Tuesday, March 31, 2009
While looking up Q&A's on other wedding sites might help a bit, we're ready and excited to offer you a personalized answer to your personalized question-no two weddings are the same so forgo the one-size-fits-all answers and let us try to help! From wedding etiquette to logistics to crazy and random, we'll do what we can to figure it out!
Have a question you want answered? Either give us a call 360-820-0306 or send us an email!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Clustering a group of flowers together on the table makes for a pretty, garden-like centerpiece. Martha Stewart Weddings recommends a little sign with them that say "Pick one" so guests know to claim one when the night is through.
Putting flowers on a silver tray or in silver vases instantly ups the glam factor. These purple hyacinths are striking and add a lot of vibrant color to your space. Again, just make sure guests are informed that one is for them. Another idea is to place a small potted bloom at each guests' space with their name on it: favor, namecard and decor piece all in one.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Well here it is, our first giveaway of the month! This month is a 6x9 bridal scrapbook featuring paper, stickers and other goodies for you to document that amazing bridal shower or bachelorette party!
Want it? Leave me a comment telling me your best piece of wedding advice you have or have received. Winner will be chosen at random next Friday!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When a bride visits our studio or calls THE WHITE LINE asking for an “affordable” photographer, “budget-friendly” venue, or “reasonably-priced” DJ, I never know what to say. Actually, I do know what to say, but I’m sure it’s not the answer the bride is looking for.
I’m sure brides use these words because they are afraid to use actual numbers (as previously discussed in this post), but I am not a mind-reader. I wouldn’t dare guess your budget based on how you talk, the clothes you’re wearing, or the size of the ring on your finger. I have no idea what is reasonable or affordable for you because I don’t know your budget!Brides, please don’t email vendors asking for such services. You must understand that what seems unreasonable to you might be very reasonable for someone else. No bride – even she who has millions to spend – wants a vendor whose pricing is unreasonable in her mind.
If you have $20,000 to spend on your wedding, you may think $5,000 for wedding planning services is “overpriced” (25% of my budget!), when in fact it could be the deal of the century considering the level of service offered.
If the cost of services quoted to you is more than you can afford, that doesn’t mean the services are overpriced. If you find yourself in this situation, simply say, “Thank you for your time, but unfortunately that is more than my budget allows. Do you offer anything in the $____ range?”
If you’d rather avoid the above conversation, be candid about your budget constraints from the start. When emailing a potential cake designer, for example, include a line that says, “I have a budget of $1,200 for 200 guests. Do you offer any cakes in that price range?” Not only will your vendors appreciate it, you’ll save yourself a lot of time.
Flying Bird offers plenty of products for a pleasant pregnancy and healing along with organic and soothing items for baby-perfect for shower gifts or for moms to treat themselves. Start with some Mama Rub for the mom-to-be, to help keep her skin soft and supple.
Or get her the pregnancy tea-a tea blend of herbs and spices that promotes a healthy body and pregnancy. There's also a sitz bath blend to help soothe and heal.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Give you flowers a longer life and have them serve a few extra functions by opting for potted blooms rather then cut. To make this work for you, find flowers that match your event and pair them in a beautiful pot.
Clustered blooms add some visual interest as well as keep your costs affordable. By pairing more affordable flowers with exotic, you still get a beautiful look without blowing your budget.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Not sure what to do in the dark? Perhaps spending a little time with the one you love would appeal. Candles and a few glasses of wine are still accessible when the lights are out. ;) Or bust out the flashlight and retell scary stories with friends (yup, just like when you were a kid). Bonus points to you if you have a wood burning fireplace and you use it to make s'mores. Or take a moonlit walk. It's up to you!
For more information, visit www.earthhour.org
Friday, March 13, 2009
Historically, that dress you'll never wear again was actually selected with the purpose of tricking the eye of evil spirits and jealous ex-lovers (spicy!). Brides' faithful attendants were instructed to wear a dress similar to that of the bride so that during their group stroll to the church it would be hard for any ill-willed spirits or former boy-toys to spot the bride and curse/kidnap/throw rocks at her. (Ditto for the boys in matching penguin suits, saving the
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SNAPsisters is a two sister photography team based out of Whatcom County and servicing Western Washington. They currently offer affordable wedding photography rates that include two photographers with a lot of energy and an obvious joy at being able to capture your day.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Ecco Bella offeres a full range of cosmetics and skin care. Not all are preservative free- check the label-but non are tested on animals and all use all natural ingredients. http://www.eccobella.com/
Eminence is all about high quality skin care: made in small batches by hand with spa quality all natural ingredients! They're also unveiling their new biodynamic line of skin care. For those who aren' familiar with the term "biodynamic"-it's a more difficult rating to get then "certified organic" and is the ultimate good-for-you and good-for-planet certification! http://www.eminenceorganics.com/
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
- A planning session for the big day
- An indoor or outdoor location for your ceremony and reception
- Up to 3 hours for your ceremony and reception
- An officiant
- Ceremony and reception music
- A custom music playlist
- 9-inch wedding cake decorated with buttercream flowers
- 1 hr of professional photography
- A collection of 20 photos
- Fresh flower bouquet and boutonniere for the bride and groom
- Champagne or sparkling cider toast for the bride, groom and their guests
- A light hors o'deuvres buffet
- Linens, buffet plates, cake plates and flatware
- A two night mini-moon for the bride and groom at the Fairhaven Village Inn
- Complimentary champagne, flutes and basket of goodies in your hotel room
- 10 wedding announcements to send friends and family
For up to twenty-five guests, include everything above and inlcude a larger cake and a bouquet and boutonniere for a maid of honor and best man.
Check out our website for additional information!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday: Eco Ideas-Green gifts, wedding and event ideas, and local resources. Proving you can have a gorgeously green soiree!
Tuesday: Vendor Spotlight-Featuring vendors and companies that make planning your event creative and beautiful! (Vendors: care to be featured? Send me an email!)
Wednesday: Party Inspiration-New ideas, tips and trends
Thursday: Event Planning How-to-DIY info for putting it all together
Friday: Features & Freebies-Real events, random fun and plenty of giveaways!
Olivia Luca is a dream for brides. Their website is quite literally a design studio where you pick and choose the features you want for your gown. The design sketch below is my creation and I was pleasantly surprised when they let me choose my fabric from about 12 different options, as well as color. I got a truly custom made, one-of-a-kind gown that's gorgeous, earth friendly, and only around $1400.00. Best of all, take a look at their website and their blog for photos of other wedding gowns they've created: they're lovely and you'd never even know that hemp was involved with a few ;)
Threadhead is another custom wedding gown shop. Their style looks more earthy and organic at times, however they offer off-the-rack gowns if you're short on time, and with most gowns under $1000, they're a budget-friendly option as well. They can also custom create your gown as well, so if you have something specific in mind, know that they can make it come to life for you
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The sky is the limit when it comes to your bar at your event. It’s perfectly acceptable to serve a full bar, or limited array of cocktails, keeping things simple with beer or wine, maybe only having a champagne toast or nixing the alcohol all together. Because of the variance in what you can offer at your drink station, it can get difficult to determine what to purchase and how much. This post is here to help you sort out some of those questions and make it a little easier for you to throw your bash!
- Average out about 2 drinks per guest per hour
- One bottle of Champagne fills 6 glasses
- One bottle of wine fills 5 glasses
- One liter of alcohol can make 18 drinks
- A case of wine has 12 bottles of wine
- A case of beer has 24 cans or bottles
- A standard keg equals about 6 3/4 cases of beer or 165 12 oz. servings or 124 16 oz. (pint) servings
- One 740 ml bottle of alcohol equals 3/4 of a liter
The samples below are based on what an average crowd of 100 will drink during a 4 hour reception. Adjust more or less depending on your specific guest list and their preferences.
The Full Bar
This list of alcohol comes from the Wedding Channel website:
- Beer-2 cases
- White Wine-1 1/2 cases
- Red Wine-1 case
- Champage-1 1/2 cases
- Vodka-6 liters
- Gin-3 liters
- Sweet Vermouth-2 bottles
- Dry Vermouth-2 bottles
- Scotch-3 liters
- Bourbon-2 liters
- Whiskey-2 liters
- Rum-2 liters
- Tequila-1 liter
- Assorted Mixers: Grenadine, pineapple, orange and cranberry juices, Sprite/7up, Coke/Pepsi, club soda, peach nectar, etc.
Beer and Wine Bar
- Red Wine-3 cases
- White Wine-5 cases
- Beer-5 cases
Beer, Wine and Champagne/Signature Cocktail
- Red Wine-2 1/2 cases
- White Wine-3 1/2 cases
- Beer-3 cases
- Champagne-2 cases or 8 liters of alcohol type used in signature cocktail
Don’t forget the Non-Drinkers!
Some people don’t drink and that’s ok! Don’t make them feel like their only option at your event is water while everyone else indulges in expensive wines and cocktails. Offering assorted juices and sodas will give them options and make them feel like the special guest they are! My favorite takes on these are offering sodas and juices in bottles (Izze sparkling juices are at the top of my faves list). A more elegant look and a little more class-guests should also have the option of drinking from the bottle or being given a glass (for more formal events).
Alcohol is expensive and no doubt and it can be hard to integrate it into your event if your budget is tight. So before you go running for the “cash bar” or “no host bar” options (which goes way against the Emily Post wedding etiquette rules) consider getting creative.
- Champagne cocktails: No one will notice that you chose a more cost effective champagne when you blend it with mixers. Bellini’s, Blue Poms and Mimosas are delicious and more cost effective then cocktails mixed with hard liquor.
- Pre-mixed cocktails: Every time I’ve been to a party (or hosted a party) with sangria, it has been a huge hit! It’s perfect for summer weddings or holiday parties (mix with cranberry juice!) and you can control the servings a little easier. Plus, when it comes to sangria, the cheaper the wine you purchase for it, the better! You can also pre-mix champagne punches or other cocktails and have them in a pitcher ready at the drink table. A great option if your affair is more casual and you won’t have a bartender.
- Return policy?: Find out if the retailer you purchase your alcohol, beer and wine from has a return policy for unopened bottles or cases. Keep your receipt and any goods not used, you can take back. Perfect if you feel you need to buy a bit extra “just in case”!
- Affordably Elegant: Having a full bar from start to finish at your fete can be expensive! Cut the time your bar is open in half by passing glasses of champagne for cocktail hour. This limits guests to drinking only what is passed rather then giving them full bar access right away. Combine this with a paired wine during dinner and guests will feel like they are pampered while you save money on drinks! Liven up the party by opening the bar during the dancing-you can do a full bar or keep things affordable by offering beer and wine only for the rest of the evening.
- Cut out the champagne toast and let people toast you with the drink of their choice.
Please play it safe when you serve alcohol at your parties!! Encourage guests to carpool, offer guest shuttle services if you’re hosting an out of town event near the hotel (or better yet, have your event at the hotel where everyone is staying!) offer cab #’s in your programs, HIRE A GOOD BARTENDER who will know how to mix drinks appropriately and cut people off when necessary and consider having your last call for drinks an hour before it officially ends so people can have time to sober up. Keeping your guests safe is essential to having a fun and successful event.