DIY Wedding Trends Are Here to Stay

By now everyone knows that 2012 has brought DIY wedding trends that have made their way into mainstream “weddings.”  Some are less than desirable while others are spectacular.

Some of our absolute favorite 2012 DIY wedding trends are:

Skip the traditional guest book and create a beautiful display out of your friends’ and family’s good wishes.
DIY wedding schedules, favors and aisle runners..so beautiful.
Give your menus a personalized touch with this elegant, DIY project.

There are several more DIY wedding trends out there.  What is your favorite that you hope is here to stay?


Are you Getting Married on 12/12/12

Your wedding should be the most special and wonderful day of your life.

Unfortunately for some, getting bogged down with details, family drama, and stress can  possibly bring you to tears.

Numerologists suggest that there is more to it than being overwhelmed. They say it is all in the numbers. They also suggest that picking a date that suits your personality will give you a better chance for success on your wedding day.

Numerology is based on the belief that there is a special relationship between mathematical measurements and specific dates. Although there is no concrete evidence to suggest this is entirely true, many spiritualists and numerologists insist that numbers are the key to happiness.

There are dozens of ways that numerology is used to select important dates,  and none of them guarantee a perfect wedding day.  However, many couples feel strongly that it has everything to do with a happy future.

What about you?  Are you going to 12/12/12 or some other specific date due to numbers?  If so, you’re not alone!  So book popular wedding dates as soon as possible by giving us a call today.


Beat the Heat Wedding Beauty Tricks

It’s summertime, and summer means weddings.  At Holman Ranch we’re a hustlin’ and bustlin’ to accommodate our beautiful brides.  Throughout the years, we’ve seen more brides cry over hair and makeup disasters than anything else.  No bride wants to look like they’re melting, or their hair look like Nick Nolte’s 1980’s mug shot…and the Carmel Valley heat will do that to you if you’re not careful.

Here are 4 wedding beauty tips perfect for the Carmel Valley heat:

We got the scoop from local experts on how to keep yourself flawless on your big day, especially when summer’s swelter is on.

  • HAIR: Celebrity hair stylists who often work with California brides rely on deep conditioning to seal in moisture. Also, consider an up-do; it’s hard for hair to hold it’s shape when down.
  • SKIN: For a glowing complexion, aesthetician’s recommend getting monthly facials three months before your wedding day. To avoid oily skin, moisturize daily.
  • MAKEUP: Celebrity makeup artists recommend blotters and powders to keep shine at bay on your wedding day.
  • NAILS: For a manicure that will last from pre-wedding festivities to post-honeymoon bliss, try out Shellac at Gene Juarez Salons and Spas or Julep Nail Parlors. The new nail polish dries with UV light and lasts for two weeks, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

We have beautifully shaded areas here at the Holman Ranch perfect for a hot summer’s wedding day.  To book a tour, please contact us.  We can also recommend Carmel Valley wedding vendors who know how to avoid summer heat blunders…just give us a call.


Style Me Pretty Launches Wedding e-Magazine

We’ve been a fan of the Style Me Pretty blog for quite some time and we’re so excited that they’ve officially announced the launch of their first ever Fashion & Beauty e-magazine!

This gorgeous online magazine celebrates all things wedding fashion; from a Beauty How-To with TEAM Hair & Makeup + Jose Villa to a Blogger Fashion Round-Up with picks from their favorite fashion and lifestyle bloggers.

Here’s a link to check it out online (http://www.stylemepretty.com/magazine/fashion-and-beauty-magazine/).  Let us know what you think of it. 🙂


Least Expensive Month for a Carmel Valley Wedding

Wearing white doesn’t have to cost you a lot of green. That is, if you schedule your wedding ceremony, reception and honeymoon during the off-season.

ImageHolman Ranch offers the perfect reason to book an off season wedding and save! Did you know Carmel Valley offers more than 300 days of sunshine on average per year? Celebrate your wedding weekend in tranquility, and benefit from our off-season pricing. We are known for hosting some of the most beautiful destination weddings in Carmel Valley…one wedding at a time…yours!

Winter is considered an off-season for weddings, and to accommodate your needs, Holman Ranch is offering Winter Specials scheduled in December, January, February, and March, Holman Ranch offers 15-percent off our facilities.

What can you get with an off-season wedding package?

From the facilities to the grounds to the food, we have everything to make your special day memorable not only for you but for guests, too. For scheduling your wedding in picturesque Carmel Valley in winter, take advantage of our discounts, gorgeous grounds, and accommodating facility and staff, and contact us today to schedule and plan. If it should rain, we work out vendors to help you secure a cost effective tenting option to accommodate any last minute weather issues.

As you can see, it pays to stay at Holman Ranch! Like everything Holman Ranch does, we will work with you to craft the package that will best suit your needs – simply ask if there are adjustments or substitutes – if we can accommodate, we will.


The Perfect Elopement Location in Carmel California

Are you considering eloping?

At Holman Ranch, we have created all-inclusive elopement packages for those of you who do not want to deal with all the details and expense of a large wedding, but still want the magic, memories and traditions in a smaller setting.

We can do that for you!  There is much to be said for the romance and intimacy of an event with just the two of you. Surrounded by the calm of natur,e you can share your vows and begin your new life together.

Let us help you find the perfect backdrop for your intimate elopement ceremony.

Our Elopement Package may include:

  • Packages available for 2-20 guests
  • Ceremony location of your choice at Holman Ranch
  • Wedding Officiate
  • Bridal Bouquet and Groom’s Boutonnière
  • Bottle of Holman Ranch Estate Wine
  • Traditional Round Wedding Cake
  • One night accommodations for the bride and groom at Holman Ranch (additional nights and rooms can be added as these packages are completely customizable)
  • Photography for ceremony and bridal portraits
  • Dinner for two at Holman Ranch

The Elopement Package is ideal for a wedding party of 2 to 20 people. Price Starts at $1000 for 1 hour ceremony, package and price customized to your preferences.

Please note: Package is available Sunday-Thursday only or 7 days a week during off peak season (November 15- April 15)

If you’re interested in booking our elopement package please contact us. Space is limited and dates fill up quickly so call at your earliest convenience.


Least Expensive Day of the Week to Get Married? Thursday

ImageDid you know that a wedding on Thursday is usually the least expensive day to get married?  Most venues have special discounts for weddings held on a Thursday…and Holman Ranch is no exception.

We love our weekday weddings and lately they are the talk of the town for wedding dates. Why you ask? The rates you are able to snatch up on these gems of the week are unbelievable! You may be thinking a little bit unconventional, but let me tell you a few benefits to weekday weddings.

Top 3 Reasons to Book a Thursday Wedding:

1. Savings! You can use that extra room in your wedding budget to splurge on that fantastic dream dress, invite more family and friends, or add that fabric drapery or specialty lighting that may have been a budget buster before!

2. What better excuse for friends and family to take off from work and make it a long weekday wedding vacation!  Hotels usually offer discounted rates during the week as well!

3. Availability and flexibility are incredible during the week!

Say I Do To Thursdays at Holman Ranch!


Holman Ranch Tasting Room Offers New CSA Pick Up Location For Serendipity Farms

Holman Ranch Tasting Room, located at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley village, becomes the new community supported agriculture pick up location for Serendipity Farms.

The pickup is at Holman Ranch Tasting Room at 19 E. Carmel Valley Road in Carmel every Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The cost is $25 per week and you can sign up for 13, 16 or 32 weeks if pick up.  Pick up needs to be pre-paid on Serendipity Farms’ website.

To sign up go to http://csa.farmigo.com/join/serendipityorganics#Step=4.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides people with a weekly box of fabulous produce all grown in Carmel and Carmel Valley. Serendipity Farms is now taking subscriptions for the 2012 season for weekly shares of certified organic vegetables, fruit and flowers.


Holman Ranch wedding by Jabez Photography

I wanted to share a video created by Jabez Photography of a wedding at the Holman Ranch.  We were exceptionally honored to have met this couple, Kathryn and Craig, whose love abounds in this video:

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If you’d like to experience the beautiful Holman Ranch, a Carmel Valley wedding venue, then please give us a call at (831) 659-2640 for a free consultation and tour.