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    Six Words to Remember Before Considering a Wedding Celebration

    10.13.16 FINAL.small_Page_14_Image_0004By Chelsea Bowman Wonnell

    Six seconds is all it takes to make a great first impression. Six hours is the recommended time span for a wedding celebration. Not following the next six items can ruin the former two statements: Hire a wedding and event specialist!

    Here are my top six reasons to follow these vastly important words:

    Experienced wedding and event specialists have developed and fostered relationships with the best vendors in the industry. We will connect you with these vendors, secure the best rates, and guarantee the vendors execute unparalleled service. Why? Because these vendors want to work with us for years to come, and as we say at Chelsea Events & Floral Design, “You’re only as amazing as your last event.”

    We make it possible for you to have a life outside of planning your wedding. We handle the details with your vendors, venue, and often times your wedding party and in-laws too!

    We make your vision come to life. We have the experience and the resources to tell your love story in a way that is unique to you. Your closest friends and family will leave your wedding knowing more about you and your partner than when they arrived. Tell your love story through the save-the date, the sign-in props, and even the menu.

    We save you money. My goal for every wedding is to save my clients, at least, what they spend on us. Through negotiating better rates with vendors, knowing the best place for alterations, or tricks to design for less, we will add to your honeymoon account.

    Experienced wedding and event specialists allow you to enjoy your special day. From bringing you lunch as you prep and pamper to packing your toasting glasses at the end of the night, I am behind my couples every step of the way.  With an emergency kit that compares to Mary Poppins’ bag, I’ll mist you with calming lavender oil as you walk down the aisle and keep to the time-line while making sure you, your guests, your wedding party, and your vendors have a smooth and most enjoyable day!

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    You already have a job, so why would you want another? Experienced wedding and event specialists allow you to enjoy the planning of your most precious day. Every element of this most amazing day should be enjoyed, and we allow you to do so. I recommend celebrating after the invitations go out and the marriage certificate is obtained. This way the wedding day is just the icing on the cake.

    You won’t have everyone you love so dearly under one roof again until your funeral (think about it), and you won’t be there for that. So, hire a wedding event specialist and enjoy your love.

    Chelsea Bowman Wonnell is the owner of Chelsea Events & Floral Design, one of San Francisco’s premier wedding and event planning companies. Chelsea is a specialist who has planned and coordinated hundreds of weddings over the past decade, and she also has over 20 years of floral design experience. She can handle all of your details from the planning to the petals! Ring anytime 415-310-4430 or contact her at
    1-PHOTO Fred and Jaime (1)Frederick Sullivan and Jaime Botello, who oversee the Weddings & Occasions page for the San Francisco Bay Times, are the talented wizards behind Sullivan-Botello Events ( and SnB Party Rentals (650 -877 – 0840 , Both are Certified Wedding Planners with extensive experience in creating memorable, personalized events for special occasions. Their rental service is incredible, offering everything from beautiful gold Chiavari chairs to LED dance floors, and all at competitive prices. They are the creators of the Gay Vanity Wedding Show and are longstanding members of the Golden Gate Business Association, which is the nation’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce.