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


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

Bride and Groom walking across a bridge

weddings and coronavirus

Couple celebrating back down the aisle after ceremony

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

Wedding Planning


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

Wedding Couple in the Water

If you’re considering the Monterey or Carmel area for your wedding, I think you’ve made a fabulous choice! And I should know – I live in and plan weddings on the Monterey Peninsula full time!  It’s a beautiful wedding destination with lots to offer local couples and visitors alike, from great weather to gorgeous venues. […]

Planning a Wedding on the Monterey Peninsula

Weddings in Monterey


Wonder what it is like to hire a wedding planner. Some of our past clients are shedding some light on their experience working with Pocketful of Plans.

A Client’s Perspective: What is it like to work with Pocketful Of Plans?

Couple Dancing at Gardener Ranch Clubhouse in Carmel Valley

Wedding Vendors


2022 Wedding Trends according to a top wedding planner based in Carmel focusing on priority wedding planning and elegant and unforgettable experiences.

2022 Wedding Trends According to a Luxury Wedding Planner in Carmel

Wedding Planning


A WEDDING PLANNER’S PERSPECTIVEWhy Are Weddings So Expensive?PART ONE Oh, budget. Pretty much everyone’s least favorite topic. But, pretty much one of the most important foundations to planning a wedding. The problem is, you probably don’t understand: a.) Precisely what goes into a wedding budget. And  b.) The actual reasons why weddings are so expensive. […]

Why Are Weddings So Expensive?

Bride and Bouquet

Wedding Planning Advice


First things first: congrats on your engagement! You are about to embark on an incredible journey. While planning a wedding has its share of ups and downs, it is also amazing and should be full of fun and creativity. Sure, it can also be a huge point of stress and anxiety for many couples, but […]

How to plan a wedding like a Pro – Part One!

Wedding To Do List


Every couple wants a unique, memorable wedding. No one wants boring and vanilla! However, it can be difficult to break from convention when planning a wedding, as taking chances can be intimidating.   If you want to have a fun, memorable wedding, use your unique personality, ideas, and background and for inspiration. This is a great […]

Modern Indian wedding in Monterey

Weddings in Monterey