5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers

5 Tips on How To Re-use Your Wedding Flowers 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Let’s face it, planning a wedding is expensive… By the time all of your rentals, entertainment, food/alcohol & everything else adds up, the last thing most clients want to spend a fortune on is flowers! So we have come up with a few budget-friendly ideas that help you to get a little bit more BANG for your buck by learning how to re-use your wedding flowers! We try to do this at all of our weddings no matter how high end the event is! The reality is- every space can always use a few extra finishing touches!

Now, I should begin by saying that there is NOTHING worse than seeing large amounts of flowers being moved here and there by a bunch of hardworking vendors -This can send the wrong message to your guests… So please make sure that when you use these tips they can be done out of the view of the guests.

Tip #1) Re-use your large ceremony flowers!!! This is great for events where the cocktail hour is far away from the ceremony & reception location. The guests will be enjoying cocktail hour and will NEVER know that you have re-used those stunning flowers that were only appreciated for 30 minutes during your ceremony! Here is one example showing how we repurposed these large arrangements at the entry of the reception tent.

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian

 Heres another example from my own wedding. We re-used the tall ceremony floral pieces on the head table, then moved the shorter ones to the entry of the reception space. The arrangements that were at the back of the ceremony aisle moved to flank each side of the stage!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

 Tip #2) Once you are done with the ceremony & all of your photos, we always walk around and collect your bridesmaids bouquets during cocktail hour. Mostly because balancing a cocktail while eating hors d’oeuvres and trying have a conversation is practically impossible while holding your bouquet! We then use these to decorate the reception  bar or anywhere else that seems to need a little pop of color!

Photos by: Ashleigh Taylor Photography

Florist: Cody Floral Design

Tip #3) The cocktail hour arrangements are typically the perfect size for any small end table or coffee table, but once your guests move down to the reception they are simply forgotten about! Since we always try to enjoy flowers for as long as we can, we like to re-purpose the cocktail hour centerpieces into the lounge groupings!

Photos by Melissa Musgrove Photography

Florist: Eddie Zaratsian


Tip #4) A large majority of our clients are choosing to host wedding events throughout the weekend. If you are considering hosting a Sunday Brunch try to re-use your wedding flowers as your brunch centerpieces. Mindy Rice designed the stunning centerpieces for this wedding and we knew we could not let her gorgeous flowers be wasted! By switching up the location, the  linens and the chairs the flowers take on a whole different design yet still look absolutely stunning the next day!

(Sorry about the image quality- these photos were taken on our iPhones :))

Florist: Mindy Rice

Tip #5) Donate!!! This is something to discuss with your florist before the wedding day. Lots of local florists will happily donate your wedding flowers to Hospice, nursing homes, hospitals or even cemeteries.

If most of your wedding guests are local, talk to your florist about the containers she is using & ask if some of the flowers can be taken home by your guests at the end of the evening. If this is something you might like- then their is a chance your florist will design the flowers in paper mache pots that easily lift out of the florists containers for the guests to take home!


Top 5 Best Locations for a Rehearsal Dinner in Santa Barbara

Top 5 Best Locations for a Rehearsal Dinner in Santa Barbara 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Around this time each year our clients start to ask us “What are the best locations for a rehearsal dinner in Santa Barbara?” So, we thought we would share some of our favorite spaces & places for the day before you say ‘I do’! Whether you are looking for an intimate dinner party with 25 of your closest friends and family, or you plan on inviting all 150 of your out-of-town guests, each of these venues offer a unique & different experience.

1) The Wine Cask Restaurant-

This charming space located in the heart of Santa Barbara, features a delicious menu with the freshest local ingredients and the best wine list in town, not to mention signature cocktails that change regularly.  Their passion is great food, the highest caliber of service and bringing back the comfort and nostalgia of one of Santa Barbara’s favorite restaurants. This gorgeous space can comfortably fit up to 130 guests for cocktails in the courtyard and a seated dinner in the main restaurant.

{Wine Cask Photos Found Here}

2) The Endless Options at the Four Seasons Biltmore-

Located directly across the street from the beautiful Pacific Ocean- the Four Seasons Biltmore offers a number spaces to hold the perfect rehearsal dinner, welcome party or post-wedding brunch. One of our favorite locations is the El Mar & La Marina Ballrooms which feature breathtaking views of the ocean and classic Santa Barbara features, such as the large wrought iron chandeliers and antique wood beams throughout the ceilings.

{Photos Found Here}

{Photos by Willa Kveta}

3) The Historic San Ysidro Ranch-

Nestled amongst the majestic mountains of Montecito, the San Ysidro Ranch is a place we feel all visitors must see. If you envision and intimate Rehearsal Dinner or Brunch- this is the spot. Between the quaint Wine Cellar, the picture perfect hydrangea cottage, and the abundant gardens we guarantee you will fall in love with this venue.

{Photos by Stephanie Hogue}

{Photo by Amy & Stuart}

{Photo by Jessica Claire}

4) The Rooftop Perch at The Canary Hotel

This gorgeous rooftop offers sweeping 360 degree views of Santa Barbara’s mountains, red tile rooftops and the Pacific coastline. The Canary hotel is centrally located one block off State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Set up a few round dining tables with linens & flowers and some of the delicious food from the Canary, and you have a party your guests will never forget!

{Canary Photos found here}

5) Stella Mare’s Restaurant-

We are huge fans of the Greenhouse Room at Stella Mare’s Restaurant, located right across the street from the scenic bird refuge. With a french country flair to the menu and the atmosphere, this is a great all-inclusive location that hardly needs any additional decor. Consider this restaurant for parties up to 50 guests- great for an intimate rehearsal dinner or brunch!

{Photos found here}

The Perfect Post Wedding Brunch

The Perfect Post Wedding Brunch 150 150 La Fete Weddings

The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is the perfect post wedding brunch location. The majority of our clients are choosing to host multiple events for their wedding throughout the weekend. Typically we begin with a welcome party, then the rehearsal dinner, the wedding day, followed by a Sunday brunch to send off the bride and groom. When our clients decide to host a full weekend of wedding activities we encourage them to show their guests the different areas that Santa Barbara has to offer. We love doing a rehearsal dinner at a local down town restaurant near historic State Street, and a welcome party at a hotel or somewhere with an ocean view! When it comes to the post wedding brunch, we like to suggest doing something unique…  and a polo brunch is so much fun for all ages! Hosting a brunch or private party here offers a new experience for your guests and is something most people have never done before. By creating a beautiful atmosphere and bringing in some delicious catered food (for this event we used Roomforty Catering) your guests are free to relax, drink a mimosa and enjoy the polo match. A special thank you to Willa Kveta for the gorgeous images of this event and to Jackson Durham for creating the stunning flower arrangements!

The Ideal Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Weekend!

The Ideal Santa Barbara Destination Wedding Weekend! 150 150 La Fete Weddings
When planning a destination wedding in Santa Barbara, we encourage hosting multiple events in order for your guests to really develop new friendships and to fully experience this beautiful city. This past weekend we were able to plan a series of three events for our Bride and Groom.

 In February of this year Kayla and I met only the weekend she came into town.  She and her fiance David live in Barcelona Spain.  She told me she loved great food, wine and color~she then informed me that she would not be back in Santa Barbara until five days before her wedding.  We picked out her linens together, and the rest we planned via the internet.  They were thrilled with the weekend of events we planned for them. 

 On Friday, we held a barefoot rehearsal on the beach, then transported all the guests up through wine country to Sunstone Winery for a wine tasting, and rehearsal dinner soiree.
On Saturday the guests gathered on the beach for an intimate wedding ceremony right on the water. Then walked across Cabrillo Blvd to the reception which was held at the DoubleTree. 
Then on Sunday we held a farewell brunch for the happy couple in the Plaza of Chase Palm Park. The guests gathered between 10 and 11 am and were welcomed to an omelet station, pancake station, and fruit and yogurt along with a large selection of home made danishes. 
 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s were served and they relaxed in the beautiful setting.
We cannot wait to see the images of the wedding that Brian from BB Photography captured. 
We will share more then! 
Congratulations to Kayla and David!  

Sunday Brunch in Sunny Montecito

Sunday Brunch in Sunny Montecito 150 150 La Fete Weddings

We work with a lot of couples who are planning destination weddings, where most of their guests are traveling a long distance to attend their special day. So why not plan a series of events to entertain your guests in the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. A wedding is a special time when two families come together as one, and we like to give as many opportunities as possible to build new connections and relationships. This farewell brunch took place in the front yard of a beautiful home in the hills of Montecito. The bride and groom invited all of the guests from the wedding to join them at an open-house style brunch, where the guests could come and go as they please and say goodbye to family members and new friends they had made. We designed this event to accent the luxurious garden setting underneath the oak trees. Good Gracious! provided a mouthwatering spread of breakfast treats along with a create-your-own-omelet station. Barnaby Draper had photographed the wedding the night before and was able to capture these great images for us the next day. The flowers added the perfect touch to our table tops and we could not have done it without Cody Floral Designs. 

Brunch Anyone?

Brunch Anyone? 150 150 La Fete Weddings

Many of our clients love having a farewell brunch, and the Four Season’s Biltmore is the perfect location to do the post nuptial affair! Here our clients chose the Monte Vista lawn and continued their black and white theme through their 3 day destination wedding weekend. The florals were all monochromatic color themed centerpieces done by Cody Floral Design.