Friday, October 29, 2010

With This Ring…How to Handle Wedding Stress

With This Ring…How to Handle Wedding Stress
By: Robbin Montero - A Dream Wedding & Associates

Uh oh. The "Big Day" is almost here. You aren't sleeping or maintaining focus at work. If you are irritable and grouchy with everyone, including your fiancé, it's time to get a grip and get back into control of yourself before you turn into "Bridezilla".

You want to look and feel your best on your wedding day in order to enjoy it. And, you don't want guests picking up that you are stressed. Here are some ideas to make sure you are a beauty and not a beast on that big day.
1. Consider hiring a wedding planner. They can alleviate doubts, answer questions, and avoid potential pitfalls that occur when inexperienced couples attempt to negotiate with vendors but without wedding industry knowledge. After all, weddings can involve as many as two dozen vendors-do you want to field all those calls the last few days? The planner will handle the details and the vendors, coordinate the wedding ceremony and reception, and assure they run smoothly so you won't have to worry. You and your family will breathe a collective sigh of relief and enjoy the day if the details are in the capable hands of a planner.

2. Start an exercise program or join a yoga class. This also helps to relieve stress and will aid you in getting a good night's sleep. Or, consider long walks. If you have a dog, you and your pet will both benefit from a brisk daily stroll in the neighborhood or in a park. Exercise is good for the complexion, as well as the figure and spirit.

3. Enjoy lunch and a spa day with a special girlfriend. Pamper yourself with a facial, massage, pedicure-the works!

4. If you are prone to becoming nervous during down time and worrying about the wedding details, use the time to be better prepared. Organize your kitchen cabinets or a photo album. Clean out your clothes closet and donate items you aren't wearing. These projects will distract you while helping you prepare for moving or other changes to come.

5. Being reasonably well-organized in your approach to the wedding also helps keep stress in check. Don't become obsessive but, if you don't have a wedding planner, set up time lines and plan ahead. Organized people also find it easier to delegate. Identify responsibilities you can delegate to others outside the bridal party. Your bridesmaids may already have plenty of duties on the day of the wedding.

6. Plan something fun. You have appointments and meetings you have to keep, but don't forget life's small pleasures. Have lunch with your fiancé and make a point of talking about something other than the wedding. Go window-shopping. Enjoy a movie with friends.

7. Relieve stress on the morning of the wedding by setting aside some time to sit quietly by yourself, away from the chaos that is inherent in the morning's wedding preparations. Visualize your day. Have a cup of coffee or tea. Eat a good, healthy breakfast. Then, just think about your whole day and how it will unfold. This visualization will help relax you.

8. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques in the weeks before the wedding. If you feel yourself becoming anxious during the wedding day, breathe deeply, fully inhaling and exhaling, to calm yourself.

If you feel stressed about your wedding, remember what the day is really all about. You're marrying the person you love, the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Keeping that in mind often helps give brides perspective on little things that might not be perfect or which are beyond her power to change.

About the Author:
"Stress Free, Leave the Details to Me," is the tried and true philosophy of Robbin Montero, California Wine Country wedding planning expert and owner of A Dream Wedding. Robbin is the premier wedding planner in the Northern California Wine Country, transforming any vision into the perfectly designed wedding creation. Robbin and her weddings have been featured in The Knot, Brides, Elite Magazine, Your Wedding Day and Vine Napa/Sonoma magazines, and Travel & Leisure magazine calls Robbin, "The expert wedding planner in the California Wine Country."©2009 Robbin Montero

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Groups & Events

Host your next group meeting, event or holiday party at White House Inn & Spa!

Whether a family get-together, wedding or a corporate retreat, White House Inn offers an ideal Napa Valley location for your special event and uniquely offers the convenience of on-site accommodations for up to 36 guests. With over 12,000 square feet of interior space, outdoor patios and lavish gardens, White House inn provides an exclusive and intimate setting for your next Napa Valley business conference or social gathering.
Let our Hospitality Manager plan and execute an unforgettable meeting, wedding or other meaningful occasion for you.

Click on the link to submit a Request For Proposal

Friday, October 8, 2010

A beautiful wedding venue...

Congratulations to all our newest bridal wishes to all of you!

Lindsay & Stuart, married Saturday, September 25

Heather & Brandon, married Friday, October 1

Courtney & Curtis, married Saturday, October 2

...and Angela & George, married Monday, October 4

Thursday, September 23, 2010

White House Inn is now on Twitter!

Check out White House Inn on Twitter, follow us by typing in: napawhitehouse

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Congratulations to our newest bride & groom...Renee & Gregory, best wishes to you!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Events and Summer Specials

...So the summer is offcially over but it was not much of a warm summer in the Napa now we are experiencing an Indian Summer, perfect weather for harvesting grapes for next year's wine! Harvest Season is now in full swing, a fabulous time to visit the Napa Valley before the grapes are off the vines!
Congratulations to our newest couple, Jason & Laura, married Sunday, September 5, 2010!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Exclusive Celebrations at White House Inn

Life is full of special occasions and reasons to celebrate life…

Are you celebrating a special occasion, birthday, family reunion, or corporate retreat? Why not make your celebration last more than just one day? Imagine just you and your guests and the exclusive use of a downtown historic mansion with modern interior décor and amenities!

Package Includes:

• Two night’s exclusive use of the mansion and grounds for your group

• Welcome chef’s amenity in each room upon arrival

• Daily gourmet breakfast prepared by our in-house Chef

• Complimentary evening wine & cheese

• One (1) private wine tasting with a wine educator from a local Napa Valley boutique winery

• $25 credit per room for any one (1) spa treatment in our spa rooms

• Gracious in-room amenities such as plush robes, fireplaces (gas or electric), private baths, jetted spa tubs in most rooms, comfy sitting/ relaxing areas, 42” flat screen TV's, iPod docking stations and complimentary Wi-Fi.

• Outdoor Pool, Jacuzzi, patio area

• Personalized Concierge services by our friendly and knowledgeable staff!

Call Linda at 707-254-9301 for more information on group sales

Monday, August 2, 2010

Destination Weddings

Lovely weather for an international summer wedding at White House Inn...congratulations to Karen and Gary from Victoria, Australia who are doing a customized wedding!

Special thanks to Bounty Hunter and Wine Valley Catering for providing delicious catering this week.

Planning a destination wedding in the Napa Valley? Contact Robbin Montero at A Dream Wedding & Associates for information on White House Inn's Destination Wedding Package.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Events and Groups at the White House Inn

Interested in a wedding, special event, or group room block? Contact our Hospitality Manager, Linda at 707.254.9301 for information! - Meetings and Events - Weddings

Sunday, June 13, 2010


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Saturday, June 12, 2010


Congratulations Kimberly and Corey...May 29, 2010!

Kimberly and Corey were married on the front steps of the mansion in the presence of their family and friends...following their ceremony they enjoyed a delicious family style luncheon in our beautiful dining salon...presented by Girl & The Fig Caters. Thank you also to Art & Clarity and BJ's Petal Pushers for the wonderful photography and floral decor. It was a beautiful day!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Destination Weddings...

Napa Valley is one of the world's premier destinations for weddings and special events...why?
Simple...the scenery is beautiful, the wine is flowing, the wine country cuisine is amazing and you can't beat the California weather! Its a dream come true for bridal couples.
White House Inn offers our brides and grooms the Destination Wedding Package, a new and popular wedding package introduced this year...
For less than $10K, you get the exclusive use of the mansion and grounds for your event, 30 hours of premier wedding coordination from 'The Dream Wedding' team, a 2 hour wine & cheese reception on the day of arrival for your hotel guests, spa credits, a daily gourmet breakfast, complimentary additional night stay for the bride and groom (2 night min) and more!
Check out the Destination Wedding Package for your wedding at, and click on 'Weddings'.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

2010 Wedding Packages

White House Inn & Spa has a wedding package for every bride and groom!

We offer two ceremony only packages for either the budget-conscious bride, or the couple that wants to keep the celebration small and intimate without the frills of a large reception.

  • Elopement Package - up to 20 attendees

  • Intimate Ceremonies Package - Up to 50 attendees

Our Destination Wedding Package is one of our most requested wedding packages...and includes 30 hours of professional wedding planning services from our exclusive wedding coordinators from 'A Dream Wedding & Associates', and still offers couples the chance to customize their package and catering needs

Our Complete Wedding Package is for the couple who wants the "all-inclusive" wedding package, including set reception menus and 15 hours of wedding planning services from 'A Dream Wedding & Associates'.

Then we have our Customized Wedding Package...for the couple who either already has hired the services of a wedding planner, or wants to have full customization of their wedding package from beginning to end!

Call our Hospitality department for more information on booking your wedding for 2010 or 2010. Hurry, preferred dates are filling up fast! :)

707.254.9301, submit an RFP or click on our 'Weddings' link.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Exclusive Celebrations

Life is full of special occasions and reasons to celebrate life...

Are you celebrating a milestone birthday, family reunion, corporate retreat, special anniversary or graduation? Why not make your special day last more than just 1 day! Imagine just you and your guests having the exclusive use of an historic mansion with modern interior design and amenities!

White House Inn's NEW Exclusive Celebrations package includes:

* 2 night's private use of the Inn
* welcome chef's amenity in each room upon arrival
*Daily gourmet breakfast prepared by our in-house Chef
* Complimentary evening wine & cheese
* One private wine tasting at the Inn with a wine educator from a Napa Valley boutique winery
* $25 credit per room for any one spa treatment in our cozy spa rooms
* Gracious in-room amenities such as plush robes, fireplaces, private baths, jetted spa tubs in most rooms, comfy sitting areas, oversize flat screen TV's, iPod docking stations
* Complimentary Wi-Fi.
* Outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and patio area
* Personalized concierge services
Call Linda at 707.254.9301 for more information or to Request a Proposal for your group!