Tamara J Events – Napa Valley Wedding Planner and Event Designer » Fabulous Events For Fabulous People

Veils, for the bride, a veil is a personal as her dress.  Some brides opt to wear a full length Cathedral Veil and others opt for a simple hair clip or nothing at all.  The choices are endless and whatever your style, have fun with the choices and be true to who you are.  Here are some of the most common veil lengths, whether you’re a classic or bohemian bride, there’s always something perfect for you…..let’s go behind the veil…

VEIL LENGTHS

BIRDCAGE VEIL are the shortest length, and have enjoyed huge popularity in the last few years. There’s quite a bit of variety within birdcage veils but they’re usually worn just covering the eyes or extending down to the chin. Super stylish and low-hassle.

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SHOULDER-LENGTH VEIL (ending anywhere from your shoulders to the middle of your back) are less commonly found these days, but are perfect for a fashion-forward bride, especially if you have detailing on your dress that you’d like to show off, but still want that dash of tradition. A fun version of the shoulder-length is the flyaway veil, which has more than one layer and just brushes the shoulders  – great for a modern or city chic wedding.

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ELBOW-LENGTH VEIL  – They’re elegant and easy to handle, and when combined with a blusher, are very romantic without the hassle of carrying a full-length train around with you. These are perfect if you’re wearing a full dress or ballgown as they end just about at the point where the skirt of your gown begins, which is super-flattering. They’re also quite an informal veil, so ideal for a daytime setting.

 

FINGERTIP-LENGTH VEIL – If you loved Kate Middleton’s look, then this is the one for you. This is the veil that flatters most brides and their dresses, and as a result is the most popular. A safe bet, but an extremely pretty one.

BALLET-LENGTH VEIL – is one of my favorites, although you don’t see it as often as some of the other styles. You get much of the prettiness of the longer veil varieties, without worrying about tripping over yourself. Also, called waltz-length (because you can still dance in it, see?), it falls anywhere between the knee and ankle.

 

CHAPEL-LENGTH VEIL – veils go all the way to the ground (it’s sometimes called a sweep veil), and may drape a little but do not have a train. This is one for formal weddings, and is incredibly romantic and elegant. You’ll feel like a princess! It’s often combined with a blusher and/or an elbow-length veil for two-or three-tiered loveliness (see below for details on blushers and tiers).

CATHEDRAL-LENGTH VEIL – the grand dame of them all, the Buckingham Palace, the Rolls Royce. When you want to make a grand statement, a Cathedral veil is sure to make a lasting impression.

OTHER VEIL TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW

BLUSHER is a term sometimes used for shoulder-length veils, but technically a blusher is the bit that stands in front of your face as you walk down the aisle, and that can be any length from birdcage to much longer. This is the one that your father lifts when he presents you to your husband – and probably the one that you’re going to want to avoid if the whole ‘unveiling of the bride’ tradition makes you feel claustrophobic. No doubt that they’re lovely, but make sure you practice wearing yours a bit since it’s a bit of a surreal experience at first.

A TWO-TIER VEIL (or double-tier veil) is simply one that has two lengths of veil combined (usually a blusher and a longer veil) as Princess Charlene did at her Monaco wedding. As noted above, veils can also go to three tiers, which is a lot more dramatic and beautiful than it sounds like it would be. Usually at least one of the tiers can be detached for the reception.

My favorite. I’m sorry, but there’s nothing quite like a MANTILLA when it comes to pure gorgeousness, although it won’t work with all dresses and settings. A mantilla (man-tea-ya) is usually a circular piece of lace (or tulle with heavy lace edging) that is held in place with a comb to frame the face. However, this look can also be combined with a more traditional veil to retain the traditional lengths and shapes but with the pretty lace-edged look

POUF VEILS (tulle that gathers to a hairpiece, creating height – also called ‘bubble veils’) aren’t every bride’s cup of tea, but they can look gorgeous with the right gown! They’re also often used to add a bit of ’60s flair to an ensemble. Bold and beautiful.

The JULIET CAP is a look that has taken off again, spearheaded by Kate Moss, who sported the look at her boho chic wedding. It’s very elegant – after all, wedding style goddess Grace Kelly did it, so it must be a winner!

TOP TIPS

  • Unless you’re wearing a family veil or similar, make sure you buy your dress before you start thinking about veils as not all of them will suit the look you go for.
  • Even if you don’t think you’re a ‘veil person’, try one on at your fitting. It is 100% the best way to make your mom and bridesmaids start crying. In a good way.
  • When you go to your hair trial (and in some cases your actual hair appointment on the day) make sure you bring your veil with you. If your hairdresser puts it into place for you, make sure one of your bridesmaids is on hand watching so she can take it out later without pulling the rest of your do to pieces.
  • Make sure your veil doesn’t overshadow your dress (or compete with it in the ornate department). There’s not much point in loads of back detail if nobody’s going to see it under your triple-tier cathedral-length veil. That said, if you have your heart set on a fancy-pants veil, you don’t have to wear it beyond the ceremony or in all of the photographs. I’ve even seen brides wear a birdcage for some of their pics but not for the ceremony (and sometimes not even for the rest of the night). If you’re torn for which look to go for (and you don’t mind splashing out for two looks) this is something you could consider.

Whatever you decide, it’s your day…..rock it and have fun.

Have a fabulous day,

Tamara

Photo credits: Sweetness and Light Photography//TJ Salsman//Pinterest//Milou & Olin// Catalina Jean//

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Glamorous is the first word that comes to mind for this gorgeous San Francisco City Hall Wedding.  Crystal and Martin flew in from Miami to tie the knot in one of the most iconic locations in the world and they definitely brought the heat to the stormy Bay Area. The rain and wind did not put a damper on this amazing wedding.  Surrounded by friends and family from near and far, the day was absolutely perfect.

Following the ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, guests explored the city by trolley and visited landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, The Presidio, Giant’s Stadium and Cupid’s Bow. The reception was held at Cookhouse SF and catered by the creative team of Culinary Eye Catering who presented a six course Chef’s table meal.

Take a look at the gorgeous pics from Catalina Jean Photography:

Here’s to another fabulous event,

Tamara J

Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall // Reception Venue: Cookhouse SF // Design & Coordination: Tamara J Events // Catering: Culinary Eye Catering & Events // Bakery: Cake Bloom // Bride Dress: Justin Alexander // Groom Attire: Musika Frere // Hair: Vanity Lounge // Make-Up: Tremiyya Bumpus // Photography:  Catalina Jean Photography//

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How To Plan A Destination Wedding?

Destination weddings are often a life-long dream come true. But like any wedding, they take lots of careful planning in order to go off smoothly! If you are asking yourself, “How do I plan a destination wedding?” then today is your lucky day. I sat down with Chloe Jackman of Chloe Jackman Photography (CJP) to discuss the ins and outs of what it takes to plan a destination wedding. I should say that not only is Chloe one of my favorite photographers, but I just planned her magical Riviera Maya Mexico wedding and can we just say it was…..amazaeballs. More about Chloe’s gorgeous Mexican fete in a future post…..playa del carmen beach wedding

Here’s our chat:

CJP: So, how do I plan a destination wedding? What are the main differences when compared to regular wedding planning?

Tamara: When planning a destination wedding, several factors need to be considered. Beginning with accessibility. How will guests arrive to the destination? What season is best for the venue/location you’re considering?  Will the ceremony and reception be in the same location? Will you need additional transportation once your guests arrive?

CJP: Do you have any advice on choosing the size of your guest list for a destination wedding or who to invite?

Tamara: Destination weddings are usually more intimate in nature, but some guests will jump at the chance to attend especially if it’s some exotic locale. So the key is to be strategic in who you invite.  Travel plans need to be arranged with a longer lead time and you really should concentrate on guests that will surround you in love, support and friendship.  That second cousin you’ve not seen since third grade probably won’t make the list.

CJP: We’ve seen a lot of day-before events this season. How should you plan the day before the wedding? Sightseeing?

Tamara: A destination wedding is an opportunity to create an experience for you and your guests so whether you plan a group outing or make recommendations for activities that are available to them they will definitely be looking to you for guidance on where to go and what to do. Make sure to balance time with your guests and time for them to explore on their own. Thinking of a welcome event: keep it to low-key with cocktails and apps.

CJP: What about legal issues – passports, marriage license, etc.?

Tamara: Definitely research marriage requirements for your destination wedding. Some countries have a residency requirement (meaning you need to live there for a certain period of time – Turks & Caicos is 24 hours, England is 7 days and France is 40 days). You may also need to get “legally married” in your home country, aka a civil service.

CJP: Now a bit about you. What makes your business and what you offer unique?

Tamara: I am fortunate enough to have a business that allows me to be creative and a part of one of the most special days in a couple’s lives.

CJP: What is your favorite thing about your business?

Tamara: I’m inspired by so many elements in the world and I love being able to bring a couple’s personality into their design. The biggest challenge is finding that key element that I can build on – sometimes it’s a custom designed print, or the transformation of space. My favorite moment of what I do is when everything is done, candles lit, flowers in place and the couple ready to walk down the aisle… that’s when all of the design and planning becomes real and what’s been swirling around in my head comes to fruition… that’s when I can breathe.

CJP: What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do for a client? A dream job?

Tamara: Truth be told, I would love to plan and design a wedding in Paris completely from the dress to every element of the ceremony and reception – but with a twist, smack dab in the middle of Fashion Week and the ceremony would take place on the runway.

CJP: When you aren’t working, what might you be found doing?

Tamara: When I’m not working, I love to travel and explore new places or even be a tourist in my own state. Also, I’m the queen of junkin’ (estate sales, thrift stores and garage sales).

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We are always passport ready, so let’s pack our bags and get to work planning your perfect destination wedding.

XO,

Tamara

Thanks to Chloe Jackman Photography (photos 2 & 3) and Rachel Capil Photography (photos 1 & 4)

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Eclectic and classic….two words that define C & K’s wedding on a gorgeous private estate in Napa, CA. From the non-traditional seating and food stations to the Cuban band and chandeliers galore, I loved designing this wedding.  Both C & K are Napkins {Napa Locals} so finding a venue that fit for them was a fun challenge…..I mean when you live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, choices for architecture, scenery and food are endless, so when friends of theirs offered their estate for the nuptials, it was an immediate yes.

With a blank slate we knew we wanted the space to be fun and interactive for the guests. We worked with an amazing creative team, including custom designed furniture from a fabulous Los Angeles designer, Bright Event Rentals, Floral Design by yours truly and our good friend, Joellen Pope and Sonoma Cake. The catering, by Park Avenue Catering, was a fusion of world influences was absolutely amazeballs….short ribs, portobello fries with parmesan, chili flakes and balsamic glaze, roasted butternut squash arancini with truffle oil, wild mushroom mac n’ cheese and Paella…amazeballs!!!

When it came to music for this wedding and given they couple’s honeymoon destination, Cuba….we had to bring in some of the best….the Maestro, Fito Reinoso, Gabriel Navia and all-around phenomenal band. Guests were on the dancefloor non-stop.

To capture all the magic from the first look at Carneros Inn to the last song was Chloe Jackman Photography. Chloe’s personality and talent are both big and full of life. We can’t thank her enough for these fabulous images.

Take a peek for yourself……

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Have a fabulous day,

Tamara J

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Wedding Insurance What Every Bride and Groom Need To Know

Wedding Insurance What Every Bride and Groom Need To KnowPlan for the unexpected….

You’ve spent months or maybe even a year planning your dream wedding. The invitations are in the mail, the catering, flowers and cake ordered…everything is all set.  So what about those unforeseen circumstances….what’s your plan?

A light dusting of snow during your ceremony or first look could make for a stunning photo op….a blizzard….well that changes things. What about travel delays or something happens to the wedding cake or heaven forbid… your dress?

Why  Do We Need Wedding Insurance?

We’ve all heard the horror stories of wedding venues going out of business with no notice. Last year, one of my brides had the unfortunate experience of the dress shop where she bought her gown going out of business and never ordered her gown.  Thankfully, we found out early enough, got on the phone to the designer and we were able get the exact same dress she had fallen in love with in time….and because of wedding insurance…we didn’t have to pay for it twice.

So whether you are just beginning entering the final stages of your wedding planning, be sure to get wedding insurance.  Your venue is going to require at least $1 Million and in some cases, $2 Million in liability coverage.  If you’re planning a destination wedding, wedding insurance can cover all sorts of travel related issues.

Given that the average cost of a wedding in the Napa Valley  is in the neighborhood of $38,000…. it’s probably a smart thing to protect your investment. You wouldn’t buy a new car and not have insurance right?

What is Wedding/Special Event Insurance?

Wedding / Special Event Liability Insurance is a specialty insurance policy designed to protect and reimburse the named insured and/or Bride and Groom from certain types of claims and losses arising from accidents taking place during the wedding, reception, and rehearsal. Subject to the specific coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, wedding liability coverage can offer protection for the wedding couple if they are found liable for things such as damage to the facility caused by a guest or vendor, bodily injury to guests or even alcohol-related accidents.

Host Liquor Liability

Host Liquor Liability Insurance is an insurance term used to describe provides liability protection against bodily injury or property damage suits brought by parties injured as a result of an intoxicated guest who was served alcohol at an event you hosted

Where do I get Wedding Insurance?

Depending on your location and coverage, you may be able to purchase a policy through your homeowners insurance (check with your agent).  Other great options include companies like Wedsafe, The Event Helper and Special Event Insurance.

Have a fabulous day,

Tamara

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