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Wednesday
Aug272014

Get Inspired...Peachy Dream!

We have been inspired a lot lately by images that evoke a dreamy feel. Wether it's a soft and wispy up-do or a glittery pair of heels, you can't go wrong by designing your wedding with a dream state of mind. Soft peaches accompannied with some sage greens make a beautiful pallette!

 


Green Wedding Shoes; Intimate Wedding
Lauren Conrad; Style Me Pretty

Monday
Aug252014

How To Budget For Your Wedding

The following suggestions will help you as a couple plan your finances so your wedding turns out the way you want it while keeping your budget in line.

The most important advice we can offer both you AND your parents is DO NOT GO INTO DEBT! Weddings come in a variety of types and sizes; one is not necessarily better than the other based on the size or how much money you spend. Whatever you do, don't start your married life in debt.

BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR BUDGET
Your wedding budget should be handled like a business budget. If your boss said, "The budget for the Christmas party is $10,000," you would use only those services that would keep you within budget. The same is true for your wedding. Find the services that can accomplish what you want within the budget you've designated. Be realistic about your budget. If you have only $5,000 for your reception, it's unlikely you're going to be able to afford a full sit-down dinner for 150 guests, but a buffet with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres may work very well. Follow your budget allocations as closely as possible. This will eliminate financial stress.

DON'T FORGET TAXES AND GRATUITIES 
Be sure to ask if all charges for delivery and setup, taxes, and gratuities have been included in the estimates you get from all the businesses and services you have selected. These additional costs can be a very nasty surprise the week before the wedding!

SAMPLE BUDGET SHEET
Service    Budget       Actual      Deposit      Due      Balance Due
Caterer    $5,000      $5,250     $500         5/5      $4,750 8/6
Florist
Photos

SETTING UP A BUDGET
It is recommended you set up a separate bank account for your wedding. This way funds can be tracked and kept separate from regular finances. Always pay businesses or services with a check or credit card to better record and track expenses. Allocation of your budget depends on what is most important to the bride, the groom, and the families contributing. Some spend more on music and entertainment or photography than others. The following is a breakdown of average spending by percentage:

Engagement ring - 14%
Reception - 40%
Photography and videography - 15%
Bride's and groom's attire - 5%
Music - 4%
Flowers - 3%
Invitations - 2%
Miscellaneous (clergy fees, rehearsal dinner, attendants gifts, limos) - 7%
Honeymoon - 10%

Friday
Aug222014

We Think You'll Love...Shannon Kristen!

Happy Friday, friends! We really really think you'll LOVE Shannon Kristen's beautifully designed illustrations. She has wedding decor, invites, art prints and even iphone cases! We absolutely adore her stylish watercolor designs! Check out her full collection here.


Wednesday
Aug202014

Get Inspired...Nautical Nuptials! 

Today we are feeling inspired by these lovely Nautical themed wedding treasures! What a wonderful way to incorporate your love for the Puget Sound by having a nautical wedding! With lovely ideas such as the stamped forks, to providing anchor socks for the bridal party! The possibilities are endless! 
 


top row: Burnetts Boards; Burnetts Boards; Knotsvilla
middle row: Inspired by This; Ruffled
bottom row: the Berry; Style Me Pretty; The Bridal Detective  

Monday
Aug182014

How To Accommodate Divorced & Blended Families

WHEN PARENTS ARE DIVORCED
Dealing with divorced parents may add a complication to your wedding plans, but if handled well, everything can still work out just the way you planned. The key is to provide separate places of distinction at the ceremony, in the receiving line, and at the reception to ensure their happiness and enjoyment of the day.

GUIDELINES FOR DIVORCE PARENTS

  • Invitations: Invitations are usually issued by the parent you have lived with. If both parents have contributed, then both names and stepparents can be mentioned.
  • Ceremony seating: For seating at the ceremony there are two options: if parents are friends and have not remarried, they can sit side by side in the front pew. Otherwise the parent you have lived with would sit in the front pew with his or her spouse, and the other parent sits in the second or third pew with his or her spouse.
  • Photographs: Each set of parents will most likely want to have a photo taken with the bride and groom; it is important to spell this out to the photographer earlier. This can take longer for photographs so appropriate time needs to be allocated.
  • Down the Aisle: Walking down the aisle can be more than just a scary walk when trying to decide whether your father or stepfather should escort you. Consider whether you have remained close to your father and if you want him to fulfill this traditional role; or if your stepfather has filled the role of your father you may decide this is more appropriate. If your father and stepfather get along, you may ask both. If the decision is impossible, choose neither and ask your mother to walk you down the aisle.
  • Receiving Line: For the receiving line and reception, customarily the parent who is paying for the wedding greets the guests with you. The other parent can be mingling. At the reception a good solution to feuding families is to have two different parent tables.

RECEIVING LINE
Usually held at the beginning of the reception, this event allows parents and the wedding party members to greet guests and receive their good wishes. The line traditionally begins with your mother, followed by the groom's mother, the bride and groom, your maid of honor and the rest of the bridesmaids. The fathers can join in and, if so, should stand to the left of their wives. If your parents are divorced, your mother stands alone or with your stepfather, while your father circulates among the guests. Or, to avoid confusion, decide not to include fathers in the line. The important thing is to avoid hurt feelings or misunderstandings. Another alternative is to have your father and his new wife stand on the other side of the groom. If orchestration becomes difficult, it is perfectly acceptable to mingle and greet your guests during the reception rather than have a receiving line. Whatever works well for your situation is fine.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS AT THE RECEPTION
The bride's table, which should be the focus of the reception, can be of any shape and is sometimes elevated so everyone can see the wedding party. The groom usually sits to the bride's left with the maid of honor on his left. To the right of the bride is the best man, and the rest of the bridesmaids and ushers sit at the table male, female, male, female. If it's a small wedding party, the officiant and husbands and wives of the wedding party may also sit at the bride's table. Otherwise, a separate table for parents is set where your mother heads the table and the groom's father sits at her right and the wedding officiant sits at her left. The groom's mother sits on your father's right. However, if your parents are divorced, consider arranging a separate table for each set of parents.

Friday
Aug152014

We Think You'll Love...Tessa Kim Intimates!

Happy Friday, friends! Tessa Kim Intimates creates beautiful handmade bridal intimates. It is important for a bride to feel comfortable while she is getting her hair and make up done, we think Tessa Kim Intimates has gorgeous robes and rompers that would work wonderfully! Here are a few pieces we adore, but click here for the full collection! 

 


Wednesday
Aug132014

Get Inspired...Blue Gray

Blue Gray paired with some deep and vibrant greens make for a perfect Pacific Northwest wedding palette! We are loving this brides beautiful Blue Gray wedding gown, the delicacy of the lace and the top button make it utterly breath taking. We are also loving the 'perfect match' wedding favor shown below!  
 


top row: Style Me Pretty; Style Me Pretty
bottom row:  Ruffled; Ruffled