A Palm Springs Destination WeddingWords by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Dana Grant Photography
For Scott and Kristy, having a vacation-like atmosphere at their wedding was of paramount importance. So, naturally, they opted for a Palm Springs destination wedding in which they would get an entire weekend with their loved ones. This SoCal desert hot spot is not only the couple’s favorite vacation destination, but it’s where Scott proposed. “We just couldn’t get Palm Springs out of our heads,” says the bride. “It is a magical place, the weather is unbeatable and the sunsets over the mountains gives off a dusk-like glow for hours.” Thankfully, the couple didn’t receive any pushback from family and friends in response to their decision to host a wedding away.
“I feel like destination weddings have become more popular, so most of our guests were used to traveling for a wedding,” says Kristy. “If anyone was upset about the decision, they did not relay their feelings to us, which was much appreciated!”
The couple hired two wedding planners – one in San Diego near where they live and one in Palm Springs. Hiring a professional planner is the couple’s number one piece of advice!
“With a planner comes referrals,” explains the bride. “The wedding planning community is huge! It never hurts to ask vendors, also, for referrals. Our florist referred us to our lighting team, our planners referred us to the staff team, etc. It’s all one big family in the wedding biz!”
Six months prior to the wedding, an issue arose for which the couple was extremely relived to have a team of professional to help them with. “The mayor of Palm Springs passed a law that there would be no outside music allowed in any home rented for an event,” says Kristy. “There was already a pretty strict noise ordnance that we were aware of, which is why we had two locations – the estate for the soft band and the Ace Hotel for the DJ. After a mini panic attack, the amazing staff with Natural Retreats assured me they would work something out. [After that,] everything fell into place.”
While the couple loved renting out a private home for their ceremony and cocktail hour, it did come with its drawbacks. “[You need a planner] especially if you are doing a wedding at a private home or outside of a hotel or resort,” recalls the bride. “We had to order everything from the tables and chairs to the trash cans! It was nice to have experienced people who knew exactly what to rent, how much to rent and where to get the best deals!” When we asked the couple if they included any DIY projects, their answer made perfect sense: “Hand picking each piece of a wedding was project enough for us!”
As a result of renting out a private home and having to bring everything in, the couple says they spent more money than they likely would have hosting their event at a more traditional venue. “Every detail is left up to you! We wouldn’t change it – we loved the privacy and intimacy of our day. Just a note for brides thinking of renting out a private venue – expect and plan for everything, otherwise you might go over budget.”
As for final words of advice, the bride’s words ring simple and true. “I have friends that have told me they don’t remember their wedding or barely saw their husbands during the wedding! Scott and I made a choice to stick together, be present in the moment and to take time to walk away from everyone – just to take in what was happening.”
Vendors: Photographer: Dana Grant Photography, Wedding Planners: The Walk Down the Aisle and Adelaide’s La Jolla, Ceremony Site: Private Estate (The Rose Cottage) rented via Natural Retreats, Reception Site: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, Florist: Adelaide’s La Jolla, Stationery: Jen Simpson Design, Cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes, Hair: Ashley Martinez with Tease Salon, Makeup: Flawless Faces Inc., Gown Designer: Berta Bridal, Gown Overskirt: Eve of Milady, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Custom Tom Ford, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting
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