What is Blu Bungalow?
Blu Bungalow is an event planning studio that offers party and event planners a place to work together with brides to put together the event of their dreams. Blu Bungalow works with a select group of vendors including event planners, photographers, caterers, florists, DJs, rentals, beauty, videography and bakers and provides a one stop shop experience for both brides and vendors to utilize in putting together the perfect event.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
While working a full time job I started planning events for my friends on the side. I knew that I really enjoyed event planning but at the time, I wasn’t ready to give up my full time job. Planning events on the side put me in contact with some amazing wedding vendors. I knew that there had to be something else – a niche to fill in the wedding industry where I could continue to work with brides and my favorite wedding vendors at the same time. I heard about the concept of a wedding co-op studio about three years ago and found that there was nothing comparable in the Bay Area. After much research, I decided that was what I would pursue and soon after, I opened the doors to Blu Bungalow in our Union Street, Cow Hollow location.
Tell us about your in store events:
We have workshops that help with the event planning process including useful how to’s like: how to create your own floral bouquets, how to emboss invitations or how to suit up your groom. We even offer bridal boot camps! Brides can use the space for engagement parties and bridal showers at a reasonable rental fee. It’s intimate, private and of course, they can use our vendors to create the perfect event! Brides are also able to rent the space and work on wedding crafting projects in our Crafts Corner.
Learn more about Blu Bungalow events HERE
How can brides utilize Blu Bungalow?
Oftentimes, brides will come in to the space and we will guide them through their planning timeline – from securing a venue to selecting a photographer, we can walk them through the entire process. I try to help brides understand the planning timeline and how to navigate their wedding budget and the Blu Bungalow space provides for a great location for brides to meet with their vendors in one location.
How can vendors utilize Blu Bungalow?
There are three main reasons to become a member of Blu Bungalow as a vendor:
- Blu Bungalow provides exposure to the traffic that comes in through the space. We get a lot of walk in brides and this gives the vendors exposure and oftentimes our vendors work together on weddings.
- Blu Bungalow provides for an ideal meeting space that is convenient and the management of the space is done for them
- Blu Bungalow provides a sense of community. Many of our members will come to the space and hang out, talk about current projects and collaborate with one another.
You recently hit your first anniversary, what has changed since the opening?
I’ve realized that you’ve got to stay true to your original business plan and what the intent was. There are a lot of opportunities that can derail you from focusing on your craft. You learn how to say no in order to provide great service to both brides and vendors.
To learn more about Blu Bungalow please visit: www.blubungalow.com