BEAUTIFUL WEDDING VENUES ABOUND IN VENTURA COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Southern California is the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding venue and none more so than the city of Thousand Oaks.  A premiere community recognized as one of the most desirable and safest places in all of California, it is often referred to as the Conejo Valley.  Nestled between the Los Angeles and Ventura county lines, it is a just a short distance to Malibu’s scenic coastline and is surrounded by scenic mountains and rolling hills.  With a Mediterranean climate, it also offers a diversified selection of wedding venues featuring outside areas that you can comfortably enjoy on a year round basis.

Keeping the budget conscious happy, there are many community choices such as the Oak Park and North Ranch Community Centers as well as the historic Stagecoach Inn and the Chumash Indian Museum outdoor area. 

For the country club lover, golf courses abound, both public and private, offering indoor and outdoor venues such as The Gardens @ Los Robles, Sunset Hills Country Club, Lake Lindero Country Club and the elegant Sherwood Country Club.

Outdoor venues are endless in the Thousand Oaks and the adjoining cities.  If you are looking for an exquisite 40 acre ranch vineyard estate setting, Epona Estates is the perfect setting.  Within a couple of miles from Thousand Oaks, ranch and barn weddings have multiplied in the Moorpark and Camarillo areas with Quail Ranch, McCormick Home Ranch, Camarillo Ranch, Walnut Grove, Eden Gardens, and Rancho de las Palmas to name a few.

Of course, the traditional hotel settings from the simple Palm Garden Hotel to the more luxurious Four Seasons and Westlake Village Inn also offer indoor and outdoor areas for wedding celebrations.

And if that’s not enough choices you will find many, many more which is why hiring a local wedding planner can help you not only with your venue choice but in assuring you are connected with the best local resources.  Of course, a local wedding planner also knows these venues well which is paramount to making sure your special day runs smoothly and goes off without a hitch!Thousand Oaks, California. Named

I CAN'T AFFORD TO HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!

You really can’t afford not to!   Weddings are expensive and a wedding planner may not have been considered in your original budget.  However, when you consider the money you are budgeting for a professional photographer, your caterer, your floral designer, etc., you need to remember that they are only in charge of one aspect of your wedding.  Your wedding planner is in charge of everything and is the one who is going to make sure that everything happens as it should and coordinate all of the other vendors for you.  They are the one point of contact that everyone can go to.  They map out the timeline for all of the vendors collectively and keep them on track.  They are your conductor to make sure all of the parts of the symphony are in tune!

Today’s wedding are also much more detailed than ever before with all of the ideas on the internet through sites such as Pinterest.  Wedding décor has become more personal and there is more of it.  A wedding planner plots out where you want things to go, can provide insight about décor ideas and can bring it all together so when you walk out of your bridal dressing room to go down the aisle, your dream comes to life. 

Wedding planners can be a great time saver as well as save you money!  They have tons of resources and have done all of the research already.  They know where to get the best cake, where to buy paper lanterns online for the best price and where to find used goods, caterer choices to fit your budget, etc.  Our team provides our brides with excel sheets for their guest lists, wedding checklists to help you with your planning and all of the information you need, where to register and registry ideas, bridal stores and more so you don’t waste your time searching the web and other sources.  We also work with vendors on a regular basis and at times receive professional discounts that we can pass over to you.  In the end the time and money you save from our suggestions usually far outweigh our costs – it’s like getting your money back in the long run!

DO I NEED A WEDDING PLANNER? MY VENUE TAKES CARE OF EVERYTHING!

Many wedding venues with banquet facilities have an event manager on staff.  They will book the venue for you, assist you with menu planning and usually handle the setup of the tables and chairs as part of their responsibility. Today, many of the wedding venues, also have on staff a wedding coordinator that they include with your wedding package. 

The important thing to remember in both cases is that these venue coordinators are employed by the venue.  Their responsibilities are to the venue who employs them and is limited to taking care of the venue itself, their food service & staffing and in some cases, depending on the venue, tables and chair set up.  They have not worked with you closely over several months getting to know you on a more personal basis, helping you to create your vision and getting to know how you want your day presented.  Their services are also limited. 

An outside wedding planner is like your general contractor.  Beyond the basics, they manage all of the vendors confirming with them prior to the wedding, providing headcounts, coordinating arrival and set up times and to assure that everyone is on task during the event.  Your personal wedding planner is there not just to coordinate the day but to set up your décor to create your vision, make sure guests are greeted, assure that the cake cutting and other events of the day are done in a timely manner, music is getting your guests on the dance floor, etc.  They are also there to also take care of things that may not go so right – like the wrong flowers being delivered, the cake not delivered on time, getting an emergency keg of beer when you run out, etc.   Their services are over and above a venue coordinator’s normal responsibilities. 

Your own personal wedding planner also relies on your happiness as their business is built on referrals.  The venue coordinator is an employee and their goal is to facilitate the wedding for the venue.  Their desire to make your day as special as can be may not be at the same level as your wedding planner who hopes to have you as a lifetime client who will refer their friends and families.

 

WEDDING WEBSITES ARE A MUST IN TODAY'S BUSY WORLD!

Don't forget to put a wedding website on your list of things to do!  There are many different ones out there where you can sign up and use their limited choices that work well.  However, a clean and very user friendly way to set one up in through SquareSpace.  You can use their beautiful templates or add your own personal touches with pictures from your engagement, while you were dating, and other milestones during your relationship to make it ultra personal.

Setting up pages is so simple and you can make one for your bridal party, wedding location and details, a page showing where you are registered and even a page where they can donate funds for your honeymoon or other special want!

The SEO is great and it is mobile friendly so it also provides your guests with easy access when searching for your wedding website whether on their computer or phone.  We use it for one of our company websites and just love it!  Let your guests know all the details and your story of how you met and what to look forward to - all in a gorgeous site filled with your personal pictures and your own story!

TIMELINES ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR WEDDING DAY!

The day you have finally dreamed of is here and one of the most important things that assures it goes smoothly is a timeline.   Bride and grooms have missed cake cuttings and bouquet tosses getting caught up with everything that is going on and you definitely don't won't to miss one of those memorable moments.

Start by listing all of the special events that are happening that day such as those moments including the first dance, mother/father dance, toasts, garter toss, etc.  The build in your vendors into the list (i.e. when is the cake arriving, when is the band setting up, etc.)  Pictures are next on the time line as to when the photographer will need you before and during the ceremony and reception to catch the best photo ops.

Once you have it all listed, you'll know have a guide to follow.  Make sure all of your vendors get a copy of it as well so that they know when they are expected.  This will also help you MC when announcing everything as to when you want it to occur.  

Part of the services are Karen Marie Events is to create this timeline for you.  With our day of ceremony package, this is an important tool we use and we make sure that everything on that timeline happens exactly when it is suppose to assuring a flawless beautiful wedding day!  

 

FLORALS ARE THE KEY TO A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING!

I can't tell you just how important florals are the day of your wedding or at any event for that matter.  I have seen lots of different florists put together wedding centerpieces and bridal/bridesmaid bouquets but the difference between a good one and a great one is in their individual vision, and tying it in with yours, when designing.  When their vision is spot on with your vision of how you want your wedding to look, it becomes magical. Your tablescapes pop, your wedding arch becomes a centerpiece in your ceremony and it pulls everything together in your wedding or event theme.

When choosing a florist, it's important that you give them a good idea of what you want.  Browsing through Pinterest, you can get tons of ideas.  Start a wedding flower board, or take a look at the one on our Pinterest site, Karen Marie Events.  From there, start collecting your favorites and narrow it down to a few.  Take those pictures with you when you consult with your florist making sure they understand the theme and vision of your wedding.  Show them samples of the colors you are using and the venue.  All of this should help them create floral designs that will be unique for your wedding.

Two of our favorite floral designers, Greenwich Floral Design and Dulce Floral Designs, utilize a lot of natural greenery in their designs and they are truly breathtaking.  Check out their facebook pages and website to get more ideas!

MASON JARS HAVE MANY USES IN TODAY'S WEDDING

A very popular item in today's weddings, mason jars can be very versatile and used in many different ways.

We recently used them two ways - one as a wedding favor. Tied with twine, navy ribbon to tie in with the wedding decor and a rustic looking personal message tag from the bride and groom thanking their guests for attending was a great giveaway.  They used the glasses for the wedding reception and took them home as a wedding gift.

We also used them in the centerpiece.  We selected three different sizes of mason jars and painted them navy blue.  Our amazing florist, Janet Webb with Greenwich Floral, then filled them with beautiful flowers.

Check out our pinterest site under Karen Marie Events and follow our mason jar board for many other great ideas.  You can also find greats pins on bridesmaid dresses, flower girl and ring bearer attire, color themes, wedding themes and decor, wedding flowers, wedding tablescapes and much more to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER CREATES WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF YOUR DAY!

Chalkboard signs were used throughout this one wedding we planned, so we worked with our graphic artist to create a wedding invitation that would tie in with the signs.  Their Save the Date featured one of their engagement pictures and told their love story of the last seven years waiting to wed while raising two little boys.  Tied together with these gorgeous rings from Wings Gallery, I think this is just an amazing wedding photo by Lucas Rossi Photography tying all of these together along with the pearls the bride borrowed from her Aunt and the diamond earrings her groom surprised her with at their First Look!

WINDOWPANE SEATING ASSIGNMENTS

Uniqueness is what we strive for - how about a seating table assignment on a windowpane? This is one of the items we have available for your use on your wedding day!  ‪#‎karenmarieevents‬ ‪#‎mccormckhomeranch‬ ‪#‎shesaidyes‬‪#‎venturacountyweddings‬ ‪#‎weddingplanner‬

"DADDY, HERE COMES MOMMY"

Love these ring bearers and sign bearer with our custom heart shaped chalkboard sign "Daddy Here Comes Mommy" - and the attire we chose with the bride- blue polka dot bowties, grey suspenders, navy pants and tan shoes made them look so cute and that little man bun on the sign bearer, oh my! Stole everyone's heart!!   #weddings #venturacountyweddings #McCormickHomeRanch #Karen Marie Events #weddingplanner #she said yes #weddingsigns

NAKED CAKES AND CUPCAKES, OH MY!!!

One of our favorite cake and cupcake vendors is Sierra Nething from Sweet Art Bakeshop.  She is wonderful to work with and really takes time to find out what you want on your sweet table and the vision you want to create with your sweets!  This naked cake was amazingly delicious as were the five different types of cupcakes - red velvet, vanilla bean, lucious lemon, decadent chocolate and fresh strawberry!  Yummy!!!