Welcome to BB Events

We've confirmed a new passion. Since planning our own weddings, our interest in event planning has blossomed more than we imagined. We've always loved party planning - from holiday parties & bar-b-ques to birthdays, baby showers & reunions - pretty much any special occasion that involves bringing family & friends together and celebrating. Researching all the gorgeous party details (especially weddings) and brainstorming creative, budget-friendly ways to express the joys and emotions of each celebration is a confirmed passion of ours! Check out some of the brilliantly beautiful ways to celebrate in our blog. Feel free to comment & give us feedback!

Thanks for looking! And please contact us if you need ideas for your celebration! We are based out of the San Francisco-Bay Area in Northern California.

Beautifully yours,


Email: bbevents2014@gmail.com

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beautiful Flowers for a Springtime Wedding!

What a coincidence that on Earth Day I made trip to the flowermart. I'll be helping my friend out with her reception decor for her upcoming wedding. Check out what we bought...(yay! so excited to play with flowers!).

Introducing: Button mums, Spider mums, Boronia, Queen Anne

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Getting Fit! Staying Fit!

Food is my weakness and I workout to eat. Having been on the "heavy side" (to put it as benignly as possible) in the past, I am in a very conscious about "being healthy". No, I don't weigh myself daily - not even monthly, actually; I just kinda watch and feel how my clothes fit. Over the years, I've actually learned to really enjoy working out and have tried to make physical activity a part of my lifestyle. I have to admit that I do slack once in a while (hey, I'm only human), but really do try to keep up a 3x/week workout - whether it's going to the gym, going snowboarding in tahoe for the day or playing tennis for the afternoon.

My motivation to stay fit is not merely "just to look good". Exercise, physical fitness and healthy eating habits has health benefits including protecting against heart disease, lowering blood pressure, controlling/preventing diabetes, reduce stress/anxiety and keeping your muscles and joints strong and limber so you can overall have a better quality of life. Don't over do it though! Over exercising can definitely be painful.

Here are some of the tricks that have worked for me.
1. Join a gym nearby- then you can workout "comfortably", whether is rain or shine, hot or cold.
2. Schedule workout "meetings" on your calendar with yourself. Program it into your planner/phone so you cannot forget or schedule something in place of it. Basically, have a workout plan and stick to it.
3. Have a workout buddy, so you guys can be accountable for each other.
4. Be consistent and persistent. Don't kid yourself - staying fit and healthy takes effort.
5. Have variety in your workouts. Just because you joined the gym does not mean you can only workout at the gym. Pick up that tennis racket. Join the volleyball game going on weekly among ur friends. Go on that weekend hike you've been wanting to do. Tear it up in the snow with your skis/snowboard. I'm currently picking up a new sport - golf; it's definitely not as big of a cardio workout as I'm used to but it's something game that actually tests your strength, endurance and concentration in many other ways. Golf is also a sport I can grow old with - have longevity with.
6. Foodwise - just a few words...Healthier choices and PORTION CONTROL! That's it.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Celebrate Spring with Pretty Dresses!

Get ready for the spring celebrations! Check out the dress selections from my two favorite places to shop for dresses. The first two are from Banana Republic and the last two are from BCBG. I like keeping the colors bright and cheerful for this time of the year. Happy shopping!!!


Monday, April 12, 2010

ENGAGED!!!...now what?

First of all, congrats on you engagement!!! Definitely take some time to enjoy the engagment and take as long as you need. At some point, though, the planning process must begin.

I learned that it's important to have a game plan centered around a budget. Be realistic and discuss this in advance with your fiance before booking any of the vendors. Cost of weddings vary a lot, depending on where you are (city), what type of venue you want (backyard vs. hotel banquet hall vs. country club vs. winery vs. other), the date/time (weekend/holiday v. weekday; luncheon v. dinner) and all the details you want. I have to admit that it was hard to even set a budget without knowing how much things are supposed to cost. Who ever tells you these things? Ask your married friends for advice. They will definitely have lots of information for you. But just remember: you don't need to (and absolutely shouldn't) break the bank to have a beautiful wedding day.

To plan = To research. Research what's available to you that fits you and your fiance's style. I used Here Comes the Guide (http://www.herecomestheguide.com/), Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/) and various other websites for vendor reviews. Call potential vendors for pricing and maybe even visit some of the venues & vendors. This may be a good time to also prioritize what elements of the wedding important to you and your fiance (ie. number of guests, venue, food, photography, entertainment, etc). In the meantime, also be thinking about a date. I would recommend at least two or three possible dates (be flexible) so as you contact potential vendors for info, you can also check on their availability.

After some initial research, you may wanna go back to the drawing board and revisit the budget. Make some adjustments or give yourselves an amount "plus/minus [insert your amount]" when coming up with a working budget. This way you'll have some wiggle room and not feel so constrained. Don't forget to factor in taxes and tips as well! And again, be realistic and flexible as you guys are deciding what you want - ie. if you decide to spend more on one vendor, be deligent about cutting back in another area to balance out the expenses. Brilliant planning will surely give you a beautiful celebration!
To get you started, here is a checklist/timeline from RealSimple.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Beginning of BB Events - Chi & R's Wedding

My husband and I have been married for almost 8 months now!!! Wow, time does fly... And I'm still really into anything wedding! Hence, another avenue to channel my energy and excitement of wedding planning - this blog!

Looking back, I planned our wedding in less than a year. I stumbled across Project Wedding (PW) (http://www.projectwedding.com/) - actually it was recommended by my sister's friend - and immediately was inspired by all the ideas and DIY projects being shared on it's forum. There were other wedding websites I used as well (the knot, stylemepretty, etc); but, I was most inspired by PW.

Check out planning process at my PW biography site at http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/38chi. Was even chosen as "bio of the week" this week - super excited and have to brag a little!

Anyways, wedding planning was as challenging as it was invigorating for me because I was able to be creative and artistic. Planning this event really tested my patience, as I tried to manage a guest list, tight budget (for San Francisco), a long list of vendors and multiple DIY projects (listed in my PW bio above). Juggling all these things and multi-tasking was actually really fun for me, as I was very motivated by making sure the end result - THE actual day - would be the most perfect ever...and it was - the most perfect day for my husband and I.

More wedding tips, as well as creative and BRILLIANTLY BEAUTIFUL EVENTS ideas to come. Stay tuned!

Ceremony Venue: Shakespeare Garden, San Francisco, CA
Reception Venue: Terra Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Photographer: Lawrence Ha Photography, San Jose, CA
Cake: Jasmine Rae Bakery, San Francisco, CA
Bridal Party Flowers: Angela's Flowers, Santa Clara, CA
Make-up & Hair: Styles by Ann, Milpitas, CA
Centerpieces: Brilliantly Beautiful Events (just one of my many DIYs - see more HERE)