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We are now At Your Side Planning!

At Your Side Planning is officially our new business name!  We previously were Ah! Le Party and after much consideration, decided to change our business name and branding.  We are SO ecstatic about the new look.  We want to thank Lauren Eschborn for creating our beautiful logo and some marketing pieces. We love the font, the swirl and elegant design. Lauren also created a car magnet for Diana’s vehicle. She is currently working on the brochure for client meetings and a business card. The main reasons we have changed names included creating a brand that better defines our company and creating a name that better reflects what we do.  We are more than parties…we plan all types of events.  Besides weddings, we have planned beautiful social events, fraternity socials and conferences as well as many themed events.  As Ah Le Party, the look was more youthful and a lounge feel. It was not representing what our company had evolved into. Our clientele has also evolved into one that is more of the higher end so we felt creating a brand that represented that was appropriate. We worked on our website with our designer, Jessica Wooding on our website. Countless hours were put in creating just the appropriate style and content for each page.  We are so ecstatic about the transition and the branding is being completed as we move forward. We welcome you to take a stroll through our new website. We would love for you to like our new Facebook page, follow our blog and pin with us on the creative and addicting Pinterest. Creating the new links is starting all over again and we would truly love your support! Thank you very much!

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The History of the White Wedding Dress!

Have you ever wondered why wedding dresses are traditionally white? It has not always been this way! In 1840, Queen Victoria wore what people describe as a “flamboyant white gown”.  In those days, wearing white clothing signified that you were wealthy and could afford to purchase a dress that you may never wear again.  Wedding dresses were all different colors, shapes, and styles.  Most women wore dresses that they could slightly alter and wear again.  Another famous white wedding dress that presented itself after Queen Victoria was a knee-length white wedding dress designed by the infamous Coco Chanel.  Even so, women still just wore what they would afford, and still only those that came from wealth had the means to wear an elaborate gown on their wedding day.  The white wedding dress tradition is still very, relatively new.  Queen Victoria may have been the first in 1840 but the tradition didn’t really set in and take off until about 1950.  Now most people can’t dream of a wearing a wedding dress that is any other color than white.
However, there are always those that want to start their own traditions and such, so if you’re thinking about wedding in a gown other than white, here’s an old folklore that may help you decide whether to go with tradition…or not!  We enjoy seeing all styles of wedding dresses.  We have even had a bride who had an all white wedding and she herself wore slate.  It was so much fun!  We wish you the best in your wedding gown shopping!

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Fun and creative wedding engagement photo shoot!

Balloons, signage, San Diego, the beach and their dog!  What more could a perfect engagement shoot consist of?!  We wanted to share these lovely engagement photos from one of our great couples this year… Caroline and Bart.  These photos were provided by Joshua Word of One Love Photography.  The couple incorporated some creative items into their shoot…including their pug!  We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did.  Courtesy of One Love Photography

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Nature Inspired Wedding Trend continues into 2012

We have been seeing nature inspired weddings as a trend for the past few years all across the board in events and weddings. These trends are continuing into 2012 and we are looking forward to planning more of these great weddings!  Outdoor locations to consider having thewedding ceremony and reception at would include backyards, Victorian homes, parks, gardens, campgrounds, the woods and outdoor areas such as Lake Tahoe or Sedona in Arizona.  All of these choices are great places!  There is a lot of to consider when deciding to go with an outdoor venue that you coordinator will be able to assist you with (such as electricity, lighting, restrooms, parking, trash and so forth.)  For inspiration, think on picnics, barns, pies, lemonade and natural floral which are loose arrangements and not tight arrangements that are all the same.  Floral that is popular are wild flower and daisies with a hand-picked look. Going with the nature theme throughout your planning is the goal.  Attire can include vintage dresses or certified organic cotton.   In San Diego popular sites are the parks in Coronado and central San Diego such as Presidio Park, the beaches in La Jolla and the gardens in Carlsbad.  Favors can be items such as seeds, plants or donations.  Donations many couples choose are to local charities or their favorite charity.  Another popular trend is having a “honeymoon” fund where guests can pay for items for the wedding honeymoon online such as plane tickets, train tickets, taxi fare, meals, spas etc.  The food menu can be organic and vegetarian centered or picnic inspired.  Invitations can be from recycled material or electronic.  Eco friendliness is an important factor to over 1/3 of engaged couples.  Eco friendliness goes hand in hand with nature inspired weddings.  Include natural aspects of everyone .. more so with elements of the outdoors.  There is so much inspiration for nature inspired weddings.  Thinking on the outdoors…picnics, red rock, the forest, lakes, beached, mountains, barns, parks and gardens.  Our most recent wedding which was nature inspired was in Julian, California at the Pine Hills Lodge and it was adorable! The menu was vegan, floral were loosely arranged, a tree stump for the cake and the area surrounded by beautiful lush greenery!  All photos provided by Brandon Tridle.

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Best Wedding Planner San Diego on 10News Alist

We are so honored to have won best wedding planner for San Diego on the 10News Alist!  The polls for voting for the best wedding planner in San Diego were open for a few months this summer.  We reached out to our prior clients,  present clients, vendors we have worked with and those familiar with At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) to ask for support!  We thank everyone for their vote because every vote truly does count.   What is amusing is that we weren’t notified about winning best wedding planner so as we started to get congratulations….we realized that we should check results!  Sure enough, as we checked the results for best wedding planner in San Diego, we saw Best Wedding Planner 1st Place – At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)   Thank you for all that voted and that continue to support us!  Cheers!

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