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What Wedding Guests Do Wrong
6 • 23 • 2016  |  Tips & Inspiration
It has been a while, but we thought this was a great little slideshow from Style Me Pretty about what not to do as a wedding guest. We see some of these behaviors often, and the most common offense is not adhering to the dress code. More and more we are seeing guests showing up in flip flops, shorts, tank tops (on men!), and even jeans. Unless that is what the invitation specifically mentions for attire, we recommend avoiding being the worst dress guest. When in doubt, overdress, or ask around prior to the wedding to see what the couple would prefer.  
 
(photo by Josh Gruetzmacher)
We also thought we would share this little cheat sheet in case it is hard to decipher the wording on the invite: 
 
The invite says: "White Tie" 
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars). 
 
He should wear: 
A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate. 
 
She should wear: 
A formal, full-length ball gown in a neutral color like dark brown or black. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate. 
 
The invite says: "Black Tie" 
This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair. 
 
He should wear: 
A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested. 
 
She should wear: 
A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a dark, neutral color like brown or black. The bride, wedding party, or friends can help answer questions about the appropriate dress length. 
 
The invite says: "Formal" or "Black Tie Optional" 
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate. 
 
He should wear: 
A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie. 
 
She should wear: 
A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black. 
 
The invite says: "Beach Formal" 
This suggests an elegant beach wedding -- so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate. 
 
He should wear: 
A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals. 
 
She should wear: 
A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday. 
 
The invite says: "Semiformal" or "Dressy Casual" 
Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding. 
 
He should wear: 
A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day. 
 
She should wear: 
A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top. 
 
The invite says: "Casual" 
Generally, casual means anything goes. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side. 
 
He should wear: 
Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo. 
 
She should wear: 
A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday. 
 
Main thing to remember is that you were chosen to celebrate in this couples' big day, and you were chosen for a reason. Guests lists are sometimes a tough task for couples as they have to maybe cut people that they would have loved to have there. Don't be the one they wish they didn't invite!  
 
Cheers, 

  Kathryn

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Emily + Nick

August 1 | Vine Hill House
3 • 7 • 2016  |  Real Weddings
Sometimes we get to work with a couple on the design only element of their wedding, which can be really fun, especially when the bride and groom have such a pretty vision of what they want to begin with. I really enjoyed working with them to get the right rental pieces together for their wedding from different sources, and providing the right vendors to make sure that vision came to fruition. The goal was to keep everything simple and approachable, while keeping in line with the venue aesthetics.  
 
We are so happy with how everything turned out, and excited to share these images from Kelly Boitano from their wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol.

Catering: Sage Catering
Table Rentals: Standard Party Rentals
Lounge Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Linens: La Tavola
Floral: Wallflower Design
Cake: Branching Out Cakes

  Kathryn

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Voted Best of Borrowed & Blue

San Francisco Wedding Planner
2 • 17 • 2016  |  Press
We were very excited to learn today that were were voted by our peers in the industry as the Best Wedding Planner in San Francisco on Borrowed & Blue. To be honored by the vendors we work with day in and day out means a lot to us, as they see all that goes into what we do for every wedding and event, and to be acknowledged for it is a wonderful feeling. 
 
(This image is from one of our Borrowed & Blue Featured Weddings by Vero Suh)
Check out the complete list over on their blog, and we look forward to sharing more fun news in the coming months. 
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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What Bride's Regret

Article on Martha Stewart Weddings
1 • 15 • 2016  |  Tips & Inspiration
Happy Friday! I saw this article this morning, and had to share it, since it lists the #1 regret we always hear from clients, and that was not having a videographer. This also includes the clients that had a friend that had a video camera at the wedding, it never captures everything, since they are also a guest, so it is definitely something to consider if you feel it will be important to you in the future. 
 
From a personal stance, I can truly say that we LOVE our wedding photos, and they are incredible, but I wouldn't be okay if we didn't have the film of that day. It captured so much, and being able to watch it with our 2.5 year old son a few weeks ago as we celebrated our 4th anniversary was priceless.  
 
(photo by Kate Harrison)
There are other things that this article points out that these brides wish they had done differently, and I can say that having a planner/coordinator is one we don't often hear from our own clients, since they hired us, but from friends that didn't think it was necessary. From the advice and guidance before the wedding down to every detail being executed on the wedding day, planners provide a high level of ease to brides knowing their day is in the right hands. 
 
Enjoy the weekend,

  Kathryn

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We're Hiring!

Looking for an intern for our late winter and spring seasons
1 • 6 • 2016  |  Misc.
We had such a great 2015 and were so thrilled to have three great interns work with us through all the weddings and events we had. We are now looking for an intern for our late winter and spring seasons. Here are the details: 
 
Start & End Dates: January 26th through May 26th 
Hours: About 10 hours/week in office (Tues & Thurs preferred, but Mon & Wed are okay), plus additional hours on weddings and events 
Payment: Internship is unpaid, and we prefer to have a college student that is earning credits, or is a requirement for their major 
To apply: Please email your resume to our studio. We do not need a cover letter, just a brief introduction in the body of your email. 
End date: We will close the submissions on Tues Jan 12th, and will conduct interviews during the week of Jan 18th.  
 
Thank you and we can't wait to meet our prospective new applicants! 
 
Cheers, 

  Kathryn

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