Natalie’s Under the Sea Baby Shower Featured on Baby Lifestyles!

Lots of big things happening at Events by Elisa behind the scenes…  I can’t wait to share them with you (it will happen, soon).  In the mean time, I just found out that Natalie’s Under the Sea Baby Shower was featured this week on Baby Lifestyles!  Their editor e-mailed me in February saying she’d seen the party on my blog and asking if they could feature it; of course I said yes!

Head on over to Baby Lifestyles to check it out, and while you’re there take a look at all the other gorgeous inspiration there! 🙂

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Almost Booked Through the Summer, and a Deal!

I am so grateful for my amazing clients!  It’s because of them that I can say that my first year of business has been an incredibly successful one.  And it’s because of them that I can say that I am almost booked through the summer!

It’s incredible, really, to think that with a minuscule marketing/advertising budget and clients who have found me primarily through referrals, word-of-mouth, and Yelp, that I’ve been lucky enough to find amazing, incredible, wonderful clients.  Clients enough that I’m thisclose to being booked solid until the end of the summer.

I have room for up to three more weddings during the first six months of the year.  Just three more weddings!  So I thought I’d run a special.

Through January 15th, anyone who books a wedding with me during the last two weeks of February, first two weeks of March, or last two weeks of May will receive a 10% discount off any planning, coordination, or design service.

If you or a friend are planning your wedding during those times, please contact me to take advantage of this special deal!

And of course, I’m still booking weddings in August 2012 and beyond, so e-mail me for availability! 🙂

A Giveaway! One Ticket to the Inspired Bridal Bowl! :)

I’m so excited to be a featured vendor at this month’s Inspired Bridal Bowl, a new kind of bridal show.  The Inspired network only includes handpicked vendors, and the organizers of the Inspired events choose vendor teams to create inspiration tables at each of their events.  Additionally, instead of having and overwhelming amount (rows and rows!) of tables, the Inspired shows feature only a few vendors in each category, so each vendor can actually connect with brides.

I’ll be creating an extra-special table with Desiree from Penny Blooms Floral Design (we were actually paired up by the organizers, which was a great surprise!) with support from Nikki at Calculated Whisk and Nicole at Paper, Scissors, Print!  I canNOT wait to share this with you…  But before that can happen, the event itself has to.  And before that?

I have a giveaway for you.

Each exhibitor was given exactly one free ticket to do with as he/she wished.  I decided it would be a fun giveaway.  And I decided that I’d make it super simple to win.

All you need to do to enter is e-mail me at elisa@eventsbyelisa.com by next Wednesday, November 17th.  Include your name, wedding date, and a short sentence about your favorite wedding theme or idea. I’ll be choosing at random and may be posting some of my favorites here!

Even if you don’t win, you really should come and check out the show.  It’s next Sunday, November 20th, at 5 pm at North County Tavern and Bowl.  Tickets are only $5 and include bowling shoes, lane rental, a drink, and some awfully yummy sweets!

Logo Design: The Bridal Kool-Aid Cocktail Hour

A few weeks ago, I blogged briefly about being a featured vendor on Rogue Bride.  I was fortunate to be able to meet up with Lauren in person for happy hour not too long afterward, and I learned all about her new podcast with Christie from Hindsight Bride, “The Bridal Kool-Aid Cocktail Hour.”  It’s all about making good choices for yourself in your wedding planning process (rather than following the crowd, spending unnecessarily, and “drinking the kool-aid”).

Now, I love beautiful over-the-top amazing and/or frilly weddings as much as the next girl, but as I have said over and over, there is no one way to plan a wedding, and there is no reason you can’t plan a beautiful wedding without spending a ton of money.  It’s all about being realistic – and creative – with your budget.  Which is why I enjoyed the perspective so much at the Cocktail Hour – it’s all about making smart choices, with a good helping of snark.  Seriously these two ladies crack me up.

Lauren and Christie asked me if I’d be up for creating a logo for the podcast, and of course I said yes!

They gave me a font they loved, a color, some ideas, and said “go for it!”  I started off with the idea of doing a traditional “graphic” logo in Illustrator and even made a couple of attempts at a cocktail glass.  But I have to tell you that it was boring, boring, boring.  This show is anything but boring!  The most important part of graphic design, in my opinion, is editing, during both design conception and execution.  In other words, I knew I had to edit my original approach to the project.  That’s when I realized that what this project needed was a photograph.  A really interesting photograph.

I’m not a photographer, so the task was daunting.  I actually started off with a bunch of photos of the full cocktail glass with the engagement ring (not mine!) floating inside, but I wasn’t in love with the way they looked.  More boring.  More idea editing.

I spilled a little bit (actively, taking photos of the spillage).  I just started playing around with the spill and realized that I really liked the look, and that the spilled drink went well with the irreverence of the whole show.  So I styled and shot and restyled and reshot and finally came up with this:

Original Photo

I loved the imagery of the spilled cocktail with the engagement ring!  All it needed was some processing (aka: more editing, this time of the photo itself), and about 2 hours over Skype laughing until my stomach hurt (and nerding out over the English language) with Christie and Lauren.

The resulting logo is subtle and edgy, interesting and fun.  We all love it.  It’s easily one of my favorite design pieces ever, and I’m so proud of it!

The Bridal Kool Aid Cocktail Hour

The second podcast (“Forget the Cake, Let Them Drink Booze”) went live this morning, and it’s SO good!  If you are planning your wedding, or have ever planned a wedding, or like weddings…  Or just like snark…  It’s totally worth checking out on iTunes or by clicking on the logo below!!!  (iTunes is being stupid right now, so I’ll update the link as soon as it’s started behaving again!)


Bridal Koolaid Cocktail Hour, DIY Cake
Word of warning: The language does get a bit salty in places (since I tend toward wholesomeness online, I want to make sure I make that disclaimer!).

E+D’s Wedding Featured on Engaged and Inspired!

I am SO excited to share that E+D’s wedding was featured last week on Engaged and Inspired!  As photographer Heidi Ryder said to E and myself in an e-mail, it’s a “delightful surprise since most blogs prefer to have at least a few people in the photos” but it’s a great testament to the gorgeousness of this wedding, and the sweetness of this couple!  I can’t help but smile when I see it, all over again.  <3!

Check out the feature at http://www.engagedandinspired.com/2011/08/26/real-wedding-food-trucks-ice-cream-sandwiches!!!

I’m a Featured Vendor on Rogue Bride! :)

I’m super excited to announce that I’m a featured vendor on Rogue Bride! 🙂

The best part of the whole thing?  Lauren (aka Rogue Bride) makes that list totally on her own.  No money exchanged hands.  So it’s not an ad.  It’s really how she feels about me. <3.

She was referred to me by her incredible photographer (and my incredible friend, since before either one of us were in the industry!) Jenna of Flutterglass Photography.  We haven’t yet met in person (we will, very soon!), but we’ve exchanged e-mails.  A lot of them.  About wedding planning/coordination, budget, invitation design, etc.  And one thing is clear: she’s awesome.  I’m super excited that she feels the same way about me! 🙂

Events by Elisa’s Etsy Shop!

I’ve had an Etsy account for a while – I positively lived on that site while I was planning my own wedding – and have had in the back of my mind that I might put a few of my designs up for sale.  Well, two nights ago I was playing around with Sculpey.  I’d planned to do moustaches and other photo booth props for my May bride’s wedding and was looking for cardboard, but the craft store I had didn’t have stiff enough paper, so I got Sculpey instead (yeah, I know, even to me that logic doesn’t really make that much sense).

All I can say is I’m so glad!

I opened up my Etsy shop this morning with a few paper designs (I’ll be adding more as I make them, but the ones on this shop will be easily customizable and pretty standard, as opposed to the completely custom ones I’ll be creating for you if you contact me directly) and a handful of the 20-ish props I have finished.  I have a few more that need to be made, but I had to go back to the store for a Sculpey run!

My favorite is this one, a handmade Rolling Stones tongue:

Rolling Stones Tongue Photo Booth Prop - Events by Elisa

Rolling Stones Tongue Photo Booth Prop - Events by Elisa

I’ll be updating the whole shop within the next few weeks, including all of my props and some fabric bunting.  I can custom-make orders for you, too.  Of course anyone who rents my photobooth props for their wedding or event will actually get the use of all of my props included in the price tag!

To stay on top of all the great things in my shop, check out http://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsbyElisa.  While you’re there, “favorite” me! 🙂

My San Diego Home Registry

Are you planning a wedding?  Are you sick of registering for plates and pans and things you already have?  My San Diego Home Registry can help.

This free service offers you the ability to set up your registry so that your wedding guests can help you and your new spouse to become homeowners.  You pay no fees to the Registry, and neither do your guests.  It’s a win-win!

I heard about this awesome new service through my cousin, Charlene, who started the registry as a way to help brides and grooms turn their wedding gifts into real estate.  She is a licensed Realtor and loves what she does – and, being a bride-to-be herself (in fact, her fiance and his brothers are all engaged right now!), she knows a thing or two about registries.  I hope you’ll take the time to check out how My San Diego Home Registry can help you to turn your wedding gifts into a new home!

Life is a Highway…

And right now I’m speeding!

Road Centerpiece - Events by Elisa

Road Centerpiece - Events by Elisa

No, seriously between some rush jobs and crafting/designing/shopping for my upcoming events…  I was so busy this week that my blogging suffered!  But next week I’ll be back with the conclusion to my “Any Ideas?” series, and some pretty things to show you!

In the mean time, the picture above is one of the things I finished this week.  For my May bride’s Cirque-themed cocktail hour, she found a ceramic VW bug with flowers all over it.  We’ll be pairing it with this sparkle-adorned foam road for a fun candy-holding centerpiece!