by: Lauren

Andrea and Kevin celebrated their love with a California wedding nestled in the green hills and majestic redwoods at the beautiful and historic Brazilian Room located in Berkeley, California.

Their color palette of blush, ivory, and royal blue looked so lovely paired with fresh summer flowers, and the gorgeous lace details of Andrea’s bridal gown. We love that Andrea and Kevin chose to add some contrast from their ceremony and reception floral style, and Poppy’s Petal Works created this beautifully. Adding pops of coral peonies into bouquets and the ceremony arch added a fun punch of color while allowing the muted tones to remain a focal point for the elegant reception. With the guidance of Belle La Vie Events, this couple pulled together a beautiful day of celebration with touches of personal details, and Christine Glebov Photography captured their day beautifully! The bride, Andrea, shared some extra insight into what made their day so special below. We hope you enjoy!

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Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

Kevin and I both agreed that we wanted our venue to be quiet and peaceful with some element of nature. After looking at many venues, the Brazilian Room just seemed perfect. In full sun or with a big a fog, it was always so beautiful and calm whenever we went. We wanted more of a soft romantic style, so the blush paired with navy worked perfectly.

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

We chose to splurge on flowers after seeing the beautiful work by Poppy’s Petalworks. I also decided to design our stationery and signs myself, in order to have a more personalized feel.

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

Seeing friends and family from all over come together to celebrate with us was truly one of the best parts of the day.

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Describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

All wedding stationery and signs were painted and hand-lettered by me. We also included our parents’ wedding day portraits on our welcome table. I also included small milestone signs with how long we had been friends, been dating, and been engaged.

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Our wedding planners were crucial to helping find all our vendors and make sure the day ran smoothly!

We love that Andrea and Kevin prioritized their budget for their wedding day into the things that were important for them to splurge on and saving in other areas. Every couple will have different prioritize, but figuring out what is important to you on your wedding day is such a help when determining where to spend your budget.

What areas are your splurge areas versus where you anticipate to save for your wedding day?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Christine Glebov Photography // Ceremony Venue: Brazilian Room // Reception Venue: Brazilian Room // Event Planning: Belle La Vie Events // Floral: Poppy’s Petal Works // Catering: PALMDALE ESTATES // Videography: B. Lam // Wedding Cake: KATRINA ROSELLE // DJ: AARON EEG & ASSOCIATES // Lighting: Bay Area EVENTS LIGHTING // Hair: SOYI MAKEUP AND HAIR // Makeup: SOYI MAKEUP AND HAIR // Photo Booth: Impressions Photo Booth // Transportation: BLACK TIE TRANSPORTATION WORLDWIDE // Wedding Dress: Stella York // Groom’s Attire: Theory // Bride’s Shoes: Magy // Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew // Veil: Twigs & Honey // Groom’s Shoes: Clarks



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Today we’re sharing some excellent information from V List Member FyerFly Productions, all about something that crosses just about every couple’s mind: having a full dance floor at your wedding! 

 

How to ensure a full dance floor at your wedding

By FyerFly Productions


Two questions that we’re typically asked by our couples are, “How can you ensure that our guests have an unforgettable party?” and, “How can you ensure that we will have a full dance floor at our wedding?”

And we think those are fantastic questions! Below are some tips that are sure to help you achieve a night full of dancing at your wedding.

First, you must ensure that you have selected a DJ or band that you mesh well with. This means you should feel comfortable that they can provide you with the music style that you and your guests will dance to all night long (and yes, you want to make sure of a few other things when shopping for vendors but that’s a different blog post of course). Once you feel like you have selected the right entertainment, then you can move on to ways to ensure a fun-filled evening with a solid high energy dance floor.

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#1: Minimal Distance

You want to ensure that the distance between your Entertainment and the dance floor is as minimal as possible. Heck, if you could setup up their gear in the middle of the dance floor and it still be acceptable, I would recommend it! What this does, is it puts the energy of your entertainment as close to the crowd as possible. Your guests will automatically vibe off the energy of your DJ, just like you would at a concert venue. It’s the theory that “The closer you are to the stage, the better your experience will be.” Entertainment and dance floor proximity is one move you can make when trying to achieve a fun dance party.

 

#2: Dance floor size

Next thing would be to limit the size of the dance floor to the most logistical size possible. What in the world does that mean? If you’re expecting 300 guests at your wedding, you do not necessarily need to have a dance floor that accommodates that many people. Think about it this way FIRST: when it’s time for all 300 people to put on their dancing shoes, not everyone is going to jump out there all at once. People are socializing at their tables, hitting the bar for another cocktail, or lighting a cigar with some old friends on the patio. So in this case, we would suggest that you plan for a 250 person dance floor. This way you are ensuring even more probability of having a great dance party.

Honestly, if I’m the one choosing, a good rule of thumb is to plan for a dance floor for 150-200 guests for this size of event. I always tell couples to, at a minimum, plan for two thirds of your guest list on the dance floor. This way you minimize potential dead space on the floor and it encourages the dance party you have always dreamed about.

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#3: Comfort

Next, make it easy for your guests to dance all night without killing their feet! We all know most people dress up for weddings… which also means heels and uncomfortable shoes! Leave a small basket by the dance floor with flats or flip flops of some kind in various sizes. They can even have your monogram on them. VIOLA, pain free dancing all night AND another awesome wedding detail too!

 

#4: Music Selections

The LAST thing you will want to do that will increase your chances of having a night you never want to end is to make sure you are selecting music that you know your guests want to dance to. Although this day is about you and your fiancé, you are also buying dinner (and likely drinks) for your friends and family. And you want to show them a good time, so you will want to keep them in mind when you’re choosing your music.

Case in point: Sometimes we have couples that have exceptional music taste, which can be completely different than what you would expect to hear at a wedding. These would be genres that include Punk, Aggressive Rock, Polka, etc. And even though there are many tunes in these genres that people can appreciate, the people on your dance floor most likely won’t want to tap their toes to these tracks.

Make sure that you pick out a range of upbeat songs that you think all of your friends will know. Not to say that imputing some of your favorite high school jams won’t keep the party going… but just make sure to also keep your guests’ music taste at the forefront of your mind.

 

So to review: to ensure a packed dance floor all night… Make sure you have an entertainment company that represents your style. Put your entertainment close to the dance floor when planning your layout of the reception space. Make sure that you can limit the size of dance floor to comfortably hold two thirds of your expected guest count. And finally, and I think the most crucial, make sure you’re catering to your guests’ music taste and not just your own.


About The Author

 
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 Jim O’Neill // President & Head Musical Genius // FyerFly Productions                                   Jim is the Head Musical Genius at FyerFly Productions. Jim is a mixing specialist that is able to cater to any type of crowd, for multiple styles of events. Jim is a professionally trained DJ/Emcee that is able to adapt to any music requests for his clients and their guests. His mission statement has always been to spread his love for music to as many people as possible. Whether it is Big Band/Swing to 80’s/90’s/Top40… To mixing the very best in House/Mashups… Jim is able to provide your guests with the experience that YOU were looking to have.

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by: Lauren

The romance of an al fresco evening under the stars at Brookview Ranch nestled in the Malibu mountains sounds like the perfect setting for a summer celebration. CMG Weddings & Events created this romantic Southern California wedding design, and we love how versatile the space is, featuring mountain views, a canopy of trees, and of course, the beautiful barn and ranch backdrops.

This team pulled off a romantic look with vintage touches and calligraphy details. Using a color palette of soft lavender and blush, and beautiful organic floral designs created by La Rosa Que Crecio Floral, they created a dreamy, relaxed feel with their overall design. Jess Lauren Photo brought the look to life with bright and airy images, and we can’t wait for you to see this beautiful inspiration!

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A favorite detail of ours has to be the gorgeous cake with calligraphy detailing and pink sugar flowers cascading down the side. What a beautiful way to tie in some of the romantic details from the day.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Planning/Design: CMG Weddings & Events // Photography: Jess Lauren Photo // Floral Design: La Rosa Que Crecio Floral // Hair  ad Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry // Rentals (vintage): Provenance Rentals // Rentals (decor): My Lovely Events // Rentals (chairs): 3 Little Birds Event Planning // Calligraphy: Brown & Co Designs // Stationery: Shelby Creative Design // Menswear: Friar Tux // Bridal Salon: Camarillo Bridal Boutique // Venue: Brookview Ranch // Wedding Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal // Wedding Cake: Sugar Lab Bake Shop // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals (tableware): Otis and Pearl // Bridal Accessories: The Mrs Box



by: Lauren

Ashley and Daniel’s farm wedding was pure magic. As a planner herself, this bride put a focus on intentional details when it came to designing their wedding day. From fun decorations while getting ready, to a doughnut wall as a feature in their reception, every moment was crafted to be a pause for celebration.

We absolutely adore the simple style of Ashley and Daniel’s ceremony. They exchanged their “I Dos” under a white gazebo with sheer pink draping framing them perfectly as they committed to forever before family and friends. As they made their way to the reception, guests were invited to enjoy lawn games, including custom-made cornhole boards created by the bride and her father.

There were so many sweet moments, as well as many loving hands that came together to make this couple’s day so incredibly special! Share in the joy and celebration as we share the beautiful moments captured so perfectly by Molly Weir Photography!

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We love the doughnut wall that this bride and her father created. It’s hard to not be a fan of extra dessert options, especially on an evening of celebration!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Molly Weir Photography // Planner: Pop and Fizz // Videographer: Green Peas Productions // Dress Shop: The White Magnolia // Dress Designer: Blush by Hayley Paige // Bridesmaid Dresses and Bridal belt: BHLDN // Tuxes: Savvi Formalwear // Floral Design: A Sister’s Touch // Hair/Makeup: Joseph and Friends // Caterer: Chef Cary’s Cuisine // DJ: Far Out Galaxy/ DJ Cuttlefish // Officiant: Donald Hanberry (Groom’s Grandfather) // Invitations/Save the Dates: Your Wedding Countdown // Cake: Cake Envy // Photobooth: Robot Booth // Cookies: Pastry Shells // Donuts: Delightful Donuts // Transportation: MTI Limo // Venue: Little River Farms