Meet the Masters – Wayne Gurnick on Wedding Trends

Meet the Masters

On November 17, 2014 Wayne Gurnick joined a panel of distinguished event professionals at Meet the Masters, an event by International Special Events Society – Greater Los Angeles Chapter (ISES-LA).



Lisa Hurley from Special Events Magazine moderated the panel and asked Wayne: “Weddings have been taking place for many years. Look at the past and the present, where do you see the trends for weddings going in the future and what changes have you had to make within your business to keep up with the changing trends?”

Wayne: So much has changed in the wedding space… I want to talk about three trends that I consider to be very important.

Dee_Roger 167First, weddings are increasingly planned and paid for by the bride and groom. This brings different, less traditional sensibilities to the process and opens the possibilities for greater creativity. It also means that the hosts do not have much experience with event planning and etiquette, which requires coaching, guidance and more handholding. There are also budget considerations and that phenomenon called DIY.


To respond to this, I’ve made changes in my business.  I’ve become a confidant, a therapist and a life coach – and I have adjusted my pricing to accommodate the increased time needed with each client.  I’ve had to refine my approach to appeal to different audiences and generations. And opportunities for creativity are exploding – it’s much more than colors, flowers and linens.  I’ve had to embrace DIY but up to a point. Lets face it, friends and family can not deliver the way that professionals can and I explain that to my clients.


Second, social media has become an important member of the bridal party – providing tips, ideas, recommendations and advice for all things wedding. The trouble is that all this information can be overwhelming and paralyzing. As wedding professionals, we have to inform, educate and de-clutter our clients’ perspective to help them make decisions that are right for them.

Technology is not my strong point – ask me to design a ballroom or coordinate a ceremony and I can do it with my eyes closed. But now, in addition to all the knowledge that I have about weddings, I’ve had to learn about social media – Pinterest, twitter, Facebook, and of course, Yelp.

The third trend that I see is that weddings are becoming a competitive sport. How long before wedding planning is part of the Olympic Games?!

There are two aspects to this.  On the consumer side:  couples are seeking out new twists, new elements, taking their cues from celebrities, movies and high fashion to personalize their wedding and put a stamp of uniqueness and individuality.   They want the bragging rights of being the first to do something cool and different.


Another reason why I call this a competitive sport is that the grooms are getting involved too. They want creative clothing that is unique and different, just as each bride wants for her gown. 0635 Man caves, whiskey bars and other masculine touches are becoming more common. I’ve had to adjust my language and designs to include creative verbiage that appeals to both sexes.


The second aspect of competition is on the business side – there is a growing number and diversity of service providers in every aspect of the wedding space. Everybody wants a piece of the wedding business. I am constantly expanding my core group of service providers, spending many more hours researching and interviewing new providers to understand their capabilities and road blocks.

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I have mentioned to you several ways that things have changed but as you all know, many things have remained the same… Clients still want value for their dollar, and they can’t possibly anticipate how quickly the wedding goes by after all the months of planning and it is my job to make sure that at the end of the day, I have helped them to create lasting memories.

Panel of Masters included:

Guy Genis from Eventmakers
Wayne Gurnick from Moments by Wayne
Camila Pinzon from BluePrint Studios
Lindsley Lowell from PlaceLA
Erika Maya from ThinkLA


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Find of the Moment: Be the Best-Dressed Man, not just the Best Man!

Style, attention to detail, fresh colors and patterns….These words describe what we do every day at Moments by Wayne.  But it’s not every day that we can associate these words with a topic of interest to the gentlemen.  And here is the real hook – be the best-dressed man, not just the best man, for FREE!

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We have to admit – Bonobos is not exactly a household name, but those who know the brand love it.  The company wants to spread the word among men who appreciate good style, comfort and value.  If you know such a guy, please let him know that Bonobos is doing a Work Essentials Giveaway – retail value of over $3,000!  (If you ARE that guy, than click on this link fast – you just got ahead of the crowd!)

bonobos_giveawayThis includes a suit from their Foundation Suit Collection, four dress shirts from their new collection and everything else a guy needs to take everyday style to the next level!

What an amazing offer for the love of your life — all that your guy needs to do is click on this link to enter.  Let him know how great he looks in his new Bonobos outfit and remind him that his stylish new look is good for fun, not just work.   With his new-found confidence and flair, all he needs to do is get down on one knee and say “Will you marry me?”   You say “Yes!”  We plan your stylish, well-fitting and incredibly fun wedding and everyone lives happily ever after.  The End.



Enter for free online by accessing during the Sweepstakes Entry Period and entering your email address.


The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and U.S. territories), who, as of the date of entry (a) are 18 years of age or older, and (b) have internet access and an active email account.

The potential winner will be notified by email within five business days of selection.

All entrants into the Sweepstakes whose entries meet the requirements of these Official Rules will receive one entry into a random drawing to win the following:

One Bonobos Grey Foundation Suit (approximate retail value (“ARV”) $685)

Four Bonobos Americano Dress Shirts (each $138, total ARV $552) Two Bonobos ties (one $78 and one $68, total ARV $146)
One Bonobos pocket square (ARV $48)
One pair of Grenson Tom Burnt Pine shoes (ARV $330),

Two Bonobos tees (each $28, total ARV $56) One pair of Grenson black loafers (ARV $375) One Jack Spade leather briefcase (ARV $385) Two Bonobos belts (each $98, total ARV $196) One Il Bussetto card holder (ARV $81)

One Sigg water bottle (ARV $36.94)
One package of Emgie Libris notebooks (ARV $15) One Gold Spot pen (ARV $21)
One MBSMFG key fob (ARV $45)
One pair of Etiquette Clothiers boxers (ARV $66)

The total approximate retail value of the Prize to be awarded is U.S. $3,037.94.

Bonobos will randomly select the winner of the prize on or about March 19, 2014 from among all eligible mobile porn entries received. The random selection will be final.

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The Romance of Fiji

Well, it DOES rain in sunny California occasionally and when it does, it’s good to escape, if only virtually.  Enjoy this escape to Fiji!

In November 2012, Tourism Fiji invited us to visit Fiji and share our insights about the North American wedding market with hotel operators, travel agents and other destination professionals.  We expected to find a beautiful tropical place.  What moved us the most was how kind, generous, warm and friendly Fijians are.  Thanks to Jim Selkin, our photographer and guide, for introducing us to this amazing land.  Thank you Tourism Fiji and all the gracious hosts for making it so easy for us to fall in love with Fiji.  Bula!


Fiji has 333 islands with something for everyone – sandy white beaches, luxurious spas, fine dining and water activities. IMG_2315The images you see in magazines and on web sites are of an exotic and tropical paradise, but how is Fiji really different and what makes it a great place for your destination wedding and honeymoon?

Hiking on Vomo

Hiking on Vomo

The answer is simple – “Fiji is where happiness finds you”.  It’s no wonder that Tourism Fiji uses this phrase as part of its logo.  Fiji is the ideal place for romance.

Sand Cay

Sand Cay

InterContinental Fiji

InterContinental Fiji


The fantasy wedding that you have been planning since you were little may collide with the reality filled with restrictions and cost implications.  For example, couples are surprised to learn that most beaches in the US have restrictions – limited number of guests, no alcohol allowed, no open fire, no structures and sound restrictions.

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In Fiji, such restrictions simply don’t exist – anything is possible, particularly when you take into account the diversity of its 50 resorts.

Seaside Chapel at Shangri-La Fijian

Seaside Chapel at Shangri-La Fijian

This includes large resorts that can accommodate a wedding of 300 and exclusive and very private spots where you can have the entire island to yourself.  Fireworks, fire dancers and torches are all possible.


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You also have the flexibility of incorporating the essence of Fiji into your wedding and honeymoon to create a one of a kind experience for you and your guests.

Moments Fiji Collection

Moments Fiji Collection

Picturesque scenery provides lots of choices for décor and mood, with tropical flowers and characteristic architecture and designs.

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

In terms of activities, there is lots of flexibility, too – spa treatments, hiking, boating, snorkeling, diving, and simply relaxing, all within easy reach.

Hospitality and the “Bula Spirit”

IMG_2340When planning a wedding, the bride and groom step into the role of hosts and for some, this role is a new and unfamiliar one.

Fijian hospitality is one of a kind and makes it easy for the bride and groom to be the most gracious hosts.  Fijians wrap each guest in the “Bula Spirit.”   “Bula” is a greeting.  It’s black porn both “hello” and “good-bye”. It’s “Welcome!”  Always accompanied by a warm smile, a big hug and any number of other gestures that lets you know that you are an honored guest.  Lemongrass-scented cool washcloths  are offered to wipe away the stress of travel and a cool drink of mango and pineapple juice is readily available to refresh your pallet.

Shangri-La Fijian Resort

Shangri-La Fijian Resort

And a song. You would think that when a group of staff at a resort come together on queue and break out in a song, that it would feel staged, like in a Hollywood musical.

But it’s just the opposite – very natural and spontaneous because it’s heart-felt.  It’s just part of the local culture.

Vomo Island Resort

Vomo Island Resort

Selecting a beautiful backdrop for your wedding is one thing, but having each picture highlighted by memories of warmth, care and amazing people that give you the gift of tranquility and love is altogether a different level of luxury.  Luxury is the pleasure of knowing that someone you trust is taking care of you.

Spa at Malolo Island Resort

Spa at Malolo Island Resort

Cultural adventure

Fiji has a rich culture and traditions that truly transform you.  Some examples are: the Kava ceremony, the wedding processional that involves Fijian warriors carrying the bride and the release of baby turtles into the ocean.  Gurnick_Wayne_coconut_strandsThen, there is the local cuisine, which is heavily influenced by Indian flavors as well as the artisans that create distinctive fabrics and patterns.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Garden of the Sleeping Giant, designed by Rosie Holidays

Also a part of the local culture is to connect with people and experience the simple pleasure of being alive.  All electronic gadgets seem irrelevant here (although you will be pleased to find high-speed internet in many resorts).

You quickly learn about the phrase “Fiji time” which means that nothing earth shattering will happen if you are running a few minutes late.  Paradise does not need Swiss-precision timepieces.

IMG_2326Time is measured in glimpses of the palm trees swaying in the balmy breeze, the waves gently stroking the white sand beach, birds chirping happily and spa-treatments that take all the pressures of ordinary life away.

Sunset at Mana Island Resort

Sunset at Mana Island Resort

Fiji is peaceful and calm; remarkably, even little children act differently here.  They are simply content.  For families with children, Fiji is stress-free.  Not only are there amazing nannies and kids club staff, but every staff here is quick to take a fussy baby from Mom and Dad to give them a break.  Fijians have a special touch when it comes to handling the little ones.



With the US Dollar worth nearly two Fiji Dollars, you get a great deal for your money.  Another important consideration is that when arriving from North America, you also get great value for your time – no jet-lag (21 hour time difference).  You go to sleep in US and wake up in Fiji, maximizing your time to enjoy Fiji.


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Returning, it works the same way, with flights leaving Fiji late in the evening.

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Likuliku Lagoon Resort – over the water bungalows

Fiji Moments

Photo credits – Jim Selkin Photography

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From the mouths of our clients: Annamarie

Kristin and Albert were married at St. Monica’s Catholic Church on August 10, 2013, and held their wedding reception at Hotel Casa Del Mar.


A note sent to us by Annamarie, Mother of the Bride:

“Dear Wayne, Words cannot express our gratitude for all your support during our wedding planning process.  Because of your expertise, my daughter was able to have the wedding of her dreams.  And how right  you were about the white dance floor, the lighting, the chairs, Talia, the linens, the choice of Arsine for the flowers…I could go on & on, but all we really want to say is Thank You…for all the love & support given to our family over the celebrity porn past 15 months.”

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Intern Insights: Men’s Fashion

There is plenty of talk in the wedding industry about finding the perfect dress for each bride, but what about finding the perfect outfit for each groom?  Nowadays, trendy men’s clothing is not just for fashion forward European Casanovas, but for the modern American man too.

Ryan Mundy, safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, stole the show in a midnight blue tuxedo with black satin shawl lapel at his Pittsburgh wedding.

Ryan Mundy, safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, stole the show in a midnight blue tuxedo with black satin shawl lapel at his Pittsburgh wedding.

From suits to pocket squares, department stores are not offering men the exclusivity they desire for these special moments.  Men want something that will make them stand out.  In short, men want custom.  Luckily, the men’s fashion industry has responded to these demands, giving way to a new group of Professional Clothiers.


Astor & Black, a custom clothier, believes that finding the ideal suit or tuxedo is equally as important as finding that beautiful dress for the couple’s special day.  From the rubberized waistband that keeps shirts tucked in to the 17 different jacket styles to choose from, Astor & Black offers the custom bespoke tailoring to design suits that complement one’s lifestyle.  Not only are these suits tailored to one’s size and style, but the clothiers at Astor & Black adjust their tailoring to accommodate any and as many accessories as a guy can have!

Astor&Black-name plateCustomers can choose their own fabric, add embroidery to the labels inside the jacket and pants, or even have a permanent pocket square sewn in the jacket’s front pocket.  This type of personalization will make any guy feel like a king when he puts his suit on.  Another practical aspect that the Astor & Black clothiers add in is sweat shields in the underarms of each jacket.  While this may not be the most glamorous part of the suit, it sure will come in handy during the summer heat or even during those nervous moments on a special day.

Astor&Black tuxIf my word is not enough, scores of professional athletes and celebrities flock to Astor & Black because they can design a suit for any shape, size, or desire.  Stars such as Drew Brees, Scott Disick, Kanye West, Channing Tatum, Bill Maher, and Cam Newton all rely on Astor & Black to create flawless suits.  As said on their website, Astor & Black believes that “it’s all about you.”

12Fold, an online pocket square company offers a monthly subscription to their limited edition custom pocket squares.  They pride themselves on exclusivity; each month’s pocket square is never reproduced or distributed to any retail stores.

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If you don’t get it right away, you may never see it again.  These pocket squares are a great way to spice up a suit and stand out from the crowd.  Pocket squares are a simple and effective way to add new colors, textures, and patterns to a wardrobe.  These accents act as an upgrade to one’s wardrobe.  In addition, 12Fold includes fashion tips to help pair each month’s pocket square with its ideal outfit and accessories.

12 fold 2After discovering 12Fold, I wanted to find out why they chose such a niche market: subscription pocket squares.  At first, I had trouble getting in contact with anyone from 12Fold, which was slightly frustrating, but after playing email tag, I finally got on the phone with Marcus, one of the owners.  When asked why this market, Marcus simply told me that he and his partners, Nate and Phil, wanted a better pocket square.  We had a great conversation about 12Fold’s future and I am excited to see how 12Fold will grow (both in notoriety and the items they design!).

12 Fold JulyMarcus was nice enough to send over July’s pocket square: a pale pink square trimmed in washed out aqua and accented with matching polka dots.  While these might not be the simplest colors to pair, 12Fold makes sure to guide their customers in the right direction by giving tips like “Pastels can bring out the prepster in you” and “pair this square with other summer essentials like loafers and a classic pair of shades.”  No matter how unique the square is, these practical tips help the stylish modern man incorporate it with a variety of wardrobes.

Companies like Astor & Black and 12Fold are opening doors to the world of custom formal wear and accessories.  And now, these services are not only for the elite celebrities, but for any man with an eye for style, some money to spend, and the desire to stand out.  Next time you need to stand out, think custom.

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A happy blizzard

When Karter told us that she had just gotten engaged to Steve, everyone at Moments by Wayne was thrilled for her.  How incredible — our wedding coordinator would be planning her own wedding! What has been truly incredible is to watch Karter navigate her wedding planning with poise and grace, all the while knowing exactly what she and Steve wanted and staying true to who they are.


Karter and Steve were married in Colorado, where Karter is from originally.  With all the planning and preparations, the one element of their wedding day that nobody would be able to control was the weather.  A full-scale winter blizzard in March….0320_KarterSteve_W0598

We don’t think that there could have been any more warmth and love at Spruce Mountain Ranch on that March day, even if the sun was shining… Which reminds us that it’s not about the weather or elaborate decor.  What makes a great wedding is love and joy.  We know that Karter and Steve are off to a great start!


Congratulations, Karter, on planning a flawless wedding on your own!  You and Steve will always be one of our favorite Moments couples!


Photography by Frances Photography – lots more great images!

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From the mouths of our brides and grooms….Estela+Kyle

Estela and Kyle were married at California Yacht Club on June 8, 2013.  Thank you, Estela and Kyle, for your wonderful words of praise.  Seeing your happiness and knowing that we did a great job for you makes all of us at Moments by Wayne smile!


A note sent to us from Estela and Kyle:

“I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for your hard work on our wedding day.
I never thought that planning a wedding was going to be so time consuming!!!
Looking back at the big day, I know we could not have done it without Moments by Wayne!!!

Wayne was such an amazing guidance. He was able to support us in the challenges we encountered and offered great solutions. He always took his time to hear our questions and concerns and made himself available for us even though we hired him only for coordination and support for the day of our wedding.

I know how hard it is to coordinate an event when you are working with such tight timelines. Wayne and his team were amazing!!!

I received comments from guests and other vendors. Wayne ensured everyone was on schedule and he was strict. But that’s because he knows his business and what’s best for his clients.

Wayne and his team took care of everything for us and as a result my husband and I were both able to enjoy our wedding at the most.

I heard this before and I second it…getting a wedding coordinator is the BEST investment if you want to have the wedding of your dreams and enjoy every second of it…and we got the BEST coordinator of ALL.

Thank you so much for making our wedding day trouble free and so special for us!!!!

Estela & Kyle”

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Intern Insights: Custom Thank You Notes

Devon here! I’d like to introduce a new segment on our blog: Intern’s Insights! We love having Tim in the office, and his fresh perspective on the wedding business leads to some great conversation. In speaking with Tim, we recognized that his ideas, questions, and lessons learned would really benefit brides, grooms, parents, and anyone interested in the wedding business because, like so many, he came in to this internship without any idea or insider secrets to the wedding industry. So without further ado, here is Tim’s take on things!

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I am awesome at giving gifts!  I always find gifts that people enjoy but also ones that serve a purpose.  For those who don’t happen to have a knack for gift giving, there’s a magical all-in-one tool called a wedding registry.  On the off chance that you are someone like me, using a registry just isn’t enough.  I love giving gifts that include my own personal touch as well as those that are a suitable fit for the newly weds.

The other day I came across a website called Pinhole Press, which specializes in paper goods.  Pinhole Press believes that their “photo gifts are designed to inspire the gift giver, spread joy to the recipient and create an unforgettable Moment.”  On their website, I found a very simple design for customized stationary, and it hit me-this is the perfect personal touch to add to any gift from a couple’s registry!

Mohawk Pinhole PressWhile I understand the functionality of a wedding registry, it’s like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the jelly; you can definitely still eat it for lunch, but there’s that spark missing and it just doesn’t taste the same.  A couple’s wedding registry may include useful household items and that 12 piece dinnerware set the couple has been dying for, but there’s just something so impersonal about the whole process.


Pinhole Press shows an example of a simple and classic card with the couple’s names on the front and a cute picture of themselves on the back.  Because of the cards’ simplicity, they can be used to write friendly notes, thank you cards, or even holiday greetings!  In addition, the minimal wording and design makes them timeless.


Pinhole Press also offers other custom paper goods that would be a perfect complement to a gift from a couple’s registry.  Two other items stood out to me: personalized coasters, and custom wine/champagne labels.  Coasters are always a useful item to have in any home and can remind the newlyweds of their special day every time they put their drink down!  The personalized wine/champagne labels are a fun twist to put on a bottle of the couple’s favorite wine for them to enjoy.  I believe that these custom gifts add a personal touch to any gift from a couple’s registry, and shows the bride and groom just how much you care, while still satisfying their desire for a 12 piece dinnerware set.


Images via Pinhole Press

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Meet Our Team: Our Intern Tim


I’m Tim Healy and I am thrilled to be working with Moments by Wayne. Working at such an established and well-run company, I have found that my entrepreneurial spirit is well suited to the event planning industry. This field has the perfect balance of logistics, creativity, and everything in between that it keeps me interested and on my toes.

During the school year, I attend Occidental College, where I am pursuing degrees in both Economics and Spanish, and expecting to graduate in Spring 2015. Originally from northern New Jersey, I decided to attend school in Los Angeles and I hope to continue my career here after graduation. I absolutely love the California sunshine as well as the perks of being in such a unique city. During my first year and a half at Occidental, I was a member of the Occidental Swimming & Diving Team, before giving the sport up to pursue my academic and career interests. I still love swimming, and enjoy it recreationally and to stay healthy. After spending most of my life dedicated to the water, I have found that I draw inspiration from the cool tones and the emotions associated with the anything having to do with the water or ocean!

In addition to loving any shade of blue, I also am fascinated by Asian culture, from the food to the bold reds and blacks used in so many Asian designs. While interning at Moments by Wayne Gurnick, Inc., I hope to utilize my strong business skills and sharpen my creative sensibilities to help me put on events that step outside of the box. I feel so lucky to work alongside Wayne this summer and be a part of his team because I witness first hand how he orchestrates incredible events, his passion for design, and his commitment to our clients’ visions.

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Meet Our Team: Devon


My name is Devon Balsamo-Gillis, and I love working at Moments by Wayne. I believe life should be embraced and celebrated, explored and lived- and I love knowing that I’m helping make that possible for others.


Growing up in Calabasas just north of Los Angeles, my three sisters and I were very involved in the San Fernando Valley Chapter of National Charity League, which is where my love for events blossomed. I became very involved in organizing meetings, philanthropy events, and parties for NCL. By the time college rolled around, I knew I could see myself pursuing event planning, the perfect amalgam of creativity and organization, as a career. I joined a Sorority and was immediately drafted onto the event planning commission. I worked with top wedding planners in the summer, and during the school year, I helped organize fundraisers for multiple organizations and schools. After three short years at university, armed with an English Degree from UCLA, I came upon Moments by Wayne, and it’s been like home ever since!


I still live in Calabasas; my family is extremely important to me, and I love that living so close to my sisters and my parents allows us to spend quality time together. I love making time for creativity and imagination, whether it be reading a really good book, trying out a new recipe, or annually making my Halloween costume (confession: I keep a list year round of costume choices and start the design process mid-June. Is it obvious Halloween is my favorite holiday?)  My passion for Halloween is only rivaled by my travel bug; I have a bad case of wanderlust. I’m constantly dreaming up my next adventure, desperate to soak in as much culture and global perspective as my budget will allow. When I’m not working at Moments or planning my next grand adventure, I am training for my second-degree black belt, playing with my dogs, or enjoying some of my favorite television shows.

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