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926 J St
Sacramento, CA, 95814

(916) 492-4430

The Citizen Hotel ushers in a new era of luxury in downtown Sacramento. Look through our Citizen Hotel Wedding blog to see photos of our elegant wedding spaces and spark your creativity!

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Vendors We Love: Blooms by Martha Andrews

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Welcome to another weekly installment of Vendors We Love! Today we are featuring the beautiful work of Blooms by Martha Andrews. To date, Martha has done more than five weddings with us, three of which have been featured on Style Me Pretty (see them all here)!

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Aren't these flowers gorgeous? We love Martha's creativity and ability to work with a variety of styles and colors.

Blooms offers full decor design, everything from draping and urns to linens and lounge furniture. You dream it and they will make it! They only work on a limited number of weddings each year, which allows them to devote their attention to each wedding.  Much like a decorater who helps your home reflect your style, they specialize in making sure your wedding reflects who you are.

For more information on Blooms by Martha, visit http://www.bloomsbymarthaandrews.com/

Thank you for working with us Martha!

Spotlight: Jessica & Mike

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Congratulations to Jessica and Mike, married May 28, 2011! These two were married at the Cathedral before their beautiful Metropolitan Terrace reception. We LOVED Jessica's dress and their simple white color palette.

Plus, isn't it good luck to have rain on your wedding day? We think so!

Thank you Doug for these lovely photos!

Photos by:  Doug Miranda Music by: Mix Master Pro Flowers by: Ambience Floral Design Cake by:  Sugar & Spice

Vendors We Love: Tres Fabu Events

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If we've learned anything since our first wedding in 2009, it's that weddings are a team effort. Behind all of these beautiful photos, there is a small army of sales managers, banquet captains, chefs, florists, bakers, photographers, wedding planners and more, working diligently to ensure that every Citizen Wedding is an incredible success. Along the way we have met some amazing and talented vendors, which is why we are proud to introduce this new blog segment: Vendors We Love! Each week we'll be featuring one vendor we love, from florists and photographers to djs and cupcake decorators. First up? The lovely Debra from Tres Fabu Events! Tres Fabu Events provides full-scale wedding design and event production services. To date, Debra has planned five weddings with us, as well as other events like baby showers and anniversary parties! We love her attention to detail and romantic style. Here are just a few photos from past events Debra has planned with us:

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To learn more about Tres Fabu Events, please visit their website & blog. Debra has a huge portfolio on her website with galleries from every event she has ever done! Beware: you can literally spend hours looking through all of her beautiful designs.

Thank you Debra for all of your hard work and continued support of The Citizen Hotel! We appreciate you!

Spotlight: Lesley & Joe

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Congratulations to Lesley and Joe, married on May 29th, 2011! We loved their bright spring colors and fun, creative details. How cute is that last picture? Thank you Kris for these awesome photos!

Photos by: Kris Holland Flowers by: Bella Bloom Cake by: Divine Desserts Lighting by: Extreme Productions

Spotlight: Lauren & Laurence

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Congratulations to Lauren and Laurence (say that three times fast), married on June 3, 2011 at The Citizen Hotel! L & L enjoyed a Metropolitan Terrace ceremony and reception, with a quick break for hors d'oeuvres in Scandal in between. We think they make quite the stunning couple, don't you agree?

Thank you Shellie for these beautiful photos!

Photos by: Capture Photography Ceremony music by: Camellia String Quartet Reception music by: Music & More Entertainment Flowers by: Visual Impact Cupcakes by: Icing on the Cupcake

Spotlight: Whitney & Kyle

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Congratulations to Whitney and Kyle, married May 22nd at The Citizen Hotel!

From Stout PhotographyHe lived in Canada. She lived in the US. They met in Europe. Their circumstances weren’t exactly ideal, logistically; but Whitney and Kyle knew they’d found something rare that simply could not be ignored. With the help of Skype, Facebook, and frequent-flyer miles, Whitney and Kyle managed to defy the odds and make a long-distance relationship not only work, but thrive. They married at the fabulous Citizen Hotel in Downtown Sacramento. Whitney used a very simple but elegant color pallet; white black and golds and it came together beautifully. No detail was spared and the wedding was absolutely gorgeous.

We have to agree! This wedding was so beautiful, it was recently featured on Style Me Pretty! Click here to read the feature.

Photos by: Stout Photography Flowers by: Blooms by Martha Andrews Music by: Encore Entertainment

Spotlight: Kristin & Brian

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Congratulations to Kristin and Brian, married May 13th at The Citizen Hotel! Kristin and Brian technically met in high school (him: a freshman / her: a senior), but were reacquainted a few years later over drinks at a bar. In Kristin's words, "Our first date we went on a long drive where I discovered he was more than just a pretty face."

Five months later, Brian proposed to Kristin in prison. Well, sort of. He proposed to her on Alcatraz, with a gorgeous view of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge behind them. It was a fitting scene, seeing as how they both share a dark sense of humor. After all, they got married on Friday the 13th!

The best part of their wedding day? Sneaking away to enjoy a few Kobe sliders before the reception began. Kristin took one bite of her slider and her dress RIPPED all the way up the back. Beth and Sarah (the photographers) ran to go get help, leaving Kristin and Brian completely alone, laughing hysterically.

In Kristin's words, "We looked at each other, and even though my dress was ripped up the back and my Spanx were showing, we started laughing. We were completely alone and it was super quiet and we looked at each other and realized that we were MARRIED. It felt like the universe's way of giving us a quiet moment alone together to just take it all in! I will always remember that moment alone with Brian."

We loved hearing Kristin's reaction to what most brides probably would have cried over (and rightfully so!). Luckily, Matt of Extreme Productions swept in as Wedding Superhero and saved the day with his mad sewing abilities.

Thank you Kristin for sharing your special day with us, and thank you to Beth for these amazing photos!

Photos by: True Love Photo Music & Lighting by: Extreme Productions Flowers by: Fleurs Du Jour Cake by: The Sweetest Things Hair & Makeup by: Jessica Stadel Dress from: Bella Donna

Spotlight: Tanoa & Allen

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Congratulations to Tanoa and Allen, married on May 20, 2011! We loved all of their jeweled details, and how beautiful is that three-tiered cake? Thank you Lyndsay for these gorgeous photos!

Photos by: Lyndsay Undseth Flowers by: Bella Bloom Cake by: Freeport Bakery

Spotlight: Jeannie & Raymond

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Congratulations to Jeannie and Raymond, married May 15, 2011 at The Citizen Hotel! This beautiful couple said "I do" in our Plaza Park Ballroom before heading up to the Metropolitan Terrace for dinner and dancing. Their guests loved "smooshing" in the Smoosh Photo Booth!

Thank you Darrell for these awesome photos!

Photos by: Darrell Lee Music by: A Night to Remember Flowers by: Big Bang Cake by: Ettore's Photo Booth by: Smoosh Photo Booths

Future Citizen Bride & Groom: Kristin & Brian

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Kristin and Brian are getting married TOMORROW! We're so excited for them! We love their engagement photos by Beth at True Love Photo and can't wait to see their wedding pictures! Congrats you two!

Spotlight: Elizabeth and Justin

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Congratulations to Justin and Elizabeth, married March 27, 2011 at The Citizen Hotel! This sweet couple got married on our Metropolitan Terrace and enjoyed a cocktail hour in Scandal Lounge while we flipped the room for the reception. We loved their soft neutral color palette, perfect for a spring wedding!

Thank you Jen and Chris for these fabulous photos!

Photos by: Jen Stewart Photography Music by:  Sj’s Disc Jockey Floral Design by: Botanica Floral Designs

Spotlight: Gina and Rhett

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Congratulations to Gina and Rhett, married on February 12, 2011 at The Citizen Hotel! We loved every detail of this beautiful wedding, especially the classic pops of red. And how perfect is the light in every photo?! Beth you never cease to amaze us! Thank you for these gorgeous pictures!

Photos by: True Love Photo Wedding designed by:  A Day to Remember Wedding & Event Planners Lighting and music by:  Extreme Productions Flowers by:  Ambience Floral Designs Cake by:  Village Cake Shoppe

Spotlight: Kimberly and Ken

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Congratulations to Kimberly and Ken, married September 18, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! Ken was one stud of a groom, and we LOVE those iPhone cuff links! Kimberly and Ken were married during the day on our Metropolitan Terrace before heading to Rice Bowl Restaurant for their reception.

Thank you Deborah for these beautiful photos!

Photos by: Lily Rose Photography Music by: Mersonica String Quartet Flowers by: Kiyos Desserts by: Esther's Cupcakes

Spotlight: Katie and John

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Congratulations to Katie and John, married December 31, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! Looking for an awesome way to ring in the new year? This couple ROCKED a New Years Eve wedding, complete with dancing, champagne toasts, and fireworks!

Thank you Geoff and Lisa for these beautiful photos!

Photos by: The Goodness Music by: Function 45 Cake by: Freeport Bakery Flowers by: Visual Impact

Spotlight: Annie and Troy

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Congratulations to Annie and Troy, married May 30, 2010! This beautiful couple enjoyed one of the most festive wedding celebrations we have ever seen! Smiles all around, the room was filled with love for these two. Sarah Maren captured the night beautifully--make sure you watch the slideshow on her website for more amazing photos. This wedding was even featured on Style Unveiled!  And yes, those are sparkly Jimmy Choos in the first picture. We're jealous as well.

Photos by: Sarah Maren Photography Wedding designed by: Kate Miller Events Flowers by: Flourish Ceremony Music by: Mersonacta String Quartet Dancing Music by: Pop Rocks Event Lighting by: Extreme Productions Videographer: Xsight

Spotlight: Carrie and Wendy

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Congratulations to Carrie and Wendy, married November 13, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! We loved their red color scheme, the sequin converse shoes, and of course, the gorgeous dessert display. Thank you Beth for these beautiful photos!

Photos by: True Love Photo
Planned by: A Day to Remember Music and Lighting by : Extreme Productions
Desserts by:  Sugar and Spice

Spotlight: Angie and Nathan

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Congratulations to Angie and Nathan, married on March 12, 2011 at The Citizen Hotel! This beautiful wedding was full of personal touches, and we loved their elegant flower leis! With just over 100 guests, this wedding started and ended on the Metropolitan terrace, with a ballroom cocktail hour in between the ceremony and reception.

Thank you Jacqueline for the beautiful photos!

Photos by: Jacqueline Event design & coordination by: Kate Miller Events Music by: 3 Style Attractions Flowers by: Flourish Photo Booth by: Sound Image Photo

The Citizen Guide to Buying Wedding Rings

Ashlee

Today’s guest post comes from Jessica Carter, a new jewelry blogger & self proclaimed diamond expert. Read more articles by Jessica at her blog, Diamond Clarity.

With a market overflowing with differing wedding ring designs and styles, how can the everyday consumer easily navigate the endless array of wedding rings to find his or her very own ideal wedding band? Here’s how:

1. Setting a Budget

The first and perhaps most important step in buying your very own wedding ring is setting a budget. A preset budget will not only keep you from overspending on your wedding ring, it will also help limit your choices when it comes to selecting your wedding band in terms of the quality of materials used in making your wedding band, the quality and amount of diamonds and/or other precious gemstones which may be incorporated into your ring, the design elements involved in making the band, etc.

2. Deciding on a style

After you’ve set your budget it is time to start looking around for your perfect wedding ring. Since a wedding ring is supposedly meant to last you a very long time, it is vital that you spend some time in thinking on which wedding ring design will best suit your personal aesthetics, as well as your budget.  You can try on differing wedding ring styles and designs at local brick and mortar stores or look online for jewelry sites that have a 3D option, that’ll allow you to view the wedding ring of your choice from all possible angles.

3. Certificates of authentication

After you’ve made your selection and before you make your purchase, make absolutely sure that the wedding band you are about to purchase comes with an approved certificate of authentication which details the mounted diamonds’ and/or other precious gemstones’ qualities and attributes. A certificate of authentication will not only ensure the gemstones’ quality, it will also guarantee the stones’ authenticity. As such, it is recommended to refrain from purchasing wedding rings that lacks the approved certificates of authentication as you will find that other jewelry vendors will not deal in rings that are missing their certificates in case you ever decide on selling your wedding band or that your insurance company will not agree to insure an uncertified wedding ring.

4. Store Reviews and Repute

Whether you decide to shop for your wedding band at a local brick and mortar jewelry store or on online jewelry store sites, make absolutely sure that the store you are planning on purchasing your wedding band from is of good repute before you make your final purchase. Jewelry stores with good reputations are less likely to cheat its customers by overcharging their customers for substandard products. You can check the repute of your selected jewelry store by contacting your local business bureau or by going online and looking at sites which feature customer testimonials, products reviews and store reviews on your chosen jewelry store.

Spotlight: Kristyn & Charlie

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Congratulations to Kristyn and Charlie, married September 18, 2010 at The Citizen Hotel! We have seen a lot of fun weddings in our day. In fact, we might be as biased to say that every wedding at The Citizen is a fun one. But THIS wedding? This might be the MOST fun wedding ever to take place on our 7th floor terrace. We couldn't help but smile looking through these pictures. Where did this group learn such awesome dance moves?!

Thank you Aaron and Mauricio for these amazing photos!

Photos by: Ben Chrisman Photographers Music by: Randy Bartlett, Premier Entertainment Flowers by: Nina Bryan, Nina Bryan Design Lighting by: Sacramento Theatrical Lighting