Tuesday, February 20, 2018
By Mendocino Wedding Witch
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Getting Married is sexy right? Getting married in one of the most astoundingly beautiful and romantic places on earth is downright orgasmic! Mendocino is that place. And here are the top sexiest ways to say I do! in this stunning California coastal town...

In the rain!!!

On the Mendocino coast you never know what the weather will bring... torrential rain in March, fog in summer, the winds of spring? As a rule, our best time of the year, weather-wise, is late spring and the fall months. However as I write this, in mid February, we have had day after day of glorious sun. So these days, anything goes!

Whatever it is, roll with it! Fog is mystical and magical. Rain can be romantic. Buy everybody inexpensive matching umbrellas and you have a unique and unforgettable photo op. The most important element of the day is LOVE and the more love, the more joy! And THAT is what you will remember.

 

In the woods!!!

Most people getting married in Mendocino choose this location for our stunning bluffs and ocean views however, the towering redwood trees, cypress, eucalyptus, and fir are majestic and inspiring. There are benefits to holding your ceremony in the protective branches of the coastal forest... Less wind whipping everything into a frenzy, a warmer climate (the coast can get surprisingly chilly, even on sunny days), and less tourists observing or interrupting your gathering. There are several prime wedding locations scattered throughout Mendocino County. There is no better way to honor your union than to be in the presence of these ancient sentinels. The rustling leaves and delicious aroma of the forest floor are the perfect accompaniment to your vows...

Farm Style!!!

There are some amazing and historical farms scattered throughout Mendocino County. Some are nestled in in the rolling hills of wine country and others are just off the Mendocino coast. These are some of the sweetest locations for creating a story or feeling to accompany your wedding weekend. There is something homey and nostalgic about being married on a farmstead. Some great local companies even provide glamping for your guests that can truly exceed the comfort and style of more conventional accommodations. Add apples, goats, and haystacks to your repertoire and you are ready to say "Yeeehaw!"

Alternative Ceremony!!!

Mendocino has long been known for its community of activists, artists, hippies, weirdos, and freaks. In other words it is a safe haven for PEOPLE... People of all shapes, sizes, and walks of life. Whatever your background, country of origin, choice of lover and life partner, spirituality, or gender, you are welcome here with open arms. Come celebrate your own unique union surrounded by loved ones and immersed in a community of tolerance and compassion.

On the Bluffs!!!

Quintessential Mendocino. There is nothing more stunning than declaring your vows to your beloved against a backdrop of sparkling wild waves. Mendocino has an endless supply of gorgeous wedding sites, specifically designed by nature, to inspire love, reverence, and power. There are so many bluffs to choose from... wide open, nestled amongst cypress groves, or manicured lawns... each more beautiful than the next. I do! I do! I do!

 
Thursday, December 28, 2017
By Mendocino Wedding Witch
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The time is ripe! You're ready to pop the question...

You are proposing to the love of your life. Make a statement! Be bold! You will both remember this moment forever, so make it count! Mendocino is the most romantic place in California and Mendocino Wedding Witch knows exactly how to elevate your marriage proposal to the next level!

Begin with the element of surprise! You arrive with your sweetheart at one of Mendocino's prime locations, overlooking the ocean. The sun is just starting to set. Up ahead, there is a scene set: A cozy nest of blankets and pillows, surrounded by fairy lights, a sitting stool with a kneeling pillow, and an assortment of romantic touches that will blow your lover's mind.

The setting is perfect! You lead your love to the sitting stool and drop to one knee... Will you marry me!!!?

Red Roses, Chocolate Strawberries, Roederer Champagne! Every tender detail, every romantic gesture, tells your love just how much you care. Yes! Your sweetheart says Yes! Yes! Yes! You snuggle up in your cozy nest, basking in the glow of this promise of unity. You nibble on organic chocolate dipped strawberries and raise your champagne filled, hand blown keepsake glasses in a toast to Love!

When the time is right, you and your sweetheart can pack up your keepsake glasses, flowers, and any left over tidbits in the basket provided. Mendocino Wedding Witch will take care of everything else! You are now engaged!!!

 
Thursday, July 06, 2017
By Mendocino Wedding Witch
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A good wedding is fun and celebratory and comes off without a hitch. A great wedding opens hearts and leaves a lasting impression on your guests and is remembered for the rest of their days.

Vendors are one of the biggest factors that go into creating an amazing wedding.Your caterer, the band or DJ, the flowers, Decor, and your wedding coordinator will all have a huge impact on the cohesion and ambiance of your Big Day.

Most vendors are busy all season long. They are attending and working wedding after wedding. How can you make yourself shine in your vendors eyes, insuring their loyalty and top quality services? Here are my best tips for encouraging vendors and creating a cohesive team with one goal: pulling off the best wedding ever!

1. Choose Your Vendors CAREFULLY...

This is where planning ahead is invaluable. The shorter amount of time you leave yourself to plan your wedding, the more limited your choices of vendors and venues are. The best vendors have spent time building their businesses and reputations and they are snatched up early.

It is very helpful to hire a wedding planner. They know which vendors are reliable and which ones don't really come through with what they promise. A good wedding planner has developed successful working relationships with local vendors that they know they can rely on. Choose a wedding planner who takes time for you, who communicates clearly with you, who is transparent in the breakdown of their fee and retainer, and who you get along with on a personal level as you will be working closely together in a high-stress situation.

2. Be Clear In Your Vision...

Spend some time getting really clear on how you want your wedding to unfold, what the key elements of your wedding will be, and what constitutes the main feelings that you want to instill in your wedding guests.

Come up with a Mission Statement for your special day and share it with your vendors and all pertinent wedding party members. The Clearer your vision is, the more accurately your vendors can fulfill your wishes.

3. Communicate With Your Vendors On A Regular Basis...

Keep the lines of communication clear and open. Do not inundate your vendors with meaningless chitchat, because they are crazy busy and chances are, so are you! But continue to keep them apprised of pertinent information.

Communicating clearly and effectively also build a trusting and cooperative relationship so that you can function as a well-oiled machine when crunch time arrives.

Show your caterer a few pinterest pictures of food that inspires you, give your DJ a small sample of your favorite music, let your florist know which are your favorite flowers and what colors you are partial to. If anything major in your wedding changes, get your vendors on board immediately.

Nowhere is this more essential than with your wedding coordinator. Often your coordinator is the mediator between you and the other vendors so communicate often and with clarity. Your wedding coordinator wants to be helpful and you can make the most out of that by including him/her in your progress, thoughts, and decisions.

4. Listen To The Professionals...

Listen to your vendors! They KNOW what they are talking about. If they tell you something is not feasible, it's not feasible. If your coordinator says you must make a decision on a venue or they will all be booked... make a decision! Your vendors have been working in the wedding industry and know intimately what works and what doesn't. If you listen to the information that they offer and are respectful of their expertise, you will reap the benefits of a successful and beautiful wedding day.

5. Lead With Your Heart...

This day is after all about love. Personalize your connection to your vendors and staff. Create your team. You can do this with simple kindness, respect, and care. People work harder and with greater attention and joy for those that they feel a caring connection to. Your vendors are hard-working, salt of the earth people and the success of your wedding rests largely in their hands. Set aside room in your budget for generously tipping the staff that has worked so diligently to keep the event running smoothly. Treat every one of them, from the dishwasher to the caterer, to the bussperson to the coordinator with an open heart and a kind attitude and watch your day blossom with goodwill and a joyful spirit.

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Friday, June 30, 2017
By Mendocino Wedding Witch
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You're getting married and you've chosen your location: beautiful Mendocino! Here are Mendocino Wedding Witch's best suggestions for getting hitched without a hitch...

1. Choose A Venue EARLY!!!

Mendocino is a very popular wedding destination and ceremony sites and reception venues get reserved quickly. If you don't book your preferred location 4 to 6 months in advance, you may find yourself scrambling for the less disirable venues.

2. Hire a Wedding Coordinator.

It may sound self-promoting but trust me, you will actually end up saving money if you hire a professional who knows the in and outs of the industry, has connections to local vendors, and has access to information and deals specific to the local community. To book my services go to mendocinoweddingwitch.com

 

3. Create A Mission Statement or Vision Paragraph For Your Wedding Day.

This is a statement or paragraph that hones in on the main focus of how you want your day to unfold. Think of it as manifesting your dream. The more clearly you set your intention for your special day, the more powerfully your vision will transform in to reality. Share this information with your wedding coordinator, pertinent vendors, and family members.

4. Create A Budget.

Most couples underestimate their budget by as much as 40%. Creating a breakdown of how much you are willing to spend in specific areas and doing the footwork to see what vendors charge is essential to staying on track. This is where a good wedding coordinator can earn their fee in multiples! Your coordinator will have good idea of how much you will need to spend on catering, venues, music, etc... as well as offering you options in varying price ranges. Always expect to spend more than you planned for.

5. Expect The Unexpected.

Life always throws a curve ball, that you can count on. A rainstorm, a sick bridesmaid, a noise complaint from a neighbor, an overly drunk guest... all these things and more can add the final straw to an already stressful day. Remember what you are there for: To celebrate your love for one another and to rejoice with family and friends. Don't sweat the small stuff, delegate where possible, take deep breaths, and remember to focus on your blessings.

 
Monday, June 26, 2017
By Mendocino Wedding Witch
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Your wedding day has arrived. You are busy, busy, busy! You have performance anxiety, you are stressed with so many details to iron out, you get overly excited, and you feel a headache coming on... Before you turn to alcohol or pharmaceuticals, both of which alter your mood and impair your brain, let me suggest a way to reinvigorate your body, mind, and spirit and support the mood of the day, which after all is all about LOVE!

Studies have shown that HERBS are just as effective as prescription anti-anxiety medication in reducing stress, calming the nervous system, softening irritability, and alleviating agitation. All this, AND herbs are RESTORATIVE. That means that they enhance your vitality and health rather than depleting you and leaving you worse off than before or sloppy like alcohol and pills.

Rosemary

Rosemary is very invigorating. Just inhaling the scent from a crushed sprig can ease tension, relieve headaches, and provide clarity and focus. It is also delicious steeped in boiling water and sipped. As you walk around the town of Mendocino in the days leading up to your wedding, you will find this herb literally growing in the streets.

 

Lavender

Lavender loves Mendocino and grows everywhere here. The beautiful purple flowers make unique and aromatic table bouquets for your rehearsal dinner or reception. Lavender reduces the stress hormone cortisol, promotes relaxation, and eases pain. Is is delicious to inhale or imbibed in a fresh tea. Experiment with dabbing a few drops of lavender essential oil onto the inside skin of both wrists.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm has been shown to lower stress, induce a calmed state of mind, and even help people to improve at doing math problems! Perfect for a wedding day filled to the brim with stimulation and problem solving. This herb grows amazingly well in Mendocino.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower is the perfect herb to imbibe on your wedding day! Steeped in a tea or by herbal extract, this wonderful flower calms the mind, reduces anxiety, and promotes a feeling of calm well being. You can walk toward your beloved filled with strength, serenity, and passion!

Chamomile

Just looking at the golden glowing chamomile flower hints at the sunny disposition that this beneficial and delicious herb helps to promote. Not only does it relax muscles and relieve anxiety, but chamomile helps healthy digestion. Wedding day nerves are notorious for messing with stomachs and literally causing belly aches. Drink some chamomile tea and relax your insides so you can shine through and through.