LVL Academy : Fall Wedding Planner Workshop Day 1

Day 1 of LVL Academy Wedding Planner Workshop was filled with the buzz of anticipation. We welcomed students from all over to include; Hawaii, Northern California, New York, and Denver and had our biggest class to yet!

We always start out the first day with a coffee side chat (and donuts) with the Partners of LVL Weddings & Events, Lindsay Ferguson and Heather Hoesch. This is one of our favorite parts of the day because we get to know each student and find out their WHY? Each has a different story and journey of how they found their passion for weddings and they are all truly inspirational! The one common theme is their desire to never stop learning and to take their passion to the next level.

Throughout the day, the students also heard from top wedding professionals in the industry to gain their perspective on weddings and more importantly, what they expect from a professional wedding planner. We had the privilege to welcome Troy and Aimee Grover Photography, Melina Glavas, Sr. Event Sales Manager of The Little Nell, and Meg Walker, Owner of Made by Meg Catering.

We ended the night with a delicious meal from The Lime Truck and topped it off with a cake cutting demo and some tasty desserts from Beverly’s Best.

Want to learn more about the LVL Academy and why it is the new standard for wedding planners? Watch this video and check out the photos below to find out for yourself! We looking forward to you joining our Planner Life Community!

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Sponsors
Found Vintage RentalsSignature Party RentalsThe ArkElevated Pulse Productions, ModMix Studio, Amber Event Production, The Cheese Block, Flowers by Cina, Midnight Confetti, Heidi Davidson Design, ONEHOPE Wine, Lorely Meza Photography, The Lime Truck, Soho Taco, Made by Meg CateringImpressive Creations, The Traveling Photo Booth, Beverly’s Bakery, Design Visage,

Speakers Day 1

The Grovers PhotographyMade By Meg Catering, Melina Glavas of The Little Nell

Swag Bag Sponsors
Rescue Flats, PreHeels, Save the Veil, Sugar Doodle Cookie Co., Wedding Chicks, Midnight Confetti, Be Inspired PR, Tracee’s Wicked Treats, Margaret’s Cleaners, Minted

 

Real Wedding: Merete and Brett featured on Borrowed and Blue!

Recently featured on Borrowed & Blue. Merete & Brett and their dog Molly (who had her own floral crown) wed at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  For our Planner Amy it was truly love at first site. They met at a downtown cafe in San Diego and bonded over their shared love of dogs & Orangetheory!

There wedding style was a romantic garden style feel using white, green and light pink florals with accents of gold. They also used their wedding monogram to make custom pillows and accents on all their stationary and signage which made for a elegant personal touch.

It was no surprise that they had the most amazing family & friends. Their wedding was like one big love fest and we are so excited to relive it all over again!

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Vendor Team: Planner Amy of LVL Weddings & Events Venue Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Photography Brian Miller Florist Amanda Thorne Rentals Signature Party Rentals Entertainment JME EntertainmentBilly Watson and Eliana Strings Video Quixotic Desserts Baked Bear and Cravory Cookies Beauty Beauty by Stacey

7 Wedding Expenses Couples Forget to Prepare For

photo credit: silvana di franco

Weddings are expensive. In fact, a 2015 study done by The Knot showed that couples in the US spent an average of $32,641 on their wedding. If you already have a budget in mind (and you plan to stick to it), make sure to take note of all the possible wedding expenses. To help you avoid unexpected costs, here are 7 wedding expenses couples forget to prepare for.

Postage

A single invitation per guest may cost you approximately $2 each in postage – that already includes the notes, stamps, and postcards. While it may not be that much at first look, the postage alone can sum up to hundreds of dollars if you’ve got more than a hundred guests. If you want to avoid spending so much money on postage, consider sending RSVPs online instead.

Hair and makeup trials

Say you’ve already hired someone to do your bridal hair and makeup and you want to make sure it’s all on point; you would need to do a trial run. Doing a trial with your hair and makeup artist days or months before the big event will help you decide which look you’d want to wear down the aisle. However, this can cost you an additional $80 – $250. To make the most out of the expenditure, consider what bridal look you want and prepare photos of the looks you think works best for you.

Accessories

You’ve got the wedding dress and the tuxedo for your groom already set, but how about the accessories and undergarments? Accessories like the veil, jewelry, an extra pair of shoes, shape wear, and other undergarments such as bras should be considered. For the groom, a matching pair of socks for his tuxedo will do, as well as cuff links, ties, and a pair of shoes.

Extra Décor

Although flowers are very common wedding decors, let’s not forget the non-floral ones like the signage, paper goods for the table to include menus and table numbers, specialty linens, and among many others. Adding these elements can significantly enhance the overall details of your wedding. This is where a floral mock up might be worth the investment so you can visualize what you need and don’t need. Just make sure to find pieces that fit your budget.

Wedding Coordinator

If you courageously planned your own wedding it is imperative, you hand it off at least 60 days prior to a professionally trained Coordinator. This way you can have someone looking over all the details that you trust while you concentrate on getting ready. This way, you can avoid getting stressed out over minor details and fully enjoy your wedding day.

Vendor Meals

Most couples don’t realize they have to feed their vendors a nice hot meal. Most venues and catering companies provide a discounted meal choice even if they are eating the same entrée as the guests. Just remember those vendors who are with you all day need a little break action when things slow down to get reenergized for the big dance party!

Gifts

Of course, don’t forget to give presents to the people who showed up on your special day, as well as the people who supported and worked to help you achieve a great one. There are plenty of manly groomsmen gifts that your guys will surely love. Furthermore, your bridesmaids will also appreciate something creative and personal. Don’t forget to include your parents in your gift budget as well.

Real Wedding: Kendall and Dave

Combining the excitement of New Year’s Eve with all the feels of a wedding equals one great party. Kendall and Dave gathered up all of their favorite people for their big day to celebrate their marriage and ring in the new year at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, CA. They envisioned New Year’s glam paired with organic touches to reflect wine country. The ceremony was romantic and intimate followed by a cocktail hour held in the test kitchen, fun and fitting for their culinary school venue. Gold, sequins, greenery created a classic yet festive style including plenty of the bells and whistles for when the ball dropped at midnight.

Enjoy reliving Kendall and Dave’s celebration captured by Grace Havlak Photography!
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Coordination: Ashley Brand of LVL Weddings & Events // Photography: Grace Havlak Photography // Floral Design: California Sister Floral Design Co // Catering & Venue: Ramekins // Video: Daniel Gruen Weddings // Makeup: Artistry By Danika // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals // Entertainment: AMS Entertainment

Real Wedding: Nora and Erol

Nothing beats the gorgeous views of Palos Verdes and lucky for our beautiful bride Nora, she grew up with this view in her backyard. So it was no surprise that Nora and Erol formed a special bond with the ocean and spend their days surfing together. They decided on Catalina View Gardens to say I do and celebrate with their closest family and friends. One of our favorite details of the wedding was Nora’s wedding dress which her mother made. It was incredible and such a special part of the day.
They also wanted to incorporate their love for Italy so we incorporated tuscan style florals by Lavenders and a farm to table cuisine crafted by Made by Meg. Enjoy the beautiful details and photos captured by M.K. Sadler Photography. 

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Ari : A Wedding Short Film from Sketch Cinema on Vimeo.

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Venue Catalina View Gardens DJ Vox Beauty Hair Design Visage Makeup Stormi Beauty Rentals Classic Party Luxe Linen Beverage Liquid Catering Ceremony and Cocktail Music Amy Hite Guitar Dessert Sweet n Saucy Shop Wedding Gown: Made by Mother of the Bride