Michael and Bradley’s El Encanto Rehearsal Dinner + Gifting Lounge
This week we wanted to highlight the exquisite events that surrounded this wonderful couple’s wedding last year. It all began with an intimate Rehearsal Dinner in the Main Dining Room of the El Encanto, where approximately 50 guests enjoyed a fantastic meal and toasted the happy couple. When we designed this event with Laura of Cody Floral Design, we wanted to punch up the color on the dining tables with deep navy blue and white containers overflowing with bright coral charm peonies. The end result was a beautiful and cheery first impression for the guests arriving in Santa Barbara for a weekend full of wedding celebrations.
After the Rehearsal Dinner the guests walked up to Lily Pond at the El Encanto Resort to join the rest of their guests for a Welcome Party & Gifting Lounge! This is the second time we have helped put together a gifting lounge here in Santa Barbara and both times it has been a huge success. For this event the guests checked in at a table and each guest was able to fill their personalized tote with the items of their choice. We stocked the gifting lounge with local Santa Barbara Popcorn, fresh fruit, Boxed Water, Santa Barbara Pistachios, chips, bottles of red & white wine, adorable fedoras & other sun hats from Karen Kane (Michael’s mothers company) and so much more!
Not only does the Gifting Lounge create an unforgettable first impression for your guests, it takes a lot of pressure off of the couple getting married! Ordering all of the items, unpacking it all, assembling the bags, and then delivering them all to your hotels can be very exhausting and expensive on the days JUST before your wedding. Not to mention you will never know if the guests received them or even enjoyed them! The gifting lounge is an excellent solution to this and creates a fantastic conversation started as your guests mingle at the welcome party!
At the end of the evening, our La Fete staff puts the gift bags into alphabetical order and works alongside the valet to give the guests their bags as they departed the El Encanto. This enables the guests to enjoy the welcome party without lugging a heavy gift bag around!