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No cookie-cutter wedding for you

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You’ve always been into things luxurious and palatial, so why should your wedding be anything less than an over-the-top affair? Or perhaps you prefer to keep it low key but still want your wedding to be out of the box. This isn’t just any old wedding – and it shouldn’t look like it. Sure, no matter what  type of wedding you want, you can take inspiration from movies, magazines, and your besties, but this is your day, and just like you, it should be one-of-a-kind. A cookie-cutter wedding is the last thing you want.

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What’s Unique About Both Of You? Brainstorm Time!

Typically, brides dislike cookie-cutter weddings because they have seen the same details, the same cake, and listened to the same songs over and over again. They want their wedding to be different and after a while, all the Pinterest inspiration begins to look the same.

Do you want Fido as part of our wedding?

How can you make your wedding stand out? Well, it starts with both of you! Sit down together and brainstorm what you both love, what makes you unique. Jot down and discuss all your likes, dislikes, and things you don’t like at weddings. Your wedding must absolutely compliment your lifestyle and core values.

But how you can incorporate your diverse personalities into your wedding. For example, if you dislike DJ’s or bands than hire a dueling piano instead. Getting married on May 4th? Add a Star Wars touch. Do you love Chick Fil A? Get catering for the end of the night munchies. Do you love puns? Do what one of our brides did and use puns as your table numbers. Have a furry friend? Add them to your wedding party or even have donations to rescue societies. Love fall? Add white pumpkins with succulents flowing out of them.

Don’t forget to discuss color themes and the feel of your wedding. You are two unique people with your own tastes, so let your individuality shine to reflect a custom wedding day experience.

Plan a destination wedding

Make It A Destination Trip

Of course, Europe is never a bad idea, from castles to caves, the options are endless. What is truly important is that your location reflects who you are and what you value in life. Weddings are becoming more of an experience than an exactment of old traditions as many couples are creating brand new ones. “Couples are looking for the unconventional approach, mixing local customs with their own and providing an experience unique to any ceremony they have attended before,” said Jenny Chang, founder of ROCKNEVENTS  (RNE) “Excursions are a cool way to get immersed in the local culture and to help your guests get excited about your destination pick.”

Planning a destination wedding can be more challenging since you are not physically there but you can always hire a great team to make sure all the details are in check.

Wedding in Paris

An Unforgettable Venue

We are allergic to cookie-cutter wedding venues. You should be too. If you are unsure of where to get married, we recommend you hire a wedding planner. They have insight into the venue details that will best fit your style. They also have the inside scoop on which venues provide the most worthwhile experiences.

We at RNE crave venues that will blow the minds of your guests. If you want a majestic garden vibe, we got you covered. If you want fantasy, we will find an incredible vineyard that oozes royalty. So it is important to do some research and consult with wedding designers and producers. Venues play a big role in choosing destination locations as well, so think about what you’re looking for in the architecture and feel of your wedding.

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Breaking Tradition and Creating New Ones

Your wedding day shouldn’t be a set of rituals and must-haves. Don’t be afraid to skip the toasts, miss out on the bouquet toss or skip the bouquet altogether. It’s best that you start with a blank canvas and think about what the most important thing is for the both of you. Is it to have more of an intimate experience? Is it for your guests to have an amazing time? Is it to fuse your two cultures? Couples are looking for inspiration abroad as well:

“They are ditching traditional churches and are opting for medieval Irish castles on cliffs overlooking the open ocean or lavender fields in the French countryside”, says Jenny Chang. “From small chapels in Rome to the most lavish vineyards in Tuscany, the opportunities are endless for breathtaking views, romantic settings, and irresistible cuisines.”

You can add inspiration from other cultural traditions by mixing it with your own to create a brand new one. The options are truly endless. Just remember to focus on what matters most to both of you.

Liven up your after party

Eclectic Design Elements

Common centerpieces and tiered tablecloths are been there, done that. But how about countless candles and 20-foot high succulent walls? If you have a vision, get a team that has a plan that delivers!

When thinking of eclectic design elements, lighting always comes to mind. String lights and dangling terrarium candle globes will go the extra mile.

The next crucial step is to design your florals. Lavish roses, palatial succulents, and sumptuous hydrangeas all give off that modern deluxe vibe we crave.

Then, think about your exit before the after party. Hire a food truck, hot dog stand or even ice cream cart. This can allow for your personalities to leave one more lasting impression.

The Party Doesn’t Stop When the Reception Does

Unless you turn into a pumpkin at midnight, your reception shouldn’t end until you want it to.

Your celebration can last ‘til dawn if you’re up for it. Take the party to the next level and celebrate your nuptials until the wee hours of the morning.

Your guests will appreciate the option to keep partying past midnight. Consider extending your reception hours or even taking things to a local bar for some restless fun! All in all,  you must have your fingerprints on the overall wedding experience.

Untraditional venue

Avoid Cookie-Cutter Weddings

“A cookie-cutter wedding, what’s that?” says every badass wedding planner out there. But we don’t just talk the talk. This is your day, so let’s figure out how to make it all about you, down to every detail.

Say goodbye to Pinterest weddings and hello to the era of ROCKNEVENTS wedding production. We’re loud, outspoken, and badass. So are you. Let’s stop talking and start planning your wedding already.

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Bio: ROCKNVENT stages unique weddings from its headquarters in Marina Del Rey, CA, For great ideas, read our blog,

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Wedding of Alyssa & Lauren at the Ebell

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

The wedding of Alyssa and Lauren was held at the Ebell, a philanthropic club which is a spectacular wedding venue. Offering an elegant historic clubhouse, it features two exquisitely detailed ballrooms, an intimate art salon, and a breathtaking courtyard garden That made it a perfect choice for this happy couple.

Wedding program for Alyssa & Lauren

The Ebell - bespoke wedding venue

Welcome to the elegant Ebell

Preparing for the wedding

Just minutes to go

The second bride gets ready

Planning A Wedding At The Ebell, The Perfect Wedding Venue

Alyssa and Lauren were an incredible couple to work with, as their energy and vision for their wedding was infectious. They truly wanted guests to experience fun and unique evening, including details that were both spectacular and unexpected.

Visually they decided to carry out a glamorous Art Deco concept with a bold color story of black, gold and white. For that extra special touch, they selected a gold sequin aisle runner for their ceremony, and gold chairs black satin padding. Cocktail hour arrangements were bourbon bottles adorned with white florals, which tied into the grand reception, bringing all the glamor of Art Deco elements into place. The reception had a mixture of gold sequin and black adorned linen with lush white florals. A rich purple-hued lighting was added for that perfect touch to enhance their reception.

Elegant lighting at the Ebell

Just married!

Let the party begin

Together at last

Selecting Music That Tells A Love Story

Music was a special detail for them. Being in the music industry, Lauren meticulously selected key songs for the day and ceremony songs arranged to tell their love story.  Fun details for their love of music carried throughout the night: their guestbook display was made of actual vinyl records, where guests wrote their well wishes; and as a surprise to their guests, a light projection of Prince, one of their favorite artists, was largely displayed on a wall, overlooking the outside reception.

Seating chart for Alyssa & Lauren

Teh bridal couple enjoying dinner

Feasting On Custom Southern Cuisine

Another surprise element Alyssa and Lauren envisioned was to have a not-so-typical wedding menu.  They worked with The Ebell’s Executive Chef to create a custom menu of Southern cuisine including fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, “fried” green tomato salad, homemade biscuits, 6 cheese Mac and cheese, hush puppies and more- complete with a bottle of Red Rooster Hot Sauce on every table! For the toast the couple offered their guests a choice of libation: champagne or bourbon, to represent each of the brides’ styles.

This lovely couple accomplished their goal and then some. Their guests truly experienced a beautiful, unique and unexpected day they’ll remember for years to come.

Vendors That Made The Day Come Special

The beautiful wedding of Alyssa and Lauren, held at the Ebell, was made possible with expertise the following vendors”

Photographer: Kim Fox Photography @kimfoxphoto

Planner: Chic Ambiance  @chicambiance

Floral: Loris Flowers @lorisflowersweddings

Venue and Catering: Ebell of Los Angeles @ebellevents

Lighting: Stagelabs

Linen: Elegant Designs Specialty Linen @elegantdesignsca

DJ (with their Instagram name): Jess Funk@jsfnkpro

Dessert: Hansen’s Cakes did our cupcakes

Photobooth: Jess Funk  @jsfnkpro

Alyssa’s Dress: Kay’s Bridal; Instagram: kays_bridal

Alyssa’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Alyssa’s Accessories: Alyssa’s earrings were Kay’s Bridal

Rings: Valley’s Gem (Lauren designed both rings)

Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Mattox

Lauren’s Suit: Designed by Lauren, manufactured by Thuy Custom Clothier (@thuycustomclothier), tailoring by Studio Unbiased (@studiounbiased)

Lauren’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti

Lauren’s Hair: Ayesha the Barber (@AyeshaTheBarber), owner of Ninth Chapter Barbershop LA (@ninthchapterla)

Hair Stylist: Monique Powers (website, instagram: @monique_powers)

Makeup artist: Monique Powers (website, @monique_powers)

Paper goods: (Menus, Programs, etc..): Designed and printed by Lauren

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Bio: The Ebell of Los Angeles Is a philanthropic organization founded in 1894 for women, and by women. Its building, an architectural masterpiece designed in 1927 by Summer Hunt, is the perfect setting for weddings and other events..

The wedding of Alyssa and Lauren was held at the Ebell, which opens it door to all. For information about booking your big day at the Ebell, check out the details on our website.

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