Planning a Wine Country Wedding: DIY Favorites Part 2

(This is Part 13 in a series.  Did you miss Part 12?  View the post here!)

In my last post, I wrote about some DIY wedding options.  Here are a few more things that you can do yourself to cut costs and add a handcrafted touch:

Invitations & Paper
The cost of invitations can be high, especially if you go to a professional designer or calligrapher.  As an alternative, consider sites like Minted or Wedding Paper Divas for custom printed invitation suites with an option for printing your guests’ addresses.  These sites also provide an option for DIY printable designs, or you can design your own using embellished paper (Paper Source is great starting point for this).  If you’re up to the task, take it a step further by learning calligraphy and handwriting your guests’ addresses yourself.

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Accessories
If you sew or know someone who does, you can get away from store bought accessories in favor of less expensive, handmade options.  Veils, ring pillows, and groomsmen ties quickly become heirlooms with a handmade touch.  Your ideas can even spill over in to your reception with custom table runners and soft flannel blankets for your guests to keep warm at a late, outdoor wedding.  For those who can make more of a commitment, you can even take on the flower girl dresses or wedding dress.  Here are some ideas from Coats & Clark.

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The Cake
The cake is probably not something that you will want to take on yourself since you’ll be busy with other things as the day gets closer.  If you’re open to sacrificing a traditional bakery style wedding cake, enlist the help of a baker in your family or group of friends.  If you’re not able to find someone to help out, consider buying a simple store bought cake and having it decorated how you want.  We love this decorating idea from Project Wedding for a strawberry cake.  Check out their other ideas for decoration inspiration.

Another option is a smaller wedding cake supplemented with additional mini dessert items.  We’ve found the current trend of replacing a large, traditional wedding cake with a smaller “cutting” cake and station of miniature desserts can provide the best of both worlds.

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Quick Tips:

  • Be realistic!  Don’t take on more than you can really handle, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or delegate to others. It’s great if you can DIY, but it’s also important to keep yourself from having too much stress.

Happy Planning!


Next post: Keeping Track of Etiquette

MANY THANKS to the photographers featured in this post!
Imagen Photography (top photo)
Jessamyn Harris (2nd & 3rd photos)

happy fig-iversary!

We are so lucky to have such amazing employees, many of whom have been with us for several years.  It’s absolutely important to acknowledge everyone’s hard work from day to day, but we also love to acknowledge our employee’s anniversaries in celebration of the time they’ve spent to make the girl & the fig, the fig café and the girl & the fig CATERS! what they are today.

Here are the employees who we are celebrating anniversaries with in May:

  • Isaias Pelayo Cagal, Cook at the girl & the fig CATERS!, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Rachel Pinkstaff, Server at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Maria del Socorro Luna, Housekeeper at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 3 years.
  • Mauricio Reyes, Server at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 3 years.
  • Stephanie Vu, Host at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 4 years.
  • Jorge Rivas Chicas, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 3 years.
  • Jaime Vitorin, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 9 years.
  • Durae Hardy, Executive Assistant at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 3 years.
  • Mary Merriwether, Accounting Admin at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Dustin Villa, Chef at the girl & the fig CATERS!, has been with us for 12 years.
  • Jeremy Zimmerman, Chef at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 4 years.

stand out employee: fernanda rendon espinoza

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Meet our Stand Out Employee for May, Fernanda!

Fernanda has been working with us since 2007, starting off in the kitchen at the girl & the fig CATERS! and now working behind the scenes at the fig café.  Her peers describe her as a hard worker who gets everything ready for the kitchen and makes their jobs easier.  We all appreciate all that does every day to make the café run smoothly.

We asked Fernanda a few questions about herself – get to know this stand-out employee a little better, and visit us soon at the fig cafe!

Where are you originally from?
Mexico City 

How long have you lived in Sonoma County?
15 years

What is your favorite spot in Sonoma County?
La Plaza 

Besides the girl & the fig and the fig café, what is your favorite restaurant?
El Molino Central 

What is your favorite food?
Enchiladas

What is your favorite thing to cook?
Pasta

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Kind, Hardworking, Joyful

When you’re not at the girl & the fig, what are you most likely doing?
Helping my husband work

As a kid, what was your favorite tv show to watch?
El Chavo del Ocho

What’s the best part of working for the girl & the fig?
Working with great people

Planning a Wine Country Wedding: DIY

(This is Part 12 in a series. Did you miss Part 11? View the post here!)

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the months I’ve spent wedding planning, it’s that costs add up quickly regardless of how diligent you are at getting the best deals. One way that we are cutting costs is by doing a lot of the creative work ourselves. If you’re crafty or have friends and family who are creative, this might be a good option for you to eliminate some expenses and create unique, personal touches.

Here are some of my favorite DIY ideas:

Flowers
Never having the need for anything significant from a florist before, I was shocked at how expensive bouquets and arrangements can be when I first started researching flowers. Look for friends and family members who can step in to make arrangements and bouquets for you; this is a big enough project that you won’t want to take it on yourself. If you don’t want to deal with real flowers, try out the idea of paper flowers and host a craft day to get help with creating the bouquets and arrangements. We love these vintage inspired brooch and paper rose bouquets and this deep colored paper bouquet from The Knot. Search Pinterest for more inspiration and tutorials.

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Decorations
Hunt through thrift stores, estate sales, clearance items, and online auction sites for items that you might be able to use. Keep in mind that you can always paint something or create something. You can also look through real weddings for decoration inspiration and identify items that you can make yourself; garlands and banners are easy paper projects, while table runners and fabric covered arches just require some scissors and a trip to the fabric store.danjames_IMG_8811

Favors
Favors are always a fun way for your guests to take home a memory of your day, and one of the best ways you can be creative. If you or someone you know is a great cook or baker, make some edible favors like jams, sauces, cookies, or flavored salts and sugars. Plants make great favors and can even do double duty as escort cards; create a custom packet of seeds or plant a succulent in a mini hand-painted pot. The possibilities are endless. Check out the DIY Network’s ideas on Wedding Favors for some inspiration.

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Quick Tips:

  • I am in love with Save On Crafts. Go to their website for DIY Weddings: Ideas & How-To’s, as well as great deals on craft supplies and ready-made decorations.
  • Look through websites like Tradesy and Wedding Recycle for deals on gently used items from other weddings.
  • Another love of mine is Fabric.com. Check out their sale fabrics for pieces that you might be able to use in your wedding projects.

Happy Planning!


Next post: DIY Part 2

MANY THANKS to the photographers featured in this post!
Imagen Photography (top image)
Jessamyn Harris (second image)

happy fig-iversary!

We are so lucky to have such amazing employees, many of whom have been with us for several years.  It’s absolutely important to acknowledge everyone’s hard work from day to day, but we also love to acknowledge our employee’s anniversaries in celebration of the time they’ve spent to make the girl & the fig, the fig café and the girl & the fig CATERS! what they are today.

Here are the employees who we are celebrating anniversaries with in April:

  • Amanda Fleming, Server at the fig cafe, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Eusebio Gutierrez Prudente, Cook at the fig cafe, has been with us for 8 years.
  • Alejandra Alonso, Cook at the girl & the fig CATERS!, has been with us for 4 years.
  • Alberto Cauich Gutierrez, Cook at the girl & the fig CATERS!, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Jack Carpenter, Bartender at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Jorge Noh Castillo, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 5 years.
  • Alicia Ruiz, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 3 years.
  • Chhiring Sherpa, Busser at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 10 years.
  • Tsering Sherpa, Busser at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 2 years.
  • Juan Tuz, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 10 years.
  • Juan Carlos Tuz May, Cook at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 12 years.
  • Juan Yanez, Sous Chef at the girl & the fig, has been with us for 5 years.

Thank you so much for your work over the years!