August 17, 2016

Wedding Planning Q & A with Borrowed and Blue

We recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to give couples some insight into our perspective on wedding planning.

Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed and Blue. All questions by B&B, all answers by Jubilee of Jubilee Lau Events:

  1. If you could possibly narrow it down, what would be your favorite moment of a wedding day?

It would be the moment before the bride walks down the aisle. I love positioning her in place, fluffing her train, and giving her final words of encouragement right before sending her down the aisle.

Photo by Gary Ashley of The Wedding Collective
  1. Describe your event aesthetic in three words.

Refined, sophisticated elegance

Photo by Kevin Chin Photography

  1. The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple?

Where are you from? I love hearing about people’s history!

Photo by Augie Chang

  1. Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged?
Hire a planner so you can enjoy the process.

Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen that will help alleviate (not add to) your stress on the wedding day.

Be true to who you are when planning the details of your wedding, even if that means tossing out certain traditions or rejecting your best friend’s ideas.

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

  1. Most important detail of wedding decor?

Lighting! Truly, lighting makes a tremendous impact on the overall event design. Not only does it create the mood that you want, but it highlights all the beautiful elements of your design and hides the areas that you don’t want to show. If you despise the carpet at your venue, but don’t have the budget to re-carpet the entire space, lighting can do miracles to hide it.
Photo by Augie Chang
Photo by Rylee Hitchner
Photo by Chung Li

  1. Your thoughts on DIY weddings?

Be very selective on what you decide to DIY, because some things are just meant to be produced by the pros! Pick the smaller projects, like wedding favors, for your DIY project. That way, you won’t be spending an overwhelming amount of time on it and if it doesn’t go as well as you planned, the impact on the overall wedding would be minimal.

  1. What would your ideal tablescape look like?

I love a simple, elegant table and I’m bias to long tables as they always look better in photos and on a practical level, long tables allow guests to converse with more people at the table. My ideal tablescape would have simple low floral arrangements flanked by taper candles. Lots of candles! I tend to like solid, neutral colored linens in fabric like dupionique or shantung.

Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
  1. Your favorite of all the San Francisco wedding venues?
Asian Art Museum! It’s so rich in its history (Samsung Hall used to be the old card catalogue room of the S.F. Public Library!) and the architecture is stunning. It’s marble interior makes for a very neutral setting for any design!

Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz

  1. The most important part of wedding planning?
When it comes to planning a wedding, there are a lot of decisions to be made collectively as a couple, or as a family, and the process can be stressful at times when there are challenging family dynamics involved. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture, which is the love and happiness behind this celebration that you are planning. It is truly a celebration, and a rare occasion where all your loved ones will travel far and near to be in one place for you. Don’t lose the broader perspective by being fixated on the little details!

Photo by Gary Ashley of The Wedding Collective

  1. Describe your dream wedding.

My dream wedding would be to have my closest family and friends on a remote island with us, celebrating for several days. People are so much more fun and relaxed when they’re on vacation, so I would want our guests to make a vacation out of our wedding! Every detail would be well thought out to ensure they feel pampered and taken care of, from the welcome amenities that will be waiting for them in their rooms upon arrival to the facial masks that will be sitting on their pillows after a day in the sun, to all the other little surprises that I would plan for them throughout their stay. It would be a weekend full of festivities to give us plenty of quality time with our guests!

Photo by Jeanne Chan 

All photos above are weddings/events by Jubilee Lau Events. Thanks again to Borrowed & Blue for the Q&A!


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August 15, 2016

Regina + Eugene's Wedding at the Asian Art Museum

Just had to share this beautiful video from Capture the Love, of a recent wedding we worked on together at the Asian Art Museum! Our clients, Regina and Eugene, really wanted an extended photo/film session on the wedding day, so we padded in a lot of extra time for them to hit multiple places around the city. My favorite was the carousel at Yerba Buena Gardens! 

Regina + Eugene @ Asian Art Museum, SF from Capture the Look | Photo+Cinema on Vimeo.

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May 27, 2016


Earlier this month, we were invited to the Vera Wang salon in San Francisco for a sneak preview of their 2017 spring collection. It was a fine evening of champagne, hors d'oeurves, and Vera's stunning collection of dresses...

Thanks for all the eye candy Vera Wang! Can't wait to see some of our brides in these beautiful gowns!


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May 25, 2016


Wedding season is officially here, and many of you may be receiving wedding invitations in the mail for the summer and fall weddings coming up. Do you have any idea what to wear yet? It's not easy shopping for wedding attire as a guest, especially when there are multiple weddings to attend! 

There are a number of things to consider as you shop for that perfect outfit:

- What is the dress code of the event? Most wedding invitations would have a note about the dress code. Is it formal? Black Tie? Black Tie Optional? Semi-Formal? Cocktail Attire? Picking something that fits the formality of event is really important. You don't want to show up in a floor length ballgown to a casual backyard wedding. 

- Where is the event being held? Picking an outfit for a wedding on the beach would be very different than one that's being held at a museum. 

- What season will the wedding be in? Choosing fabric that is in line with the season and temperature of the wedding is highly recommended. Chiffon, and other light fabric, works really well for springs and summer weddings while heavier fabric like tweed or leather would be more appropriate for winter months. 

- Is there a specific color for the dress code? Some couples like the idea of having an all-white wedding, in which case, you should respect that and pick something in the white family! Otherwise, it is considered quite taboo to show up in a white dress to someone else's wedding.

Our friends at The Black Tux have put together a really helpful style guide to help you shop for the right attire for each wedding, and we're so happy to be able to share it here for our readers!

For the gentlemen that are interested in suit or tux rentals, The Black Tux has some nice options too! You can check them out here.

Happy shopping!

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May 20, 2016


Choosing the right color(s) for your bridesmaid dresses is such a personal decision, but also an important one for the overall wedding. You want to pick colors and fabric that will go well with the formality of the wedding, the setting that you will be in, and the wedding design direction you have chosen. Other considerations include the season and temperature, the comfort of your bridesmaids, and costs. 

Blush, mint, and neutrals are colors we see a lot for the spring and summer months, while navy blue and wine colored dresses are more popular for the fall and winter. However, black has become more popular for all seasons and we're definitely loving it over here as well! Here are a few from our recent weddings:

Photo by Augie Chang Photography
Photo by Milou & Olin
Even our bride changed to a black Alexander McQueen dress in the evening! Photo by Augie Chang Photography
We recently came across the beautiful collection of dresses at Reformation, an L.A. based company that supports sustainability without compromising fashion and style. They carry a number of black dresses that would be gorgeous as bridesmaid dresses! Ofcourse, don't limit yourself many of Reformation's dresses could be great options for wedding guests, and even the bride herself! 

Happy shopping everyone!


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May 18, 2016


Some of our clients come to us with a very specific vision for their wedding. Some have absolutely no idea what they want in terms of design, and some have wayyy too many ideas (thanks to Pinterest) that are all over the place. If you fall into any of these categories, that's okay! Know that most couples are likely in the same boat as you are, and part of the process in the beginning of the wedding planning is to filter and curate through all the different ideas to hone in on a design direction that truly speaks to you! 

When we kick start the wedding planning process with our clients, we always start off with an extensive Design Questionnaire. It's a series of questions that encourages you to think through some of the bigger wedding questions. It's also a way for our team to get to know you and your relationship on a deeper level. Some of these questions could be:

What are you known for as a couple?
What are your favorite brands and what do you like about them?
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
How would you describe the mood of your dream wedding?

....and so on. After reviewing all of your answers, and taking the time to go through every pin on your Pinterest boards, we would present a Design Summary with a mood board that portrays that look and feel of your wedding. Below, you'll see one that we did for a wedding at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, where we described the wedding style as clean, modern, sleek, streamlined, structural, refined and polished. We went for a color palette of black, pearl white, champagne and blush, with accents of metallic gold.

We love dreaming up great ideas and beautiful details with our clients, but what we also happen to thrive on is the work that is required to bring all of those ideas to reality! This includes finding vendors that are the best fit to produce the results that we want, working out the logistics on the backend to ensure the ideas can truly execute well, and a lot of other "behind the scenes" production work that is absolutely critical. Although such detail-oriented work may not feel fun to most people, our team truly finds it as one of the most rewarding parts of what we do! 

Here's a collage to show how we brought the above mood board to life at the Bently Reserve! 

Photos by Milou and Olin Photography


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May 9, 2016


I've always loved attending weddings as a guest. Not only is it wonderful to celebrate the union of people you care about, but it often is a fun reunion of some sort. I get to spend time with family or friends or former colleagues or college buddies whom I may not get to see regularly outside of Facebook.

Many years ago, my husband and I were invited to a wedding of an acquaintance. To be quite honest, we were both shocked and a little confused when we received the invite, as we couldn't even remember the last time we spoke with the couple. Still, we appreciated that they invited us and decided to accept the invitation.

We saw many friends at the wedding whom we did know very well, and enjoyed catching up with everyone during the cocktail hour. However, when it came time for dinner and we got to the table we were assigned to, we were disappointed to see that none of our friends were in close proximity to us. We were assigned to a table with 8 teenagers, and they were completely glued to their iphones the entire time. They showed no interest in carrying on any type of conversation even though I did make an effort to try. Though my husband and I kept each other company during the course of the 2 hour dinner, I realized how disappointing it can feel as guest when you are assigned to a table that does not offer good company and conversation. It can be downright miserable, especially as you see and hear the loud laughter coming from all the other tables.

So, as you prepare to work on your seating assignments for the wedding, here are our top 5 tips for you:

1. Assign everyone to a seat, not just a table. This gives you full control over the guest seating, which is a great thing because you know each of your guest best!

2. You don't necessarily need to seat everyone next to their best friend, but rather, think about whom each person would enjoy conversing with. If you seat two incredibly shy, reserved guests together who shares no common topic, it could be pretty boring for them both.

3. Provide some ice breakers for your guests! For example, you can name your tables instead of numbering them and behind the table name card, you can include a short story on the significance of the name. If you named the table Amsterdam, tell guests why this place is significant to your relationship. If you are incorporating a special family recipe into the menu, note that on the printed menus so guests at the table have something to talk about to break the ice!

4. Long tables and square tables are best for conversations. At a 48" square table, you can pretty much converse with every person at the table. At a long table, you can easily converse with at least 5 other people around you. If you decide to do rounds (least desirable for conversations), your venue or caterer will most likely suggest a 60" or a 72". We definitely recommend going with the 60", which would allow guests to easily converse with at least 3-4 people around them. In our opinion, a 72" simply feels way too big and does not encourage the intimacy most couples would want for their wedding.

5. Consider putting young kids in a separate room where they can be free to be kids. It's very hard for young kids to sit still for a 2 hour dinner, and it can be a pressure for parents to try to enforce that at a wedding in order to be polite and respectful. Ask your wedding venue if they can provide a separate room close by where you can hire professional babysitters from a licensed childcare service to watch them. These licensed childcare services that cater to events will often send sitters fully equipped with books, art and craft projects, and other things to entertain the children. This allow the kids to run around and do what they like, while their parents can also enjoy a lovely dinner with uninterrupted conversations.

Photo by Kevin Chin Photography 
Photo by Kevin Chin Photography
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Photo by Viv Chen Photography

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