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Dear Auntie Dana, My daughter is marrying her girlfriend. What do I call the wedding? Do I have to say ‘gay wedding’?

23 May 2014
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Dear Mom, Well, Auntie Dana says “A wedding is a wedding is a wedding.” Period! If your daughter loved Bob and wanted to marry him, you wouldn’t have to state that this is a “straight wedding”. No explanation is needed for love.

Dear Auntie Dana, We love Monterey but most of the site there are outdoors and we want to get married in the winter. Do we really need an indoor option?

23 May 2014
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Dear I Just Wanna be Warm and Dry, From December 1 through the end of March I do recommend booking a site that has either an indoor option or a tenting option. La Mirada Museum, Del Monte Beach House, Gardener Ranch, Wave Street Studio and The Old Whaling Station all offer options without going to the corporate world of hotel ballrooms! Auntie Dana says: don’t be afraid of winter! Your vendors will give you extra special attention and your lodging will be reasonable. The ocean is deep blue and most days are clear and crisp.

Mason Jars vs Clean and Sleek

01 Jan 2014
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Auntie Dana was recently asked by a bride whether or not Mason Jars were still in style…. Well, we think so!  As we gather in these rustic, historic gardens, all things woodsy and homey work on the table top.   However, I let this crafty ( Arts and crafts kind of crafty!!) bride know that clean, sleek lines can be a wonderful juxtaposition of nature and architecture.  We’ve seen both looks work…. Auntie Dana says: “When it comes to outdoor decor, you access your inner country girl OR your inner celebrity”

Color me confused!

18 Mar 2013
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Color me confused!

Dear Auntie Dana, I can’t find a table linen that exactly matches my my bridesmaids’ dresses.  Does it matter? Dear Confused, OK….here’s your quiz…how much time will the bridesmaids spend posing right next to the tables?  Not much?! OK, so just work with a color scheme that has highlights of the colors that please you–maybe the dresses pick up a color in the napkin that picks up a color in the flowers…just a little thread of color that runs through the day. Auntie Dana says have a range of shades within the color palette that you have chosen.

Dear Person of Moderation

11 Mar 2013
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Dear Person of Moderation

Dear Auntie Dana, My fiance wants a full bar til the event closes, but I am worried that guests will get too drunk.  HE says that it will be too boring if we don’t….what do you think? Dear Person of Moderation, Wellll….even Auntie Dana has been known to overindulge!  And when there is hard liquor for six or seven hours…it can bring with it drama and a different intensity…Here’s a middle ground that we have found works really well:  have a couple of signature drinks during the cocktail hour.  Everyone gets a nice little buzz..you get to invent a cool drink and make cute signs for the bar annnnd…at dinner.

Dear Pie Lover

11 Mar 2013
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Dear Pie Lover

Dear Auntie Dana, I don’t like cake!  Would it be weird to have something like a pie bar or ice cream or something? Dear Pie Lover, You can have whatever you want!  Lately Auntie Dana has seen a lot of pie and ice cream bars…or a DIY small cake with a table filled with vanilla ice cream, berries, chocolates, nuts, cherries and whipped cream.  And, no, Auntie Dana did not squirt the whipped cream right into her mouth even though she wanted to.  Another fave is the bucket o’chocolate with many lovely things to drape in warm, silky chocolate…oh!  YES!!   Auntie Dana says:  Wedding cakes are lovely.  Even a.

Dear Flower Child

11 Mar 2013
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Dear Flower Child

Dear Auntie Dana, We want to do our own flowers.  We are going to Farmer’s Market to buy bulk flowers, then we’ll make cute bouquets in these vases we got at Michael’s.  Will that work? Dear Flower Child, Be sure that you have the temperment to fuss with flowers the day before your wedding.  OK….decided that you don’t? Use lovely potted plants with the colors of your wedding.  Decided that you do?…here are some tips from Auntie Dana who has cleared up more than her share of tipped over flower vases!  Keep them low, with a wide based vase.  A small bottomed (like Auntie Dana wishes she were) case with.


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