Helpful wedding information

Every aspect of your special day is important, including the events leading up to it.  Both the rehearsal dinner and the welcome party play significant roles in setting the tone for your celebration. And each event offers its own charm and purpose. Understanding the nuances can help you plan a memorable experience for you and […]

Rehearsal Dinner vs. Welcome Party: What’s the Difference?

Wedding Trends


Have you been wondering if a first look is right for you and your wedding? Traditionally, the bride and groom didn’t see one another until walking down the aisle. However, in recent years, that has changed as first looks have become more popular. First, what is a first look? A first look is an intimate […]

Should You Do A First Look?

Photo by the Delauras at first look

Wedding Planning Advice


Planning and wedding and thinking about blocking hotel rooms for your guests? This blog helps explain some of the pros and cons about hotel blocks for weddings.

Things to consider about hotel wedding blocks



When you envision your ideal wedding weekend, what does it look like? What’s going on around you? Where are you? Indoors or outdoors? How is your ceremony decorated?  Chances are, everyone’s answers to these questions will be different. But I have a venue in mind that will tick just about anyone’s box. It allows you […]

Venue Spotlight: Gardener Ranch

Outdoor Tent at Gardener Ranch

Weddings in Carmel Valley


Sticking to a budget isn’t the most glamorous part of wedding planning. And it can certainly be tricky. But it’s a building block of the process. And one that deserves to be understood. This is why, as a wedding planner, I love helping couples deep dive into all things budget-related. Because if you don’t have […]

A Wedding Planner’s Perspective: Common Hidden Costs



Sarah and Kevin hired Pocketful of Plans to help them design their dream wedding day at the breathtaking Gardener Ranch in November.  When they came to us, they had never planned a large event before, so they had no idea where to start or what/how to prioritize. Aside from that, they were also extremely nervous […]

Gardener Ranch: A Case Study

Weddings in Carmel Valley

Bride and Groom walking across a bridge

When Hunter and Tammy got engaged, Tammy told everyone she wanted a small wedding including 10-20 of their closest family and friends who knew and supported them as a couple. Tammy wanted a destination wedding in California, outdoors and by the water, with pretty string lights and food for everyone to enjoy. She wanted the […]

A Waterfront Wedding at the Ritz Carlton

weddings and coronavirus


Wedding planning isn’t for the faint of heart. To be a wedding planner, you have to be strong but gentle at the same time. You must know how to work with people, keep things organized, bring people’s visions to life, and leap tall buildings. Okay, not that last one – at least not yet! I […]

3 Secret Powers of a Wedding Planner

Couple celebrating back down the aisle after ceremony

Wedding Planning

Cocktail Hour set up at Corral de Tierra Country Club

If you’ve strolled around the Pocketful of Plans blog for a minute, then you may have read about some of the many beautiful wedding venues Monterey has to offer. Beach resorts, Victorian homes, modern cafes – you name it, Monterey has it.  And a lot more! Which is why I’ve put together this post today. […]

A Local’s Guide to Monterey

Weddings in Monterey


Bouquets, floral arches, centerpieces, reception décor – there is no doubt that flowers play a huge role at weddings. And even if you keep your big-day blooms simple and only purchase a few bouquets and boutonnieres, you’ll likely have a bit of a sticker shock once you see the price tags. Especially if you compare […]

A Wedding Planner’s Perspective: Why Are Wedding Flowers so Expensive?

Weddings in Pebble Beach