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A Special Day Designs | California Officiant | Destination Wedding Planner | Placerville, CA

Shingle Springs , CA
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ABOUT US

You need a complete, sustainable, and affordable wedding solution that is creative, beautiful, and stress-free.

A Special Day Designs offers destination elopements and... Read more
You need a complete, sustainable, and affordable wedding solution that is creative, beautiful, and stress-free.

A Special Day Designs offers destination elopements and intimate wedding solutions. Prices start at $175 for a lovely fuss-free elopement that's so much more special than the county office.

A Special Day Designs specializes in getaway and destination weddings in the Sierra foothills, Sacramento region, and Lake Tahoe. We are local insiders and we plan and officiate small, green, sustainable weddings for your Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Placerville and nearby areas weddings.

Located in the historic gold country of El Dorado County, California, surrounded by wineries and ranches, apple farms, historic towns, rivers, snow resorts, Sierra meadows and lakes, we are conveniently close to Lake Tahoe, and the greater Sacramento area, both about one hour’s drive time.

Have a fun pop-up or adventure wedding, and then the two of you (and your supporters) can enjoy the rest of the day as you please!

We provide a concierge service to help you find lodging, meals, and activities that you need and want in our area, as we are a local insider. This is provided as an included service to our clients, or as a separate item.

We offer wedding flower packages and DIY classes for sustainable, small and intimate weddings.

We proudly support marriage for ALL and we welcome LGBTQ weddings.

We believe in the relationship between humans and nature, and the inter-relationships of all living things on Earth as equal. We tread lightly, enjoy our time outdoors, and we are inspired by nature, whether your ceremony is indoors or outdoors, at the river, or under a bright blue sky in the city. We place equal priority on the ethical actions and sourcing of our suppliers as we do your happiness and satisfaction.

We don't believe you need to spend $28,000 or even $3,000 to have a romantic and memorable wedding.

We Plan. You Marry. No Worries!

Please visit our website at aspecialdaydesigns.com .

Like us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ASpecialDayDesigns

Wedding services, officiant, wedding planning, wedding planner, small wedding, intimate wedding, micro wedding, adventure wedding, wedding flowers, DIY flower classes, and DIY bulk wedding flowers for Sacramento and Lake Tahoe area brides, including El Dorado County, Amador County, Placer County, Sacramento County, and nearby areas. Wedding officiant and wedding planning for El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Shingle Springs, Lake Tahoe, Camino and Apple Hill, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park. Wedding flowers for Coloma, Lotus, Georgetown, Cool, Latrobe, Jackson, Sutter Creek, Folsom, Sacramento, Roseville, Granite Bay, Auburn. Read less

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INFO FOR FLOWERS

Do you offer free or for charge consultations?
Free
Do you offer delivery, set up, and breakdown services?
Delivery, Setup
What type of decor (if any) do you offer?
You need an affordable wedding solution that is creative, beautiful, and stress-free. You want a smaller, greener, more sustainable choice in wedding flowers, so we offer special packages for small weddings. You pick the color, and I choose the flowers. Organic flowers are available. My style is contemporary and modern.
Do you provide non-floral additions to floral arrangements?
Want to DIY your flowers? I offer DIY classes and bulk flower purchases ($250 minimum order; but you don’t have to buy 10 bunches of one kind of flowers like you do on the “big box” store websites!). See my reviews here on WW and on Yelp.
Do you offer full-services, such as wedding day setup, for an additional fee?
You are very welcome to pick up your florals from my private studio to save the cost of the fee to set-up, and most of my wedding couples choose this option. We do, however, offer full set-up for an additional fee.
Do you offer any other specializations that have not been covered?
We offer bulk DIY wedding flowers, DIY wedding flowers classes, DIY floral design classes, organic flowers, and destination wedding and getaway wedding planning and concierge services, as well as officiating for small sustainable weddings. We do offer custom flowers on a very limited basis.
 
How do clients set up a consultation?
Email me! Please use the form at: http://aspecialdaydesigns.com/contact/

INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Non-religious Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
The weddings that I officiate at are purely secular (non-religious), and generally outdoors or at non-religious venues. Here in "gold rush country" we do have some historic chapels that are available for you to rent, and I am happy to offer concierge services if you would like more information. In addition, we offer simple no-fuss elopements with prices starting at $175 in very pretty and romantic locations. A much nicer choice than the county clerk's office!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I will dress appropriately for the occasion. If we are river-rafting or have to hike to a location, I will dress neatly but in appropriate attire that is safe (river sandals, or hiking boots, for instance, along with rafting shorts or hiking pants and tops). Otherwise, I generally try to dress in your choice of elegant or business casual, in subdued colors to blend in with the background, unless you let me know that you want something more vibrant. I do NOT wear a robe or vestments as I am not a judge or choir member!
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely, as long as it is secular (non-religious). I will provide you with options for each part of the ceremony, or you can provide suggestions. I provide contemporary ceremonies that acknowledge your equal partnership.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Of course! Your vows to each other are your choice. You can write them entirely, or I am happy to help you. At the ceremony, you can repeat after me, or read off of a paper or card. Whatever your preference is.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
There are parts of the ceremony that are legally required. For all parts of the ceremony, I will provide you with options that you select, or you are welcome to provide your own, or change up the options presented.
How long are your ceremonies?
It depends on what you choose for your ceremony, and whether you request any special rituals or readings. Most ceremonies are 7 to 20 minutes. More than 20 minutes, and your guests will start to zone out!
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
Absolutely not. You are both consenting adults. I will not judge you, and I am happy to marry you.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes - but: Because I officiate at small and intimate weddings of fewer than 25 guests, there really is not a need. This is generally a more casual ceremony. I can provide you with a guide of how to "walk down the aisle" and where to stand, if you would like, but generally in a wedding this small you will likely have a small wedding party (or none at all!). I am willing to do a rehearsal with you if I am available, for an extra fee.
Do you supply a sound system?
At this time, no. Because the weddings I officiate at are generally in nature or public places or backyards, I do not provide amplification that would annoy people enjoying their solitude, or neighbors. I have a great deal of experience as a teacher and presenter and I can project my voice.

INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Eco-Friendly / Green
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Full Planning, Partial Planning
How many planners do you work with?
It depends on what your needs are. I do have staff that I work with when planning is more complex or in more than one location, or in a remote nature or adventure location that requires logistical support. I also work with other vendors who are independent contractors, who will work on creating your wedding day, through my all-inclusive planning process. You will sign their contracts as well as mine.
What style of wedding do you specialize in planning?
We focus on green / sustainable / eco-friendly intimate destination weddings of 25 or fewer guests. We plan adventure weddings with a focus on nature. We also plan fun, less expensive pop-up weddings, as well as elopements!
Do you support or cater to any specific religions?
Our weddings are completely secular and non-religious. No surprises!
What sizes of weddings have you coordinated in the past?
I have coordinated events from small intimate parties to 250 people, including sourcing the venue and coordinating the food service for raw vegan, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, shellfish-free, and other food preferences and needs.
Which venues have you worked at or are familiar with?
I have designed weddings at many venues in the gold country, greater Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe regions. In addition, I am constantly visiting and photographing many unusual and nature and city inspired ceremony locations for elopements, pop-up weddings, intimate destination weddings, and adventure weddings.

REVIEWS

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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I'm so impressed with Monique of A Special Day Designs! I originally was looking for someone to teach me flower arranging and happened on her website by chance. She offers flower arranging classes for the DIY bride! What a concept! I took the class on flower girl halos and corsage making! She did a terrific job teaching a newbie how to work with the wire, gluing techniques and provided all of the supplies to complete two projects! She even came to my home! It was so much fun and she's so easy to work with! My projects turned out great and I feel confident I can make the flower girl halo for the flower girl at my son's upcoming wedding! I plan on taking more of her classes in the future! I highly recommend her and wish we had found her sooner for my son's wedding!
I'm so impressed with Monique of A Special Day Designs! I originally was looking for someone to teach me flower arranging Read more...
I'm so impressed with Monique of A Special Day Designs! I originally was looking for someone to teach me flower arranging and happened on her website by chance. She offers flower arranging classes for the DIY bride! What a concept! I took the class on flower girl halos and corsage making! She did a terrific job teaching a newbie how to work with the wire, gluing techniques and provided all of the supplies to complete two projects! She even came to my home! It was so much fun and she's so easy to work with! My projects turned out great and I feel confident I can make the flower girl halo for the flower girl at my son's upcoming wedding! I plan on taking more of her classes in the future! I highly recommend her and wish we had found her sooner for my son's wedding! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Monique was wonderful to work with! 90% of my contact with her was through email and she always responded promptly. I never really had a vision just knew that I liked wildflowers and through Monique's questions and Pinterest she was able to give me EXACTLY what I wanted! A few weeks before the wedding we met up at our venue and I told her what decorations I had and she was easily able to work in the flowers and complete the look we were going for.

Many thanks to Monique and her talent! I only wish that I lived closer to her to have flowers from her all the time :)
Monique was wonderful to work with! 90% of my contact with her was through email and she always responded promptly. I Read more...
Monique was wonderful to work with! 90% of my contact with her was through email and she always responded promptly. I never really had a vision just knew that I liked wildflowers and through Monique's questions and Pinterest she was able to give me EXACTLY what I wanted! A few weeks before the wedding we met up at our venue and I told her what decorations I had and she was easily able to work in the flowers and complete the look we were going for.

Many thanks to Monique and her talent! I only wish that I lived closer to her to have flowers from her all the time :) Read less
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BPandE
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Monique is amazing!! She went above and beyond my expectations and I could not have been happier and more stress-free on my wedding day. She was so flexible and very understanding with my situation. I'm serving in the military and in the 8 months before my wedding, I had traveled to 3 different countries and 6 different states. I was constantly busy and never in one place so most of our communication was done via email. She really took the time to work with me and check in with me on the ideas I had for the wedding. I showed her a couple of photos and ideas I liked and let her run with it.
When I came to the wedding venue, I couldn't have been more impressed to see everything set up and decorated and to see her creative genius at work. I received SO many compliments on the flowers/decor and especially on my unique bouquet. I can't believe what she was able to pull of with my budget!
I'm really so truly grateful to have had Monique be a part of our wedding. She provided the most beautiful flowers and decor and most of all, peace of mind!
Monique is amazing!! She went above and beyond my expectations and I could not have been happier and more stress-free on Read more...
Monique is amazing!! She went above and beyond my expectations and I could not have been happier and more stress-free on my wedding day. She was so flexible and very understanding with my situation. I'm serving in the military and in the 8 months before my wedding, I had traveled to 3 different countries and 6 different states. I was constantly busy and never in one place so most of our communication was done via email. She really took the time to work with me and check in with me on the ideas I had for the wedding. I showed her a couple of photos and ideas I liked and let her run with it.
When I came to the wedding venue, I couldn't have been more impressed to see everything set up and decorated and to see her creative genius at work. I received SO many compliments on the flowers/decor and especially on my unique bouquet. I can't believe what she was able to pull of with my budget!
I'm really so truly grateful to have had Monique be a part of our wedding. She provided the most beautiful flowers and decor and most of all, peace of mind! Read less
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AimeeD10210
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I really enjoyed working with Monique. I had a few ideas about what I wanted (sunflowers) but I really gave her creative license and the bouquets were GORGEOUS. I'm still getting compliments on them. I was initially interested because of the reasonable pricing; and after our initial meeting, I was sold on Monique's vision and personality - which was our main priority in selecting all of our vendors.
I really enjoyed working with Monique. I had a few ideas about what I wanted (sunflowers) but I really gave her creative Read more...
I really enjoyed working with Monique. I had a few ideas about what I wanted (sunflowers) but I really gave her creative license and the bouquets were GORGEOUS. I'm still getting compliments on them. I was initially interested because of the reasonable pricing; and after our initial meeting, I was sold on Monique's vision and personality - which was our main priority in selecting all of our vendors. Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Monique is amazing! When I wrote to her and asked what we could get for our budget, I had no idea she'd be able to pull off all she did! Monique took my bridesmaids' dresses and came up with an amazing idea, and since she blogged it, I was able to show it to my family and friends, which was great. The flowers were inventive and beautiful. I cannot say enough good things about her!
Monique is amazing! When I wrote to her and asked what we could get for our budget, I had no idea she'd be able to pull Read more...
Monique is amazing! When I wrote to her and asked what we could get for our budget, I had no idea she'd be able to pull off all she did! Monique took my bridesmaids' dresses and came up with an amazing idea, and since she blogged it, I was able to show it to my family and friends, which was great. The flowers were inventive and beautiful. I cannot say enough good things about her! Read less
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dpb
Wedding:
5/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Monique was very thorough and open to ideas we had for our Tahoe wedding. Mixing mid-century modern beach meets the Tahoe woods she added her amazing floral touch to our ceremony and reception. We worked very well together via email & over the phone with my husband and I located in Southern, CA. Put your trust in Monique for your wedding day, we did and she absolutely came through.
-Danielle P.
Laguna Niguel, CA
Monique was very thorough and open to ideas we had for our Tahoe wedding. Mixing mid-century modern beach meets the Tahoe Read more...
Monique was very thorough and open to ideas we had for our Tahoe wedding. Mixing mid-century modern beach meets the Tahoe woods she added her amazing floral touch to our ceremony and reception. We worked very well together via email & over the phone with my husband and I located in Southern, CA. Put your trust in Monique for your wedding day, we did and she absolutely came through.
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sharon moore
Wedding:
9/6/2009
5.0/5.0
I loved my flowers, they were beautiful, and i would recommend you to other brides and such!
sharon moore
I loved my flowers, they were beautiful, and i would recommend you to other brides and such!
sharon moore
I loved my flowers, they were beautiful, and i would recommend you to other brides and such!
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foolforhorses
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Monique was amazing. She was willing to work within my budget. I was impressed that she brought a sheet of ideas that included my dress and the bridesmaids dresses to the initial consultation before I had even signed a contract with her. She made extra corsages for grandparents that we did not know were coming the day of the event. She was on time and prepared. The flowers were amazing. I received more compliments on them than almost anything else at the wedding. I would use Monique again for an event and recommend her highly.
Monique was amazing. She was willing to work within my budget. I was impressed that she brought a sheet of ideas that Read more...
Monique was amazing. She was willing to work within my budget. I was impressed that she brought a sheet of ideas that included my dress and the bridesmaids dresses to the initial consultation before I had even signed a contract with her. She made extra corsages for grandparents that we did not know were coming the day of the event. She was on time and prepared. The flowers were amazing. I received more compliments on them than almost anything else at the wedding. I would use Monique again for an event and recommend her highly. Read less
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Hot Itai
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Monique was wonderful to work with. She has amazing ideas and is extrememly talented. I had a very detailed cascading orchid boquette that turned out better than I had ever imagined. She was on time delivering flowers on the wedding day. And responded back to us very quickly when we had questions. I would definately reconmend A Special Day Designs by Monique Wilber.
Monique was wonderful to work with. She has amazing ideas and is extrememly talented. I had a very detailed cascading Read more...
Monique was wonderful to work with. She has amazing ideas and is extrememly talented. I had a very detailed cascading orchid boquette that turned out better than I had ever imagined. She was on time delivering flowers on the wedding day. And responded back to us very quickly when we had questions. I would definately reconmend A Special Day Designs by Monique Wilber. Read less
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melaniej
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.7/5.0
The bouquet and cake topper were beautiful! Monique also arranged the decorative flowers beautifully. She was affordable and professional. I'm am grateful that I hired her for my wedding.
The bouquet and cake topper were beautiful! Monique also arranged the decorative flowers beautifully. She was affordable Read more...
The bouquet and cake topper were beautiful! Monique also arranged the decorative flowers beautifully. She was affordable and professional. I'm am grateful that I hired her for my wedding. Read less
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