Wedding Planning Minus the Stress


If there’s one stigma we know to be true about weddings, it’s the planning. To some brides, it comes as this dreaded, behemoth event with choices galore. Flowers, invites, bridesmaids dress, seating charts….they’re all just daring you to make a decision. For other brides, this is the day they’ve dreamed about,
waited for, and it’s FINALLY HERE! But where to start? We’ve found that if you jump in early and aren’t afraid to get a little creative, you can save yourself a lot of headache during the planning process. Here’s a few tips and tricks to keep the planning process simple.

Tip: First things first, the venue! Do you and your hubby-to-be dream of peaceful nuptials on the beach or of a rustic backyard shindig? The early bird gets the worm here. Booking early not only ensures you nab a date in that perfect venue but it also gives you some breathing room on your timeline. Once the venue is locked down, it will help you make other decisions like setting a date and the type of dress you should look for. Trick: Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Maybe you’ve always dreamed of an Tuscany wedding but Grandma can’t make the flight. Hire an expert Event Designer to give your local vineyard a touch of the Tuscan sun.

Tip: Nail down a budget. Let’s be real, that Pinterest wedding you’ve curated is to die for, but it might Trick: You don’t have to be an numbers wizard to keep your wedding on budget. Wedding Wire has a great budget tracking tool that makes it easy to know where your money’s going. The Knot has a whole host of tools including a budget calculator, that helps create a personalized spending plan. Even good ol’ Excel will do the trick if you just need a place to keep track of it all.

Tip: Next, hire a wedding planner! Regardless if you’re an All-Star planner or an Easy Breezy Bride, consider hiring a stellar wedding planner who will partner with you during the long haul planning process. She’ll be there to answer any and all questions, help you set up a timeline, offer advice on how to get the most out of your budget, and suggest expert vendors who meet the style of your wedding. The best part is that she’ll take the reigns on the day-of so you can focus on marrying that handsome hunk or hot chick! Trying to stick to a strict budget? Reach out to a close friend or family member who’s got a knack for details.

These are just a few of our tips and tricks. Our best advice is to have fun. Your wedding day is an incredible day where all of your favorite people are gathered in one place to celebrate you and your groom saying yes to forever. Happy Planning!

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Carly + Hunter Lake Arrowhead Wedding

This glamorous lakeside wedding is timeless, and that’s the point. Carly and Hunter actually met in kindergarten(see their love story here) fast forward a couple dozen years and here we are…

A day full of gold, pocket watches, art deco details, and love! We loved working on this wedding with LB Events(check out this other amaz wedding we did together) and Wild Whim Photography captured it beautifully, be sure to checkout their film at the end of the post! Warning: you’ll immediately want to go to a wedding after watching!

Vendor LOVE: Photography/Videography: Wild Whim Photography | Event Planning: LB Event Planning |Event Design: Jesi Haack Design | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Private Home | Reception Venue: Lake Arrowhead Resort | Hair And Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | DJ: Who’s That DJ | Band: The Likes Of Us | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Prim And Pixie | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu

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Kristine & Phil’s Wedding on Grey Likes Weddings!

We were so excited that we got to be a part of the very first wedding at The Fig House; an amazing venue in LA from Room Forty.  And we’re even more excited that it’s featured on Grey Likes Weddings! Kristine & Phil are such a sweet couple and contributed quite a few DIY’s themselves(like the adorable escort cards), and even had the help of their creative family members! Paige Jones captured the day beautifully. Below are some of our favorite photos, you can see even more over at Grey Likes Weddings.

Vendor LOVE:

Photography: PAIGE JONES | Venue: THE FIG HOUSE | Tabletop Rentals: CASA DE PERRIN | Florals: HONEY AND POPPIES | Event Designer: JESI HAACK DESIGN |  Linens and Coverings: SIGNATURE PARTY RENTALS | Event Planner: THE LOVE RIOT | Catering: WHOA NELLY CATERING

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Georgia & Marc’s Wedding on 100 Layer Cake!

Georgia & Marc’s crazy amazing, magical, mystical, colorful wedding is up on 100 Layer Cake!!

First off it should be said that at JHD we get to work with some of the most amazing couples, but sometimes they just blow us away.  Georgia & Marc blew us away!

From fur place mats to psychics to stilt walkers this wedding was the furthest thing from traditional. Just the way we like it! Seriously it was almost too hard to choose from Scott Clark‘s photos for this post. Below are some of our fav photos, but you can see a whole lot more over at 100 Layer Cake!

Vendor LOVE:

Photographer: Scott Clark | Videographer: Atomic Tangerine Film Co. | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Event Planner: Hallie Slade of La Boheme Event Planning | Event Designer: Jesi Haack Design | Florist: JL Designs | Hair: Lecie Matters  | Makeup: Evelyn Ramirez | Invites & Paper Goods: Jen Ebert of Prim & Pixie | Cake: MJB Cakes | Catering: Command Performance | Rentals: A Rental Connection| Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Ceremony Music: Vonette | Band: Jordan Music Entertainment | Officiant: Rev. Leslie Bockian | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Transportation: Modern Classic Limo | Psychic: Book A Psychic | Stilt Walkers & Fire Dancers: Christina Bullard | Bride’s Dress: Lazaro | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

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Sweet & Saucy Baby Shower on Inspired By This

Recently we had the pleasure of putting together a baby shower for our dear friend Melody Brandon of Sweet & Saucy Shop with our other dear friend; Carissa of JL Designs! Melody’s sweet baby boy shower is up on one of our favorite blogs Inspired By This.

“We incorporated a mix of retro inspired chairs that contrasted nicely with the wood table, but we wanted it to still feel femme so we brought in brass candlesticks and glass/gold Anthropologie lanterns, faux sheepskin pillows, crystal glassware, gold flatware and denim braids which wrapped each wooden flower box. Flowers were a mix of textured white dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses and lisianthus (our favorites!), paired with flowing greenery and foliage.” – Jesi & Carissa

You can check out even more photos over at Inspired By This!

Vendor LOVE:

Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Floral and Event Design: JL Designs | Styling & Event Design: Jesi Haack Design | Glassware & Flatware: Archive Rentals | Linens: Signature Party Rentals | Photography: Lindsay Flynn

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Dart DJs’ Holiday Office Party

It’s Halloween week but with a slight chill in the air we’re already looking forward to Christmas! Today we’re sharing Dart DJs’ Holiday Office Party from last years holiday season. You’ll have jingle bells stuck in your head before you know it…

“Being in the event industry, most of us are not part of a traditional 9-5 office structure. It was fun to channel cubicle culture for one night, grab our Post-its, Solo cups, paper plates, and get to designing. We transformed the Forge photo studio into a festive interpretation of an actual office party full of colorful office supplies and a whole lot of holiday cheer.” – Jesi Haack & Sarah + Robin of Gather Events

You can see even more photos on Green Wedding Shoes.

Vendor LOVE:
host + dj: Dart DJs | photography: Rad + In Love | venue: The Forge Los Angeles, California | event design + coordination: GATHER EventsJesi Haack DesignThe Love Riot | florals: Moon Canyon | catering: Whoa Nelly! Catering | bar: the redclay | rentals: Found Vintage RentalsSignature Party Rentals | beauty bar: Fiore Beauty | vinyl decals: Pitbulls and Posies | heavy lifting: Dovetail Logistics | photo booth: Smilebooth | bar sponsor: Bushmill’s
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Alli & Bobby’s Kettleman City Wedding

Summer may be officially over now(well let’s face it it’s still summer in california for another month, sorry NYC team!) but we’re still dreaming about Alli & Bobby’s cool summer wedding. Alli is one of the founders of 31 bits so you know she has impeccable style plus she’s the absolute sweetest! Alli brought our team tons of snacks and champagne to enjoy while we crafted her wedding details. Talk about thoughtful! Enjoy these beautiful photos from Troy Grover.

Vendor LOVE:

photography: Troy Grover Photography | design: Jesi Haack Design | planning: Carly Rae Weddings | venue: Bravo Farms | florals: Grey Likes Weddings

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Modcloth for GWS

Last month we had the pleasure of working with Jen of Green Wedding Shoes on her collaboration with Modcloth! The talented Mr.Haack captured all of the beautiful details check out some of our designs below, you can also purchase all of these dresses at See the rest of the photos on Green Wedding Shoes!

Vendor LOVE:

art direction + styling | Green Wedding Shoes | photography: Mr. Haack | dresses, shoes + jewelry: ModCloth | venue: Lombardi House in Hollywood Ca | flower design: Moon Canyon Design | hair + makeup: 10.11 Makeup | furniture rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | champagne flutes + chargers: Casa de Perrin | yarn hanging displays + watercolor backdrop: Jesi Haack Design | cotton candy cart: Bon Puf

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Recap of Re:Make 2014

We’ve just finished a long weekend in San Francisco  working with Brit + Co on Re:Make 2014 and we already can’t wait until 2015! So here’s a little recap of the event…

(above images via Brit + Co.)

The two day event took place at the festival pavilion in Fort Mason and was such a cool venue!

Our DJ booth was major! (maybe we’ve been watching too much clueless?) And ended up doubling as a photo backdrop for many of the Re:Make makers. Our good friend Joy of Oh Joy was one of the speakers and Jesi & Joy caught a selfie!

Below one of our Lowes Home Improvement photo backdrops.

And of course we found the time to play tourist and explored the amazing San Francisco, took a ton of selflies and ate way too much. Totally worth it!

(above images via Jesi Haack Design)

Till next month San Fran!

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Mid Century Mod Wedding on 100 Layer Cake!

Ryan and Jett’s over the top, super fun, mid century mod, Palm Springs wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake! First off Ryan & Jett are such a fun couple  with great vintage style. Their vision for the day – “We wanted to throw the most epic party of our lives that celebrated our love for each other. What better way to do that than to have amazing cocktails and dance the night away in a gorgeous setting?” Heck Yeah! So that’s what the Jesi Haack Design team and The Love Riot gave them. They chose Frank Sinatra’s house for their wedding (hello fabulous) we added a ton of eames chairs and incorporated Ryan’s vintage radio collection into the tablescapes.

What’s a party without a jump in the pool? You have to watch the video of Ryan & Jett’s wedding from Max & Molly Films it will seriously brighten your whole week! 5 minutes of pure fun and joy! Oh and all of the amazing wedding details. Head on over to 100 Layer Cake to see even more photos, Cheers!

Ryan + Jett from Max And Molly Films on Vimeo.

Vendor LOVE:

photographer: Steve Cowell Photo | videographer: Max and Molly Films | ceremony & reception venue: The Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate | event coordinator: The Love Riot | event designer: Jesi Haack | hair & makeup: Katie Mua of 1011 Makeup | florist: Honey and Poppies | invitation designer: Pitbulls and Posies | catering: Huntington Catering | cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop | libations: Pharmacie | rentals: Yeah Rentals | DJ: Dart DJs | bride’s dress: Watters from Lovely Bride LA | shoes: ModCloth | veil: Erica Koesler | sash: Untamed Pearls | earrings: BHLDN | necklace & shoe clips: Etsy | groom’s suit: Hugo Boss | shoes: Calvin Klein

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