Getting Started on Planning my Event

WOW!  Last week I had one of the best weeks a girl could ask for.  I was able to plan three different events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Sound crazy?  Well it could be a little crazy, but with your creative juices flowing and the right planning your event can turn out          amazing

So you have a party to plan or your wedding (which might I add, will be the most important event of the century). You have this vision of what you want it to look like in your head but you don’t quite no where to start!  Well you’re heading in the right direction.

It is so important that I stay with my client’s vision so that their event can have the “look and feel” they’ve dreamt about.  Below are three key elements I start with to get my creative juices flowing while planning an event.

Event Theme

The theme should be something that is significant to you.  It can be a hobby, a favorite sport, or even a certain era in time, such as the Great Gatsby era.  Once the theme is identified, it is important to pull the concept into every design element starting with the Save the Date cards through to the party favors.  Next we focus on…

Great Gastby Collage

Color Scheme

The color scheme is sometimes derived from the theme you’ve chosen.  Choosing the right colors is important because you want it to be representative of your personality and it will drive all of the design decisions made.  I love working with multiple colors in a palette and encourage my clients to pick one or two dominant colors, a sub-dominate color, and two accent colors.  Below is the color scheme chosen for the Great Gatsby event I am working on.  You’ll see black and gold has been used for the dominate/sub-dominate colors and are often associate with the Great Gatsby era.  Next we added a splash of deep red and black/white diagonals as the accent colors because the couple wanted to add a twist on the traditional Great Gatsby concept.  And lastly is your

Great Gatsby Color Scheme

Guest Takeaway

How do you want your clients to feel when they leave your event.  Do you want them to say that was the most awesome party in the world?  Or that it was the swankiest event of the century?  Or we partied like a rock star?  What ever you choose it should be incorporated in the elements you choose for your wedding.

As an event planner, I love being able to create the vision boards for my clients and rely on my past events and other event resources to find the perfect elements to complement their day.  One of the first sneak peeks your guest get into your wedding is the stationery.  There are so many great resources that provide Save the Date Cards, Invitations, and your other stationery needs.  I love to rely on my friends from Paperless Post when my creative juices start flowing because they have so many wonderful items to share.  Some of my faves for a Great Gatsby Themed Wedding from Paperless Post…

Paperless Post Konfetti Gold by Kelly Wearstler

Save the Date from Paperless Post

Konfetti Gold by Kelly Wearstler

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Invitation, Menu Card, and Wedding Programs from Paperless Post

Josephine Baker also available in Black & Gold

Looking for more design inspiration? Check out these wonderful wedding invitations” target=”_blank”>wedding invitations and other stationery options that are sure to get your juices flowing from Paperless Post.

Are you hosting a party?  Would love to hear about your design ideas?

Take Care,



Who’s Birthday is it Today?

Is your birthday today?  Well if so…



Today is my birthday too and I want to celebrate with you!

I haven’t blogged in awhile and boy have I missed you guys.  There is like a longing that you have when you haven’t connected with the blogosphere and man did I feel it.  BUT there was good reason for me not blogging.  As you may have heard me say before, I’ve been busy as a bee….well I have truly been busy as a bee.  I have had events every Saturday and Sunday for the past few months and other stuff in between.  It has been great.  I truly enjoy living out my purpose, passion, and dreams as an event planner.

Well, I’m back and I hope you’re ready to put up with me :).  During my events, I had a chance to do a few milestone birthday parties which were super awesome.  I’ll share those with you, as well as, share a few ideas about throwing an awesome birthday party.

I hope you guys have a great weekend and if it is your birthday or you know someone born on May 1st, drop a line here and wish them a Happy Birthday so we can all share in their special day.

Take Care,



Engagement Season is Officially Here

dreamstime_xxl_37273881Between working a wedding yesterday and seeing a good friend post his proposal to his girlfriend yesterday, I realize that Engagement Season is here.  Well November 27th officially kicked off that time of the year that many men and women wait for.  It’s a time that we hear all the wonderful proposal ideas that happen during this time.  Yes engagement season is really an occasion that happens between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.  I especially enjoy this season because I often get the chance to help grooms come up with that perfect proposal idea.

The buzz this year has also been that many brides would LOVE to get engaged, and even married on December 13th of this year leaving them with an iconic date to remember of 12-13-14.  How cool is that???  Per a survey completed by David’s Bridal, there are over 20,000 couples slotted to get married on this date a huge jump from the 7,200 that got married on December 13, 2013.

So if you’re one of those lucky women who have already been proposed to, hats off to you, we share in your excitement! But if you are one of the ones still waiting to here those magical words, we can continue to dream with you about planning that wonderful event of a lifetime.  Stay tuned for more as we share some awesome proposal ideas, and I’ll even share how my hubby proposed to me, I still get Goosebumps thinking about it.

Have a wonderful day!

Take Care,


How do you Spell October, C-R-A-Z-Y!

Hello there!  I sure have missed you guys.  A few weeks ago I predicted that October was going to be a crazy month for me and boy was I  right!  Well I can’t actually predict the future, but I new that I had lots of events and things coming up over the next few weeks.

I’ve been planning weddings, girl’s day events, and birthday parties and have been designing and creating custom décor.  I am so blessed to be able to do something that I love…who could ask for anything more.  I was able to create a couple of custom backdrops for a festival and was able to meet the Disney Princesses and boy was that a treat being surrounded by all of that royalty :).

I also assisted with a celebrity wedding and was able to meet the beautiful actress Denise Boutte from the Tyler Perry Hit Show “Meet the Browns.” She is such a beauty with a wonderful and bubbly personality.  This was definitely a perk of the day!  Check us out!

Denise Boutte and Me

These are just a few things that have been going on over here.  There is so much more that I’d like to share with you about what we’re working on at Erika’s Elegance.  So stay tuned for some DIY craft ideas, wonderful themed birthday party ideas for both kids and adults, and everything else in between.

Take Care and I’ll talk to you soon!




On the Move – Sacred Heart Festival

I am having such a good time today.  It has been a crazy busy past few weeks with a couple more to go but I am so grateful and thankful and wouldn’t have it any other way.  I absolutely love what I do.  Today I am hanging out with the Disney Princesses at the Sacred Heart Festival in Covina, CA.  If you’re close by you should come out and hang with is.  Who is your favorite princess?


I think I love them ALL! :).

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  Take care and see ya soon.


Purses and Shoes Rule!!!

I started my blog because I am an event planner who loves everything about events, from the planning process to the décor.  But there are other things that I love as well, that play a big part in shaping my creative mind.

I have always been a girl of fashion.  It started with my mother, she always dressed my sister and I so well.  I even get my friends calling me or texting me today, saying, “girl your mother was sharp today.”  I never knew how she did it, but my mother’s philosophy was to get up every day even on a Saturday, take her bath and get dressed because you never know what the day will bring.  And I don’t mean jogging pants and tennis shoes, she would put on what I call “street cloths.”  But I love her for this because it taught me how to clean up.

Well in addition to being able to clean up, she taught me to have a love for clothes, jewelry and especially purses and shoes!  I love a good purse and an awesome shoe.  I find myself often buying shoes with nothing to wear with them, however, my philosophy is if you have a shoe and a purse throw on a white t-shirt and some jeans and rock your shoe!!!  I have found myself doing this many times.

Some of my favorite designers are Michael Kors (I’ve been told I could be a walking advertisement for him), L.A.M.B., Ralph Lauren, BCBG, Max Studio, and Coach just to name a few.  If I continued, my list would be longer than my blog post :).

I pay a lot of attention to detail when dressing, finding the right shoe, with the right outfit, and the right accessories.  This habit too has bled over into my event planning life which makes it so much fun.  I can coordinate the venue, with just the right accessories whether its linens, a DJ, a photobooth, a place setting, or even a flower arrangement.  I think that’s why I have fun doing both.

Well I wanted to share just a little bit more about who I am and some things that inspire me.

As you can see me having fun with one of my favorite shoe brands.

Take Care,


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

As the saying goes, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?” But I’ve found out that it’s not just girls, everybody at your wedding wants to have fun. So what can you as a couple do to ensure your guests have an awesome time. There are so many fun elements that can be added to your ceremony and reception. Our favorite concept is the Photo Booth. I’m sure if you’ve been planning your wedding you have seen many Photo Booth vendors. So I wanted to know what makes this concept so awesome. So why not ask an expert?  I reached out to my good friends Art and Val of GC Photobooth to get the Photo Booth 101 lesson.  Take a look at what they had to say…

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So what is the concept behind the Photo Booth?

When bringing up traditional Photo Booths, most people might bring up the classic booths at carnivals in the 90’s where you step inside with your date, snap a few photos, and then have it printed out on a film strip- and that is exactly the concept of it. Simply to have photos taken and printed out on the spot to take home.

Are there different types of photobooths? If so, what are they and why are they different?

Today, while classic photo booths are still around, there are many different types of Photo Booths. The classic Photo Booth is the type where you step inside and take photos in your own privacy which are traditionally more popular for Weddings.  However, in this day and age there are other styles including the Open Air Photo Booth, Green Screen Photo Booth, and Red Carpet Photo booth. These are all considered “open” meaning you don’t go inside of any structure. With the Open Air Photo Booth, you are in an open space and may have a backdrop or simply the scenery as the background.  The Green Screen Photo Booth is also open but instead you have a Green Screen behind you which allows the subject to be superimposed on any background image such as a beach, a landmark, etc.  Finally, the Red Carpet Photo Booth is exactly what it sounds like. There is a Red Carpet rolled out with stanchions and a custom step and repeat banner that serves as the backdrop.

Why are Photo Booths great for events?

Photo Booths are fun for all ages and help to capture the moment of the event. Best of all, photos are printed right then and there and who doesn’t love a good photo? Photo Booths have become a staple in most Weddings, as well as Private Parties, and Corporate events.

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If a client is having a themed event, can you customize it to fit their event?

Certainly. The footer design that brands the photo is always customized. For example, if you have a Photo Booth at a Wedding, we will most likely design the footer to match that of the Wedding invitation. Furthermore, customizing the Backdrop is also an option and of course the booth itself. With Green Screen, you can also provide images that match the theme of the event. The possibilities are endless!

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 Wow how exciting to learn more about Photo Booths.  I want to thank Art and Val for sharing their expertise with us.  If you’re looking for a Photo Booth I encourage you to check them out at  I have worked with them on several events and they are super awesome!


Take Care,


Wedding Planning 101 – Budgeting

Valentine’s Day has passed and we are just transitioning out of the four month “Engagement Season.” I always love seeing newly engaged couples, so in love and full of zest and excitement about their upcoming wedding day. So you’re engaged, now what? In November we shared the following Post-Engagement list to help you start the planning process.

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One of the first things I ask my couple is “What is your budget?” I guess you can say it is the previous Accountant and Project Manager in me, but understanding your budget is a key and critical component of your planning process.

Determining your budget is important because it allows you to categorize what should be spent in each major wedding expense category. Secondly, it allows your planner to find vendors that are a good fit for your overall vision, and lastly it allows you to do an actual versus budgeted amount to see exactly where your money is going.

Below is a recommended breakdown on what percentage of your budget should be spent on major wedding categories.

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My advice to brides is once you set your budget, stick to it. When working with a reputable planner, they will provide vendors and options that fall within your budget to help you stay on track.
At the end of the day, you want to have a beautiful wedding, but you don’t want to stress yourself out getting down the aisle.
Planning a wedding??? I would love to work with you as your planner. Contact us today to set-up a complimentary consultation.