s a little more, but you deserve it.

Wedding Jeannie lacing up corset for Bride Rita

Wedding Jeannie lacing up corset for Bride Rita

Example: You want beautiful images with your mom and maids helping you into your beautiful wedding gown. You also want pictures of you and your new husband (doesn’t that sound nice?) cutting your cake and feeding it to each other. OOOPS, LESS planner didn’t realize that the photographer’s package was only for 7 hours, and his contracted hours are up before the cake cutting.  She convinces him to stay. After all, he’s not completely insensitive. However, he requires an additional hourly fee, and he wants it in cash….now. Who’s going to go and ask your dad for some cash? What an awkward position to be put in on the happiest day of your life.

That AFFORDABLE DAY OF OPTION, wasn’t such a great idea after all. She didn’t save you money, she cost you money.  The MORE planner knew this up front, when she read your contract 30 days ago, warned you about it, helped you negotiate more time at a discounted rate with the photographer over a month ago, thereby saving you money.

I heard a saying recently that says “You think it’s expensive to hire a professional? Wait until you hire a NOVICE. That’s the truth about hiring inexperienced DAY OF planners.

Now ask yourself again. Do I Want MORE? Or Do I Want Less? It’s not complicated…of course you want MORE. You deserve MORE. So pay a little more for an experienced wedding planner. She will save you time, stress and money. Thanks for taking the time to consider the options. Back to your regularly scheduled program…..

Fresh New Blog

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Los Angeles Wedding Planner, “Wedding Jeannie” is unveiling a fresh new blog. I’m so glad you stopped by to visit. What does that mean for you? Lot’s of updated Real Weddings, useful advice and tips, and the latest trends in Southern California weddings.

Just because this is a new blog doesn’t mean we’re a new company. Wedding Jeannie has been planning and producing weddings since 2000. Visit our good old blog for everything weddings by clicking here. We are busy creating new posts for this blog, and we can’t wait for you to read them all.

Visit often to keep up to date on the latest news about our design inspiration, adventures in wedding planning, and living La Vida Wedding in Southern California. You can learn more about Wedding Jeannie and our services at our gorgeous website.

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