Tackling Your Pinterest Board: how to focus ideas into a vision

By Christina Rafael

When I first got engaged, back in February 2012, I had a plethora of ideas I wanted to incorporate into my wedding and no idea how to execute them.

Was I a modern bride? Rustic? Should I call vendors? What about my dress?

These were just some of the topics I was mulling over in my brain and obsessing over in my dreams.

I had been planning—like most women I know—an imaginary dream wedding on Pinterest for quite some time before a ring was even introduced by my fiance. Anytime I would see something shiny or pretty, I would pin it.  Anytime something made me cry, I would pin it. And anytime I did a mini clap over a creative idea, I would pin it.

I got a bit shameless with my “pinnings” and needless to say, had no focus or clear vision for my big day (May 25th!)

I’m sure I’m not the only person who went a bit overboard with ideas and thought it might be helpful for our 530 Brides to know they aren’t alone!

Here’s some tips on how I was able to condense my  ideas, pave the road to planning and communicate with vendors who lacked psychic abilities to know EXACTLY what I wanted.

Take a Good, hard, look at your wedding Pinterest board

I set aside a morning to scan all three hundred pins (I know…) and look through them for repetitive ideas.

I recorded reoccurring themes and colors on post-it’s and found that I pinned, more than often, a LOT of burlap and blush-themed wedding ideas. As a result of this exercise I was able to determine my colors (neutrals with splashes of blush) and bridal style: rustic romantic. I was also able to select DIY projects I could successfully complete.

Folders, folders galore

My wedding folders can be classified as a bit obsessive. Once I was going through my Pinterest  on paper I decided to tackle it virtually. I saved actual images from pins to my desktop and classified them by what they applied to.

For example, if I loved a cake design I would have a folder entitled “Reception” and within that folder would be one named “Food”, within THAT folder would be a “cake” folder filled with several photos.

This organization prevented me from getting lost in my own ideas. It also came in handy to show family and vendors photos of what inspired me from my laptop without relying on wifi connection.

Look at vendor websites

One thing I’ve learned as a bride is to pay attention to the vendors you pick and why you pick them.

Many wedding vendors—from caterers to consultants—have social media you can look at to view previous work. If you seem drawn to a certain vendor, make sure to see what they’ve done in the past and branch off of it.

For example, if you find a dessert display (like the one pictured above) on a caterer's Facebook page, reference it to them when you discuss your own plans and discuss why you liked it.

Often times they’ll be flattered, know exactly what you’re talking about and can make it better than it was before.

Call in for re-enforcements

If your vision wanders, you feel overwhelmed or just have a small question as you begin this planning journey, give us a call or comment on a post through our website or on social media . We're always reading our feedback and love to hear from our brides.

Our services are also available, from full planning packages to specialized event coordination. We also offer hour-long consultations where you can get detailed answers to questions, help with vendor planning, guides for invitation wording  and much more.

Happy Planning and remember, we're here if you need a hand.

The Bash - Recap

We always enjoy getting to mingle with brides and local vendors, so we couldn't miss The Bash event hosted by  Carey of The Idea Emporium. The Bash featured Poise Photography, treats by Three Girls and a Kitchen & Lovely Layers, decor by The Idea Emporium & Eco Peach Events.  Magik Entertainment DJ'd & Snapshots Photobooth's provided the props & booth for a good time!

Here are a few snapshots from the ol' iPhone for those who missed it and we look forward to more out of the box events in the future!  

Stay tuned for upcoming wedding events in our area.  Have an event to share? Contact us


The Chico Bridal Show Recap

Chances are you're coming down from your sugar high from cake samples, and your feet are a little sore from the Chico Bridal Show today.  There is one thing we know for sure, you won't leave a bridal show hungry with all of the food, sweets & refreshing drink samples.  We want to thank all of the couples who stopped by our booth today, we always enjoy having the opportunity to meet new people and share in your excitement.  We look forward to sitting down with all of the couples who signed up for a complimentary consultation.  Don't forget, all of the couples who meet with us for a consulation will be entered to win coordination for their bridal/wedding shower.  If you need more information about the drawing please email us with any questions.  For anyone who wasn't able to attend, here are just a few images we snapped of the show (forgive us for our iPhone photography!) Thank you to WeDoDesigns & Cambray Rose for collaborating on the open concept design of our booth for the show. We hope all of the attendees liked our booth and we are looking forward to a great show in August! For more information on any of the vendors you see here, you can check out our Bridal Show Page for direct links.

Happy Planning!

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Wedding Giveaways & Sweepstakes

If you have been following our blog you have seen our posts about some of the reasons why attending a local bridal show is important, mainly because it can save you time and money. If you didn't catch the part about all of the prizes you can win at a bridal show; listen up! The Chico Bridal Show is this Sunday, February 24th at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Check out some of the prizes that will be given away at the show!

Make sure to attend the Chico Bridal Show for your chance to win some of these sweet prizes: ♥ Thousands in door prizes ♥ Two honeymoon giveaways ♥ Three sets of wedding bands at the show! Valued at $600 each (shipping and handling not included)

These are just a few of the prizes available, as most of the vendors will also have their own raffles and contests at their booths so don't pass any booths on your way through the buildings. You never know what you will miss if you do! Signing up to win prizes may seem like a waste of time but if you end up winning you can save a lot of money, so bring your mailing labels with you!

Mark your calendar, the Chico Bridal Show is Sunday, February 24, 2013 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. For more information visit the Chico Bridal Show Facebook Page

Good Luck and stop by to see our booth at the show!

_____________________________________________________ Here is another contest going on in 2013:

Michaels Craft Store is having a 2013 Ultimate Wedding Contest www.mdesign.michaels.com/bridecontest


Chico Wedding Weekend

If you are recently engaged or looking for great deals and information for your upcoming event, make sure to get your tickets to the upcoming Chico Wedding Weekend.  Swing by our booth for our show promotion and get a great deal on coordination services for your wedding.

You don’t want to miss out on your local bridal shows because this is where you will meet professional & talented vendors who specialize in weddings.  By walking through a bridal show, you will see exhibitor booths for caterers, photographers, wedding planners, DJ’s, wedding venues & more.  Taste samples of wedding cake and entrees like tri-tip & chicken. You will have the opportunity to save money with exclusive bridal show offers, and enter contests to win some sweet prizes.

Tips: Have a game plan on what vendors you still need to secure, to avoid becoming overwhelmed by all of the options. Ask your wedding planner, or do your own research on the vendors before the show so that you can identify what questions you have and you can narrow down which vendors you feel match your needs.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a bag to hold all of your bridal show goodies & if possible have address labels printed to save you the trouble of handwriting your name and address on all of the contest entry forms!

Neighborhood Church 2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico 11 to 3 pm

TICKET SALES: Tickets are on sale at http://www.chicoweddingweekend.com/get-online-tickets.php.

See you at the show!

Mark Your Calendars: Chico Wedding Weekend

Come visit The 530 Bride at The Chico Wedding Weekend! Are you just getting started in your wedding planning process? Or perhaps you need to find the right vendor to put the finishing touches into your event? Mark your calendars!

Reposted from Weddings North Valley:

Chico Wedding Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, 2012 •  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Neighborhood Church

2801 Notre Dame Boulevard •  Chico, CA 95928


Top Wedding Exhibitors in their "storefronts" filled with inspiration for your wedding

  • Yummy food, cake and confections
  • Delightful musical entertainment
  • Hot, new wedding fashion trends
  • Creative and innovative ideas for your wedding


  • Get to know the people you want to hire for your wedding
  • See their creativity and know-how
  • Discover many of the services right on the spot during the show
  • “After Hours Rendezvous” at STUDIOwed from 3-5PM



10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    • Enjoy “cool” mocktails served by your personal mixologists from JB’s Beverage & Bar Service
    • Pick up your copy of the “Little Black Book”
    • Brides-to-Be get your Sash to wear
    • 3 – 5 PM: Reserve a space for the After Hours Rendezvous where engaged couples meet TOP wedding experts face-to-face in a relaxed atmosphere
    • Get all the FAQs from a Team Bride member
    • Learn about BRIDGING THE GAP and how you can support their work throughout the world

Click Here to Purchase Tickets.

On The Road to I Do ~ Christine & Nick

Excitement is in the air for Christine and Nick who plan to walk down the aisle on April 21st, 2012! Christine moved to Chico to attend CSUC and studied music.  Christine enjoys bikeriding and hiking in Bidwell Park, and watching movies with Nick! Christine was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and visits family there often.  Currently working as CNA at Chico Care Center, and enjoys providing care to the residents.

Nick was born in Sacramento, but raised in Chico, CA.  He attended Butte College and WECA for his Electrician Certification.  He is currently working with Ostendorf Electric as a journeyman. Nick enjoys watching Football and UFC Fights, and likes to play guitar.  He is a big fan of the New York Giants.

Christine and Nick knew they wanted to get married, and already had their rings picked out.  On Friday December 16, 2011 Nick greeted Christine with flowers when she got home from work then took her to dinner at Olive Garden. They went to see the movie "The Sitter" which Christine wasn't initially happy about but it turned out to work in Nick's favor. They drove up the old Hwy, found a place to lay a blanket down to look at the stars, after a few minutes he got up and said some really sweet things then popped the question. Christine happily said Yes!

Christine and Nick found their dream wedding rings at Fred Meyers Jewelers in Chico, CA.

Once it was official, the couple began planning their wedding right away and couldn't wait to tell everyone! You can read how Christine and Nick met by checking out their wedding website here.  A friend of the family took their engagment pictures in Old Town Sacramento.

When I first spoke with Christine about her wedding plans, it was clear that it was important to her and Nick to find a venue that was easily accessible for their grandparents.  Since they chose an April wedding date, they also knew they wanted a venue that offered enough space to hold the ceremony and reception indoors if needed due to rain.

The couple chose The Arroyo Room which is a very convenient and affordable venue offering enough space to hold their ceremony & reception indoors.   Their colors are purple, Silver & Black and Christine has chosen purple Calla Lilies as her wedding flower.

Christine's Bachelorette Party was Little Black Dress theme (except the bride-to-be of course!) and was held in Chico, CA.

Dinner was at Ojiya, a Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar.  The restaurant features VIP rooms with Hibachi Grill tables which is perfect for a group up to 12 people. After dinner, the ladies too the Karaoke Taxi Cab for a spin and headed downtown! This taxi cab is like no other, it really gets the party started!  Check out the Karaoke Taxi Cab, you can reserve your ride by calling (530) 402-SING (7464)

When it came to choosing a honeymoon location, we referred Christine to Lynn Wilson owner of Shared Travel in Chico, CA.   Lynn is your go-to source for planning a trip, and for creating a personalized honeymoon registry.

Nick and Christine chose Puerto Rico for their honeymoon destination.   Their guests can contribute to their honeymoon by selecting items and activities such as a romantic candlelit dinner, a day at the spa, or a deep sea fishing excursion.  Sounds like the perfect romantic get-away!

Check back for all of the details of Christine & Nick's big day!

The 530 Bride Visits the Chico Bridal Showcase

The Chico Bridal Showcase had a great turn out today, with crowds of local brides and grooms planning their wedding.  Many couples attended with their entourage of friends & family members.  Brides from Chico, Orland, Redding, Red Bluff, Corning, Gridley & other local areas came to book services with the areas premier vendors.  Photographers, caterers, bakeries, wedding venues, florists & event design, DJ's and many other specialty vendors were among the show exhibitors. Couples recieved raffle tickets to enter into the prize wheel, for chances to win everything from wedding packages, gift baskets, photography sessions, and more.  You can imagine the excitement when a bride learns she has won one of these great prizes! There were many bridesmaids & other wedding party members who attended with their bride-to-be and they were there to help with everything from holding the brides bag, writing her information on the various vendor drawing entry forms, & of course tasting cakes & catering samples!

Inspiration Lane offered brides the opporunity to see examples of decor and table-top design by vendors including Cambray Rose Florists, Dream Coordination Group (Salvagno's Event Designers), Jaz Events, Special Times Catering & WeDo Designs.  Nice Work Everyone! Lovely Layers Cakery

K Stone Photography

Top Tier Cake Design

I enjoyed meeting with vendors and saw a lot of new faces, brides really have so many wonderful & professional vendors to choose from for their wedding needs! Some of the other exhibitors included: Dustlight Wedding Videos          TreCreative Film & Video

Blue Sugar Cupcakes                  Dream Coordination Group

Snapshots Photobooth               Shared Travel

Tracy Lynn Photography        LeRoy's Video Productions

CLS Communications             The Arroyo Room

Reflective Images                   CARD Community Center

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company    WeDo Designs

Cyr Photography                     Heavenly Blue Fine Lingerie

The Collective Bride             Kinders BBQ

Lake Oroville Golf Club           Honker Bay Ranch

Always Elegant Bridal           Lisa's Flor Decor JB's Beverage & Bar               Roots Catering

Bon Voyage Travel             Anselmo Vineyards

Drozian Photography        As You Like It Weddings Cambray Rose Florist        J Kiendra Productions

Poise Photography            Chico Catering Company Your Perfect Day               The Palms

With over 90 vendors, I am sure I missed a few but they all have something great to offer! A special thanks to Weddings North Valley for their hospitality, and for more exhibitor information visit their website, www.weddingsnorthvalley.com

If you attended the bridal show, leave a comment about your favorite booth to enter into our drawing for a $50 Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card!

Mark Your Calendars

The Palms Pavilion in Chico will be having an open house at their beautiful venue, on May 10th, 2011.  The admission is free, and as if that wasn't exciting enough, each couple will each receive a free engagement photo!  If you have never visited The Palms, check out all of these great amenities included in their wedding package. AMENITIES: •   Luxuriously furnished, private bride and groom dressing rooms •   Fully equipped catering kitchen • Air-conditioned and fully lighted pavilion space, accommodating up to 300 guests •   Built-in beverage service bar •   Portable stage with overhead lighting •   Parking spaces for 250 automobiles •   Multiple ceremony spaces throughout the landscaped gardens •   Tiki torches light up evening celebrations •   Koi ponds and fountains provide water features.

Enjoy h'orderves and champagne, while you take in the scenery and  mingle with other engaged couples.  WeDo Designs is the on-site wedding designer, and Rabina Khan along with her team are sure to wow you with their elegant designs and modern innovations to wedding decor.   Many brides watch shows like Platinum Weddings, or My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and feel like those weddings are just a fairytale. Let us assure you that with the right vendors, you can have the Platinum Wedding you have dreamed of without breaking the bank! Check out WeDo Designs, for picture galleries, pricing and available services.

So mark you calendars, and make sure to attend this great Open House at The Palms Pavilion.  May 10th, 2011 from 4 to 7pm.

The Palms Pavilion is located at 2947 Nord Avenue, Chico CA 95973

For more information contact:

Rabina Khan, WeDo Designs (530) 566 - 7603 2947 Nord Ave Chico, CA 95973

My baby sister got married...

Veronica was reluctant to start out with a feature of her own wedding...mostly because she hates being the center of attention...welllllll....since I'm the one doing the typing today... I say we start with a feature on my beautiful little sister and her beautiful wedding. Veronica became Mrs. Enns on October 10th, 2010 in Chico. It was a gorgeous day and a gorgeous ceremony. Here is a little video slideshow I put together...


Just so all of you ladies (and gents) out there know that we know what you're going through. Planning a beautiful wedding is hard work...but so worth it in the end....and we hope that we can help!