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5 Wedding Planning Tips Every Couple Should Know


Truth be told, planning a wedding is not in any way easy: there are hundreds of details to consider, which can put a lot of external pressure put on you, and there’s a lot of internal anxiety as well.

Combined with a race against time, planning a wedding can easily become one of the most stressful things in some people’s lives.


What are some of the essential tips you should keep in mind when planning your Big Day, so that you make sure to plan a perfect event without losing your mind? We have gathered them for you to hopefully take some of the stress out of planning your wedding.

  • Keep things organized from the very beginning. Given the large number of details you have to handle when planning the wedding, it is very easy to lose track of some things (and sometimes, these things might be quite important). Put it all on paper. Create a timeline. Take things in their natural order (e.g. first you find a wedding venue, and then you establish the décor details).

  • Get the big tasks out of the way first. The budget, the guest list, the venue, the catering, and the entertainment come before the napkins, the shoes, and the boutonnieres. There is a reason they should come first: they lie at the very foundation of building the ideal wedding day, and without them, you are very likely to plan a lot of details that won’t make sense all together when the day arrives.

  • Your seating chart is important. It may not be the most pleasant thing to plan, but it is essential when you want to make sure everyone will feel great attending your wedding reception. Even a small slip or a mistake in putting incompatible people together can ruin the atmosphere (not just for those people, but for everyone around them too).

  • Don’t forget about the lighting. Even the simplest, most inexpensive wedding venue can turn into a fairy tale-worthy space if you use the right lighting. Twinkle lights are especially popular for their whimsical vibe, but you can use gobo lighting (for a modern and elegant wedding), lanterns (for a casual, boho-chic wedding), or even candles (for an ultra-romantic wedding).

  • Go beyond trends, go beyond rules. This is YOUR wedding and it should reflect YOU. Let your personality shine through. Think out of the box, even when that means doing something most people don’t do (like wearing a colored wedding dress, if you feel that’s more suitable for you than a classic white gown).

Most importantly, though, smile through it all – your wedding planning is a time just as unique as the Big Day itself. Enjoy it and seize every beautiful second of it!

Creative Team
Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church 
Reception Venue: Elings Park, Santa Barbara
Photographer: Sara Weir
Planner, Designer and Floristry: Burlap & Bordeaux
Catering: Taqueria Movil
Lighting: Bella Vista Designs
Rentals: Elegant Event Rental 
Hair & Makeup: La Rouge Artistry
Bakery: Sugar Lab Bake Shop
Linens: Dreams America Linens
DJ: Music by Bonnie


Whimsical Redwoods Wedding with Vintage Flair Featured on RuffledBlog


We’re happy to share that we were featured on Ruffled Blog for our Whimsical Redwoods Wedding with Vintage Flair. Keep scrolling to see beautiful images shared from this beautiful day!


We know whites and neutrals aren’t going anywhere, but when we see a wedding like this one, we are reminded of why we love color OH SO much. This whimsical Redwoods wedding with vintage flair had all the bright pops of color and took place among tall forest trees. With the ceremony set at a classic Airstream park and an adorable furry guest in attendance, it doesn’t get more playful than this! We know this one will make you smile, so keep on reading.

Allison Lindsey Photography not only nailed the photos but also helped the couple find the ideal spot to have their ceremony. The scenic nature of the tall Redwoods truly set the stage for this picture-perfect wedding day.

To see the full feature click HERE!

Creative Team
Photography: Allie Lindsey Photography
Ceremony Venue: Autocamp
Reception Venue: Betty Spaghetti
Planning, Event + Floral Design: Burlap & Bordeaux
Styling + Decor Rentals: My Lovely Events and Vintage Rentals
Cake: The Cake Stand Cakery
Specialty Desserts: Roni’s Sugar Creations
Macarons: Sugar Lab Bake Shop
Donuts: Custom Cupcakes by Sarah
Table Top Rentals: Otis + Pearl
Linens: Dreams America Linens


Inviting your Furry Friends to your Wedding!


Happy New Year! Did you get engaged over the holidays? Thinking about who to include on your big day? How about your furry best friend? Should they be included in the wedding too? And if yes, how to do this in a way that will steal everyone’s hearts?

Yes, you should definitely include your kitten, puppy, or any other “furry” friend you may have in the wedding. These little guys offer you unconditional love and undivided attention – so why not bring them with you on one of the most amazing days of your life? However, if you decide to do this, do make sure they don’t get too anxious when they are surrounded by many people. Also, do make sure there will be someone especially assigned to take care of them during the wedding and make sure there is someone to take them home when it could get too tiresome for them too.

One of the best ways to include your furry friends in the wedding is by simply including them in the photo shooting. This can result in photos that are absolutely adorable – pictures you will love one, two, and twenty-two years from now as well!


Another adorable way to include a dog in the wedding is to make him your “Ring Bearer”. This can be easily solved with a tiny box you can hang on his/her collar and a bridesmaid or a groomsman willing to “walk him/her” down the aisle. It will make for such a cute, unforgettable, and unique moment at your ceremony!


Don’t forget to “dress up” your kitten or pup too! A pretty bow-tie, a little tutu skirt, a suit made just for them – these small details can make them an even more adorable companion for your wedding day. DO make sure they are comfortable with their “attires”, though – if they aren’t, it’s better to keep it as simple as possible (such as by simply putting on a more festive collar on them).

Your pets are your friends – and they surely deserve to be part of your Big Day! Beyond all cuteness, do make sure your furry friends are safe more than anything. Sparklers, crowds, fireworks and other typical wedding elements might scare them off – so remember to have someone take them away before any of that happens! You want your little balls of furry joy to be happy on your wedding day – just as you want every other guest to be happy too!

Creative Team
Venue: Quail Ranch 
Photographer: Rewind Photography
Wedding Planner, Designer, and Floristry: Burlap & Bordeaux
DJ: Dj Zeke SB
Catering: Command Performance
Rentals: A Rental Connection
Linens: Dreams America Linens