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  • by Melissa Brannon

My partner and I were married in San Francisco on August 6th, 2011.
We chose as our venue the lovely art deco City Club in the original San Francisco Stock Exchange Building. We wanted a wedding that was urban and elegant but not stuffy. And then we chose as our decorator the creative and talented Melissa Brannon.

Melissa’s attention to detail was unfailing, starting seven months before the wedding when she came to San Francisco to view the club, sample linens, talk flowers and generally query us on all the other aspects of a wedding, many of which hadn’t even occurred to us!

What Melissa produced for us was not only the most glorious room, resplendent in exquisite flowers, luminous candlelight and shimmering linens, but something even more valuable: Peace of Mind. Just knowing that she had the whole thing handled made it possible for us to thoroughly enjoy ourselves, which we did!

It was a perfect night, in no small measure because of Melissa’s creative vision, cool head and skillful execution. We love her!

A bride is given the enormous task of planning the most important day of her life having had no experience in this arena and no need to do it more than one time (fingers crossed).  Even the most organized Type A personality can be unsuccessful at wedding planning. In this Google world, one would think it would be easy to go it on your own. In reality, it makes it more difficult because the choices are endless. The opportunities to DIY and Pinterest yourself to death are out there. The new relationships that have to be researched reviewed and established takes hours, weeks and months to organize. Where to begin? Who can you trust with the most important day of your life having never had this task before? Think of it as a business. You would not entrust your business to anyone you did not “know”. Building these relationships takes time.

When you want photos of your wedding, you hire a professional photographer. When you want music at your party, you hire a professional band.  When you want a video, you hire a professional cinematographer. When you want to plan the biggest day of your life, you go at it alone not having any knowledge or experience. Does that make sense? Wedding planners exist for a reason. If all people could successfully do it on their own, they would.

A wedding planner should be the first person you call after the engagement ring is on your finger. Imagine the ability to find out everything you need to know without searching the web for countless hours thereby adding to the stress of planning what is supposed to be the most important day of your life. The multitude of questions that arise include: should we send a save the date, how many people should we have in the wedding party, where should we host the reception, where do we block rooms for our out of town guests, how do we get everyone transported and the list goes on and on and on. A professional wedding planner can answer all of those questions easily and keep you from second guessing your choices. What a wedding planner owns is intellectual property, much like any other consultant; be it attorney or financial planner. A Wedding Planner has done the research, has the knowledge and has the professional connections that you need. The Wedding Planner also has the ability to organize a winning team to insure your wedding weekend is exactly what you wanted and paid for.

Planning the average wedding from beginning to end requires about 600 to 800 hours of work. (15-20 weeks full time) Planning your wedding can become your “job”. A wedding planner is not a luxury item; a wedding planner is your “General Contractor”.  You certainly would not build a house without a GC, why would you plan your wedding without a Wedding GC?

Think of it as an investment.

We have the distinguished honor to partner with STARR events for an invitation only evening for our bridal couples. I was asked to plan and create an evening to WOW our guests. The evening will include a winter ceremony as well as tablescapes inspired by Bridal Gowns provided by Bridals by Danielle.  Tiffany & Co. will be joining us for the evening as well as a fabulous list of professional wedding vendors.

Alber Haff Parking Services
American Furniture Rental
Bridals by Danielle
Beke Beau
Black Tie Formal Attire
CinemaCake Filmmakers 
Eventions Productions
Franks Union Wine Mart
Journeys of the Heart Officiants
The Papery
Party Rental 
Phil Kramer Photography
Signature DJs 
Tonz of Fun
Whipped Bake Shop

If you would like an invitation, please contact me: Melissa@uncommonevents.net

Gifts for Your Guests!
  • by Melissa Brannon

We carry this amazing line of custom Gifts for Your Guests for hotel arrivals, favors for wedding or custom gifts for your bridesmaid! Every element can be personalized to fit your wedding. This client chose a gable box filled with Philly inspired edibles – the best part was the soft pretzel mix and the hangover kit. The Groom (www.rlagindesign.com) designed all the paper pieces for their wedding and did an amazing job!

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