Do take advantage of Internet technology. Plan your wedding using search engines and e-mail to create your special celebration. There are several Internet sites dedicated to wedding planning that allow you to take advantage of the wealth of information at … Continue reading →
Design Inspiration ~ Rustic Lace Wedding Inspiration Delicate lace paired with a rustic texture like burlap or wood is a gorgeous combination. With scaled back table decoration, clean lines, simple rustic elements, less fussy elements for those who are looking … Continue reading →
Yosemite Gateway Gallery The Yosemite Gateway Gallery: Headquarters for Sierra Art Trails The Yosemite Gateway Gallery is a non profit organization run by volunteers whose mission is to support and promote working artists in the Mountain Communities; raising monies for … Continue reading →
Long range planning. Consider your engagement as the beginning of your lifelong commitment; it’s the perfect time to create a healthy foundation for your marriage. As you plan your wedding, focus on your financial future by sharing dreams, savings, and … Continue reading →
For more information about booking a vacation, retreat, reunion or special event at Paradise Springs visit http://www.paradisespringsmountain.com. Discover the Night Sky Attend the “Starry Skies Over Yosemite Valley” for a wild ride through the universe to learn about stars, constellations, … Continue reading →
1. What should I register for? Obviously your needs and wants as a couple will influence your decision. . Before you begin the registry process have a heart to heart with your fiancé. Discuss you tastes, style, priorities, and your … Continue reading →
Yosemite Valley An unlimited array of possibilities await you in Yosemite Valley. Most involve sightseeing and learning about the scenery. Ranger Programs Rangers give walks and talks every day about Yosemite’s natural and cultural history. Walking and Hiking From easy … Continue reading →
Yosemite Art Center Workshops (YAC) The Yosemite Art Center is open daily 9am-4:30pm (closed for lunch from 12-1PM). Workshops are offered from 10am to 2pm Tuesday through Saturday. Register for classes in advance: 209/372- 1442. Suggested Donation of $10, supplies … Continue reading →
Wrap them in luxury. A really plush gift idea for your bridal party – have monogrammed robes made. Quote your parents. Your parents will most likely invest some of their life-savings in your big day. Acknowledge their generosity with a … Continue reading →
Your anniversary is a special day to reaffirm your love, to say you’re glad you married each other and you’d do it all over again. Whether it’s your first or your fiftieth, the gift you choose celebrates the years you’ve … Continue reading →
Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs Videography Planner Nothing quite captures the real essence of your wedding day – the sights, sounds and energy – better than a well-done, high quality video. You’ll be able to revisit this important … Continue reading →
Written by: Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs Setting The Tone If any one element is crucial to setting the appropriate tone and atmosphere for your wedding it’s the music. The music played during your wedding should do more than just … Continue reading →
Paradise Springs May Feature Wedding Paradise Springs wishes Joe & Kristen a lifetime of happiness and joy. Congratulations! Thank you to Ken Kienow for sharing these beautiful photos. A moment captured. The beautiful vases used throughout the venue held special … Continue reading →
Preferred Vendor Profile: Pamela Leeds Photography Pamela, the owner and photographer at Pamela Leeds Photography offers a creative and artistic approach to portraits and wedding photography. Each portrait sitting is created to ensure that all of your images are unique … Continue reading →
Cakes Planner Your wedding cake is the edible centerpiece of your wedding reception. When meeting with your cake designer, bring photographs of cakes you love or fabric swatches of your color scheme to help them design the perfect cake for … Continue reading →
Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs It’s no secret that men and women are getting married more than once nowadays. However, with the decision to wed a second or third time there are also the common worries about tradition … Continue reading →
By Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs If you decide to have your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, you’ll reap several rewards: both financial and otherwise. You’ll save time, you’ll probably save a significant amount of money, and you’ll … Continue reading →
Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs One of the best trends that I’ve noticed taking place at weddings is the “Signature Wedding Drink.” Some couples decide to stick with one drink (hence the word signature!) but others might feature … Continue reading →
Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs Jennette & Richard’s palette of dreamy, sheer, pale blue and yellow seem to float against the naturally lush backdrop of our Gazebo wedding site. After the ceremony, guests made their way to the … Continue reading →
Paradise Springs Featured Wedding – Angela & Jose Angela & Jose’s early autumn wedding featured vivid turquoise accents and incorporated both modern and traditional elements into their wedding. We are pleased to share their beautiful day with you for inspiration! … Continue reading →
The International Wedding Festival has been successfully producing shows since 2007 and their shows speak to a diverse multitude of brides, grooms, and party hostesses. The International Wedding Festival is a bridal show where “all things wedding” are displayed and honored … Continue reading →
Welcome to the Paradise Springs Blog! We are excited to launch our newest venture…our blog! We’ll be featuring articles about the latest trends in weddings, event planning advice and inspiration boards to help plan your own special event.
Wineries Besides Yosemite National Park, one of the biggest perks of visiting Paradise Springs is the abundance of local wineries and agriculture. We recommend visiting some of these wonderful wineries, they’re right outside our backdoor located on the Madera Wine … Continue reading →
If you’re planning a wedding, you already know the Internet is a great resource. There’s a new player in the online wedding game, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular – Pinterest. On Pinterest.com, you can grab photos … Continue reading →
Family reunions can be uplifting, rewarding and worthwhile. They can span generations and strengthen kinship. With a little organization and help from some of your relatives, holding a successful family reunion doesn’t have to be a lot of work.
Keep Everything on track with a Timeline & Checklist. Use our suggestions below or use the space provided to write in tasks unique to your gathering.
1 year before the event:
Confirm interest from family members.
Create a timeline and checklist.
Decide what type of reunion you want.
Pick a date.
Pick a location and reserve the site (if necessary).
Establish a mailing list.
Send out “save-the-date” cards. 6 to 9 months before:
Establish a budget and decide how the gathering will be financed.
Plan a theme.
Delegate responsibilities to committees.
Plan food. Reserve caterer (if required).
Start defining games and activities for the gathering.
Begin compiling family history or family directory for distribution at the event, if desired. 3 to 6 months before:
Send out the first invitation or family reunion newsletter including details on date, location, lodging, transportation, cost and any other relevant information for your gathering. Also be sure to include RSVP information.
Determine and reserve needed equipment (tents, barbecue cookers, tables, etc.).
Determine supplies to be purchased (food, paper plates, first aid supplies, etc.).
Begin design and production of T-shirt, hat or other apparel for the gathering, if desired. 1 to 3 months before:
Send out reminder invitations or follow-up newsletter.
Identify and invite family members who may have been overlooked before.
Determine the decorations that will reinforce the theme at the event.
Reserve lodging for out-of-towners who request it. Month of event:
Send out reminder invitations or follow-up newsletter.
Purchase required nonperishables. Arrange for their storage and delivery to the site.
Coordinate the bringing of potluck dishes/foods (if applicable).
Finalize list of expected attendees.
Adjust food quantities and supplies accordingly.
Arrange transportation for out-of-towners (if applicable).
Check in with committees to finalize plans. Final week before:
Make final contacts with family members to ensure attendance.
Prepare reminder list for last-minute details.
Buy perishable foods and begin preparation.
Make sure equipment is delivered and set up.
Pick up arriving out-of-towners (if applicable).
Set up decorations. During the event:
Keep your camera close by and take lots of photographs and video.
Take care of any last-minute concerns that can be handled, and ignore the rest.
Most important of all: enjoy! After the event:
Coordinate cleanup and return of equipment.
Make copies of photos, videos and family trees and distribute as requested.
Congratulate yourself for a job well done.
Vow never to do it again. Then immediately start planning your next family gathering!
Pick a committee chair and determine date and timing of next reunion.
An outdoor wedding adds a lot of character to a ceremony and offers the natural beauty of the outdoors. Paradise Springs offers a beautiful setting, while being significantly cooler than the Valley in the summer. You should consider the following … Continue reading →
Yosemite Rafting & Water Sports Written by Anne Driscoll for Paradise Springs We are so lucky to live and work near one of America’s most beautiful national parks. Here we share some warm weather activities to look forward to during … Continue reading →
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading →