Category Archives: Planning

caticonslite_bm_altWedding Styles and Case Studies: Drink the Sane Bride Punch

If we’ve done our job, you’re about to sip the Sane Bride punch. Truth be told, it’s actually closer to a spiked raspberry lemonade and it is delicious. In hopes that we have managed to convince some of you to maximize your … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altWedding Tip: Have Your Wedding at the Best Restaurant in Town

What night is your favorite restaurant closed, because the owners might be willing to open just for you. Many restaurants are closed Sundays or Monday nights. No matter what you do, out-of-town guests will need a day to travel. Ask them to … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altWedding Case Study: Compare Three Dimly Lit & Sophisticated Wedding Options

June and Jose always assumed that they would throw the classic church and country club wedding like everyone else they knew. It was what Mom and Dad expected. Ultimately, the simplicity and elegance of the old white church and the the country … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altHome-Style Fun at Liberty Cafe for 40 Guests: Wedding Case Study #3

June and Charles have successfully managed to eliminate about three quarters of their guest list. June and Charles’ parents have decided to throw them each a cocktail party in their hometowns in the next year so that they can invite all of … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altTraditional Glamour at The Cliff House for Guests: Wedding Case Study #1

After much debate, June and Jose manage to cut down their guest list by about half. Determined to throw an elegant event, they decide to have both the ceremony at reception at The Cliff House. After a $19 million remodel, the Cliff … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altModern Elegance at Axis Cafe for 150 Guests: Wedding Case Study #2

Try as they might, June and Jose aren’t able to cut down their guest list by much and a shocking number of people RSVP to their wedding. Such is the case for many a couple getting married in such a beautiful part … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altGreat Options for the Before Wedding Mixer and Rehearsal Dinner

Myth: Save money by inviting only the wedding party to your rehearsal dinner. People lose sight of the fact that guests travel great distances so that you can all spend time together. Don’t force Aunt Martha to eat at the Denny’s … Continue reading

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What Are Your Wedding’s Baseline Costs?

If you have more to spend or if you’re having a harder time letting go of the traditional trappings of the average American wedding, we offer our case studies — scenarios to help you think through different options for larger, more formal events. We’ve hand-picked our favorite Bay Area spots where you can throw a fantastic yet sane party. Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altSometimes More Than One Reception is the Best Answer

Ours is a transient society. Sure there are plenty of us who don’t move too far from home, but others are transplants thousands of miles away who develop their own families of close friends and neighbors. These are the people you call … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altWedding Styles: House Party Themes

French Cafe Style Make an assortment of veggie and meat-lovers quiches in advance and chill them. Quiche is incredibly easy to make, inexpensive, filling and delicious. Buy some tasty baguettes from Acme and round out the meal with a simple green salad. … Continue reading

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