What Inspires The Best San Francisco Bar Mitzvah Planner?

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As the best San Francisco Bar Mitzvah planner, Sasha Souza Events has been planning the most stunning events for over twenty years. And, Bar Mitzvahs are the most fun and colorful to create! Let’s find out what inspires us to put these fantastic events together.

How Does The Best San Francisco Bar Mitzvah Planner Start?:

Because Ethan’s family wanted the best San Francisco Bar Mitzvah planner, they called Sasha Souza Events! So, getting to know all of their wants and needs was an important place to start planning and getting inspired.

The Client’s Style:

A good place to start planning is by looking at the client’s style. Ethan wanted the party to be fun for his friends (using games & activities and his love of technology), and his parents wanted an amazing time for the adults (incorporating dancing and great food). So, to make everyone happy, we had to incorporate all of these things. In the end, they gave us the inspiration we needed to make a great event that everyone would enjoy.

The Venue – Terra Gallery in San Francisco:

The perfect venue was next on the list. It had to be in San Francisco, have lots of space for 300 guests, and include a cool, hip vibe for making the party that Ethan’s family would love. So, we chose the Terra Gallery. Therefore, not only did it cover all of our needs, it also was an inspiration for the rest of the planning. As a result, it was the perfect venue.

 The Colors of the Bar Mitzvah:

Ethan’s family wanted to include the traditional blue for the event but also wanted us to make the party feel new and fresh. So, we did both, by adding silver, green and white to complete the color palette. As a result of gathering inspiration, in the beginning, got them what they wanted.

See how we used inspiration from the list above to make this cool event happen:

We also designed Ethan’s sister’s Bat Mitzvah and would love for you to swing on over to the gallery to see more of that event.  It’s so different from Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah, you’ll know why they chose the Best San Francisco Bat Mitzvah Planner for their event.

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Best Wine Country Wedding Venues: Charles Krug

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When looking at wine country wedding venues, this is one of our all-time favorites!  What we love about Charles Krug is the diversity of the grounds, the location of the site and we love the people and the wine. – oh the wine is delicious!  Charles Krug has the distinction of being one of the only wine country wedding venues and working wineries in Napa Valley where you can have a wine country wedding, including the ceremony.  Here’s a sampling of details about hosting a wedding at Charles Krug:

Ceremony & Reception Sites at Charles Krug:

The grounds are beautiful and appropriate for a ceremony. They do not allow hard alcohol here, but with the addition of the Quattro Vino train from the Wine Train, you can host hard liquor in the train car, which is so much fun!  The historic carriage house boasts both upstairs and downstairs event venues.  Consider having your ceremony on the lawn overlooking the vines followed by your cocktail party on the back lawn or in the lower level with dinner and dancing upstairs.  Swing open the carriage house doors and you will have the most beautiful vista of the vines and valley.

Best wedding vendors:

You can choose from the best wedding vendors in Napa Valley!  For example, with catering, you can choose from an approved list.
Bar: Beer, Wine, & Champagne only

Timing for Weddings at Charles Krug:

While you can’t go late into the night, you do have a lot of privacy at Charles Krug.  Evening events run from 4pm-10pm

You can see from the images below why Charles Krug is at the top of our list of Wine Country Wedding Venues.  You can also mix and match the venues with the Culinary Institute of America as we did for Marc and Lauren’s wedding:

Charles Krug Weddings

We’d love to work with you on your Charles Krug wedding, please fill out the contact form for more information on wedding day-of and full-service planning & design.

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Calistoga Wedding Designers Create Intimate Garden Parties

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As a Calistoga wedding designer, we know that wine country weddings in the fall are always spectacularly beautiful, and the hills surrounding Calistoga Ranch created the perfect backdrop for Vicki and Adam’s intimate garden party wedding.

Vicki and Adam have an extensive background in the hospitality industry, so naturally it was important to them that their venue had the same high standards for customer service as they did. When they arrived at Calistoga Ranch during their site visit they were blown away by the hospitality, and knew immediately that Calistoga Ranch was the perfect place for them.

Fun was their motto throughout the planning process; we incorporated lawn games, Jenga, Connect Four, customized Cornhole boards during cocktails, and finished the evening off with dinner and dancing in the Wine Cave.

For the design of the event we focused on a soft color pallet in neutral tones, with a hint of smokey violet. The texture of the linen was an important design aspect to Vicki so we focused on that during the design process, ultimately selecting an array of textural choices that really complemented one another.

Creating this beautiful elegant garden party with Vicki and Adam was an absolute pleasure. I loved that the guest experience was of the utmost importance to them, because we also strongly believe that the guest experience is vital to creating a memorable event.

What does a Calistoga Wedding Designer do?

Are you looking for a Calistoga wedding designer?  We provide a variety of wedding planning and design packages to suit your needs and love to customize packages for our clients.  Lacey provides full-service wedding planning, partial service wedding planning and month of wedding planning and works with Sasha on wedding design & wedding rentals services. Fill out our info request to get more information for your wedding.

Images are by Sabine Scherer 

We would love to work with you to create a celebration like this Calistoga Ranch wedding.  Please fill out our information request form for more information

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What's the key to a wine country wedding


So, you want a wine country wedding?

It sounds so simple, you gather up your closest friends and family and tell them you’re  having a destination wine country wedding – Napa or Sonoma or Santa Barbara or Gold Country or Tuscany or New York or France…take your pick!  But some areas are easier than others and I’m here to give you some encouraging words for your wine country wedding in Napa or Sonoma.  The reality is, you have a lot of places to choose from – wineries, private estates surrounded by grape vines, beautiful resorts all decked out with world-class spas and Michelin-starred restaurants.  You can quite literally take your pick of the best wines and food offerings in the entire world and we would love to help you plan your wine country wedding!

Some things to know before you plan your trip out here, though!

  1. You’re going to want to hire a planner to help you with the process.  It may seem like a cost that you’re not sure you can afford, but a planner works as your advocate, your time manager, and your girl/guy Friday.  We know sites you won’t have access to, we can get timing and provisions that even if you ask, the venue or vendor won’t provide.  Not because they don’t like you or want you to be happy but because of relationships.  Everything in a wine country wedding is about relationships.
  2. If you hire a planner, you can make one or two trips out for the planning and not have to worry about “getting it right”.  A wine country wedding planner, that is one that is actually living and working in the wine country knows all the in’s and out’s of the laws of doing weddings here.  It’s not the same as a San Francisco wedding planner or a wedding in the Hamptons.  It comes with some rules, some regulations but they’re easy to circumnavigate!
  3. If you hire a planner before you go look at sites, they can help you spend your time looking at QUALITY wedding locations and not just QUANTITY wedding locations.  That’s important since the drive time between Napa and Healdsburg can be about 1.5 hours!  You want to see sites that fit what you’re looking for and what you want to spend.

We’re really excited about planning your wine country wedding and would love to chat with you more about it!   Please fill out the information request form below and we can get started by sending you some information!



We would love to show you more examples of beautiful wine country weddings in these galleries:

Chris & Dave

Anne & David

Stephanie & Trevor

Candace & Chip





Being a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner is delightfully captivating

sonoma same sex weddingSonoma is one of our favorite California wine country location to work as a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner.   The beautiful rolling hills covered in vines are breathtaking and beyond comparison. No matter the season, the views are always wonderful, from the deep colored leaves in the fall, blooming mustard in the winter, an abundance of wildflowers in the spring, to the heavy vivacious vines in the summer. Sonoma is always ready to meet clients’ needs.

We often recommend the beautiful venues in Sonoma, not only because of the scenery but because of the ease and variety that many of the venues provide our clients.  Working as a Sonoma day of wedding planner, I have the opportunity of experiencing a multitude of venues and adore the unique spaces in Sonoma.  The venue spaces vary from the historic to the uniquely charming, clients are always pleasantly surprised when they begin their site visits in Sonoma.

Sonoma is often considered the country, but the downtown hub, Sonoma Plaza is surrounded by wonderful hotels within walking distance and is also circled by shops, wine tasting, restaurants, and beautiful picnic space, allowing guests to make an entire experience out of their trip.

Being an experienced Sonoma day of wedding planner, I would absolutely recommend considering scheduling time to visit a few of these wonderful venues and check out the town for yourself. We would love to help you plan your event and any additional experiences you would like to provide for your guests.

Contact us at the form below if you would like to chat a little more about what Sonoma can offer you, and what we can offer in regards to Sonoma day of wedding services or one of our other excellent customized services.

Enjoy more weddings from a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner below:

Tara & Michael’s Cornerstone Sonoma Wedding

Jillian & Alex’s BR Cohn Wedding

Sasha Souza Events is an award winning event planning company considered one of the top event design & wedding coordination companies in the US. Sasha Souza Events has offices in Napa Valley, Sonoma, San Francisco & Los Angeles