Posts Tagged ‘wedding planning’

Forget Happy Hour –  kick it up about a thousand notches at the Chocolate Buffet!!  What!?


Yes, it’s true. I almost crashed my car when I saw the sign in the window of Mille Feuille announcing the Chocolate Buffet. A full selection of delectable chocolate treats and pastries available Friday and Saturday nights. What a great treat for your bridesmaids.

Or for a daytime outing try the Afternoon Tea.


Not to mention, Mille Feuille is a great option for your wedding cake or purchase delicate and unique pastries or truffles as favors or takeaways for your wedding guests. YUM!


Mille Feuille Chocolates

3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
On the corner of 5th and University



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These delicate French macaroons in their lovely light colors French macaroonsfrom a local patisserie were a wonderful unique treat for guests as well as a nod to the couple’s European honeymoon.












This private home wedding took place near the holidays, so what a perfect favor for their guests – a Christmas ornament of the world. Globe ornamentAnd instead of just putting it on their place setting we dangled them off the beautiful chiavari chairs.



























A wedding at the San Diego Wild Animal Park calls for a fun guest favor – Animal crackers!  What better takeaway for your guests then a yummy gift that keeps the theme. animalcrackers




Caramel apples are a great treat for guests at the end of a long night of fun and dancing. For this Fall wedding we decorated with leaves and twine. caramel apple favors


Just Imagine created a welcoming sign for guests to take one home!applesign

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Recently I was asked to participate in a panel of event professionals speaking to a group of more than 70 students at San Diego State University as part of SDSU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management degreed program.


It was a great opportunity to recount my experiences as a wedding planner and convey how much I love what I do. The students themselves impressed me with their poise, savvy, and professional attitude.


When one student asked me what set me apart from my competition, or rather, “Why hire you?,” it was a fantastic opportunity to remember one of the great aspects of the special event industry.


I responded that being a successful wedding planner is about so much more than being able to plan a successful wedding. What comes into play are the years of experience, resources and connections developed in the industry through working with some of the best in the business, continuing my own professional education, extensive networking, and participating in professional organizations such as the Association of Bridal Consultants.


The importance of these efforts and connections became abundantly apparent during the San Diego wildfires in October 2007. When my client’s wedding venue, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, was closed down due to the fires, I was able to call on other event professionals to make this beautiful wedding happen in the midst of a scary and tragic occurrence affecting much of the county.


At the time the fires hit, the wedding was only a week away. All of the couple’s wedding vendors lived in areas that had to be evacuated and I had no way to contact them due to strict restrictions on cell phone use. I spent the next four days calling on my rolodex of preferred photographers, florists, cake bakers, and DJs, all of whom promised to step in on the big day in case the event couldn’t take place as planned with the vendors already booked.


Most importantly, we needed an indoor venue that would not be affected by the smoke and ash in the air. My friends at the Omni Hotel were happy to make their ballroom available if need be and provide the event at a comparable price to what the couple was paying at the Wild Animal Park.


The bride and groom could breathe easy knowing the wedding could still take place and it would still be a beautiful event. Luckily, the Wild Animal Park reopened the day before their wedding. All of the couple’s originally booked wedding vendors were able to return to their homes and provide excellent service to the bride and groom on their wedding day. Their story even made the Los Angeles Times [Their wedding site reopens in the nick of time, Oct 28, 2007]


It was great to share with these SDSU students, who are just taking their first steps toward this wonderful career, that striving to be your professional best will always be rewarded and can make the difference in a successful event.

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Feeling jittery about your upcoming wedding day?  As a Goddess Bride you have all of your resources in place and the planning is coming along nicely.


Remember to focus on your own health and well-being as well. It’s important to stay relaxed and connected again to your wellbeing, to take you through to one of the most important days of your life!


Acupuncture for brides.

Kathleen Noonan, L.Ac.,  offers some great acupuncture sessions for brides to be!

I thought this was a cool idea and wanted to check it out for myself. This was the first time I’ve experienced acupuncture and didn’t know what to expect.


After the initial consultation, I lay down on a massage-type table in comfortable clothing (like what you would wear to a yoga class). Kathleen proceeded to take little needles (new, in their own prewrapped packaging) and pop them into my skin at various points throughout my body: head, belly, feet, hands. I mostly felt almost nothing or maybe a tiny prick that immediately went away. acupuncturerevShe put them all along my ear as well, describing the ear as a little upsidedown fetus that acts as a map of the body.


I then lay on the table for about 20 minutes, after which she removed the needles. I felt calm and peaceful and had the feeling that ‘everything is connected.’

Kathleen has an awesome bedside manner and her easygoing nature made the whole experience a breeze.


~De-Stress Tranquility Packages-Starting 4 weeks before your special day.

~Wedding Weight Loss Package

~Luxurious Healthy Skin Packages


Kathleen Noonan

Kathleen Noonan

Katie Noonan L.Ac. MSTOM





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logocolortextrightSave $300 on ‘Essential‘ planning services or $450 off full-service ‘Expansive‘ planning when you book your 2010 wedding with Just Imagine Weddings by the end of 2009!

Call or email for more information and to schedule a free introductory meeting.



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