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Wedding Tipping Etiquette 101

Would you like a cheat sheet of how to properly tip your Wedding Vendors?

Well, today we are here to tell you, we have made one especially for you!

We know how helpful it is when you know how to tip your Wedding Vendors. A lot of our brides often ask us, “how do we tip our Vendors?”

With this being said, we ask you, who do you think deserves to be tipped? And why?

Some vendors work for you during the whole planning process, others only for the week of, and leading up until your Dream day.

And then….there are those who only work the day of, but it could be more than your average work day, we are talking 10-18 hours of labor plus!

At the end of the day, when everything is said and done, you sit back and remember how special it was!

Who was the biggest part of your day, who went above and beyond for you? These are the people who deserve to be tipped.

There are so many Vendors who are responsible for making sure your day is seamless, fabulous and flawless. We must say these people need an extra round of applause.

The Ultimate Guide Choosing the Right Colors

When it comes to your Wedding Day colors, you will want to incorporate the right color palette.

Picking and choosing your colors doesn’t have to be hard. Just make sure it compliments both you and your fiancé.

Play around with your favorite colors. Make sure it’s not to girlie or too masculine. Try to find a happy medium that you and your fiancé can both agree on.

Try to limit yourself to 3-4 colors max. We usually tell our brides to pick 3 colors. Two to three main colors and one pop color. For example: here is a beautiful combination below, Blush pink and Ivory with a pop of gold and lush green as your accent color. It’s always a great idea to keep your linen colors neutral. Ivory is a common choice, it’s clean, luxurious and subtle.

Speaking about linens, when you are deciding which kind of linens you want, be sure to remember there are all kinds of textures in the color you want! To add elegance, textured linens is the way to go! Believe it or not, velvet linens are very popular right now. Sequin linens are always a hit too! Especially for your sweetheart, head table, cake table or sweet treat buffet table. It’s lovely to have those linens in something different than your dining table linens.

There are new trends happening constantly in the Wedding World, and we are here to let you know what they are! We like to be in the now, and our Ciao Bella Babes love to live and breathe Weddings, and what’s trending! They are your go-to-gals when it comes to designing!

What we have discovered, is ….having the right floral, is everything! No matter how much, we, as wedding planners decorate, nothing compares to when the florals arrive! Be sure to hire a florist you love or trust! We have many florist we have built long lasting relationships with, over the last 15 years and that relationship…. is everything! When you have worked with someone in the past, you know what to expect! You know exactly what you will be getting, the quality of their work + arrangements, and them arriving in a timely manner. This will literally change the whole look, walking into your Wedding day, and it all depends on your floral arrangements! It’s a huge part of the design and decor! Even if it’s a bunch of lush greenery and few floral pieces, this is one of the biggest elements to your day! So choose wisely.

When you hire a Wedding Planner you can trust, you will be stress free. They will be in your best interest, hire on the best vendors for you and accommodate your every need.

“Every Bride has a story to tell.”

– The Ciao Bella Babes

Labor Day Party Ultimate Guide

Do you want to know how to throw an incredible Labor Day Event?

Of course right, who doesn’t! We thought so! Here is the Ultimate Guide! We are breaking it down for you. This is our top 10 ways to make it beautiful, fun, and exciting for everyone! All ages!

  1. Bring on the Bar!
  2. Hire a Food Truck or Catered food + Have a Sweet Treat Buffet Bar
  3. Design with the Ultimate Decorations
  4. Create a layout that is fun and functional. We like to incorporate a kids table and an Adult area.
  5. Hire an amazing staff!
  6. Have a themed backdrop / Selfie Station
  7. Bring on the beats! Have an iPod dock or hire a DJ!
  8. Add some fabulous floral!!!
  9. Rent tables, Chairs and themed linen!
  10. Enjoy your P-A-R-T-Y!

Party’s are meant to be enjoyed with the people you love the most ! — The Ciao Bella Babes

Photo Credits :

http://CiaoBellaWeddingPlanning.com

http://Pinterest.com

Rentals :

http://BakerPartyRentals.com

Sweet Treats :

http://SweetandSaucyShop.com

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

Paul + Falon’s Laguna Beach Mozambique Wedding

Magically making every Bride & Grooms Dream come true !

What match made in heaven these two are. From the moment we met them, we could feel their chemistry and could see the sparks in their eyes. It was such an honor, to not only plan with this amazing couple, but also be apart of their magical day.


Watching the two of these love birds connect for their first time in their purest form, as they did their first look, was such an incredible moment to see! Then, I look down and there is this beautiful heart rock right beneath me. It’s like it was meant to be!

Take a look at these “heart felt moments” we got to capture behind the scenes of the photogrpaher and videographer, { while we were running back and forth, to and from the Venue at Mozambique to Pearl St Beach— while setting up. }

There comes a time when all your stars align, you are no longer searching for your soulmate, but stumble upon them. Knowing that sometimes they were in front of you all along. With every heart beat you two are one, your souls sing, your minds speak and your hearts listen.

Listening to the speeches that filled the room, you knew what an impact these two, incredible people, have made on others, and in their lives. What a beautiful moment in time.

This Wedding was filled with top notch local Vendors. Each one of these Vendors played such an amazing role in making this day seamless, magical and incredibly perfect ! Here’s the line up ! Trust us when we say —you will want to follow each of these wonderful Vendors on Instagram.

Full planning : @ciaobellaweddingplanning

@sierradawnlomonaco @ciaobella_m_antonieta 

Gown via @watters 

Venue: @mozambiqueoc 

Bride: @livelagunabeach

MUA : @_beautybykristy @amybatlowski 

Hair : @hairbyhoneycutt | @studio_a_hair @classicnewportweddings 

Name Cards : @sjletterco 

Film @austinfphoto 

Photo : @karenephoto 

Rentals : @bakerparty 

Floral : @ciaobella_m_antonieta @ocwholesaleflowers 

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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Chocolate Monogram Wax Seals DIY Guide

Ciao Bella
Chocolate Monogram Wax Seals | DIY Guide

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Monogram DIY Wax Seals

We had so much fun making these ! We love wax seals so why not make them chocolate ones !

  1. Melting your chocolate…It’s not always easy. Try not to burn it! Ok so start by placing your white or milk chocolate morsels, in a miscrowave safe bowl, on a lower power setting for like 10 seconds or until its melts, make sure to check every 5-8 seconds by stirring it.
  2. Then place your wax paper down over your cooking / baking sheet and place a tiny amount off of the tip of your teaspoon, in a small dime size circular shape.. try to make them at least 5 cm apart if you can.
  3. Have your wax seals in ice. The metal part must be ice cold in order for the chocolate to peal off easily.
  4. If you make a mistake { like we did… wash it off with hot water and start again. Place the wax seal in ice.. we like to use a small bowl of ice.
  5. And stamp it just as you would a regular hot wax seal, but using your choice chocolate, instead.
  6. Make sure you do it right as your chocolate starts to harden, having the perfect timing is everything.. play around with it. It took us a few tries to get it down right. }
Place your chocolate in tiny dollops like so. The ones in the picture are way too BIG !!! Make them around a dime size.. this is what not to do …{ In the picture above… we like to see if you are paying attention…. is that wrong of us?? }
DIY Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate Monograms

The Ciao Bella Babes love to create pieces that are custom made and editable too’!

How about these DIY Monogramed Chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Super cute and easy too!

You can add them to cupcakes, your favorite candy box whatever you wish to do! We like to do something new for our Hubby, so we thought we would share it with you!

We love to inspire you, for Valentine’s this 2019 or just because!

This is even an awesome idea to incorporate your new last name at your Wedding or Engagement Party!

Try it for your next Birthday party or private extravaganzas! I mean …{ Who doesn’t love their initials or the Letter of their last name everywhere ? }

White Chocolate Monogramed Wax Seals

Channeling the 1920s

We wanted to create a fun, freestyled Elopement Shoot, channeling and mixing in the 1920’s, 50s, and a twist of the 80s. We gathered up items we had laying around and called upon a good friend to collab with.

The weather was absolutely stunning for our shoot! Everything we were wanting and wishing for. From the misty air, grey skies, and to the gloomy clouds. The moody ambiance, was exactly what we needed to set the scene.

This is a Vintage 1920s classic hand beaded purse from my late Grandmother
The crisp winter air was so beautiful yesterday…while shooting


Young, wild.. and free … until you Marry Me

How to Be a Ciao Bella Bride ? You ask…just give us a ring …

We hope you enjoyed our Styled Photoshoot. We had so much fun shooting with our favorites.

Model: Kristen Schreiber

Assistants : Ciao Bella Michelle & Liv

Photog: Ciao Bella Wedding Planning ™️

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