Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We want to wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
We will not be blogging this week do to the holiday and traveling to be with our families!
We will return to the blog on Monday and we hope each and everyone of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have a lot to be thankful for!
From our families to yours....
A Savvy Event

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fabulous Find.....

Today's Fabulous Find is Paper Locket.
A Savvy Event came across Paper Locket a few weeks ago
and with the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect place
to go for your Holiday Card.  What a great way to show your friends and family your engagement photos or if you are newly married your wedding photos. Create a fun holiday card with all your favorite photos.
We love the "Sassy" holiday card
The "Paisley" holiday card is great for all the weddings that have used the color  scheme brown & green or brown & blue!

You can even have Paper Locket customize a card for you too!

Paper Locket is offering all A Savvy Event readers $10 off any order!
Make sure you use the code savvy10
This offer is good till 01/09/09

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

DIY Thursday Welcomes:

I'm thrilled to share my Save the Date cards with you. They're fairly simple to create
 if you have all the right tools. I've listed some of my favorite tools for the job:
2 pieces of Circle Cardstock
Square envelopes
1 inch photo
1 brad
White Glue
Ink Pad
Rubber Stamp
Exacto Knife
Paper Awl

Use a rubber stamps to personalize one of the paper circles. You can use stamps like the orchid and the save the date. The orchid rubber stamps are great because they match the rest of the Tamarindo wedding stationery, and then the stamp can be used for favors, guest bags, etc. After your decorating is done, cut out a square window (or use a square scrapbooking punch for the job). I also used a round punch to take a small bite out, so it would be easier to spin the back circle.

With the paper awl, punch through both circles and insert your brad. Using your cut out window as a guide, lightly pencil in where you'll add your picture and text. Undo the brad and set aside the top circle. Add your message in parts. Mine said “Melissa and Chad”… “are getting married”… “June 8th”… “Camarillo, CA” and glue in your picture. Reattach the pieces and you have it! A very fun save the date card.
For a bit of extra charm, you can also stamp

Thank you so much to Melissa for guest blogging with us today! She is very talented and her invitations are simply fabulous! We hope to hear more DIY from her in the future!! Please check out her website as she is truly amazing! Also check out her blog too!!!
Thank you Melissa!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Venue Highlighted

Our venue this week is the Harvest Inn. Located in St. Helena right off of Highway 29 in the heart of wine country. The Harvest Inn is such a beautiful setting. The gardens and landscaping are magnificent. The Harvest Inn backs up to the vineyards so there are spectacular views of the vineyards and mountain range. 
The rooms are very warm and cozy and a nice size. We especially love the fireplaces because it can get a little chilly in the evening in wine country so it is always nice to have the fireplace. The rooms with the decks overlooking the vineyard are stunning so make sure you reserve one of those rooms if you come to the Harvest Inn.
If you are looking for a venue for your wedding this is the perfect spot. The Vineyard Terrace is a gorgeous location for your ceremony with the breath taking views of the vineyard. Escape over to the manor lawn for cocktails and hors d'oeuvers while the catering team transforms the vineyard terrace into a gorgeous reception. The Vineyard Room is the perfect room for dancing and lounging. The magnificent fireplace filled with candles really creates and ambiance like no other. The Harvest Inn does a fabulous job and Liz Larroque their wedding manager is fabulous to work with. We just love working at The Harvest Inn and think it is a great spot for your wine country wedding. 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

And the Winner Is..............................

The Winner of the Apron is:

Amanda Freeman
Who Said:
I absolutely adore the lunch boxes and aprons! I like to consider myself somewhat of a domestic diva and these products are right up my alley! :)

The Winner of the I Do Bag is:

Who Said
I love the aprons and tote adorable!

Please email us at

We will also be sending you an email too!

A Savvy Event~

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Week In Review

What a week...
Thank you to all our readers for visiting!
We are working on more things to make the blog better but like anything it takes some time and we want it to be perfect for all of you!
This week we started our week off with Tulla-Ido
Cindy of Tulla-Ido graciously offered two reader either a monogrammed apron or monogrammed tote! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning! Yes that is right we will be blogging on Saturday! More to come on that as well.
Tuesday we welcomed Laura Hooper of LH Calligraphy to A Savvy Event. She let us all know how fun it can be to incorporate a map into your event. We just love all of her work and I am sure you will all hear a lot more from Laura on our blog!
Wednesday we highlighted details of Emarie+Nick's wedding and hope you enjoyed all the details! If you are working with Emarie on your event this year you know her attention to details is incredible and her ideas are amazing! She can really personalize your event to you and your style! 
Thursday we highlighted a FUN DIY project we got from Martha Stewart and hope that you enjoyed that post! We have a lot more fun DIY projects for you so keep coming back on Thursdays for all those!

Thank you again for reading!
Have a fabulous weekend and tune in tomorrow to see who the lucky winners were from our contest this week!

A Savvy Event

Thursday, November 13, 2008

DIY Thursday

The Barn at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma, California
A Walnut Orchard in Winters, California

Photos from Martha Stewart

Pom Poms can add a little touch to any wedding or event. The above weddings took place in two different places but both brides chose to add a little flare to their wedding with the DIY Pom Poms. We found the how to at Martha Stewart to share with all of our readers! If you have made these before leave us a comment or send us a photo at

How to Make the Pom-Poms-From

You'll need tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire.

Hanging Pom-Poms
1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.

2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.

3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

4. Tie a length of mono filament to floral wire for hanging.

Have fun DIYing...

A Savvy Event

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Real Wedding Wednesday

Emarie+Nick-Part 2

The Shoes

The Bouquet
The Schwinn Bike
The Escort Cards on Old Rustic Gates
"The Recipe for a Good Life "

The Bar
The Cake
The Photobooth


Just a few of the many details from Emarie & Nick's Wedding. We hope you have enjoyed viewing all the fabulous photos from there amazing wedding.
Next week we will be featuring Rachel+Mike a beautiful St. Helena Wedding.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chart Your Course With a Wedding Map

A Savvy Event is so excited to introduce you to our Guest Blogger Laura Hooper! We are so excited that she is blogging today! Her work is amazing! So without further adieu ......we welcome Laura Hooper to aSe Blog........

Hi everyone, my name is Laura Hooper and I own Laura Hooper Calligraphy and run the Lucky Orchid Wedding blog . Thank you so much to the lovely girls of A Savvy Event for allowing me to guest blog today about utilizing maps for your event!

These adorable maps make great keepsakes for your family and friends, as well as serve the function of pointing out the places and locations you deem worthwhile for them to visit or be aware of during their stay at your event. Adding an itinerary to the back side clearly lays out what the schedule of events is like for the wedding, whether there is a Welcome Dinner, Wine Tasting, Rehearsal Dinner, pre-Wedding Cocktails, Reception, After Party, or Goodbye Brunch (etc, etc, etc) your guests are going to need to know when to be there and where to show up. This is also a great place to tell them minor details, like what to wear, to all these fabulous nuptial activities.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate your map is in the welcome basket. When you are working on your welcome baskets, no matter where your wedding is, you are going to want to include some sort of itinerary of fun-filled events to pre-occupy your guests who are coming into town for the wedding. It's possible that you are having a destination wedding and this makes it even more pertinent to give your guests ideas for activities while you and your husband-to-be and both your families obsess over the details in the days leading up to your wedding.

Maps with itineraries are frequently inserted into the wedding invitation itself, or sent out to the guests in the weeks leading up to the wedding, after the RSVPs come in. We are also getting a huge response to the Map Save the Date cards which come in different options to suit different budgets.

There are so many great uses for the maps , and they can be created according to the style of the clients' preference. The maps we create are completely custom, meaning, I do not have a map on hand for every city in the US, only the cities and venues other clients have commissioned maps for. Once you turn in your order your map is created just for you. I work with brides all over the country, by Internet and phone, to collaborate with them on the creation of a fabulous wedding keepsake.

Once your map is created, we can also have them made into Totes that serve as fabulous favors, coasters, wine labels, or blown up into frameable prints or even original watercolors that are also frame-able. The sky is really the limit in respect to these little works of art! I hope you'll take the time to check them out on my website, and thanks again A Savvy Event for allowing me to be a part of your gorgeous blog!

Thank you so much Laura for guest blogging with us today! Laura has worked with many of our clients and her maps are truly a work of art and are unique! It is a great way to personalize your wedding and add that extra little touch!

Thank you again!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fabulous Find.....and Give Away!!!

The "I-Do" bag is a great way to welcome your guest to your wedding!
You can personalize it as well! They come in a variety of colors and patterns.
What bridesmaid wouldn't love this sassy apron? This is so fabulous and it would be the perfect gift to surprise your bridesmaids with....You should probably buy one for yourself too while your at it!
You could even put this on your Christmas List!
Monogramed dishtowels! This would be fun for your favorite domestic diva bride or bridesmaid! Everything is fun with a monogram!
and last but not least the monogramed napkin ring would complete any chic table!
These are just simply fabulous and we heart them!!!


A Savvy Event loves Tulla Belles new website Tulla-Ido.

Cindy Folak is the visionary behind TullaBelles and Tulla-Ido. Her effervescent personality and love of shopping combined with her innate sense for discovering all that is unique and fun in gift-giving makes TullaBelles the ultimate shopping experience! Cindy’s career actually began in sales as one of the first women sales reps for the top grocery manufacturer in the United States. So Cindy understands the balancing act women perform every day managing a career, a home and most importantly a family! And she grew up in a family where giving is considered true art. “Christmas and birthdays are always celebrated with just the right and unique gift for each person…I love giving gifts!!” Cindy’s passion led to the creation of TullaBelles. “I wanted to provide a convenient way for people to find the ideal gift, at the right price, perfectly wrapped!” As a result TullaBelles provides not only an exceptional shopping experience, but it’s convenient and complete: from the variety of items to choose from to the price point to the distinguishing gift wrap!

With this love of all things Gifts...came Tulla-Ido and site geared toward the Savvy Bride. Cindy Launched Tulla-Ido in September 2008 and it has been a huge success. Cindy actually created all the Swag Bags for the ENGAGE08 seminar just a few weeks ago in Orlando, Florida. Tulla-Ido is the perfect spot for the Savvy Bride to find all her bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts and things for her new nest! It is a great site and we recommend you run not walk on over as you will love it just as much as we do.

Cindy has graciously offered two GIVEAWAYS
One lucky reader will win an apron and another lucky reader will win an "I Do" Bag! The winners can pick their choices of materials and their monograms or full names!

The winner will be drawn on Friday, November 14th, 2008

So please go to Tulla-Ido and tell and leave us a comment with  your favorite item and why?

Happy Planning
A Savvy Event

Friday, November 7, 2008

A Week in Review

What a great week and it is so great to back!
We hope you all have enjoyed our daily blog post! We have so much more in store for all of our readers and we are so excited you are visiting us!

This week we talked about selecting your location. Please see Monday's post for details.
On Tuesday we highlighted Janna Conner Designs . They are offering all A Savvy Event readers 10 % off through November 12th, 2008.
Wednesday we showcased owner Emarie Chervinskas August wedding and yesterday we finished up the post with Cardgirl DIY.

Next week we have a lot more in store for you and we even have a guest blogger. We hope that you will continue to come back and read our blog. If there is something more you would like to see let us know! We are trying a few different things out so we would love your feedback and suggestions!

Thank you again and we look forward to having you!

a Savvy event....
See you next week

Thursday, November 6, 2008

DIY Thursday

Thursday is DIY day at A Savvy Event 
and today we are featuring a new blog!

We are excited to announce a new DIY Invitations website for brides looking to create their wedding invitations on their own. CardgirlDIY is a terrific resource site created by Cardgirl Invitations to assist the large numbers to brides interested in creating their own wedding stationery. There was no "one" place to go to find practical information about where to buy paper, what size the cards should be or how to best print them. Although it was started with brides in mind, Cardgirl DIY has turned into an everyone site. It's even a good quick reference for those with their own invitation or printing business! 
In celebration of CardgirlDIY & a general love of letterpress, Cardgirl Invitations is offering 10% off all letterpress orders placed before the end of November. This includes holiday cards, birth announcements, stationery & wedding invitations. Nessa is truly a leader in the letterpress stationery world, and we look forward to reading more of her tips and ideas for creating fabulous invitations!

So if you are a bride that likes to be "crafty" and put your "personal" touch on things please head on over to Cardgirl DIY Blog

Please Stay Tuned as we will have some fabulous tips from Nessa on DIY projects coming up in the coming weeks!!!

a Savvy event...


A Savvy Event is looking for brides, grooms or wedding professionals that would like to share some ideas, projects, websites or thoughts on DIY! Every Thursday is DIY day and we would love to feature real life DIY projects that you love or you think our readers would love to hear about! 

So please EMAIL US at or comment below!
We would love to hear from you!

A Savvy Event

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Real Wedding Wednesday

Emarie + Nick
August 16th, 2008
Winters, California
McNamara Ranch

The Treehouse in the backyard where the cocktail hour was
Entrance to the ceremony
The ceremony
Emarie+Nick....I Do.....
The Rustic Iron Gates where the escort cards hung for the guest to pick up

The Dining Room an elegant table in a beautiful Walnut Orchard...Elegance meets Organic
Another fabulous shot of the kings tables that line the rows of the walnut orchard
The Head Table....with the dessert wagon in the background another rustic elegance piece brought in to create the look of old meets new..
The Dance Floor...the Bride and Groom Celebrating!!
First Dance
Dance....Dance...Dance...All night long...
 A Savvy Event Owner Emarie Chervinskas was married this past August.
The wedding was magical and it was so "Emarie" .
The wedding took place in her home town of Winters, California.
The setting....A walnut orchard. It was absolutely amazing.
Every single detail was played out and done so eloquently.
The ceremony took place on a beautifully manicured lawn surrounded by the walnut orchard and fruit trees. There were 300+ guest present but felt so intimate.
After the ceremony guest were invited to a poolside cocktail hour. The setting was just magnificent. The gorgeous white farmhouse with the wrap around porch was simply charming.
Guest enjoyed tray passed hors d'oeuvres as well as signature cocktails and wines from the central coast where the groom grew up. 
After cocktail hour the guest were escorted into the walnut orchard lined with twinkle lights through out the trees and and gorgeous  white tables with beautiful floral centerpieces.
The food was spectacular and was catered by Emarie's family business the Buckhorn Restaurant and Catering. The guests danced the night away to the sounds of  Cold Shot.
Cold Shot is a  band Emarie & Nick listened to all the time while attending UC Davis.
The night was magical and perfect!
We have more photos to share but hope you enjoy these!

Our Fabulous Team of Vendors:

Venue: McNamara Ranch Winters California
Photographer: Jen Good Photography
Bridal Bouquet: La Fleuriste
Lighting: Twilight Design
Wedding Cake: Inticing Creations
Wedding Stationary: CardGirl 
Wedding Rustic Gates, Dessert Wagon and Furinture: Briggs & Co.
Band: Cold Shot
Design: Emarie Chervinskas A Savvy Event

Thank you so much to Jen Good of Jen Good Photography for all the FABULOUS images above!
This was an amazing event and we could not have done it with out all the fabulous vendors that made Emarie & Nick's wedding so special!
Thank you!!
A Savvy Event