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Finding An Officiant You Can Trust- By Lauren-Michele Seals of Two Rings and A Kiss Wedding Officiants

Friday, May 13th, 2016

In today’s world, so many of our choices are based upon Reviews. Movies, restaurants, clothing choices – – how many “stars” so they have shinning on them?

If a Couple will not be marrying in a church, many are turning to social media to find good Officiants in their area. Wedding Wire, The Knot, Wedding Chicks are just a few of the major Wedding websites that can offer a good selection of Officiants in your area. But just because they are listed, doesn’t mean that they will be your best choice. Be sure to read their reviews, and go back a few pages to see if their reviews have been consistent for the past several years.

Another good way to find your Officiant is to pay close attention to your venue’s Preferred Vendor List. Your venue coordinator knows the people who are familiar with the venue, will do a great job, and make the Wedding Day easy for the Couple AND the venue. Pay close attention to the Officiants on the list. It means they are properly credentialed, will know the physical layout of your venue, and will work well with your Wedding Team members.

Today, many people are choosing to use a friend or relative to act as an Officiant. It’s always wonderful to include family in any capacity for your Wedding. But be sure to choose someone who is mature, well-spoken, and will do all of the preliminary, mandatory leg-work to make sure you have a legal and flawless Wedding Ceremony. This is one job where the preparation cannot be left to the last minute. It takes time to put all of the wheels properly in motion.

He or she needs to be sure they are properly credentialed for your marriage to be legal. They need to be able to create a wedding ceremony script (complete with stage direction cues for photographer, videographer, musicians or DJ). They should be prepared if something goes a bit amiss like a run-away ring bearer, or Dad accidentally stepping on the Bride’s veil. And lastly, they should understand California law when filling out the Marriage License to make sure this important legal document will not be rejected or require an amendment when it is filed with the County for recording.

At Two Rings and A Kiss, we not only offer Wedding Ceremonies that are reflective of the love of the Bride and Groom, but we also offer an “Officiant Guidance Package” service for the friend or family member that will be conducting your Ceremony. It helps to insure that you will have a professionally written Ceremony and all legalities will be covered.

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With every good wish for a lifetime of happiness!
Lauren and Karon from Two Rings and A Kiss

A DIY Tutorial From Soirees & Showers Stationary: Wax Seals for Your Invitations

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The best thing about getting married is sharing the big day with your family and friends— But half the fun is the preparation and personalization, right? Below you will find a step-by-step guide to make personalized wax seals.

Ashley Bee Photography

Ashley Bee Photography

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Ashley Bee Photography

Ashley Bee Photography

Ashley Bee Photography

For this project you will need a few things before you can get started. Plan on the project taking a few hours.

Item 1: Wax Heat Gun
This is the same thing as a hot glue gun. It needs to be new and have never had hot glue run through it. It also needs to be the kind that fits the thicker glue sticks through. Approximately ½ inch sticks in diameter.

Item 2: Sealing Wax Sticks
Simply order the color of wax you need. Amazon.com is a good source to order it from.

Item3: Wax Seal Stamp
This is a metal or wood stamp that you will imprint into the wax. You can get a custom design made or an ornamental initial. Amazon.com is also a good source to order your Wax Seal Stamp. You can also get custom ones made on Amazon.com as well.

Item4: Wax Paper

Item5: Large Zots
These are small glue dot adhesives. They are very sticky and adhere to the back of the wax seal and stick to the envelope. You can find them at Michael’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby.

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Ashley Bee Photography

Step by step:
• Get your wax heat gun and plug it in. Let is get hot for about two minutes.
• Stick a sealing wax stick into the wax heat gun.
• Squeeze the heat gun handle and drip out the wax the size of a dime onto a piece of wax paper.
• Press the stamp into the center of the hot wax.
• Hold it in place without picking up the stamp for 20 seconds each.
• Continue making as many wax seals, as you need.
• Let them dry completely.
• Once they are dry adhere them to the back flap of the envelope with one large adhesive zot.

There are tons of different ways to get creative and make your big day feel unique. Here are some tips when making your custom wax seals.
Tip 1: Press the stamp right into the center of the wax to make it symmetrical and centered.
Tip 2: I suggest not sealing the wax directly onto the invitation. It can cause seepage,(where the wax can sometimes seep through the envelope onto your invitation).
Tip 3: Using a wax heat gun and wax seal sticks is the new modern way to create a wax seal. The old way with a wax stick, spoon, and a wick takes much longer and can create more of a mess.
Tip 4: One wax stick can create 8-12 wax seals. So plan accordingly when ordering your wax.
Tip 5: Holding the stamp into the wax seal for 20 seconds each helps the seal to stay flat and not curl.
Tip 6: muy importante
When mailing a letter with a wax seal, you will need to go to a post office, speak to someone behind the counter, and request the letter be post dated by hand. The service is about what it sounds like. The letter will be “hand postmarked” by a person and sorted manually, not sent through machinery. The USPS machinery can damage or crack the wax seal.

Thank you for your time, and enjoy creating beautiful wax seals for your wedding invitations.

Kristi Osborn / Owner
Soirees & Showers Stationery
www.soireesandshowers.com
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Photos by: Ashley Bee Photography

Do us a favor and check out some of our favorite wedding keepsakes…

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

These goodie bags were such a great idea for a couple’s favor; a mini bottle of red and white wine with some midnight snacks. It pairs perfectly with the winery themed wedding this couple was going for! Did you know we sell mini sampler packs? These mini bottles would be a great idea for favors or name cards and it’s our wine so you can’t go wrong!

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Seed packets are a great favor idea for spring or summer weddings and perfect for the couple that likes to go green. How fun would it be to watch seeds bloom into beautiful flowers and be reminded of such a special day!

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Looking for a fun wedding favor? Customized drink koozies are perfect for the wedding night and after party! The bride and grooms name, date and monogram can be added to these keepsakes. Koozies are a practical gift for guests who enjoy celebrating with a cold one!

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Valerie Ronin Photography

We love when brides and grooms spend the time to craft their own personalized favors. This couple made their own candle holders and “Bizzle” blend candle. Guests will be able to enjoy this homemade gift for months to come and be reminded of the special day they shared with the bride and groom.

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Janet Rayne Photography

Looking for a saucy wedding favor? This couple provided mini bottles of Tapatio Hot Sauce and it was a hot hit! Incorporating something that you like as a couple is going to make it a more memorable wedding gift.

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Cheers, Christine

Helpful Tips for Your Perfect Engagement Photo Shoot

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

~Have the photographer that will be shooting your wedding also shoot your engagement session. Photographers may include an engagement sessions in their photography packages or offer discounted rates. This will also allow you and your partner to get comfortable in front of the camera, and create chemistry with your photographer for your wedding day.
~Choose a place that is significant to your relationship and is cohesive to your wedding. This is especially important if you will be using your engagement session photographs for your save the date card. The save the date card is the first piece of information your guests will receive and will set the tone for your entire wedding. If you are getting married on the beach, maybe re-think your desert city site for engagement photos.
~ Hire a professional for hair and makeup. If you look as beautiful as you feel on the inside that will translate into your photographs. It will not only boost your confidence, but give your photographs a polished touch. Yes, grooms as well! A little makeup never hurt a man to cover a blemish or even out skin tone.
~ Bring multiple outfits. This will add an element of variety to your engagement photographs. You may bring your favorite dress, but when you see it in a photograph, your little black dress may set the mood a bit better. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your photographer what type of clothing will photograph best in your engagement setting. They have seen it all! Photographers will often recommend you to stay away from busy prints and super bright colors.
~Bring props. If the two of you met while his band was playing, be sure to have your groom bring his guitar to the engagement session. This may also be a great time to bring a thank you sign along. Your actual wedding day may be a little chaotic, this will make sure that you have a great photograph for your thank you cards.
~Have fun with it, and pretend like nobody is watching! The two of you fell in love due to your natural chemistry for one another, and that will shine through in photographs. Trust me, the camera can tell if your uncomfortable or forcing a smile!
In Conclusion, come prepared, make it your own, and don’t be afraid to have fun and be flirty!

Let Love Sparkle,

Erica

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February Boho Glam Tasting Dinner

Friday, March 4th, 2016

We are excited to share with you some gorgeous photos by Jenna Joseph Photography from our tasting dinner we hosted last month! Every couple of months we host a tasting dinner where couples that have booked their wedding here at Wiens Family Cellars come taste and choose their menu and most importantly get a sneak peek of how an event runs. With 100+ weddings a year each wedding is unique and it’s important we customize each wedding to fit the couple’s needs. Chef Volker from Vineyard Gourmet Catering carefully pairs our wine with the dishes and speaks about each course. Our theme this month was Boho Glam so we went all out including a henna artist, photo booth and some delicious rock candy cupcakes!

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We want to thank all the amazing, hardworking vendors that helped put on such a great event!

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Florals: Sweet Pea Floral Creations

Cupcakes: Cakes to Celebrate

Photo booth: Captured Photo & Video Booth

Entertainment: Henna Designs by Lindsay

Menus: Soiree & Showers

Hair & Make Up: Domenica Beauty

Photography: Jenna Joseph Photography

Cheers,

Christine

You’re Engaged! Now What?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Congratulations! We know how exciting getting engaged is and are super happy  for you! But once the excitement wears off, you may start to feel stressed and not know what to do next. Well here are the top five things to do first to help relieve the stress and prioritize what is important!

1. Create your budget. This is hands down the first step that needs to happen. It doesn’t matter what dress you want or where your reception will be if you don’t know whether you can afford it or not. Sit down with whoever will be helping to pay for the wedding and figure out what you will have to work with. Find out what are the most desired things you and your fiancé want for your wedding and prioritize them by importance. A great place to get help with your wedding budget is: https://www.theknot.com/wedding-budget/start

2. Create a rough draft of your guest list. You will need to know what size your wedding will be before you can book your venue. You may need to downsize your guest list later depending on budget and venue accommodations so be ready to cut guests if necessary.

3. Pick a date. Or rather a range of dates. Be ready to be flexible with your date if the venue or specific vendors are a priority. If you are not flexible with your date, you may have a harder time getting the venue and/or vendors you want for your wedding if they’re already booked.

4. Choose your venue. Make sure to do enough research beforehand to ensure the venues you like fit in your budget. Narrow your favorites down and set up venue tours to view in person. Bring this checklist with you so you ask the right questions when touring.

5. Once you have booked your venue and have your date, start hiring your vendors starting with your wedding planner. They will be able to help guide you when hiring your vendors and help with vendor contracts. Your venue may also give you a vendor list which may be very helpful when searching for vendors.

Once you have these five things done, the rest will be a piece of cake!

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Enlighten Bridal Workshop

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Wiens Family Cellars is excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Enlighten Bridal Workshop! This jam packed workshop designed to better inform couples, aiding in better wedding decisions! Meet wedding pros that will be guiding you to a stress free wedding day….

Jennifer Paulson of Soiree Design and Events
Topic: How to Create a Cohesive Design

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Domenica Prestininzi of Domenica Beauty Topic: Wedding Day Hair and Makeup – Styling for the Camera

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Erika Beach of Paper Villa
Topic: Invitation Etiquette, Trends and How to Incorporate Paper Detail Into Your Wedding

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Mike Carroll of C Squared Events
Topic: How to Choose the Best DJ For You

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Michelle Garibay of Michelle Garibay Events
Topic: Creating a Realistic Wedding Budget

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Leah Faddis and Marcella Caldwell of Leah Marie Photography
Topic: Finding the ONE: Everything you Need to Know About Choosing the Perfect Wedding Photographer

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Erica Ryberg of Wiens Family Cellars Weddings
Topic: Questions to Ask While Venue Shopping

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Kelsey Smith of Kelsey Rae Designs
Topic: Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Coordinator – What’s the Difference?

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Cherish and Lindsey Conklin of Le Reve Productions
Topic: What You Need to Know When Hiring a Videographer

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and BONUS – 2016 Wedding Trends

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Enlighten Bridal Workshop
When: Sunday March 6th From 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Where: Wiens Family Cellars Winery
What’s Included: Mimosa Bar, Brunch Bites, and One on One with the Pros
We look forward to seeing you there, get your tickets today!
http://www.enlightenbridalworkshop.com/registration/
Let Love Sparkle,

Erica Ryberg

Wiens Family Cellars and Four Things Paper Calligraphy Class

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

We hosted Loren James of Four Things Calligraphy for a Calligraphy Class here on February 4th in our Cellar Room. Guests enjoyed scrumptious light bites and our sparkling wines while Loren showed everyone the basics of the art of calligraphy. It was a very informative evening and guests left with the tools to start a new practice! If you’re interested in future classes, hand-lettered paper goods, and a lot of other amazingness check out www.fourthingspaper.com.

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Photos by Leah Marie Photography

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2016 Wedding Trends

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

 

Look out! 2016 is in full swing and with a new year comes new wedding trends. So we hope you all had an eventful year and for those of you getting married in 2016 we would love to share with you some of our predictions we foresee for top wedding trends.

Station and Cocktail Receptions

Couples want to do whatever it takes to make their wedding a party and are straying from formalities. A sit down dinner is not mandatory so stations are becoming more unique. Carts filled with appetizers, desserts and gourmet cuisine can be utilized to bring the feeling of cocktail hour throughout the entire reception. How about pairing these mini portions with your favorite go-to cocktail? Our Wiens craft beer is going to pair perfectly with our Grilled Angus Beef & Roquefort Slider on a Pretzel Roll with Roasted Garlic Aioli or a glass of our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Cabernet Chipotle Smoked Salmon Bruschetta with Red Onion, Caper, and Whipped Dill Cream Cheese. Yum!

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Jewel Tones

Deep jewel tones are in and fluffy light colors are out. Jewel tones can work for every season for an indoor or outdoor wedding. Whether you incorporate deep burgundy’s or purples into your bouquets or decide to just have a pop of color by wearing a navy blue heel don’t be afraid of these deep jewel tone colors! These accents will make any wedding décor pop with color.

Live Music

No one likes an empty dance floor. A live musician can enhance what a DJ brings to a reception and couples want to give their guests an experience they have never had before at a wedding. Guests will enjoy being surprised that they are hearing something different. From gospel choirs, to string quartets, to a karaoke set up that will keep the party going late night; don’t be afraid to hire unique musical acts for your wedding.

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Mismatched Flower Holders

No more mason jars. Period. If you are trying to achieve a more rustic look mismatched flower holders are the way to go. Using pieces from antique stores is going to keep the rustic vibe and provide your tables with some vintage flare. Include mercury glass and pair it with richer textiles or fixtures that have less burlap and more sparkle. Keep your mason jars for canning tomatoes but keep them off your reception tables.

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Metallic Madness

Let us end the use of glitter. When you use glitter for your wedding it will stick to everything and be a part of the next 365 weddings. There are other ways to add sparkle and bling to your wedding. Metallic colors can work for the modern or casual wedding and are a great way to add color. Incorporate foil printing into your invitations or menus. This won’t leave people trying to wash glitter off their hands for the next 20 minutes. Mixed matched metallic color palettes are the newest trend and we have now accepting that you can mix your gold and silver décor. Rose gold and copper are going to be two of the most requested shades for the new year. We want to see more gilded metallic cakes and less of that edible glitter that isn’t so hot when you have it all over your face.

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Calligraphy Creativity

Calligraphy is going to be everywhere this year! Whether you are planning a more traditional, vintage or modern wedding, calligraphy has a wide array of styles. It’s not just being used for invitations or envelopes, incorporate it elsewhere like favor tags, seating charts, or even laser cut wedding cake toppers. A favorite poem or special quote can be inscribed on your wedding cake or paper runner for your sweetheart table. If you are going to try to attempt calligraphy be realistic… You are going to have your hands full so go ahead and diy the table names but save the 200 place cards for a professional like Loren James of Four Things Paper and Design.

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Cheers,

Christine Ivey

Welcome 2014! Top Wedding Trends

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

We hope you have recovered from the endless parade of holiday goodies and parties and are ready to move onto all of the goodness that 2014 will bring. One of our favorite aspects of our job is making ourselves aware of upcoming wedding trends so we can share them with all of you. Here are our top predictions for 2014 wedding trends and they are FABULOUS!  

#1- Refined Woodland- Thanks to the influences of The Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, Refined Woodland will be very popular in 2014. Some of the elements of this design will include pine trees, ferns, fur, earthy colors, flower crowns, wood grains, long flowing dresses, and whimsical elements. Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas’s celebrity wedding that took place in Big Sur will be the driving force of the design elements.  Check out some of the amazing photos from their wedding, along with some inspiration photos.  

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How can you incorporate some of these trends here at Wiens Family Cellars?

  • Bring in potted pine trees and ferns for your ceremony décor.
  • Use cut wood for cake stands, table centerpieces, and auxiliary table décor.
  • Use fur table runners or fur seat covers.
  • Use wood grain and/or fern prints on invites, menus, table numbers, cake, and save the date cards.

 

#2- Grand Opulence- While The Great Gatsby was a major influence for 2013, it will remain somewhat in 2014 but with less 1920’s influence and more towards general Grand Opulence. Elements will include intricate grand china, detailed stationary, ball room wedding dresses, metallic cakes, and formal attire.

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What can you do to bring these elements to your Wiens Family Cellars wedding?

  • Choose satin linens in gold.
  • Upgrade our china to pattern or gold-rimmed china.
  • Enforce the theme in your stationery from invites to menus.
  • Add metallic frosting to your cake.

 

#3- Pop Art- This fun and funky trend is one of our favorites. Elements will include Pop Art graphics, primary bold colors, cartoon strip characters, and life-size infographics.  

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How can you have a Pop Art wedding here at Wiens Family Cellars?

  • Use primary colors in your linens, flowers, and stationary.
  • Have a graphics company “cartoonize” you and your groom.
  • Purchase funky colored and shaped decor.

 

#4- Geometric Greatness- We love the Chevron trend of 2013 and this trend will definitely feed off of it. Think Chevron on steroids. Elements will include geometric shapes (including chevron, diamond, square, rectangular, and triangle), fun colors, and anything funky.  

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Want to have Geometric Greatness at your Wiens Family Cellars wedding?

  • Don’t’ buy any décor unless it is a fun color or funky shape.
  • Hang colored paper diamonds above the dance floor.
  • Purchase diamond-shaped favor boxes.
  • Use funky flowers such as yellow Billy Balls or red Pin Cushions in your bouquet.

 

  We can’t wait to see these trends in 2014 and are here to help you make them a reality! Happy New Years and cheers to a great 2014!

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