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A Guest Post from our Friends at Zola!

You’re engaged; congratulations! Once the initial shock has worn off, it’s time to get serious about wedding planning. There are so many things to consider – the venue, how many guests, the dress, the list goes on and on! Before you get too overwhelmed, my best piece of advice would be to hire a wedding planner.According to a survey conducted by online registry Zola, approximately 20% of couples regretted not hiring a wedding planner. Even though hiring a planner is...

7 Wedding Expenses Couples Forget to Prepare For

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...

Holiday Entertaining Tips

As you enter into this holiday season as newlyweds, you may be entertaining family & friends in your first home together. This is a great time to start new traditions as well as use some of those registry gifts! Entertaining in your home is much like hosting guests at a wedding, just on a much smaller scale, yet with the same personal touches. Here are some of our top tips for entertaining over the holidays: 1. Set...

Questions to Ask Your Caterer

As planners, we are asked so many questions by our couples during planning, but sometimes we like to offer advice before it’s asked (or you even think to ask!). We assembled some of our top questions to ask your caterer during an initial catering meeting or tasting. These questions will keep the lines of communication clear and help to avoid any ‘I didn’t know that’ moments right before or during your wedding reception. This list is...

Real Wedding: Allison and Matt

When we met Allison and Matt they had decided on the barn at Strawberry Farms Golf Club for their wedding day- a sweet, rustic venue with tons of character. The couple held their intimate ceremony outside in front of only their closest family and friends, surrounded by blush and lavendar florals by The Bloom of Time. They continued their rustic celebration with cornhole boards during cocktail hour. The rustic theme carried on into their reception with vintage books and antiques,...

Real Wedding: Jenn and Bryan Part 3: Welcome Home Celebration

Jenn & Bryan celebrated their I Do’s with an intimate wedding in Maui, but they wanted to celebrate with all their family and friends back home in Orange County. We decided to theme the event Bringing Hawaii Home to help recreate some of the touches of Hawaii and allow the guests to feel like they were a part of their special day; all while hosting a ridiculously fun celebration full of dancing. To start, Lovely Paper Things...

Jenn and Bryan’s Wedding Weekend Part 1: Pineapple Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

For Jenn and Bryan’s Maui rehearsal dinner we wanted to achieve a modern spin on tropical using some of Hawaii’s local favorites, especially the famous pineapple. We did not want to overshadow their wedding so we kept the centerpieces simple with the focal point being the pineapple accented by elephant leaves and other local, tropical greens. Our favorite touch to the evening was the custom pineapple napkin favors created by Letter Craft. The guests enjoyed live...

Sam & Mike, Whetstone Winery Elopement

After many wedding planning attempts, Sam and Mike went back and forth on dates and locations and were engaged for over two years when a night out to dinner with friends changed everything. They were exhausted from all of the attempts at planning and trying to make everyone involved happy. They were out to dinner with some friends who told them they were headed out to Napa the following weekend to celebrate their anniversary. Fast forward to...

Real Wedding: Sara and Dave, Featured on Style Me Pretty

I may have said it before, but the greatest compliment is a referral, and it reminds me why I do what I do. These two attorney’s were a referral from past clients and we immediately hit it off. Sara and Dave wanted their wedding to be a meaningful celebration where their friends and family could truly enjoy the best of sunny So Cal. We happened upon their dream wedding venue- Cielo Farms Winery– entirely by accident....

Top 3 Bride & Groom Must-Have Accessories

Your wedding day fashion doesn’t stop just at ‘the dress’ and the best fitting tux. Brides and grooms, take notes on some of our favorite his and hers accessories for your wedding day. (Hint: these also make great bridal party gifts!) Ladies first:   1. Bridal Party Robes & Outfits- Plum Pretty Sugar continues to set the standard for these pretty robes, wearable lingerie and accessories. Your maids will thank you for something they’ll actually use again,...

8 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas in Los Angeles

Not only is Los Angeles a great place to get married, it’s also a great place for a Bachelorette party! There are TONS of fun things to do in LA that will entertain the bride during her final days of being a single lady! Looking for a wild and crazy night? Reserve a table at the most outrageous variety show in town, Beacher’s Madhouse! This will definitely be a night out the bride won’t forget! Is...

5 Things You Would Never Think To Ask a Wedding Planner

So, you’re engaged. Congratulations! And you’ve decided to hire a wedding planner. Kudos!! But who? And how do you differentiate? Leafing through magazines, scrolling through blogs, chatting with friends — each planner is different in their style, business and personality. All of which must jive with you and your fiancé, your wedding, and your budget. There are lots of questions to ask when interviewing your potential wedding planner before hiring them, like: • How do you...

Best Man, Best Behavior

Oh boy, do we have a treat for you today on our blog. When guest writer Josh Womack first reached out to me I was excited not only because he is from my hometown of Cleveland but because he understands the importance of a heartfelt yet humorous toast at a weddings.  I have seen first hand the anxiety on the best men and maid of honors faces when giving them the two minute warning.   I have...

Real Wedding: Lisa and Andrew featured on Style Unveiled

Lisa and Andrew were married at gorgeous Montage Laguna Beach. Lisa and Andrew wanted a elegant, black tie affair with breathtaking ocean views for their jewish ceremony and this is exactly what they got.  We loved everything about this wedding from the ombre centerpieces, surprise Dodgers groom cake and custom gobo on the dance floor. This beautiful Montage Laguna Beach wedding was also featured on Style Unveiled and photos were taken by Scott Nelson Photography.  ...

Real Wedding: Nicole and Joey featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Nicole and Joey’s Smog Shoppe wedding was one of a kind. Between their two frenchies who acted as ring bearers, embroidered table numbers and the escort cards + display, 7″ vinyl records as favors this wedding was a complete representation of these two love birds. You can find more gorgeous details of this wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks to Brandon Kidd Photography for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Nicole + Joey!   Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography //...

Real Wedding: Brittany and Duncan

In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to share Brittany and Duncan’s gorgeous Carlsbad military wedding.  Being married to someone in the service,  Memorial Day takes on a new meaning for me as I am sure it does for Brittany and Duncan.  Having lived apart for two years,  making multiple weekend red eye flights, countless Skype calls and deployments these two embody the commitment and sacrifice required in military families. Duncan and Brittany wanted to celebrate their vows in San Diego with a...

Real Wedding: Lindsay and John Bermuda Themed Wedding featured on The Knot

Lindsay and John were never fans of big formal weddings and the most important part of their wedding was to make sure it reflected each of them.   Lindsay grew up with her grandparents living in Bermuda and when she took John to Bermuda for the first time he feel in love with it too so they decided to have a bermuda themed wedding,  bermuda suits and all! With the help of event designer Lindye Galloway,...

Real Wedding: Kristin and Matt

One of the reasons I love my job so much is because I get to work with couples like Kristin & Matt.  From the moment I met them, I knew their wedding was not only going to be beautiful, but it would reflect their love for the outdoors, their family and friends and their outgoing personalities.  To bring in the outdoors they choose Rancho Las Lomas and every table number was an engraved piece of wood...

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Coming off a 5 day silent meditative retreat in beautiful Big Sur not only prepared me for the new year but allowed me to reflect on many things in my life including LVL and what it means to me.  There is something to be said for forcing yourself to quite the mind and allow for mindful reflection and solitude. The one feeling that kept popping up in those moments of silence was GRATITUDE. GRATITUDE for the...

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chad – Featured on Style Me Pretty

When it came to planning their wedding, Jessica and Chad knew they wanted to make it resemble them as a couple, down to the littlest details.  As a collector and lover of all things rustic and vintage, Olympia’s Valley Estate was the perfect setting for their wedding.  Nestled inside a working dairy and organic produce farm, this property had everything they wanted and then some.  All the signs below were made and painted by the groom.  As...

LVL’s WEB showcase at the Waterfront Hilton, Huntington Beach

LVL had the wonderful opportunity to dress up the WEB (Waterfront Event Boutique) for the entire month of May!  Thanks to Next Exit Photography, you can view all the details here if you don’t have a chance to check it out for yourself over before June hits.  Huge thanks to Adrienne of The Bloom of Time for donating a new fresh centerpiece weekly, to Signature Party Rentals for the ghost chairs, glassware, dishes and silverware, to...

I Do {How To’s}: Postable

One of the first things that a couple getting married has to decide on are their guests.  How many will they have, and how many households will they be sending invitations to?  Although snail mail typically falls by the wayside when people reach out to contact one another, it is the way to go when announcing your wedding.  But since it is no longer typical to have everyone’s addresses handy, Postable can become a bride (or...

Engagement: Stephanie & Andy

These lovebirds tied the knot this past weekend! We had so much fun and cannot wait to show you all the pretty neon and ultra creative details. For now, we wanted to share their fun E shoot, Enjoy! Photography by Daniel JoHung Productions                                                  

Look of Love: Bridal Event

California Wedding Day magazine hosted “The Look of Love, Orange County”, at the uber chic Chuck Jones Gallery for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA. The event was designed and customized to give brides resources, information and inspiration like no other. I was on hand as one of the panel wedding planners to provide insight and helpful tips for couples planning their big day. Among the talented groups showcasing their areas, we were honored to team up...

Love Tour, A Boutique Bridal Bash: San Francisco Cavallo Point

We are so excited to share the first Wedding Love Tour in Northern California! On this rare sunny February day, Cavallo Point showed off its stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Special thanks to our fabulous team: Cavallo Point, Kathleen Deery Design, Janae Shields Photography, Weddings on Film, Boutique Wedding DJs, Iron Horse Vineyards, And Something Blue, Christina Choi Cosmetics, Wine Country Party Rentals, Milk Glass Vintage Rentals, Purple Monkey Photo Booth...

Carnival Theme Engagement Party : Russell & Kelly

We are getting so excited about Kelly & Russell’s upcoming wedding, that we thought we would share the fun party we threw for them this summer! An engagement party does not have to be formal or adults only. This family friendly fun party was to celebrate Kelly & Russell’s engagement, the couple wanted a fun backyard party for their close friends, family and even the kids could enjoy. Let’s Have a Cart Party grilled up tri...

Real Wedding: Jordan & Maria

Maria and Jordan tied the knot at the Santa Clara Mission Church with their reception held at the Palmdale Estates in Fremont, California.  Both of these locations were ideal for hosting their 350 person guest list. We loved their traditional church ceremony followed by their reception’s earthy and rustic details. Check out this gorgeous couple’s wedding as they run away in love together, captured by Soo Photography. Planner: Kimberly at LVL Weddings & Events  // Ceremony: Santa...

Venue Spotlight: The Winery San Francisco

With LVL’s expansion into the Northern California we wanted to spotlight some great venues. Today’s venue spotlight is The Winery SF located on Treasure Island. The venue’s backdrop is the breathtaking San Francisco skyline. As you walk through the doors you are surrounded by never ending wine barrels and beautiful tall ceilings.   One of the reasons we love this venue is the mix of the city with a winery twist. With the best of both...

I Do {How To’s} : What’s In LVL’s Wedding Emergency Kit?

Many brides have fantasized about their wedding day since as far back as they can remember. Planning every single detail – leaving no thought for error. After all, it’s your wedding day, why would you even think about something going wrong? It’s going to be one of the biggest days of your life, so everything should be exactly how you want it. Here at LVL Weddings & Events, we make sure to be prepared for any little mishaps that may occur on...

Beauty: Lash Spot Spas

We recently discovered the wonderful world of lash extensions. Imagine having beautiful, longer, voluminous looking eyelashes without having to apply mascara or eyelash strips everyday! Lash Spot Spas is a premiere eyelash extension spa in Orange County that specializes in the application of premium silk and mink lash extensions. What we loved most was the applications of each individual eyelash. It was so well done that no one we ran into could even tell they were...

Happy Birthday to Bella Bridesmaid OC

We adore our friends at  Bella Bridesmaid and are so excited to wish them a very happy 1st Birthday! The best part, they are sharing the party with our brides to be. Don’t miss the opportunity to preview the 2012 Spring Collections of Swoon and Monique Lhuillier!  

Support a Fallen Warrior

The recent helicopter crash on August 6th in Afghanistan came as a huge shock and unprecedented tragedy to our Country. We can not even imagine the loss the family, friends and teammates of these men are facing. A friend of ours lost his brother on that Operation and his SEAL teammates are raising money for all of the families who lost someone in the crash. In particular, they are looking to offset funeral costs and start a significant...

Curtis & Kelly : Save the Date + Engagement Session

We love our couples cute Save The Dates. Their story and wedding are so fun!! We can’t wait for the big day. Kelly (the bride to be) designed their stationary and did such a great job. They are getting married in an airport hangar so the sky writing is a perfect fit.   Okay, so we might be a little biased but we think this is such a cute engagement session. You can’t help but love...

Curtis & Kelly : Save the Date + Engagement Session

We love our couples cute Save The Dates. Their story and wedding are so fun!! We can’t wait for the big day. Kelly (the bride to be) designed their stationary and did such a great job. They are getting married in an airport hangar so the sky writing is a perfect fit.   Okay, so we might be a little biased but we think this is such a cute engagement session. You can’t help but love...

Dolly Pearl Trunk Show at Bella Bridesmaid

Happy Summer Everyone! We’re thrilled to announce that Bella Bridesmaid will be hosting a Dolly Pearl Trunk Show, July 29th – July 30th!  Don’t miss the opportunity to check out this adorable new collection of bridal and bridesmaid dresses.  Space is limited, so please call or email Bella Bridesmaid today to schedule an appointment.

I Do {How To’s} : Custom Wooden Wedding Signs

  We have received so many compliments on our custom I Do How To’s signs that we had to share this great resource. This Postmoderne shop on Etsy is where we found this idea. We love the sign’s Terry creates and asked she help us with fun signage for our I Do How To’s. We could not have been more pleased with the results. These super cute signs have been featured on The Bride Suite, and...

I Do {How To’s} : Custom Wooden Wedding Signs

  We have received so many compliments on our custom I Do How To’s signs that we had to share this great resource. This Postmoderne shop on Etsy is where we found this idea. We love the sign’s Terry creates and asked she help us with fun signage for our I Do How To’s. We could not have been more pleased with the results. These super cute signs have been featured on The Bride Suite, and...

I Do {How To's}: Wedding Dress Hangers

You have found the perfect dress.  The order has been placed, it has been altered and pressed and now it is ready for the big day. Wait not yet! You are missing one thing. The perfect wedding dress hanger for this perfect gown. Bridal salons often hang the dress on a plastic hanger,  though practical it is not beautiful.  This detail often gets overlooked but can play such a cute, creative or personal role in your...

I Do {How To’s}: Wedding Dress Hangers

You have found the perfect dress.  The order has been placed, it has been altered and pressed and now it is ready for the big day. Wait not yet! You are missing one thing. The perfect wedding dress hanger for this perfect gown. Bridal salons often hang the dress on a plastic hanger,  though practical it is not beautiful.  This detail often gets overlooked but can play such a cute, creative or personal role in your...

AND THE WINNER IS…

Congratulations to Jackie and Samuel who are getting married on June 2, 2012! They picked the lucky ticket: No LVL118 which entitles the couple to $500 off any of LVL’s wedding planning services. If you want to cash in on our wedding planning giveaways make sure to check us out at the next Love Tour! http://sbweddinglovetour.wordpress.com/

It's all about comfort

I am the type of person that jumps into my sweats the moment I get home so when I see our brides and bridesmaids limping around in there heels or going barefoot on the dirty dance floor it pains me!  Finally a cute alternative to flip flops and ballet slippers have arrived.  Check out TOMS new wedding collection. They even have a blue glittery pair for your “something blue.”    

It’s all about comfort

I am the type of person that jumps into my sweats the moment I get home so when I see our brides and bridesmaids limping around in there heels or going barefoot on the dirty dance floor it pains me!  Finally a cute alternative to flip flops and ballet slippers have arrived.  Check out TOMS new wedding collection. They even have a blue glittery pair for your “something blue.”    

Joanna August Trunk Show at Bella Bridesmaid OC

Bella Bridesmaid OC is hands down the best place to get cute bridesmaid dresses in Orange County. Make sure to join them when the fabulous designer Joanna August is in town! Joanna August herself will be showcasing her stylish new bridesmaid dress collection. The line is full of unique and flattering styles available in an array of whimsical and elegant colors that every girl would love to wear … and wear again!

THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE BRIDAL SHOW…TRUST ME.

ATTN:  BRIDES AND GROOMS OUT THERE!! THE LOVE TOUR KICKS OFF IN FEBRUARY SO DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO MEET PREMIER WEDDING VENDORS, DRINK FANTASTIC WINE, MINGLE WITH OTHER COUPLES AND LEARN IMPERATIVE WEDDING PLANNING DO’S AND DONT’S. LVL WEDDINGS & EVENTS IS HONORED TO BE PRESENTING I DO {HOW TO’S} SO COME PREPARED WITH ALL YOUR QUESTIONS!

I Do {How To's} : Children at Your Wedding

When you picture your wedding, is it an adult or full family affair? As you figure out your vision for your wedding, your invite list and all the other details, often you are faced with the decision of having an adult only wedding versus inviting the whole family… and honestly it can be a tough decision. Here are your options and suggestions on how to handle an adults only event or what you can do to...

I Do {How To’s} : Children at Your Wedding

When you picture your wedding, is it an adult or full family affair? As you figure out your vision for your wedding, your invite list and all the other details, often you are faced with the decision of having an adult only wedding versus inviting the whole family… and honestly it can be a tough decision. Here are your options and suggestions on how to handle an adults only event or what you can do to...

Esquire Photography gets up close and personal with LVL

My friend and colleague David with Esquire Photography asked me to be a part of this amazing project he is creating to help bride and grooms plan their wedding. Being in front of the camera is not my forte, I usually let my bride and grooms handle that but hopefully this offers you some insight on how to make the most of your wedding day.

I Do {How To's}: Caring for your Wedding Dress

We asked our friends at Margaret’s Cleaners to share some tips with our brides on how to care for your wedding dress both before and after the wedding.  Here are the I Do Must Do’s for your beautiful gown! Storage Tips & Recommendations If you have your gown preserved after the wedding, choose a cool, dark, dry place to store it. Avoid places conducive to moisture or excessive heat such as: Directly on top of a...

I Do {How To’s}: Caring for your Wedding Dress

We asked our friends at Margaret’s Cleaners to share some tips with our brides on how to care for your wedding dress both before and after the wedding.  Here are the I Do Must Do’s for your beautiful gown! Storage Tips & Recommendations If you have your gown preserved after the wedding, choose a cool, dark, dry place to store it. Avoid places conducive to moisture or excessive heat such as: Directly on top of a...

Do You Have The Ultimate Wedding Disaster Story?

I’m normally not into reality wedding shows but this one is positive and I told our friends at We Tv I would share it with our readers!! Do You Have The Ultimate Wedding Disaster Story? Did you suffer a wedding disaster that put a damper on your big day? Does your wedding video play like a blooper reel? Do you wish you could do it all over again and have the wedding you originally dreamed of?...

I Do {How To’s} Your Role as a Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor

You’ve been given the honor of being a bridesmaid or maid/matron of honor in a wedding – congratulations! After receiving the honor from your friend or family member, planning will become one of both excitement and time management.  A bridesmaid who plans ahead will enjoy the experience much more than one who will waits until the last minute. Some brides depend heavily on their bridal party for full-planning support and help; others may only ask of...

I Do {How To's} Finding the Perfect Fit

It’s finally the moment you’ve been waiting for. The moment you’ve been dreaming of. It is time to find the wedding dress of your dreams. Now, since we are pretty sure this is something you haven’t  done before, it can be a little confusing.  Where  do you start?  What should you be looking for?  How far in advance should you decide on a dress? Well here are some tips to get you in the right direction...

I Do {How To’s} Finding the Perfect Fit

It’s finally the moment you’ve been waiting for. The moment you’ve been dreaming of. It is time to find the wedding dress of your dreams. Now, since we are pretty sure this is something you haven’t  done before, it can be a little confusing.  Where  do you start?  What should you be looking for?  How far in advance should you decide on a dress? Well here are some tips to get you in the right direction...

And Then They Got Even Cuter!

While working a wedding at the beautiful Surf and Sand Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach I came across the most adorable flower girl dresses. I asked the mother where they got them from and she said J.Crew. I quickly hopped on my computer the next day and was going crazy over what I found! There are even more style on their website.

I Do {How To's} Candy Buffets

From Left to right; Designed by LVL Weddings & Events, Candee by Sandee and Inviting Occasion. We’ve all heard of the saying, “Like a Kid in a Candy Store,” and when presented with a table full of your favorite, delicious treats don’t you just get down right excited like a little kid? We sure do and so do our clients.   In the past few years  my clients have really jumped on the candy station band wagon...

I Do {How To’s} Candy Buffets

From Left to right; Designed by LVL Weddings & Events, Candee by Sandee and Inviting Occasion. We’ve all heard of the saying, “Like a Kid in a Candy Store,” and when presented with a table full of your favorite, delicious treats don’t you just get down right excited like a little kid? We sure do and so do our clients.   In the past few years  my clients have really jumped on the candy station band wagon...

Great White Wedding

Last weekend, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was married and threw one great-white wedding that was over the top and nothing short of grandeur. These days, it’s not only Chelsea who is having elaborate wedding celebrations with budgets that even Donald Trump would blush at. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Platinum Weddings or flipped through a magazine where so-and-so celebrity is having the wedding of the year, then you’ve no doubt oohed  and aahed...

I DO {How To's} The After-Party Guide

Gone are the days of having just a small reception and sending your guests home when it comes to celebrate your new marriage. These days couples really want to treat their guests and keep the celebration going so more and more couples are adding after-parties to their reception. And any bride will tell you that the reception does flies by; so why does the last dance have to signal the end of the celebration? Well, it...

I DO {How To’s} The After-Party Guide

Gone are the days of having just a small reception and sending your guests home when it comes to celebrate your new marriage. These days couples really want to treat their guests and keep the celebration going so more and more couples are adding after-parties to their reception. And any bride will tell you that the reception does flies by; so why does the last dance have to signal the end of the celebration? Well, it...

I Do {How To’s} Easy Ways To Cut Down On Your Cost

Just because you want to have a fabulous wedding doesn’t mean you need to break the bank! There are many ways to pinch those pennies, but the key to having that fabulous wedding is knowing where to spend and where to save. Here are some ways you can keep your costs down without compromising the integrity of the event: Trim that Guest List: Your cost per head is the biggest expense, so cut out those friends...

I Do {How To's}: Picking Your All Star Team!

If you have already begun the process of looking for vendors to assist with your wedding, then you know how overwhelming it can be. Hands down this is the #1 mistake my clients make when planning their wedding. The reason for this is because if you pick one unprofessional, unreliable,  unexperienced wedding vendor it can ruin your whole day. So here are some tips on how to avoid this. #1. Hire a knowledgeable and experienced wedding...

I Do {How To’s}: Picking Your All Star Team!

If you have already begun the process of looking for vendors to assist with your wedding, then you know how overwhelming it can be. Hands down this is the #1 mistake my clients make when planning their wedding. The reason for this is because if you pick one unprofessional, unreliable,  unexperienced wedding vendor it can ruin your whole day. So here are some tips on how to avoid this. #1. Hire a knowledgeable and experienced wedding...

I Do {How To's}: Why "Day Of Coordinator" is More Than Just the Day Of…

One of the services LVL Weddings & Events offers is our Day of Coordination Package. But it’s a common misconception that couples believe our service will only include the actual day of their wedding. Day of Coordinators do a lot more than show up on the day of your wedding and we’re here to give you a little more information on what Day of Coordination involves. Brides who choose our Day of  Package are often hands-on...

I Do {How To’s}: Why “Day Of Coordinator” is More Than Just the Day Of…

One of the services LVL Weddings & Events offers is our Day of Coordination Package. But it’s a common misconception that couples believe our service will only include the actual day of their wedding. Day of Coordinators do a lot more than show up on the day of your wedding and we’re here to give you a little more information on what Day of Coordination involves. Brides who choose our Day of  Package are often hands-on...

Introducing: I Do {How To's}

If this is the first wedding you have ever planned then how do you know what to do? How do you know what you don’t know? A large part of my job as a wedding  planner is educating my brides and grooms on how to make their wedding a success.  I do this on a regular basis when meeting with clients but have yet to do this on my blog! So please allow me to  introduce...

Introducing: I Do {How To’s}

If this is the first wedding you have ever planned then how do you know what to do? How do you know what you don’t know? A large part of my job as a wedding  planner is educating my brides and grooms on how to make their wedding a success.  I do this on a regular basis when meeting with clients but have yet to do this on my blog! So please allow me to  introduce...

Green Wedding Tips

Everyone is going green these days and making an effort to be more mindful of the environment. Going green doesn’t have to be just in your daily activities and lifestyle, it can also transcend over into planning or even attending a wedding. With that in mind, we’d like to share an article by our friends from Celebrate Green. They give great ideas and tips on how going green can be budget friendly as well as earth...

Be Still My Heart

When I first stumbled upon Sarah Seven‘s dresses, I let out a little gasp – of pure delight that is! My mind and heart went aflutter, and I was absolutely smitten with the beauty and charm her designs so eloquently exuded from the page. Now, as a lover of all things pretty and girlie, I must say that I didn’t stand a chance when browsing through her collections. I am in 100 percent in love with...

Preserving Your Wedding Gown

You’ve carefully selected the perfect dress for your big day. You’ve dreamt about gracefully walking down the aisle in a glorious gown that will make your guest’s hearts skip a beat. But how do you preserve your treasured gown once the wedding is over? We’ve got answers to help you take the right steps to making your gown last a lifetime. Before the Wedding: Short-term storage of your gown is absolutely important! It is recommended that...

The Perfect Do

You’ve spent hours carefully selecting the perfect dress, the lovely shoes, the dazzling jewelry and even the sweet-and-sexy undergarments. Now it is time to decide what to do with those locks you’ve got on your head. You’ll probably be spending a few more hours tossing your hair this way and that way deciding what will look best, so to help you with your hair-raising decision, we’ve compiled some lovely photos of bridal hairstyles you can surely...

Vera Wang's 2010 Spring Collection

Vera…girl, you’ve done it again! We love, love, love Vera Wang’s Spring Collection for 2010! She rounds out this season’s style with soft, angelic lines and layers upon layers of tulle and silk. The dresses are fit for any bride-to-be who wants to look like a princess. These dresses just exude romance, femininity and whimsy. We adore how soft and delicate these dresses are with their oh-so-pretty bows and beautiful draping. Register at Vera Wang’s Web...

Vera Wang’s 2010 Spring Collection

Vera…girl, you’ve done it again! We love, love, love Vera Wang’s Spring Collection for 2010! She rounds out this season’s style with soft, angelic lines and layers upon layers of tulle and silk. The dresses are fit for any bride-to-be who wants to look like a princess. These dresses just exude romance, femininity and whimsy. We adore how soft and delicate these dresses are with their oh-so-pretty bows and beautiful draping. Register at Vera Wang’s Web...

Fudge-tastic Favors

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so we thought that it would be the perfect time to share this fabulous recipe for Creamy Fudge Hearts. What we love about these delicious, little delectables are  all the wonderful things you can use them for. Our favorite idea is a DIY favor to hand out to your wedding guests. Not only is it cost effective, but how cute would these be when tucked in tiny little to-go boxes, wrapped...

We are so Grateful!

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced LVL Weddings & Events has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Planners! Thanks to all of my clients out there who posted such wonderful reviews which you can see at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/lvl-events-newport-beach/2600e3da7405bbba.html

Trendy Orange County Wedding Professionals: Where Are You??

If you are a wedding professional in Orange County then you need to read this!!  Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County is hosting its very first 2009 Trendsetter Awards and we want you to be a part of it. Read below for more details!!  To apply please click here and if you have any questions please email lindsay longacre at [email protected]  We hope to see you in December.

The Bond of Brotherhood

About 10 months ago my brother approached me to help plan his fraternity’s (The Stag Club) 100 Year Anniversary. I knew this centennial celebration would be a challenge for me not only because I was now under the strict direction of my big brother but my expertise lies in wedding planning not golf tournaments and keg stands. To my surprise we were flooded with rsvp’s from all over the world, the farthest traveler coming from Japan! ...

weddings 4 africa {attention all couples}

the very talented amanda lynn photography made me aware of this amazing cause. check it out. if you are a couple planning a wedding stop and think about this… you have an amazing opportunity to win a fabulous dream wedding (seriously), but more importantly, to be a part of heart 4 africa which is an organization whose mission is being: … “dedicated to helping africa’s orphaned children in their most vulnerable state by providing food, clothing,...

Flower DIYvas

If you are thinking about doing your own flowers for your wedding then FlowerDIYvas is perfect for you. They offer offer both fun, interactive workshops and a DVD.   Dawn and Christine are both floral designers in Southern California and understand what it takes for a bride to do their own flowers. FlowerDIYvas is headquartered in Orange County, CA and offer IN-PERSON, HANDS-ON workshops in their design studios, where they also do the flowers for over...

Not Your Average Limo

Big Woody Tours is a very unique limo bus that is unlike anything you have ever seen!  Woody is a converted school bus with a custom living room style interior that can accommodate up to 21 guests.  It is perfect for large wedding parties and for anyone having a beach theme wedding.  Visit their web site at www.bigwoodytours.com to view photos and testimonials and contact Devin at 949-335-8170 for availability and booking information.  Trust me you will be in great...

DIY Wedding Projects

* picture compliments of style me pretty A great way to save on cost while incorporating personality and detail to your wedding is “do it yourself ” projects. Style Me Pretty has some wonderful ideas so check it out and get inspired!!

Tips on Saving Money When Planning the Wedding of your Dreams!

By: Lindsay Longacre, Owner, LVL Events With the economy in dire straits I thought it would only be appropriate to give some tips on how to save money when planning your dream wedding.   Before researching any vendors or falling in love with an unaffordable venue, it’s critical to create a realistic budget based on individual financial situations and priorities. There is nothing worse than finding the photographer of one’s dreams only to realize later their...

Mother's Day Extravaganza – 1 DAY ONLY!!

A DAY TO CELEBRATE  ALL THE AMAZING WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE! Visit Ayres Center Bridal Show for the chance to save thousands of dollars off your wedding! Saturday May 9th, 2009 from 10 AM to 5 PM. At the Ayers Shopping Center 355 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Bring your Mother or Mother-to-be with you to Mon Amie Bridal Salon and we will present her with a rose. Then you and your Mother will each...

Mother’s Day Extravaganza – 1 DAY ONLY!!

A DAY TO CELEBRATE  ALL THE AMAZING WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE! Visit Ayres Center Bridal Show for the chance to save thousands of dollars off your wedding! Saturday May 9th, 2009 from 10 AM to 5 PM. At the Ayers Shopping Center 355 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Bring your Mother or Mother-to-be with you to Mon Amie Bridal Salon and we will present her with a rose. Then you and your Mother will each...

THREAD Bridesmaid Dresses

Calling all bridezillas: Thread’s newest collection is your one-stop bridesmaid shop. Mix and match these flirty silhouettes and bright colors (and different fabrics and lengths) for a wedding that is uniquely yours. http://bridal.threaddesign.com

Bella Blooms

Leanna and Melanie, co-owners of Bella Blooms are simply amamzing!! Their attention to detail and personal touch leaves their client feeling like the arrangement was designed exclusively for them. After all, isn’t that why we give people flowers to begin with? Whether its delivering fresh cut flowers to your door, or designing that “perfect” arrangement for your wedding; Bella Blooms is simply the best!

LVL Events Receives Bride's Choice Award from Wedding Wire

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that LVL Events has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™! In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. Unlike other awards in which winners...

LVL Events Receives Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that LVL Events has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards™! In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. Unlike other awards in which winners...

Green Leaf Designs

Green Leaf Designs is a full service floral company, serving the Orange County and Los Angeles areas since 2001. They specialize in wedding and event floral designs and offer beautiful floral arrangements at affordable prices.

Another Genius Product by C&M

You know that we love to entertain here at C&M… If you are anything like us, then you’ll love some flowers on the table to make an even prettier presentation. And whilst vases are a dime a dozen, this is quite the exception. A super slim aluminum vase held in place by a super thin magnet plate hidden under a table cloth, all you need to do is arrange them nicely, add some flowers and you...

Another Genius Product by C&M

You know that we love to entertain here at C&M… If you are anything like us, then you’ll love some flowers on the table to make an even prettier presentation. And whilst vases are a dime a dozen, this is quite the exception. A super slim aluminum vase held in place by a super thin magnet plate hidden under a table cloth, all you need to do is arrange them nicely, add some flowers and you...

The Dresser: Bridal Couture

The Dresser is located in the heart of Historic District in Fullerton. It is a quaint bridal boutique with tons of character and a great selection of couture bridal gowns. The Dresser stylists work individually with brides to help them choose the dress of their dreams with a personal touch! They have great customer service which is key for me!! You will definitely be in good hands. The Dresser: Bridal Couture112-A West Commonwealth Ave.Fullerton, [email protected]://www.thedresseronline.com/

Great Bridesmaids Gift Idea

Many brides struggle to find the right gift to give to their bridesmaids. I came across these modern, sophisticated beach style totes which are a great gift idea. Halsea also offers a wide selection of travel essentials from wallets to roller bags. These items are available in three coordinating prints, and a total of six color options. To view the collection please visit http://www.halsea.com/ You can visit the Halsea Shop at 409 31st Street, Newport Beach,...

Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) is the first Venezuelan Chocolatier based in the United States and Southern California’s premier artisan chocolatier. Founded in 2002, Chuao Chocolatier is pioneering “fusion chocolate” through a commitment to creating unusual, unexpected and delicious flavors using their secret blend of premium chocolate and fresh natural ingredients. I have to say the “firecracker” is one of my favorites. Just think of poprocks combined with the best chocolate ever! It has also been featured...

A Bridesmaid Dress You Can Actually Wear Again!

I know it is a miracle…don’t worry you can thank me later. I can not tell you how many of my bridesmaid dresses have gone in the dumpster. I know it is a hard decision for the bride to pick out a dress that looks good on everyone, so please know I am not blaming you but now you have no excuse! Ariane Goldman, owner and founder of Two Birds Bridesmaid came up with the most...

What's in SEASON?

I found this article in the knot and thought it was a great break down of flowers for this fall wedding season! SeptemberHydrangea: blue, green, whiteRose: white, red, pink, yellowDahlia: yellow, orange, red, brownSunflower: yellow and brownBlack-eyed Susan: yellow and brownCoreopsis: yellow October Amaranthus: orange, brown, goldChrysanthemum: gold, orange, white, redAster: white, purpleFall leaves: Poplar, Sycamore, Oak, Elm, Maple NovemberWheat Wax flower: white, pink, purpleOrchid (in Hawaii): yellow, white, greenStephanotis: white Anthurium (in Hawaii): white, red,...

What’s in SEASON?

I found this article in the knot and thought it was a great break down of flowers for this fall wedding season! SeptemberHydrangea: blue, green, whiteRose: white, red, pink, yellowDahlia: yellow, orange, red, brownSunflower: yellow and brownBlack-eyed Susan: yellow and brownCoreopsis: yellow October Amaranthus: orange, brown, goldChrysanthemum: gold, orange, white, redAster: white, purpleFall leaves: Poplar, Sycamore, Oak, Elm, Maple NovemberWheat Wax flower: white, pink, purpleOrchid (in Hawaii): yellow, white, greenStephanotis: white Anthurium (in Hawaii): white, red,...

Waxy, Waxy

RS. Wax Co. specializes in wax luminaries which can be used for all types of weddings and events. The luminaries come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and you can even customize your own logo on them. I also love the fact that the owner named the company after his wife (yes I am a sap but then again it serves me well in my profession).

Get Your Dose of Daily Candy

This is possibly one of the best online newsletters around. I am a dedicated reader and wanted to share it with all of you. The thing I love about it, is no one can pay for a feature so it is totally unbiased. I have found some really great ideas from weddings to personal stylists to makeup secrets! DailyCandy, a free daily e-mail newsletter and website, is the insider’s guide to what’s hot, new, and undiscovered...

Happy 4th!

Celebrating Idependence Day is always a fun summer time event. I found some really cute decoration ideas you can make yourself from Martha Stewart. Here are just a few! My personal favorite are the cupcakes.

Wine Glasses Are Not Just For A Good Pinot

I came across this great versatile and inexpensive centerpiece idea which could accent any type of style. Use a wine glass as a tealight or LED tealight holder, place a mini lamp shade on top and voila you have a decoration piece for any wedding or event. Check out Charles & Marie a great online store with tons of great ideas and really cool lampshades!

Welcome to LVL Events Wedding and Events Blog!

The reason I decided to pursue event planning is because assisting my clients plan on of the most memorable days of their lives brings me true happiness. I remember someone once telling me if you love what you do then you will never have to work a day in your life and that is how I feel! I wanted to be able to share my passion for events with you so I decided to start my...

LVL Events Website is Live

LVL Events is now live! Thanks to Back Pocket Web Design my new and improved website now up and running. Amy Kenny, Owner of Back Pocket Design has been such a pleasure to work with. I wanted to make sure to share with you how amazing she is because it is really hard to find a good web designer who really listens to you. I hope you enjoy my webiste and look forward to hearing your...