Northern California Wedding Planner | Celebrating One Year ~ Lawna & Eric

The Dunbars - Creekside Rose Garden, Chico

Photos by Sarah Tamagni Photography

Photos by Sarah Tamagni Photography

You know what they say about couples who train together..well they slay their wedding photos of course! These two are not only ultra fit (can you say abs) but also super sweet, so it was pretty incredible to be right alongside them on their planning journey. Thanks to Sarah Tamagni Photography for these amazing photos and we are wishing a very happy anniversary to Lawna & Eric!

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Event Partners
Photographer: Sarah Tamagni Photography
Wedding Management: The 530 Bride Lead by Delphine
Beauty: Hair by Carmen Montero at Envee Hair Studio; Make-up by Powder Room
Venue: Creekside Rose Garden
Caterer: Truck-a-roni
Bar: Rollin Bar
Rentals: Mac’s Hardware

Northern California Wedding Planner | The Role of A Wedding Planner

The role of a planner in the wedding industry is a unique one because it differs from the majority of the other vendors/creative partners that couples will book for their event. You see, we are looking at a 365 degree view of the event and advocating for our clients interest from the moment they contract our services. While the majority of the wedding industry works to educate clients on the myth of the “day of coordinator” the term is still used often and can be very misleading because it just isn’t possible to coordinate an event without all of the details needed in advance.

Before we get to that, let’s chat more about what a planner does (in no particular order)

  • Meets/consults with the couple’s vision/must-haves and estimated budget

  • Reviews services that have already been booked if any and makes recommendations on additional services fitting the couples desired style, preferences & budget

  • Reaches out to additional wedding professionals to confirm availability, rate information and assists with scheduling consultations, obtains quotes & arranges a consultation if needed

  • Updates budget with estimates, payments, remaining balances and tracks payments due

  • Consults on design process, sources rentals & creates overall layout of items & decor

  • Creates draft timeline based on client preferences, length of photo coverage, number of hours in venue and approximate sunset then sends to photo/video team, caterer, DJ and supporting vendors for review

  • Assists with wedding website, invitation wording and general stationery etiquette

  • Attends vendor appointments, tastings, fittings and site visits as needed

  • Updates guest count totals with rentals, caterer, florist and venue

  • Submits final approved timeline and layout two weeks with any pertinent vendor details

  • Reviews packing list, final payment details and prepares for ceremony rehearsal

  • Oversee set-up of event & ensure that the details run according to the timeline

  • Assist wedding party & family with pre-ceremony preparation

  • Confirm all details are in place and assist with guest seating for ceremony, line up wedding party according to processional plan

  • Transition decor from ceremony to reception as needed during cocktail hour

  • Ensure photography timeline is running smoothly according to shots list

  • Check in with catering details for dinner service

  • Assist with all reception formalities

  • Post reception - organize personal decor, execute breakdown according to strike plan

Much of our work is on behalf of our clients, advocating for their interests when it comes to quotes for services and overall design details to ensure their day is everything that they imagined it would be. This role is incredibly rewarding because of how closely we get to know our couples and how fun it is to experience this day with them! What we can’t do is replace the work of wedding pro’s so we need to emphasize that we are not florists, lighting/sound technicians. DJ’s, caterers or rental companies and it is important to stay on the same page about where our focus will be..and that is laser focused on the logistics that make your day super smooth!

Of course our preference is to be a part of the planning process as early as possible so that we can be there for these decisions and details rather than be on the later end and need to step in to resolve some of the missing links or remaining questions that might end up being stressful or more costly with a time crunch.

Thanks for reading a long on this post and we hope that no matter who you choose to support you on your wedding day, you have an amazing experience!

~ Happy Planning!

Northern California Wedding Planner | Lone Oak Longhorn Ranch Styled Shoot ~ Sneak Peeks

It feels good to stretch your wings from time to time! In the wedding industry, we collaborate together in order to produce “styled” shoots or inspirational designs in order to stretch our wings creatively. This process involves networking with new wedding pros and artists, suppliers, models etc that have a similar desire to create something magical. Styled shoots can take many forms and can focus on the location itself, a new design trend or even a photo editing style.

In this case, the opportunity came about when Claire Nicole Photography reached out to us to invite us to participate in a styled shoot to promote the gorgeous new venue Lone Oak Longhorn Ranch in Marysville. This property is beyond words inside and out, and we can’t wait to share! We have a few sneak peeks for ya while we wait for the rest of the goodies from Claire!

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Thank you to the whole team who contributed to this beautiful day! Be sure to follow these fine folks on Instagram!

Venue @loneoaklonghorns

Photographer @clairenicolephotography

Planning & Design @530bride

Styling @maydendesigns.byashley

Florals: @north_bloom

Rentals: @simplecountryweddings

Stone Candles: @stoneandflamedecor

Stationery: @minted natural elegance suite

Cake: @lovelylayerscakery

Models: @katie_tuck_ and @michael_wardd

Hair & Make-up: @blushed_brides

Gown: @lasoiebridal

Jewelry: @christynatsumi

Northern California Wedding Planner | Glam Barrel Room Wedding

It’s Friday and we can’t help but share wedding eye-candy with you! This gem is from a June wedding where we helped plan & design an amazing celebration for David & Kera. The planning process was an absolute blast and we are so lucky to have had Kera as a client and a friend!

The event was a success due to all of the work from a great team of creatives, and thanks to Shannon Rosan Photography for these beautiful images!

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CREATIVES:
PHOTO @shannonrosan
CINEMA @necranias_dream_art
PLANNING @530bride
DECOR @wedodesigns
FLORAL DESIGN @north_bloom
CATERING @bacio_chico
VENUE @almendra_winery
GOWN @kinsleyjamescouturebridal
CAKE @lovelylayerscakery
DJ @elitesounddj
Hair @cortneyriegel
MAKEUP @garchimede

Northern California Wedding Planner | Rustic Outdoor Ranch Wedding ~ Delphine & David

If you’ve followed us on Instagram over the last year you may have seen that our very own Delphine was a bride herself, and as a wedding planner it brings a different challenge. Imagine planning 20+ weddings and still being able to keep your own wedding planning on track! Well, we joke because when David proposed to Delphine it took her about a week to have most things planned, but we all know that there is still a lot of communication that is required to plan a wedding especially on ranch property with over 300 guests. We’re excited that Delphine and David’s big day was featured on one of our favorite blogs, Love and Lavender!

Photo by  TreCreative

Photo by TreCreative

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What a lovely September day that was in McCloud! Time flies, Delphine and David are all settled into married life after their amazing trip to Greece. We’re going to make sure to share some of those beautiful photos here too - you know so we can all live vicariously through the travel photos!

Thanks to all of the vendors who contributed to the event:

Venue: Private Residence
Cinema and Video: Queued Memories
Caterer: Yummy’s Cowboy Cuisine
Equipment Rentals: Solanos Inc.
Hair Stylist: Salon Diamond
Dress Store: Always Elegant
Event Planner: The 530 Bride
Design and Decor: WeDo Designs
Floral Designer: Cambray Rose Florist
DJ: The Wedding DJ Company
Photographer: TréCreative Film&Photo


Northern California Wedding Planner | Miners Foundry Weddings, Nevada City

Have you ever connected with a space, every time you walk in you just instantly feel at ease? From our first wedding at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City back in 2015 to our most recent wedding last fall, it is simply a space a space I could never tire of because it can be something entirely different for every event that takes place there!

Photo by  Artpix

Photo by Artpix

The Stone Hall is the show stopper of the venue, from the dramatic beams and stone work to the stone fireplace and when you add a pop of decor like the fabric draping or lounge furniture - it’s just stunning. Some couples choose to do ceremony in the Stone Hall, and reception in the Osborne Room while others have done their ceremony in the upper gallery and used the Stone Hall for dinner & dancing; there are many different variations.

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We’ve also done weddings were the ceremony and reception is held in the Stone Hall and during the cocktail hour our team along with the catering staff transition (aka flip) the space from the ceremony set-up to reception. It’s always an exhilarating task and so rewarding to see everyone’s reactions when they come back into the space.

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What’s also really great about Miners Foundry, is the proximity to the local shops, bed and breakfasts, hotels and more so the guest experience is always really fun for those who can spend a little time to enjoy Nevada City. Since we are based in Chico, it is an easy (and beautiful) drive to Nevada City and always a treat to work in the area so if you are looking for a really awesome destination in Northern California for your wedding definitely check out Miners Foundry!
~ Happy Planning!

Northern California Wedding Planner | Hiring a Wedding Planner - The Support You Didn't Know You Needed

At times it seems like you literally can do anything with a click of a button, need a ride, or a snack, or a wardrobe..click - it’s yours! The ability to have an app or a service handle tasks for us can provide instant gratification and of course save us time, but when it comes to something as personal as planning your wedding - an app just isn’t going to be the equivalent of an experienced wedding professional who can provide insight, guidance and expertise in their craft.

Our clients are busy! They have their every day life with responsibilities at work or school, or at home with kiddos and the biggest service we can provide is that we have their absolute best interest in mind with every vendor referral, email, site walk, timeline detail and photo suggestion. We can see the bigger picture and help guide couples through budget decisions, vendor consultation, design ideas and more. Individually, all of these tasks are not hard or all that time consuming but when combined with other time commitments it can be challenging to keep up.

The 530 bride was a life saver when I planned my wedding and worked full time as well as going back to school. I felt like I was organized and always ahead of schedule. She made my vision come to life. I would recommend the 530 bride to any couple getting married! They are essential!
— Ashley H.

As wedding planners, we come into the picture at various stages of planning depending on the couple and the timeframe of their engagement. We understand that you might have set out to do all of the planning yourself but as your wedding date approaches you may feel more inclined to have some of these details covered by a third party so that you and your family/friends can be 100% present for this special time together.

Some of our absolute favorite events have been simple celebrations that we were just able to help everyone have fun and feel stress-free, and knowing that we helped couple’s have that type of experience is the best reward we could ever ask for!

So if you are getting engaged or know someone who may just need a tiny bit of help (or a lot!) we would be happy to chat more about the upcoming event!
~ Happy Planning!~

Northern California Wedding Planner | Historic Covered Bridge Wedding ~ As seen on Lovely Day Journal

No matter how much time passes, we could go back in our minds to the specific details of a past wedding day from the planning sessions, emails, floorplans, to getting the wedding party lined up and sending them down the aisle for their ceremony! We remember these moments because it feels like such a gift to experience them, and to share them with our couples.

This June wedding was one for the books as far as warm weddings go, but I can’t think of a single guest that I didn’t see out on the dance floor having an amazing time because Nerissa and Quinn were absolutely enjoying their day! We love to see weddings featured especially when the couples can share details and some of the story behind each element that made their day so special. Obviously we were excited to see Nerissa & Quinn’s wedding featured on Lovely Day Journal! Phots by Annamae Photo

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

“Everything about our wedding day was perfect. I especially loved our vows. My husband wrote them and they were exactly us.”
— Nerissa
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Nerissa was not only an organized bride, but she was able to incorporate her talent as a graphic designer into the details of her day while still being able to relax & feel present with her friends and family. We know that it takes an incredible amount of trust to hire a team to manage these special details, and we are so thankful to have been there along the way with Nerissa & Quinn!

See the full feature on Lovely Day Journal here or see the links below to learn more about the vendor team:
Second Shooter: Annamae Photo//Beauty: Two Twenty Two Salon//Makeup Artist:Powder Room Beauty Bar//Floral Designer: Lisa Claire Floral//Pre Ceremony Location: Hotel Diamond//Ceremony Location: Honey Run Covered Bridge//Event Planner: The 530 Bride//Design and Decor: WeDo Designs//Caterer: Kinders BBQ//Bakery: Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery//DJ: Elite Sound Professional DJ’s//Photographer: Annamae Photo//

If you would like to learn more about the The Honey Run Covered Bridge rebuilding efforts or to donate, visit: https://hrcoveredbridge.org/donate

~ Happy Planning!
XOXO, Veronica

Northern California Wedding Planner | Winter Wedding at Manzanita Place ~ Veronica & Manny

When we received an email late last year from one of our brides after her wedding letting us know that her sister was also getting married soon, we were just over the moon for the opportunity to help this amazing family celebrate another beautiful wedding. You see Monica was the big sister who had just celebrated her big day, and felt it was important that her sister could get ready without any stress the day of her wedding. What a nice big sister!

Now back to swooning over this beautiful image gallery from Gretchen Granka Photography

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Thank you to these incredible vendors who made each detail possible! Photography: Gretchen Granka Photography // Videography Wheels Up Productions // Ceremony venue: St. Johns Baptist Church // Florals Little Red Hen Floral & More // Transportation Elite Limo // Reception Venue: Manzanita Place // Catering was provided by family // Sweetheart Cake Lovely Layers Cakery // Farmtables and Sweetheart Linens WeDo Designs // Draping Chico Staging & Lighting // Bride’s hair Carmen Montero // Wedding Management The 530 Bride

Northern California Wedding Planner | Open House at The Palms

We were so excited to participate in the open house event at The Palms in Chico, under new management of the amazing team at WeDo Designs. It was so fun to chat with couples and to catch up with some of our favorite local wedding pro’s! {Here’s a few pics that we snapped on our phones, can’t wait to see the professional images from the evening!}

Make sure to check out The Palms and these local wedding professionals for all of your wedding needs! The Wedding DJ // Cambray Rose // Special Times Catering // Ranalla Photo & Film // Flowers by Rachelle // Shuberts // Bacio Catering

Northern California Wedding Planner | Booking your glam squad

If you follow us on Instagram or if you’ve scrolled through our gallery here on our website you will see the work of so many dedicated professionals to ensure that every detail is above and beyond the couple’s wishes. We love seeing the wedding glow and “glammed” bridesmaids so this post is all about the glam squads that make sure couple’s look and feel their best!

Why hire a professional?
We feel pretty strongly about hiring professionals for your wedding day, because they not only come prepared for just about anything, but they also have experience staying on track with the timeline! When you combine a room full of girls with the excitement of a wedding day it can be easy to get behind on the schedule without a plan in place.

How to plan your hair & make-up timeline
Look over your list of bridesmaids, family members or other special guests at your wedding that will be getting ready with you. Determine who will need hair and make-up services and when they will need to be ready for photos.

You’ll also want to decide if your wedding party will have a specific style or if each style will be up to the individual, that way you can work with your hairstylist to see how long they need per person.
For make-up you will want to know who is getting full make-up vs eye make-up and how long you need to expect per person.

Then you will need to ask your stylists if they will have an assistant coming or if they will be doing all of the services one at a time. Remember these stylists are very skilled at what they do so as long as you let them know what time you all need to be camera ready they can determine when they should start.

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Look for the best lighting
You’ll want to make sure that where ever you plan on getting ready has a lot of natural light. This helps ensure that your make-up looks natural and picture perfect! This is also the best lighting for your photographer to capture those stunning bridal portraits.

Photography by  Sunnie Heers  | Hair by  Allure Salon

Photography by Sunnie Heers | Hair by Allure Salon

As wedding planners we aren’t always able to be at your getting ready location so it gives us a lot more reassurance when we know you have a wonderful team there to support you before your ceremony. We do get to pop in to say hello and it is always so fun to see the glam happening with all of those pre-wedding butterflies!

We can’t wait to help you create a seamless wedding day timeline and if you need recommendations for hair and make-up artists we’ve got you covered!

~ Happy Planning!

Northern California Wedding Planner | Sharing the Love!

With so many special engagements over Valentines Day, we wanted to share the love with all couples who are getting ready to start looking at save-the-dates and invitation suites! While we do love a beautiful custom suite (who doesn’t) we have found that Minted offers so many incredible designs for every style and budget. You can take advantage of our Minted Wedding Planner Discount with the code below!

Not sure when you should send out save-the-dates, or how to track RSVP’s? Schedule a complimentary consultation to chat about your wedding stationery, planning checklist and choosing the best vendor team to help bring all of your ideas together for your day!
Shoot us a message on our contact form or directly to hello@the530bride.com and we can set up a meeting or phone session at your earliest convenience.

Northern California Wedding Planner | The Design Process

We’ve been meeting with a lot of amazing engaged couples who are interested in learning more about the design process and how a wedding planner can help. These days with Pinterest and Instagram, couples can feel overloaded with designs and it can be difficult to hone in on the right aesthetic for their day. Afterall, a wedding you see on Pinterest in an entirely different setting, time of year, and budget might not align with what works for you in your specific wedding venue space.

Photo by  Diane Nicole Photography , showroom featured WeDo Designs

Photo by Diane Nicole Photography, showroom featured WeDo Designs

First things first, let’s chat about how you want your day to feel. What do you want your guests to experience and what do you want your memories of your day to be? If the custom menu cards and extensive signage details are important to you then we would shift to looking to create a very cohesive approach to your wedding. On the other-hand if you are focused on the lighting, food & entertainment to drive the guest experience then we would allocate more of your budget to making the guest experience more focal to what they will be interacting with.

We all love pretty wedding details, and it is always a great idea to start narrowing down the colors that you want to incorporate into your design. A spring or fall wedding can look very different for each wedding so we really want to pull together a palette that feels just right.

Photo by  Diane Nicole Photography , showroom featured WeDo Designs

Photo by Diane Nicole Photography, showroom featured WeDo Designs

Then we take inspiration from your Pinterest and source local items to give you a similar look but still customizing to your wedding. We’ll attend a design meeting with you to go over rentals & decor items and then put together a mock table set-up. Once the mock table set-up is approved we move on to creating your site plan, in certain settings where space is limited we want to double check that we are utilizing the space and creating a great flow for guests.

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As we get closer we can adjust with changes and update your design details, then we’ll work with all of your vendors to ensure that no detail is missed!

Do you have questions about the design process? If you are feeling like you could use a little more help with pulling your design together while staying on budget, be sure to reach out to us and we would be happy to chat!

~ Happy Planning!

Northern California Wedding Planner | IronGate Garden Inn Wedding Venue

Chico’s newest wedding venue Irongate Garden Inn is officially booking weddings for the 2019 & 2020 season and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we will be spending a lot more weekends there planning amazing weddings. Owners Krista and Neal worked so hard to make this property perfect for weddings and they took the time to connect with the local wedding professionals to gain feedback on what our couples need. We wanted to show you some of our favorite elements of the venue!

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The stone courtyard has given us #allthefeels since the first time I walked through the property and I just knew that wedding magic was going to happen here. In fact this courtyard has seen many weddings under former management years ago, but what is most amazing is that Krista and Neal have brought it back to shine even brighter than its’s former glory.

The beautiful landscaping and paths around the property make you feel as if you are in the secret garden tucked away, and what better for a first look photo! We were honored to plan the first official wedding at Iron Gate Garden Inn, photos captured by Samantha McPherrin Photography

Flowers by Little Red Hen Floral & More // Images by  Samantha McPherrin Photography

Flowers by Little Red Hen Floral & More // Images by Samantha McPherrin Photography

If you’re engaged and looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Butte County please contact us and we can arrange a site visit for you. We would love to help you bring your ideas together for your wedding day!

~ Happy Planning!

 

Northern California Wedding Planner | Client Appreciation

The 530 Bride ~ Receives 2019 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award

Ya’ll can we just stop for a moment and get sentimental about how much we love our couples? We’re incredibly lucky to work with such amazing people and to share in the joy of their wedding day! Thank you so much to all who chose our team to support you through the emails, planning sessions, site visits, budget calculations, timeline questions, and walking down that aisle.

Most of all, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your planning experience because it helps us reach couples but also gives us feedback on where we can improve in the future. With this feedback we were so excited to receive for the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for our 2nd consecutive year!

 
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We can already tell this year will be a great year of events, and we’re excited about all of the wonderful couples we will get to support in 2019!

~ Happy planning! ~