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Spring Planning for your Summer Wedding

March is Springtime in Ojai… the orange blossoms are blooming, and love is in the air!

For Summer brides this is also the final three-month stretch of the, sometimes demanding, wedding planning process.

Perhaps you are ordering your decadent four-tier Wedding cake, or hiring a calligrapher for the invitations, and sorting out the day-of transportation. Two months before the big day could see you sending out those invites, writing your vows, and testing out some Wedding Day hairstyles. During the last thirty-days some brides are making finals changes to the program or reception seating chart, having their final dress fitting, and applying for a marriage license. That last one is pretty important.

However, if you’ve just gotten engaged (first of all, Congratulations!) three months probably doesn’t seem like enough time to plan a wedding in Ojai, but with proper organization it can be done!

90-Days until the Wedding Day ~
Choose your date, find a venue you love, and have a backup location just in case your first choice isn’t available.
Set your guest list and order the invitations.
Find your wedding gown, but try to order off the rack to minimize stress. Otherwise, have your first fitting right when you find the dress to allow enough time for a second fitting.
Meet with caterers, photographers, hairstylists, florists, and musicians. If you like them, book them!
Register for gifts.

60-Days until the Wedding Day ~
Mail out those invitations, and be sure to mention your gift registry.
Choose your cake, reception favors, and bridal party gifts.
Set the wedding day schedule and keep your vendors in the know.
Choose your rehearsal dinner location, and pick the menu.
If you are leaving for the honeymoon immediately after the wedding, now is the time to plan that vacation.

30-Days until the Wedding Day ~
Write your wedding vows, and take care of the marriage license paperwork. Give all necessary information to the officiant.
Call your MIAs, and send final numbers to the caterers.
Confirm the wedding day schedule with your venue.
Have your final dress fitting.
Pay all of your vendor invoices, so you don’t have to worry about that during the wedding.

After all that work, surely you want to get started on those Thank You cards, but the day after the Wedding is better suited for a lovely outdoor breakfast and mimosas. Don’t forget to have fun!

The December 2017 Thomas Fire

Ojai is safe as a result of the brave first responders and the tireless work they performed for our town in the following weeks after the Thomas Fire.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected in Ojai, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and especially Montecito. The public’s response has been overwhelming with love and generosity since we reopened at the beginning of January.

Casa Ojai Inn and Su Nido’s month-long closure was necessary to ensure the health and safety of hotel staff and our guests.

Once the cleanup process was underway, we took the opportunity to make improvements to the area around the Casa Ojai Inn property including landscaping, and a fresh coat of paint. We’ve implemented a new in-house reservation system, along with website updates for both hotels. We’ve upgraded our poolside furniture, and hotel room linens. 

Now our staff is enlivened with #ojailove for the new year… and Spring is just around the corner!

The coming year looks to be promising for the Ojai Valley; with new local events, promotions at various local businesses, community outreach, and of course all of the town-wide Pixie Month specials in April.

Anyone who has spent any time in Ojai, and on our surrounding mountains, knows how truly magical this valley is and the people in it make it absolutely one-of-a-kind.

Our community triumph is truly the definition of #ojaistrong.

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