13 min read

When to Say “I Do” in 2023

By Guest Contributor on Jan 15, 2021 11:06:23 AM

2023's Best Wedding Dates

 

14 min read

Plan Your Unique Las Vegas Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Jan 11, 2021 4:03:47 PM

When you hear the phrase “Vegas Wedding”, you may picture an Elvis impersonator performing a ceremony for a couple that met that very day. Parents/relatives are not invited, the bride and groom may or may not be sober, and the whole thing is finished in ten minutes or less. However, the beauty of Las Vegas is that there is literally something for everyone. So, if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, consider Las Vegas as you search for potential venue options. With locations like Stallion Mountain, Vegas weddings can be some of the most beautiful in the world.

5 min read

How to Pick Your Wedding Date

By Guest Contributor on Jan 1, 2021 2:23:00 PM

Picking a wedding date sounds like the easiest part of getting married. After all, how hard could it be to find a day that works for everyone? Does “everyone” must include the couple, their friends and families, as well as the venue, the photographer, the caterer, and the list goes on. Plus, in this Instagram era, cutesy, “hashtagable” wedding dates seem to get bonus points.

Topics: Wedding 101
4 min read

Destination Mountain Wedding: Adora & Josh 2020

By Sarah Gerow on Dec 22, 2020 2:29:13 PM

When it comes to wedding planning, there can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Mainly eagerness and joy sprinkled with essential stressors. Joshua and Adora experienced all of these feelings and more while planning their 2020 wedding. They managed to coordinate their destination celebration at Mountain View Ranch by Wedgewood Weddings while across the country during a pandemic. 

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Jocelyn & Gregory's Fall Ceremony at Stonetree Estate

By Sarah Gerow on Dec 14, 2020 11:30:40 AM

Real Wedding


Fall and love were clearly in the air for Jocelyn and Gregory, who tied the knot in October of 2020. Surrounded by orange and yellow leaves along with their closest friends and family, the happy couple celebrated their ceremony at Stonetree Estate by Wedgewood Weddings. Although their original plans included the reception, they rescheduled it for the following year - creating a sequel wedding!

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Meet Jocelyn and Gregory who celebrated their love surrounded by their dearest family at Stonetree Estate on  October 24, 2020
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Fashion-Forward-Florals from Native Poppy

By Sarah Gerow on Dec 10, 2020 1:58:56 PM

Vendor Spotlight

 

"Work hard and be nice. Make the world a better place by creating beautiful flowers for life's most important occasions."

When you meet the team at Native Poppy, these are the words they live by. Native Poppy is dedicated to providing beautiful flowers for all types of events. From birthdays and weddings to celebrations of life, the Native Poppies (as they call their team) are honored to participate in so many phases of life. Originating in the founder's backyard, Native Poppy is now providing stunning arrangements for San Diego county. 

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2 min read

Dgass Photography Shout Out

By Sarah Gerow on Dec 1, 2020 1:50:00 PM

 

Engaged couples often refer to social media for the latest trends and tips on wedding venues and vendors, and it's always an honor when Wedgewood Weddings is mentioned on these platforms. Recently, on Colorado Wedding Venues: A Community for Couples Facebook page, Mountain View Ranch by Wedgewood Weddings was featured by talented Denver photographer, David Gass.

David Gass' Facebook Post
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Aaron & Lynnea's Colorful Wedding at The Carlsbad Windmill

By Cassie Allinger on Nov 22, 2020 6:50:00 PM

Real Wedding

 

The wedding story of Aaron and Lynnea is full of twists, turns and surprises, but the best surprise of all was announced during the wedding reception (spoiler alert!). These two love birds brought a blizzard of love and energy to this event from the moment they walked in the door. We loved working with these two and it was such an honor to help them bring this day to fruition. We're also forever thankful to the homemade candles that Aaron gifted us! We hope you enjoy this stroll through memory lane!

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Topics: Real Wedding
2 min read

How We Make Weddings Extra Safe

By Kaylyn Campbell on Nov 4, 2020 12:43:54 PM

Let’s talk about how we’re making weddings extra safe for you and your guests. Friends and family can gather safely in our professional event venues. Our team is committed to keeping you safe.

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Allie, Allistar, & 'the Amortentia' - A Colorado Wedding

By Sarah Gerow on Oct 31, 2020 2:38:00 PM

When you plan a wedding, many people start by picking a wedding theme - Romantic, Modern, Boho, and more! Obviously, COVID-19 was never a planned theme, and Allie & Allistar were still overjoyed to create their long-awaited Harry Potter wedding theme! They were happy to share their vows at Ken Caryl Vista by Wedgewood Weddings.

“We had a Harry Potter themed wedding! My fondest memory
of wedding planning is building a recreation
of
Diagon Alley with my mom over the course of 6 months.
We spent hours upon hours
making & painting walls,
windows, & decorations for 10 shops.”

Although Allie and Allistar had to reschedule their wedding due to the pandemic, they remained extremely positive throughout the entire process. Allie’s advice would be to simply go with the flow. Even with their emotions running high, it was crucial for them to remain optimistic that everything would work itself out. 

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2022 Wedding Dates - Find the Right One for You

By Kaylyn Campbell on Oct 30, 2020 3:17:19 PM

Considering wedding dates is exciting. If you’re thinking about a good time to say I do in 2022, we're here to help! We’ve considered each and every date, and have strong recommendations, plus ideas to make every month the perfect time to marry in 2022. 

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Jamie & Cody's Romantic Day at The Carlsbad Windmill

By Cassie Allinger on Oct 23, 2020 6:48:00 PM

Real Wedding

 

We love seeing how our venues transform each time they host an event, adapting to take on the style, story and character of the theme of the event. In the story of Jamie and Cody's wedding day, they brought a unique sense of light, joy and romance to the space that we absolutely adore. The color palette was communicated almost exclusively through florals: white and light pink roses, light greenery, and blue-green succulentsand it couldn't have been more magical. Join us as we commemorate this absolutely splendid wedding at the gorgeous The Carlsbad Windmill in North County, San Diego.

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Topics: Real Wedding
3 min read

Carlsbad Community with Sandy Bonner

By Sarah Gerow on Oct 13, 2020 4:39:00 PM

Team Member Spotlight

Being a central part of your community is critical and our company culture embraces reaching out and forming a network. With so many venues across the U.S, our team members often support multiple venues as they learn the ropes and go on to become leaders. 

We're celebrating Sandy Bonner who moved to Carlsbad by the Sea when we started talking about opening a venue in this sought-after village. Sandy stepped up and directed the entire new venue start up and still made time to become a pivotal member of her new community. 

Recently, she received the ultimate accolade when she was featured as a member of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation's Chairman's letter. 

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Passionate about event planning and dedicated to supporting her hardworking team, Sandy Bonner began her career with Wedgewood Weddings in the summer of 2011. originally from Corona, CA, she started her journey with Wedgewood Weddings as a bartender then Banquet Captain at The Retreat by Wedgewood Weddings. A bright star, Sandy was soon promoted to Catering Sales Manager, which later led to her being transferred to nearby locations. Part of manger development program, Sandy stepped up at Sierra La Verne by Wedgewood Weddings. When asked about her favorite Wedgewood Weddings team moment, Sandy knew it was the growth. Much like her own, she loves seeing the potential of others come to fruition.

Topics: Spotlight
8 min read

Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Oct 11, 2020 3:37:00 PM

The Ultimate Guide TO Hosting A same-sex Wedding

 

Thanks to the landmark (and long overdue) Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in 2015, LGBTQ+ weddings are now legal in all 50 states. Planning an inclusive-wedding is exactly the same as a traditional weddingunless you want it to be different! Wedding planning is full of exciting, meaningful moments like trying on your wedding outfit for the first time or our personal favorite: cake tasting! Our ultimate guide to planning an LGBTQ wedding has everything you need to take the next steps to ‘I do.’

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Best In Mesa: Lindsay Grove is a Winner

By Sarah Gerow on Oct 11, 2020 3:14:00 PM

With more than 400 wedding venues in Phoenix, Arizona, we're delighted to announce Lindsay Grove by Wedgewood Weddings made WeddingRule.com's list of the Top 10 Venues in Mesa, Arizona! 

WeddingRule.com is an online wedding magazine which showcases the top venues in the entire wedding industry. They are an independent company that is proud to be completely impartial. all awards are judged specifically on the merit of the venue. Here's what they had to say: 

4 min read

Emma & Austin Say 'I Do' - BFF Bliss

By Sarah Gerow on Oct 9, 2020 2:44:00 PM

Emma and Austin sweetly declared 'I do' on August 29, 2020 in Colorado. These BFFs were determined to make their wedding happen and it was the pinnacle of their year! We were so honored to stand by their side throughout this entire process.


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"The best thing about my wedding was definitely marrying my best friend! And the opportunity to have our closest friends & family members there to celebrate with us, despite the pandemic."

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Colorado Springs Venue is a Winner

By Kaylyn Campbell on Oct 1, 2020 3:19:00 PM

October 2020

Winning always feels good and that's why we're sharing our latest news: Black Forest by Wedgewood Weddings has received an exclusive 2020 Editor's Choice Award from 'Wedding Rule'. 

WeddingRule.com is an online wedding magazine which features only the best in the entire wedding industry. They do not accept advertising which means they're truly independent, and winning a coveted Editor's Choice award is extremely prestigious.

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Eagle Ridge Awarded 'Best Affordable Wedding Venue'

By Cassie Allinger on Sep 28, 2020 1:52:22 PM

Planning your wedding in the beloved Bay Area is a dream! From sun-kissed glimpses of the bay to wild ocean views to splendid old wood forests, the Bay Area offers a glamorous wedding destination for every couple. With venues in Novato, Castro Valley, San Jose, Benicia, San Ramon, and Brentwood, we have a wide variety of wedding venues to choose. 

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Cheryl & Dan - EST: 2020

By Sarah Gerow on Sep 25, 2020 3:02:00 PM

Meet Cheryl and Dan who wore beautiful smiles throughout their 8/8/2020 wedding day! With the high of wedded bliss still glowing, Cheryl and Dan were thoroughly impressed with their 2020 wedding at Ken Caryl Vista by Wedgewood Weddings, despite the unseen intrusion of COVID-19.

“Getting married made 2020 about more than just about the pandemic.”
Cheryl Martinez

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Stephanie & Ryan's Micro Wedding at The Carlsbad Windmill

By Cassie Allinger on Sep 19, 2020 6:45:00 PM

Real Wedding

 

Stephanie and Ryan joined with 20 of their closest friends and family to celebrate their love on a picture-perfect overcast day in September. They chose The Carlsbad Windmill as the background for their special day, and boy are we swooning over how it turned out! From the stunning glass swan art to the minute basketball details, their wedding day was full with love and personality. 

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Topics: Real Wedding
6 min read

Spotlight on Megan Simpson Photography in Denver, CO

By Cassie Allinger on Sep 2, 2020 4:33:53 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

 

Are you ready to see some beautiful wedding photos? Well, get ready, because today we're super excited to chat with one of our absolute favorite wedding photographers in Colorado, Megan Simpson. Megan has a gift for capturing that perfect golden light at every wedding she shoots, resulting in gorgeously romantic photos that showcase the best of every moment and every couple. While she's based in her hometown of Estes Park, she also photographs weddings in Boulder, Fort Collins, and throughout Denver. We adore her focus on making sure that you get to experience all of your wedding day with the people that matter most: your friends and family. We're so excited to learn more about Megan and her unique approach to wedding photography. Let's get started! 

 

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Topics: Spotlight
8 min read

Real Wedding: Cody & Lindsey's Garden Wedding at The Orchard

By Cassie Allinger on Sep 1, 2020 4:33:00 PM

Real Wedding

 

Imagine growing up with a wedding venue as the family business. Imagine fishing in the pond as a child, working your first job as a teenager, and then finally saying 'I do' in the very same place. Traditional, meaningful and kismetdon't you think? 

That's exactly what Cody thought when he began planning his proposal to the love of his life, Lindsey, just a few short years ago. Cody is the grandson of the beloved owner of The Orchard in Menifee, CA, a beautiful garden wedding venue that feels like a secret garden. We've known Cody for quite some time, and we were thrilled when he wanted to celebrate his marriage with our team at The Orchard. The entire family holds this venue close to their hearts, making this wedding an extra special honor to host! 

Join us as we recap our favorite moments from Cody and Lindsey's stunning wedding day!

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Topics: Real Wedding
6 min read

Meet Natalia Parys of Ocotillo Oasis, AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Sep 1, 2020 1:03:14 PM

Employee Spotlight
summer 2020

 

Natalia Magdalena Parys has been part of our team in one way or another since 2015. From Wedding Planner to Catering Manager to Event Expert, Natalia has done it all! She's is a talented and lovely wedding expert, and is even a bride-to-be herself. Our team just adores Natalia–her friendly upbeat energy is contagious. Today, we're sitting down with Natalia to learn why she loves weddings and all about how she met her future-husband.

Topics: Spotlight
8 min read

Central California Weddings: An Ultimate Guide

By Guest Contributor on Aug 31, 2020 1:04:39 PM

Central California is the perfect backdrop of a weddingfrom its convenient access to some of the state’s most beautiful parkland to the countless miles of rugged coastline. From its breathtaking beaches on the western coast to the towering sequoias in the east, Central California has no shortage of wedding locations to make your big day a memorable one. Whether you’re dreaming of exchanging vows overlooking the Pacific Ocean or saying ‘I do’ against the Sierra Nevada Mountains, our ultimate guide to Central California weddings covers everything you need to know about local venues, entertainment, and more!

Topics: Area Guide
5 min read

Real Wedding: McKenzie + Joe at Vellano Estate, CA

By Guest Contributor on Aug 28, 2020 3:34:29 PM

REAL WEDDING

 

McKenzie and Joe's Inland Empire wedding was overflowing with love and personal touches that made the day extra special. From the beautiful classic decor to paying homage to McKenzie's father, not a single detail was spared for the couple's SoCal nuptials. McKenzie looked like a real-life princess in her billowing ballgown, while Joe was absolutely beaming when he saw his bride for the first time. McKenzie and Joe chose soft, floral touches to complement the regal decor of the venue. Love was certainly in the air at Vellano Estate by Wedgewood Weddings. Get ready to fall in love with this beautiful wedding!

Topics: Real Wedding
9 min read

Denver Weddings: Say ‘I Do’ to the Mile-High City

By Guest Contributor on Aug 28, 2020 10:39:57 AM

If you’re dreaming of a Denver wedding, look no furtherwe’ve compiled the best trips to making your mile-high nuptials nothing short of memorable.  Denver is a popular destination for weddings thanks to its bustling city atmosphere and unparalleled panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you live locally and want to take advantage of everything the city has to offer or are planning a destination wedding, take a look at the top venues and activities to help make your Denver wedding extra-special.

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Topics: Area Guide
8 min read

An Insider's Guide to Texas Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 28, 2020 10:19:44 AM

Everything you need to know about getting married in the Lone Star State

 

Everything’s bigger in Texasincluding wedding celebrations! From its delicious comfort food and rocking music scene to its sprawling ranches and top-notch sports teams, there’s so much to love about the Lone Star State. Say ‘I do’ to exchanging vows among rolling meadows and dancing the night away beneath twinkling stars and wide-open skies. If you’re planning a Texas wedding, look no furtherwe’ve pulled together your ultimate guide to wedding venues, tips, and much more!

Topics: Area Guide
9 min read

Real Wedding: Jensen & Reid at Galway Downs, CA

By Guest Contributor on Aug 27, 2020 2:38:57 PM

REAL WEDDING

 

Topics: Real Wedding
5 min read

Culinary Clash 2020

By Kaylyn Campbell on Aug 27, 2020 10:59:18 AM

Have you heard of Culinary Clash?

For many years, our chef team at Wedgewood Weddings have been Culinary Clash winners while supporting ProStart, a national education program to help high school students find their passion for culinary arts and hospitality. 

Topics: Food & Drink
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Q&A With Blayne Rylander of Stonebridge Manor, AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Aug 27, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Employee Spotlight

 

Today we're super excited to introduce you to one of our most talented team members in Arizona: Blayne Michelle Rylander. Blayne has been with us since 2016 and has experience at each of our five beautiful properties in Arizona. From pub server to regional trainer, Blayne knows every corner of the wedding business like the back of her hand. Her unique blend of tenacity and friendly personality makes her a joy to work with for all! Join us to learn more about Blayne and why she loves helping happy couples say 'I do'!

Topics: Spotlight
11 min read

19 Expert Wedding Day Tips & Tricks

By Guest Contributor on Aug 26, 2020 8:40:13 PM

At Wedgewood Weddings, we pride ourselves on being experts in the wedding industry. With coordinators and general managers who have been in the industry from for many many years, we've been around the block and see our fair share of ‘definitely do’ and ‘oh no, please don’t’ ideas for your wedding! Our team wants to share what we think are the best things you can do when planning your wedding and what we think you’d be better off avoiding.

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8 min read

Let's Talk About Beach Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 26, 2020 2:46:32 PM

Beach weddings are breathtakingly beautiful - from the oceanfront exchange of vows against sun-dappled seas to the newlywed portraits overlooking fiery sunsets. If you’ve always dreamed of having a California beach wedding, we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to saying ‘I do’ to sand, salt, and sun. From the top California wedding venues worth touring to considerations for your waterfront nuptials, see why there are countless reasons to love a beach wedding.

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Topics: Area Guide
7 min read

Real Wedding: Nitya + Chris at Eagle Ridge, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Aug 25, 2020 2:42:21 PM

Real Wedding

 

Nitya and Chris's non-denominational nuptials at Eagle Ridge by Wedgewood Weddings combined traditions from both American and Indian cultures. The red, gold, and white color scheme combined with Nitya's intricate henna tattoo really showcased her Indian heritage. This romantic wedding showcased the couple's love with dramatic color, statement floral arrangements, and time-tested traditions.  Take a tour of the happy couple's dreamy wedding in Santa Clara Valley.

Topics: Real Wedding
7 min read

An Insider's Guide to New England Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 25, 2020 10:20:40 AM

You'll fall in love with New England weddings!

 

There are so many things to love about a New England Wedding – from breathtaking mountain views and miles of unadulterated forests to the country’s freshest seafood. History and natural beauty intertwine in the country’s oldest clearly defined region, making it a beautiful backdrop for fairytale nuptials. With snow-covered winters and picture-perfect autumns, New England offers four seasons of splendor for visitors and residents to enjoy. Before you say ‘I do!’ to a New England wedding, take a peek at our ultimate guide to venues and things to do throughout the region.

Topics: Area Guide
8 min read

Newly Engaged? 2020 Wedding Planning Q&A

By Kaylyn Campbell on Aug 24, 2020 12:27:04 PM

August 1 2020

Planning a wedding is simple: You celebrate your engagement & begin shopping for wedding venues! But, this year, everything feels a little more complicated. To make it easy again, here are answers to all the questions we hear most regularly. Our vow to you, We’ll make planning your wedding feel exciting and romantic! 

 

CAN WE TOUR YOUR WEDDING VENUES?

Yes! We offer in-person tours where you and your fiancé will meet one of our wedding experts and explore the venue. If you can’t travel, we can also provide a virtual tour via video link.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET MARRIED IN 2020?

Yes! It’s possible and a great idea. We’ve been hosting safe and spectacular since May after a pause in March and April 2020. We give joy and safety equal prominence so that guests feel confident and can enjoy celebrating with the newly married couple.

What do COVID-19 safety measures look like?

We do all we can to make our venues feel safe and look beautiful so you can relax. Here’s an overview of the actions we take:  

  • Every event now has a Sanitation Captain
  • The venue is cleaned and disinfected in accordance with official local guidelines
  • We regularly disinfect high touch surfaces
  • We conduct enhanced cleaning between tours and events  
  • Sanitizer stations are provided
  • Each venue has additional space outdoors, and we have reconfigured the interior to allow for extra physical distance
  • Common areas have 6-foot distance markers and we have friendly signage to help guests remember to stand back when necessary

 

How do weddings now compare to pre-COVID-19?

The short answer is that not much appears different for guests. Tables are spaced a little further apart but the room still looks inviting, our team wears inconspicuous masks, food is protected with display screens, and we recommend a seating plan for the ceremony as well as your formal dinner. Activity by our team to sanitize and safeguard is continuous but behind the scenes. We’ve been implementing these procedures at spectacular events all summer and they’re now second nature.

 

When is a good time to get married?

As social gathering restrictions ease, we would love to help you get married. If you want to get married soon, we can find you a venue, show you how to get a license, introduce you to excellent vendors, and make it happen.

As you would expect, 2021 dates have filled up fast, but we still have limited availability this year and next. Alternatively, you can book now for far in the future if you want to lock in a date.

We can help you plan and host a wedding in just ten days, but most people take between one and eighteen months.

 

Will our wedding guests need to wear masks?

Wearing a face covering is optional. A wedding is a private event where you have full control over who attends, so wearing a mask is up to the individual although we recommend masks to help slow the spread.
This may change in the future, so please check with your local county guidelines.

 

Can we have a DJ and dancing at our wedding reception?

As the newly married couple, we fully expect a first dance! All our venues have large dance floors and your guests can choose to join the floor or boogie in their seats. To paraphrase the famous song: you can dance if you want to!

Will guests be excited to receive a ‘save the date’ now?

Yes! Everyone needs something to look forward to, and a forthcoming marriage is the ultimate good news. While the pandemic is serious, we should embrace love and find reasons to celebrate! Send your engagement announcements, save the date cards, and invitations. You’ll be making your friends and family smile.

>> How to Avoid Wedding Planning Guilt >>


Some of our intended guests might not be able to travel, should we delay wedding planning?

We hear from many guests who traveled for weddings this summer that airports are becoming busier again as people realize they can fly safely. In addition, many couples choose to add a live-streaming service to their ceremony for guests who are happy to celebrate virtually. Of course, if significant guests cannot travel then you may want to look at a date that’s further out.


Are vendors available?

We’d be delighted to introduce you to our hand-selected wedding vendors. As you can imagine, their work stopped outright for a few months this year. This means they now have more time and can give you unequaled attention to help you achieve the exact wedding vision you want.

 

Are attire/dress shops open for fittings?

Many are open for one-on-one appointments or can help you with a virtual appointment. If you’re at the beginning of your wedding journey, then a virtual consultation can be fun and useful.

>> Wedding Dress Shopping At Home - Your How To Guide >>

 

A pre-wedding cake tasting sounds fun, can we do that?

Certainly! You can arrange a one-on-one tasting session at most bakeries. Alternatively, some of our favorite cake makers are sending sample kits to clients so you can make a selection from the comfort of your own home.

 

Is an engagement party, bachelor/ette, bridal shower possible right now?

Wedding Wire, our partner and an eminent authority on weddings, has great suggestions for safe or virtual events alongside ideas to help make your celebrations extra entertaining.

 

How Can We reassure Guests?

Local advice varies and so do individual approaches. Be kind and understanding to your guests - after all, they're your best friends and family. Anyone can have circumstances you are not aware of so respect their wishes.

We have a downloadable version of this Q&A which you may wish to email, or print and share with your anticipated guests to make sure you're all on the same page. 

 

We’ve all seen the pandemic response is fast changing. As weddings take an
average on ten months to plan, it’s likely that we’ll return to life as you
knew it way before your big event. Talk to our team today to book a venue tour and start your wedding adventure! 


 

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DURING THE PANDEMIC, ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE STATEMENTS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE CORRECT AS OF AUGUST 1, 2020.

 

9 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 21, 2020 3:46:04 PM

Everything you need to know about planning a magical outdoor wedding

 

Outdoor weddings are rapidly growing in popularity and for good reason! From sunset vows exchanged along the beach to a moonlit reception under the stars, there’s something so magical about being married among natural splendor. From lush gardens and babbling streams to snow-covered peaks and rolling meadows, there are countless beautiful backdrops for an outdoor wedding. If you’re ready to say ‘I do’ to an outdoor wedding, our helpful guide will cover everything you need to know about outdoor venues and considerations for your big day.

8 min read

Wedding Attire Ideas For Your Groom & Groomsmen

By Guest Contributor on Aug 20, 2020 7:29:38 PM

men's WEDDING ATTIRE TRENDS

 

Let's talk men's wedding fashion! While often more understated than that of bridal trends, grooms and groomsmen have always found a way to add a hint of flair to their wedding attire. From suit and tuxedo styles to accessories like cufflinks, the details help make for a dapper groom’s party. Take a look at some of the latest groomsmen trends that will add an extra level of sophistication to your wedding day.

11 min read

How to be a Great Wedding Guest in 2020

By Guest Contributor on Aug 20, 2020 2:32:45 PM

July 2020

 

Your guide for safely attending A wedding 

Receiving a wedding invite is wonderful. The happy couple value you so much that they want you to be part of their special event. What an honor! While this year is unlike any other, gathering with the ones we love most is a huge morale boost. Today, we're answering some of the questions you may have ahead of joining your nearest and dearest to witness true love.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Ocotillo Oasis in Phoenix, AZ

By Guest Contributor on Aug 19, 2020 4:17:31 PM

Welcome to OCOTILLO OASIS

 

Ocotillo Oasis is a modern-rustic, all-inclusive wedding venue located in Chandler, Arizona. Rustic meets natural splendor at Ocotillo Oasis with its lush gardens, exposed beams, and stunning water features. Take a virtual tour of Ocotillo Oasis today and envision your wedding at one of two breathtaking outdoor ceremony sites. 

11 min read

A Local's Guide to Inland Empire Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 3:29:10 PM

Let's talk Inland Empire weddings!

 

Maybe you’ve heard of Inland Empire? It sounds like a far-off place lined with castles or ancient ruins. In reality, the term 'Inland Empire' refers to a large region east of Los Angeles that encompasses over 27,000 square miles of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. From the peaks of the San Bernardino mountains to the rolling vineyards of Temecula wine country, the Inland Empire offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city. 

With its breathtaking wedding venues, beautiful natural landscape, and convenient location, there is an endless number of reasons to fall in love with an Inland Empire wedding

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Topics: Area Guide
5 min read

Real Wedding: Ashley & Erik at Boulder Creek, CO

By Guest Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 10:59:38 AM

Real Wedding

A beautiful, macabre winter wedding in Boulder, CO.

Ashley and Erik brought their own unique style to their snowy Boulder, Colorado, nuptials. This fun-loving couple was nothing short of 'alternative royalty'adding a splash of glam to every element of their wedding. From their rich, deep accent colors and their signature cocktail to the serendipitous snowfall, the details of this winter-y wedding came together wonderfully. See why our Boulder Creek by Wedgewood Weddings team couldn't get enough of this jovial duo.

Topics: Real Wedding
11 min read

Ballroom Weddings: The Ultimate Guide

By Guest Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 10:09:43 AM

Let's talk about ballroom weddings!

 

Ballrooms have an elegant charm that can elevate any wedding reception. From celebrating your first dance as newlyweds surrounded by loved ones to the traditional bouquet toss, a ballroom wedding can host some of your favorite memories. When choosing the ballroom for your wedding reception, it is important to remember that the majority of your wedding dayand ultimately candid shots from your weddingwill be spent in this space. Our ultimate guide to ballroom weddings covers everything you need to know when selecting your venue, including considerations for your ballroom and wedding reception traditions.

5 min read

Virtual Tour of the Best Venues in Colorado

By Cassie Allinger on Aug 15, 2020 6:05:00 PM

getting married in colorado? Explore our guide to the best wedding venues across the great state of colorado

 

Topics: Area Guide
10 min read

Real Wedding: Sierra & Zeke at Ocotillo Oasis, AZ

By Guest Contributor on Aug 14, 2020 5:22:41 PM

Real Wedding

 

A Summer 2020 fairytale in Chandler, AZ. Meet Sierra and Zeke, a beautiful and gracious couple who tied the knot at our rustic-modern wedding venue, Ocotillo Oasis, on August 7, 2020.

Like many engaged couples with wedding dates in 2020, Sierra and Zeke had to reschedule their original May wedding due to local COVID-19 mandates. By the time July rolled around, their 'I do' was overdue, and it was so much fun to host their wedding adventure. Read on to see that a summer 2020 wedding is just as stunning, just as loving, and just as memorable as you always imagined. 

Join us as we celebrate this beautiful story of two Phoenix love birds.

5 min read

10 Ways to Show Your Partner You Love Them

By Jody DeSimone on Aug 14, 2020 4:44:00 PM

by Jody DeSimone

 

Have you said 'I love you' lately?

When you realize you're in love with 'the one', it can be hard to stop saying 'I Love You' - those three words feel so good! But what else can you do? There are a million tiny ways to show your loved one that you love them, but I think these 10 extra expressions of love that will make your S.O. feel deeply special and adored. 

Let's count them down - here are my ten favorite, unusual or overlooked gestures of love: 

Topics: Relationships
9 min read

All About Weddings in the Sacramento Valley

By Guest Contributor on Aug 14, 2020 1:57:54 PM

LET'S TALK ABOUT SACRAMENTO WEDDINGS

 

Planning a Sacramento wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Sacramento, which is also the capital of the State of California, is rich in both history and culture. Sacramento’s eclectic arts scene makes it a top destination for music, galleries, and theater. With its famed architecture, luscious parks, and abundance of historical landmarks, Sacramento is the perfect backdrop for a Northern California wedding. Before you say ‘I do’ to nuptials in Sactown, take a look at our ultimate guide to Sacramento wedding venues, wedding considerations, and entertainment.

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Topics: Area Guide
7 min read

Real Wedding: Julia & Jesse at Granite Rose, NH

By Guest Contributor on Aug 14, 2020 1:03:37 PM

REAL WEDDING

 

Julia and Jesse's winter wedding in Hampstead, NH, was filled with laughter and joy from start to finish. This stylish, fun-loving couple chose Granite Rose by Wedgewood Weddings as their venue for it's breathtaking grounds as well as the all-star team of wedding experts that helped make their day extra-special. Julia and Jesse were all smiles as they exchanged vows against a backdrop of glistening New England snow. This winter wonderland wedding was truly a memorable day - both for the happy couple and the Wedgewood Weddings team.

Topics: Real Wedding
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Wedding Guest Q&A - Summer 2020

By Kaylyn Campbell on Aug 12, 2020 4:50:43 PM

August 1, 2020

If you're planning to attend a wedding in 2020, it makes sense to find out what to expect and how you can stay safe. Read through this wedding guest FAQ to learn about how our team at Wedgewood Weddings are complying with Covid-19 advice. 

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Real Wedding: Josh & Lillian's Beachside Vows in Ventura, CA

By Guest Contributor on Aug 12, 2020 4:20:55 PM

Real Wedding

 

This beautiful beachside wedding in Ventura County blended oceanfront vows with sweeping city views for an unforgettable day for everyone involved. Lillian and Josh included their beloved dog in both their beachfront wedding ceremony and wedding photos which turned out absolutely adorable! Our team really loved couple and the entire team that came together to make this wedding a success. Take a sandy stroll through this couple's sun-dappled waterfront nuptials at Pacific View Tower.

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Topics: Real Wedding
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Domestic U.S. Wedding Destination Ideas

By Guest Contributor on Aug 11, 2020 2:04:25 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

While international destination weddings certainly have their appeal, domestic destination weddings are equally spectacular! Plus, you'll save money and gain precious wedding guests with a more accessible wedding destination. The United States is chocked full of beautiful wedding destinations that don’t require a passport (or a plane flight). If you’re looking to say ‘I do’ to your significant other and enjoy an exciting getaway, we've got your back. Pack your bags and start scoping out travel plans, because we're going to show you our favorite destination wedding spots around the country. Let's get started!

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Real Wedding: Michelle & Russell at Ocotillo Oasis, AZ

By Guest Contributor on Aug 10, 2020 7:41:56 PM

Real Wedding

 

Michelle and Russell were absolutely glowing during their garden wedding at Ocotillo Oasis by Wedgewood Weddings. This gleeful couple said 'I do' to a waterfront wedding ceremony among the lush gardens at Ocotillo Oasis, surrounded by breathtaking floral arrangements and flowing waterfalls. We loved helping Michelle and Russell plan their Phoenix-area wedding, complete with a cameo from their fur child. Take a stroll through these charming botanical nuptials and enjoy Chandler, Arizona's hidden desert oasis. 

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Topics: Real Wedding
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Wedding Experts Share Their Favorite Wedding Stories

By Guest Contributor on Aug 10, 2020 6:05:38 PM

Our team members here at Wedgewood Weddings work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure your wedding day is everything you dreamed of. Many of our own members have had their own wonderful weddings to inspire them each and every day. They work so hard to deliver memorable, flawless weddings for our customers, and rarely get to share their own stories. Today, we're turning the tables and asking our team to share some fond memories from their own wedding days.

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Ghoulishly Gothic Fall Wedding Ideas

By Cassie Allinger on Aug 7, 2020 3:59:26 PM

If you and your fiancé love moody thunderstorms, scary movies, dark color palettes and unconventional adventures, a spooky Halloween-themed wedding might just be perfect for you! Skulls and pumpkins make wonderful gothic decor, but gone are the days of taking this theme so literally! Think: dark and moody color palettes, deep red and purple accents, unique flowers, dramatic lighting, romantic candles, pomegranates, and nature-inspired decor. Celebrate your hauntingly beautiful relationship with a wedding as original as you! We've pulled together our favorite gothic & glam wedding ideas to inspire the alternative wedding of your dreams. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Phoenix Wedding Venues

By Cassie Allinger on Aug 6, 2020 1:19:41 PM

getting married in arizona? Explore our guide to the best wedding venues in phoenix, AZ and beyond

 

Topics: Area Guide
6 min read

Real Wedding: Kari & Matt at Palm Valley, AZ

By Guest Contributor on Aug 6, 2020 10:38:42 AM

Real Wedding

 

Kari and Matt are two real-life hometown heroes who said 'I do' to an autumn wedding at Palm Valley by Wedgewood Weddings. Matt is a member of the Goodyear Police Department while Kari is an elementary school teacher talk about creating a beautiful future for our local community! This duo deserved a wedding as wonderful as they are, and the Wedgewood Weddings team delivered from start to finish. Every detail was picture-perfect from the romantic gold and blush accents right down to Kari and Matt's four-legged ring bearer, Jack. Check out how Kari and Matt personalized their Palm Valley nuptials to match their unique style.

Topics: Real Wedding
5 min read

Tattoo Wedding Ring Ideas We Love

By Guest Contributor on Aug 5, 2020 6:22:48 PM

One of the most unexpected wedding trends to strike popularity just might be tattoo wedding rings! While we don't expect traditional wedding rings to fade away, there's a clear rise in alternative ring options beyond the traditional diamond and gold wedding bands. The exchange of wedding rings is a tradition of deep history, one that symbolizes eternal love and commitment. Tattoo wedding rings have a number of benefits: they are generally lower cost than traditional wedding rings, they will never get lost, and they can be fully customized to fit your unique personality.

Topics: Wedding Fun
5 min read

What's Trending: Fall Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

By Guest Contributor on Aug 4, 2020 4:33:00 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

What to wear to a fall wedding?
We've got you covered!

 

There’s so much to love about attending an autumn wedding: the colors of changing leaves, beautiful seasonal decor, and an excuse to indulge in pumpkin and apple-flavored treats. Now that you’ve mailed in your RSVP, you may find yourself asking what am I going to wear? The key is mastering the color palette and being prepared for unpredictable weather! Wind? Rain? Snow? 90 degrees and sunny? All of these scenarios are possible at a fall wedding, so be sure to be prepared! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite fall wedding outfit ideas for guests that are both chic and practical.

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Your Pacific Coast  Wedding Guide

By Guest Contributor on Aug 3, 2020 11:57:15 AM

Let’s Talk About Pacific Coast Weddings!

 

The Pacific Coast Highway (known locally as the PCH) offers a wide array of wedding venues from the beautiful Bay Area all the way south to San Diego. There are so many cities and beach towns along the coast that offer a variety of styles, personalities, and natural landscapes. When planning a wedding along the historic PCH, you can choose from a wide array of events, venues, cultures, and hotels. We can't forget to mention the sunsets because they're incredible - whether your enjoying the view from a balcony or sitting beachside watching the sun gently settle on the edge of the ocean. The sunrise is just as undeniably beautiful in its own right. If you are planning a wedding along the Pacific Coast Highway, check out our tips, tricks, and top picks for local venues.

Topics: Area Guide
7 min read

Honeymoon Options for 2020

By Guest Contributor on Aug 1, 2020 5:21:00 PM

stephanie with Manly Bands

 

It feels like the COVID-19 pandemic turned us all upside down and back to front! While some weddings have been paused or postponed,  2020 newlyweds still have options for their fun and romantic honeymoon. Today, we'll explore fun honeymoon ideas and destinations plus travel restrictions and safety concerns.

We'll give you tips that make planning your honeymoon, arranging food and lodging and scheduling awesome activities feel like a walk in the park. Having the internet on hand is a definite advantage so snuggle up one evening and create a dream honeymoon!

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Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day

By Guest Contributor on Aug 1, 2020 2:30:00 PM

While weddings revolve around tradition and family, they’re also about celebrating your relationship with memories that will last a lifetime. Some of the most unforgettable wedding memories are fun surprises, planned or otherwise, that the guests and the wedding party will be talking about for years to come! From flash mobs to blow-up dinosaurs, there are so many fun, light-hearted ways that you can personalize your wedding day. 

We asked our Wedgewood Wedding team of experts for advice on how to add a splash of fun to your day of celebration. Here's what they had to say . . . 

Topics: Wedding Fun
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Real Wedding: Cindy & Devin at Stonetree Estate, CA

By Guest Contributor on Aug 1, 2020 2:16:42 PM

REAL WEDDING

 

Cindy and Devin were absolutely glowing for their romantic wine-country wedding at Stonetree Estate in beautiful Novato, California. Tucked away at this lakeside retreat, the venue's mature landscaping made the perfect backdrop for the duo's flower-adorned wedding ceremony. Cindy and Devin chose a regal purple as their accent color, which created an upscale fairytale aesthetic at this charming estate. With help from the Wedgewood Weddings team, Cindy and Devin created an enchanting wedding that their guests are sure to remember for years to come!

Topics: Real Wedding
8 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Live-Streaming Your Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Jul 30, 2020 4:50:18 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

Whether you're planning an intimate wedding celebration, getting hitched in a tropical location, or have guests that can't make the trip due to a global pandemic, there are many reasons why you might opt to livestream your wedding for all your friends and family to see! Thanks to technology, live-streaming your wedding has never been easier. Whether you are interested in a virtual vow exchange among a few close friends or live-streaming your entire reception for your guests at home to enjoy, we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to hosting a live-streamed wedding. 

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Real Wedding: Tianna & David at San Ramon Waters, CA

By Guest Contributor on Jul 30, 2020 10:51:41 AM

Real Wedding

 

Tianna and David embodied everything that is love on their wedding day. This kind-hearted couple was all smiles for their nuptials, and it was clear just how much they adore each other. Tianna and David's Bay Area wedding was beautifully decorated with regal purple accent lighting, glamorous sparkles, and romantic shades of pink. Tianna looked absolutely ravishing in her blush lace gown just like a princess straight out of a fairy tale! The team at San Ramon Waters by Wedgewood Weddings absolutely adored creating a memorable day for Tianna and David that was filled with love and joy.

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Topics: Real Wedding
8 min read

Less Is More: Simple Yet Special Ways to Propose

By Guest Contributor on Jul 29, 2020 3:06:55 PM

samantha with qalo

 

simple proposal ideas we love

Is it just us, or is there a lot of pressure on the proposal? With all the viral flash mobs, hot air balloon rides and that guy who edited the ending of Sleeping Beauty for his next-level proposal, it often feels like extravagant is the only way to go. In truth, though, the vast majority of people out there do not expect (or want) a lavish proposal. For most people, a heartfelt proclamation from one knee is more than enough. No bells, whistles or flash mobs needed.

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Featuring 'Painted Primrose' Florist in Boulder, CO

By Cassie Allinger on Jul 27, 2020 6:40:28 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

 

Topics: Spotlight
6 min read

Dessert Advice For A Sweet & Flavorful Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Jul 23, 2020 9:31:52 AM

Your wedding cake and wedding dessert tables are a big deal. To help you decide what to choose for your wedding day, we've asked our experts for their tips based on what they've seen at real weddings recently. Whether you're looking to match your wedding theme, have a sweet tooth, or feel nonplussed about candy, confections and sweets, we'll help you decide on an option that feels good.

Today, we're chatting to two of our experts Jordyn Voegele and Amanda Mizell who have conducted epic weddings, almost daily, for years.

Topics: Food & Drink
9 min read

Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jul 22, 2020 4:56:00 PM

In the midst of wedding planning, with the many decisions brides and grooms face regarding ceremony décor, table settings, dinner and dessert options and much, much more, it’s often easy to forget one small, but fun,  detail: wedding favors! These mementos act as a reminder of your wedding day for your guests and are an easy way to add a personal touch to the celebration.

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Kitchen Essentials: What to Love About Our Wedding Menu!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jul 22, 2020 4:19:08 PM

Paige Lorenzen, Regional Manager & Amanda Mizell, General Manager at The Orchard


Discover what our team love best about our delicious wedding dishes

Step inside our kitchen for an exclusive no-holds-barred look at what our teams think are the tastiest bites on our wedding menu!  In every kitchen's repertoire, there are always a few dishes that have the servers hoping Chef will make extra and, today, we're going to share what my team find most mouthwatering.

Topics: Food & Drink
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Meet Ronnie of 'Veronica Slavin Photography' in Ventura, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jul 22, 2020 3:51:00 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT


We're pleased to introduce you to Veronica Slavin, AKA "Ronnie", owner of Veronica Slavin Photography in Ventura, CA. Ronnie offers wedding, corporate and portrait photography and is a proud partner of Wedgewood Weddings. We love Ronnie's timeless style and ability to find the joy in every moment. If you're looking for beautiful, classic photos of your wedding, engagement or other special moments, Ronnie is an absolute gem to work with! She photographed her first wedding in 1981 and hasn't stopped since! Join us as we chat with Ronnie about her experience creating beautiful memories to last a lifetime.

Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

2022 Wedding Color Trends

By Guest Contributor on Jul 22, 2020 3:46:45 PM

From the powder blue suits that were a staple of the 80s to the rise of Millennial Pink, the wedding industry has seen a variety of color trends throughout the years. While pastel hues like blush and soft blue are timeless, we’re swooning over the latest color trends for 2022. From the resurgence of vintage metallics to the moody feel of deep grays and blues, see what color palettes are on-trend for the upcoming wedding season.

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5 Wedding Arbor Ideas We Love

By Guest Contributor on Jul 22, 2020 3:43:10 PM

The wedding arbor is often the pinnacle of your wedding ceremony. It is both the backdrop to your nuptials as well as a focal point for countless wedding party photos. Traditionally, wedding arbors are draped with tulle or adorned with elegant floral arrangements. However, many couples are getting creative with new and unique arbor embellishments. If you’re looking to elevate your wedding ceremony decor, take a look at these wedding arbor ideas we love!

Topics: Real Trends
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Wedding Day Advice... From Proven Experts!

By Guest Contributor on Jul 22, 2020 3:40:04 PM

Weddings are a special time for couples to make their dream days come true! What better way to get ideas for your magical day than from our Wedgewood Wedding experts who help put on thousands of dream weddings every year? We asked our team what they recommend couples do to help make their dream day all the more spectacular and they did not disappoint.

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Real Wedding: Savannah & Bryan at Sterling Hotel, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jul 22, 2020 3:19:27 PM

REAL WEDDING

 

For Savannah and Bryan's Sacramento wedding, the couple was surrounded by an overwhelming amount of love from their family and friends. The couple's joyous nuptials were accented by fun details throughout, including Jenga that doubled as a guest book and a photo booth to capture goofy guest candids. Savannah looked stunning in an all lace gown, which was accented perfectly by our Sterling Hotel's chic vintage aesthetic. Savannah and Bryan even weathered a few drops of lucky rain on their wedding day, ensuring good fortune for the couple for many years to come. It was such a delight to see this loving duo say "I do!" at Sterling Hotel by Wedgewood Weddings

Topics: Real Wedding
7 min read

Featuring 'A Love's In Bloom' Florist in Benicia, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jul 22, 2020 2:49:56 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

 

We're excited to introduce you to Valarie, owner of A Love's In Bloom, an award-winning floral studio in Martinez, CA. A Love’s In Bloom creates stunning floral masterpieces for weddings and special events in the Bay Area. Whatever style suits your fancy, Valarie can do it all from classic and glamorous to modern, rustic and bohemian. As the premier floral partner of one of our most unique wedding venues, Jefferson Street Mansion, we've come to know A Love's In Bloom to be reliable, professional and true creative geniuses. Get ready for a fun Q&A all about wedding flowers and be inspired by the beautiful photos of Valarie's work.

Topics: Spotlight
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Q&A with Shawna of 'Flower Divas' in San Jose, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jul 20, 2020 7:17:00 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT


When you choose a wedding venue with sweeping views of the beautiful Almaden Valley as the backdrop, it's a natural choice to adorn it from head to toe with beautiful flowers. That's where Flower Divas comes into play, our premier floral design partner for Boulder Ridge in San Jose, CA. Flower Divas, led by the lovely Shawna Futagaki, is an award-winning floral design studio for weddings and corporate events. Get ready for an exciting Q&A with Shawna where we explore the art of floral design and creating beautiful weddings.

Topics: Spotlight
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Real Wedding: Julie & Vince at Sequoia Mansion, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jul 20, 2020 4:16:40 PM

Real Wedding


When Julie and Vincent celebrated their spring nuptials, everyone at Sequoia Mansion, CA, was over the moon! This delightful couple showcases the essence of heartfelt love, and you could tell destiny had brought them together for a happily ever after. Let's look at the details that made their special day in Placerville stand out! All real wedding photos by Darci Terry Photography.

Topics: Real Wedding
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Floral Mastery Q&A With Blooming Bouquets, AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Jul 15, 2020 7:29:35 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

 

Joining us today is Janice of Blooming Bouquets in Glendale, AZ. Blooming Bouquets has been serving Glendale, Phoenix and surrounding areas since 1992. They are a family-owned, full-service wedding florist that is committed to offering only the finest, freshest and highest quality flowers for your wedding. Voted with the Knot's "Best Of Weddings" award six years in a row, you can trust the Blooming Bouquets team to make your wedding dreams a reality, with lifetime loving memories.

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Topics: Spotlight
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Wedding Photographer Q&A with Tara Nichole in Phoenix, AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 29, 2020 2:19:55 PM

Vendor Spotlight



Today, we're excited to introduce Tara Chatterton, founder of 'Tara Nichole Photo' of Phoenix, Arizona. Tara is a talented wedding, portrait and event photographer and videographer, and a frequent partner of ours at several of our Arizonan wedding venues including Ocotillo Oasis and Lindsay Grove. We love the way Tara focuses on the love story that brings a wedding to life: Her work is heartfelt and professional in every way. 

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Hi Tara! Thanks for joining us today.
How did you get into this line of work? 

Of course! While I'm originally from California, I've lived in Phoenix for most of my life. An "almost native" I like to say. I have been married since 2006 to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls together. We love downtown Phoenix, AZ and are happy to raise our family here. I actually have a Master’s in Professional Counseling, but decided to stay home and take care of our girls rather than going back to the office. I officially formed my photography business 3 years ago, although I've been passionate about photography and videography since 2012. I love that being a photographer allows me to raise my girls at home and also enjoy an incredibly fulfilling career.

That's wonderful! What do you love most about photography?

I love people and love being able to be a part of the most important and memorable days of their lives. I pride myself on building a lasting relationship with every client and running my business with integrity and love. My favorite aspect of every wedding is getting to know the couple and their friends and family too! My background in counseling is an unusual asset as a photographer, as I'm naturally talented at helping people relax and open up, and that means better photographs! By the end of most weddings, I have become friends with moms and dads, joked with uncles, and figured out who in the group has the biggest anniversary number!

Topics: Spotlight
9 min read

New Wedding Traditions You'll Love

By Guest Contributor on Jun 26, 2020 1:53:02 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

The wonderful thing about wedding traditions is that they don’t have to be traditional couples can alter and update popular rituals to fit their unique personalities. New wedding traditions and customs are born every day, creating an endless combination of possibilities for celebrating your nuptials. We’ve pulled together a list of the latest wedding traditions and trends that we absolutely adore.

 

Topics: Real Trends
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DJ Spotlight: 'Austin Murray Entertainment' in Temecula, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 24, 2020 12:56:24 PM

Vendor Spotlight



Austin Murray Entertainment has been making waves in the Southern California wedding industry since 2015. With experience in both the wedding and entertainment industry, he brings knowledge, experience, personality, and a deep love for music to every wedding. He's well known for his professionalism and great taste in beats! You'll frequently find him spinning tunes and introducing happy couples at our Galway Downs wedding venue in Temecula, CA.

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Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

7 Swoon-Worthy Wedding Décor Trends

By Guest Contributor on Jun 23, 2020 4:57:13 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

Wedding décor comes in all shapes and sizes - with each couple choosing unique design accents to showcase their own personality. While wedding décor trends may come and go, we’re swooning over the latest unique trends to adorn modern-day nuptials. If you’re looking for inspiration to up the ante on your wedding aesthetic, look no further than these cute and customizable wedding décor trends.

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Spotlight On 'Bella Studios Florist' in Colorado Springs

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 23, 2020 4:40:00 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT


We're excited to chat today with Stephanie Murdock, owner of Bella Studios Florist in Colorado Springs, CO. Bella Studios creates floral masterpieces for all special occasions and is a proud partner of Wedgewood Weddings. Located at the foot of Pike's Peak near beautiful Garden of the Gods, Bella Studios is the premier floral design studio in Colorado Springs. Their award-winning floral arrangements have been artfully created by expert florists for some of the most discerning and notable clients in the Rocky Mountain region. Join us today to learn more about Stephanie and her 5-star floral business!

Topics: Spotlight
8 min read

Katie & Troy, Lindsay Grove, AZ

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 23, 2020 4:34:10 PM

Real Wedding

 

Meet Katie and Troy, who tied the knot at our vintage-feel wedding venue, Lindsay Grove in Arizona, on June 6, 2020.

Troy & Katie's Engagement Photo
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Meet 'Cute Cakes Bakery' in Carlsbad, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 23, 2020 10:44:36 AM

Vendor Spotlight



In 2019, we added an exciting new location to our family of spectacular event & wedding venues: The Carlsbad Windmill. The Windmill is an iconic piece of Carlsbad history and marks our first coastal San Diego wedding venue. It's been such an exciting grand opening for several reasons, but partially because all of the wonderful new vendors we've had the pleasure to work with as we step deeper into San Diego county. In that journey, we teamed up with Cute Cakes Bakery in Carlsbad, CA and it's been an amazing experience so far.

With no further ado, we're excited to introduce Jill Reilly of Cute Cakes Bakery & Cafe, located in Escondido, CA. Cute Cakes has been in business since 2009 serving baked goods in their cafe, catering events, and last but not least baking wedding cakes!

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Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

What to Wear: Men's Wedding Attire Style Guide

By Guest Contributor on Jun 23, 2020 10:03:53 AM

No matter what pronouns you use, wedding attire is all about feeling your best on the most special, jovial day of your life! The key to choosing the best formal or semi-formal wear options for your wedding day is to make it match your style and personality. From suit and tuxedo styles and alternative formal-wear options to accessories like cufflinks and dress socks, this style guide will help you match your inner-self to the perfect wedding outfit. Let's get started!

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5 Wedding Favor Ideas for a Safe & Healthy Celebration

By Guest Contributor on Jun 22, 2020 5:42:00 PM

By Deidre Drewes, June 2020

 

As states reopen and social calendars begin to fill back up following COVID-19 stay-home orders, health and safety are still a top concern for many. Couples with upcoming wedding dates may be seeking out the best way to proceed with previously scheduled nuptials while still keeping family and friends safe. If you’re looking for a fun way to make health a priority at your wedding, check out these thoughtful safety-first wedding favors your guests will love!

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Music Chat with Jeff Jones of 'Direct Sounds DJ' in AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 22, 2020 3:41:00 PM

Vendor Spotlight



Direct Sounds, a full-service wedding and event DJ company, has been keeping Arizona on the dance floor since 2005! Jeff Jones, founder of Direct Sounds, leads a team of more than 12 expertly trained wedding DJs in the Phoenix area. He personally performs 90 weddings per year, holds nightclub residencies around the valley and teaches the DJ program at Mesa CC. He's a trusted premier partner for many of our Arizona wedding venues such as Colby Falls, Stonebridge Manor, Lindsay Grove, and Ocotillo Oasis. We're honored to spend some time today learning more about Jeff and the Direct Sounds team!

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Topics: Spotlight
5 min read

Real Wedding: A Magical Union at The Retreat, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 19, 2020 1:07:06 PM

Real Wedding

 

Join us in admiring this magical union of two remarkable brides at The Retreat by Wedgewood Weddings in Corona, CA. Kayla and Robin shared their vows in early 2020 on an absolutely picture-perfect day in Southern California. When we saw the stunning photographs from Beautiful Day Photography, we instantly knew we needed to feature this wedding for the world to see. 

Topics: Real Wedding
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Q&A with Joey Dion of 'Main Event DJs', NH

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 18, 2020 9:49:00 AM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT


Wedding DJs are known for their charm, charisma and high-energy and that's exactly what we love best about the team at Main Event Entertainment. With more than 20 DJs on staff, all trained under the one-and-only DJ Joey Dion, Main Event's success in the New England area speaks louder than words. We're proud to partner with Main Event at our beautiful, newly renovated wedding venue, Granite Rose in Hampstead, New Hampshire. As our premier partner for Emcee and DJ services, we have complete trust in the Main Event team to deliver the wedding dance party you've always dreamed of.

If you're looking for an Emcee and DJ for your wedding, look no further! Join us today while we chat with Joey Dion, founder of Main Event Entertainment, and learn what makes them the best in the North East! 

Topics: Spotlight
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Introducing the Latest Wedding Dress Trends

By Guest Contributor on Jun 17, 2020 11:48:53 AM

Deidre Drewes

 

When it comes to wedding dresses, classic white ball gowns are always in style. However, there are many wedding dress trends for 2021/2022 that breathe new life into the classic silhouettes we all know and love. From floral accents and earthy hues to minimalist and functional, check out our favorite bridal attire trends for the upcoming wedding seasons.

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Spotlight: 'Memories by Karen' Arizona Wedding Photography

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 16, 2020 2:03:19 PM

Vendor Spotlight


Meet Karen, an experienced wedding photographer who's been capturing magical memories in the greater Phoenix area since the late 90's. She's one of our preferred photography partners in Arizona and frequently photographs weddings at our beautiful Palm Valley venue. Couples rave about their experience with Karen — great customer service, affordable photography packages, versatile editing style, and all around beautiful photos. She also knows all of the best photo opportunities at Palm Valley! 

Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

Team Thoughts: How To Be Successful

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 16, 2020 2:00:00 PM

What does it take to join our wedding crew?

Our Arizona team in February 2020,
Led by Chelsea Taylor (Center), Regional Manager
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Spotlight: Dottie Mackenzie of 'Camino Flower Shop'

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 16, 2020 1:58:31 PM

Vendor Spotlight


Meet Dottie Mackenzie, a floral design expert who has set the standard in the wedding business since 1988. Owner of the Camino Flower Shop in Placerville, CA Dottie's a frequent partner of ours at Sequoia Mansion by Wedgewood Weddings. We trust her implicitly as she's shown her floral skills again and again at our beautiful vintage wedding venue near Sacramento. Speaking of her team, Camino Flower Shop is a family affair. When you hire them to help design your wedding, you're inviting the whole family to join you and make your wedding experience even better!  

Today we're sitting down with Dottie to chat about all things weddings! So grab a cup of tea, a comfy seat, and get ready to be amazed by her expertise — let's get started!


Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

6 No-Nonsense Wedding Planning Tips

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 16, 2020 12:15:00 PM

Deciding to get married feels like it comes with its own to-do list. Get insider secrets form wedding experts. We asked our team to share how you can make your wedding planning simple and stress-free! Get six must-know tips from our wedding professionals!

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Wedding Vow Trends to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

By Guest Contributor on Jun 16, 2020 9:30:23 AM

Deidre Drewes


While the concept of exchanging wedding vows can be traced back as far as Ancient Rome, the actual traditions surrounding the exchange of vows have adapted over the years. If you’re searching for an extra-special way to express your love on your wedding day, your vows are a great place to start! Create a unique and cherished wedding ceremony experience by saying ‘I do’ to some of our favorite new wedding vow trends.

Topics: Real Trends
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Q&A with Gruttadauria's 1914 Bakery in Temecula, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 15, 2020 6:15:00 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT
 

Gruttadauria's 1914 Bakery has been serving delicious, Italian desserts since 1914! This wonderful fourth generation family-owned Italian bakery opened its doors to a new storefront in Temecula, CA in 2018. The Gruttadauria’s take pride in their family’s tradition, using original family recipes and making all of their delicious baked goods and pastries from scratch, ensuring that you taste the highest quality ingredients in every bite.

We’re proud to call them a premier partner of our beautiful Menifee Lakes wedding venue where they consistently serve elegant, delectable treats to our guests. Grab a cup of tea and join us while we learn more about how the Gruttadauria family built a legacy of sweet treats on old Sicilian recipes.

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Topics: Spotlight
3 min read

New 'Change The Date' Card Designs

By Guest Contributor on Jun 15, 2020 9:59:51 AM

If you've had to postpone your 2020 wedding in light of COVID-19 and gathering restrictions in your area, you are not alone. In light of the large number of postponements, a new category of wedding stationary has become popular: Change The Date announcements. These cards offer a formal way to communicate your new wedding plans in a way that celebrates your new date. 

We're excited to announce that four new Change The Date designs that have been added to our InvitationsbyWedgewood collection. If you're looking for additional guidance on what to say and how to say it, we wrote a guide on postponement announcements just for you!

4 min read

Real Wedding: Romantic Tuscan Wedding at Menifee Lakes

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 12, 2020 11:37:14 AM

Today we bring you behind the scenes for an exclusive feature on the unforgettable wedding of Spencer and Jack. These two love birds chose Menifee Lakes by Wedgewood Weddings for their wedding venue a beautiful estate in Southern California featuring vaulted ceilings, sun-dappled lakes and the most stunning fountain courtyard. It's the perfect backdrop for a Tuscan-inspired wedding like this one!

Topics: Real Wedding
5 min read

Featuring Sun Dance Photography of Ventura County, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 10, 2020 10:01:00 AM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT


Today we’d like to introduce you to Blendi Reynolds, owner of Sun Dance Photography in Ventura, CA. Sun Dance Photography offers wedding, engagement and portrait photography and is a proud partner of Wedgewood Weddings. We love their signature light and bright, candid photojournalistic style that effortlessly captures authentic moments and genuine emotions. If you're looking for beautiful, timeless photos of your wedding, engagement or other special moments, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Blendi and the Sun Dance team!

Topics: Spotlight
8 min read

Meet Lindsey Paisano, Stallion Mountain, NV

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 9, 2020 5:20:36 PM

Employee Spotlight

 

Lindsey Paisano is a skillful and inspiring wedding expert but has an unusual wedding-planning background. She comes from the casino industry and brings all of those learnings to managing our Stallion Mountain venue in Las Vegas. We adore Lindsey because she has a knack for putting the couple and their guest's needs first, while keeping her team motivated so that everything happens exactly on schedule. She spoke to us today about what she brings from the casino industry and how that helps her put together weddings with the utmost precision and attention to detail.

Topics: Spotlight
5 min read

Welcome to Your One-Stop Wedding Shop!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 9, 2020 4:59:19 PM

Let's talk about why choosing a one-stop shop for all your wedding needs is a great idea!

Most of us would give the idea of making our wedding dress or suit a hard pass. If you aren't a professional or aspiring dressmaker, hand stitching an outfit you'll be photographed in from every angle seems like a recipe for unnecessary stress. You would need to source the material, learn the techniques, and find time to put it all together... Suddenly what could have felt like a fun project to show off your creativity, now feels like an extra commitment you just don't need.

Ever since you said 'Yes!' and let the engagement blossom, you've probably been thinking about venues, color schemes, cakes, and so much more! It's fun to plan a special celebration, but it's vital to also make time to enjoy the beauty of being engaged. There is something so magical about spending this time with your fiancé anticipating the moment you both say 'I do.' 


Your One-Stop Wedding Shop

Happily, we offer you a one-stop wedding shop to help you with all your wedding needs. Our team will bring your vision to life while staying within your ideal budget. You'll be paired with wedding experts who will listen, introduce you to vendors, and ensure the big day is a romantic success. 

At Wedgewood Weddings, we have nearly 50 venues that range from rustic to luxe, a team of industry experts with more than 30 years of experience planning over 25,000 weddings. Not to mention, an endless network of reputable vendors that are dedicated and professional! When you book at one of our venues, you save yourself in the long run. 

Save yourself on what? - Time! On average, it takes a couple 528 hours to plan their wedding; this comes out to 22 days spent planning details that may ultimately overwhelm you. With Wedgewood Weddings, the average wedding takes less than 99 hours to prepare! Some couples have even designed their entire event in 12 hours. With the time you save on planning at Wedgewood Weddings, there are more opportunities to take advantage of the engaged life. 



Finding The Right Vendors

In addition to saving time, Wedgewood Weddings can help spare you the hassle of booking vendors! You might think that won't be that hard, but think of the complete list of vendors you might need, here are just a few:

  • Catering
  • Bar Services
  • Flowers & Decor
  • Furniture Rental
  • Photography and Video Services
  • Entertainment - Music, MC and Games
  • Photobooth
  • Invitations
  • Planning
  • Cakemaker
  • and so much more

At all of our venues, we'll work with you to pair you with handpicked vendors who can meet your needs with ease. We'll also give you exclusive discounts on essentials like tuxedos, limos, and more! In addition, our onsite, wedding coordination team will work at your pace to ensure that your dream vision becomes a reality with no muss, no fuss! 


Find The Fun in Wedding Planning

When you ask for help from the experts, we'll swoop in and give you all the assistance you need, all with the aim of making planning fun and straightforward. There are still plenty of opportunities for you to be creative and add your own touches, but you can focus on where you'll excel rather than becoming a pro event planner! There's no need for you to stress as our team will provide clear advice, space to make decisions, and then we'll build your unique celebration for you. When you book with our venues, you pay one, an all-inclusive fee that will cover all of these wedding details! 

Your wedding will be tailored to you and your needs. We wholeheartedly believe every couple is different and every wedding should be different too. No two celebrations will ever look exactly alike. Our team is adept at hearing what you know you need and translating. This means you do not need to learn a new vocabulary of event industry jargon to make your requests.

 

Embrace The Savings!

Finally, we will save you and your loved one financially. The average wedding across the nation in 2019 cost $33,139, compared to our' average cost of $13,000. This doesn't mean you get less, just that you're spending your wedding budget more wisely. When you plan your wedding on your own, the expenses individually add up...

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Bottom line, when you're ready to start planning your wedding, look no further. We offer customizable, all-inclusive, and affordable weddings that tell your love story loud and proud! Call (855) 252-3803 to book a tour today! 

 

6 min read

Fun & Frugal Wedding Planning Advice

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 8, 2020 5:34:16 PM

Love is a beautiful thing that makes so many people happy. People find love at all ages and at all times of life. Surprisingly to some, many couples decide to make a deep commitment and marry while still students. Today we'll walk you through how to make your wedding spectacular and overflowing with love regardless of the size of your budget.  

8 min read

Meet Samantha Gauthier, Indian Hills, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 8, 2020 1:14:52 PM

Employee Spotlight


Samantha Gauthier, General Manager at our gorgeous
Indian Hills venue in Riverside, chats about leading her team with her heart for service and hospitality. She loves planning the Big Day and seeing every client have fun. But it all started at a campground serving ice cream in Green Bay, WI .

7 min read

Real Wedding Feature: Jefferson Street Mansion, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 8, 2020 11:15:55 AM

We love to share wedding experiences so you can see gorgeous weddings at our favorite venues. Today., we're looking at Jefferson St Mansion, in historic Benicia. Couples tell us they choose this wedding venue for the tranquil atmosphere, bay views, historic elegance and exquisite gardens.

“Zach and Karthik were such an amazing couple to work with. From the very beginning, at our first meeting you could tell how much love they have for one another and their joy radiates!" 
- Nicole, Jefferson St. Mansion Team

Topics: Real Wedding
6 min read

Meet Nicole Sullivan, Jefferson Street Mansion

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 8, 2020 10:03:54 AM

Employee Spotlight

 

Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

Love Story: From Friendship to Commitment

By Jody DeSimone on Jun 7, 2020 12:30:00 AM

We Love Your Love Stories!

Tell us how you found your true love and what made you decide to make a public commitment in the form of marriage. There is a love story for everyone, and each is unique through place, personality, and style! 

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Topics: real couples
3 min read

Meet Jackie White, HofmanN Ranch, TX

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 4, 2020 1:29:16 PM

Employee Spotlight

Jackie White was born to work in the wedding industry. No, really. Her mom Diana Boucher is a superstar in industry circles, having planned weddings in Texas for 30+ years and simply put, Jackie grew up in the business.

Jackie is General Manager at Hofmann Ranch, our gorgeous 370 acre wedding venue in San Antonio, TX, and has been at the venue since 2016. She loves working with couples on their weddings and helping to plan the most fun day of their lives. We sat down with Jackie to ask her a few questions about her job and any advice she’d like to share with nervous couples.

Topics: Spotlight
18 min read

Your Sacramento, California Wedding Guide

By Jody DeSimone on Jun 3, 2020 11:13:37 AM

California hosts over 250,000 weddings every year, and the  Sacramento area has no shortage of wedding celebrations. The scenery and multitude of activities entice people from all over the world to get married in this picturesque landscape.
6 min read

Meet Amy Hotaling of 'Linny's Floral' in Santa Clara Valley

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 2, 2020 5:15:00 AM

Vendor Spotlight

 

Joining us today from Watsonville, CA is Amy Hotaling, owner and founder of ‘Linny’s Floral’. Amy is a passionate florist, a caring mother, a loving daughter, and an entrepreneur at heart. Linny’s Floral creates exquisite floral designs for weddings, events, and special occasions. We love her signature use of bright colors and wispy greens! As a Bay Area native and expert on all things flowers, we just knew she’d be the perfect floral partner for our esteemed wedding venue, Eagle Ridge, just south of San Jose in Santa Clara Valley, CA.

Topics: Spotlight
2 min read

Event Recommencement Announcement

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 1, 2020 2:59:00 PM

June 1, 2020


Throughout these past few months, we’ve been touched by the outpouring of support from clients and their guests across America. Committing to marry is an emotional process and we’re grateful to every client that chooses Wedgewood Weddings for their special day.

5 min read

Should You Include Your Pooch in Your Wedding Party?

By Guest Contributor on May 29, 2020 3:11:04 PM

 

Topics: Wedding Fun
8 min read

Ask The Wedding Photographer! Love & Lens

By Kaylyn Campbell on May 28, 2020 12:52:50 PM

Vendor Spotlight


Wedding photography is an art in itself and you want to be sure you’re getting it right by choosing the best photographer who fully understands and respects your vision.

13 min read

Expert Advice: How To Live Stream Your Wedding Ceremony

By Kaylyn Campbell on May 27, 2020 3:18:59 PM

Live streaming lets you share the intimate and memorable moments of your wedding with friends and family who are unable to attend the event in person. Streaming key elements of your wedding is a wonderful way to include anyone who's unavailable to be there. You might have guests living abroad or across state lines, loved ones who are unwell, or guests unable to travel.

While not an integral part of your wedding, live streaming is becoming increasingly popular, so let's run through how to do it well so that your virtual guests aren't left wondering why they can only see the floor!

7 min read

Gorgeous Venue Secrets You Need to See

By Cassie Allinger on May 26, 2020 4:38:44 PM

THE BEST (OR WORST) KEPT SECRETS OF OUR VENUES


When searching for a wedding venue, couples start with logical factors such as location, budget, and style. When it comes to choosing "the one" however, it's often more of an emotional decision. You may fall in love with a certain feature or unique element that will help bring your vision to life - a rustic ranch, glimmering pool, or relaxing ocean view. Or, it might be more intangible. Perhaps the people you meet, a feeling when you step into the reception hall, or a unique story about the venue that captures your heart.

3 min read

It’s Time For Love: Phased Reopening Begins, May 2020

By Kaylyn Campbell on May 26, 2020 2:44:00 PM

May 26, 2020

 

3 min read

How Staggered Arrival Times Can Help Manage Your Guest Count

By Guest Contributor on May 22, 2020 10:27:38 AM

Chelsea Taylor, Regional Manager

New creative ideas are making their way into the wedding industry as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. With many state and local jurisdictions continuing to limit large gatherings, and many couples still hoping to move forward with their event as planned, we're ready with a solution that can accommodate both.

4 min read

7 Reasons to Love a Weekday Wedding

By Guest Contributor on May 21, 2020 3:06:00 PM

May 2020

 

If you’ve postponed your wedding due to COVID-19, you may be facing a new conundrum: your dream wedding date is no longer available in 2021. With couples scrambling to reschedule their weddings, many weekends - especially during peak season - were already spoken for long before the coronavirus outbreak.  But rather than pushing your wedding back by months or even another year, there is a great alternative that has its own set of perks: a weekday wedding! See why more couples are choosing to host a weekday wedding.

9 min read

DJ Robin, 'Lime-Light Entertainment', Ventura, California

By Cassie Allinger on May 19, 2020 4:15:00 PM

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

 

We first met Robin Sanford of Lime-Light Entertainment back in 2007, after spotting her talent in a local karaoke club in Ventura, CA. Lime-Light Entertainment has been a premier partner of Wedgewood Weddings ever since, offering DJ and Emcee services at our Ventura County wedding venues. It’s truly been an honor to work with Robin over the years and watch her business thrive. Her professionalism is unparalleled and she continues to push the limits on what it means to be a wedding Emcee and DJ in Southern California. Put on your favorite tunes and settle in for an exciting Q&A with Ventura’s favorite DJ!

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Topics: Spotlight
5 min read

7 Signature Cocktail Recipes We Love

By Guest Contributor on May 19, 2020 9:33:05 AM

By Deidre Drewes
May 2020

Signature cocktails are a unique touch that will elevate the guest experience for your wedding . If you are looking to highlight a signature cocktail for your cocktail hour or reception, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite recipes. And if you’re still in self-isolation, having an in-home mixology night is a fun way to plan for your big day. So grab a few mixers and liquors and get ready for a night full of boozy concoctions!

Topics: Food & Drink
6 min read

Wedding Planning: Summer 2020 Edition

By Guest Contributor on May 18, 2020 9:22:04 AM

Paige Lorenzen, May 2020


With COVID-19 causing businesses to operate differently, you may be concerned about how you can continue planning your big day. Luckily at Wedgewood Weddings, we have amazing local and national vendors through our venues & Bliss Benefits program that would love to help you keep planning and have given us advice to support all your wedding-related needs. In the midst of the pandemic, we want to tell you it’s ok to be happy and excited for your big day-it’s actually good for the soul to have something to look forward to!

6 min read

Expert Ideas To Make Choosing Your Wedding Date Easier

By Kaylyn Campbell on May 16, 2020 9:13:39 AM

 

Everything you need to know about choosing a Wedding date

"A lot of people ask 'how can we pick a date for our wedding?' I always say, let's keep it simple! Choose a season which has weather you enjoy, find out if flowers you like are blooming and affordable, and then my team can lock in a good wedding date for you. As your wedding approaches the date will take on significance - you don't need to start out locked to a single date."

18 min read

The Best Wedding Dates for 2021

By Guest Contributor on May 15, 2020 4:58:34 PM

May 2020
Does a spring, summer, fall or winter 2021 wedding date call to you?

 

Planning - or even rescheduling - a wedding date can be heaps of fun. To simplify the scheduling process, we’ve picked great dates for a 2021 wedding so you can decide what feels good for your needs. From Super Bowl to Mother's Day and 'National Drink Wine Day' - there are tons of great reasons to pick fun dates. We've also looked at when the moon is full, the annual equinox dates and more.

Before you start thinking about dates, definitely take some time to speak with your favorite venue(s). There are lots of romantic and logistical reasons for picking a certain date but, generally, having the right venue for your needs trumps a potential date. Alternatively, be open to booking far in advance or working with your venue's availability if you feel ready to get married right now!

    Advice:  How to Choose a wedding date    

2 min read

Creating Fun & Romantic Post-COVID-19 Weddings that Celebrate Love

By Kaylyn Campbell on May 15, 2020 7:57:53 AM

May 2020

At Wedgewood Weddings, we’re happiest hosting spectacular special events from coast to coast. As part of our national recovery from the COVID-19 tragedy, we must rebuild our spirits. The joy promised by a highly anticipated wedding is beneficial to the couple and their guests alike. Based on all we have heard in the news, while closely monitoring the individual needs of the states and counties where our venues are located, our team has created a detailed blueprint so that everyone can celebrate happily and safely.

3 min read

Creative Ways to Increase Wedding Fun

By Guest Contributor on May 14, 2020 1:44:00 PM

Let's Have More Fun!

 

A wedding should be the most romantic day of your life! After months of planning and preparation, it's easy to slip into hostess mode rather than center-of-the-party mode. The great news is that with the right team and attitude, your wedding can be blissfully easy and stress-free! This is our specialty, but it's accessible to all. The secret ingredient? It's FUN! Have more fun, while you plan, while you prepare, and throughout your wedding day. 

We asked our team for their ideas to turn up the fun level at your event up to max! 

Topics: Wedding Fun
7 min read

7 Fun Ways to Make Your Wedding Extra Special

By Guest Contributor on May 12, 2020 3:19:42 PM

Olivia Sewell, Wedding Expert at Sierra LA Verne, CA


Every couple wants their wedding day to be extra specialas you should! We need every ounce of joy that we can wrangle. Lately, couples are going above and beyond to add unique and fun elements to their weddings, to make it the   B E S T   D A Y   E V E R! Here are a couple of ways to make that happen for your special day.

4 min read

How We Are Adapting Events To Abide By Gathering Guidance

By Guest Contributor on May 8, 2020 3:18:54 PM

Chelsea Taylor, Regional Manager, Arizona Area
May 2020

 

Our Plan B, C & D Strategy

If you’ve ever been involved in the preparation of a wedding, you know things don’t always go 100% to plan. Maybe an unexpected rainfall or snowstorm forced the ceremony to be changed from outdoor to indoor at the last minute. Or the groom showed up an hour late because he forgot his dinner jacket at home. Perhaps the marriage license was left at the hotel, and the maid of honor had to dutifully fetch it during cocktail hour. At Wedgewood Weddings, we’ve seen all these scenarios play out.

5 min read

7 Reasons To Love A Winter Wedding

By Cassie Allinger on May 8, 2020 12:09:16 PM

May 2020

Wedded in a Winter Wonderland

Winter: Your secret weapon to a stunning, dramatic, and downright magical wedding. From snow-capped mountains to easier planning, you’ll warm right up to these unique winter wedding advantages. If you're a sucker for Hallmark holiday movies and sipping hot toddies in front of a roaring fire, then you'll fall in love with the perks of having a wintertime wedding. It won’t be long before you’ll find yourself saying ‘I do’ to snow-kissed nuptials. Are you ready to get planning?

Let’s go!

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6 min read

How to Double Up On Celebrations With a Sequel Wedding

By Guest Contributor on May 8, 2020 11:08:00 AM

CHELSEA TAYLOR, REGIONAL MANAGER
May 2020


First introduced by our friends at The Knot in 2019, Sequel Weddings have recently gained more traction as a creative way to keep wedding plans intact due to COVID-19 related interruptions. A new perspective on your big day could lead to two unforgettable celebrations. If you were planning a mid-2020 celebration, this out-of-the-box idea means that your wedding day becomes a matter of how rather than if!

3 min read

Wine for Your Wedding - Everything You Need To Know

By Guest Contributor on May 4, 2020 2:42:56 PM

Katie Margolis, General Manager, Mountain View Ranch


Pairing the right wine with the right food at your wedding reception can feel like a high-pressure decision. Let's break it down so that you feel confident about your wine selection. Today, I'm going to run through typical features of common varietals and my favorite menu options.

I was about 10 years old when I had my first sip of wine. I was sitting at the dining room table with my parents and a family friend, Bruce. Bruce is one of those people who is larger than life. He’s a big, bald, and irreverent man who loves nothing more than a hearty laugh and a glass of really good wine. Fast forward to when I was 19, Bruce and his wife took me to Paris for a graduation present and what did we do? We ate good food and we drank good wine. After that, I was hooked: I started traveling and collecting fabulous wines.

Topics: Food & Drink
5 min read

Social Gathering Postponements: Official News

By Cassie Allinger on May 2, 2020 10:04:48 AM

April 2020

Choosing to postpone a wedding is never easy. The pandemic is putting many couples in just that situation. This impacts our clients, but also wedding's industry-wide. As a company, we pride ourselves on acting with speed and putting our customers first. Let us share how our approach during the coronavirus tragedy. 

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9 min read

Silver Linings in the Midst of Crisis

By Guest Contributor on May 1, 2020 12:12:00 PM

May 2020

 

With the COVID-19 outbreak also came a sense of sadness. Events were canceled, trips rescheduled, weddings postponed, time with friends permanently delayed. Even something as simple as a work happy hour seems like a thing of the past. For many, it has felt like life has been placed on pause. But in all the chaos, something beautiful has emerged. Communities have banded together, neighbors have stepped up to lend a helping hand, and, despite social distancing, people have found a way to become closer than ever before. In the midst of crisis there are many silver linings.

4 min read

Love Always Finds a Way: Couples Who Said ‘I Do’ During Lockdown

By Guest Contributor on May 1, 2020 10:50:46 AM

By Deidre Drewes, April 2020

 

At Wedgewood Weddings, we’ve built a team - or rather, a family - filled with unconditional romantics. From hand-written vows to swoon-worthy engagement stories, our hearts glow every time we see true love. When the COVID-19 outbreak forced many couples to reschedule their weddings, our hearts began to break for them. Your wedding day is one of the biggest moments of your life - and to have your plans upended without any control is, in a word, devastating. 

But with the bad came the beautiful: the news started to fill with stories of love, perseverance, and hope. Couples around the world were still saying ‘I do’ - but in unprecedented, spectacular new ways. In a time of so much uncertainty, there is one thing we are certain of: love always finds a way. 

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Wedding Bar & Beverage Terminology Explained

By Kaylyn Campbell on May 1, 2020 12:15:00 AM

For many people, the bar at their wedding reception is critical. Today, we explain bar terminology and etiquette, while also providing ballpark facts so you can make informed decisions. Many couples allocate at least 20% of their total wedding budget to make sure guests and the wedding party have plenty of their favorite drinks throughout their event. 

3 min read

Our Postponement Guarantee - How Our Team Will Help You Find The Right Date For 'I Do!'

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 30, 2020 12:26:59 PM

April 2020

 

At Wedgewood Weddings, we’re continually updating our policies and procedures as a result of COVID-19’s devastating impact. Our number one priority is still the same – deliver the wedding you want while maintaining unparalleled customer service.

If your venue is closed due to local jurisdictions or ordinances resulting from the coronavirus crisis, we will notify you immediately and work with you to find a new date to celebrate your big day. We understand that this is a challenging decision to make and we are committed to helping every step of the way. By choosing Wedgewood Weddings, you are already backed by a team of experts. We’re available seven days a week and have 34 years of experience in the business.

4 min read

Real Couple Advice - What Would You Change?

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 29, 2020 4:36:54 PM

Learn From Everyone Else!


We asked a selection of couples about what they wish they’d known before their wedding day. The good news is – regrets are mostly small and relate to minor moments that don’t disrupt the whole day. Read through for ideas that will help save your energy, budget and time 😘
4 min read

Winter Wedding Photo Inspiration

By Cassie Allinger on Apr 29, 2020 3:28:46 PM

Looking for winter wedding inspiration? It’s no secret that summertime is the most popular season for weddings across the United States, but winter weddings are just as spectacular. With many of our couples postponing their special day until later in the year, we thought it would be the perfect time to pull together our favorite winter wedding inspiration. We’re absolutely swooning over these winter wedding photos; they're pure magic.

3 min read

A Bright & Shiny Wedding at Fallbrook Estate

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 29, 2020 12:52:23 PM

Real Wedding

 

Matt and Kelly are the type of couple that everyone wants to be. They radiate sunshine and the love they share is visible in everything they do. We're over the moon that they chose Fallbrook Estate by Wedgewood Weddings as the home of their very special wedding day.

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Topics: Real Wedding
4 min read

At-Home Wedding Proposal Ideas We Love

By Guest Contributor on Apr 28, 2020 1:42:12 PM

By Deidre Drewes & Taylor Deck, April 2020

 

Self-isolation with your significant other isn’t exactly the most romantic situation. Chances are you’ve been home for weeks, and sporting the same cozy pair of sweatpants for days on end. In this ‘new normal,’ date night dinners out and tropical vacations aren’t realistic - at least not for a while. But after surviving a pandemic and lockdown with your partner, you may have realized that he or she is truly the one. So if you’re looking to pop the question in the age of social distancing, we’ve pulled together some swoon-worthy coronavirus engagement stories to give you a bit of inspiration.

3 min read

Incorporating Fall Colors into Your Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Apr 28, 2020 1:19:44 PM

By Deidre Drewes, April 2020

 

Fall is the perfect season for planning a wedding - from the cool air to the perfectly timed sunsets, autumn is a bride’s (and wedding planner’s) dream. While fall weather may be ideal for an evening filled with romance, there’s one benefit that absolutely stands out: the colors! If you are planning autumn nuptials, learn how to incorporate seasonal hues into every aspect of your big day.

4 min read

Plan Your At-Home Wedding Cake Tasting

By Guest Contributor on Apr 28, 2020 11:16:49 AM

By Deidre Drewes, April 2020

 

Social distancing guidelines may have put a damper on some of the in-person aspects of wedding planning, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one of the most fun parts of being engaged. For many couples, cake tasting is one of the highlights of wedding planning - and why wouldn’t it be? Spending an afternoon sampling sweet treats with your future spouse is both pleasing to the palate and an enjoyable way to bond with your partner. If you haven’t selected your cake type yet, learn how to plan an at-home wedding cake tasting that will make social isolation a bit sweeter.

5 min read

Replacement Wedding Date Options

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 27, 2020 10:54:58 AM

April 2020



Has your wedding date fallen to the COVID-19 social gathering restrictions? At Wedgewood Weddings, we're working with everyone who had planned a spring and early summer 2020 wedding to find a replacement date. While this is the best option to ensure you can protect your community and keep your wedding plans - we know it's incredibly hard to select a new date.

5 min read

Why Rescheduling Your Wedding for this Fall or Winter Makes Sense

By Guest Contributor on Apr 24, 2020 10:49:17 AM

April 2020

 

For many of us, COVID-19 has put a damper on our big plans this spring and, perhaps, summer: from concerts and birthdays to vacations and conferences. While your favorite band will probably tour again, and you’ll be able to re-book that flight, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that many couples are now forced to reschedule. You may have been dreaming of a summer wedding, but let's take a look at why fall and winter make great seasons for saying ‘I do!’

4 min read

THE STATUS OF 2020 WEDDINGS

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 21, 2020 10:14:00 AM

April 2020

 

3 min read

Life Changing Moments - Why Listening To Vows Made Me ReThink Love

By Guest Contributor on Apr 21, 2020 9:39:07 AM

Lane Rosen, expert Wedding Planner, Granite Rose

 

Why I Broke up With My Girlfriend After Becoming a Wedding Coordinator

 

I get chills every time I listen to a couple say their wedding vows. You’d think it would get old, right? At least three times a week, every week, over and over again, I listen to vows. But no. They’re always different, they’re always beautiful, sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re serious, sometimes they’re awkward, sometimes they’re made up on the spot, and sometimes they’re practiced and rehearsed. No matter what, I always get chills.

Topics: Relationships
2 min read

What to Love About a Virtual Venue Tour

By Guest Contributor on Apr 21, 2020 8:55:07 AM

DEIDRE DREWES, APRIL 2020

 

For many couples, COVID-19-related shutdowns have thrown a wrench in the wedding planning process. If you are newly engaged and eager to start securing the details of your big day, now is the perfect time to schedule a virtual venue tour! At Wedgewood Weddings, our wedding experts can walk you through the details of every one of our venues from the safety of your own home. Book your virtual tour today and say ‘I do!’ to your wedding venue!

3 min read

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Plan Your Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Apr 21, 2020 8:38:10 AM

Deidre Drewes, April 2020

 

Why Make Wedding Plans Now?

With social distancing in full swing, many brides and grooms may feel like wedding planning seems impossible. While bachelorette parties and wedding ceremonies may be postponed, planning for your wedding is not. In fact, now is the perfect time to work on the creative details of your special day and check some items off your list. See how wedding planning during lockdown can be both productive and therapeutic.

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10 Ideas to Show Your Love

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 20, 2020 3:38:40 PM

TAYLOR DECK, APRIL 2020

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Sustainable & Eco-Conscious Wedding Planning Guide

By Cassie Allinger on Apr 20, 2020 10:42:00 AM

Cassie Allinger

 

Your wedding will be the most wonderful day of your life. but it’s also an opportunity to apply  sustainable and eco-friendly activity practices just as you do in everyday life. There are many opportunities to avoid travel, food & decor waste so that you do not rack up a hefty carbon footprint. 

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What to Expect on a Virtual Venue Tour

By Guest Contributor on Apr 17, 2020 5:02:21 PM

Taylor Deck, APril 2020

Are you recently engaged? Congrats! Let's sort you out with a virtual wedding venue tour so you can kick off your wedding adventure!

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Our Team Share Their Impressions

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 10, 2020 10:42:00 AM

April  2020
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5 Essential Tips To Improve How You Feel!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 9, 2020 4:30:35 PM

By Angela Sirios

 

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COVID-19: We’re Booked For 2020, What Should We Do?

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 8, 2020 2:16:07 PM

Date Posted: April 6, 2020


Are you planning to hold your wedding in 2020? Here’s a summary of what you need to know about postponing your event.

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Wedding Postponed? Essential Announcement Guide

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 5, 2020 2:26:16 PM

Due to the coronavirus crisis, large social gatherings have been postponed worldwide. Today we're explaining how to Inform your Friends & Family. 

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Spring 2020 Wedding Date? What Covid-19 Means For You

By Kaylyn Campbell on Apr 3, 2020 1:38:00 PM


Date Posted: April 3, 2020

The pandemic has hit America hard, but we're all working together to prioritize health. Due to the social gathering restrictions, this means anyone who planned for their wedding to take place this spring needs to reschedule their wedding date. Postponing public gatherings like weddings is an industry-wide phenomenon and completely unprecedented. 

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Fall in Love With Autumn Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Apr 3, 2020 1:37:00 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

At Wedgewood Weddings, fall is one of our favorite seasons to plan the perfect wedding for our couples. From the vibrant colors of leaves changing to unique seasonal decor, there are so many things to love about autumn nuptials. If you’re considering the cooler months for your big day, see the many reasons why you’ll fall in love with your autumn wedding.

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Propose

By Guest Contributor on Apr 1, 2020 2:03:00 PM

Deidre Drewes, April 2020

 

Planning a proposal can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Whether you were planning an extravagant trip abroad to pop the question or an intimate dinner at your favorite restaurant, social distancing may have put a damper on your original proposal plans. But COVID-19 doesn’t mean you have to wait to propose - in fact, now is the perfect time to pop the question!

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Leveling Up in Life and Love - 10 Best Video Games for Couples

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 30, 2020 1:25:07 PM

STAY AT HOME DATE IDEAS

Are you, or your partner, a gamer? Do you love to sit back and watch Twitch? Or, are you horrified by the idea of picking up a controller? 

Topics: Relationships
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Reasons To Smile: New Moon

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 27, 2020 4:39:54 PM

Is it possible to regain your sense of calm during the coronavirus crisis?

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The Best Time for Wedding Planning is NOW

By Guest Contributor on Mar 27, 2020 8:51:00 AM

TAYLOR DECK, Mountain View Ranch, CO

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6 Ways to Make Your Relationship Better While Staying At Home

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 23, 2020 12:45:00 PM

March 2020

Today, we've listed six concepts that will help make your relationship stronger, whether you're 'sheltering at home' or out and about as usual. The key, as always, is being considerate and caring. You're in a relationship with your best friend for a reason - let's all get the through the coronavirus crisis with healthier and happier relationships.
 

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At-Home Date Night Fun - 20 Ideas to Inspire

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 22, 2020 12:25:59 PM

March 2020

A 'Netflix and chill' kind of night is great, but doing that every night can get real old, real fast. With all this extra stay-at-home time, why not switch it up? Take advantage of your quarantine and strengthen your relationship. Check out these unique ideas to thrive together on a night at home.

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Reasons to Smile: 5th Anniversary

By Guest Contributor on Mar 22, 2020 11:39:00 AM

Is it possible to celebrate during the coronavirus crisis?

We respect the terrible tragedy the COVID-19 pandemic has created and our hearts go out to all the families and individuals who are suffering. But we also need to gather online and find reasons to smile. We've asked people to share their experiences finding joy in the lock down. 

Today, Stewart shares his adventure celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary.

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Topics: Relationships
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7 Advantages of Cool, Winter Weddings

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 21, 2020 5:23:00 PM

This spring has been incredibly hard. The coronavirus crisis feels like a gut punch and, while we all want to protect our communities and stay healthy, it’s been especially hard for anyone who had to postpone their Spring 2020 wedding. Many of you have chosen to postpone your special day to Winter 2020 or 2021, and while it wasn't your first choice, we know it'll be just as beautiful.

Today, we’re sharing why a winter wedding can be just as lovely, if not better, than a spring or summer occasion. If you're considering October – March for your wedding date, then read on!

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COVID-19: Event Rescheduling. Your Essential Guide

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 18, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Date Posted: March 18, 2020

Due to the coronavirus crisis, social gatherings have been postponed. If you’ve booked with Wedgewood Weddings, we’re here to help make choosing a replacement event date as easy as possible.

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How Wedgewood Weddings is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Guest Contributor on Mar 17, 2020 1:40:00 PM

By Bill Zaruka, CEO

Date Posted: March 26 2020

 

This is a difficult time across the globe. None of us has ever encountered anything like this in our lifetimes. While we are all experiencing considerable uncertainty and volatility, it is heartening to see so much support and solidarity across the hospitality and event industries.

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How to Stay in Love While Hanging at Home - 50 Questions!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

After dating for a while and getting engaged, you probably feel like you know everything about your partner. But most days, we only ask each other how we're doing or how our days went. With all this time to hang out at home, go beyond the surface and get to know your partner on a deeper level!

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100 Questions to Strengthen Your Relationship

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When we're in a long-term relationship, we often think we know everything about our 'better half' but there's always more to learn! Run through this list of 100 questions to get to know your partner even better. 

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Real Wedding: Ride The Sunset at The Orchard, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Real Wedding

 

It's hard not to love a wedding at The Orchard by Wedgewood Weddings: the tall willow trees, lily pond, and lush greenery make every wedding look marvelous. But Tara and Brian's wedding takes the cake! We're amazed at how dreamy and magical their 'vintage boho' nuptials look.

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Topics: Real Wedding
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10 Hair Extension Tips to Create a Gorgeous Style

By Guest Contributor on Mar 4, 2020 3:34:00 PM

Cathy at Amazing Beauty Hair

 

Creating a new hairstyle is fun and lets you demonstrate your personality. While you can create a unique style for your wedding in plenty of ways, one great option is using hair extensions.

They're a great way to enhance your look, whether you're wanting added volume or added length. But the important thing is making sure they look seamless with your natural hair. Refer to these hacks to make your extensions look as natural as possible.

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7 Tips for Planning a Multicultural Wedding

By Guest Contributor on Mar 4, 2020 1:10:21 PM

*Written by Marica with Jewelry Jealousy

Planning a wedding is hard work - and blending different customs, traditions, or religious aspects can be a unique challenge. But, joining your different halves into one whole is a beautiful thing! So, don't let it get you down. Refer to these vital tips on how to plan a multicultural wedding that's meaningful, wows your guests, and keeps both sides of the family happy.

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Choose Wedgewood Weddings for the Biggest Day of Your Life!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 4, 2020 11:42:00 AM

Are you newly engaged? Congratulations! You’ve made one of the biggest decisions of your life and we are so excited for you! However, if you’re like many couples, after the champagne and celebration has worn off, you’re left feeling a tad overwhelmed and dazed by all of the choices you now have to make. You might be wishing that you had your own personal wedding expert to hold your hand along the way. And guess what? You can have just that when you choose a Wedgewood Weddings venue!

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Must-Read Bay Area Wedding Venue Guide

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 2, 2020 11:41:00 AM


Let's Explore Our Bay Area Venues

Our venues stretch from coast to coast, but we have many locations in the Bay Area if you want to stay close to home.

Many couples choose to get married close to home to make it easier for their friends and family to enjoy the celebration with them. If you’re from the Bay Area, you know that there is no shortage of wedding options, and no matter what you choose, most locations in San Francisco are going to have stunning outdoor views with a unique mix of beach and urban vibes.

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Expert Tips To Make Your Wedding Unique

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 1, 2020 3:30:00 PM

How to Make Your Wedding Your Own

Have you noticed that when you get engaged and start planning a wedding, everyone has an opinion? Your well-meaning cousin shares the way she did her reception, your mom wants the ceremony done the same way hers was done, and your fiancé's grandma wants to make your wedding cake. Sure, you're appreciative, and not all their ideas are bad ones, you just want to make your own decisions. Guess what? You should! At the end of the day, your wedding is yours, and it should reflect you and your future spouse in every way possible. 

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Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

By Kaylyn Campbell on Mar 1, 2020 3:19:00 PM

Our team loves everything about weddings, and we truly could not be more excited for you and your spouse-to-be.

If you've started the planning process and skimmed a few Pinterest boards or bridal magazine checklists, you might feel like this whole wedding planning thing is no big deal. You're an organized, creative person; you can totally pull this off. And while that might be true, you, your fiancé, and your guests are all going to have a much better time if you also get some professional help. We believe you have enough going on, and when the day of your wedding comes, you will definitely appreciate the opportunity to relax and enjoy while someone else looks after the details.

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A Local’s Guide to Weddings in Ventura County

By Jody DeSimone on Feb 29, 2020 4:25:00 PM

 

Let’s Talk About Ventura County Weddings

Ventura is one of 58 distinct counties in California and one of my favorites! South of Santa Barbara and North of Los Angeles, it brings the best of both worlds. Many couples choose Ventura County for their nuptials, so today we're sharing a local's insider knowledge about the area.

The rural landscape is breathtaking and creates an incredible backdrop for a wedding. Throughout most of the year, you can see snow in the mountains while you stand on the white sand beach. With 42-miles of pristine coastline, the option to incorporate the Pacific Ocean into your celebrations is an absolute must.  

A beachside ceremony is always an option, but so is a pre-wedding plunge to set yourself up for the day, or perhaps a surf lesson to celebrate your engagement? If you have children in your wedding party, we recommend exploring the tide pools and then checking out the sand dunes where your little ones can unleash some energy. 

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Real Wedding: Winter Wonderland at Tapestry House

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 29, 2020 2:18:09 PM

Winter weddings can be utterly gorgeous! Chilly weather makes for a cozy atmosphere, and the snow always looks fantastic in photos. Betsy and Turner's wedding beautifully embodies all that there is to love about winter in Colorado at Tapestry House by Wedgewood Weddings. It's couples like this that our team dreams of working with. Betsy and Turner's love for each other shines through so much that anyone in the room can feel it. And just by looking at the photos, we can feel their excitement!

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A Gorgeous Spring Wedding in Aliso Viejo, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 29, 2020 11:45:00 AM

Taylor and Brett's beautiful spring wedding at Aliso Viejo by Wedgewood Weddings has us swooning. They had moody tones of navy and silver that really complimented the cool spring evening, rustic accents in their décor to match the stonework at our fireside ceremony site, and earthy wood details throughout the reception.

Topics: Real Wedding
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Annie & Jakes Inspirational Creekside Wedding in Boulder, CO

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 23, 2020 11:30:00 AM

real wedding 


Summer weddings in the Rocky Mountains can be truly magical with love in the air, brilliant blue skies, and hundreds of occasions to smile. Today, we're shining the spotlight on Annie and Jake, who were married last August at Boulder Creek.

Topics: Real Wedding
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Why Southern California is Your Perfect Wedding Destination

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 22, 2020 4:19:24 PM

Before you can start any official wedding planning, one of the first decisions you have to consider is where you want to get married! While most couples stay local to where they live, many choose to set off to a destination that's far from home. But, destination weddings don't have to be limited to exotic spots overseas. Consider a destination right here in the U.S!

Southern California is a great place to consider: from warm weather, beaches, snow-capped mountains, multiple big cities, and an abundance of entertainment options, SoCal has it all! And, with over a dozen Wedgewood Weddings venues to choose from, there's a venue to match anyone's style. Our all-inclusive wedding packages make it incredibly easy to plan a wedding long-distance. You even get the help of the on-site team perfect every detail! Scroll to discover your ideal Southern California venue!

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The Biggest Decisions to Kick Start Your Wedding Planning

By Guest Contributor on Feb 22, 2020 3:43:00 PM

Estella with Find U Rings

 

You've finally popped the question with a beautiful engagement ring and your partner has said ‘yes’. Congrats! But what happens next?

There are lots of decisions to make that will lead you to your perfect wedding. But knowing where to start is the tricky part. We've got you. Refer to our guide on the biggest factors that you and your significant other should start out with.

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Newly Engaged? Make These 5 Money Moves as a Couple

By Guest Contributor on Feb 21, 2020 11:44:00 AM

by Emily M.

After you’ve just gotten engaged, you're inevitably going to have a lot of planning to do. And while it may be tempting to jump headfirst into scheduling an engagement shoot or sending out “save the dates,” remember that financial planning should be at the forefront of your conversations as a newly-engaged couple. Financial issues are a top cause for stress in marriages so it’s important to set some time aside to establish a strong foundation in the beginning as you strive to build financial security as a couple.

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What to Look For When Shopping for an Event Venue

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 21, 2020 11:43:00 AM

Having a celebration is a beautiful thing! And there's no shortage of event venues in the world. So, comparing dozens of event spaces and deciding where to book can quickly get overwhelming and confusing. But, not all reception venues were created equal.

At Wedgewood Weddings, we're experts in the wedding and event industry with over 30 years' experience and nearly 50 venues nationwide, making us the nation's largest event venue operators. Refer to our insider guide on what to look for in an event center, making your decision-making process easy.

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Your Complete Team of Wedding Professionals

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

By Jody DeSimone

At Wedgewood Weddings, we live and breathe weddings. Our planners and coordinators have an average of at least 110 weddings under their belt and are masters of making sure things go correctly and smoothly. Put simply, you’re in good, no — amazing — hands with your Wedgewood Weddings team. You get a full squad of wedding pros at your side to make sure everything's flawless leading up to, and on, your event day.

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How to Choose Your Wedding Date

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 14, 2020 9:45:00 AM

After announcing their engagement, the first thing a couple gets asked is, “when’s the big day?!” If you’re newly engaged, you probably agree that this seems like a little much at first! While it's important to give family and friends plenty of notice so they can make travel plans, we actually recommend that your date is not your first decision. Instead, focus first on what's most important - the wedding! Then, choose a date based on style and season.

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A Quick and Easy Guide to Colorado Weddings

By Jody DeSimone on Feb 13, 2020 5:17:00 PM

 

What Makes Colorado Perfect For Romantic Weddings

Colorado offers an extremely high quality of life. The combination of appealing weather, scenic views, and the state's famous attitude to wellness attracts all types of people. It’s a very active state, not your typical bustle but rather high levels of outdoorsy back-to-nature activity. In most states, winter is a season to hibernate or slow down. Not in Colorado; everything comes to life when snow starts to fall and the snow-covered mountains are breathtakingly gorgeous. The list of activities you can do in Colorado is a long and fun one.

This state offers everything that dream weddings are made from. Four distinct and pretty seasons, snow-capped rocky peaks, hot springs and mountain lakes. Colorado has a vast array of gorgeous scenery to compliment your wedding wishes.

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11 Reasons to Choose Wedgewood Weddings for Your Big Day

By Jody DeSimone on Feb 12, 2020 10:00:00 AM

By Jody DeSimone

We know there's definitely no shortage of wedding venues in the world. So, we get that you have a lot of options to consider! Out of all the options, why choose a Wedgewood Weddings location? It's a no-brainer. 

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9 Questions to Ask While Touring a Wedding Venue

By Jody DeSimone on Feb 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

By Jody DeSimone

 

It’s been said that planning your wedding is exciting, magical ... and a lot of work. But thankfully, we cut out a lot of the work for you and focus on a fun and simple planning process! When it's time to visit the venues that you and your significant other have narrowed down, there are a few things to keep in mind. Use our list of nine questions to ask when touring a wedding venue. Of course, additional questions will pop up during the visit, but the list below is a great place to start to make sure you get all the essentials answered.
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How to Add Your Own Flair to Your Wedding Space

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Your wedding is an extremely personal event in your life, so it only makes sense to personalize your wedding day to showcase your love story. But, it can sometimes be a challenge figuring out how. Use these tips to guarantee that you and your significant other’s special day will directly reflect your personalities and interests!

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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Bands

By Guest Contributor on Feb 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM

*By Emma Lee with Diamond Wish

You choose your wedding venue for a day. But, a pair of wedding rings you choose for life! You'll be wearing these day in, day out, so it only makes sense to do your due diligence on finding the perfect rings. Refer to our expert guide on what you should consider when choosing your wedding bands.

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10 Best Wedding Planning Apps to Make Life a Breeze

By Guest Contributor on Feb 4, 2020 3:24:00 PM

Kristina with Wedding Forward

 

The best wedding planning apps should have three major features; easy navigation, sleek organization, and extreme helpfulness. With your wedding drawing close and preparation in top gear, you'll want your wedding app to have all three!

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5 Ways to Stay In Love

By Guest Contributor on Feb 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

By Susan Craig with Rockher

Often, we get so consumed with planning the wedding that we forget about planning for the marriage. While your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, it's important to remember that keeping a successful marriage together requires more than just a good wedding.

It requires showing affection for your significant other. How do you do that if you’re too consumed with routine? Refer to these five great ways to show your spouse you love them.

Topics: Relationships
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Love and Marriage, When You Know You Know.

By Jody DeSimone on Feb 1, 2020 4:36:00 PM

Jody DeSimone

Before every wedding, there's a love story. Here at Wedgewood Weddings, we spend so much time planning and executing spectacular, life-changing events that it's easy to get caught up in the commotion. At the end of the day, love is at the heart of why we do we we do, and reading love stories is one of our favorite past times. We hope this real love story from one of our own inspires you.

Topics: Relationships
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Exploring The History: Jefferson Street Mansion

By Kaylyn Campbell on Feb 1, 2020 10:33:00 AM

1063 Jefferson Street Benicia, CA 94510

Built in 1861 and designated as the Captain’s Quarters, this fully restored three-story Arsenal building, surrounded by an acre of formal gardens and garden pavilions, is the premier wedding venue for Bay Area couples wanting to add elegance and history to their celebration.

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6 Tips to Make Your Wedding Venue Tour Useful

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jan 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

By Jody DeSimone

Becoming newly engaged is one of the most exciting chapters in a person’s life! However, there are dozens of tasks to complete and details to arrange before experiencing the magical moment of saying “I do.” One of the most important decisions is choosing where it all will take place (a.k.a. the venue). There are a few questions that should always be asked before you start scheduling tours at wedding venues.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Jewelry

By Guest Contributor on Jan 24, 2020 4:36:00 PM

*Written by Eliza Medley with Diamond Studs

Choosing your wedding jewelry? Let us help!

Selecting men’s attire for a wedding is pretty straightforward, but piecing together a bride’s look can be a bit more challenging. It’s not as simple as matching the belt with the boots and you’re ready to go. Finding the perfect dress takes creativity and hours of fitting.

On top of that, there's jewelry to find that'll match the dress. But, we've got you: with this short style guide, you can do it in no time!

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An Exciting & Gorgeous New Look for Granite Rose, NH

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jan 22, 2020 3:16:07 PM

December 2020

It's official: an upgraded look is coming to Granite Rose by Wedgewood Weddings! This week, our New Hampshire venue announced its plan for a 2020 facelift, and we're so here for it.

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New Venue: Rio Hondo, Downey, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jan 21, 2020 4:11:41 PM

January 2020

Exciting things are happening at Wedgewood Weddings! We've officially launched another gorgeous wedding venue (our third one since December 2019!). We're introducing Rio Hondo by Wedgewood Weddings: a beautiful event center located midway between Los Angeles and Orange County, close to Long Beach and Santa Monica.

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Wedding Day Checklist for a Stress-Free Celebration

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jan 15, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Written by Ben Hartwig with InfoTracer

don't forget These Details Before Your Big Day

Getting married soon? Congratulations! With so much on your mind, we wanted to give you a checklist to help make sure your wedding is seamless. This list of nine wedding day must-haves will ensure your big event is stress-free for everyone. Even better, you can delegate most of these items to your wedding party.

When we asked recent couples what would have made their wedding better, it was usually little details that stuck out to them, having uncomfortable shoes, forgetting to hydrate, or missing out on their own cake were common threads.  Think about these nine wedding day tips at least a week before your big day and you should be able to avoid the everyday mishaps that frequently occur at weddings.

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Exclusive: Wedding Trends According to Expert Planners!

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jan 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Written by Rebecca Schmidt from Her Aspiration


Wedding planning is a lot of work, so many couples look to wedding planners for inspiration and ideas. But specific trends come and go, and with every new year comes new wedding trends! So, we’ve gathered insights from some of the top wedding planners in the industry: take a look at what their predictions are for the new year and consider incorporating them into your wedding planning!

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Stonebridge Manor

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jan 6, 2020 1:21:53 PM

Introducing Stonebridge Manor by Wedgewood Weddings: our newest venue in Arizona! We’re so excited about this extraordinary mansion and the immaculate beauty it brings to the table.

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