Chapter 13: Weddings and Events by Jenny

Welcome to the Chapter 13 blog where you'll find fantastic links, wedding tips, updates on recent Chapter 13 events, and incredible deals!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{Discount Linky}

Check out the great deals going on here!  Wedding wear and accessories galore.

Happy Shoppin'

xoxo Jenny 

Monday, April 25, 2011

{Real Bride #2}

Today, we are featuring another "real bride".  She will share her experience with the wedding planning process and provide some fun tips.  Fun fact:  I babysat this beautiful young woman in her younger years.  Congratulations, Miranda!

1.  What is the best part of the wedding planning process for you?
My favorite part of the wedding process so far has been finding the best venue, flowers, decorations and photographers for the best deal. I am always on the look-out for the best sales every time I am in a store and I have treated the wedding world the same way (mainly because my fiance and I are funding our entire wedding). I have looked at so many blogs on "budget beautiful" weddings and they looked amazing so I knew that my wedding would look fabulous and still stay within my budget. 

2. What is the most difficult part of the wedding planning process for you?
The most difficult part of the wedding process has also been finding the best venue, flowers, decorations and photographers for the best deal. Two weekends ago, my fiance (Daniel), my mom and I went to look at a venue in the Santa Cruz mountains that was mentioned in as one of the cheaper places for a reception and had excellent catering services. But when I went and talked with the owner, I realized that the final cost was $10,000 over my budget for the reception. The site was beautiful and sometimes I wish that I could get everything I ever dreamed, but it was not practical on a financial stand point. So I waited another week and found an even more beautiful location for the ceremony and reception that fit within my budget beautifully! Its possible!!!

3.  What surprises you about the process or about yourself in the process?
I expected myself to stress out...and there is definitely still time for me to stress out as the days get closer to the wedding...but I found some really helpful checklists on and that I have modified to fit my schedule. Also, my fiance is one of those grooms who wants to be a part of the wedding planning. At first I didn't really know what to do with that, but I started gradually showing him photos of ideas, and timelines in magazines and he has appreciated that I let him in on the loop. Since he knows me so well, I have been able to talk through ideas with him and then he ends up having some good ideas as well!

4. What has been your best idea or find so far in the process?
I love plants! If anyone has spent any amount of time, they know this fact and I have even had some close friends joke about how I will have to have a lot of plants at my wedding because flowers are so important to me. So, for my take-home-gifts, I'm going to give small individual pots with a single succulent in each. Now, I know what you're thinking if you have spent any time looking at wedding blogs that this idea has been done before. But, my advice is that as a bride or wedding coordinator, the take-home-gift must fit the bride and groom's personality, lifestyle, etc. so that when your guests leave with this gift, they understand why I gave them a succulent plant, or a box of chocolate, etc. Be creative!
5. What are you most excited about regarding the wedding planning process?
I am excited about the reception table decorations! I love textures and different shapes and sizes of we will see what it ends up looking like! I wish I could do all the set-up myself but I know that is impossible. I gotta find some reliable friends who can do things my way on the day of the wedding.

My favorite wedding websites/blogs:



Friday, April 22, 2011

{Flower Love}

I have been all about flowers lately.  As is Martha Stewart.  Check out her newest copy of Martha Stewart Living for all types of ideas for arranging flowers.  I adore the section on "Poppy Love".  Here are some links to pick your own and homegrown flower gardens.  Remember this is a great way to save money, choose exactly the flowers you want, and have a fun experience roaming through fields of beautiful blossoms. Petaluma Sebastopol San Francisco Half Moon Bay

Happy Pickin'
xoxo Jenny 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

{Tipsy Tuesday}

Dropping a quick link tip!
Great wedding gear at Gilt Groupe Wedding Shop!
Also, check out The Wedding Chicks for giveaways!

Happy Planning!

xoxo Jenny

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Are you hoping to personalize something at your wedding?  Maybe beverages, candy bags, programs, etc.?
Check out these links for some beautiful, fun, and free printables! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

{Trumpet Vs. Mermaid}

What is the difference anyway?

Mermaid gowns, which I love, are a bit more form fitting through the hips.  A mermaid style is fitted across the chest, stomach, hips, and often thighs.  It may flare out above, at, or below the knees.

A trumpet is similar, but it creates volume that will flow, somewhat like a train, behind the bride. 

Considering this, and the fact that I was able to take normal steps when I walked, I believe my dress was a trumpet style.

Happy Dress Hunting!

xoxo Jenny

Friday, April 8, 2011

{Nor Cal Flowers}

Although my business is based on the Central Coast of Cali, I am a Nor Cal girl by birth and my own wedding took place in my hometown.

Flowers were one of the most important parts of my wedding.  You know, besides the vows and all (wink).  I wanted a lot, but I didn't want to spend a lot.  Especially since half of my budget was spent on the location of my dreams! 

So, I picked my own flowers.  Literally.

Check out these two sites for some floral inspiration and some major savings!  I spent under $300 on every single flower at my wedding.  No joke.  Centerpieces, bouquets, boutineers, EVERYTHING!

Aztec Dahlias
Sequoia Wholesale Flowers

Here are some of the results.

Happy Planning

xoxo Jenny

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


I love banners.  Fabric, paper, anything really.  They are fun and can even be functional!  Check these banners from Style me Pretty, Grey Likes Weddings, 100 layer Cake, and Martha Stewart Weddings out for inspiration!  Check out Martha Stewart Weddings for some awesome DIY templates. 

xoxo Jenny

Friday, April 1, 2011

{Friday Find}

San Luis Obispo now has a Shutterbooth and their office is super cute.  Check it out!

Renting photobooths is an awesome way to give your guests something fun to do while the wedding party is busy taking photos.  It also provides great memories and is a wonderful keepsake.

Happy Planning!
xoxo Jenny