My sister Sandra is getting married in October 2008 and Tyler, her boyfriend (he hates the word fiancé) has family in Mendocino so they travel there frequently. When they started planning their wedding there wasn’t even a question about where it would take place: The Little River Inn in Mendocino.
Being that Sandra’s wedding is now just a year out, we went for the weekend to meet with the wedding coordinator and test the place out. I have to say, The Little River Inn is such a great location for a wedding. They have 3 different ceremony sites that all overlook the Pacific Ocean. My sister and Tyler decided on the Mallory House because it’s right on the Headlands.
The reception room is cozy and intimate and opens up onto a deck that they tent for guests. There was a wedding taking place that Saturday so we got to see how it looked with all the décor.
Useful Location Tip: ask the site manager if you can view the space when it’s set up for an event. You’ll be able to get a feel for what you can do for your own wedding.
We had dinner that night at the Inn’s restaurant and stuffed ourselves trying eveything we could on the menu. We also tried a few wines for the wedding from local wineries. The staff at The Little River Inn were amazing and welcomed us like family.
Mendocino is such a relaxing place and I think it will be such a treat for all of Sandra and Tyler’s guests to be able to share in the town that they call their “happy place.” Now as for my dad – I don’t know if he’ll call this his happy place once he gets the final bill but I think the huge smile on my sister’s face will make it all worth it. Let’s hope so.
I’ve attended two weddings this year where the bride and groom decided to move away from the traditional guest book and mix it up a bit with a Wish Tree. The Wish Tree is a Dutch wedding custom where guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or made of card stock. The guests write their wishes to the bride and groom and then hang it on the tree. This creates a gorgeous centerpiece and the tree is placed at the entrance to the reception to wow your guests right when they walk in.
I got to assist in assembling a Wish Tree when I worked with Maxine Andrew of Instead of You at an event in September. I loved being a part of putting this together and seeing how it looked all aglow with the crystals sparkling and the heartfelt wishes hanging from each branch. …
After the wedding you can create a scrapbook with the wish cards. You could even find pictures of the guests who wrote each one and place it next to their wish.
Helpful hint: give yourself plenty of time to assemble the Wish Tree. It must be done onsite and can’t be moved once it’s assembled. The one in these photos took about two hours to complete from wrapping the crystal garland inside each hurricane to laying out the wish cards for the guests to hang. It takes some time, but the wow factor is huge.
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I love doing things with a slightly different twist for the weddings I am working on. I’m coordinating my friend Lucy’s wedding at Viansa Winery in May 2008 She wanted something fun for her “Save The Date” instead of the traditional paper announcement, so we decided to go with a magnet with all the pertinent info on it. Not only is it creative but it’s functional as well. I’ve gone to friends’ houses where they still have the magnets on their fridge from weddings years way in the past.
The company we used was Pioneer Color.They had great pricing, tons of designs to choose from and they can do a custom creation. The final product was crisp and clear and had a nice weight to it. For 120 magnets we spent $200 and it cost $0.41 (the cost of the stamp) to mail them to her guests. Not too bad.
Helpful hint: If you are sending out Save The Date announcements of any kind, you should make sure to mail them to your guests 6-9 months prior to your wedding.