Say “I Do” on Friday or Sunday

Why have a Friday or Sunday Wedding?

It’s no secret that the go-to day to plan a wedding is Saturday, but we have found that there are some enticing reasons to jump out of the box and schedule your Wedding on a Friday or Sunday instead. 

The first reason is a no-brainer; cost efficiency! Venues typically book their Saturdays for the year well in advance, so they often provide a discount to couples who choose to have their Wedding on an off day instead. This is great because you get the same services you would normally get, but now you can apply those extra savings to another important aspect of your big day. 

If cost saving appeals to you, or your dream venue is booked every Saturday for years out, then read on. A Friday or Sunday wedding can make for a unique wedding experience, but how do you know which one of these days is right for you? Kramer Events Wedding Coordinators took their experience planning Central Coast Weddings and helped us explore this question a bit. Let’s begin with a Friday Wedding. 

“I like the idea of a Friday wedding because it extends the weekend! You can host a bunch of different activities and get togethers with your special people and keep the party going- not just one day only!” – Bri Cormier 

This is a great option for couples whose guests don’t have to travel far to attend the wedding. The Wedding ceremony can be held on a Friday in the late afternoon/evening so that guests don’t have to take a full day off of work if they don’t want to and can thoroughly enjoy the party afterwards and still have the whole weekend to relax with their family, friends, and the newlyweds. This option may be best if you know you and your guests plan to party-hardy and won’t want the fun to stop after the wedding comes to an end. 

If going hard the night of the wedding is less of a priority for you and your loved ones, and your more interested in something intimate and relaxed, a Sunday Wedding may be your best option. You can plan something unique, like a morning wedding with brunch and mimosa’s to follow and an early end time for the reception so your guests don’t feel exhausted as they begin their work week on Monday.

Sunday is also a great option when it comes to destination weddings, as guests will be able to leave Friday evening, and have plenty of time to rest after their travels before enjoying your wedding on Sunday. 

Ultimately, when making the decision about your wedding date it is important to go with the day that feels right for you and your partner. Your guests love you and will do what it takes to make whatever date you choose work for their schedules. Most people will choose to take a day off. Whether it be the Friday before your Wedding or the Monday after, they will plan accordingly so they can celebrate this big day with you. 

Planning a Central Coast Tasting Tour

The Central Coast Tasting Experience 

In a previous Kramer Buzz blog post we explored the many ways in which San Luis Obispo County is an ideal location for your Destination Wedding – the beautiful landscapes, amazing food, and diverse culture make the Central Coast a great place to relax and enjoy yourself, and it just so happens to be home to some of the most unique tasting experiences California has to offer.

With over 250 wineries and dozens of craft breweries and Cideries to choose from, planning a tour may feel a bit daunting, but we are here to tell you it doesn’t have to be! When planning your tour, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Whats your taste? Do you like award-winning wines, handcrafted beers, or traditional ciders? – whatever your taste, the Central Coast has something for everyone’s palette.

  • If wine is your thing, you are in the right place; to the North is Paso Robles which is famous for its warm weather AVA (American Viticulture Area) and the top-notch Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon it produces on its expanding vineyards. South in San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley, the cooler climate wineries are widely dispersed and are popular for their rich Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Whether you’re new to the wine scene or a knowledgeable connoisseur, you’ll find something you love.  

           Check out some local wineries here

  • Breweries specializing in craft beers have thrived on the Central Coast; downtown San Luis Obispo’s beer scene is hoppin’ – pun intended. Dating back decades, a focus on small-batch brews has made the Central Coast a pioneer of the West Coast style IPA, as well as niche beers such as Gose, Sours, and Mead. There is a special quality here in that everything created is very unique. Local breweries, wineries, and distilleries often team up with one another to create once in a lifetime collaborations. 
  • Cideries are yet another unique offering of the Central Coast; this is a newer trend that has taken off in San Luis Obispo County, making use of the many fruit orchards scattered around the area. Ciders come in a diverse range of flavors but are most commonly known for their sweet taste and apple aroma. 

The great part about planning a Central Coast tasting tour is that you don’t have to choose just one type of tasting, but can mix and match to suit your mood. 

What aspects of SLO County do you want to experience? 

Think about what your overall hope for the day is; the Central Coast is very diverse and no one area is exactly the same. Do you want to explore the fun-filled college town of San Luis Obispo, breathe in the ocean air on the coast, or experience the rolling hills of wine country?

  • If you’re all about new and exciting, then the lively-college town of San Luis Obispo may be the perfect place for you to begin your tour. The city is bursting with breweries, pubs, and tasting rooms to explore and there will be no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a spot for lunch. 
  • Or maybe its the coastal charm that appeals to you, in which case you can enjoy a scenic drive down the historic highway 1 stopping in beach towns such as Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria to enjoy wine, beer, and cider tastings as well as the opportunity to enjoy authentic, locally sourced seafood.
  • Its no secret that San Luis Obispo County is wine country; if you’re interested in exploring the rich history of viticulture on the Central Coast, you may want to tour the countryside where you can enjoy expansive views of rolling hills and vineyards. Many wineries and tasting rooms have an onsite deli or grill, but if such amenities are not available, it may be the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view.  

So whether you want to take it easy as you take in the remarkable beauty the Central Coast has to offer or delve into the history and unique processes’ of each establishment you visit. There are options to suit any agenda but its important to pinpoint what kind of experience you want to have before embarking on your tour.

How do you want to get around? San Luis Obispo County has lots of different options when it comes to professional transportation and many of them specialize in tasting tours. Whether you are a hardcore planner and just need someone to take you where you want to go on your time schedule, or want to sit back and let someone else do all the planning for you, SLO county has options for you. 

  • SLO Safe Ride is one of San Luis Obispo County’s leading transportation services. They are professional, punctual, and knowledgeable about the area and work in collaboration with many local tasting facilities, making them a great resource throughout your tour. They provide everything from limousines to shuttles to luxury buses and can accommodate groups of all sizes. 
  • Hop On Beer Tour is a great option if you’re looking for a laid-back experience with a knowledgeable beer connoisseur. Their buses are 15- or 20-passenger pubs-on-wheels, perfect for turning up the music and having a lively ride between stops. They offer custom tours as well as their preplanned Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo tours which visit some of the most popular spots in the region. 
  • 101 Wine Tours specializes in wine tours throughout the Central Coast in their comfortable Mercedes Vans. Their knowledgeable tour guides can plan a tour perfectly tailored to the tastes and preferences of any group. Whether you prefer large estate wineries or small boutique tasting facilities, 101 Wine Tours will be able to create the perfect tour for you. 

Regardless of which option you choose, with a little bit of planning – or finding the right people to plan for you – you are sure to have an unforgettable time cruising around the Central Coast getting a taste of all it has to offer! 


Real Wedding | Megan and Ross | Black Lake Golf Resort

Real Wedding | Megan and Ross | Black Lake Golf Resort

On March 31st, 2018, Ross and Megan McCracken tied the knot at the beautiful Central Coast Wedding Venue, Black Lake Golf Resort. The Kramer Events team had a blast being a part of this one of a kind wedding which brought together families from two different parts of the world. Ross’ Scottish heritage was a huge part of the couples big day, and we must say that Kilts have become one of our new favorites when it comes to wedding attire. 

Their ceremony was held in front of a small cluster of trees above the expansive greens of the Black Lake Golf Course and couldn’t have been more beautiful. Following the ceremony, the Kramer Events Photo and Video team took the couple through the golf course to a secluded pond location for their couple photos and then headed back towards the patio area where everyone enjoyed a fun-filled reception. 

Kramer Events DJs Lou Mars and Paul Escalera kept the party jumpin’, especially when they initiated the traditional Scottish dance that took place, bringing guests from both Scottish and American origin together on the dance floor. Our brand new photobooth, designed and crafted by our very own Kris Teunissen, also made its first debut at the wedding and was a total hit. 

With a hashtag of #ReleaseTheMcCracken we knew this wedding was bound to be a hit and it certainly was a day to remember! 

Congratulations Megan and Ross! 

Venue: Black Lake Golf Resort | Coordination: Black Lake Catering and Events | Catering: Black Lake Catering and Events | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Lighting: Kramer Events | Photography: Kramer Events | Videography: Kramer Events | Photobooth: Kramer Events | Flowers: Shell Beach Floral Design | Live Musician: Piper O’ Pines | Hair and Makeup: The Queens’ Bees 



Central Coast Engagements | Heather and Grady

Real Engagement | Heather and Grady

The Central Coast never dissapoints when it comes to romantic adventure, so it is no wonder our recent couple, Heather and Grady travelled all the way from Chicago to shoot their engagement photos with Justin Jacobs of Kramer Events Photography. Their Destination Wedding is set for September 29th, 2018 at the lovely Central Coast Wedding Venue, Cass Winery in Paso Robles. 

After sitting with Grady and Heather for literally 2 minutes, I knew this couple was the real deal; so genuine, so fun, so confident, and so much in love.  They were themselves and so comfortable together.  In every location they just had fun and it was so easy to capture them just being them, which is exactly what an engagement session is all about.  – Justin Jacobs, Photographer

We are thrilled to be a part of Heather and Grady’s story and cant wait to capture more of their love at their wedding this fall! 

Photographer: Justin Jacobs of Kramer Events Photography


Real Wedding: Bryan and Shaun – Madonna Inn

Bryan and Shaun’s Wedding – Madonna Inn

You know those people you meet whose bright personalities are completely infectious; those people who are confident in who they are and send out a permission slip for everyone around them to feel comfortable and confident in there own skin as well? Ya, those people are the best, and a special kind of magic is created when two people of this nature come together as one. Such is the case with Bryan and Shaun, a vivacious couple who gave Kramer Events the absolute pleasure of providing Coordination, DJ, Lighting, Photography, and Photo Booth services at our first, but certainly not last, LGBTQ wedding on the Central Coast!

The whole Kramer team came together on October 21st, 2017 to bring to life Bryan and Shaun’s vision for their Central Coast Wedding. Taking place at one of the gorgeous San Luis Obispo Wedding Venues, Madonna Inn, the West/Pallardy wedding was a vision of creativity, class, and fun! Handmade items by the couple mixed in with the one of a kind decor at Madonna Inn, and Kramer Events transformative lighting designs made the ceremony, dining room, and reception come together beautifully, after some team collaboration of course. And the photographs? Well, they speak for themselves!

One of the most inspirational things we witnessed at this particular wedding was the clear and undeniable love that was shared between the couple and their family and friends. Everyone was happy and thoroughly excited for Bryan and Shaun.

The Central Coast Wedding Photographers at Kramer Events are passionate about capturing the special bond between couples. Their technical proficiency and attention to detail makes for some stunning images and of course Madonna Inn provided a diverse range of backdrops to choose from, each adding a unique flair to the photographs captured.

Out of the many unique rooms in Madonna Inn, the couple chose the elegant ballroom to say their vows. It was a beautiful ceremony and the genuine happiness seen on Bryan and Shaun’s faces is priceless.

After the couple said their “I-dos” everyone moved into the wonderfully decorated garden room to enjoy drinks and a delicious meal catered by the Madonna Inn kitchen staff.

Bri Cormier, a renowned Central Coast Wedding Coordinator at Kramer Events used her eye for detail to assist our talented light tech Paul in finding the perfect uplighting color scheme which accentuated the dining room’s diverse wallpapers and textures excellently. This is just one example of how the multifaceted expertise the Kramer Events team brings to the table can “turn a crazy room into a dream room for a wedding”, as our lovely couple worded it.

We loved the couples cake choice, and that topper…YASSS! The Kramer lighting team really accentuated the details of the cake.

The couple had their first dance under glowing chandeliers enveloped with bright colored lights, which perfectly matched the joyful energy in the room.

Next, Shaun and Bryan shared dances with the most important women in their lives, their mothers, and grandmothers. It is so beautiful to see a glimpse of the bond shared between them in these images.

Formal photos are a must, but whats better than getting silly with your friends and family in front of the camera? The Kramer Classic PhotoBooth was loved by everyone, and the handmade backdrop provided by the couple added the perfect touch of personalization. Bryan and Shaun will be laughing for many years to come at their hilarious photo book keepsake with memories of all their guests having fun on their wedding night.


A reception is meant to be a grand celebration to honor the remarkable journey the couple is about to embark on together, and the Central Coast Wedding Dj’s at Kramer Events know how to create a killer finale. Bryan and Shaun described Janine’s  “positive energy and MAD ability to read a room” as having created one of the “best dance parties we have ever witnessed!”. Our own team agreed it was one of the most fun weddings of the year.

We wish Bryan and Shaun all the best in their lifelong journey together. May you two have many amazing adventures side by side!

Venue: Madonna Inn | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Coordination: Kramer Events | Caterer: Madonna Inn | Dessert: Madonna Inn | Rentals: All About Events | Lighting: Kramer Events | Photography: Kramer Events | PhotoBooth: Kramer Events. 

Real Corporate Event – ACI Jet’s 20th Anniversary

Real Corporate Event – ACI Jet’s 20th Anniversary

The Kramer Events team has been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for this year’s Wedding and Event season, and they kicked it off strong with the ACI Jet’s 20th Anniversary Gala.

The Kramer Lighting crew set up an amazing display, arranging multiple sets of blue and white uplights along the walls of the hanger to create a colorful effect throughout the building. Pinspot lights on the ceiling illuminated the beautiful centerpieces arranged on the dining tables, and custom projections, an airplane, and the ACI Jet’s Logo can be seen along the back wall of the hanger.

Kramer Events Coordinator, Renee Weber worked endlessly to ensure the night came together just right. The guests loved the custom airplane place cards that she handcrafted directing them to their appropriate seat on the “runway”.

Kramer Events Photography and Videography captured guests arriving to the party in front of the ACI Jet’s custom backdrop, and captured all the key moments throughout the evening.

It was inspirational for our team to hear how far ACI Jet has come in their 20 years of existence, and how much they give back to their employees and the community. 

Coordination: Kramer Events | Dj: Kramer Events | Lighting: Kramer Events | Photography: Kramer Events | Videography: Kramer Events | Catering: Flora and Fauna | Venue: ACI Jet


Floral Frenzy

Spring is fast approaching and soon we will begin to see the Central Coast blossom with color. We’re talking flowers, and Kramer Events has the inside scoop on some of the most talented floral experts in the Central Coast Wedding industry.

For more information on these featured vendors and more, check out the Kramer Events wedding resource, Central Coast Wedding Vendors.


Featured Florists: Lori Boe Floral Designs | Cambria Nursery & Florist | A Love Story Floral | Cherry Blossom Bouquets | Country Florist & Gifts | Flowers by Amy | Flowers by Kim | Jespersen Floral | Marshall Gardens | Sprigs Floral Design | Pismo Petals

Rain on your Wedding Day? Don’t Panic!

Rain on your Wedding Day? Don’t Panic!

As Winter draws to an end, many couples are busy planning their bright and beautiful Spring Wedding on the Central Coast, and there is no question as to why. With the breathtaking landscapes of San Luis Obispo County in full bloom, a Central Coast Wedding in the Spring can look like a dream. However, the necessary component for the emergence of color and life is rain, so what do you do if it comes down on your Wedding Day?

Not to worry, with insight from seasoned Central Coast Wedding Coordinators on the Kramer Events team, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks that can be employed to brighten up a dreary Wedding Day.

Be Prepared

When you spend countless amounts of time and energy planning all the details of your outdoor wedding, the thought of something as unpredictable as rain being a factor can feel intimidating; but the more you prepare ahead of time by envisioning rain as a possible scenario, the more ready you will be to deal when/if it occurs. Talk with your chosen venue ahead of time. Figure out what they can offer for indoor alternatives if the rain is relentlessly approaching the time of the Ceremony. Renee Webber, an experienced Central Coast Wedding Planner says, “I have done weddings where the reception tables were rearranged to create an ‘aisle’ when the ceremony had to be moved indoors last minute” – sometimes a little creative ingenuity is needed.  Similarly, talk with your chosen vendors about your concerns regarding the rain, making them aware of the possibility will get them thinking about problem-solving solutions as well. Make rain preparation a part of the detail planning process. Purchase clear umbrellas and colorful rain boots for yourself and your wedding party. Coordinate the rain gear with the overall colors and theme of your wedding so you don’t feel disappointed if you have to break them out. Most importantly, have a support system. Having a skilled wedding coordinator at your side can alleviate a lot of wedding day stress when it comes to rain. They have been there before and know how to deal. If you don’t have a wedding coordinator, be sure to delegate the responsibility of making the final call to someone trusted so things get handled and you can continue enjoying your special day.

Don’t Panic

In the days and weeks leading up to your wedding day, following the weather can be a daunting task. Try not to panic, often times rain on the forecast means little more than a few intermittent sprinkles. Have your “Plan B” and time frame for making the switch to indoors handy, but don’t change everything right away just because the skies are grey. A lot can be done on your wedding day to work around the rain when it is coming down. For group photos and portraits, you can utilize well lit indoor settings, entryways, and large covered patios to capture gorgeous natural light images. Keep cakes and other decor indoors until the last minute so they remain dry and put together. Remember that perspective is key. Sometimes things happen that are completely out of our control, but we have full authority over the way we react to stressful situations. The calmer everyone can remain, the more likely they are to continue thinking resourcefully. Avoid the snowballing effect negativity can produce.

Embrace it 

Ok, so say it happens, it rains on your wedding day. Is this ideal? No. Is it the worst thing that could happen? Definitely not! Try to let go of your need to have everything just as you envisioned it and embrace the day for what it is. Throw on those sparkly rain boots you picked out, grab a clear umbrella and go make some unforgettable memories with the ones you love! Who knows, maybe you will get a break in the rain and get some amazing once in a lifetime photos out of the situation. San Luis Obispo Wedding Coordinator Liz Holman from Kramer Events relayed a story in which rain happened and the outcome was very positive thanks to the couple and wedding party’s ability to enjoy themselves despite the change in circumstances.

“I was once a part of a wedding where it unexpectedly rained. Everyone was so tense until the Bride, Groom, and Wedding Party fully embraced this “disaster” and had fun with it. Once the guests saw how much fun they were having, they bought in too. The pictures were incredible – you could tell how much fun everyone was having. It was definitely one of the most memorable weddings I have seen”

Life is unpredictable and planning a wedding gets no exemption from that. The very best thing you can do is have a great team of people surrounding you so you feel confident to handle whatever storm gets thrown at you.


Featured Venues: Santa Margarita Ranch, Madonna Inn, Bianchi Winery | Featured Vendors: Lori Boe Floral Designs | Photography: Kramer Events 

Team Member Spotlight

Amy Hinrichs

Meet Amy Hinrichs, one of our 2 event consultants here at Kramer.

Most people know Melissa (co-owner and other event consultant), but not everybody’s had the chance to meet her main counterpart… Amy Hinrichs.

From left to right: Beau Kramer, Melissa Kramer, Amy Hinrichs, Vanessa Robbins

Joining us a little over 2 years ago, she’s now a huge part of our office team. When you call the office, Amy’s one of the main people you’ll talk to. And she’s awesome at helping you plan an event and explain all of our Kramer services.

Recently back from Maternity leave, she’s energizing the office once again with her upbeat and fun personality. With her husband and now 2 kids, she calls the central coast home. We’re glad she also calls Kramer Events her home. We are lucky to have her spirit, attitude, and her dance moves onboard the team.

Thanks for being awesome Amy,

Beau Kramer
Team Leader


Real Wedding: Ashley and Matt • Cass Winery

Ashley & Matt’s Wedding – Cass Winery

On November 11th, 2017, amongst the rolling hills of colorfully adorned vineyards, Ashley and Matt tied the knot under a grand oak tree at one of the most romantic Central Coast Wedding Venues, Cass Winery in Paso Robles. By the looks of their classically beautiful wedding, you would never guess that these two are rockers at heart.

The Kramer Events team was thrilled to be a part of their big day – providing Dj services, decorative lighting design, photobooth fun, and the photographs that were taken by Justin Jacobs of Kramer Events Photography are a stunning representation of wine country in the fall, and perfectly capture the love this unique couple has for one another.

Congratulations Ashley and Matt Reynolds! We wish you all the best on your lifelong journey together.

Venue: Cass Winery | DJ/MC: Kramer Events | Catering: Cass Winery | Photography: Kramer Events | Dessert: Cassie’s Custom Cakes | Rentals: All About Events | Flowers: Lori Boe Floral Design | Hair/Makeup: Ariel Lizarraga | Tux Rentals: Men’s Ware House | Lighting: Kramer Events | Photobooth: Kramer Events