Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Miraval Glen Ellen-Part 3

Miraval is the prefect destination for your weekend getaway or your wine country vacation. Nestled high above Sonoma's Valley of the Moon Miraval is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home with an exquisite pool looking over vineyards, San Pablo Bay, Mt Tam and the skyline of San Francisco.
If you are interested in renting Miraval for you upcoming vacation please feel free to contact us at miraval@asavvyevent.com for rates and availability.

Miraval Glen Ellen-Part 2

These are just some of the spectacular views and set ups you can create for your next private event. Miraval Glen Ellen can accommodate 2-150 guest. Picture your ceremony overlooking the vineyard with the San Francisco City skyline and bay in the background. Your cocktail hour and dinner party around the beautiful pool with the same stunning views. This villa is simply spectacular and has everything one would want for their wine country wedding or event.

This is also a fabulous site for smaller more intimate weddings. If you are just wanting to elope or bring your closest family and friends then this is the perfect spot for your intimate wedding. Enjoy the villa for the weekend or the week with your friends and family and celebrate the most important day of your lives.

If you are interested in this please email us at miraval@asavvyevent.com

Part 3 coming soon.....

Miraval Glen Ellen-Part 1

Miraval Glen Ellen is a private residence that is just spectacular for your weekend getaway or private event. On a clear day you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tam, The Bay Bridge, San Pablo Bay & Mt. Diablo. This four bedroom 3.5 villa is the perfect destination for you to enjoy all that wine country has to offer. A Savvy Event is now taking reservations for Miraval. If you are interested in using Miraval for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, family reunion or weekend getaway please email us at miraval@asavvyevent.com
More to come on Miraval.....

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Real Savvy Bride

We are launching a new element to the A Savvy Event Blog!
A Real Savvy Bride! We have asked our Bride Victoria to blog for us about planning her wedding and she has graciously accepted! Every week on Monday she will post about the joys, the ups and the downs of planning her 2009 wedding! So please tune in....

Blogging World Please Meet Victoria....

Greetings A Savvy Event blog readers! I'm a planning crazy bride to be, getting hitched this coming May in Sonoma wine country! Eek!! I am honored and beyond excited that I get a chance to share my planning experience here with you all. There is lots to be done! 

Let me introduce myself, I'm 28 years old and was raised in the SF bay area, currently living in our first home in San Jose with my hubs to be Brent and my pug dog Oliver. I was never one to fantasize about weddings before I became engaged and all of a sudden lots of friends were planning their weddings too and I became very familiar with all things wedding! By the time my wedding day arrives I will have been engaged for two years and two months! 
Here is a little background on the story of how hubs to be and I got to where we are now. While attending college Brent and I had mutual friends and new of each other but never really talked. I was a photography major and he was getting his minor in photography. Our paths only crossed once in the photo lab where I made eye contact with him as he was checking out some supplies and I remember thinking, he has nice eyes with long eyelashes. Then I got up and checked him out up and down as he walked away. Yes I did not care if anyone was watching and he didn't notice either.  Anyway a couple years after we graduated a mutual friend took me to one of Brents get togethers at his house and we started dating shortly after. A year and a half later Brent and I went on our first European vacation together. On the second day of our trip to Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Brent took a ring box out of his jacket and proposed. I was completely surprised and of course I said yes! It was a super cloudy windy day and right after he proposed the sun came out and the day was perfect. We decided on a two year engagement since we were going to be buying a home together and needed to save up for the wedding. 

There ya go! Who I am and how I got engaged. Please feel free to comment and say hello!! Next up, why wine country and how I met my day of wedding planner

Friday, April 10, 2009

Intimate Wedding Cornerstone Gardens

Vineyard House
Vineyard View Ceremony Site

Garden Ceremony Site

Intimate Wedding Package for Cornerstone Gardens:
Elopement Package
Up to 10 guest
2 Hour Package
Call or Email for Pricing

(1) Night in our Vineyard House
Exclusive use of the Home and Gardens for your event
Use of Cornerstone Gardens to take photographs
Professional Wedding Planner to Assist with your ceremony & coordinate vendors
Officiant to perform the ceremony and assist with licensing
Photographer to take photographs and create and online gallery to remember your special day.
Bridal Bouquet and Boutonniere
Wine & Cheese Reception for up to 10 Guest
6 Inch Wedding Cake of your choosing

Upgrades Available:
*Private Dinner Reception for up to 10 guests
*Wine Tour in private car with VIP Tasting
*Couples Massage
*Dinner for Two
*Hot Air Balloon Ride
*Additional Nights in our Vineyard House

Cornerstone's Vineyard House can accommodate weddings up to 50 guest. If you wedding is over 10 but fewer than 50 please contact us directly and we can do a custom proposal for you.
ido@asavvyevent.com or view our website at http://www.asavvyevent.com/

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Elopements and Intimate Weddings

Elopements? Intimate Weddings? I know when you hear elopement right away I bet you are thinking Las Vegas...Elvis and the Chapel of Love....Well elopements aren't just for Vegas any more...Wine Country has some pretty "Savvy" elopements and intimate weddings...

This year with the recession and economy we have noticed a trend in smaller more intimate weddings. Regardless of the economy people are still getting married and wine country is still a popular destination to tie the knot. A lot of times people think that a wedding planner just plans large lavish events and doesn't really get involved in smaller weddings let alone an elopement,  however we do a lot of intimate weddings and elopements because a lot of our clients are traveling from far away to bring their closest family and friends to their very special day. They hire us to make that special day happen. A lot of these couples choose us and the venue via the Internet and/or phone and we put the entire event together for them. We arrange for the all the vendors, transportation, hotel stays and private wine tours. Because these events are smaller they tend to make an entire weekend and sometimes an entire week out of their wedding. The sky is the limit. 

For the rest of this week we will be featuring some of our premiere locations where we do these events. 

Some commonly asked questions are:

1. What is an intimate wedding? 50 guest or less
2. What is an elopement? 10 guest or less
3. What days are these preformed? Usually Sun-Thursday,  Friday and Saturday based on availability. ***Please note a Friday or Saturday could cost more money as these events are usually reserved for larger events and require the max site fee.

Stay Tuned for our first Venue...Cornerstone Gardens Vineyard House

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Blog In Town!

LaTavola has just launched there very own BLOG! We are so excited to announce this to all of our readers, clients and fans!!! 

The new blog is a great way to see all the latest trends in linens, what others are doing with LaTavola Linens and where there linens are being used all over the country and world!

April 28th is there one year anniversary and boy have they changed the way a table looks in just one year! To celebrate their one year anniversary they are hosting an open house at there Napa Showroom from 2pm-7pm where all their new 2009 linens will be on display! This event is by invitation only so if you are interested in going you must email them at rsvp@latavolalinen.com

Welcome to the world of blogging LaTavola and here's to many more years of decorating the table!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Featured on...Style Me Pretty

I am so excited! Today I learned that a wedding I coordinated was featured on Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book Blog! I had the opportunity to coordinate my very good friend Kelly's wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado! It was such a great weekend of events and such a fabulous wedding! Congratulations Kelly & Nick!!!
Please CLICK HERE to see the wedding and all her fabulous details!

Happy Planning....Emarie~

Friday, April 3, 2009

Update on A Savvy Event

Greetings A Savvy Event Readers!

It has been awhile since we have blogged but so much has been going on and we are now back to blogging for the wedding season! We have lots of great things in store for our readers! We will be highlighting venues, vendors, products, real bride stories and of course keeping you updated on all our exciting weddings for this 2009 Wedding Season!

So please stay tuned to the blog. We aren't going to promise a blog post every day but we are gearing up for 3-4 times a week and of course taking the weekends off so we can focus all of our attention to our weddings on the weekends!

We look forward to working with all of you and hearing from all of you!!

Here's to a wonderful 2009 wedding season!

Savvy Planners~

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

California Sales Tax

To our A Savvy Event Clients and Future Clients
Please be aware that as of today April 1st, California Sales Tax is going up 1% . If you have already booked a vendor you will see your tax go up 1% this is mandated by the state of California and out of your vendors control. Hopefully this is the ONLY tax increase this year!
Please See Below for all our clients in the different cities we are planning weddings:
Sonoma 9%
Glen Ellen 9%
Napa 8.75%
St. Helena 8.75%
Calistoga 8.75%
San Francisco 9.5%
Los Angeles 9.25%
Sacramento 8.75%
Winters 8.25%
San Diego 8.75%
Lake Tahoe (Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista) 8.25%
Trukee 8.875%