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Do you know what super chic boutique styling & coordination studio has launched its sixth branch here in Orange County? We’re privileged to partner with this dream team for weddings and special events. Meet Couture Events!

I mean, who doesn’t want their special occasion to be, well…. everything? And you know what? When you work with proven pros that you personally connect with, it will be!  They become fast friends and won’t rest until your party is perfect.  We collected some intel for you, as we ourselves have come to know and love Dani Henriksen, Couture Event’s Orange County Director/Stylist.

An Elegant Event and Interview of Substance

As a preferred caterer for Couture Events, we had the pleasure of welcoming them to the neighborhood this spring, along with other amazing vendors participating in their “Lovely Launch” Party at Hamilton Oaks Winery.  Ponder how amazing your own celebration could be as we chat with our talented friend, Dani…

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Watercolor Menus & Invitations by Blot and Dot

Can you describe some of the top advantages to working with you and Couture Events?

Dani:  Couture Events is one of the top coordinating services in Southern California. We go above & beyond doing everything possible to ensure their wedding and the process of planning it was better than they ever dreamt it would be. I would narrow the top-3 advantages to be:  1) Coming into the planning process with resources and information of vendors/venues that have been tested & trusted, leaving you with some of the best choices you could have for your wedding;  2) Having a background, schooling, training, and experience with detailed design and creativity; and 3) Taking every bit of stress away from your planning, communication with vendors/venues, set up, rehearsal and day-of timelines/administration, and taking care of any final communication post wedding.

There is something that sets Couture Events apart, and everything about them is magical. I started with Couture as an intern and am now running the OC branch! I am so passionate about my job, and love every day of work. With our team, you’re able to trust that your wedding day will go smoothly (even if some things do go wrong ;-).

Do couples needs/wants differ in OC from other regions Couture Events serves?

Dani:  Of course different areas come with different client visions, but OC is my favorite because of the combination of high style & quality with the laid back atmosphere. I feel that couples in OC are looking for this to be reflected in their weddings.

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Tasting Bites by Above All Catering & Events

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Entertainment by Scott Cummings Music 

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Signature Drinks by Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Who is your “ideal” client?

Dani:  Our ideal client is excited about working with us for her wedding day. She is stylish and successful in whatever she does. She gets what she wants, she is confident and trusts that we will take care of all of the details. She is smart and knows in the long run we will save her time and money. She is classy and on trend but not trendy. She loves romantic comedies and wants her wedding day to truly be a dream come true.

What have you found couples are most concerned about when planning their wedding?

Dani:  Being able to enjoy the process, staying within budget, and bringing their vision to life. Also, each couple does want something different. We ask our full coordination couples at the beginning of the process if they can prioritize what vendors/aspects of the wedding are most important to them, and we also ask them to list their top 3-5 wedding values. What they want the wedding to reflect. Their responses range from Wow Factor to Family Centered and this really helps us know what is most important to that couple.

What are some “hot” trends in weddings this year?

Dani:  Floral Chandeliers are pretty hot right now and we are LOVING THEM! We also see Flash Tattoo Stations hitting cocktail hours (creating another activity for guests). They enjoy for the night and scrub off before Monday. Destinations – lots of couples do destination weddings in California (where the sun is always shining and the beach is just a few minutes away) .

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Furnishings from Classic Party Rentals OC & Floral Designs by Blush Botanicals

Why should a couple use a coordinator?

Dani:  Experience a good coordinator offers expert advice, answers all questions, and calms worries. Coordinators build relationships with local vendors and can match you to the best one for your needs.
Save Money & Time weddings can get extremely expensive and very time consuming. By using a professional wedding coordinator you will ultimately be saving money, over 200 hours of time, and achieve better results.
Inspired Creativitycoordinators are up-to-date with the latest trends and help you to narrow down a theme to fit your style. They help to come up with new customized ideas to make your wedding extraordinary. They are there to turn your visions into a beautiful reality.
Save Relationships & Alleviate Stress – weddings can be a very stressful time. With the blending of two lives, coordinators are there to solve problems before they actually start or escalate. With all the details taken care of, the bride and groom are able to relax and enjoy the process.
Security coordinators reduce the risk of anything going wrong. If a problem does arise, coordinators have the experience to solve the issues and make last minute decisions. There is nothing like knowing that someone highly trained is overseeing all the crucial details of your special day.
Etiquette wedding etiquette plays a big role in your process and coordinators have the knowledge to advise couples on their decisions. They know processional orders for ceremonies, the order of receptions, different ways of inviting guests, assigning and reserving seats, difficult family issues, and so on.

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Delectable desserts from Beverly’s Bakery

Any last takeaways about why clients choose Couture Events?

Dani:

Couture is… a small boutique style coordination company! We like to create a relationship with our clients. You will be treated like royalty, not just a number, and you will work one on one with the head coordinator.
Couture is… giving back! 10% of our profit goes to children in Uganda and Burma. So not only are you creating beautiful moments for yourself, but you are also making beautiful moments for others. You will be supporting one of our two non-profit partners. Invisible Children or Eleho.
Couture… is creative! We want to create an atmosphere for your wedding day thats fits your personality, so we will brainstorm with you to come up with creative ideas to make your wedding that much more special.
Couture is… a team! Yes, there is a lead coordinator, but she has a team of amazing assistants to help you through the wedding day and to make sure that every aspect and angle is covered.
Couture is… on your side! We are here to assist you in every aspect of your wedding days. We will negotiate for you and be the liaison between you and the vendors. We will only choose vendors that are best for you and the wedding you want to create.

Interested in talking about your wedding or special event plans?

Above All Catering & Events has earned two titles so far this year as Orange County’s BEST Wedding Caterer.  We’d be thrilled to give you a taste of all we bring to the table, and, we’d be thrilled to introduce you to Dani at Couture Events too!

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Blog Post Written by:  Jodie Fry

Images by:  Katherine Rose Photography