Just in case you didn’t know, Mango Muse Events is having a special holiday sale for 3 days only, starting today!  We don’t usually have sales, but we really wanted to spread the love this year and share the joy that we’ve had the pleasure of experiencing with our awesome couples.  So, we want to help more couples and create more joy and to help sweeten the deal, we’re having a special holiday sale on our personalized planning sessions.  Usually, $399, our planning sessions are on sale for $299 (a whopping $100 off) for just 3 days.

So, you might be asking yourself, what is a planning session?  It’s a chance to work with us one on one to get clear on what you want, how to get there and how to plan a wedding from afar.  We’ll uncover what is important to you and how to create a wedding that reflects you as a couple.  We’ll discuss what you need to focus on and what you need to do next. After the planning session, you’ll get a written roadmap to refer back to and help keep you on track.  You’ll not only get organized but will leave feeling calm, clear and excited about your wedding.

There are so many online resources to help you with your wedding planning, but sometimes you just need to talk to a person.  You want a specialized pro to help walk you through what you need to know.  It’s like buying a house for the first time or trying to put together a financial plan.  You just don’t know what you don’t know.  The planning session allows you to get all your questions answered and more so that you can finally get the help you need.

These personalized planning sessions are not like anything else out there.  The planning session gives you an opportunity to work with us with no strings attached.  For a small investment, it gives you a chance to really see how we work without having to commit fully.  And if, after our session you love us and want us to help you bring your plan and vision to life, your session fee will be applied to your total wedding planning and design fee.  But no matter what, after your planning session you’ll walk away with everything you need to create a wedding you love.

Awesome, right?  Below are all the details.

Holiday Sale Details:

  • The sale runs from 11/27-11/29
  • $299 for a 2 hour one on one personalized planning session (a huge $100 off our normal prices)
  • There are only a limited number of planning sessions available, so act fast!

Click here to get your personalized planning session

Are you excited?  We certainly are!  Give yourself the best gift ever, worry-free wedding planning.  You won’t regret it.

Nov 27, 2015 by Jamie Chang

It’s almost turkey day and while we will be taking tomorrow off to celebrate with our loved ones, we couldn’t leave you without your wedding planning fix.  So, today’s wedding planning question is about non-gift ideas.

Q: My partner and I are getting married next year and we’ve decided that we don’t want our guests to get us gifts.  We don’t need anything and we don’t want them spending more money than what they are already spending to come to our destination wedding.  But, we know people are going to ask us, so we want to come up with an alternative if they feel the need to give a gift.  Besides donations to charity, what other non-gift options are there?

I love this question especially now that it’s holiday season.  I think it’s both considerate and nice of you not to ask for gifts because it will make the financial side of your destination wedding easier for your guests.  But, you are right, there will be people who will want to do something for you and if you don’t want gifts, then you need to direct them elsewhere.  Asking your guests to donate to a charity is the more traditional route to go, but there are many other options you can consider that are just as meaningful (if not more so).

Start by thinking about what matters to you.  What do you care about?  What are you passionate about?  What concerns you?  How do you want to make the world a better place?  And then use those passions to come up with a non-gift.  So, for example if you are very eco-conscious, you could ask your guests to plant a tree or start carpooling once a week.  Or if you are a diehard vegetarian, you could ask your guests to try eating as a vegetarian for a day or a week.  If you are a firm believer in human interaction, you could ask your guests to go phone free (or completely unplugged) for the entire week of your destination wedding.  Or you can do what I talked about in my previous post (you can read about it here) and you can ask your guests to perform a random act of kindness.

There are so many ways you can take this and what I love about it is that whatever non-gift you settle on, it will be meaningful to you.  And what is meaningful to you will be meaningful to your guests as well.  This is their gift to you and if it’s something you care about, they will care too.  More importantly, it may even get them to see their world or the world in a different way.  So, your gift could not only help someone else but your guests as well.  That is a win all around in my book.  So, think about what matters to you and what your guests can realistically give and I’m sure you’ll come up with a meaningful non-gift that you’ll be happy about and thankful for.


(Photo credit: Allina Yang)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Gobble Gobble!

Nov 25, 2015 by Jamie Chang

It’s Thanksgiving this week and while the holiday is definitely about gathering with family and friends and joyfully eating lots of food (yum), it’s also about giving thanks.  I’m sure we’ve all gone through the same exercise when we were young where you go around the table and say something you are thankful for.  It was an adult’s way of trying to show kids what the holiday is really about and it was a good exercise because it made you think about all you have and how lucky you are.  We always want more, it’s just in our nature.  Being ambitious is not a bad thing, but I think it’s important to appreciate what we have now as well because we are luckier than most, especially living in the United States.  And with the constant reminders in the news of tragic events like those that took place in Paris, you have to look at your life and be thankful for the people who love you and all the comforts we enjoy.

I read an article recently about a woman who asked her guests to perform kind acts instead of giving them gifts.  She believed that you can make the world a better place by through acts of kindness.  It’s beautiful and I think it’s really true.  If you think about how you felt when someone was nice to you for no reason or when someone was mean to you, it’s amazing how that one incident can affect your day, your mood and how you interact with others.  We have more effect on each other than we realize. We have the power to affect someone’s day and as they say, with great power, comes great responsibility.

Thinking of others and performing acts of kindness not only makes someone else feel good, but it makes me feel good too (win-win!).  While I always try to be kind, I want to do more, so I’m challenging myself to do one small act of kindness every day from today until the end of the year.  The holidays are a perfect time to spread some joy and we could all use more joy, right?  So, please join me and share your kindness with someone.  It can be someone you know or someone totally random and it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture (although that is ok too), just an act that brings some happiness.

One small act of kindness can create a ripple effect.  And if even one person pays it forward, the world can only be a happier place.  Let’s do our small part to bring some joy to the world.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and lots and lots of joy.


Nov 24, 2015 by Jamie Chang

I’m getting excited about the holidays and Thanksgiving and all the eating!  I know we don’t normally talk too much about food and recipes here on the blog as I am no Susie homemaker.  But, I do love my food and seeing as Thanksgiving is more about food any pretty much any other holiday, I felt inspired to share my favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  Plus since we’ve already designed the table, we have to put some food on it now, right?

As a sometimes cook. occasional hostess, and a potluck friend, I have collected recipes over the years that I love.  I’m a big fan of trying new recipes to expand my horizons and my taste buds, but there are dishes that you cook over and over again because they are delicious, everyone loves them and they put a smile on your face.  They are tried and true and they are winners.  Like in the movie The Help, Minny’s chocolate pie is a winner, when it’s not containing poo of course.  So, I have two recipes that are my winners when it comes to Thanksgiving.  I love them, I could eat them all day and I always get rave reviews.  They aren’t complicated or fancy, they aren’t going to win any presentation awards, but they are what food should be, super yummy and homey.

Food to me always comes with a story, so this stuffing recipe is one I originally got from my Aunty Jan.  Thanksgiving for my family was always held at my Aunty Jan and Uncle Willy’s house, that was just their holiday.  My Aunty Jan is a cook, she likes it and she’s good at it.  Every year she’d make this stuffing which I just gobbled up.  I learned as I got older to just go minimal on everything else and heavy on the stuffing because it’s what I wanted my stomach space to hold the most of.  Stuffing became my entree and turkey, veggies, etc… were all just side dishes.  I always looked forward to it and it was always yummy.

After I went off to college and found myself away for Thanksgiving for the first time, I had to get the recipe to make it myself because to me, Thanksgiving without this stuffing was just unheard of.  I got the recipe and have been making it ever since.  I’ve adapted it over the years to make it more my style and what I like, but it’s still very much my Aunt’s stuffing recipe.  Since I tweak the recipe as I make it, I don’t have an exact recipe, but this is my closest approximation.  Feel free to add to it or adjust it to fit your likes and tastes.

Aunty Jan’s stuffing recipe


  • 5-6 stalks of celery chopped small (you can make these larger if you like large chunks, but I usually cut mine to be about 1/4 cubes)
  • 1 large onion chopped small (I usually make these about 1/2 in, but once again you can make yours larger if you like larger pieces)
  • Small amount of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage (I usually use a mild Italian sausage)
  • 1 block of butter
  • 2 packages of stuffing (you can also take old bread, toast it and cut it up into cubes)
  • 3-4 cups of chicken broth/stock (the range is so you can add as much as you like and I’ll explain more in the instructions)
  • 6-8 strips of bacon, cooked till crispy and then chopped
  • 2 handfuls of Italian parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Chop up your celery and onions.  They should be about even in amount once chopped.  If not, you can add more onion or more celery as you see fit.

2. Heat a large pot on medium high to high (depend on your stove) and add the olive oil.  I don’t have an exact amount I use, but just enough to go around the pot twice.

3. Once the oil is hot, squeeze the sausage out of it’s casings and then start breaking it up with a wooden spoon.  You want to separate it into small pieces.

4. Once the sausage is broken up and cooked, empty it from the pot into a bowl to sit on the side.

5. Put the pot back on the burner with the leftover sausage oil and turn the heat down to medium/medium-high.  Add the butter to melt.

6. Once the butter is melted, add your chopped celery and onions.  Stir it a bit from time to time. You’ll cook your celery and onions until they are cooked and soft, usually something like 15 minutes.  The onions will be easy to tell when they are ready, but the celery you may have to taste to make sure (yes, life is hard).

7. While the celery and onions are cooking, you’ll want to get your chicken broth/stock ready.  If you are using ready-made from the can or carton, then just open it and if you are making it using a concentrate, then take this time to make it.  I usually make my broth and when I do I usually make more than I’ll need just in case as I eyeball how much to add in our later steps.  So, I tend to go on the high end.

8. You will want to start cooking your bacon now as well whether that is via the microwave or in a pan to get it nice and crispy.  You can put as much or as little bacon as you like.  I tend to eyeball it and add what I think looks good.  If you have extra, then you can have a snack!  Or make a BLT.

9. If you have time between your broth, bacon, and onions/celery, you can also take this time to chop your parsley.  If not, you can do it later.  Once again I usually eyeball how much I put in my stuffing, so I’ll wash and chop two large handfuls and add as I need.

10. When the onions and celery are cooked, you want to add back the sausage to the pot and then add one of the packages of stuffing.  If your stuffing comes with a seasoning packet, just dump it as you won’t need it.

11. Stir the stuffing around with the onions/celery and sausage.  Then add the second bag of stuffing and mix everything.

12. Now you add your chicken broth.  So, what I do is I add some and then stir, add and stir.  The idea here is that you want to get the stuffing moist so that the stuffing cubes soften.  You don’t want to go mushy here, so be careful how much you add and how fast to make sure it’s even.  Some people like their stuffing drier, others wetter.  You can figure out what makes sense for you. Give it a few tastes as well if you aren’t sure.  I tend to use the entire 4 cups.

13. Once the stuffing is at the consistency you like your stuffing, it’s time to add the bacon and parsley.  You will need to chop up your bacon and your parsley (if you haven’t already done so).  Add some of both and then stir.  Take a look at the ratio of stuffing to meat and see if you want more bacon.  Take a look at the green ratio and see if you want more parsley.  I like my stuffing to not be super meaty but have enough bacon that you can see it from time to time.  For the parsley side, I like enough that you can see it sprinkled throughout the stuffing.

14. Give it a taste!  Is it good?  Does it need salt or pepper?  I don’t have a heavy hand when it comes to seasoning, so I add some pepper, but I don’t usually find the need to add salt.  However, make it to your taste.

Viola!  You’ve just made my favorite stuffing!  You can eat it as is (which is the way I like it) or if you like your stuffing to be a bit drier and have some crust (or perhaps you added too much chicken stock), stick it in the oven at 350 degrees for a bit until it’s the right consistency for you.

Thanksgiving Recipe_Stuffing-Recipe

Ok, now for recipe number two.  I have a big sweet tooth, so come dessert time at Thanksgiving, you gotta have some awesome options.  You have to have pumpkin something at Thanksgiving and while I like pumpkin pie, I think this dessert is even better.  Pumpkin crunch is sweet, salty, pumpkiny, cakey, and crunchy.  The first time I had this dessert I was in love, it’s awesome.  And the best part?  It’s super easy to make, you can even make it the day before.

Pumpkin Crunch recipe


  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 fluid oz) can evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 -2 cups chopped pecans (depending on how much you like nuts)
  • 1 cup butter or (1 1/2 sticks), melted
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly grease your 9×13 inch baking pan.

2. Melt your butter in the microwave and let it cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well, and spread into the prepared pan.

4. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin mixture, and pat down to make it flat.

5. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over the cake mix.  You can do 1 cup if you aren’t a huge nut fan or if you like nuts, you can cover the whole top with it.

5. Drizzle the melted butter on top of the nuts.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes, or until golden brown.  Take it out of the oven and let it cool.

7. Once it has cooled, put it in the refrigerator.  Serve it chilled and top it with whipped topping.

Thanksgiving Recipe_Pumpkin-Crunch-Recipe

Super easy, right?  And it’s so yummy!  I admit that both of these recipes are not the healthiest (lots of butter), but they are dang tasty.  So, I say, live it up!

Nov 20, 2015 by Jamie Chang

Happy hump day!  We’ve got an all-new Wedding Wednesdays Q&A for you and today we’re talking about Hawaii wedding venues.

Q: I want to have a destination wedding in Hawaii, but I really want a cool and unique wedding venue, something a little different and private.  I’m a little worried that Hawaii won’t have a wedding venue with the right look.  What types of wedding venues are there in Hawaii?  And which do you think are the best ones?

I’m so glad you asked this question because it’s one that couples face all the time (no matter the location) especially when they are looking for something specific.  Having a destination wedding means you are travelling to another location and it is difficult to know what that location has to offer.   But, let’s talk about Hawaii specifically.  So, to start, you have to keep in mind that Hawaii is small and tropical which means that while there are quite a number of venues, the types, unfortunately, don’t vary too much.  Hopefully, you chose Hawaii because you like the feeling and style of the islands because that does permeate all of the venues no matter what the type.

Hawaii wedding venues fall into 4 main categories, hotels and resorts, private estates, museum/historical locations, and restaurants.  The hotels and resorts vary in color, architecture and location and there are many to choose from.  Some are more modern, others more historical, some super luxe and others are just normal.  Many have outdoor venue spaces as they know people want to be outside for a Hawaii wedding and they, of course, have ballrooms. Hotels and resorts are more limiting and can be boring, but you and your guests can stay onsite which makes it easy and depending on what you are looking for, you can bring in rentals and décor to make it feel the way you want it to.


(Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Photo credit: Christie Pham Photography)

Private estates are usually the most popular with my couples and destination weddings. Couples like them because they are private, intimate and give guests the feeling of being both in Hawaii and somewhere special. Some estates have a home onsite and some are just beautiful private land. They all typically have lovely outdoor spaces and many weddings take place in a tent or directly under the stars. Most private estates in Hawaii tend to be by the ocean, but there are occasionally ones in the mountains. Style wise, the estates with homes can vary from plantation to modern, Balinese to rustic. The great thing about private estates is that since your event takes place outside, you have a bit of a blank slate and can really create the space to feel however you want it to. But, if you don’t want to be outdoors, then it’s not a good option.


(Lanikuhonua, Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

Then there is the occasional museum or historical location that you can rent for your wedding. There aren’t too many of these on the islands, but there are some options. These all have a very particular look, usually very Hawaiian influenced which can be great if it works with what you have in mind, but if it doesn’t, there isn’t usually much you can do (or would want to do) to change it. Most of these venues are outdoor spaces as well and are not typically located by the ocean. But, they can be really special and beautiful and the best part is that they have the history and culture, which many other venues don’t have.


(Photo credit: Hawaii State Art Museum)

Lastly, there are restaurants. Some restaurants have private rooms perfect for a wedding and others you can buyout. Buyouts can be nice because you’ll get the whole place to yourself, but it can be pricey.  Restaurants have a very specific look to them that goes along with the food they serve and the experience they provide.  This could be a bad thing or work to your advantage if it’s the right look for you because, unlike the other venues, restaurants don’t always have a Hawaii feel to them.  The layout of a restaurant doesn’t always lend itself well to feeling inclusive, so depending on how you construct your floorplan, you may have to get creative. However, if you pick a restaurant you like, you are guaranteed to have a meal you love.


(Photo credit: Stage Restaurant)

Hawaii does have some varied options and a few distinctive and unique properties, but it’s not like the San Francisco Bay Area for example where you have all kinds of options and styles. I’m not going to lie, the options are a bit limited and generally everything does have a Hawaiian slant to it. But, you’re coming to Hawaii for a reason, so you must love the place. I can’t tell you what will be the best option for you as it depends on what is important to you and what you like, but remember the reason why you chose Hawaii and pick a venue that showcases that best.  If you do your research or work with a destination wedding planner, you should be able to find something you like or at least something that will work as your base before the designing begins.

Need some help finding the right venue for your destination wedding? You’re in the right place. Contact us today to setup a consultation and get one step closer to the wedding of your dreams.

Nov 18, 2015 by Jamie Chang

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, part of the fun is setting your table.  It’s going to be the focal point of the holiday as that is where most of your eating and chatting will happen.  It’s no fun doing the same Thanksgiving tablescape every year, right?  So, let’s change it up!  Now while you could certainly go out and buy new dishes or flatware or napkins, you don’t have to (unless you want to) in order to create something new.  In today’s design inspiration, we’re going to show you some Thanksgiving tablescape designs to inspire you for your upcoming feast.

We took a quick trip to World Market to put these together, but you can easily mix and match with what you have to put together a festive and welcoming Thanksgiving tablescape.  To help with this, think about all the items you own because you probably have more than you realize.  You don’t have to stick to just fine china or ceramic pieces, you can use summer pieces, outdoor dining dishes and even bring in some colors you wouldn’t normally associate with Thanksgiving and fall.  It’s all about how you use them together that matters.  Let’s have some fun!

Our first Thanksgiving tablescape we’re calling Rustic Red.  The coppery red fringed placemat brings in those traditional Thanksgiving browns, reds and oranges you usually think of, but the dishware and silverware are a little more fun.  The combination of a metallic, a more boho print and a more traditional plate mixes up both the textures, but also the colors.


What I like about it this table setting is that it’s formal without feeling too buttoned-up and the whimsical fiddlehead flatware brings some extra fun to the setting.  I finished it off with a linen napkin and a succulent napkin ring to give it a more natural look and tie in the floral print.  You could take this design and make it more rustic or bring in some additional prints and colors.  Take a look at what you own and see how you can combine metallics, vibrant prints, and your traditional dishware all while keep it fun and natural.


This next Thanksgiving tablescape is called the Exotic Outdoors.  While the first tablescape had the predominant color you think of when you think of Thanksgiving, this one has that natural feeling of being outdoors with the fabrics and textures.  The woven placemat, rattan charger, wood pieces and muted colors of the dishware and napkin all help bring that outdoor feeling inside.


The textures really come across well in this next picture and is what I like most about this table setting.  I feel almost transported back to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving with of course some upgrades.  The dinner plate and napkin prints break up the natural feeling and add some color and interest and an exotic feeling to the table.  This could go more tropical, more Balinese or Indian, just depending on what you own.  So, think about what you have that gives off that outdoor feeling and pair it with an exotic print or two to spice it up.


Our last Thanksgiving tablescape is called Modern Shapes.  This table setting plays on the use of different shapes and lighter colors to bring a fresh feeling to the table.  Thanksgiving to me always has a warmth and freshness to it, maybe because of the crispness of the air and the abundance of food.  While this table setting is the least traditional Thanksgiving looking, but still has a very warm feeling to it.  The gold square charger with the scalloped white and aqua blue plates are light and bright.


What I like most about this table setting is what the unexpected floral print bowl and the Ikat napkin do to change it.  These two elements add some fun to the table setting and bring in the warmth factor.  It’s modern while also playful and not too stark and serious.  You can take this setting in a few different directions and play with the shapes, colors and prints.  I wouldn’t add too much print here, but a touch here and there is perfect.  So, think about what you own that will give you some fresh clean lines and also some warmth.


Did you get some ideas for your Thanksgiving tablescape?  I hope so!  As you know, we like to mix and match in all of our design to find that perfect combination to suit or clients.  So, don’t be afraid, have fun and just play with it!  Try unexpected combinations and you might just put together your favorite tablescape.


Need some help coming up with a design for your party or wedding?  Stop stressing, we can help!  Contact us today to set up a free consultation so we can get to know you better and design the perfect event for you.

Nov 16, 2015 by Jamie Chang

We promised that our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A wouldn’t be going away, and it hasn’t!  So, let’s dive in.  Today we’re talking about nightmare destination weddings.

Q: I’m having a destination wedding in the Caribbean and I keep hearing these horror stories of vendors who fall through or things getting stolen or flowers being completely off.  It’s making me feel anxious about my wedding and what I can do to prevent these problems.  I don’t want to be stressed out or upset at my wedding or have anyone else be for that matter.  What can I do to make sure everything goes as planned?

I know, it can be scary especially when you hear the all the horror stories.  I’ve heard my fair share as well and the best piece of advice I can give you is to hire a destination wedding planner.  I know, it sounds self-serving, but it’s the truth.  Every couple I’ve ever talked to who either had or didn’t have an issue at their wedding wished they had hired a wedding planner.  They didn’t realize everything that would have to go into not just planning a wedding but making sure it all goes smoothly.  With destination weddings, it’s even harder because you are planning from afar and you don’t know what to expect in a different state or country.  Having someone who understands how to plan from afar, the process and the potential pitfalls and will be there onsite to make sure the experience you wanted to create happens is for lack of a better word, priceless.  It will give you piece of mind and let you really enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Now, being realistic here, not everyone can afford a destination wedding planner.  So, what do you do if you can’t hire a wedding planner?  Be thorough, be clear and be flexible.  Be thorough and carefully vet each of your vendors, check out reviews, do interviews and get recommendations from other vendors.  Make sure the people you are hiring are trustworthy, reliable and professional.  Then, be clear and go over every detail with each of your vendors, share pictures, have conversations and be crystal clear in your communication.  You don’t want any confusion or have to sort things out when you arrive.  And lastly, be flexible.  Things happen that are outside of your control and that you can’t always plan for, it’s just the nature of the world.  Be adaptable, flexible and fix what you can and let go of what you can’t.  It’s not worth it to obsess over something when it’s only going to stress you out and make your wedding day unhappy.  Remember that you are with the people you love marrying the guy/girl that fills your heart with joy.  This is all that really matters.

Hawaii Destination Wedding, Beach Wedding

(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)

Want some piece of mind?  Let us take care of you and your destination wedding.  We’ll make sure you’re stress-free and full of joy on your wedding day.  Contact us today.

Nov 11, 2015 by Jamie Chang

UPDATED – In the wake of the tragedy in Paris, my thoughts and hearts are with everyone in France and the families of the victims.  I was just in Paris, so it does not escape me that I could have been one of those people just out on a Friday night.  What happened is immensely sad and heartbreaking.  But, Paris never fails and it will always be one of my favorite places.  I have a deep love of the place, the culture, and the people.  Terrorists will not ruin that for me.  I will always love Paris and I stand with Paris.


Having a destination wedding in Paris and you just aren’t sure where?  You’ve come to the right place!  We’re taking you on a bunch of venue tours of some of our favorite Paris wedding venues.  So far we’ve covered some traditional French style mansions, Paris hotels and today we’re going to talk about museums.  Let’s face it, you can’t think Paris and not think of their world class museums.  Paris is the mecca of museums and today we’re going to share two of our favorites that you can rent for your wedding.

The first is the Jacquemart Andre Museum or the Musée Jacquemart-André.  Located on the high-end Boulevard Haussmann in the 8th arrondissement, this was once the home of an art-loving couple, Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart.  These private collectors not only spent their time and money on art but on the design of their home and the decorating of it.  What I love about this wedding venue is that not only is it a museum with many lovely pieces, but it’s also a home.  You can just imagine the lavish parties they held here and then imagine your own!

To start our tour, I want to begin on the outside from the street.  What made the design of this home different from all the others was that the facade was set back, creating a break which attracted the eye. In addition, guests would enter on their horse-drawn carriage (today via car or my own two feet) which would take them up a ramp and lead them to the formal entrance and courtyard.








Such a grand entrance, right?  And you’re greeted with a surprise as you see the real front of the beautiful mansion and its open courtyard.  Imagine your guests entering your wedding and then welcomed with champagne.  Not a bad way to start off your destination wedding in Paris.  You can do your ceremony outdoors in this courtyard area or in a room inside.  Cocktails could also be outside as well if you are in the warmer months and want to take advantage of the weather.

Next we enter the museum and into Le Grand Salon, which is the main room.  It’s a semi-circular room with gold and blue tones and busts placed throughout the room.  This room can hold up to 90 people for dinner and could also be used for your ceremony as well.





The doors to the right of the Grand Salon lead to the Music Room.  This room is less ornate, but has red brocade walls and also has a second floor balcony which looks down on the room.  This room holds 90 people for dinner as well and could also be used for your ceremony.




Off of the Music Room is the Dining Room.  The Dining Room is also red and is known for it’s tapestries and frescoe ceiling.  This room holds 80 for dinner, looks out onto the courtyard and also has a terrace which is nice for weddings in warmer months.




Also off of the Music Room is the Winter Garden.  This was one of my favorite rooms for it’s patterned floor, skylight ceiling, and greenery.  While you can’t have dinner here, cocktails or possibly a small ceremony could be possible.  It’s a lovely and airy space.





The Winter Garden is also right next to the double staircase which leads to the rooms upstairs and would be great for photos or for a grand entrance.


So, those are the spaces available for your wedding, but I want to also show you just a small peek into some of the other rooms of the museum that your guests can visit as a part of your rental.  The decor, furnishings and paintings are all really interesting to look at.




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Beautiful, right?  The Jacquemart Andre Museum is a great option for your wedding as you can rent multiple rooms or just the rooms you need.  One important thing you should know is that they don’t allow dancing due to the nature of the museum and for its preservation.  You can bring in some low-key music, but no DJs, so if dancing is a big deal then this isn’t the right venue for you.  But, one of the best things about this museum is it’s built in beauty which means you won’t have to bring in too much decor wise.

The second museum I want to share with you is one that is very close to my heart.  The Rodin Museum or Musée Rodin is where I got married to my lovely husband and is located in the 7th arrondissement.  There are two parts to the museum, the museum itself located in the mansion and the gardens surrounding it.  It’s a beautiful and peaceful venue tucked away from the bustle of the city.  I obviously personally love it, but it really is a great place to have your wedding.

So, let’s start with the mansion itself which serves as a beautiful backdrop for photos. The museum portion of the Rodin Museum is located in the mansion which was once a home, a school and a hotel before it became a museum showcasing the works of Rodin.   There are two sides to the mansion, the front which you see as you enter the museum grounds and the back which looks out on the majority of the garden area.  The mansion is surrounded by gardens and sculpture including the famous sculpture, The Thinker.






While the inside of the mansion can be rented for your guests to view, the real draw is the amazing sculpture gardens.  They are beautiful and will be where you’ll have your ceremony, cocktail hour and where you’ll likely take all your photos.  The museum allows weddings up to 50 guests, so it’s perfect for a smaller, intimate wedding or an elopement.  You will do your ceremony or ceremony and cocktails here and then go elsewhere for the reception.




The gardens are quite large and have beautiful trees and flowers, but the focal point is the pool which lies across the lawn from the mansion.  The stairs and archway behind the pool make for a perfect area for a ceremony although there are many other areas you could choose as well such as the steps of the mansion, the lawn itself or amongst the trees.



The museum is currently under renovation but is unveiling it’s new pretty self this week.  So, these photos may not be exactly what it will look like after this week, but it will be close.  Also, keep in mind that my photos were taken at a few different times in the year, so the flowers will look a bit different from season to season.  One thing to note with the Rodin Museum is that they will only book your wedding through a wedding planner, which is someone you’ll want to hire anyway, but keep that in mind as you talk through your options.

Both of these museums are amazing and have such beauty that they are not hard to love.  Plus how awesome is it to get married at a museum in Paris?  Pretty awesome.  The Jacquemart-Andre Museum is a good pick for an indoor wedding and the Rodin Museum is perfect for an outdoor wedding.  If you want to share some culture and art with your guests, one of these museums is a great pick for your destination wedding in Paris.


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Nov 10, 2015 by Jamie Chang

Hello, our lovely blog readers!  We are so lucky to have such awesome people as yourselves follow our blog, thank you for following, reading and being a part of our lives.  This is the month of thanks, so we wanted to take the time to express our thanks because we appreciate you all so much.  So, a heartfelt thank you to all of you.

We wanted to start off today’s post with our thanks because things are changing around here and the blog is going to be changing a bit as well.  After getting some feedback from you lovelies, we’re restructuring the blog a bit and will be writing less frequently, but each post will be more in depth.  We’ll be posting about 2-3 times a week and each post will be chock full of helpful tips, info, inspiration and fun stuff.  Don’t worry, we’ll still have our wedding planning tips and Q&A (so send your questions in!) along with design inspiration, travel tips and all things destination wedding.

By switching over to this new format, we’re hoping to provide you with even more great stuff, so I hope you’ll stick by us as we make some adjustments.  And we’d love your thoughts as we make the changes because we want to make sure you are enjoying the info and getting a lot out of it.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment or email us at info@mangomuseevents.com.  Thanks again for being a part of the Mango Muse Events family.  We love you!

Nov 09, 2015 by Jamie Chang

Wedding Tip from the Pros: Pick a Guest Book You’ll Treasure

Like favors, guest books can be a waste of money as not all your guests will sign it.  If you do want a guest book type item, choose a form that you’ll cherish and actually look at from time to time. It’s not worth it to pick something that will just gather dust on your shelf.  Choose something meaningful to you, so that the time (and money) you and your guests put into it is worth it every time you look at it.


(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography)

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Nov 06, 2015 by Jamie Chang


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Freshly picked is a blog of tasty morsels to inspire, amuse, encourage, excite and help make your life easier. We share wedding planning, travel and design tips and inspiration and anything else that tickles our fancy.

Jamie Chang is the owner and destination wedding planning guru at Mango Muse Events, a boutique destination wedding planning and design firm specializing in creating unforgettable experiences. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events all over the world.

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