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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

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

https://www.visitlagunabeach.com/

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

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 ™️

949.514.1651 | For Inquires | By Apt Only

The Ulitmate Guide to Wedding Do’s & Dont’s

Hello there gorgeous girls

We have some very informative insight and we are so very excited to share this with you guys! We are able to offer our brides advice we never could before. For years of planning we thought we were pros but yet, did we didn’t have any idea the insight at that time, that we’re about to share with you today.

After countless Weddings and years of planning, we thought we were experts, pros, yet we never knew how it was to be a real Bride …ourselves, until we up and got married, of course !

Now, let’s sit back and rewind time. If we knew half, of the things we knew today, after walking down that aisle, we would’ve been able to offer our Brides some wonderful in-tell !

This being said we are so pleased to announce some very helpful for Ciao Bella Tips and Tricks for you, our New and upcoming Brides.

Ciao Bella Tips & Tricks take Note:

1. A huge tip you want to avoid is don’t overdo the DIY items, ask for help.
2. Find a bakery near your venue so you don’t have to worry about it being in the vehicle for too long, traffic, car accidents etc. The Wedding Cake needs to be set up 3-prior to reception.
3. Buy two sets of wedding shoes, one beautiful pair and one more comfortable pair- for dinner,dancing and after hours.
4. Don’t drink too much the morning of, I know I know we are about to sound like your parents right now but just trust us when we say, you’re not going to be able to last all day.
5. Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast! I know, now we still like your mother but this is very important! We know how nerve-racking it is to eat early in the morning, on your wedding day nonetheless, but it’s a must.
6. Make sure all of your girls / bridesmaids are well rested.
7. Take a second to breathe and enjoyed each and every moment. This is the day…. you’ve waited your whole life for…..take every second of it in.
8. The day goes by so quickly, be make sure to at least say hi to all the guests who may have traveled far, to be there for you on your Wedding day-. If you can’t get around to saying hi, to everyone —that is.
9. We learned it’s best to do a Thank you to the guests, with our Bride and Groom, with a song after the of the toast speeches.( To accomplished this ) Play a song like “ that’s a more ‘ – “ and have the bride and groom, go around to each table and cheers all the Guests, at each of the tables. It really makes it easy, and it gets the crowd going too! Be sure to make eye contact, or say hi to each of your guests as your doing it. ( Plus it’s FUN ) And your guests will love the interaction, trust us !
10. After that’s done to wrap up the Toasts and Speeches, be sure to thank your guests for coming. ( Once you are back at your headtable or sweetheart table, over the microphone. ) We always like to end, our Ciao Bella Weddings with a thank you speech, from our Bride and Groom. It’s super sweet thoughtful and respectful to your guests for coming to share your love on this very special day of yours.

Ok my pretties, we hope you guys enjoyed our talk — for the latest and greatest, Ciao Bella Tips and Tricks on the blog today! Happy Planning! And happy holidays Ciao for now!

Wedding Estate Venues

This Hidden Gem is nestled away in the hills of Laguna Beach.

Enchanting and majestic this Historical Landmark, is the perfect place to say “I do!”

Host your next Celebration, Holiday Party, Event or Family Reunion here! This secret garden, is situated in the heart of Laguna Beach.

High Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Low Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Overnight Accommodations:
Up to 24 guests

The Low Down: Venue + Rehearsal & Overnight Accommodations available at this property ‘
Ceremony: 70 guests seated + Bridal Party
Reception: 80 guests

Venue Style: Tuscany / Garden Party / Spanish  /  mediterranean / Coastal / Suitable to accommodate all sorts of themes.

Venue Type: Estate / Villa / Private Mansion

Views: Ocean / Garden / Hills

Types of Occasions: This Venue is the perfect location for a romantic and intimate Wedding, Event, Party, Celebration, Corporate Party, Holiday or Company Gathering, Cocktail or Private Party, Family Reunion, Special Occasion, Bachlorette Party, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, anything really, you name!

Our calendars are filling up quick and 2019 & 2020 is booking up fast, to reserve your dates, or to check availability, rates or to tour the Estate please email us.

This Secret Garden Estate is only 650 steps from Heisler Park and only 1000 steps to the pacific and sandy pristine beaches of sunny socal. This Hidden Gem offers fee WiFi and has been newly renovated.

Features 6 Villas and 7 total Exquisite Locations on this Hidden Gem :

Foxglove Studio 2 ppl
Heather Studio 2 ppl
Lavender Suite 3 ppl
Delphinium Suite 4 ppl
Violet Suite 4 ppl
Jacaranda Cottage 5 ppl

Historic Main Cottage : The Main Cottage or house is used for a Common area, the Kitchen Dinning Room, Living Space is for all the Villas.

Call : 949-514-1651

For more information, or to Schedule a meeting, to tour this Estate please email us.

By Appointment Only.

Ciao Bella Summer Soirée

We are super excited for our upcoming Ciao Bella Summer Soirée in Laguna Beach on Aug 22nd 2018!

We have a fabulous line up of amazing vendors and local pros.

This year we will be featuring an awesome guest and TV Host. {Did you really think we were going to say ….Who? Lol … sorry… } You are just going to wait and see who it will be!

Also, along the side of our amazing, talented, likeminded, business owners, and entrepreneur individuals, we will be having our very own Ciao Bella Babes attending!

Yes, you got it…the actually girls you hear about in all our Yelp and The Knot Reviews! The ones who are behind the scenes, at every Private Estate Party, Celebration, Wedding or Special Event, making me look good!

I can’t give these girls enough credit, for always going above and beyond my expectations. Delivering only top notch service to each and everyone of our clients.

These are the girls who will make your day seamless! Who are on their toes at your beck and call, any point in time, to tackle any obstacle headed their way! They are The Ciao Bella Dream Team!

Check out some of our Boho Babe doing her thangggg from our last styled shoot below! These are photos Ciao Bella Michelle captured behind the scenes!

Xoxo, Ciao Bella !

Ciao Bella Photos ™️ Taken by Michelle Sorensen
Visual Designer : Ciao Bella Christina
Flower Crown: Ciao Bella
Flowers & Decor & Details : Ciao Bella
Photoshoot Model : Kristina Coelho
Photographer : Karina Preciado

Vendor Tipping Etiquette

Wedding Tipping 101

Ciao Bella Staff or your Wedding Planners staff:
Wedding Staff is Who you hire, they are the ones who will be at your beck and call. They will be the one juggling your day and paying attention to every last detail. They will be setting up, staging, decorating, breaking down, cleaning up, and will be the ones who will be there at your every need. Ciao Bella is known for delivering exceptional five star service and our staff greatly appreciate gratuities.
Protocol: Appreciated
The Standard: $50 -$100 each

Tipping Your Wedding Planner:
About 80 percent of couples do tip their planners, only if they feel like they went above and beyond for them. (Negotiations on your behalf, was hands on, from start to finish. Saved you time and money. Handled all meetings with vendors, coordination between you and your venue coordinator. Etc. )
Protocol: Appreciated
The Standard: 10–25 percent of your service charge

Tipping your Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist:
This is one area where gratuity is definitely expected.
Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your girl ( bridesmaids ) has a meltdown over her curls or make up blah blah blah… and it requires a redo at the last minute. // double tip that gal ‘
Protocol: Expected
The Standard: $25-50
depending upon the quality of service
When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Tipping your Cake Delivery Service: Protocol: Expected
The Standard: $10-20 per person
When to Tip: Drop off of cake
Envelopes given the morning of to your Wedding planner or Day or coordinator, unless money is give prior to our Wedding day. You must assign a trustworthy person so that they don’t forget to distribute tips accordingly.

Tipping your Wedding Ceremony Officiant:
If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.
Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)
The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100
When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have a responsible attendant pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer:
You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).
Protocol: Optional
The Standard: $50–$200 per photographer
When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

Wedding Venue Staff:
This is usually always included check your contract with your Venues make sure you’re not double tipping these people who are staffed with the venue. Other staff you hire is different and outside of this. If there is no service charge or gratuities on these then yes it’s started to tip them.
Protocol: Expected
The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and Catering fee or $50-100 per person

Wedding Valet Attendants:
When it comes to valet parking attendants check or ask your planner or the Venue Coordinatior if they are the ones hosting your parking through their location about the rules of tipping that are dictated by your contract.
If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Protocol: Optional, based on contract
The Standard: $25-50 per Valet attendant
If more than 100 guests = around 50 cars / Under 100 guests $15-20 per parking attendant.

When it comes to bartenders, barbacks and bussers, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract.
If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many people will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Protocol: Optional, based on contract
The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom attendees if the venue has any

Wedding Reception Band or DJ:
Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.
Protocol: Optional, yet preferred
The Standard: $25–$35 per musician;
$50–$150 for DJs
When to Tip: An attendant should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

Wedding Transportation:
Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time, provide a smooth ride and don’t get lost.
Protocol: Expected
The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill
When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the

**Rule of Thumb It’s best to give all envelopes sealed to your planner or Dream Day Designer / Day of Coordinator the morning of your Wedding day. When she arrives and greets you, hand her all the envelopes sealed in a bag, along with any Wedding items you will need to be taken over to the Venue. ( ie. Cake topper, champagne flutes, etc., if not the days prior leading up. If you would like to personally hand out the envelopes make sure you don’t loose them, ( this is not recommended only because we have dealt with instances in the past where the Bride or Groom misplaced it or handed it to their MOH or BM and they were day drinking and they don’t remember where they put it. ) Be very careful and only hand it to your Wedding Planner or Day of Coord.

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Alice In Wonderland

Showering Jaymee with the perfect Soirée !

We got a little carried away with this one! It must have been the kid inside us! Her Alice in Wonderland themed bridal shower was the perfect soirée ! From the Alice in Wonderland sugar cookies to the rosette red and white cupcakes!

We specially loved the turquoise linen choices, checkered black-and-white napkin linens, floral colors esembles, the tablescape design and details! But most of all we just adored of the flower printed teacups! Here is a sneak peak of what our Alice In Wonderland Tea Party looked like!

Vendors
Wedding & Event Planner: Christina
Planning Services: Ciao Bella Wedding Planning
Rentals: Baker Party
Cookies & treats : Sweet & Saucy Shop
Venue: Private Estate
Location: SoCal