Know Your Budget When Planning…

It is no longer expected that wedding costs will be assigned according to tradition. Every bride and groom should discuss their plan and budget for the wedding with their families to determine whether to follow a traditional division of financial responsibility for the wedding costs. If circumstances don’t allow the families to follow tradition, the proper rationale in deciding who pays for what portion is basic: whoever is most willing and most able to pay for a wedding.
Click here to print and keep track of expenses with our 4 page PB Budget Planner Pdf

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Bride
Groom’s wedding ring
Wedding gift for groom
Gifts for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids
Gift for parents (optional)
Gowns for maid/matron of honor & bridesmaids (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Luncheon for bridal party
Informal stationery

Groom
Bride’s engagement & wedding rings
Bride’s bouquet & going-away corsage
Boutonnieres for men in wedding party
Mothers’ corsages
Wedding gift for bride
Gifts for best man, groomsman & ushers
Gift for parents (optional)
Formal wear for best man & groomsmen (optional)
Accommodations for out-of-town attendants (optional)
Marriage license
Honeymoon
Fee for officiant

Bride’s Family
Engagement party
Bride’s wedding attire & trousseau
Bride’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Invitations, announcements, thank you notes, postage
Engagement & wedding photographs
Wedding ceremony site fee & decorations
Wedding ceremony programs
Wedding reception
Flowers for ceremony & reception
Bridal party bouquets & flowers for flower girl
Transportation for wedding party to ceremony & reception
Videographer
Musicians/vocalists
Security & insurance for gifts
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

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Groom’s Family
Engagement party (optional; following party by bride’s parents)
Groom’s wedding attire
Groom’s parents’ wedding attire
Wedding gift for newlyweds
Groom’s informal stationery & thank you notes
Rehearsal dinner
Shipment of wedding gifts to couple’s new home
Welcome party for out-of-town guests (optional)

Wedding Party
Bridal shower for bride
Bachelor(ette) party
Accommodations for self
Wedding attire & shoes
Know your overall budget BEFORE you start planning your wedding. This is one of the first issues you and your fiancé should discuss. Set your priorities based on what is most important to both of you and spend accordingly. For example, if the meal is the most important element of your wedding, you’ll want to allocate a greater portion of your budget to it.
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Featured Vendor – Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club

Ridge Creek Dinuba – Weddings & Banquets



The Patio at Three Finger Jack’s

Picture your perfect Central California Valley wedding event at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club.  Ridge Creek is located in Dinuba, California just minutes south of Fresno and is the perfect place for your unique wedding ceremony and reception.

Surrounded by mountain vistas, vineyards and orchards, Ridge Creek is your Central California Valley venue for hosting your special day.

Allow the professional staff at Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club to cater to your needs and customize a perfect event that will create lasting memories.

Host your next corporate or charity event, dinner party, quinceñera, holiday party, rehearsal dinner or wedding. Our spacious clubhouse features indoor and outdoor patio seating which can accommodate groups of many sizes.

Our inviting clubhouse is surrounded by beautiful views of our pristine emerald green golf course, perfect for memorable photo opportunities.

For more information, or to check availability for your special day, please complete our Banquet Request Form.


Event Pavilion Reception

Testimonial from a very happy bride…

 

Thank you!!!!
We wanted to send a big thank you to the staff at Ridge Creek Golf Course for a job well done. After contemplating where to hold our wedding and wedding reception, we decided to hold our special day at Ridge Creek Golf Course and could not have been happier with our decision to do so. From our first phone call to inquire about the reservation to the completion of our wedding, we could not have asked for a more pleasant experience. Rosa, the sales and marketing director was very professional and so helpful that she was more than willing to go above and beyond to make our day exceptional. Thank you Rosa! From the waitstaff to the bartenders, everthing was perfect. All of our special requests were taken care of and accommodated with a smile.

We thank all of you for a very memorable day with our family and friends, it could not have been so special without all of your help.

We give you an A+!

Sincerely, Mr. & Mrs. Baca


Ceremony in the Event Pavilion


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Featured Vendor – Torninos Banquets

Packages

Please contact our catering office for a menu and prices. Below are the packages we offer in addition to our meals.

BLACK TIE PACKAGE

  • Hand served champagne upon arrival and four hours of premium liquor from the bar
  • Pasta Appetizer is served with the meal
  • Four hours of wine* served in carafes and fruit punch served in a bowl
  • Bottles of champagne for the table
  • Decorated cake or special dessert of your choice
  • White Linen with choice of colored overlays and colored napkins fanned in the wine glasses
  • Fresh flowers for your centerpieces at the base of our hurricane candle
  • Complimentary coat check


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DELUXE PACKAGE

  • Two hours of premium liquor from the bar and carafes of wine* for the tables
  • Bottles of champagne for the table
  • Decorated cake or special dessert of your choice
  • Napkins fanned in the wine glasses
  • Fresh flowers for your centerpieces at the base of our hurricane candle
  • Complimentary coat check


This is only one example of our “package” wedding cake

CLASSIC PACKAGE

  • Four hours of unlimited wine*, served in carafes, and one bottle of champagne for each table
  • Decorated cake or special dessert of your choice
  • Napkins fanned in the wine glasses
  • Fresh flowers for your centerpieces at the base of our hurricane candle
  • Complimentary coat check

* Wine may be upgraded at an additional cost

Featured Vendor – Pardini’s Catering

The Perfect Venue

Finding the perfect venue is an important element in hosting an exceptional and successful event.

From our versatile main facility on Shaw Avenue to an array of special venues throughout Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley, Pardini’s offers a variety of options to help you find the perfect event locale.

Our sales staff will work closely with you in designing your event to take advantage of what each site has to offer, as well as producing a smooth and enjoyable event for you and your guests.

See for yourself why Pardinis is the best choice

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Featured Vendor – The Redwoods in Yosemite

The Redwoods in Yosemite

The Event of a Lifetime!

dreamstime_xl_16552625-624x414It will be difficult to choose from the many stunning views as backdrop for your special event. Weddings in the heart of Yosemite are unforgettable! The Redwoods In Yosemite brings your friends and family together to share in your joyous occasion while enjoying a mini vacation of their own. The Redwoods’ event locations are unique and affordable, and we offer lodging discounts to your guests. Our Event Planners will be pleased to assist you with complete wedding planning information, including Park guidelines for outdoor wedding services, Yosemite Chapel reservations, reception and catering services, photographers, florists, spa and salon services, and more!

Our “New Beginnings” Wedding Package starts at only $950 and includes the use of our Wedding Garden and Event Center, 2 nights lodging in the New Beginnings Cabin, and much, much more! Start a Tradition at The Redwoods In Yosemite!

Contact our Event Planners:
Yvonne: 877-496-1978
Janine: 877-496-3052

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It will be difficult to choose from the many stunning views as backdrop for your special event. Weddings in the heart of Yosemite are unforgettable! The Redwoods In Yosemite brings your friends and family together to share in your joyous occasion while enjoying a mini vacation of their own. The Redwoods’ event locations are unique and affordable, and we offer lodging discounts to your guests.

Our Event Planners will be pleased to assist you with complete wedding planning information, including Park guidelines for outdoor wedding services, Yosemite Chapel reservations, reception and catering services, photographers, florists, spa and salon services, and more!

Click Here to Learn More about
“New Beginnings” Wedding Package

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Featured Vendor – Fresno Event Group

dsc-7862Fresno Event group is a full service event and design group that will take you from conception to presentation. We specialize in highly personalized event management, superb attention to detail and creativity. Our team knows how to throw the kind of event that will have people raving.

Simple or elaborate, we can help you stay within your budget. We pull out all the stops to take your event from ordinary to extraordinary.

  • Weddings
  • Corporate Events
  • Golf Tournamnets
  • Motorcycle Rallies
  • Social Events
  • Fundraisers
  • and much more!

Whether you are wanting help from start to finish or something in between, we are ready to take the weight of planning off your shoulders.

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Because each event is unique and special, pricing is based individually. Call us for a one-hour consultation free of charge. We can then help design your vision within your budget.

Featured Vendor – The Fresno Ballroom

The Fresno Ballroom

As a one of a kind location, The Fresno Ballroom gives you 9,720 square feet of historic elegance to accommodate all your guests and still give you plenty of room for head tables, musicians, and dancing on the marble floor. You’ll have the flexibility you need to make your special event everything you wish. The architectural design of the Fresno Ballroom is elegant, decorated or not. The beautiful, one-of-a kind gold-gilded ceiling and the mezzanine floor overlooking the ballroom make an impressive backdrop for your keepsake photographs. The Security Bank Building, built in the 1920’s, will bring back memories for your older guests and help create new memories for you, your friends, associates, and family. At the appointed hour, our staff members are on hand to help ensure the success of your event. Parking is convenient, affordable and just steps away from the building.

Banker-Ballroom-Fresno-CaBallroom Specifics

  • Capacity: 497
  • Location: 1058 Fulton Mall, Fresno, CA 93721 (Map)
  • Pricing :
    • Friday: $3.000.00
    • Saturday: $3,500.00
    • Sun – Thurs: $2,500.00
    • Middle of the week: by arrangement

Prices of our formal Ballroom include use of the Garden Room (between Kitchen and Ballroom), set-up of tables, and chairs for 497 people, stage, and set ups for bar areas for a six hour event. The caterer of your choice may use our Prep Kitchen. If you desire, we can arrange the catering for you with one of our preferred caterers. Also, you can rent chocolate fountains, center pieces, chair covers, chargers, props, and additional tables and chairs from us. Clean-up of the ballroom is included in the price. If you wish to have a wedding ceremony on site, there is an additional $500.00 charge, which includes an another hour of Ballroom use.

A $500.00 deposit is required to reserve your desired date. Please call us to arrange a tour of our facilities as soon as possible as the available dates are disappearing rapidly. We look forward to making your event memorable!

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Banquet Manager
(559) 441-7777

 

Featured Vendor – Copper River Country Club

Whether you’re planning a Wedding, Wedding Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Business Meeting, Theme Dinner, Holiday Party, Tennis or Golf Tournament, the Copper River Country Club facility and staff will make your event a very special one. We have function areas which can accommodate 30 – 300 guests.

Each of our function areas features floor to ceiling windows that overlook our beautiful veranda, lovely fountains, lake and championship golf course.

Our Lounge and Veranda are perfect for a cocktail reception in conjunction with your event.

If you prefer an outdoor event, our Veranda and Lower Terrace provide an excellent venue for an evening under the stars.

Our lower terrace makes a lovely site for weddings.

Excellent plate presentation, food quality and service combine to make Copper River Country Club a valley favorite for more than five years.

Our Professional staff continually strives for excellence in quality and service so you can be assured of an event that you will remember fondly for years to come.

Banquet Sales Manager
Heather Radesi
(559) 434-8978
heatherr@copperrivercountryclub.com

There’s an App for That!

With the excitement and thrill of becoming engaged comes another monstrous task. Now the planning begins!

Finding what you love and the style you desire won’t necessarily be an issue. (Check out our Pinterest board HERE for inspiration! ] Organizing everything though, well…let’s just say that part can become overwhelming.

So, to make the planning process even easier, we present some handy apps to help you create your own wedding website, track your budget and scan items to your registry. Let us just say, we LOVE technology!  Anyway, here you go…happy planning!

Wedding App

Happy Couple: This app is meant to replace your wedding website for the bride who is fast moving and needs things done quick! This app includes a run down on your story, as well as news, events, photo gallery and even a registry tab!

Vera Wang on Weddings: The most influential wedding gown designer has her own app, in which she helps you plan your wedding, depending on what type of style you are going for. A countdown is also built into the app to keep you on track of what you need to get done, and what you have accomplished. The app even keeps track of your invitation list!

Our Wedding App: This app is designed for information about your wedding, complete with a camera that your guests can use to take pictures and instantly send them to you. The pictures can be instantly streamed into your wedding venue if you choose to do so. The app also includes directions to the ceremony, reception, and you can send the couple a message. You can also find hotel and transportation information in this handy app.

Wedding Budget: This app is the perfect visual aid to help you plan your wedding without stressing! You simply input your wedding budget into the app, and let it do the magic. This app will keep track of payments made to the vendors, and let you know when the next payment is due.

Wedding Scan: With the use of your barcode scanner function on your smart phone, this app allows you to scan virtually any item and add it to your registry. This is a perfect app for any couple that likes to shop around and look at the items before putting them on the list.

Fun Wedding: Having trouble thinking of the perfect song list for your reception? Have no fear, this app is designed to make picking songs fun and easy. Samples are on this app as well as genres that you can listen to, so you can pick your music accordingly.

Some other free and helpful wedding planning apps are Wedding Genius, Wedding Planning Complete, and Wedding Budget.  Do a quick search of your own and see what apps will work for you; with so many to choose from, every bride can stay organized.

Featured Vendor – Reverie “Artsy Fartsy” Cinema & Photo

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Featured Vendor – Reverie “Artsy Fartsy” Cinema & Photo

If for no other reason than their purely awesome name and tagline, you need to go check out Reverie Cinema & Photo. Then you’ll be blown away by their ability to capture images and memories in a most unique way. We are loving their style and encourage you to head on over and visit their website, Facebook page and well…just go check it all out.

You won’t be disappointed.

About Reverie

Ray is an awesome cinema shooter and started ReverieVP.com after shooting weddings beside Alicia at ThePhotoFriends.com  and seeing a need for a fresh perspective on video here in the valley.

Sometimes they shoot beside other photogs doing cinema, or shoot with other videographers doing photo, but we LOVE LOVE LOVE shooting cinema and photo side by side together.  Their passion really shows through when they collaborate and you can really see that in the work they produce together.

Please look through our photos and wedding trailers, fall in love with being in love and the idea of capturing it.  Let them know if you’d like to get to know them better than on a blog page and you can sit down, have some coffee and talk about your big day.

“We love having fun, we love being happy, we love being in love, and we LOVE shooting weddings! ” ~ Ray & Alicia

Photo by Derek Lapsley

So You’re Interested, eh?

So, you’re interested in what the damage is going to be, huh?  We’ll start off by saying that we ain’t your daddy’s wedding videographer (in a good way!).  We offer an artistic and cinematic approach to traditional videos.  If you haven’t already, spend some time checking out our style, I’m sure that you’ll find it refreshing.

If you’d like more information on what we offer & pricing, the best thing would be to head over to the “Contact Us” page & send us your info, or you can just give us a call @ 559-392-7848.  We’d love to have a sit down with you & chat about your special day ;)

Thank you for stopping by and make sure to check out the “Meet Us” page to see a little more about who we are and what we do.  If you’re looking for a great photographer you should check out our sister company The Photo Friends.  We offer a pretty awesome incentive if you end up booking both photo & cinema with us.  Have a wonderful day!

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