We’ve got an all new Wedding Wednesdays Q&A for you and today we’re talking about wedding cake:  I really enjoy baking and have even made desserts and cakes for my family and friends.  I’m now getting married and I’m thinking about making my own wedding cake.  I want my cake to be exactly as I imagine it and it will save me some money to make it.  I think it would be cool if I made it but, do you think I’m biting off more than I can chew?

So, I’m a fan of DIY creations because they are home made and made with love.  But, when it comes to weddings there is a line that needs to be drawn in order to make sure that you can actually enjoy your wedding day.  What many brides don’t know (And really how could you? You’ve never been married before!) is that the last month before the wedding does get a bit intense with the final details.  Having a big DIY project in that last month and especially in the last week is just too much.  I would typically recommend that you don’t make your own cake and instead just hire a vendor that you really like and communicate how you want the cake to be to ensure that it turns out the way you want it.  You don’t want to be stressed out in the days prior to the wedding having to deal with other wedding things, family and friends and also having to think about making your cake.  However, I don’t know you personally and so perhaps baking calms you.  If that is the case, then perhaps you would be ok since wedding cakes are usually made in advance.  I definitely don’t recommend you do anything on the actual wedding day itself.  You know yourself better than I, so you’ll have to make a judgement call on how much you want to make it and whether you think baking will be a good thing and not a hinderance.  But, if you are in doubt at all, I’d hire someone.  It may cost you a little more out of pocket, but it will be worth your sanity and happiness.

Got a wedding planning problem you need some advice on?  Share it with us and we’ll help you out.


Hands down, the cutest macarons we’ve ever made. A true labor or love for#babybourget 

Photo: Hands down, the cutest macarons we've ever made. A true labor or love for #babybourget @blubungalow @mbourget



Yvonne and Tim’s special day nearly surpassed a magical fairy tale day and The Holly Farm had a lot to do with it as well. This beautiful venue, tucked away in the depths of Carmel Valley, was brimming with lush gardens and details. There were secret alcoves, where elves would hide if they existed, all around and altogether The Holly Farm was like a maze of a playground for everyone to roam.


We are so thrilled to share an amazing event from Arizona! The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale hosted a Wedding Planner Weekend, and for the second year Classic Party Rentals – Phoenix partnered with the hotel to provide rentals for the event. The resort invited all of the top wedding planners in Arizona to a weekend of relaxation, which included a Friday evening happy hour, Saturday dinner, and Sunday brunch. Classic Party Rentals worked with other event partners, including Petal Pusher floristsWhite House FlowersYour Event FloristHagerty Photography and Wildflower Linens, to ensure the event was flawless!

Classic Party Rentals_Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleClassic Party Rentals_Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleOn the first day of the retreat, there was a happy hour on the beautiful lawn where guests enjoyed a dinner station and unique cocktails served in Cosmo and Delano glassware.

Classic Party Rentals_Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleClassic Party Rentals_Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleThe wood pergolas, which were made locally, were adorned with ivory taffeta drape and as the evening carried on, the light from the crystal chandeliers gave a wonderful atmosphere.Guests were seated on our new vineyard dining chairs, walnut benches, and Descanso benches with ivory cushions.

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The evening had a rustic-glam feel perfectly accented by the Descanso collectionincluding tables of many sizes. The tall cocktail tables featured gold nova linens and all the pieces brought the rustic feel to life with burlap runners. The event featured flowers designed by White House Design Studio.

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Saturday brought dinner with a vibrant fuchsia and gold color palette. The tables featured Ivory gold rim china, Montecito flatware, and gold Operetta glassware. During dinner, guests were seated in Bella Braid Gold Chameleons with fuchsia cushions.

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Sunday morning brunch was brought to life with florals from Your Event Florist, who used bright colors and citrus to enhance the design. The rustic feeling returned to the lawn with the guests, who were seated on Tuscan Café Farmhouse Antique chairs. The tablescape featured mint linens with lace runners, which provided a perfect contrast to the vibrant colors of the flowers and the clean white of the atmosphere. Brunch was served with Sophia china and Pantheon flatware.

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Beverage service was conducted from our new 6-foot white bars with bar backs. Guests enjoyed “detox juice” and morning smoothies in pieces of our Regency, Cosmo, Opus, and Delano glassware collections.

Classic Party Rentals_Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleClassic Party Rentals_Hyatt Regency ScottsdaleWe are so pleased and honored to have worked with such wonderful vendors and planners at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Wedding Planner Weekend!

Classically Yours!


We were thrilled when Huong and Desmond mentioned that their wedding was going to be held at La Costanera Restaurant by Montara Beach.  Stellar views, an amazing staff, and delicious food are all the reasons we love the restaurant and then some.  The day couldn’t have been anymore perfect, considering how windy it can get at Montara Beach, but the sun did not shy away at all that day :)


Congratulations to the wonderful couple!

OFFICIANT \\ Michael Selic of Beyond Belief Ministry

VENUE \\ La Costanera, Montara, CA

If you haven’t heard (or just came out from under a rock), George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin just got married recently in Venice.  Like many other celebrities, they had a destination wedding and I don’t blame them.  Destination weddings are growing in popularity not just with celebrities, but all us non-celebrities as well.  And the reason is because you get to spend a whole weekend or more with those you love.  It’s not just about the wedding, but the experience you share together that you can really only get with a destination wedding. Now, I’m not sure if you’ve seen the photos, but they look sooo happy.  Totally ridiculously beautiful of course, but also so happy.  And you can have a destination wedding like a celebrity too!  This week we’re sharing the hotel George and Amal got married at along with some other celebrity destination wedding venues.  Could one of these be your dream venue?
First up, the happy newlyweds. (Photo credit: PIERRE TEYSSOT/AFP/Getty Images) And their romantic wedding venue, the Aman Grand Canal in Venice. (Photo credit: Conde Nast Traveler) If sun and sand is your thing, consider the Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got married.  (Photo credit: Tim Cuff/Alamy) If you’re looking for history and royalty, perhaps the Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin, Ireland where David and Victoria Beckham got married.  (Photo credit: Luttrellstown Castle) Or how about some southern charm?  Check out the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, SC where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married.  (Photo credit: Lee Snider/Photo Images/Corbis) All of these venues are gorgeous.  Could one of these be your destination wedding venue?  Perhaps so, but if not, there are tons of other great venues in other wonderful destinations.  You just have to find the right one for you.




It’s that time of year…nope not Christmas yet.  It’s fall, which means cooler temperatures, back to school, returning TV shows and fashion week.  Designers all over the world are showcasing their spring lines and one such designer known for her wedding gowns is Monique Lhuillier.  This is not her wedding line, but these gowns are still wedding worthy.  They are soft, airy and something out of a fairy tale.  Imagine your bridesmaids or even yourself in one of these beauties.

(Photo credit for all images: Getty Images)




We’re so excited to see Katie and Al’s lovely wedding on SMP California! Pink, green, and cream with gold accents make this wedding fresh and modern. Check out Katie’s custom wedding dress and their gorgeous tented reception!

Head over to Style Me Pretty for all the details. 

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Cindy and Chris are expecting… soon! And we couldn’t be more excited for them <3


MUA+HAIR \\ Joli de Jackie