Put some WOW into your wedding!


Kicking off Spring twenty years ago at the premiere of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Elizabeth Hurley may have explored with a consultant about what she would wear to the movie premiere. One action or decision can change the perfect event into something unexpected.

According to news.com.au, Hurley suggests her career may have taken a more serious turn had she not worn the famous Versace safety-pin dress that captured the world’s attention. Hurley became an overnight sensation when she appeared alongside her then boyfriend Hugh Grant wearing the infamous black evening gown for the premiere. The plunging Versace dress was held together by oversized gold safety pins, leaving little to the imagination. “THAT dress,” as it was forever then called, launched her career, but quite possibly the one she desired.

Spring refers to love, hope, youth and growth. Rebirth and renewal are the real purpose of Spring. Yes, the cake, gown and centerpieces are all important, but what about the one detail that takes it over the top? We want to bring new trends and services to make your special event not just beautiful but thought-provoking and modern. There are many details that go into creating a special event, but a final touch is when you incorporate a WOW moment with something new and different.

For the ceremony, a giant chuppah can take your guests breath away. {Pictured: the groom handmade the chuppah for his wife-to-be.} Walking down the aisle, is also a magical moment, and could be show stopping with a fireworks display or a special performance as you walk down the aisle.

Take a few dance lessons before your wedding, but instead of the standard waltz, choose a sultry tango or a high-energy swing routine, and then surprise everyone during your first dance. For an unexpected surprise, get your dad or even your grandpa in on the act. {Pictured: this new bride choreographed a funky dance for the Father-Daughter Dance.}

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Just when everyone thinks the fun is winding down, liven up the party with late-night nibbles that will leave everyone ready for an after-party. Think about it: crinkle French fries, fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, a fully loaded taco bar, or even a chicken and waffle truck!

Chicken and Waffles    John's 70 Disco Party Logo

Cotton Candy Bar

An event should be these: innovative and original. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate fete.

Milk and Cookies    Single Ring Bearer Sparkler Send off

Smores Bar




Should I Really Send a Save the Date?


Should you send Save the Date cards for your wedding?  Is a Save-the-Date really necessary? It is—especially if you’re planning a destination wedding, a summer wedding, or a wedding that falls on a three-day weekend. Not only can they allow your loved ones plenty of time to make arrangements to share in your special day (which is especially important for friends and family who will be traveling to your wedding location) they can be a fun way to give your guests a glimpse into you as a couple, and into the kind of wedding you’re planning.

Save the Dates also encourage travelers to take advantage of travel deals, book flights, and make any other necessary plans sooner than later. Don’t send them too late either. The earlier you can notify guests that they are going to be invited to a wedding, the better.

Think carefully before sending out Save the Dates because they must go to people you are actually going to invite to the wedding.

Don’t make it too obscure. The most important thing is that the main information like your names, the date and location are clear. Also, if you definitely know that you want a single guest to bring a plus one at this stage, add this to the Save the Date. If plus-ones and kids are invited, remember to specify “and guest” or “and family” when addressing save-the-dates. Address cards accordingly—and that means waiting until your guest list is set.

Don’t forget to include your wedding website—if you’re going to create one, it’s best to launch it in time for the save-the-date.


Be creative! Your save the date doesn’t have to exactly match the color scheme or wedding theme you’re having—who knows what that will be at this early stage! Just make it personal to you and your groom.  Filmstrips are popular, as are magnets because they go (and stay) right on the fridge, but a garden-party save-the-date might come in the form of a flower seed packet, and a luggage tag could help guests keep track of your destination wedding date and their suitcase.

Aim to send save-the-dates six to eight months before your wedding, especially if you’re tying the knot in a far-flung destination. http://www.eventsplusstyle.com


Featured Venue: Stone Manor Estate

Introducing one of San Diego’s newest venues…the Stone Manor Estate. I had the pleasure to meet the owners and am looking forward to a lot of exciting events at this incredible estate.


How would you describe the Stone Manor Estate?

Located in the historic walking district of Banker’s Hill in beautiful San Diego, CA, the Stone Manor is laden with elegance, grace and 85 years of antiquity and charm. The Manor gracefully hosts the most intimate of small parties and meetings as well as weddings, receptions, fundraisers and corporate events. The grand, flowing interior rooms provide flexibility and fluid social interaction, illuminated by the natural light cast by floor to ceiling arched gum wood windows. Antique French doors lead to elegant garden settings, patios and fountains, seamlessly extending venue space from inside to outside. A crystal chandelier sparkles high above the dining room’s king table, and arched French doors lead into the opulent living room replete with grand fireplace and marble and mahogany bar. The spacious kitchen will easily support full service catering. The Stone Manor graciously accommodates tables, belly bars, dance floor, podiums and rows of chairs.
What types of events do you do? Do you have a specialty or a favorite type of event?
All event types are encouraged; from small and intimate (meetings, cocktail parties) to larger scale events (weddings, fundraisers).
What sets you apart from other event venues?
The Manor stages a backdrop of elegance and grandeur while providing a feeling of warmth and intimacy.
Do you enjoy entertaining yourself?
Yes, we are frequent hosts.
Any fun and exciting projects you are working on right now at the venue?
We are hosting our largest wedding ceremony and reception on 11/11/11.Interested in hosting a Wedding or Special Event at the Stone Manor Estate?
Contact Sara Holley with Events + Style

Featured Venue: La Jolla Shores Hotel

Located on the sands of beautiful La Jolla Shores, the La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the only hotels in San Diego to offer wedding ceremonies directly on the beach.* Whether a grand affair or an intimate ceremony – the beach remains a popular and coveted location for the bride and groom’s big day.

Come discover the captivating special event and catering venues sure to inspire memorable affairs at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces are perfect for a casual beach barbecue or a formal affair – or any occasion, including:

  • Corporate Meetings & Holiday Parties
  • Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Picnics on the Beach
  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Family Reunions
  • Children’s Parties
  • Bar / Bat Mitzvahs
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Holiday Party Specials are booking fast!
Events + Style can assist you with scheduling your site tour and other event services at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. Contact: Sara Holley
p} 858.225.8515
e} sara@eventsplusstyle.com

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