Wedding Planning Minus the Stress

 

If there’s one stigma we know to be true about weddings, it’s the planning. To some brides, it comes as this dreaded, behemoth event with choices galore. Flowers, invites, bridesmaids dress, seating charts....they’re all just daring you to make a decision. For other brides, this is the day they’ve dreamed about,
waited for, and it’s FINALLY HERE! But where to start? We’ve found that if you jump in early and aren’t afraid to get a little creative, you can save yourself a lot of headache during the planning process. Here’s a few tips and tricks to keep the planning process simple.

Tip: First things first, the venue! Do you and your hubby-to-be dream of peaceful nuptials on the beach or of a rustic backyard shindig? The early bird gets the worm here. Booking early not only ensures you nab a date in that perfect venue but it also gives you some breathing room on your timeline. Once the venue is locked down, it will help you make other decisions like setting a date and the type of dress you should look for. Trick: Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Maybe you’ve always dreamed of an Tuscany wedding but Grandma can’t make the flight. Hire an expert Event Designer to give your local vineyard a touch of the Tuscan sun.

Tip: Nail down a budget. Let’s be real, that Pinterest wedding you’ve curated is to die for, but it might Trick: You don’t have to be an numbers wizard to keep your wedding on budget. Wedding Wire has a great budget tracking tool that makes it easy to know where your money’s going. The Knot has a whole host of tools including a budget calculator, that helps create a personalized spending plan. Even good ol’ Excel will do the trick if you just need a place to keep track of it all.

Tip: Next, hire a wedding planner! Regardless if you’re an All-Star planner or an Easy Breezy Bride, consider hiring a stellar wedding planner who will partner with you during the long haul planning process. She’ll be there to answer any and all questions, help you set up a timeline, offer advice on how to get the most out of your budget, and suggest expert vendors who meet the style of your wedding. The best part is that she’ll take the reigns on the day-of so you can focus on marrying that handsome hunk or hot chick! Trying to stick to a strict budget? Reach out to a close friend or family member who’s got a knack for details.

These are just a few of our tips and tricks. Our best advice is to have fun. Your wedding day is an incredible day where all of your favorite people are gathered in one place to celebrate you and your groom saying yes to forever. Happy Planning!

Gal'entines at Sugarfina

Happy Early Valentine's Day! To get you in the V'Day spirit today we're sharing the early Galantines' Party we hosted for all of our bestie at Sugarfina this year!

We took a different approach to the typical v'day decor and went with a fun and wild version. A perfect style for a Gal'entine's bash! We had confetti explosions, pink cacti, a selfie booth, champagne, unlimited candy, and awesome food! That is how V'Day should be rollin'

We were lucky enough to have some help from our fav freindors in putting this party together. Colette's Catering made us a fuchsia appetizer to go with the party. That's love.

Plus we sipped out of awesome glassware form Hostess Haven and our feet we're treated to plush rugs from coco carpets!

Hope your Gal'entine's day is just as rad! Happy V'Day!

Vendor LOVE

Design: Jesi Haack Design | Venue & Candy: Sugarfina Beverly Hills | Catering: Colette's Catering & Events | Rugs: Coco Carpets | Glassware: Hostess Haven

 

V'Day Baby Shower

You guys. Valentine's Day. Let's talk about it... We LOVE V'Day! Everything is pink, and we get to eat candy and sweets, much like halloween, except color coordinated. Which is waaaay better.

When we found out our dear friend Leilia Khalil of Wedding PR was expecting her sweet baby boy on V'Day we knew it was the perfect reason to get together and have a gal'entines baby shower! Check out all of the amaze details we dreamed up with our girl Carissa of JL Designs captured by Mr. Haack below. It will definitely get you in the cupids, and hearts spirit!

 

Vendor LOVE:

Concept and design: Jesi Haack Design | Florals and styling: JL Designs | Photography: Mr. Haack
Chairs, Florentine trays and golden wings: Found Vintage Rentals | China, glassware and flatware: Borrowed Blu | Linens: La Tyvola | Cake and desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Catering: Urban Palate | Champagne and cocktails: ONEHOPE Wine | Refreshments: People Water
Lipgloss favor tags: Pitbulls and Posies | Venue: Wolf Camp Studios

Macramake'it on GlitterGuide

We recently teamed up with Beijos Events to put together the ultimate Galentine's Lady Date, and today our shin dig is up on Glitter Guide! See all of the prettiness here and be sure to check out the full feature over on Glitter Guide to get DIY instructions for your own macrame art.

Vendor LOVE:

EVENT STYLING/DESIGN: BEIJOS EVENTS & JESI HAACK DESIGN | PHOTOGRAPHY: MEGAN WELKER, MACRAME GURU: ELSIE GOODWIN | VENUE: WOLF CAMP STUDIOS | CALLIGRAPHY/PAPER GOODS: POPPY JACK SHOP | FLORALS: JL DESIGNS | TABLETOP: THE HOSTESS HAVEN | COPPER CHAIRS: FOUND RENTALS | CATERING: WHOA NELLY | BEVERAGES: ONE HOPE, WOOD SIGNAGE/PLACE CARDS: POPPY JACK SHOP | DESSERTS: HANNAH'S BANANAS

Rockaroo

Emerald came into the Haack House in early May last year and she was gifted a fabulous Rockaroo by 4moms. Since then the Rockaroo has become a staple in the littlest member of #TeamJHD's daily ritual. Em Loves how the sleek design fits in with the cool aesthetic of her parents house. And the deep seat snuggles up her little babe bod and puts her right to sleep! (we tried to snap a pic of her smiling, but she kept falling asleep on us...)

All in all the Rockaroo is Emerald(and Jesi) Haack approved! You can grab your own Rockaroo and many other wonderfully designed baby products over at 4moms.com!

Football Party

Now that the holidays are over it's time to start thinking about the next big party day in America, The Super Bowl! This year the Super Bowl is taking place in San Francisco so we're revisiting this "dream football party" our SF office styled up for Apartment 34 & Smirnoff. We created a lady like feel for this shoot with Frances Lane glassware for Smirnoff cocktails, gold "footballs", and a soft fabric and ribbon backdrop.

Adding simple touches like kale chips served in # bags  and "pig skin" leather this party still holds a lot of football in it! 

Scroll through for the recipe on how to create your own Smirnoff cocktail. 

Lemon Tart Touchdown

1oz fresh Meyer lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz orange vanilla liquor
8oz Smirnoff ICE Original

Add fresh Meyer lemon juice and all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a glass with ice. Use Meyer lemon peel for garnish.

Pass The Peach Bellini

6 oz Smirnoff ICE Peach Bellini
4oz champagne
2 dashes bitters

Pour Smirnoff ICE Peach Bellini into a glass. Top with champagne. Add 2 dashes of bitters. Garnish with thyme sprig.

A little behind the scenes tidbit, our SF office actually made and styled the food for this shoot.

STYLING - Jesi Haack Design for Apartment 34  COCKTAILS - Ashley Rose Conway PHOTOGRAPHY - Aubrie Pick

NYE Wedding

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Kind of unbelievable that 2015 is coming to a close! To get ready for New Years we're taking a look back at this NYE wedding we designed a few years ago. Nothing gets you in the mood to party the night away like white sequins. They just whisper "Dance". 

Ash and Dave were married at the ever so glamorous The London West Hollywood which is full of crystal chandeliers and lends itself perfectly to a glitzy Hollywood wedding. The evening was full of sequins, gold fringe, disco balls, champagne and everything else we’re obsessed with. Check out the photos from Sara France below.

Vendor LOVE:

design: Jesi Haack Design photographer: Sara France | planner: The Love Riot | florals: Honey & Poppies | wedding cake: Sweet and Saucy | venue: The London West Hollywood | catering:Gordon Ramsey f & b| music: West Coast Music | stationary: Li’K Designs | lighting: The Lighter Side | rentals: Classic Party Rentals | specialty rentals: Modern Chair Rental | photobooth: Smile Lounge Photobooth

Holiday DIY Koozie

Today we've got another super simple holiday DIY for ya! Our holiday beer koozies add the perfect touch to your holiday party. This DIY is simple enough for the kiddos too! Just replace the beer with their favorite root beer. 

What you'll need:

  • Holiday Socks(preferably new ones)
  • Scissors
  • Beer

Now that you've got your supplies, you'll cut your socks in half right above the heel. Then shimmy those bad boys onto your beer bottles. Each sock will produce one open ended koozie and one capped koozie.

It's that simple, and that cute. Cheers Friends!

Photos by Mr.Haack for Evite & Heineken

Holiday DIY Backdrop

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Now that thanksgiving has passed we're in full swing for Holiday Parties! All those parties can be a little overwhelming, and stressful on your wallet. We've got a simple backdrop DIY for your party at home or the office, and it will cost you less then 20 bucks! 

What you'll need:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Crepe Paper
  • Party Banner (like this one)

Once you've chosen your favorite wrapping paper(that will be the most difficult part of this project!) you will simply cut two long pieces of paper, approximately 6 ft in length depending on your wall space. We recommend lining the pieces up on the ground and taping the backs together so you get the straightest line. Then adhere to the wall with tape.

Now comes the fun part! Adding banners and crepe paper adds depth and makes your wall visually interesting. You can add as many banners as you like in whatever colors accent your wrapping paper selection. We accordion folded our crepe paper to add more texture before we twisted and draped strands of it over our wall. Whatever you choose to add simply secure to your wall with scotch tape. 

And now you have a backdrop! Set it up as a selfie wall, a buffet backdrop, or just a cute and fun focal point of your party!

Photos by Mr.Haack for Evite

Holiday Movie Night In

Sometime's you just wanna kick back and stay at home with a few close friends for a movie. We've partnered with Evite & Heineken to bring you a few tips on hosting an intimate night in during this holiday season.

First things first, SNACKS. I mean... who want's to do anything without snacks. Get your favorites together and set out in your movie watching area so guests can graze as they watch and chat. You can even put together "gift bags" full of individual snacks to add a festive touch.

We also like to keep our beer on ice in the party area, 1. it keeps your beer colder then a fridge and 2. you don't have to worry about missing "the good part" because your guests need a refill.

Of course we couldn't help but spruce things up a bit for the occasion! Adding a marquis movie sign and festive backdrops. Our guests always have a good time taking selfies, even more so with their dressed up Heinekens. 

And don't forget to pick up some festive Red & Green bottles of Heineken!

Current Obsession - Flatware

During the Holiday Season tabletops finally get the attention they deserve at home! One easy upgrade to your tabletop is with flatware. We've rounded up our top obsession worthy flatware picks below as well as where to buy them. If copper flatware isn't your everyday go to(it should be) you can always rent some great pieces from Borrowed Blu in Southern California, or Frances Lane in Nor Cal.

Click the photos for links to purchase

Obviously we're really feeling simple lines and stark contrasts.  Now it's just a matter of how many can we fit in our cart on black friday...

Sweet & Saucy Denim Baby Shower

Hard to believe that this baby boy is running around now... Last year we designed a baby shower for our dear friend Melody Brandon of Sweet & Saucy Shop with our other dear friend; Carissa of JL Designs! Melody’s sweet baby boy shower is up on one of our favorite blogs Inspired By This.

“We incorporated a mix of retro inspired chairs that contrasted nicely with the wood table, but we wanted it to still feel femme so we brought in brass candlesticks and glass/gold Anthropologie lanterns, faux sheepskin pillows, crystal glassware, gold flatware and denim braids which wrapped each wooden flower box. Flowers were a mix of textured white dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses and lisianthus (our favorites!), paired with flowing greenery and foliage.” – Jesi & Carissa

You can check out even more photos over at Inspired By This!

Vendor LOVE:

Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Floral and Event Design: JL Designs | Styling & Event Design: Jesi Haack Design | Glassware & Flatware: Archive Rentals | Linens: Signature Party Rentals | Photography: Lindsay Flynn

Carly + Hunter - Lake Arrowhead

This glamorous lakeside wedding is timeless, and that’s the point. Carly and Hunter actually met in kindergarten(see their love story here) fast forward a couple dozen years and here we are…

A day full of gold, pocket watches, art deco details, and love! We loved working on this wedding with LB Events(check out this other amaz wedding we did together) and Wild Whim Photography captured it beautifully, be sure to checkout their film at the end of the post! Warning: you’ll immediately catch wedding fever!


Vendor LOVE:

Photography/Videography: Wild Whim Photography | Event Planning: LB Event Planning |Event Design: Jesi Haack Design | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Private Home | Reception Venue: Lake Arrowhead Resort | Hair And Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | DJ: Who’s That DJ | Band: The Likes Of Us | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Prim And Pixie | Rentals: A Rental Connection| Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu

 


Inside Jesi's Place

Recently the girls at Beijos Events took a peak into owner & founder of Jesi Haack Design; Jesi Haack's home. Nestled in the back bay of Costa Mesa Jesi and her Husband Mr. Haack have a fantastic home full of 4 little ones, their dog Stella, and a plethora of Chickens. Photographed by Ala Cortez, the girls at Beijos asked Jesi some of their burning design questions and featured the tour as one of their "interior spotlights". Some of our fave highlights are below, see the full tour and interview here.

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Don't forget to check out the full tour over at Beijos Events!

LuLaRoe "Dare to Dream"

This summer we had the pleasure of designing LuLaRoe's 3 day conference! With a theme of "Dare To Dream" we had a ton of fun 'dreaming' up(pun intended) this event and were left wishing we were guests. LuLaRoe sure knows how to treat their people!

After a full day of warehouse tours and classes guests were treated to a carnival night at Scandia. Where they were treated to tons of cotton candy and roller coaster fun!

Day 2 had even more entertainment with a luau on Huntington Beach! We lined the path with plexi signs painted by Blot & Dot. Guests enjoyed hawaiian music and food amongst a sea of flamingos.

On the final day LuLaRoe pulled out all the stops as they unveiled their newest product and had celebrity speakers like our fav Alison from The Alison Show! We designed a stage full of handmade triangle Dream Catchers that were also a nod to the triangles in LuLaRoe's logo. When it was time to dance we revealed a mass cluster of 'dream' clouds and the flashdance spinned the night away!

(Pictured above, the littlest member of #TeamJHD; special skill - client negotiations)

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VENDORS:

 EVENT DESIGN: Jesi Haack Design| RENTALS: Signature Party Rentals |PHOTOGRAPHY: Sloan Photographers | PHOTOBOOTH: Smilebooth | DJ: The Flashdance | CALLIGRAPHY: Blot & Dot

Fresh New Digs!

Welcome to our brand new website and our brand new blog! October marks Jesi Haack Design's 7th Anniversary. So we decided to do a little designing for ourselves and treat our webpage and branding to a makeover! To celebrate we're also doing a giveaway on instagram so be sure to check it out and enter.

A little nostalgic background info for everyone...

Jesi Haack was the first inher group of friends to get married(to Mr. Haack, talk about a power couple!), so naturally she began helping her pals plan and design their weddings. Soon friends of friends came across her new kind of aesthetic, which transformed traditional events into fresh and hip affairs. Bookings and referrals began to stream in. Everyone wanted Jesi’s playful prowess in creative construction. Jesi quickly created a website and printed business cards on her home printer(complete with perforated edges) once she discovered the demand for her ideas, and Jesi Haack Design was born.

Since then Jesi Haack Design has taken on clients ranging from Desiree Hartstock of The Bachelorette, Miley Cyrus, Lula Roe, Brit + Co, Got2b, Evite, West Elm and dozens of private weddings. JHD has expanded to two studio locations in California and has designed numerous destination events across the country. And the rest they say is history...

- Kayli Atha