Addressing your invitations…etiquette hasn’t changed that much.


Ordering your wedding invitations can be as stressful as saying “‘YES’ to the dress!”

Thiswedding-invitation-01 is the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding style, colors and hints for what to expect. With so many choices for your invitations, it’s no wonder it can be overwhelming.

You have decided on your invitation, color of envelopes, inserts, RSVP cards, and fought the battle of THE GUEST LIST. It is time to address these paper gems and send them off to your closest family and friends.

Here are some tips for addressing your invites:
envelopes-1Outer Envelope – this is the main addressed envelope

This envelope should be formally addressed with titles and last names for invitees

Address components should be written out.

Apartment and suite numbers should be written in number form – except “one”

City, State and address names should be written out completely – without abbreviations (Street, Drive, Boulevard, California, etc.)

Acceptable abbreviations are “St.” for Saint and “Mt.” for Mount

Return address – should be on the back flap of the outer envelope. You do not have to include names but the return address should be spelled out and centered.

How to address for your guests:address-invitation-examples-01

  • Unmarried couples-should be addressed with both first and last names separately
  • Married couples should have the man’s name first and then wife’s name – unless she has a professional title.
  • Married couples with two titles should have the titles and names for both.
  • Same-sex couples should be listed alphabetically (whether married or not)
  • A single friend and guest-address the envelope to the friend and the inner envelope to the addressee and “and guest” or the guest’s name.
  • A single friend, without a plus one-the envelope should be addressed to the invited guest only.

Inner envelopes – these will have the title and last names of the invitees

  • On this envelope you may use familiar names for close family members
  • Or for a more formal style, use their title and last name
  • Invited children’s names may be written out below the parent’s names
Children – if you decide to invite children (young or older) to your wedding there are a few guidelines to follow.
  • If the children are young, they should be included on the invitation of their parents’.
  • If the child(ren) are over 18 and living at the parents’ home, they should receive a separate invitation.


More helpful ideas for hand addressing your invitations. For a fun touch, print a flourish on a clear address label to seal the outer envelope. Also, you can purchase a letter guide (like the one below) to help your writing stay in line with even spacing.  Here is a helpful guide to lettering!


A themed wedding with just the right touches…


In September, we published a blog about immersing your guests in another world with a themed wedding. Today we show you how another amazing couple hosted a themed wedding using little details to showcase their “Super Hero” theme.

When choosing to host a themed wedding, ask yourself, do I want to provide an over-the-top experience, or little touches to entertain your guests?

This couple chose little touches to showcase that the bride was marrying her Superman. elegant gold and sparkling details were scattered throughout the decorations, boutonnieres, and even the bridal veil.

The trick to a successful themed event or wedding is all in the details. You want to show your guests that you put time into special touches that will delight them. You can go “all out” and redecorate your entire space or use unique touches to create a “hidden treasures” type of experience.


Any way you choose, a themed wedding is a fun experience for you and your guests!

Photos by: Shannon Morse Photography

Holiday weddings are so beautiful here…


Recently at our annual Wedding Faire, one of our popular photographers (Photography by Jordanna) shared with us photos of a recent wedding during the holiday season here at the Vacaville Opera House. We are always looking for photo ideas for our couples and ways to showcase our venue when it is decorated for the holiday season.

Here’s a look at the beginning of the Coleman’s Happily Ever After.

The bride Aria, looking gorgeous in the foyer on our fainting couch.

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The newlyweds in the front bar room with one of our decorated trees.

When booking for a wedding near the holidays, many of our couples are pleased to have the Opera House all dressed up in neutral gold and silver. This alleviates the need for the couples to purchase elaborate decorations for their wedding.


The convenient location of the Opera House in Downtown Vacaville is across from Andrews Park. The park provides beautiful and varied options for photos before and after the ceremony or reception.

The ceremony showed the love this couple has for each other. Tim gazes at his beautiful bride during their vow exchange.

Then the reception began!


Congratulations, Mr. &  Mrs. Coleman! We wish you a lifetime of happiness. Thank you for letting us be a part of your love story.

Thank you to Photography by Jordanna for sharing these wonderful photographs.


Finding YOUR perfect wedding professional…

Are you  ready for “Wedding Fair Season?”-Part One

It’s that time of year, Wedding Fairs are in abundance to help newly engaged couples begin planning their nuptials.

Here at the Opera House, we are getting ready for our annual Wedding Faire taking place on January 29, 2017.

Each year we invite some of our favorite vendors to gather here in one place to help our couples with planning their special day.2017-8x11-wedding-faire-flyer

For more information on how to get tickets to join us on January 29, 2017 give us a call at 707-446-4441.

At the Opera House we pride ourselves on helping couples plan their special day. It is our goal to alleviate some of the stress of planning for your wedding.  Our Wedding Faire helps couples by bringing together local vendors from each category, providing an opportunity to meet and talk with a variety of wedding professionals in one location.

Ahead of our Wedding Faire we are publishing a series of blogs to help couples make the most of the face time they have with vendors at the Opera House Wedding Faire. We begin our series with a general list of questions you will want to ask each vendor you are interviewing. Each following blog post will have vendor specific questions to ask based on a wedding professional category. Each post will address what you need to know from your florist, photographer, caterer, baker, and DJ.

PART ONE: General questions for any wedding professional

  • If you know your date, are they available?
  • Will there be a written contract?
  • Do they accept credit cards?
  • What amount of deposit is required to save the date?
  • When is the final remaining amount due?
  • Is the deposit refundable if the event has to be cancelled?
  • What is the vendor policy in case of illness on the part of the vendor?
  • Do they have back-up staff?
  • Do they have liability insurance?
  • How many staff members will you have for your event?
  • How do their staff members dress for events?
  • If extra time is needed what is the charge per hour?
  • Will their staff clean up their equipment after the event?
  • How much time is needed to set-up and break down after the event?
  • Have they done events at my venue?
  • Can they offer you references?

It’s Here…the Color of the Year for 2017


Here is a beautiful way to incorporate the                                                                2017 Color of the Year into your centerpieces.


It’s not just a superfood, it’s the “Must Have” color for events and weddings in 2017.

Every year in September, Pantone (the leader in the world of color) designates a color palette that weaves through New York fashion runways, major society events and forecasts wedding color trends for the upcoming year.

Who is Pantone? Do they know what they are talking about? – YES

From their website – “Pantone LLC…is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.” see more here

How do you put this Superfood into your event without it looking like the makings of a smoothie?

Green and deep pink are great for a modern color scheme, try pairing it with a bright white for a crisp look or with a softer ecru or beige to make the colors pop!


See the 2017 Pantone palette for other trending colors.

Happy Wedding Planning!

#VacavilleOperaHouseWeddings #vacaoperahouse #VacavilleOperaHouse


They captured the Golden Snitch…at their wedding.

This couple planned the ultimate Harry Potter themed wedding. Here’s  how they took their theme to the extreme!

Themed weddings can be so much fun for your guests and really highlight your interests and personalities. In July, was the setting for an enchanted wedding embracing a Harry Potter theme.


If you are thinking of planning a themed wedding, take some tips from this couple to  make your wedding an experience your guests will never forget!



Erica Marie’s catering staff dressed for the occasion!

It all starts with commitment! Not only to your new life together, but with an “All In” commitment to your theme. Asking the caterers to dress for the occasion is a great touch!


As your guests await your arrival, think about ways to help them pass the time. Ask them to leave notes on successful relationships for you, like they did here. Make finding their table a little more fun with a memento like these beautiful keys.


Make sure your gift table and card box, keep with your theme. This couple used the owl and bird cage to hold cards from guests.

The bride and groom included Harry Potter themed activities to keep their guests entertained by providing: a photo booth with props, Quidditch Pong, a Wii for guests to play, trivia quizzes, and scenes from the movies played on our screen in the ballroom.

Dinner tables were decorated with a nod to classes and well known places in the world of Harry Potter. The centerpieces were vignettes incorporating items that fit with the theme of the table. Table centerpieces are an important way to spread your theme around the room, and leave your guests feeling immersed in your theme. 

For drink, Butter Beer was served and for dessert the bride and groom were both imaginative and traditional. They had a simply beautiful tiered cake, “Exploding Cake Balls,” truffles and a “Trolley Cart” themed candy bar.


You might not choose to recreate the world of wizardry, but if you choose to have a themed wedding, take tips from this couple. The delivery is “all in the details!”

Wishing a wonderful Always!









Getting married in your hometown…a great idea?

You’re the questions start. Have you set a date? Where are you going to get married? Will it be a church wedding, outside, country setting, or an indoor service and reception? With so many options to choose from, why not choose your hometown?

Aside from the sentimental aspect, having your wedding in your hometown can have some great perks!

Bride & Groom

Finding your wedding

Knowing the local businesses in your area, can be helpful when choosing vendors for your wedding.

The little details~

Your friends can help with the little details that are hard to manage from far away. They can even do a little prep work for you so your visits home for planning to make arrangements can be more efficient.

You know the area~

A place for your rehearsal dinner, hotel and guest accommodations, as well as your wedding and reception venue options will be more familiar to you. You might even have a favorite restaurant you would like to share with your wedding party, hold your rehearsal dinner there. A local park that holds special memories is a great place to have your engagement or wedding photos taken.


Friends and family may not have to travel far~

If you have relocated, it doesn’t mean that your family and friends have. Having your wedding where you grew up may save your family and guests travel time and money.


So you got a big city job after college, but with a city location, you can expect big city prices…”going back home” might possibly save you money on your wedding. Consider looking up your high school friends that might have started a hometown business.

Help with the after party details~

If you are leaving for your honeymoon right from your reception, it can be a relief having family or friends that are local to take care of your gifts, returning any rented items, and any general wrap-up that you might need after the wedding.

Wherever you choose to get married, we hope that your wedding is filled with wonderful memories, love and a happily ever after!

Think outside the (cake) box!

vacaville_operahouse_wedding-167Having a hard time deciding what flavor or cake to serve? He wants chocolate and you want Chantilly cream between layers of lemon flavored sponge cake, or maybe you just can’t decide between several flavors.

Try skipping the traditional multi-tiered wedding cake and try something different.

Many couples are opting to have a special one tier “cutting” cake made and then provide their guests with single serving dessert options.  We have compiled some ideas to help you think outside the (cake) box!

French Macarons are very popular for weddings and special events. With beautiful colors that can coordinate with your wedding design, and the multitude of options for fillings, they are perfect for an elegant event such as a wedding.

Their per cookie price can scare away a budget conscious bride, but when you factor in the size of a typical “serving slice” of wedding cake and the price tag per serving, you may even save a little dough. vacaville_operahouse_wedding-165

Cupcakes have been the rage for several years now. With the baking challenge shows on TV,IMG_3115 cupcakes are becoming works of art. Single serving cupcakes allow couples to choose multiple flavors and decorations. Also, you can save on the rental price of serving dishes, plates, forks etc. if your venue charges for those items.

Cake pops are making their way into dessert bars at events also. These are bites sized cake and frosting truffle like treats. They can be dipped in chocolates, sprinkles and other confection treats.

Fruit tarts are a great idea for gluten free alternatives. They are also refreshing, especially in the hot summer months.

Single glasses of mouse, pudding or even jello are a fun way to give your guest something a little sweet at the end of the night.

Can’t decide? Serve a dessert buffet! Just be sure to add a sign that desserts will be available after dinner and your cake cutting!


Hashtags, I Do’s and Sparklers. This wedding had it all.

Pete and Janelle booked the Vacaville Opera House in August of 2015. It only took six months for this blushing bride to plan and execute a beautiful wedding to begin their life as husband and wife. Grindle-4

Janelle, chose peacock inspired colors for the wedding, using bright teals and purple. Royal blue and purple colored orchids, and Peacock feathers were used through out the rooms from the wedding cake to the centerpieces.

This fun couple choose to involve their guests in sharing photos of their special day by choosing to advertise hashtags for their guests to tag photos taken that night. #PGnJSayIDo #MeettheGrindles


They chose to have a smaller cake that was placed on the stage near their table, after dinner the cake was cut by the newlyweds. Additional desserts that included several types of cookies and cupcakes were provided as a dessert buffet. During the toasts, their 9 year old nephew congratulated the newlyweds.

To end the evening, the happy couple was sent off on their new life together by their guests, as sparklers lit up the night on the Creekwalk Bridge just outside the Opera House.

Congratulations, Janelle and Pete. We wish you a life full of love, laughter and happily ever after!

Our Favorite Favors!

Give your guests with a little bit of yourself, reflect your style and personality. Make sure your favors are a reflection of you as a couple.

Your guests have come from far to share in your special day, so to show your appreciation and give them a little something back, you provide them with a token of your appreciation at their seat.

Not sure if your guests will enjoy the packet of 6 Jordan Almonds that you painstakingly tied with little ribbons, the votive candle holder artfully monogrammed with the your initials and color matched with your bridesmaids dresses, or a CD of gushing wedding songs?

So how do you get away from the cliche and give something that your guests will love? Consider letting your favor symbolize your and your day, instead of a monogrammed item that your guests will probably not keep. Food items are a great favor, the guests can enjoy a taste of something yummy as they reminisce on your special day.

Find a way to share some of your love story with your guests.
Reflect on how you met. What do you like to do together? Where was your first date? Are you world travelers?  Are you “going green” for your wedding? Think about choosing a local products like those picture below.




Many “Do it Yourself” sites have great ideas, but do you want the same favor that millions of other couples gave away on their day or do you want to WOW your guests?

Making a statement can be done simply and inexpensively if you do a little research and are creative. There are favors for EVERY theme. For example, Starfish items are great for a beach theme, wine accessories are a great way to showcase our close proximity to the Napa Valley and our own local Suisun Valley wineries, Airplane themed favors are a great way to share your love of travel.

To help you out, we have some assembled a list of our Favorite Favors:

  • For your out of town guests, share some of our Vacaville goodies!
  • Jelly Belly’s come in every color and are a local product
  • Local Splits of wine from one of our amazing local wineries
  • Bottle Stoppers/Wine Corks
  • Small Cheese Boards for the foodies at your event
  • A small potted succulent
  • A small gift jar featuring a locally made honey, jam or sweet
  • Scratch-off Lottery tickets in a beautiful envelope can send your guests home with a little money in their pocket.
  • For the travel loving couple a compass with personalized tags
  • Luggage tags that your guests can use after the wedding
  • Try a themed Wine Bottle Opener there are so many options for these.

Many of these favors can be found on these great event websites and POPSUGAR.

Beach inspired or Summertime

beach cookiesstarfish bottle opener

beach seeds palm tree

For the World Travelers

airplane tageiffel tower ring holder

compasscompass bottle stopper

For a Fall wedding

leaf bottleopenerleaf bookmark

For the Food and Wine Loving couple

(bottle openers can be found for every theme)

heart cheesboard2in1 bottle stopper

1948-500love wine opener

XO wine openerantler bottle opener

Whatever you choose-make it special to you, then it will be a treasured keepsake for your guests.