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


As a wedding planner, I understand the importance of putting 110% into the main event. It’s the reason everyone is gathering after all! But if you’re looking to plan the celebration of a lifetime, let’s not forget about the pre-wedding festivities! One such soiree that sets the stage is the welcome party.  This event is […]

How to Plan a Welcome Party that Wows

Wedding Planning Advice


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


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


L and M at Folktale winery   This amazing wedding had the absolute coolest, laid-back, effortless vibe to it and it was such a dream day. Everything about it reflected their effortlessly cool personalities and personal tastes. L & M wanted a wedding that felt personal and intimate with their closest family and friends in […]

L & M At Folktale Winery in Carmel



We are all busy these days, it seems everyone I speak to is drained at the end of each day and the constant struggle to find balance is something we all deal with. And boom, now you are adding planning a huge, monumental, expensive, and complicated event to your long to do list! Yikes. Farewell […]

Wedding Planning Tools to Get You Organized and Then Married!



Planning a wedding is exciting, but at times it can start to feel a little overwhelming. Even if you hired a wedding planner, you still have contracts to sign, bridal party members and family to keep up to date, and choices to make, and it can be hard to keep it all organized. The good […]

5 Tools To Help You Organize Your Wedding