Rainbow Wedding with a Super Cute Program Idea

Smogshoppe wedding by Chaz Cruz Photography

Are you in search of some spectacular wedding ideas to make your day shine? Catherine and Lorraine’s big day had many to choose from! With adorable wedding programs that doubled as escort cards AND celebration flags to wave at the end of the ceremony, not to mention their funky rainbow color pallet. Plus a centerpiece that we couldn’t help but show you how to create!

Keep scrolling, you’ll find a budget, this adorable couple’s love story, and a few more helpful hints. Don’t forget to stop by the full gallery here to see even more of this Smogshoppe wedding day captured by Chaz Cruz Photographer.

wedding dress by Mikaella Bridal

elegant wedding hair and comb

peach pink and white wedding bouquet

purple rose and white bouquet

simple grey bridesmaid dresses with rainbowsashes

grey suit converse and bow tie wedding look

white shirt grey pants and rainbow bow tie wedding look

rainbow bow ties

from the bride

From the Bride:
We wanted our wedding to have a rainbow theme but staying away from a flamboyant palette, we decided on pastel rainbow colors. Lorraine’s bridesmaids wore light gray dresses with rainbow colored sashes and my “groomswomen” (one boy) wore light gray pants with matching rainbow colored bow ties and Converse shoes. We even tried to match color with personality!

hedge display with wedding program and seat assignment flags

wedding program flags

wedding ceremony in front of living plant wall

hydrangea bloom and mason jar aisle decor

saying i do


“Location, Location, Location.” We immediately fell in love with the Smogshoppe. Lorraine fell for the living-plant wall and I loved the big smog shop doors. It was a perfect combination of out-of-the-ordinary and beautiful scenery within city walls; and best of all, it was a fine representation of who we are.

As the date neared, same sex marriage was legalized in California. Suddenly, our intended simple celebration became more meaningful and of course, brought on more stress. Luckily for us, our event planner and stylist, Bellz & Whistlez, came to the rescue. Was it not for Charmae’s guidance, expertise, and boundless creativity, our wedding would not have been as beautiful and successful as it was.

Smogshoppe wedding recpetion

framed table number and centerpiece

modern table setting

thank you for coming tag tided to each place setting with Catherine and Lorraine\'s cat and dog on them

sweetheart table

family photos sweetheart table backdrop

steal worthy idea

We absolutely love these little mini succulent and cactus gardens that Catherine and Lorraine used as their centerpieces! In fact we loved them so much we thought we would give you a few tips on planting your own live garden centerpieces. How about that! Not sure how to plant or water something like this? No worries, we have some great tips for you if you click on the Read More tab at the bottom of this post!

Things you will need:
An assortment of mini cacti and succulents
A fast-draining, sandy mix, such as cactus potting mix
A shallow container about 3in (8cm) deep
Decorative pebbles or small stones

1. Fill the dish half-full with potting mix.
2. Remove each plant from its pot and place in the new dish. Use your fingers to spread the roots over the mix, if necessary.
3. Once all plants are in place, add more mix to fill the container leaving about 1/2 in (1 cm) space below the rim of the container to allow for watering.
4. Spread small stones or pebbles on the top of the soil after planting to give it a finished look.

table number and mini succulent and cactus garden

succulent planter ideas

living succulent garden centerpiece

Then came one of the most essential parts of a wedding, the dessert table! Both Lorraine and I have a very active sweet tooth and we were spoiled on this night with a macaron tree along with home-made baked goods; none taking away from the simple but elegant wedding cake. The night was so much fun that we barely recall having any sweets, which is rare for us.

simple white wedding cake with floral accents

rainbow streamer drapped cake table

all you need is love cake table sign

cake cutting and first wedding dance

Get a closer look at this rainbow wedding at the Smogshoppe by watching the wedding video from Ren & Rob Films below.


Photography: Chaz Cruz Photographer
Event designer & Coordinator: Bellz & Whistlez
Cinematography: Ren & Rob Films
Venue: Smogshoppe
Flowers: Dewy Flowers
Cake: Portos Bakery
Caterer: Eco Caters
Prop/furniture rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals
Photobooth: Cliques Photobooth
Dj: Playtime Attractions
2nd photographer: Kim Marcelo
Hair Stylist: Tiffany Suzuki
Make-up Artist: Colleen Lota
Wedding Gown: Mikaella Bridal
Catherine's suit: Express Photographer Suit
Letterpress Invitations: Papermum Press

Read on to see how much this rainbow wedding at the Smogshoppe cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

We thought we could give the top 4 expenses as these are what sticks in our heads most.
Wedding site: $9,600
But for Smogshoppe, we had to do it.  The site is simply gorgeous.
Food & Drinks: $11,500
We love to eat and so do our friends & family.
Photographer & Videographer: $6,000
We debated whether to have both and decided that in 40 years, all we would have are the pictures and videos so we indulged.
Rentals: $4,000
This was the unexpected expense as it added up quickly.


Their Love Story:

From Catherine:
From the very beginning, our relationship had been showered with excitement. Lorraine and I met playing basketball against each other and needless to say, the competitive sparks came first. But soon thereafter, all other sparks flew wildly. Keeping with the theme, I proposed at the end of a basketball tournament weekend in San Francisco, a city that we both adore.


Mini Succulent and Cactus Garden Tips:

Some suggestions on placement:
Use 1 or 2 taller plants to give the arrangement a focal point. place taller plants in back if arrangement will go against a wall/corner and in the center if it will be seen from all sides.

Don't overcrowd. Giving your plants some space will also allow for growth and good air circulation.

How to water:
After your dish garden is planted, water succulents right away with room-temperature water. Wait a few days to water cactus plants, watering lightly for the first couple times.

If you plant succulents and cacti together, keep in mind that cacti need watered less often than other succulents.

leave a comment...

Please be kind and courteous in your comments! We reserve the right to delete comments that we deem inappropriate, negative, distracting, or rude. If you have a problem with the content of the post, please contact us directly.


  1. -100. @BlackBoxPhotos says:

    RT @weddingchicks: This cute flag has three wedding uses. Find out what they are here: http://t.co/eNXAhCe3aG @chazcruz Oh and PS a budget …

  2. -100. @OldNewBorrowedB says:

    #Wedding #Bride #Reception Rainbow Wedding with a Super Cute Program Idea http://t.co/O5SQNiQZT9

  3. -100. @EstateEvents says:

    Love the subtle rainbows “@weddingchicks: This flag has 3 wedding uses. Find out what: http://t.co/3U02sHvYz5 @chazcruz & budget breakdown!”

  4. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Not your typical rainbow wedding! Advice, budget breakdown, and a DIY are just the cherries on top! http://t.co/eNXAhCe3aG

  5. -100. @TulleTulips says:

    RT @weddingchicks: Not your typical rainbow wedding! Advice, budget breakdown, and a DIY are just the cherries on top! http://t.co/eNXAhCe3…

  6. -100. Lynda Miller says:

    Please remove me from your Web site. I have no need for any of this stuff. Thank you.

  7. -100. @delic8designs says:

    Great idea, if you are just wanting to bring in the “rainbow” colors-yet elegant! http://t.co/0Kqp8VTLsk

  8. -100. @merlemanderscc says:

    Please read and enjoy, plus get some helpful tips that will make your big day the best day! http://t.co/8RnucfC41b

  9. -100. @CCantyStudios says:

    Featured Blog: Rainbow Wedding http://t.co/LN0tzVNSg2

  10. -100. @TheSimplifiers says:

    In search for unique wedding ideas to make your day stand out? Take a look at these big day ideas: http://t.co/CtmKb6QPt5

  11. -100. Xombie Rainbow says:

    Love most of what you did to subtly introduce the sweet sticky rainbow concept into a wedding–especially the bow ties. But I still don’t like tennis shoes at a wedding I don’t care how trendy it is.


  1. […] 12- Weddings Tied With Lace via Wedding Chicks; 13- Chaz Cruz Photographer/Portos Bakery via Wedding Chicks; 14- Simply Bloom Photography/Finery/Slice At A Time via Style Me Pretty; 15- Forever Photography […]

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, green, orang, purple, red, yellow
Styles: modern