Tips for Planning Your Engagement Party

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Your engagement party is the first of a series of events that will lead to the biggest day of your life. Naturally, you want this party to be amazing – but what are some of the things you should keep in mind?

We have seen some of the best engagement parties around, and we have some tips for you!

  • There’s no specified date. You want to set this party early in the engagement, but not too early (i.e. not the very next day). Take your time to let everyone you love know you are engaged, so that you don’t take them by complete surprise when you send them an invitation.

  • No rules about the guest list either. The future bridal party will be invited, together with your parents, siblings, and close friends and relatives – but you shouldn’t feel obligated to invite anyone else other than that, unless you want to. DO keep in mind that people who are invited to the engagement party will have to be on the wedding guest list as well! 
  • Location? Whatever you please. Since this can be a smaller event, it makes perfect sense to have it at home, booking a restaurant is also a nice option, or you can just plan a fun barbecue party over your parents’ house. Whatever works for you and your fiancé – same as the rehearsal dinner, the engagement party is usually one step lower on the formality level than the wedding, so if your wedding is going to be more on the formal side, you can be more casual with the engagement party.

  • Plan some entertainment. Doesn’t have to be a big band or DJ – but think about hosting some games or sharing fun stories about the couple. If you are equipped with good food and drinks your guests will be sure to enjoy themselves!

  • Work on your registry. Yes, it might seem too early in the planning process, but some guests might want to bring a gift to this party too – and a registry will help them choose something you will actually love. 

Have fun! This is one of the most important moments of your life, you deserve to smile, laugh, and create unforgettable memories!

California Wedding Day Features The Lighter Side

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The Lighter Side is thrilled to announce that we have been featured in California Wedding Day for this breathtaking outdoor wedding. Sophisticated in black and white and set in the lushest of venues, this wedding combined a classic color scheme and modern elements. We were proud to see it published on such an esteemed publication and can’t wait to share it with you!

Here’s a little bit of what they had to say,

“David and Stephen treated their guests to a one-of-a-kind experience during their weekend wedding at the Palm Springs Art Museum. A billboard greeted guests on the highway as they entered the venue, a spectacular start to the stunning affair. COJ Events planned the day from head to toe, including the lovely outdoor ceremony, which included minimalist white chairs and modern floral design elements. Guests had a breathtaking view of the mountains as David and Stephen recited their vows and said their “I dos.”

The reception space featured a striking black and white color palette accented with yellows and metallic elements. The Lighter Side gave the room a romantic ambience with warm-hued lighting, and incredible centerpieces by Maggie Jensen Floral Design tied the entire design together. Guests enjoyed a slice of delicious cake crafted by Exquisite Desserts and joined the happy couple on the dance floor to celebrate their big day.”

See the whole feature HERE.
Thank you to California Wedding Day for including us

PhotographyBright Bird Photography

LightingThe Lighter Side

PlannerCOJ Events

VenuePalm Springs Art Museum

VideographyHoo Films

FloralsMaggie Jensen Floral Design

Reception RentalsSignature Party Rentals

EntertainmentDeBois Entertainment

Catering & BarEight4Nine Events

DessertsExquisite Desserts

The Lighter Side Engagement Party at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Engagement Party at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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The Lighter Side Engagement Party at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Today, The Lighter Side team brings you one of our favorite engagement parties. Hosted at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, this beautiful party was a fun and exciting event.

Luxury & Celebrity event planner Kevin Lee designed a one-of-a-kind event. He turned the ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel into a cozy space by bringing in flowers by LA Premier. The Lighter Side used the latest technology on the market, combined with traditional lighting techniques, to create an awe-inspiring, romantic atmosphere to honor the recently engaged couple.

The Lighter Side Engagement Party at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

LA Best Rentals provided everything the bride and groom-to-be needed to make their night a success, while Allen G Orchestra entertained the guests. The audio and video equipment brought in by WOVA turned the entire event into an immersive experience that videographer David Medill and photographer Katie Beverley captured beautifully.

We are happy so share this event with you. Take a look at the rest of the gallery below:

Venue – Beverly Wilshire Hotel | Planner – Kevin Lee | Florist – LA Premier | Entertainment – Allen G Orchestra | A/V – WOVA | Lighting Design – The Lighter Side | Rentals – LA Best Rentals | Photos – Katie Beverley | Video – David Medill

The Lighter Side Helps Light Up The Rendon for Art At The Rendon: STORIES

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What happens when the historic Rendon Hotel in downtown Los Angeles comes back to life for just a few days? Haunting visuals illuminate the rooms and stories are brought to life through film, theater, and community. We were thrilled to be a part of Art At The Rendon: STORIES, an interactive art experience in which each room was decorated and filled with performers who stepped into character to give a glimpse into the hotels complex history.

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California Wedding Day Features The Lighter Side in Vibiana Styled Shoot

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We are thrilled to announce that The Lighter Side has been featured in California Wedding Day as part of the beautiful Vibiana Styled shoot! With such a talented team of vendors by our side and the beautiful downtown Los Angeles venue as our design playground, we were able to fabricate a sophisticated, chic styled shoot that was just as stunning as it was memorable. Keep scrolling to read an excerpt of the feature and get a glimpse into the beautiful day!

“This incredible styled shoot at Vibiana showcased modern details paired with beautiful greenery and amazing rentals from some of Southern California’s most talented vendors. The bride wore a stunning gown from Naama & Anat Haute Couture with gorgeous lace detailing, and unique black and white flatware popped against the sleek architecture of the venue.”

From the marble-covered venue and exceptional color palette to the beautiful blank canvas for lighting design and everything in between, the Vibiana styled shoot has a special place in our hearts and we are so thankful to be involved. To see the full feature and hear from the other vendors involved, click HERE.

Photography: Maya Myers Photography

Videography: Blue Cat International

Wedding Gowns: Naama & Anat Haute Couture

Floral Design: Mark’s Garden

Venue: Vibiana

Planning & Design: International Event Company

Linens: Luxe Linens

Chairs: Chameleon Chair Collection

Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin

Lighting: The Lighter Side

Cake: The Butter End Cakery

Hair & Makeup: Elwynn + Cass

Model Toria Webber

Phillip + Paulina’s Electric Outdoor Wedding Lights Up Monarch Beach Resort

Phillip + Paulina’s Electric Outdoor Wedding Lights Up Monarch Beach Resort

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Phillip + Paulina’s Electric Outdoor Wedding Lights Up Monarch Beach Resort

Philip and Paulina’s wedding was one for the books. Set at Monarch Beach Resort in Orange County, California, it covered all the necessary bases to be a superstar wedding, and we were thrilled to provide both AV and lighting for such an electric event.

The romantic ceremony was held outdoors. The couple ditched the traditional wedding aisle for a modern runway that allowed for the perfect lighting. Guests took their seats on both sides of the elevated runway as Philip waited patiently for his bride under a beautiful flower arch designed by LA Premier. Paulina made her descent down the stairs and glided gracefully down the aisle to meet her groom.

To cap the end of a beautiful traditional Jewish ceremony, the couple exchanged their vows and “I do’s”, and photographer Katie Beverley captured their first moments as newlyweds in front of a backdrop of fireworks that lit up the night sky.

But the fun didn’t end there. After the ceremony, guests headed into one of the ballrooms at the Monarch Beach Resort, furnished by LA Best Rentals, to share a night of dancing and laughter. We proudly joined the team of vendors by lighting up the reception from the stage to the dance floor. From beginning to end, the couple was showered with love by their family and friends and celebrated in a way that can only be described as a combination of tradition and novelty.

The-Lighter-Side-Josh and Sinead Engagement Katie Beverly Photography

Josh + Sinead Engagement Party

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The Lighter Side Josh Sinead Engagement Katie Beverly Photograpy

Bright, bold, and full of vibrant colors, Josh and Sinead’s engagement party was one for the books! The outdoor affair created a banquet under the trees in a lavish celebration of the happy couple’s new engagement. We were thrilled to work alongside so many talented vendors to transform the simple space into a truly lush dinner party where guests dined and danced the night away. Keep scrolling to get a sneak peek of this gorgeous event we’re so proud to put our name on!

Becker and the Co rallied a talented team of vendors together to create a night under the stars, and we had the privilege of collaborating some of the industry geniuses. Palace Party Rental laid the foundation with some incredible pieces, while Butterfly Floral spruced up the outdoor venue with their blooms. We set the tone with some subtle lighting magic, before DJ Sepi brought the music. Katie Beverly Photography captured every moment as guests celebrated the new engagement. Take a look at the gorgeous photos below!

Vendor Credits:

Coordinator: Becker and the Co.

Rental Production: Palace Party Rental

Florals: Butterfly Floral

Photography: Katie Beverly Photo

Lighting: The Lighter Side


Entertainment: DJ Sepi

Venue: Private Residence

Tented Twilight Real Wedding

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An outdoor wedding was turned into a mystical starry night through the power of a top-notch creative team and some elegant lighting! Grace and Ceron’s ceremony was beautiful from start to finish and The Lighter Side team was grateful for the opportunity to light up their night with custom lighting design. Keep reading to see all the details!

In a gorgeous green pasture surrounded by a lush mountainous landscape, Grace and Ceron tied the knot in a stunning ceremony that left everyone breathless. It was after the couple said their vows, however, that The Lighter Side truly made their night shine. As guests made their way to the reception, they were met with a simple tented setup that dazzled in the dark. Planner Sarap Park Events teamed up with coordinator Bella Destinee to facilitate the evolution of an unforgettable afterparty.

We loved partnering with Premiere Party Rents, Iron Grace Rentals, and Poppy Design Co florals to bring together an atmospheric space that was absolute magic from the ceiling to the floor. The Lighter Side team wove cool blue lighting into the intricacies of the tenting to create a seamless illumination that set a romantic mood.  

twilight tented wedding

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Heather Waraska

Florals: Poppy Design Co

Design & Styling: Sarah Park Events

Coordination: Bella Destinee

Rentals: Premiere Party Rents

Lighting: The Lighter Side

Stationery: Julie Ha Calligraphy

Videography: Caleb Jordan Lee

Linen: La Tavola Linen

Tabletop: Borrowed Blu

Dress: Marchesa Fashion

Hair and Makeup Artist: Chaili Meng Artistry

Catering: WP Catering

Seating Chart & Lanterns: Iron Grace Rentals

Cake: M Cakes Sweets