A unity candle is a representation of the couple joining their lives together on their wedding day. We love the beautiful image that a unity candle represents! There are couples who want to demonstrate their unity but do not like the typical candle. Here are some alternatives for the non- traditional couple!
Unity Sand is a great option for the couple who wants a beach wedding or even just enjoys the beach. The fun thing about this particular unity setup is that it can be used as a decoration in the home. There is an endless amount of colors that can be used for the sand!
Just like the Sand, the Unity Chord can also be used as decor in the home! The three strands can represent several different things. They can represent the couple and God uniting or they can represent the couple and their families coming together. They can even represent the couple’s love in the past, present, and future.
The Unity Paint is great for the artistic duo. The couple can pour the paint or use a brush on letters, shapes, and even figurines. This is a great way to represent yourself as a couple!
The Unity Beer is as non-traditional as it gets. You simply pour both beers together and drink them. This is a great way to get the party started, even before the reception! We have also seen couples do this with coffee!
The Unity Cross is a sweet idea for the religious couple. The outside cross and the curly detail come in two individual parts. The bride and groom each take one and screw them together during the ceremony.
Regardless of the way each couple decides to display their unity, these are a great reminder of how important unity is going into a marriage! As a staff, we love the small details like a unity ceremony that make each wedding and couple unique. Let us know how we can help with the small details of your big day!
A few months ago we had the privilege to serve at a multi-million dollar celebrity wedding. It was breathtaking and indescribable! Literally, we’re not allowed to describe it. Haha. While we were at the wedding, we noticed how important leadership is to an event! Whether it is a large scale celebrity wedding or a small family party, leadership is necessary to the success of an event. There were three elements of leadership that stood out to us.
The first thing we noticed is that a leader leads by example; a leader sets the tone for what is expected. If a leader wants a team with a good attitude, then they must have a good attitude. If a leader wants their team to work hard, then they better hustle. People follow what they see and not just what they are told.
Another element that we saw was initiative. A leader won’t wait around for someone to tell them what to do. They will look to see what jobs need to be done. If they can’t find any, then they will ask how they can help! At an event, there are many unknowns, but a leader takes the initiative to figure out what needs to be done in order for the event to be successful.
The third element we saw--and most underrated part of leadership--is service. A leader will make sure the people around them are being taken care of. There are many jobs at an event that are not glamorous. An example that I saw at the wedding was the scullery. This is where all of the dirty dishes go and are scraped clean. At an average event, there are large chunks of food, random sauces, and funny smells. At a large event, you can only imagine what the scullery looked like. There was a team that stepped up during dinner and did not leave the scullery until all the dishes were scraped clean and had a box to be stored in. It was not a pleasant job, but they did it because it had to be done and they wanted to take care of their client.
True leadership is not always easy, but it is important and so rewarding. A leader sees the end goal and will step up to make it happen. If you have a leader that leads by example, takes initiative, and serves others, you are on your way to a successful event!
Owner and CEO of Common Sense Events Inc.
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If you have followed our company at all (you should be following us on Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/cseservices/), you know we work in the Palm Springs desert area quite frequently. Popular wedding months are March through May and October through November. During these months, the desert area has some of the most beautiful scenery and some of the coolest venues we have worked at! Here are a list of the top 5 wedding venues we like in the Palm Springs area, in no particular order:
1. La Chureya
This Spanish-style estate in the heart of The Movie Colony with a pool, grotto-style spa and tennis court is one of our favorites! The bridal party can stay onsite with 5 bedrooms which can sleep up to 10. The property features a front lawn where the ceremony often takes place, an adjacent courtyard perfect for cocktail hour, and a beautiful green backyard and pool area perfect for the reception! There are facilities in the house for catering, but the catering companies usually setup in the covered carport area! Visit their website:
2. The Lautner Compound
Located in the Desert Hot Springs area, this beautiful mid-century modern resort boasts vacation rentals and an incredible wedding or special event space. This space is adjacent to the living areas and has a dreamy open air feel. Appropriately called, “The Park”, this 10,000 sq. ft. area is located near the Ranch House which has been recently renovated to feature two distinctive bars. Catering has multiple entries and areas to set up and the architecture and design make The Lautner Compound a “must look” for desert wedding and event venues. Check them out on the web!
3. Cree Estate
Sprawled over two and a half acres of lush landscaping, the Cree Estate welcomes guests with a grand Spanish fountain and large circular driveway. Gorgeous orange and lemon trees are mixed in with palm trees all throughout the property. The house itself is an authentic Spanish style home, all adobe, with weathered wooden doors that could be a gorgeous photo backdrop. The property features several spaces for entertaining and can be used interchangeably as a ceremony or reception site. We love these multi-area properties as you can lead your guests through an experience as they celebrate your special day with you. You can stay onsite as well and with 6 bedrooms, it's easy to host guests the next day for a post wedding brunch. We definitely recommend checking out this one-of-a-kind property for your wedding or special event!
4. Casa De Monte Vista
Casa De Monte Vista is the perfect destination for weddings, parties, retreats, corporate events, or birthdays! This property enables full customization by allowing you to bring in your own vendors or choosing from their list of preferred vendors. As a completely walled and gated private estate, Casa De Monte Vista has a cater-ready kitchen, lush landscaping throughout, beautiful pool and incredible mountain views. The venue has an ideal location, being only 6 blocks from downtown Palm Springs for easy access to night life if you plan on having a wedding after party! Check out this venue at the link below!
5. Sand Acre Estate
Nestled in the heart of The Movie Colony neighborhood, Sand Acre is elegant, secluded, and stately with expansive lawns and high gates and walls for privacy. The property features fruit trees, a private tennis court, and a beautiful, picturesque, spanish style estate with 5 bedrooms. Incredible views of the San Jacinto Mountains rise in the background. The property allows you to bring in outside catering for the ultimate in a customized event experience. Click the link below for more information about this incredible venue!
Of course this list is not exhaustive, but if you're thinking of getting married in the desert, they are all worth checking out! Contact us if you have any questions about the venues, vendor referrals (catering) or to get a feel of our experience working there.
Owner and COO of CSE Inc.
Engaging with your guests and making an event entertaining are key components of a successful social function, especially a memorable wedding reception! But, let's face it, it's hard to get people to engage! Technology and cell phones are the go to entertainment options of our generation. So how do you get people engaging and off social media?
1. Fun: Giving your guests an event to remember is all about engagement. This means finding ways for your family and friends to feel like active participants in the proceedings. Photo booths, lawn games, adding elements of surprise (special guest performances) and most importantly hiring awesome vendors like an upbeat Dj, friendly and attentive service staff, a coordinator who cares about the guests experience and comfort, and of course creative and interactive food options are all good places to start.
2. Food: Good parties often revolve around the food, which is why so many end up in the kitchen. Keep your guests involved and the traffic moving with a variety of delicious stationed bites. From the opening cocktail hour to the last dance, your guests will love strolling from one specialty set-up to the next. Cheese & Charcuterie Stations, Dessert/Donut Bars, Special Drink Tastings or Pairing, all contributing to the overall guest experience.
3. Favors: Let your guests know how much you appreciate having them there by offering a take-home treat or item. Think thoughtful keepsakes: like a bag of your favorite coffee beans or jars of local honey, a cute succulent plant or a pair of sunglasses with your initials and wedding date. Branded glassware is another way to let guest take home part of the party! These are memorable and creative ways to not only let your guests know you appreciate their presence at your wedding, but also to keep them moving and involved in your special day.
Over the last few years, we have seen guests loving the idea of different kinds of bars. Not the alcoholic kind, but the munchy kind. We have seen candy bars, trail mix bars, and popcorn bars. This is an easy way for the hosts to share something they enjoy with their guests. These bars work for weddings, gender reveal parties, birthday parties, company parties, movie nights and many other events! Tip: Most of these tables will work for different types of parties. Just change the colors of the candy, popcorn, and trail mix ingredients to match the colors of your event!
The Candy Bar is easily the most known and appreciated! The candy bar is versatile. It can hit the spot for many guests as it offers such treats as lollipops, peanut butter cups, sour candy, sugar sticks, chocolate, taffy, gumballs. The options are limitless!
Candy Bar Example: Vintage Wedding
The candy table can even make an appearance at a vintage wedding! This is a fun dessert option for the reception. The flowers, candles, and glass jars allow the candy to enhance the table.
The Crimson Bride:
Candy Bar Example: Gender Reveal Party
The gender reveal party is a newer event but has rapidly caught momentum. This is when expecting parents reveal the gender of their baby to their friends and family and sometimes find out for themselves. We love this idea of having both pink and blue represented on the candy table.
The Popcorn Bar is an oldy but goody! Growing up, I loved having popcorn bars as a part of my movie nights. Popcorn is loved by so many people! It can be a great dessert option for the health conscious guests, but can also be buttered up for the guests that prefer their dessert to taste like dessert.
Popcorn Bar Example: Company Party
This bar is for the company party. Often times, the long list of guests at a company party can come with a long list of accommodations. Popcorn is a great option for those with allergies because they can eat it with just a little bit of salt, a little bit of butter, or neither. We love the look of this cart! It can be used both indoor and outdoor.
Pen + Paper Flowers:
Popcorn Bar Example: Backyard Movie Night
This popcorn bar is great for a backyard movie night. The pillows add a nice touch to make your guests feel welcome to sit down and enjoy the movie. Make sure to have a refreshing beverage to go with this salty table!
The Trail Mix Bar is a great option for a more laid back party. This bar is newer but is loved by most guests! Just be considerate of your guests with nut allergies! Similar to the popcorn bar, your guests can make this as healthy or unhealthy as they want. Guests typically put the trail mix in little baggies or little jars. This allows for them to get trail mix and mingle without having to worry about spilling their treat.
Trail Mix Bar Example: Camping Birthday Party
A camping party is great for all ages. Your guests will have fun putting together their munch as they are getting ready to camp for the night! Use brown bags for your guests to put their trail mix in!
Kara’s Party Ideas:
Trail Mix Bar Example: Wedding in the Woods
This bar is perfect for the wedding in the woods! The wooden table and moss decorations will make your table a beautiful addition to the landscape.
These bars have been a newer trend at events and your guests will eat them up! Our team has experience with many types of these bars. Let us know how we can help you with your candy, popcorn, or trail mix bar!
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