Southern California Wedding Style with Just Wenderful

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Today I want to introduce you to Wendy Ramos of Just Wenderful Event Planning & Design. She’s a Southern California wedding planner, and I love her style. Many of the couples we work with are also from Southern California, so maybe I was just a Southern California girl in another life…

“My style is fun and personal with a love for homespun details!” Wendy says. ”What makes me different is that I’m not your usual cookie cutter, sugar coating kind of planner. There are all sorts of ideas, dreams, compromises, and budgets that make a wedding day come true.”

“Also, I love blending and celebrating different traditions and cultures together. We have a lot of multi-cultural clients here in Southern California and we love it!”

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When you work with a planner you have access to someone with lots of wedding experience and who can answer those tough questions. Like, “Is it OK to not invite children to my wedding?” and “How do I show I’m thankful to those that aren’t part of my bridal party?”

“It is definitely OK to not invite children,” Wendy says.” “Before sending out the invites with a side “Adult Reception” note, try to spread the news to your invitees by word of mouth but remember there will always be the few that will voice out their disagreement with this choice.”

“You can show your gratitude to grandparents or sponsors by giving them a boutonniere or by giving them a quick thanks during your speech” explains Wendy. “You can also purchase them a small thank you gift.”

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Wendy has been planning events ever since she was an undergraduate at UCLA. But it wasn’t until three years ago that she officially opened Just Wenderful.

“I’m still as passionate for it as I was since day one,” says Wendy. “What I love most is the day-of. Although it’s stressful at times, seeing our clients’ face light up from seeing their inspirations come together on such an important day is pretty much the most amazing feeling.”

“The ceremony and hiding while my couples’ exchange their vows is also a favorite. Can’t tell you I’ve never gotten teary eyed…it always happens!”

To learn more about Wendy and see more beautiful images of her work, please visit:


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{Photo credits: Image provided by Just Wenderful, Shannon Lee Images, Beaux Arts Photographie, Dacia Lamb Photography, Sweet Monday Photography, Sweet Monday Photography, Beaux Arts Photographie}


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How to Pick Meaningful Colors for Your Wedding Stationery

Posted by in Ask Imbue You, Color Advice

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When it comes to deciding on colors for your save the dates or wedding invitations you may be just in the beginning stages of thinking about color for your wedding. Maybe you haven’t really completed your wedding palette, but it’s getting time to order your stationery so your guests can mark the date.

With so many lovely wedding palette inspiration boards floating around, it’s really easy to get sucked into pretty colors that might not actually be right for your wedding.

Well then, how do you choose colors that you will be happy with later on and will make sense for the rest of your wedding?

The key is to pick meaningful colors.

Choosing Colors based on Wedding Location

We create stationery for many destination weddings. And there are many ways to translate your wedding location into colors for your stationery.

You can be inspired by the traditional colors found around, like mountain colors, or sea colors, or by cultural colors if you are getting married in another country.

A bride recently asked us for suggestions on her wedding in Bali. She sent us pictures of fashion models dressed in what she felt were traditional Balinese colors: pink, orange, purple and fuchsia.

Taking these colors I suggested 2 palettes options: pink, orange and purple; and pink, orange and fuchsia. In both cases pink is the lighter balance for 2 bold, strong colors.

Choosing Colors based on Flowers

Even though you’re in the save the date or wedding invitation phase of your wedding, maybe you’ve begun picking out your flowers. This is a great way to pull out 2 or 3 colors that you can use on your stationery.

We recently talked to a bride who’s interested in our save the date bookmarks. At first she asked for a deep red and orange, and some suggestions. When I asked about her flowers, she had chosen pale yellow, peach with hints of orange. What a difference!

She picked those flowers for a reason, so it only makes sense to incorporate that lighter feeling into her save the dates.

Choosing Colors based on Your Favorite Things

But honestly color inspiration can come from anywhere. We are currently working with a couple who built their entire wedding palette from a bird figurine left by the bride’s grandmother.

It’s a muted teal and brown palette which also reflects the vintage style of the wedding. But most importantly, it injects so much meaning into every design for their wedding.

Find more ideas about color use on your invitations in our handmade invitation gallery on Imbue You Wedding.

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