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Ask A Planner II – Meet the Panel

June 26

It’s that time again! We’d like to introduce you to our panel for the second series of,  “Ask a Planner”. The first series was so much fun, that we just had to do it again. Have a question that you would like a professional event and wedding planner to answer? Look no further! We are taking our cameras to different planners to get their perspective and answers to your questions. But first, meet our current panelists below.


Amy June – Amy June Weddings and Events


Affairs by Amy San Diego Weddings

Amy June is a wedding planner and event designer for the Southern California area, with a majority of events being planned in San Diego.Amy’s passion for planning has always been a major part of her, and statements as well as photos from her childhood friends will prove this easily. In her youth, she was always the event information resource for their DIY projects.

Amy unofficially started her business while living in Des Moines, Iowa, while going to Massage and Esthetics school. Having no other wedding professionals in the immediate area, she continued to work in her position of inventory control. Planning was always her destiny and after returning to her home of Southern California, she spent time studying the local wedding market. After confirming to herself that this was where her talent was, she officially launched her company as Affairs by Amy and started joining several local and national professional organizations to help educate and propel her business. Through dedication and consistent quality, she was soon one of the most sought after event planners in the area.

Amy doesn’t only help plans others’ events, she launches her own shows too. With a co-director, Amy co-launched the Modern Love Show (MLS). The MLS is marketed to both LGBT and straight couples as an event targeted to those that have difficulty finding what they are looking for in a traditional bridal show.   The initial success of MLS was such a success that shortly after the event a wedding directory was formed to help couples find trusted vendors willing to work with them on their celebration.

After a major rebrand into Amy June Weddings and Events, complete with additional qualified assistants, Amy remains at the top of the list for in demand planners for both local and destination couples.  You can find her at her boutique office in Point Loma, on venue tours with couples, or shopping to put together the perfect design for an upcoming event.  Always busy, always full of ideas, and always ready to help you!



Francine Ribeau – Francine Ribeau Events


San Diego Wedding PlannerFrancine is known to possess a rare mix of talents that helps couples express their own unique vision and personal style. By offering couples sound advice on traditional and contemporary trends, providing creative and innovative solutions on budgeting concerns, and committing to the highest level of customer service, couples can rest assured that Francine will ensure that they will have the most memorable day of their lives. She promises an emotionally-fulfilling and worry-free event so they can spend their wedding day celebrating their love for each other and connecting with friends and family.

The foundation of Francine Ribeau Events is Francine’s neo-traditional style of wedding planning. Weddings tend to be very traditional in terms of style, formality and attitude. Francine believes that today’s couples are questioning why these traditions are so important and what it means for them. She finds that most brides and grooms she works with have decided to challenge the norm and wish to create a wedding that is an authentic representation of their own personal style. By weaving a thoughtful blend of beloved tradition and inventive individuality and by combining time-honored customs with expressive creativity, new traditions for the modern couple are formed. This new adaptation of traditional wedding planning creates a memorable event that honors, not only the past and future of the couple, but one that is true to who they are in the present.

Francine Ribeau began in the San Diego wedding industry as a banquet server in 1998. After a combined 9 years in the food and beverage industry, graphic design, marketing and public relations, she founded Francine Ribeau Events in 2007.


Stay tuned for more Ask the Planner video posts. If you have a question that you would like our panel to answer, email your question to or comment below.


Ideas for Save the Date Videos

May 2


The engagement has begun. The venue has been picked. The date has been set. Now it is time to announce the details to your friends and family. Many people choose to send a Save the Date momento to each of their guests. This is especially important if many of your guests live out of town and may need to plan travel. Some couples opt to get creative and make a video Save the Date. You can do this on your own with a video camera and simple editing software. Or you can choose to hire a professional to take care of all the work for you. Either way, here are a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.


The Engagement

Have a friend film the actual proposal story. Consider clips of picking out a ring, planning the big event and the moments before the proposal. It is fun to see the behind the scenes story that are leading up to the, “yes!” Edit these clips together, add the date to the end and share the moment with the world.


The Love Story

Take a more traditional approach and tell your love story. Include detaila of where you met, how it happened and what brought you both together. Perhaps doing a “her story” and “his story” could lead to some funny differences in storytelling. Recreating the events could provide some comedy too. This is a great way to introduce your significant other to wedding guests that may not have met your fiancé.


Family and Friends

Sometimes people from the outside of a relationship see a different perspective. You can use this to your advantage by including friends and family in your Save the Date video. Have them tell their version of your love story or engagement story. Or, make a list of questions about your relationship for your parents to answer on camera. Your bridal party can give the top reasons to attend the wedding or consider a lip sync dance video to a favorite song.


The key to a good Save the Date video is to let your personality as a couple shine. Your friends and family will enjoy the extra creativity and you will have a keepsake to treasure for years to come.




Creative Ways to Incorporate Video at a Wedding Reception

March 19


A typical wedding reception usually consists of a grand entrance, a first dance, toasts and cake cutting. Why not make your wedding reception unique by incorporating video? The current trend of baby photos rotating on a screen is a great way to walk down memory lane, but consider these fresh new ideas to make your reception stand out from the rest.


Ask each set of parents to jump in front of the camera for an interview. They can tell quick childhood stories of the bride and groom growing up. Or ask them questions about the couple. Questions could include:


  • How did the Bride and Groom meet?
  • How did the Groom propose?
  • How many years have the couple been dating?
  • When did you know marriage was in their future?


You may be surprised and amused at the answers. The laughs and entertainment will be a hit with your guests.


If you have a lively bridal party, ask them to make a music video lip snyc. Or, maybe they would like to act out a dramatization of the first date, first kiss and proposal. Or perhaps, they can just send their words of advice to the couple for a long last marriage.


An interview with the bride and groom describes how they met and fell in love. Consider interviewing each separately to see if there are cute differences in each version. Include photos of first dates and important milestones. Or, if available, include video of the actual proposal.



All of these ideas can be done on your own or with the help of a professional. Have fun and be creative!
Ask A Planner – “How do I find the perfect wedding venue?”

August 22

A few months ago, we announced our panel of planners for our video blog series, “Ask a Planner”. It has been a fun learning each planner and they have been giving great advice. Last time, we asked if brides and grooms should have a first look prior to their ceremony. You can view the video answers to that question by clicking here.

Part two of our series answers, “how do I find the perfect wedding venue?” This is a very important question that arises at the beginning of your wedding planning. Take the tips from our panel into consideration by watching what they have to say below.

Do you have a question for our planners? Ask below in the comments section and it might be featured in our next video blog post.


Amy Vargas – First Comes Love


Julie Scrivener – The Best Wedding for You

Melissa Barrad – I Do… Weddings! 


What do you think? Is it difficult to find the perfect wedding venue?



The Unplugged Wedding

August 17


There is a new trend popping up in the wedding industry. More and more brides are asking guests to “unplug” and leave electronics, cameras and phones stowed and in the off position during their ceremony and reception. Articles on this subject are popping up on a variety of wedding planning forums, such as, The Off Beat Bride, Wedding Lovely and even The Huffington Post. Not only are cell phones ringing during ceremonies, guests are jumping in front of the professional cameras to get the same shots, holding ipads in front of their faces during dances and standing in the middle of the aisle to capture first kisses.


Personally, I see both sides to this and I’m not opposed to either. Ideally, the shots of the bride coming down the aisle with out an ipad in view would be wonderful. However, I understand brides and grooms who love family members sharing their wedding cell phone pictures instantly on social media. The look and feeling of your wedding is up to you. I’ll work around the guests as long as you want the “up in the air” cell phones in the picture.


Before you choose to have a plugged in or unplugged wedding, consider both sides. Would you rather see faces of your guests or electronics in your professional photos and video? Would you rather your guests feel the freedom of unplugging to enjoy your well planned ceremony? Do you want your guests to snap as many candids as possible?  How do I politely tell my guests my wedding is an electronic free zone?

Do you think weddings should be unplugged?