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

Shingle Springs , CA
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Shingle Springs, CA 95682 US (map)

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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

How would you describe the style of your floral designs?
Country, Eclectic, Modern, Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
Which of the following services do you provide?
Clean Up, Consultations, Delivery, Set Up
What types of arrangements do you provide?
Aisle Decor, Altar Decor, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Chuppah Decor, Corsages, Flower Petals, Non-Floral, Single Flowers, Table Arrangements

INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Non-religious
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.

INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What wedding events do you provide services for?
Ceremony, Reception
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Budget Analysis, Full Planning, Partial Planning, Timelines, Vendor Referrals
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Destination, Eco-Friendly, Non-Religious
How many planners are on your team?
3

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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Emily
Wedding:
7/4/2010
3.8/5.0
Overall, Monique is great to work with - she's sweet, responsive, and willing to work with whatever ideas you have. She was also willing to negotiate on price for several items, which was helpful.

I would recommend Monique for beautiful, budget-friendly flowers, but with the following heads-up: Be VERY CLEAR with her on exactly what time you need your flowers. I told her our reception site was ready for set-up at 2pm, and that my aunts would meet her to pick up the bouquets at 3:30 so we could have them for our pre-ceremony photos. Starting at 3pm I got a series of texts from her saying how it had taken longer than expected to "load the vases in the car" and she hadn't yet left her house (about 45 minutes away). She finally got there about 4:30pm, and as a consequence a) my aunts barely had time to get ready for the wedding, and b) my pictures (which started at 4pm) didn't have flowers in them for the first hour. None. Not my bouquet, not my bridesmaids' bouquets, no boutonnieres.

For me, this wasn't a huge deal because the no-flower pictures that I've seen turned out pretty cool, and the final product was truly beautiful (and within my budget) - but I feel like it's my duty to "warn" future brides that you need to be very specific with her - I have no doubt that if you are very adamant on exactly when she needs to be there (not: "Set-up is from 2-5" and assume she'll show up at 2pm), that she'll show up when you ask.

Overall she's great to work with, just that one thing could've ruined a more, er, high-strung bride's day.
Overall, Monique is great to work with - she's sweet, responsive, and willing to work with whatever ideas you have. She Read more...
Overall, Monique is great to work with - she's sweet, responsive, and willing to work with whatever ideas you have. She was also willing to negotiate on price for several items, which was helpful.

I would recommend Monique for beautiful, budget-friendly flowers, but with the following heads-up: Be VERY CLEAR with her on exactly what time you need your flowers. I told her our reception site was ready for set-up at 2pm, and that my aunts would meet her to pick up the bouquets at 3:30 so we could have them for our pre-ceremony photos. Starting at 3pm I got a series of texts from her saying how it had taken longer than expected to "load the vases in the car" and she hadn't yet left her house (about 45 minutes away). She finally got there about 4:30pm, and as a consequence a) my aunts barely had time to get ready for the wedding, and b) my pictures (which started at 4pm) didn't have flowers in them for the first hour. None. Not my bouquet, not my bridesmaids' bouquets, no boutonnieres.

For me, this wasn't a huge deal because the no-flower pictures that I've seen turned out pretty cool, and the final product was truly beautiful (and within my budget) - but I feel like it's my duty to "warn" future brides that you need to be very specific with her - I have no doubt that if you are very adamant on exactly when she needs to be there (not: "Set-up is from 2-5" and assume she'll show up at 2pm), that she'll show up when you ask.

Overall she's great to work with, just that one thing could've ruined a more, er, high-strung bride's day. Read less
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A Special Day Designs | California Officiant | Destination Wedding Planner | Placerville, CA responded with the following comments:

I'm sorry that you were disappointed with the timing of your flowers. You contracted me two weeks before your holiday wedding, which could lead to miscommunication; but I re-checked the contract....it says delivery at the reception site (as you preferred not to pay to have me deliver to your hotel room) between 2-4. I was there at 3:45; I didn't know that you needed the flowers at 3:30 for pre-ceremony photos - that was not communicated to me. I did text you so that your aunts would know my estimated time of arrival, and not be waiting for me. As it was, I arrived about 15 minutes before they did, and had already unloaded the personal flowers into the reception room, and the flowers were waiting for them.

I'm glad that you did find your flowers beautiful, but I would caution any bride to be clear about when exactly she needs her vendors to be there....if you give a vendor a time range, then they are not out of line to arrive during that time period. If you need them there exactly by a certain time, then it is your responsibility to communicate to them. Best wishes to you.
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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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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.
-Danielle P.
Laguna Niguel, CA Read less
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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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vroomvroomers
Wedding:
8/1/2009
4.4/5.0
Very good option for those looking to save money on flowers. There was less flexibility than with other vendors; for example, the colors of the flowers were not quite what I would have liked--but it was a fabulous value and I was very happy.
Very good option for those looking to save money on flowers. There was less flexibility than with other vendors; for Read more...
Very good option for those looking to save money on flowers. There was less flexibility than with other vendors; for example, the colors of the flowers were not quite what I would have liked--but it was a fabulous value and I was very happy. Read less
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