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Avoid This Post-Engagement Mistake

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! To all of our newly enganged couples. The Holiday Season is notoriously the most popular time of year for couples to get engaged, and 2016 has been no exception. Please take a moment to visit the Re-Play of our" target="_blank">Facebook LIVE broadcast on how to avoid making one of the most common Post-Engagement Mistakes. We hope you'll take the time to really enjoy this special time in your lives as engaged before you walk down the aisle. Congratulations again, and whenever you're ready... we are here to assist you with all of your wedding planning and officiant needs! Cheers!" target="_blank">

A 4/20 Weed Wedding Celebration

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

When third generation ganja growers select a theme for a wedding, a weed-themed wedding is a no brainer! Justice and Corey are pot farmers that come from a proud lineage of growers. At the heart of their celebration was their united love of marijuana; Justice and Corey respect and stand up for the plant as much as they do for eachother. The plant has been a huge part of Justice and Corey's story since day one... it's what brought them together. So for their upcoming nuptials, it was only natural to incorporate pot into their wedding with a “420” theme.


The wedding was, of course, held on April, 20, 2016 (4/20/16) at 4:20 PM in Gleneden Beach, OR. The couple had originally hired us to assist them in their search for a cannabis friendly venue in Humboldt County, but due to the strict medical laws in California it was impossible to find a location comfortable hosting a weed-themed wedding that would allow all of the specific pot-planned details of their vision. They decided to move their celebration to Oregon. Finding a venue in Oregon was a much easier task as marijuana is now legal for recreational use throughout the state. Though the celebration was moved from Humboldt to Oregon's north coast, Gala Events and Weddings Owner, Alegria traveled the distance to Officiate their ceremony. At their Oregon venue, the couple was able to incorporate weed into every detail of their wedding as long as they followed a few of the recreational-use rules. These rules included: designated indoor areas for pot smoking, a minimum age requirement of 18 or older for all attendees, so no children were allowed on-site or inside the venue for the reception, the event must be alcohol-free, and as per the venue, its identity must remain private.



Justice proudly put great thought into personalizing the attire she and Corey wore for the celebration. They found a special company to print onto fabric a magnified photo of a bud of one of their favorite home-grown strains, Cherry Pie. Corey's entire suit, and Justice's train were made from this custom fabric. She also had her dress adorned with beaded pot leaves. Together the two were king and queen bees of the ball!

Alegria was asked to give honorable mention to marijuanna within the content of their ceremony. The nuptials included anecdotes relevant to growing as well as a tree planting ritual.

After the ceremony, guests were invited into the hall to partake in a pot-centric reception including a bud-tended bar featuring various strains of Justice and Corey's home grown cannabis, a dab bar, cannabis infused edibles, a signature centerpiece ice bong, and of course the passing of gigantic joints.



Personalized lighters and rolling paper packs were supplied as guest favors.

As the venue filled with smoke and a thick haze settled upon the room, unmedicated hors d’oeuvres were passed to satisfy guests' munchies. Beginning the evening with their own wedding tradition, Corey and Justice shared their “first toke” as a married couple. Following the "cannabis hour" (in lieu of a tradional cocktail hour), guests enjoyed an elegant dinner of lobster and filet mingnon. Tables were decorated with three healthy pot plants as centeripieces, and each guest was gifted a marijuana clone in mini terracotta pots as favors.



For dessert, guests could choose from either two tiers of medicated coconut cake indicated by the fresh pot leaves accenting the decor, or the bottom tier of unmedicated cake not adorned with pot leaves. Corey had his own medicated groom's cake, a nod to his affection for Cookie Monster, and of course it was surrounded with medicated chocolate chip cookies.

The evening's entertainment, Mendo Dope, provided a blend of hip hop, rock, and raggae. Lyrics celebrated cannabis culture and the fight to legalize marijuana. While the music did not feature the traditional ballads of falling in love that one might expect at a wedding, they held true to the core values of Justice and Corey, representing their love and commitment to furthering the progress of pot. Dancing was not the focus of the celebration, rather, continued partaking was, and the room grew thicker with smoke.

Corey and Justice’s wedding was modern and fresh and did a fantastic job of embracing it's 420 theme throughout all of the details. Weed weddings are growing in popularity and with recreational legalization well on its way in California, we foresee growth in this niche market throughout Humboldt County. We look forward to working with local couples and businesses that want to make pot a part of their events and celebrations.

Congratulations Justice and Corey! Thank you for making us a part of your Weed Wedding Day!






A Back Yard Garden Party: Elyse & Jonathan's Wedding

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Elyse grew up in a home above the Azaela Reserve in McKinleyville. She watched her father and 2nd mother build a beautiful landscape out of a blank slate, and dreampt about one day having her wedding on this property. That day came on August 22, 2015!

Elyse and Jonathan hosted an elaborate and detailed back yard garden party for their wedding. The stages of the party were hosted in various locations throughout the gardens, giving each moment of the wedding its own chapter.

Guests were shuttled in from their hotels, and were welcomed on site by a champagne welcome reception in the garden entry, as they awaited the arrival of additional guests.

Just before the ceremony began, guests were ushered to the ceremony location in a different part of the garden.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the driveway and in the front of the house, followed by a lovely dinner catered by Uniquely Yours catering. We absolutely loved all of the scattered vintage details on the tables!

Following a wonderful dinner and toasts, guests hopped on the dancefloor, and didn't leave until the music stopped super late night! Everyone had a fantastic time!

Congratulations Elyse and Jonathan! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

The Latest in Formal Wear at Promise's All That Glitters Fashion Show

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Holidays are just around the corner, and Promises Bridal and Formal Wear is stocking the store with the latest in bridal and formal attire! In an effort to showcase the latest designs, Promises hosted the first Annual in-store fashion show featuring designer gowns on Thursday, November 6, 2014. We were honored to be a sponsor of the event, along with The Party Place, and Blossoms Florist. The show was a huge success! All seats were filled, leaving standing-room only for those who arrived once the show began!

Doors opened at 5pm for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and mingling. The chocolate and vanilla cupcakes were incredible! Upon arrival, guests were entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a makeup or hair makeover from Linden and Company Salon, as well as opportunities to win door prizes and featured giveaways! Each guest received a goodie bag full of valuable savings and gifts from many local vendors in the events and fashion indurstries.

The Show began promptly at 6pm with Linda Jo of Promises welcoming all of our guests. Dj Pete Meyer was our Master of Ceremonies. Right off the bat, Linda Jo began gifting door prizes to the audience members, which inspired enthusiasm throughout the show! Backstage the models were undergoing styling by" target="_blank">Berolina Salon & Spa, and Emy Isabel Tajeda.

Dance With Debbie kicked off the show with a Rhumba! She offers classes to brides and grooms for First Dances, and Parent Dances at weddings. She also teaches ballroom dance classes for all occasions!

The Runway was flooded with color with the first of the Quinceanera dresses! These ball gowns are every girl's dream for a party!

(Disclaimer: Excuse my cell-phone photos... they do not do these gowns justice! We are looking forward to catching the professional photos from Doug Beck of Photographic Memories.)

Following Quince, Linden & Company Salon set to work on their makeup and hair tutorials, offering tips for current trends in hair and makeup. Linda Jo came out to give additional door prizes away, as well as additional, really fun give-aways! Back to the runway... Formal Wear for all occasions...

Following formal wear, I had the honor of sharing tips and tricks for throwing events during the holidays. The presentation was highly interactive with an exchange of ideas and adivice for covering the bases when planning any event throughout the holidays and beyond.

The Gala Events & Weddings presentation was followed by additional door prizes, and Linden & Company's makeover presentaiton. Then... it was time for Bridal on the runway!

***Designers presented throughout the show included: Faviana, Mori Lee, Watters & Watters, Maggie Sottero, Hannah S, and Enzoani. Models on the runway included: Madison Johnson, Jade Cervantes, Janis Siggins, Ashleigh Wenz, Emily Tobin, Sarah Rodrigues, Emy Isabel Tajeda, Nayeli Tajeda, Denise Boldway, Mandy Lankila, Crystal Pepper, Rachael Santsche, Katy Shumard, Erika Lankila, Kacy Tonkin, Ashley Chiu, Sierra Storm, Raylana Reise, Jessica Champ, and Allicea Thurman-Davis.

The event was an incredible success, and we can't wait for next year's! Stay tuned for video from the show... and be sure to get down to Promises Bridal and Formal Wear for your holiday attire!

Their Love Sent Sparks Over Trinidad Bay

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Last Saturday, June 14th, we coordinated a gorgeous wedding at a private residence overlooking the Trinidad Bay. It was destined to be a fantastic celebration... but the day held more magic than we ever could have imagined. Be sure to read the entire blog to find out why.

I originally met Stacy at a local Bridal Fair in the winter of 2013, when she entered to win the Wedding Planning on Wheels Tour. She won, and joined me and 7 brides-to-be on a day-long tour of some of Humboldt's incredible local wedding venues and vendors. Thus began our journey of planning her wedding together.


Upon arrival we were greeted by one of the most amazing solar rainbows we've ever seen! Clearly a good omen for the day!

After staring into the sky in awe for a while, it was time to set to work. I immediately started upstairs to check on my lovely bride and her gals. They wore silk robes as they primped and preened in preparation for the day. Already the fun had begun!

I especially loved Stacy's abalone shell earrings.

Nearing ceremony time, the handsome groom, Mike, handed the rings over to the ringbear, Tadpole (the family dog)... and guests took their seats, with a stunning ocean view!

The ceremony opened with Stacy's cousin, Rachel, sharing a Yurok prayer spoken in the Native Language and then translated into English. Rachel followed the prayer with a beautiful song from the Flower Dances.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour while Mike and Stacy took photos on the beach. Signature cocktails of raspberry lemonade and appetizers of traditional Indian Fry Bread were served with all of the fixings. Meanwhile a traditional-style barbeque of skewered Salmon stood roasting over coals in the ground-dug pit.

Upon their entrance to the party, Mike and Stacy immediately made their way over to Forget-Me-Not's Photo Booth. Throughout the reception, if I couldn't find Mike and Stacy among their guests, I knew I could find them snapping silly photos in the booth.

Following an incredible dinner and misty-eyed toasts, Mike and Stacy put on quite a show for the cake cutting/mushing. With Mike's love of Ninja Turtles, there was no doubt Heroes-in-a-Half-Shell humor would ensue! The lovely cake and cake pops were designed by" target="_blank">Sugar Mamma's in Fortuna.

Following the cake cutting, guests made their way back down to the ceremony pergola for Mike and Stacy's special dances. The first dance set the dance floor off with sparks... literally! Friends and family lined the pathway to the pergola with giant sparklers. Be sure to check out the video.

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Stacy and her father then took the stage for the Father/Daughter Dance, followed by Mike and his mom for the Mother/Son Dance.

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The magnitude of Love at this wedding continued to build throughout the celebration. The spark(ler)s grew into a finale of fireworks over the bay with Mike and Stacy's evening kiss. Chris Tuite Photography, long-time friend of Mike and Stacy's, and incredible photographer, captured this epic moment!

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Congratulations Mike and Stacy! May the sparks continue to soar with your Love forever!


Alegria and the Gala Events & Weddings Service Team!

Leslie and Morgan's Wedding at the Old Buckhorn in Blue Lake

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, May 31st, Leslie and Morgan said their "I Do's," at the Old Buckhorn (a private residence) on a hillside above sunny Blue Lake, CA. The weather was perfect as we set the stage for a beautiful wedding day!

First stop of the day was to greet Leslie at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel where she was getting ready in a bridal suite. The room was easy to find, as a parade of little girls and boys and parents streamed out into the hallway with their matching wedding attire in hand. Leslie's hair was already done, and her makeup artist, Francis, had set to work. We dropped off our handy-dandy bridal emergency kit, and made sure Leslie was starting the day with a healthy dose of electrolytes, before heading out to the Old Buckhorn for set-up.

One by one, vendors came and went to drop off their goods, or report for services. Flora Organica Designs handled the flowers, and once again mastered the "pretty," atop redwood rounds on long rows of dinner tables. We set each place setting with the bride's DIY stenciled burlap pouches that contained a wedding survey and twine-wrapped pen, napkin and bamboo cutlery, wet-ones for the BBQ dinner, a beer cozy, and custom wedding stickers!

Ramone's brought a variety of 600 deliciously rich mini-cupcakes!

And we set to work on the ceremony site. Visual Concepts provided the ceremony backdrop, which later served as the Photobooth Backdrop.

L & M Photography swooped up the bridal party around noon for portraits off-site, blindfolding Morgan to ensure catching the "First Look," of the day. ;) We can't wait to see their shots of the day! Stay tuned!

We began placing the finishing touches on the Welcome/Sign-In station. Leslie and Morgan are soon leaving for their year-long honeymoon around the world... so the theme of the welcome station highlighted their upcoming travels with a sign-in globe, instead of an album. All of the countries they intend to visit during their travels was marked with a crystal gem-stone sticker. Guests were invited to sign the oceans. The welcome station also had cards with Leslie and Morgan's blog addresses to keep up with their travels.

Wait a minute... what's that in the frame? A personalized Congratulations from the Obamas! Leslie and Morgan sent their wedding invitation to the White House, and in response, received a pre-printed card, autographed by the President and First Lady, which makes a wonderful keepsake for the wedding album. To learn how you too can receive your Presidential keepsake congratulations card, click here

The guests began to arrive, nearly 30 at a time, by shuttle from the Blue Lake Casino. They were welcomed by DIY signage to point them in the right direction(s).

Blackberry Bramble BBQ rolled in between shuttles, to get the tri-tip, chicken, and salmon on the grill. With guests pouring in by bus load, the smell of BBQ wafting in the air, and kids assembling for the processional, it was time to start the wedding! The ceremony was short and sweet. We just loved the kid parade (check out the short video)!

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Leslie quickly got swept away to the reception, and the party got started!

When toasts got underway, we were touched by friend and musician, Christian's finale... a singalong toast (check out the video).

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And what wedding would be complete without some Gangam Style (check out the video).

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At the end of the evening, the shuttle came to take the guests back to Blue Lake Casino for a well-attended after party in the Kinetic Lounge.

We loved all of the special details of this wedding! Congratulations Morgan and Leslie... we wish you all the best on your year-long honeymoon around the world, and we're looking forward to following your travel blogs.

Will you send your wedding invitation to the Obama's for your congratulatory keepsake? Tell us in the comments below.

3 Essential Elements to Consider When Customizing Your Ceremony

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This is it! The wedding day that you've been dreaming of for so long is right around the corner. You've been planning the details for months, and that special moment of meeting your Beloved at the Altar is nearly here... have you decided what your ceremony will be like? In the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, many couples often find themselves lost when it comes to planning the ceremony. I mean, we've all attended, or at least watched a wedding in a movie, so we know the gist... but many couples have spent very little, if any time planning the actual ceremony, often looking to their Officiant to take the lead on this significant event. After all, this is what Officiants do, right? Yes... but...

This is your day... so why not dream up, customize, and create a ceremony that is totally you? The ceremony is that magical moment that legally, spiritually, and emotionally unites you and your Sweety from Wedding Day forward.  It is the moment that you vow to commit to one another in front of your witness(es). In the case of guest-attended weddings, this is the day your family and friends have all set aside to support and celebrate the love that brings you and your Other together.  The ceremony is the key to the heart of this very celebration... a rite or gateway to your path in marriage... how would you like to open this gateway?

1.  Ceremony Content: In order for a marriage to be legal, the wedding ceremony must include the Declaration of Intent; this is most commonly recognized as the "Do you take..." and "I do" exchange. Aside from this, the field is wide open for customizing your ceremony. Below is a list of components you might consider including in your ceremony... you can wow your guests by creatively customizing the components you choose for your ceremony.

  • Processional: Entering the ceremony
  • Introduction:  Officiant welcomes guests, and defines purpose of gathering
  • Consent: Parental, guardian, or family member consent to marry
  • Remembrances: acknowledgment of deceased or absent (verbal or nonverbal)
  • Pledge of Support: often the traditional "speak now or forever hold your peace" moment
  • Parents/Sponsor Ritual: an opportunity to acknowledge parental roles with a symbolic ritual
  • Readings/Songs/Prayers: couple's choice of reading selections, songs, or prayers
  • Request for the Rings: a formal presentation of the rings, blessing of the rings
  • Ring Exchange: couple exchanges rings as symbolic tokens representing commitment
  • Vows: promises, verbal contract for marriage, "Declaration of Intent"
  • Charge to Couple: Officiant addresses couple, reminder of duties, roles, responsibilities in marriage
  • Symbolic Rituals: unity candle, butterfly release, love letter ceremony, sand blending, etc.
  • Joining of Children: opportunity to include children in ceremony (children born out of wed-lock, or from previous relationship(s)
  • Nuptial Blessing: prayer blessing the marriage
  • Declaration of Marriage: " the power invested in me ________, I now prounounce you _______"
  • Permission to Kiss: first kiss as a married couple
  • Presentation of Married Couple: first introduction of couple as _____ and ______
  • Conclusion: Final words, prayer, reading, and often instructions for what's next (invitation to reception, etc.)
  • Closing Ritual: ringing of bells, mazel tov, etc.
  • Recessional: Exiting the ceremony

2.  Writing Your Own Vows:  Wedding vows are probably one of the most highly anticipated moments of any given wedding day. This is the moment that makes your marriage legally binding. Today it is becoming more and more common for couples to write their own wedding vows; a perfect opportunity to customize your ceremony! 

Vows represent the promises that you are making to one another for your marriage, and there are an unlimited number of ways to decide how and what to incorporate into these promises. If you're having trouble getting started, consider using traditional vows as a base, and then customizing or personalizing them to make them your own. One sample of traditional vows is as follows:

"I, _______, take you, _______, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part."

Today, you can find many variations of traditional vows by searching online. We suggest selecting your favorites, and then cutting and pasting, mixing and matching your favorite words and phrases from the vows you select. We like to stress the importance of thoughtfully choosing the wording that is most meaningful for you and your relationship, as these words will hold significant power and intention throughout your marriage.

Should you prefer to write your own vows from scratch, the following are questions you may want to consider to guide you throughout your writing:

  • What drew you to him/her?
  • Why are your choosing him/her?
  • What are the promises you would like to make to him/her?
  • What are the conditions of your promises?
  • For how long are you making theses promises?

If you decide that each of you will be writing your vows individually and sharing them with one another for the first time on the wedding day, it is a good idea to have your Officiant look them over to ensure they are complimentary in content, length and sentiment.

3.  Choosing Your Officiant:  Choosing the right person to officiate your wedding is a critical decision in personalizing your ceremony. Your officiant has important legal, ethical, emotional, and spiritual responsibilities to fulfill in presiding over your ceremony. We suggest interviewing several Officiants before choosing one.  The following are questions to consider when hiring your Officiant:

  • Will the Officiant perform a religious or secular ceremony?
  • What does the Officiant charge? What services are included in these fees?
  • How much experience does he/she have?
  • What are your expectations of the Officiant? Will they run a rehearsal? What will they wear to your ceremony?
  • Will the Officiant provide a pre-written ceremony template, or will you be co-creating the ceremony?
  • Will your Officiant perform the ceremony in the location of your choosing, or do they require it take place in their house of worship?
  • Does your Officiant provide pre-marital counseling?
  • Will your Officiant share the ceremony with you before wedding day?
  • How reliable is the Officiant? What happens in the event that he/she gets sick and cannot perform the ceremony?
  • Will you consider having your ceremony on another week day if your Officiant is not available on Saturdays?
  • Does the Officiant have a complimentary personality for your ceremony? Is he/she a match?

Dana Hope, M.A. and I, Alegria Sita had so much fun presenting the DIY Wedding Workshop: Creative Ceremonies, Vows, and Officiates at the Red Lion Hotel in Eureka, CA on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. As Officiants, we wish to empower you to design fun, creative ceremonies that reflect the personality of your relationship and give your guests a glimpse into the Love that brings you and your Other together. For each of us, it is truly an honor to facilitate the process of co-creating the ceremony with our couples. Together we have an agreement in place that in the event of an unforeseen emergency or extreme illness, we are available to substitute on behalf of the other. This has never happened to either of us, but our couples can rest assured that we have a trusted ally that can perform the job we were specifically chosen for, in the unlikely event we are unable to. 

Alegria Sita (left) has been an Officiant since 2008. She has been planning events for over 20 years, and completed her Certification in Wedding and Event Planning in 2012. For more information about her Officiant or Planning/Coordinating services, contact her at

Dana Hope, M.A. (right) has been an Officiant, Minister and Celebrant since 1999. She specializes in Creating Heart-Centered Personalized Wedding Ceremonies. For more information about her Officiant services, contact her at 1.800.205.8292.

What do you remember about a ceremony you've attended?  How will you customize your ceremony?  Please share your comments below.   

Personalizing Your Event with Tablescapes and Design

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Tables and décor are the perfect elements to connect your guests with your event.  They offer many opportunities to show your guests appreciation for their attendance, as well as intimately connect them to the story of your special occasion.  On Tuesday, we hosted our DIY Wedding Planning Workshop on Tablescapes and Designs with The Party Place, Eureka.  If you missed it, check out some of the tips, tricks and highlights for personalizing your event below.

We suggest choosing a theme for your wedding or event.  Colors and centerpieces are not considered themes... they are simply voices "at the table" to communicate your theme to your guests.  A theme is what gives your entire event direction and can be summed up into a word or short phrase. Get specific.  Here are a few suggestions for themes we've come across on Pinterest lately:  A Willy Wonka Wedding (inspired by Willie Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Cowboys and Angels, or how about an Around the World event?  We especially love themes that give your guests an inside connection to the story behind the occasion. If you and your fiancé love books, turn your wedding into a Literary themed event.  It's possible many of your guests didn't know you enjoyed books so much... and now, they feel a bit more connected to you and your love story.  ;)

To help you come up with the perfect theme for your next event, consider the following questions:  1. What are the top 5 adjectives you want people to use to describe your event? 2. What are your favorite color and combo's? 3. What foods would you like to include in your event? What qualities about your personality do you want your guests to experience? 

Once you've decided on a theme, you'll need to decide whether your event is formal or informal.  The answer to this question will help guide the direction your tablescapes and décor will go in, and also help you prepare your guests for their experience at your event.

In the wide world of linens, there are many options for dressing your tables including:  table cloths, skirts, overlays, runners, placemats, napkins, chair covers, cuttlery, flatware, crockery, glassware, centerpieces, stationery, and of course, guest favors.  It's important to consider the colors, textures, and materials of your linens.  They will set the tone for the ambiance of your event.  While linens are often selected with the intention of beautifying your event, they also serve other functions like, hiding the tabletops and legs of your tables and chairs; they are useful in absorbing heat and spillage, and they also reduce noice in an event space.

As with any event, budget usually plays a large role in determining which direction you'll take your tablescapes and designs.  The cost of renting tables, chairs, linens, and crockery can add up quickly.  ...Here is our favorite budget-cutting tip of the day!!!...  Design an over-the-top Signature Table at your event (at a weddings, this is usually the Sweetheart Table), and then scale back your designs for the guest tables.  Be sure to include elements of the event theme at every table... but go all out for the one table that will be the most photographed at the event (usually where the guests of honor are seated).  Your guests will remember how they were wow'ed with the décor at that one special table, and you'll save heaps of money by scaling back the designs on the guest tables.

Be sure to check out The Party Place in Eureka and ask Jill (the manager) about special napkin folding techniques.  Napkins can add dimension to your tables, as well as provide an element of surprise and attention to detail that makes your guests feel special.

Please be sure to share your ideas for themes and tablescapes in the commets below.

Also, we would love for you to join us for the final workshop in our 2014 DIY Wedding Planning Workshop Series on Tuesday, May 6th:  Creative Ceremonies, Vows and Officiates.

2014 Trends... Alegria Reports from the Catersource Tradeshow in Las Vegas Part II

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Ahhhh, the Catersource Tradeshow in Las Vegas!  This is where all of the leading event-related companies come to showcase the latest and greatest in trends, supplies, equipment, and ideas. With over 900 vendors hosting booths, displays, and installations, it took 2 days to meet all of the companies present at the tradeshow! 

Upon entering the exhibiting hall, I was initially overwhelmed by the size and capacity.  I was so grateful to be wearing flats... because the hall was at least 1/2 mile long, and who knows how wide?!

One of the first displays to catch my eye was an incredible Table-Top Aquarium featuring vibrant, live, tropical fish swimming around!  Check out the video:

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Flowers, linens, lights and draping from companies all over the country built beautiful displays, enticing all of us planners with their wares.  Here were a few that caught my eyes:

Aren't those lights spectacular?  Could you imagine creating a forest of lights at your outdoor event?

One of the current popular trends in recent years has been dressing your chairs.  Now I've seen beautiful chair dressings before... but these are absolutely stunning!!!  I suggest using these chair dressings ONLY at a black tie affair, as you wouldn't want your chairs better dressed than your guests... LOL.

Another popular trend is to build creative installations that transport your guests to another place.  I've seen couches, dressers, and doors set up to create vinettes throughout an event.  There are companies all over the country ready to rent beach shaks, trailers, and just about any set-up you can imagine. I absolutely love the idea of creating a special lounge with an old trailer like the one below.  Guests can sit inside to rest for a moment before getting back up onto the dance floor.

As far as decor what's "in" with decor this year... I'm seeing a lot of chandeliers, neutral tones with pops of color, printed or lacey linens, and flowers cascading down off of the table tops.  Do any of these ideas inspire you?

As I mentioned in Part I of our conference and tradeshow report, working alongside Celebrity Party Planner, David Tutera at the Table Top Contest was definitely among the top highlights!

Check out some of the 2014 Table Top designs... they're absolutely stunning!

If you missed our highlight report video, you can check it out here:

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It wouldn't be Vegas without Neon... wouldn't a neon sign add a special touch to your event?

This year's conference and tradeshow was so inspiring, I can't wait to go back next year for more! We want to know what you think of these trends for 2014?  Which ones would you be likely to incorporate into your event... or take inspiration from? Be sure to comment below.

What's Trending 2014? ...Alegria Reports from 2014 Event Solutions Conference Part I

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Gala Events & Weddings Owner, Alegria Sita just returned from one of the event industry's hottest conference & trade shows in Las Vegas... Event Solutions/Catersource.  Event Planners and Caterers from all over the world return to this conference annually to exchange ideas, generate inspiration, make connections, network, and educate ourselves on the most innovative, creative, latest and greatest tools and trends for the upcoming event season.  There is so much to cover from the week in Vegas, that we'll be posting 2 blogs to cover all the highlights.

First and foremost, Alegria was thrilled to work alongside David Tutera, Celebrity Party Planner of WE TV's hit series David Tutera Unveiled at the tradeshow Tabletop Contest, where Caterers, Planners, Designers, and Stylists showcase their tablescapes in a competition judged by Mr. Tutera.  We love the inspiration and over-the-top décor that the participants bring to the table (pun intended).  ;) 

Each day was filled with learning from industry leaders.  Topics ranged from hottest trends to floral designs to embracing marriage equality to best business practices to multicultural events and weddings, etc.  Alegria was a sponge soaking up the information, eager to bring new inspiration to Humboldt's events.

One of the trends that was the most fascinating was some of the latest and greatest in cake displays... check out our video clip.  Please take a moment to comment and tell us the most creative way you've seen cakes displayed at weddings you've attended.

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 Alegria prioritized learning more about what our LGBT clients are looking for in our services.  Here's a video clip from one of the marriage equality workshops she attended:

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In between classes, Alegria took a moment to share highlights via movies made on her iPhone.  If you missed them on our" target="_blank">Facebook page or Twitter, you can check out highlights from the conference here:

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Another highlight of the conference was attending the private party, Muse, sponsored by some of the industry's leading vendors.  The party was held in a super-size ballroom in Bally's. Guests were greeted with the most delicious signature cocktails... Basil-Lime Mojitos!  Performance artists roamed the ballroom in costume, offering guests engaging interaction.  The room offered various alcoves, lounges, and seating to give attendees opportunities to meet and mingle with one another. Throughout the room, multiple thematic appetizer stations and bars... each serving entirely different flavors.

At the party Alegria had the opportunity to meet and mingle with San Diego Event Planner, Alison Howard.  Alison Howard has a Video Blog offering advice to new and aspiring event planners. We LOVE her personality, and had fun hanging out with her and Gretchen Culver of Rocket Science Weddings and Events.

Be sure to check out our next article, highlighting all of the inspirational tablescapes, more flowers, and more David Tutera!  ;)