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Often times we wonder how the experts view certain trends or traditions that relate to weddings. Many of you have requested to have Catrina weigh in on her thoughts and ideas. If you have a questions that you would like for her to answer, please submit to nicole@catrinamaria.com.

First question of the year!

What would you like to see new and different for 2012 weddings?

I am already seeing new and different things for 2012 that excite me as much as any other wedding trends.  I can‘t categorize the new trends yet, but I am seeing more variety, more lushness, and more attention to developing each space used for the party.  These are all great trends that are taking form right now. 

I would like to see more personalization for 2012 weddings overall though.  Not just tying in your story, your life before ‘we,’ but looking at your joint loves in life and bringing this to life through décor, use of space, creative food presentation and more that express you as a couple.  We all have specific things we love and that make us tick as people, so why not share these pieces of ourselves by allowing our guests to experience this through our eyes? Maybe you have traveled to Greece together and you want to bring the beach, island feel into your reception. Introduce your guests to your experience, but take it further than naming the tables after Greek islands! Maybe you two love the wine country and wine tasting, but choosing a winery wedding doesn’t tell the whole story.  Introduce your guests to what you love about it.  It’s possible that many of them have never been wine tasting.  Bring this idea into your cocktail hour.  It’s possible they have never experienced a true wine pairing dinner. Try wine tasting stations to get your guests enjoying the property and the variety of wines instead of offering a few varietals at the bar where they will most likely stick with their comfortable Chardonnay!

Dare to share yourselves through the experience you plan for your guests!

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End of Year Panic!

Two weeks left in 2011 and having a 2012 wedding? Things to get done by the of the year.

Have All Your Major Vendors Booked!

Holiday season=Engagement Season January is a huge month for bookings! So please try to get those last minute meetings in before your favorite vendor is taken.

Order Your Wedding Dress!

In the new year brings new designs and new prices. Most designers up their prices at the start of every year. There also could be a possibility of the dress you’ve been eying being discontinued. If there is a certain style you love, that your designer may not have the same passion for, could be discontinued.

Purchase Any Gifts for Bridal Party or Attire for Honeymoon

Good time of year for sales. Most likely what you have in mind, will be on sale! If you have any store credit or gift cards for household items, use them now! Great time of year you will find most household items on sale.

Send Out Save the Dates with your Holiday Cards

  • Less postage. Save your money for when you need to mail your invites!
  • Guests can start preparing and have some information regarding your wedding


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Happy First Anniversary to one of our lovely couples, Liza and Andy! Here’s a look back at this beautiful November 2010 wedding at the Old Sugar Mill.

Room was filled with candles along with beautiful grey and ivory decor

Cheers to you and many years ahead!

Photos courtesy of John Curley Photography

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Venue Vixen 1st Anniversary Party
A celebration of our advertisers and one year of success
Held at the Rail Bridge Cellars at the Elk’s Penthouse
Speakeasy theme in the 1920’s building

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Romance was in the air for Ashley and Jim on Saturday, August 20th, 2011. The ambiance was rustic, simple, yet very elegant. The ceremony and reception took place at the Montington Vineyard Estate in Napa, CA.  Hartmann Rentals provided the chiavari chairs,rustic wood tables, string lighting and awesome lounge seating that was very popular.  The Bride’s gorgeous hair and make up was done by a close friend and co-worker Nathan Lawrence. What a special touch having the Groom’s 80 year old grandfather officiate the ceremony.

Blooms by Martha Andrews designed all of  the wonderful flowers that gave the bride everything she envisioned for her day. Wine Valley Catering provided the most amazing family style dinner that included a pig on the roast! As always, working with Photographer Allison Stahl made the day run smoothly and effortlessly.An extra special thanks to RichFugere,  Tasche Vibe,  M&MSanitary,   Pure Luxury Limo for a fun filled event!

What an exceptional day with a smooth and relaxed feel for all.Special thanks to all of our vendors that contributed. More pictures and details to come. Congratulations to Ashley and Jim. We wish you a lifetime of good health and lots of love!!

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