Sasha Souza Events http://sashasouzaevents.com Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:25:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 49748970 Best San Francisco Bar Mitzvah Planner http://sashasouzaevents.com/best-san-francisco-bar-mitzvah-planner/ http://sashasouzaevents.com/best-san-francisco-bar-mitzvah-planner/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:31:25 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6401 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

What Inspires The Best San Francisco Bar Mitzvah Planner?   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 […]

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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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Wine Country Wedding Venues: Charles Krug http://sashasouzaevents.com/winecountryweddingvenues/ http://sashasouzaevents.com/winecountryweddingvenues/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:03:12 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6399 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

Best Wine Country Wedding Venues: Charles Krug 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 […]

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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 Designer http://sashasouzaevents.com/calistoga-wedding-designer/ http://sashasouzaevents.com/calistoga-wedding-designer/#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 20:10:18 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6287 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

Calistoga Wedding Designers Create Intimate Garden Parties 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 […]

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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? http://sashasouzaevents.com/whats-key-wine-country-wedding/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:12:01 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6354 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

  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 […]

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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!

xo,

S

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

Chris & Dave

Anne & David

Stephanie & Trevor

Candace & Chip

 

 

 

 

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Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner http://sashasouzaevents.com/sonoma-day-of-wedding-planner/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:44:27 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6258 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

Being a Sonoma Day of Wedding Planner is delightfully captivating Sonoma 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 […]

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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

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Wedding Planner Questions to Ask Your Client http://sashasouzaevents.com/wedding-planner/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:31:17 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6250 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

Are you a Wedding Planner? Steal my questions to ask your client!   As a wedding planner, I’ve always been in search of the best way to get inside the head of my client.  We have developed a detailed design questionnaire over the last 15 years and I’m giving you the top 7 questions that we […]

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Are you a Wedding Planner? Steal my questions to ask your client!

 

As a wedding planner, I’ve always been in search of the best way to get inside the head of my client.  We have developed a detailed design questionnaire over the last 15 years and I’m giving you the top 7 questions that we ask our clients and the reasons behind them.  This wildly popular ebook is provided through my work with the Consultancy for Creatives – a mentoring and coaching program for creative event professionals who are looking to take their business to their next level.

How can you get your hands on a copy?  Just register for my newsletter – I’ll send you fun stuff, advice, and tips throughout the year.  Occasionally I also offer specials for the consultancy and you’ll have first access!

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Napa Wedding Planner Speaking at Catersource http://sashasouzaevents.com/napa-wedding-planner-speaking-catersource/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:59:23 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6236 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

Napa Wedding Planner Sasha Souza speaking at Catersource Celebrity Event Designer Sasha Souza, owner of Sasha Souza Events in Napa Valley, is an author, business coach and event industry influencer. She has been the winner of multiple awards including the Spotlight Award for Designer of the Year. She has also published two wedding design books: […]

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Napa Wedding Planner Sasha Souza speaking at Catersource

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Celebrity Event Designer Sasha Souza, owner of Sasha Souza Events in Napa Valley, is an author, business coach and event industry influencer. She has been the winner of multiple awards including the Spotlight Award for Designer of the Year. She has also published two wedding design books: “Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design”, an IPPY award winner and “Signature Sasha: Weddings & Events to Inspire” both which are available in the bookstore. In 2016, Sasha launched the Consultancy for Creatives where she mentors companies within the events industry who are looking to take their businesses to their next level. Believing strongly in giving back, she served as the Founding President of Wish Upon a Wedding from 2009 – 2013 and also on the SEARCH Foundation Board of Directors from 2008 – 2013. She has been a member of the Catersource Advisory Panel since 2013

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Wedding Planning Packages – Tips for Deciding on One http://sashasouzaevents.com/weddingplanningpackages/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:20:02 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6147 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

Deciding on Wedding Planning Packages for You You’re newly engaged…or you’ve been planning your wedding for a while and you’re wondering if wedding planning packages are right for you.  Whether you’re looking for a wedding planning package for your Napa Valley wedding or a wedding planning package for your destination wedding, deciding on the right […]

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Deciding on Wedding Planning Packages for You

You’re newly engaged…or you’ve been planning your wedding for a while and you’re wondering if wedding planning packages are right for you.  Whether you’re looking for a wedding planning package for your Napa Valley wedding or a wedding planning package for your destination wedding, deciding on the right service can be a difficult process.  We have found that the best way to assist couples in finding the right service is by setting-up a meeting or call to better understand how we can help couples reach their vision. Our services are then customized based on those needs.

Here’s a quick “cheat sheet” to showcase the three main categories of service to better help you understand which level of assistance is the best fit. While these are generally the levels of service we offer, features of each can be added or removed to best suit your needs.

Complete Wedding Design and Coordination:

Complete Wedding Design & Coordination is best for couples that would like not only to have design assistance for their wedding, but also want to work with someone to either take the lead with coordination or work with them to create a common thread throughout the event. This service often includes unlimited hours by the planner or designer working on your wedding, attending meetings with vendors, unlimited phone and e-mail support, monthly payment reminders, and managing all transportation and lodging for a couple’s guests.

Challenges:

The biggest challenge for couples that choose Complete Wedding Design and Coordination can be providing the planner with their vision, so that the planner can create a totally custom experience. Even though the planner will manage a majority of the process, couples will still need to communicate their vision to gain the most benefit from this service.  I always let my couples know that we don’t make any assumptions or treat your wedding like everyone else’s. Your wedding is unique; we will not know what you want unless you can communicate it to us.

Partial Service Wedding Planning:

Partial Planning can start as far as eight months from the event date. This service can include more dedicated hours from the planner to help answer questions and concerns, which can be especially helpful if your event is at a challenging venue. Partial planning can also include pre-screened vendors that are selected based on your event, several site visits, unlimited email and phone support, management of guest lodging and transportation, rehearsal, and day-of assistance.

Challenges:

One of the biggest challenges with partial planning is that design assistance is not included. If a couple is looking to create a cohesive design throughout the event with the help of our planners we often recommend going with Full Planning.  A couple will also need to spend more of their personal time working on their wedding planning with the planner.

Month of Wedding Coordination:

Month of Coordination is a great option for couple that can (or wish to) dedicate more of their own time and energy to the planning process. This service starts thirty days prior to the event and can include some of the following; a specified amount of hours dedicated to planning your unique event, a site visit, email and phone support, rehearsal, and day-of assistance, all within the thirty days leading up to the wedding.

Challenges:

Month of Coordination comes with its share of challenges. One of the most common challenges couples face is finding they have questions that pertain uniquely to the site they have chosen for their wedding. When couples aren’t able to find answers to those questions online they may require more assistance from the planner outside of the thirty days leading up to the event. Those couples will often choose to upgrade to the Partial Planning Service.

So, what should you do?

It may be that you need a little of each of these wedding planning packages and that is why we customize our services to the couple, so that they have the right plan from the start. This is an important day in your life, and as wedding planners we want nothing more than to help your big day be a success. Communication is key; don’t be afraid to ask for what you need from us to help you do that.  We’d love to help you decide on the right wedding planning package for you and your wedding.

Please contact us to chat more about your wedding!  You can also read more about our services!

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Just Dropped! Wedding Industry Insider Podcast http://sashasouzaevents.com/wedding-industry-podcast/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:57 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6151 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

I was so honored to be asked by Eddie Babbage of Timeline Genius to be a guest on his podcast.  If you’re looking to build your business to atmospheric levels, this podcast gives great tips from top event industry insiders.  I can’t wait to hear feedback from you once you’ve listened! Here are some of […]

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I was so honored to be asked by Eddie Babbage of Timeline Genius to be a guest on his podcast.  If you’re looking to build your business to atmospheric levels, this podcast gives great tips from top event industry insiders.  I can’t wait to hear feedback from you once you’ve listened!

Here are some of the valuable points I address:

  • How the right business model can transform your company and position you for success
  • How to develop a confident mindset
  • How to strategically choose a name for your planning company
  • One priceless lesson you can learn from a major setback I faced
  • How you can take your event design skills to the next level
  • My #1 piece of advice for wedding planners

You can subscribe to the podcast here!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wedding-industry-insider/id1168903296?mt=2

After all that, make sure you look into Eddie’s product, he gave me a behind the scenes view of everything they’re doing over there and it’s super innovative and fantastic.  I love it!

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Wedding Business Coaching – New Masterplan Program http://sashasouzaevents.com/weddingbusinesscoaching/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:00:49 +0000 http://sashasouzaevents.com/?p=6042 Sasha Souza Events - Celebrity Wedding & Event Designer in Napa, San Francisco & Sonoma

New wedding business coaching program begins March 2017! It’s been a year since I started the Consultancy for Creatives and started the wedding business coaching and mentoring program.  I have been working with two programs, either 12 months or 3 months depending on the need of my client but I’ve heard loud and clear that […]

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New wedding business coaching program begins March 2017!

It’s been a year since I started the Consultancy for Creatives and started the wedding business coaching and mentoring program.  I have been working with two programs, either 12 months or 3 months depending on the need of my client but I’ve heard loud and clear that you guys want something more DIY, at your own pace, work at it when you can and maybe even a little more affordable.  That’s where the new program fills the gap!

This new program is only 8 weeks long, all online and costs $500!  No long-term contract needed!  You can read all about it at the link below but if you are concerned about hiring a wedding business coach and mentor, this is your starter to get you more involved in what’s going on in your creative business.  We will begin March 2017 and I can tell you right now, I wish this had been around when I was struggling through making business decisions and trying to figure things out on my own.  Tap into all that we have to share and while you’re on the Consultancy for Creatives site, check out the good things my clients have to say!   I’m in love with doing this and what started as a pet project has become one of my passions.

I can’t wait to share this with you!

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