Frequently Asked Questions

What do your packages include?

We offer several packages depending on your needs and the size of your wedding

ALL our packages always include:

  • Location consultation
  • Planning of all aspects of your wedding day
  • Concierge Service
  • Access to preferred vendor list
  • Officiant
  • Flowers for 2
  • Cake
  • Day-of Coordination
  • Professional photography by Viera Photographics

How far in advance do we need to book? 

For weekend micro weddings, we suggest you book well in advance as there are limited dates available. If you are open to a weekday, we can turn weddings around in as little as 3 weeks. We have done elopements in as little as a few days. 

Are the food and beverage fees included?

Food and drink are not included in our package fees. As part of our service, we will connect you with our preferred list of caterers, private chefs, beverage service providers, restaurants, bars, cafes, and tasting rooms to give you options that fit your event and your budget. Whether your style is taco cart or a seven-course chef’s inspired tasting menu, we’ve got you covered!

What if I don’t need something from your package, can you extend a discount?

Our packages are set and include what we think is needed for a great wedding so we don’t discount them. We do, however, allow the use of your own officiant (for example). 

Is the venue fee included? 

Venue fee is not included in the package fee. From the moment we begin working for you, we will present you with the best options that fit you. After our initial location consultation and once we have all your requirements and budget information, we’ll be able to give you a range of options, in line with your needs.

I want an additional service that you don’t provide, can I do that? 

While we keep our curated micro weddings streamlined to decrease stress and provide the most value, we know you may want just a bit more. We’ve got you covered, and send our extensive vendor list for services such as hair and make-up, musicians, rentals, and transportation.

What are the next steps if we would like to book you? 

You will receive an online booking proposal, if you would like to secure our services, everything can be done online. We need a signed contract and a 50% retainer – and we get started straight away! The rest is due 30 days prior to the event. 

What form of payment do you accept and do you have a payment plan? 

We accept all major credit cards.

Do you carry personal liability and professional indemnity insurance?

We carry a 2mil liability policy. However, we strongly recommend getting your own wedding insurance to cover you. We can talk about this more later! 

How will we meet? 

We utilize a combination of online questionnaires, online meetings and a dedicated chat room to be able to personalize your wedding just for you!

How do we get started? 

Just as soon as you sign your contract, we send you your first online questionnaire and connect you with our team via our chat room! We will contact you shortly thereafter to set a date for a video meeting (or phone call if you prefer) to start the location consultation process. 

Are we required to use all OLW preferred vendors when we book your package?

We’ve spent years building relationships with the best local vendors in the industry so we are able to pair most couples with their perfect vendors based upon their individual styles. We understand that occasionally you have someone you love that you’d like to bring on board and we get it! In such cases, we are happy to speak with your preferred vendor just to pre-qualify and then integrate them into the day. Because we set our standards quite high, we charge $150 per vendor outside our network. This includes finding some alternative options (if you haven’t already), asking them all the relevant questions pertaining to how they work, your day and the venue, reviewing their contracts and confirming insurance certificates, connecting them with the venue and ensuring that they’re able to do what they need 100%.

What if I need a unique vendor, something that is customized for our dream wedding?

We’ve worked with lots of peripheral vendors in the past such as henna artists, hot air balloon companies, vintage car rental companies, furniture and lighting rentals, bands and DJ’s and are happy to recommend from our preferred vendors list. If you bring in your own vendors or would like us to dig in and research to find you just the right person or team, then we would be happy to do so, at the rate of $150 per vendor outside our network. This includes finding some alternative options (if you haven’t already), asking them all the relevant questions pertaining to how they work, your day and the venue, reviewing their contracts and confirming insurance certificates, connecting them with the venue and ensuring that they’re able to do what they need 100%.

How are you going to assist us to secure our Marriage License? 

We are always happy to assist in getting your marriage license, and are here for any questions you have. When we do our initial planning meeting – we discuss this, and pass on the information you need to obtain it. 

How early should we apply for our Marriage License? 

They are valid for 90 days, you must appear in person in any CA county.

What areas do you service? 

We work throughout the entire state of California. We look forward to expanding to other locations in the near future so if you’re interested in something a bit further afield, feel free to ask! See some of our favorite locations in California here. 

Are venue fees included in your package? 

Venue fee is not included in the package fee. From the moment we begin working for you, we will present you with the best options that fit you. After our initial location consultation and once we have all your requirements and budget information, we’ll be able to give you a range of options, in line with your needs.

Do we have to use your venues? 

We have a huge database of venues but are always searching for new ones and are always happy to do some additional research to find something super special for you. 

What kind of venues do you work with? 

We’ve worked everywhere from urban bowling alleys to hilltop vineyards all the way up to the majestic old growth redwood forests of northern California. We also work in more familiar spaces (which are just as special when you’re in them) such as regional parks, Airbnbs, actual B & B’s, and restaurants. Once we get to know a bit more about you, we can help advise on a good venue for you. 

I already have my venue picked out! Can we still use your services?  

Absolutely! We  would cover reviewing the venue contract, asking any questions of the venue that might be important for us to know, and coordinating with the venue for the timeline. We’ll basically just take over everything so you can relax and enjoy!

Do you do destination weddings? 

If you’re enquiring from outside of California, then perhaps California is a destination wedding for you! Many of our clients travel here from far away and oftentimes with a group of friends and family. Concierge services are part of all packages and we can help you find accommodations, refer you to some great local activities, advise on great places to eat, and basically anything you might need to feel right at home. If you’re from California and planning a destination wedding somewhere else, like Cabo San Lucas, New Zealand, Portugal, (ok…doesn’t necessarily need to be one of our favorite places to work) just let us know as we’re planning to expand outside of California very soon!

Are the food and drink included in your package? 

Food and drink are not included in our package fees. As part of our service, we will connect you with our preferred list of caterers, private chefs, beverage service providers, restaurants, bars, cafes, and tasting rooms to give you options that fit your event and your budget. Whether your style is taco cart or a seven-course chef’s inspired tasting menu, we’ve got you covered!

Does your package include coordination for food tasting with the chosen caterer? 

We try to keep things simple, and this approach gives us the best pricing possible. If you’d like to set up a tasting beforehand, we’re happy to arrange one for you and that’s included as part of our service. For weddings under 50 people, the chef/caterer will typically charge a small fee. 

Can we use our preferred caterer/chef for our wedding?

Yes! There is an additional fee of $150 when we work with vendors outside our family of trusted partners but we are happy to bring on board your preferred vendor. We would cover reviewing their contracts and confirming insurance certificates, connecting them with the venue and ensuring that they’re able to do what they need 100%. We’ll basically just take over everything so you can relax and enjoy.

Who is the photographer?

All photography is done by our parent company, Viera Photographics. We realize that in having a little wedding, some people are going to miss being there. We photograph your day using a blend of editorial and photojournalistic styles to provide a comprehensive story that makes even those who weren’t there feel like they were a part of it all! All the photos you see on the website are ours, and once we’ve spoken with you, we’d be happy to forward a full wedding gallery so you can see how it all really works. Just before the wedding, your photographer will reach out to say hi and get to know you a bit better and answer any questions you may have before the wedding day.

How do you select your vendors?

We have spent years looking for vendors that are the best in their class. We vet every vendor we use thoroughly.

Are we required to use all OLW preferred vendors when we book your package?

We’ve spent years building relationships with the best local vendors in the industry so we are able to pair most couples with their perfect vendors based upon their individual styles. We understand that occasionally you have someone you love that you’d like to bring on board and we get it! In such cases, we are happy to speak with your preferred vendor just to pre-qualify and then integrate them into the day. Because we set our standards quite high, we charge $150 per vendor outside our network. This includes finding some alternative options (if you haven’t already), asking them all the relevant questions pertaining to how they work, your day and the venue, reviewing their contracts and confirming insurance certificates, connecting them with the venue and ensuring that they’re able to do what they need 100%.

What if I need a unique vendor, something that is customized for our dream wedding?

We’ve worked with lots of peripheral vendors in the past such as henna artists, hot air balloon companies, vintage car rental companies, furniture and lighting rentals, bands and DJ’s and are happy to recommend from our preferred vendors list. If you bring in your own vendors or would like us to dig in and research to find you just the right person or team, then we would be happy to do so, at the rate of $150 per vendor outside our network. This includes finding some alternative options (if you haven’t already), asking them all the relevant questions pertaining to how they work, your day and the venue, reviewing their contracts and confirming insurance certificates, connecting them with the venue and ensuring that they’re able to do what they need 100%.

How did OLW start? 

Jaime and Dennis, the husband and wife photography team behind Viera Photographics eloped to Thailand 17 years ago. Photographing large high end weddings around the world for the past 16 years, they both longed to create a business with a greater focus on simple yet elegant weddings. In 2015 they came up with the idea and bought the domain name ourlittlewedding.com. It wasn’t until they had downtime in 2020 (when the pandemic hit and all the large weddings were canceled) to launch what they had been dreaming of for 5 years. 

You can find a little more about them here

Who is on your team? 

We have built a great team of women that have years of experience in the wedding industry and exceed our high standards of customer service to provide our clients with the best of the best. Casey, Precious and Michelle will be with you every step of the way! 

Tell us your story!

Reviews What People Say About Us

  • Our Little Wedding was an excellent choice in helping us plan our minimony; it wouldn't have been as well done without them. In less than a month Jaime and Dennis put together a wonderful ceremony and small dinner reception for our family. Jaime was diligent, responsive, and thoughtful and Dennis managed to capture the love and sentiment of the day perfectly. Highly recommend the team from Our Little Wedding for your wedding planning needs!
  • They are AMAZING, hands down. Amazing creativity to capture great photos and amazing personalities to work with. Anytime we had questions or concerns, we were able to get a reply within a days time. They definitely did their homework to understand the locations and venues for our wedding. They did site visits and worked with the vendors to ensure a seamless process for our day-of.They have a passion for doing what they do and it really shows in their work. They are very easy-going and made us laugh through the whole day - it almost feels like you are with friends you haven't seen for a while. I highly recommend them because they will go beyond your expectations.
  • Matthew and I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to everyone on this team!!! Our wedding day was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE and we’re so grateful for all the work and planning everyone did to help make that day extra special. Everything exceeded our expectations. Thank you ALL so much! Cheers!
  • My husband and I were married in La Jolla in Septemeber of 2009. We had an intimate, 25-person, destination wedding. They were able to capture real, unedited, and raw moments. Upon receiving our images, I was taken aback by some of the shots they got. The pictures were, beyond, beautiful. As I went through each image, I was reliving our wedding day. I could feel the love, laughter and tears through the images. That is a talent that very few possess. The Viera family of photographers and planners are all true artists; but, most importantly, great people. They were a pleasure to work with and exceeded every expectation we had. We are beyond grateful we found them.
  • This team did SUCH an amazing job planning the redwood forest wedding of our DREAMS during the pandemic! Casey was incredibly responsive and was always available to answer all of our questions and concerns throughout the whole process. Michelle made sure to help calm my pre-wedding nerves and coordinated every detail seamlessly on the day of the ceremony. Dennis was such a wonderful and attentive photographer that made us feel so comfortable as he captured all the special moments of our big day. Even though our wedding was only 30 guests, many of them told us it was one of the best ones they'd ever been to. I am SO deeply grateful to the Our Little Wedding team and cannot emphasize enough how fantastic they were!
  • Andy and I had a winter mountain wedding with no guests. Thus, it was really important that we had lasting documentation for friends and family. The Vieras are great at finding beauty in many situations, and their creativity throughout the day was fun and inspiring to be around, not to mention without obligations, timelines and schedules, we really got to enjoy the photographic experience.
  • Jaime, Michelle, Dennis, and team are so kind, understanding, and amazing!! Due to unfortunate circumstances, we had to move up our wedding. Jaime and Michelle were able to put everything together in a week, and they blew it out of the water!! It was everything I could ever dream of - we will forever be grateful to the team for helping us make these precious memories.
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  • Well, where do I start! Jamie and Dennis made our dream wedding come true. Their energy and thoughtfulness made our elopement so very special for us in Big Sur. We live in Florida and they were able to make us feel absolutely comfortable with their style of photography and knowledge of what we wanted our special moment to feel like. They captured every smile, laugh, and tear perfectly and I couldn't have asked for a better photography team. Our family and friends were amazed and pleased by our choice for our special day! They continuously say that they can feel the joy of that day because of the way Jamie and Dennis captured it! Justin and I are so very grateful for their talent and amazing souls that helped us on our big day! Thank you for all you did and we have and will be recommending you to everyone!
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