Meet: Malibu West Beach Club

We can’t lie–even though we have offices in Nashville and Los Angeles, we here at CLD are beach girls at heart. Lucky for us, we frequently get to work near one of the most nostalgic, historic, and beautiful beaches in the world: the 27 scenic miles of Malibu.

But we also can’t lie about the fact that with those 27 miles comes a wide variety of options and choices when it comes to getting married. There are historical inns, hotels, private estates, oceanside restaurants, and quite a few beautiful chapels, just to give you an idea. So why not check out one venue that brings so many of those options right to you?

Meet Malibu West Beach Club.

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Photo Courtesy of Malibu West Beach Club

Situated at the northern end of Zuma Beach, MWBC was made for beautiful weddings. Ceremonies take place on the patio looking straight into glorious waves and perfect sunsets, without your guests having to tackle the sand. The adjoining ballroom feels like the classic hotel ballroom, with ample space for nearly 200 guests, but without the feel of actually being in a hotel!

Under events manager Jacqui Spiros, Malibu West has made a few awesome upgrades in the last year.  The bathrooms have undergone a complete remodel, along with new kitchen updates. The kitchen allows caterers to prepare onsite, and there is also an enormous bridal suite for your bridal party to relax and primp in perfect lighting.

But the best changes have occurred in the reception area. The room features new rustic hardwood floors (no need to bring in a dance floor!), and the elimination of a few walls for even more space and light to shine through.  Unlike hotel ballrooms, which typically have a set décor theme, this blank canvas allows any wedding color scheme to work perfectly or can transform for the more eclectic tastes (we have seen a goth-themed wedding pulled off here to perfection!).

But it gets better. Malibu West is also unique in that you are allowed to bring in your own caterer and you own alcohol (all subject to licensing and insurance, of course!). So after maybe saving some cash by hitting up Costco or BevMo for libations, you can splurge in other areas from fancier food, extra flowers or whatever your heart desires!

Historic location? Check. Privacy? Check. Fine dining? Check. Ability to be transformed to the most unique of tastes? Check! Malibu West just might have it all…

 

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Photo Courtesy of Malibu West Beach Club

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Ample space and beautiful views from the Patio!

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Panoramic shot of the entire ballroom!

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Views of the main entrance and dancing areas.

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Awesome hardwood floors!

Just an idea of what a wedding could look like on the beautiful deck!

Just an idea of what a wedding could look like on the beautiful deck!

Stay tuned in the next few weeks for even more photos from a recent CLD wedding hosted at Malibu West!!

A Toast to Tastings!

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This week at Christina Logan Design we had the awesome opportunity to attend a tasting with a potential caterer with one of our lovely brides! Food is a critical component of any successful wedding or event, which makes a tasting just as crucial. When checking out your potential caterers, we thought we would give you a few pointers, tips, and good questions to ask:

Get the details. Is the tasting complementary? How many people can attend? How many different selections will you be allowed to try? Attempt to get as many details aligned and set before you head off to your appointment. This also allows you to set a good precedent with your potential vendor!

Bring the right people. Obviously you and your fiancé are the most important people in attendance, but are there other opinions that are important to you? If a family member is helping with the wedding bill, it might be a good idea to invite them so they understand how much you value them. Finally, bring your planner! They have been through this routine before and can further assist with a successful tasting. However, don’t bring the whole wedding party. Keep the tasting party limited to those whose opinions will make a difference.

Bring the right documents. If you have an agreed upon menu, bring it along to ensure you are tasting the right things. Further, also bring any bids or contracts that a potential caterer has prepared for you. This is important as caterers usually provide more than just food—chairs, linens, beverages, and much more. Having the bid right in front of you can help you make any necessary changes, compare pricing, and ensure that you have everything covered.

Take notes. The menus and bids are also good places to take some notes on. Was that crab cake a little salty? Or was that sauce for the steak just not quite right? Do you think you should maybe only do 3 appetizers instead of 4? How much will it cost to upgrade your barware? Take those notes to keep your thoughts and preferences straights.

Speak up! If your notes feel a little critical, that’s OK! You need to tell your potential caterer what you like and what you don’t. Chefs will usually be able to provide alternatives and suggestions that will make your tastebuds happy.

Tastings can be a fun adventure! If you prepare yourself with the right people, documents and mind-set, you are well on your way to finding fabulous food!

Super Incredibly Important Advice

Okay, there are like 50 different things that fall into that category, but I thought I’d start with sharing one of my most favs that was passed onto me by a great friend who has been happily married for 28 years.  This one has nothing to do with the success of your marriage and future, but about living in the moment.

The wedding is next week.  You’ve been planning this stupid amazing wedding for 12 months. You are exhausted over explaining (again) to your fiance why you don’t think his college buddy should get a plus one since you’ve never even met the current flavor of the month. She is not worth $150, sorry. You really could do without another piece of “advice” from anyone on your hair or shoes.  You are tired of making decisions that won’t matter in 8 days.  You love your fiance but don’t like him right now, and you just want to be married already.

Now it’s your wedding day.  Let it all go.  Remember the moment.  Every moment, because you will never have it again.  Even when something goes wrong, just laugh. During your reception, pull your new spouse to the side.  Take 5 minutes and just look at each other, look around, soak it in.  See, really see all those people around you who came her JUST for you.  Because it is going to be over in the blink of an eye and you want to remember it.  All that stress will totally be worth it.

Wedding stress?

I hate peer pressure. *side note, when I was little I always thought it was pure pressure.  like the strong stuff. yeah.*  It is something that takes most of us years to finally overcome post teens.  So I don’t know why in wedding planning so many peeps get taken back to that horrible place!  Whether it’s family requesting a specific wedding day, mother-in-laws strongly “suggesting” a good idea, or the baker at the cake-shop saying they don’t “do” what you’re requesting and you should settle for something else.

Why must we settle?!  Well, yes, there is that whole budget thing, but budgets aside, this is about two people.  That’s it.  And as long as you two are happy, give up the rest!  You will never please everyone, even your fiance at times.  It is time to start being strong about your preferences.  Notice I said strong, not rude.  You can still be classy and polite with everyone (yes, even your to be sister-in-law) without crossing the line.  Then listen to what they say, genuinely consider their POV, and make a choice.  If you decide you don’t care, then awesome.  But move on, don’t let it dwell.

And if your cake-vendor won’t do a lace pattern that you like because someone else down the street does it already as their signature and they can’t handle being same-same, then great.  Go to that other person.  Because there are tons of bakers out there who will give you what you want.  It is about what you want, not about their pride in not giving you something similar to the competition.  They clearly don’t need the business, so don’t feel bad and cave in and say you don’t “need” that lace.  Go GET it.  Say “thank you so much, we’ll be in touch” and leave.  *sidenote: classy peeps do follow-up and email that they are going in another direction.  make your planner do it *
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The last bit of overcoming peer-pressure and not agreeing with what mom/sis/vendor tells you, is that budget cannot rule every decision.  I don’t want you to throw it out the window, but you have to be realistic.  Good service comes at a price.  Just like with everything.  So yes, you may get that amaze-balls bargain that defies all odds…but that saying “you get what you paid for” is around for a reason.

In the end, you’re MARRIED!  So that’s pretty great.  Don’t let all the little things get under your skin, because it should be so much fun.  If not, call me for a pep-talk.