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Tropically Island Breeze

Summer started and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for parties events and wedding tablescapes.

We love to watch and see all the new innovated ideas people come up with! Just like you, we enjoy all the bright vibrant colors and ideas that Wedding & Event Designers display, for celebrations + Wedding days!

This is what we have seen thus far! A ton of gold painted pineapples, floating floral, leaves under plates, and a mixture of texture linens being displayed.

The color palettes are to swoon for! The tropical trends are taking over and we love seeing it all unfold.

Todays Wedding trends are a must see! And we are bringing it to you first hand. Here we go, hold onto your seats, you are in for a big treat!

Check it out! We hope you are all having a fabulous day! Xoxo, The Ciao Bella Babes

CBWP Dream Team

Hello there! We are The Ciao Bella’s ready to exceed all of your expectations! Let’s meet the CBWP Team.

Meet Ciao Bella Michelle – Day of Coordinator
When she isn’t organizing, creating or delivering you the 5 star experience you could find her traveling, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, or laying out, catching those sun rays. Michelle is very reliable, a team player and one of our Leads for Day of Coordination. Our Brides would say that “Michelle is always happy, smiling and going above and beyond!” We love having Michelle on the CBWP Team. She has been with us for over 6 years and we couldn’t be more thankful for her and all the Weddings she has been apart of. She is an expert when it comes to planning. She exerts charisma, never falls short of her tasks, is always helping others finish theirs. She knows the ins and outs like the back of her hand and is great at attending to our Brides and Grooms. We can always count on Michelle. She’s humble, brave, talented, and very calm in a sticky situation. Not only is she an amazing asset to us but to anyone else as well. She is the one we can call upon in any situation to be there for us in a heartbeat. We love Michelle !
Meet Ciao Bella Jess – Planner
When Jess isn’t curating Wedding or Events you can find her up in the mountains snowboarding or at the beach swimming like a mermaid. Jess is a one of a kind and one of our main Wedding Planners and Coordinators. She excels where others fall short, she is very energetic, loves love and of course Weddings too! She has what it takes to handle every aspect on her own. She is a people pleaser, and loves to plan! Her execution is flawless and she pays extra attention to the pretty little details. Our brides would call Jess “ A go-getter !” We love having Jess on the CBWP Team. She has done all of our extravagant and over the top Weddings with us! She will continue to impress us with her creativity! We just love Jess!
Meet Ciao Bella Maria – Planner & Social Media Guru
When Maria isn’t Planning, you could find her crafting, sewing, making new designs or fashion pieces, enjoying her family, working out, or planning her own Events. Maria is a jack of all traits! She can wear many hats! Maria is dependable and an asset to any company she works for! She can tackle any and all obstacles, she is the most amazing person to work with and the complete package. Maria delivers her expertise to all Weddings and Events. She is known for being at a location before her scheduled time. Our Brides would say “ Maria has everything it takes to shine !” We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Maria on board the Ciao Bella Dream Team.
Meet Ciao Bella Sierra – Make Up Artist & Day of Coordinator
When Sierra isn’t doing make up or leading a Wedding or Event you could find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen for her family. She is a loving and caring Mama of two, who is dedicated to her family. Sierra has been with us since day one and enjoys every little aspect of the planning process. This little bombshell is reliable and self – sufficient! She will be at a Wedding before the sun rises to set up shop for our Bride and Bridesmaids getting them all glammed up for our Brides Dream Day. But wait there’s more, she will pull a double shift and work until the nights end to help with everything in between! From setting up to strike this Mama has what it takes to succeed at life. She is vibrant, full of love and has great energy, we love having Sierra on our squad. Our Brides would say “She’s ahhhhhmazing !” If you ever see Sierra say hi! She is the one you will see walking around with a smile on her face, never stressed and filled with passion for this industry. Let’s give it up for Sierra!
Meet our Owner- Ciao Bella Christina
Principle Planner & Luxury Wedding Designer Christina is our networking Queen, meeting new people is her “thang”, building new relationships with other vendors and getting to know new prospects daily is her jam. She has that lovable spirit, and has that relatable personality that’s attracts you to her. Christina always makes sure all ends are tied, all needs are met, and cradling every aspect of the planning process with the utmost care. Treating each Bride as if they were her own best friend. She is the kind of person who makes you feel good when you see her! But when she’s isn’t planning a lavish party, and extraordinary Event or Luxurious Wedding, you can find her beachside with her family and friends. She is a Mommy to be of two under two, a trophy wifey, and amazing entrepreneur. She found her niche decades ago, coming from a big Italian Family, always helping her Grandma and Aunties planning Parties, and creating enchanting moments with darling little details. It was in her nature to be a Premier Planner. She started her company straight out of high school while still attending college to get her degree in Business Management. What separates her from the rest is her enthusiasm, dedication, passion and love for her clients. She is loyal, respectful, responsible and creates these everlasting moments, people swoon for! Her relationships speak for themselves, time and time again you will find her catering to her clients needs. She is the woman behind the scenes, a curator of all things pretty, and her love for this industry is extremely effortless. She’s a natural and cultivates every Event or Wedding into a timeless masterpiece. She delivers the ultimate experience with everything she touches! She was born in Hollywood and raised in Laguna Beach, attending El Morro Elementary, Thurston and Laguna Beach High School. She was a LBHS Cheerleader and became known as your “go-to gal” for planning a good party.
“Team work makes the Dream work darllllinggggg!”
We had so much fun shooting our Team Photos in our hometown.

Make Up : https://www.instagram.com/sierradawnmakeup/
Jewelry : https://gorjana.com/
Location: Laguna Beach, California

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CBWP Celebrating International Woman’s Day Today

On a day like this, the Ciao Bella Babes would like to take a moment to show some love! Let’s go out of our way today, to lift each other up, to pick up the pieces, where others let fall.

To remind each other how beautiful life can truly be, when we sprinkle a little generosity!

At CBWP, we do not compare nor compete, but admire! We loveeeee love, to show love, to others in the industry, and leave a lasting impression.

As we go about our day today, let us be reminded not to judge, not to compare, nor compete. But to give words of encouragement, engage with others who you never have before. Give more compliments, share your secrets, tell someone you love them or their work! And how lucky you are to be apart of their journey, in their lives!

Let us spread the cheer and reach out to those far or near !

Today we celebrate you! A new you! A new beginning of being the best version of you, you can be! Cheers to us, cheers to the women we know, the woman we may raise, and the women we want to be! Here’s to a day, where we think more about others, to showing kindness, not weakness, to let’s others know we can strengthen the bond and relationship between other women! Who ultimately and unconditionally care for one another!

Food for thought : Let us be one. Woman who support woman, is the best thing! It’s a movement in itself.

We would love to hear from you. Write us below!

XXOO – Ciao Bella Babes

Being a Bridesmaids

Have you ever wondered what your official role, as a bridesmaid really entails ? Well, we are here to give you the scoop on your job as a Bridesmaids and the proper Etiquette—-

If you were asked to be a Bridesmaids it is such a compliment and an honor. For some this is our first time, for others it’s their 5th time! But some of us, have never been sure of our duties, and some are not financially capable of these duties. Not to fret! We are here to help guide you. Plus, you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money, if you get creative !

Step 1: See how many Bridesmaids your Bride chooses. If there are only a few of you that’s cool, if there are a lot of you even better! Everything can be split to make it more affordable for everyone. The Maid of Honor, or Matron of honor, will be the one who will be taking the lead.

Step 2 : Wait for their direction first before jumping the gun, with color schemes, bridal shower themes and bachelorette ideas. They may or may not have already discussed this with the Bride.

Photo image via : Ciao Bella Weddings & Events

Step 3 : Go out to brunch together, get to know one another, try to collaborate, brainstorm ideas or exchange numbers if you have not already. Since most of the time not all bridemaids happen to be friends, just happen to share a common bestie!

Step 4 : It’s not about you it’s about them! Make it that way. Show them you care and make the BRIDE feel SPECIAL, that’s the BIGGEST JOB DUTY YOU HAVE as a Bridesmaids, and is will weigh the heaviest yet it doesn’t cost a thing.

Step 5: Plan out what everyone’s jobs is and make a spreadsheet. This way nothing is bought twice or overlooked.

As a Bridesmaid we all know we are going to be in uniform of some sort, matching dresses, jewelry, matching style of dresses, maybe in different shades of the same color, matching shoes, matching hair styles; matching nail polish—- so many things you obviously see yourself spending money on.

Some Brides don’t mind which shoes you get, as long as they are closed toed or open toed-shoes, and one color nude or dark beige.

But then there are other brides, who want all their girls in the same exact shoes and are more lientent on the dresses; where they give you a color and tell you, that you may buy the dress whenever you like, so you can control the price.

We know how hard it is to ask a Bride these questions, but know that it is ok to do so. Like, do you have an idea of what we are going to be spending money on, { sometimes the Bride will buy all her bridesmaids matching robes for getting ready or the earrings she wants you to wear the Day of } So be aware of this and factor it in. You won’t be buying it all.

The bride will eventually have the Maid of Honor tell the rest of the Bridal tribe, what the Dress code is. At that time they will give them the 411, on the items they need to be purchasing.

We hope you enjoyed our segment on Bridesmaids Etiquette !

Xo- Ciao Bella Babes

Studio A Newport Beach Ca

Photo via Ciao Bella

We got the pleasure of meeting with Audrey over at Studio A, today.

Photo via Ciao Bella

She is a an amazingly talented, hair stylist at Studio A, and the Owner of Classic Newport Weddings; which she began in 2014.

Photo via Studio A

A little background about her: She has been doing weddings over 19 years ago and has been married for 14 years. She is very passionate about her job and professional, to say the least. We loved her energy and enthusiasm!

We are super excited to collab with her and her team for upcoming Weddings, Events or Birthday Parties.

Photo via Studio A
Audrey Hair Stylist

Her team offers the latest techniques in styling including airbrush makeup, Keratin Smoothing Treatment and hair extensions.  They offer a discounted price, for a trial styling. If you are interested in coming in to meet with them prior to your wedding. Appointments upon availability. Please contact them for bookings.

Photo via Studio A
Photo via Studio A
Photo via Ciao Bella

We recently got the pleasure of doing a Wedding in a Laguna Beach with her and her team. Can we just say our bride was enchanting. Absolutely stunning, a natural beauty to begin with but even more exquisite than we could have imagined after the glam squad! We will be posting photos of our Bride, Falon’s hair and make up below.

We hope you enjoyed our Blog post ! Xoxo The Ciao Bella Babes

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2019 & 2020 Unveiled To Veil or Not to Veil

Ciao Bella is breaking down the Wedding Rules —or should we say, do’s and don’ts to wearing a Veil, or not wearing a Veil on your Wedding Day. — Written by Ciao Bella Christina // Images via Ciao Bella Wedding & Events ™️

Things to consider, tips and tricks when purchasing your Veil. Opting for other options. We wanted to give you the scoop whether to Veil, or not to Veil, in 2019 & 2020.

A winter coat making statements. No Veil needed.
Both subtle hints of a flower crown and a Veil for Ceremony. Makes due for elegant and timeless shots. 2019 & 2020 we are seeing less flower crowns and more subtle hints of floral in their hair. Like the photos here.
Caught in the moment. Veils have been making statements for centuries. Check out what other trends are making headlines, this day in age.
Our Ciao Bella Brides “Something old” played a big part in this piece. Not only was it her Veil replacement, but a sentimental hair clip, she got custom made from an old heirloom.

Another of one of our Ciao Bella Brides who opted for a waist length Veil, so beautifully done.

Keep in mind some of these things when shopping for your Veil, the type of wedding or dress color you’re going to get? If you’re getting an ivory dress, make sure you’re getting an ivory Veil, if you’re getting a white dress make sure to get a white Veil.

How long the sleeves are? If you are doing sleeves or sleeveless dress, a sweetheart cut neckline, a princess, or mermaid style Wedding gown? These are major factors and the details you want to be aware of When purchasing your Wedding Veil.

Your Wedding Venue. Trust us when we say this will have a lot to do with your Veil on the Wedding day! This has a lot to do with the type of Veil want to choose. Make sure your wedding theme is cohesive, with this being said, that includes your Dress and your veil as well. Some brides tend to forget that.

Yes you should be choosing your Venue first, locking in your Wedding Date, so you can set and send out the Save the Dates. Then is time to shop and pick out your Dream Wedding Dress, and then of course the Veil. { or no Veil }

It should be in that order but if it’s not it’s OK if not don’t fret, every bride is different. This is just some professional advice, to make it most easiest on our Ciao’s Bella Brides. This is a glimpse of what, insider tips we offer here for our Brides. We love to share information insight to them on a regular basis, when they choose us to be their Personal Planner.

Ok back to the basics:

If you have a lot of embellishments on your dress, make sure your veil is less dominating. If you have a dress that doesn’t have any embellishments, and is more of a timeless piece—you can go with a very detailed Veil. When your dress is very detailed and intricate, you can opt for a smaller shoulder or hip length Veil or even one more simplistic, like our Brides have done here in the phots from the Winery Wedding. You do not have to go with a cathedral or chapel style. Keep in mind you don’t want your Veil to dominate your Wedding dress. Pick wisely. Even try your Veil on, with a similar gown in stores if possible.


2019 & 2020 Unveiled To Veil or Not to Veil

Christmas Styled Photoshoot

For this years Christmas Styled Photoshoot we wanted to give you a super Chic tablescape!

For this first look we wanted to incorporate a modern day sophistication with a twist of romantic elegance.

We collaborated with our gal from SjLetterCo. to give you the ultimate experience. She did all our Calligraphy + Paper goods for this styled shoot.

To visit her : http://Sjletterco.com

The next look we went for more of a Traditional feel. Classic red, with a beautiful silver sequin linen. Red roses and gold accents. Check out our gallery to view our photos up close.

This time we used the same look just changed the napkin ! Look at what a difference it makes just by a napkin swap’ !

Our next look we went for a dark Emerald green charger plate, silver sequin linen, and then we wrapped our gift with a super chic reindeer ribbon. We still kept it classy with a subtle hints of timeless accents.

We loved playing around with these different designs and spending the extra attention to detail. We hoped you enjoyed our Christmas Styled Photoshoot as much as we did’ !

“When you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”


We are extremely passionate about our Designs and we loved sharing them all with you! We hope you had a Happy Holiday and cheers, to the New Year of 2019!

Xo , The Ciao Bella Babes

Thanksgiving DIY Designs

Ciao Bella’s Thanksgiving DIY Designs

The holidays bring out the best in us, in all of us we hope! We enjoy giving thanks, not only on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year!

As we sit back, and think about, all the amazing weddings and events we have accomplished thus far, we are left with the utmost gratitude. A smile from ear to ear.

Creating magical moments for our Brides and seeing the excitement in their eyes, when they walk into their venue for the first time, is such an incredible feeling. The confidence and reassurance they get when they see us is so fulfilling.

Designing spectacular events for clients is something we have always dreamed of doing. We cherish the memories we make with our peers, our professional team, and the friends that have turned into family, over the years of being in this industry.

To us, this is what life is truly about. Loving what you do and feeling passionate and proud of your work, is the best feeling, and the greatest gift you can give yourself.

This Thanksgiving we want you to reflect on your accomplishments and give thanks to all that you do for yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back as the year closes and comes to and end. Be thankful for your surroundings and enjoy your life.

There are so many things to be thankful for. Make a list and read it off to yourself. Appreciate the little things and celebrate all wins.

Stay strong always and hold your head up high! We love you, you are amazing and you are killing it -at this thing we call life.

Now, onto our Thanksgiving Tablescape Designs.

This year we couldn’t decide so we did two looks. We would love to hear your feedback.

First look:

We went for a a simplistic chic natural feel.

We used Crystal glasses, Crystal candle stick holders, a beautiful Bohemian chic linen napkin with fringe detail, and the same charger plates for both looks. We loved adding black candles sticks for flare. Paper straws which we do not like to use personally but love to stage and design with ! Crystal Accent Votive candles and white spray painted pine cones.


Second look:

We went for more of the traditional feel.

This was super easy to accomplish. We spray painted some leaves, rose gold metallic, added a few succulents, and some branches of leaves we clipped from the front yard, added a few fresh and trendy elements some Moscow Mule cups and tadaaaa. We had a super cute gingham black and white print runner, that we used to add pattern. Let us know what you think? And which you like best! Leave a comment below!

The Ultimate Guide to The Perfect Proposal

Ciao Bella’s Ulitmate Guide To The Perfect Proposal

1. Hire a professional !
2. They will help you find the perfect spot and location. They will help you design, decorate, stage and set up the proposal accordingly, with the right vendors. They will listen to your specific wants and needs and create a once in a lifetime moment.
3. They will make sure it’s magical !
4. They will hire a photographer and videographer duo for you.
5. Make sure you pick or choose a sentimental location or your personal planner can help assist you in doing so if you haven’t decided already !
6. Speak from the heart when you propose ! This is huge, and very important ! Don’t try to use big words to impress her you got this far right, just be you!
7. Don’t take too long- make it short simple and sweet!
8. Stay in the moment, it’s totally ok to be funny, silly or even laugh, it makes due for even better shots and footage for the photographer and videographer !
9. Look into their eyes when you are speaking, I know you might be nervous, and you will want to shy away from their eyes but steady contact is key ! Just try your best to focus, for that special second, on the way they look at that very moment in time and memorize it.
10. Then your coordinator and Personal planner, will plan for you and your fiancé { yes I said it fiancé !!! } to enjoy a limo ride to a candlelit dinner for the two of you , at your favorite resturant, where a table filled with rose petals, and bottle of your favorite bubbly will be waiting for you. { with your choice of any color rose petals – of course }

Call to get Rates or to Book The Ciao Bella Proposal Package today !

Xo – The Ciao Bella Babes

Budget Savvy Brides Listen Up

CAN WE GIVE YOU ONE MAJOR PIECE OF ADVICE

We promise, you will want… to thank us later!

Spend the money on a Wedding Planner, trust us when we say, it will end up costing you more money literally, if you don’t.

Any Wedding Planner knows how to save you money. But most of all they know where to spend it.

Your Wedding Planner knows how to make it look more expensive than it really is, by adding special touches, and details where it matters most.

Wedding Planners are here to give you the best advice, save you the most time & money, and they will guide you in the direction, towards the Wedding YOU deserve!

Not a DIY nightmare, that will end up driving you crazy, and your relationship in a downward spiral. We are being honest here, and we want to help you avoid any kind of disaster.

We know how challenging, planning your own Wedding can be. ( We have done it before, and trust us when we say it is NOT easy ) and how many countless hours, and time it takes away from your new phase, of the “Fiancé Engagement relationship”, is just ridiculous. You should not do that to yourself.

We know when Brides, start to take short cuts, or take on too many DIY projects, and start to spend way too much time calling vendors and comparing prices… that it has only just begun.

( Yet do you have any clue what things costs, or should costs, or how much you need to budget for each Vendor, or how much to save for your Big DAY ??? )

Biting off more than you can chew it is not fun for anyone. Especially not your fiancé, or your family members, nor is it fair for you.

Being a budget savvy bride doesn’t mean you are cheap. It means you are conservative, and you don’t want to splurge on this one day, that is bound to drain everyones bank accounts.

It’s for the brides, who are mature enough to say to themselves, what do I need, want do I want, and what can I live without.

From the Day you get engaged, it’s like a ticking time bomb. I mean…… am I right ladies??????!! This is suppose to be an EXCITING experience, isn’t it. Not a stressful one.

Ever wonder, how you are ever, going to afford the WEDDING of your Dreams?? When even, just hiring a Wedding Planner can seem unaffordable to you right now ?

We are here to help YOU!!!

Our Ciao Bella Planners are Budget Savvy, and ohh soooooo very knowledgable. Our Wedding Packages come with a Complimentary Creative Designer, who can help you design your one of a kind wedding. Your Wedding Planner will also work as their counterpart, to plan and coordinate your every need.

Now, We are going to give you a list of locations in our Hometown, that are fun, feasible, affordable and right by the Beach!!!

I know, I know, you think we are kidding, but we are not !!! HERE IS THE LIST!!

Ciao Bella Budget Savvy Laguna Locations:
1. North of Main Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
2. Rockpile Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
3. Picnic Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
4. Heisler Park Gazebo / & Heisler Park Grassy Lawn
5. Crescent Bay Park Amphitheater
6. Laguna Beach Art Museum
7. Forest & Ocean Gallery
8. Pearl St Beach ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )
9. Shaw’s Cove ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )
10. Moss Point ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )

ALL WEDDINGS REQUIRE A PERMIT FROM THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH

MORE OF CIAO BELLA’S FAVORITE SAVVY LOCATIONS IN THE OC:
1. Ole Hanson San Clemente
2. Doheny State Beach Dana Point
3. Califia Historic Cottage San Clemente
4. Lantern Bay Park Dana Point
5. Heritage Park Dana Point
6. Baby Beach / Ocean Institute
7. Cannons Dana Point

ALL WEDDINGS REQUIRE A PERMIT IF IT’S OWNED BY THE CITY OF THE VENUE LOCATION