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Friday
Apr182014

We Think You'll Love...Custom Cutting Boards!

Looking for a unique and custom gift to get your newly weds? We think these custom cutting boards would be great! Every time they make a yummy meal or snack, they will be reminded of you and their special day!

 


Art Design Wood

Woodstockin

Wednesday
Apr162014

Get Inspired...Novelty Hill • Januik Winery!

WEDDINGS IN WOODINVILLE
2014 THEME – Fresh

Taylor’d Events by Jennifer is the wedding planner at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery and is one of the founding board members of Weddings in Woodinville.  Novelty Hill-Januik Winery is such a great venue to work with due to the fact that the clean slate of the concrete is a great back drop to any color and theme.  The theme this year for Novelty Hill-Januik Winery is “Fresh”  with the doldrums of winter in place it is a time to start dreaming about warmer weather and the  tropical colors, the palette is a range of aquas and limes with pops of coral. You won’t see any sea theme ideas, but it is a great way to warm up on this chilly winter day.

To learn more about this venue and its vendors, click HERE now!

Photos by Amelia Soper Photography

Monday
Apr142014

Groom Guide

Does your guy know what his responsibilities are for finding his ensemble as well as helping his groomsman? If not, here are some great guidelines for him to go over

 


 

Selecting formalwear: Numerous styles of formalwear are available to consider. The formalwear shop you choose can suggest styles and colors appropriate to the time of day. Even though etiquette books specify what the groom and groomsmen should wear, almost anything is acceptable today. Accessories may be rented or purchased to match the bridesmaids' dresses, or even ordered specially if you can't find the desired color. Although the bride should assist in choosing the groom's attire, make sure that he is comfortable with the style selected.

Questions to ask: Is the formalwear stocked locally? Are the locations convenient for the groomsmen? What is the price, and what does that include? Finally, you must decide if you feel comfortable and confident that the formalwear store will deliver what you ordered.

Customized look for groom and groomsmen: formalwear has progressed considerably. The personalities of the groom and groomsmen can emerge without too much deviation from traditional styles. Paisley, plaid or polka dot cummerbunds and bow ties add a special flair. At the reception, the groom can be less formal and put on sporty or Disney® character accessories. Check out all the new styles and sensations available in formalwear today.

She keeps the gown, why shouldn't he keep his tux? A wonderful surprise for your groom is to purchase his tuxedo as a wedding present. This will make your groom feel as special as you do on your wedding day, with a tuxedo tailored to fit only him. There are many more occasions to wear this tuxedo following the wedding day than occasions for the bride to wear her wedding dress.

Buying a tuxedo: Check into the purchase prices at your formalwear shop. It may be more cost effective to own tuxedos worn for special occasions four or more times per year.

Final fitting and pickup date: You must instruct each member of the wedding party to pick up his own tuxedo. Make sure they try on the entire outfit at the store. This will avoid the most common problem with formalwear: fit. Adjustments or replacements can usually be made immediately, or arrangements for substitutions can be made.

Out-of-town groomsmen and ushers: If groomsmen and ushers live out-of-town, your formalwear shop can supply you with measurement cards to mail to them. Any clothing or alterations shop in the groomsman's hometown should be able to do a complimentary fitting. It is imperative that these gentlemen take the time to try on their entire tuxedos when they pick them up!

Bring extra socks: Have the groom buy a few extra pairs of socks that match the formalwear. Be sure these extra socks are available where the groomsmen plan to dress. Inevitably someone will show up with only white athletic socks. This may seem a minor point, but white socks stick out like a sore thumb in photographs.

Group rates and discounts: Many formalwear shops offer special group rates, discounts, or rebates for black-tie or black-tie-optional events. Ask about setting up a special rate for all the guests who will attend.

Friday
Apr112014

We Think You'll Love...Forever & a Day by Shop Ruche!

Happy Friday, friends! Here are some images from Shop Ruche's Forever and a Day bridal look book. See the full layout HERE!

 

Wednesday
Apr092014

Get Inspired...JM Cellars!

WEDDINGS IN WOODINVILLE
2014 THEME — Mi Media Naranja

We were delighted to discover the Spanish phrase, Mi Media Naranja, indirectly meaning  “my half orange” or, being in love, one’s sweetheart, one’s beautifully perfect other half.  And a perfect complement to the lush evergreen surroundings of JM Cellars is the light, fresh abundance associated with citrus.  Our neutral color palette of taupe, gold and ivory, punctuated with touches of orange and lemon, will celebrate the natural surroundings in a manner of comfort and style.

Melody of MG Davis Events looks forward to meeting you at JM Cellars where we will introduce you to our amazing team of vendors and present unique inspiration for your wedding day.

To learn more about this venue and its vendors, click HERE now!

Photos by The Popes Photographers

Monday
Apr072014

What to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Planner

To hire a wedding planner or not to hire a wedding planner, that is the question! Well Here are some great guidelines to help you decide. Click HERE so see Seattle's top wedding planners and find the one that is right for you!


A consultant can save money and mistakes: Brides and grooms sometimes feel a consultant can be an additional expense that they cannot afford. In fact, a consultant can be your best investment especially if you are on a strict budget. An experienced consultant can help a couple avoid common mistakes. Working with vendors can be costly if the right questions are not asked, and a couple with a consultant's help will never feel pressured into booking a service, because the consultant knows the timeline and how seriously to take a sales pitch.

Services available: Wedding consultants and event planners can arrange as little or as much of your event or wedding as you want. Their methods of billing vary - some charge an hourly rate, some ask for a percentage of your total budget. Even though you pay them for their time, they can usually save you money elsewhere because of their familiarity with different services, and discounts available to them as frequent customers.

Why hire an event planner or consultant? People are often under the misconception that planning your own event and preparing the food, setup, decorating and cleanup will save money. In fact it can sometimes cost more-not just in money, but in time and headaches as well. A good consultant can work with you and your budget to save valuable time and money, allowing you to enjoy the event.

A consultant can ease the stress: Hiring a consultant is a wise idea, especially if there is conflict between mother and daughter, families, divorced parents or even attendants. This is an emotional time; the objective opinion of a consultant can sometimes ease pressure. Money can be one of the biggest problems and obstacles. A third party, such as a consultant, can collect the money without embarrassment. Many times arguments result from lack of communication, emotional overload and misconceptions. The two parties just need to communicate; sometimes writing their feelings down and having someone calmly present each plan to the other half helps considerably.

Selecting a consultant: Talk to different consultants before making your final decision to find out who is familiar with providing the types and level of service you're looking for. Don't be afraid to ask questions or to see portfolios and ask for references. The person or company you select should be the one you feel most comfortable with - personally and professionally. Make sure your consultant is versed in all cultures and traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Indian, etc.

Finding a banquet, reception, or ceremony site: Qualified consultants have visited locations that you may never have heard of, but that are perfect for your event. Some consultants have videotapes and photographs of various sites, so you can preview a variety of locations without having to drive all over town. Once you have made your selection, your consultant can make sure your date and time are available, and arrange for you to visit the location.
Make sure that your consultant understands not to take direction from anyone except you - or those you designate - before and during your wedding.

Be specific about your budget and the services you want. From this information a consultant will be able to offer you a variety of suggestions that will work for you and your wedding plans. Be sure to read any and all contracts before signing them so that there is no confusion at a later date about who is responsible for what and how much it will cost.

Know how your consultant will be paid. Some of them receive kickbacks or commissions from vendors; others pass on those commissions to the couple in the form of discounts but charge a percent of the total bill.

10 Crucial Questions to ask your Wedding Planner:

  1. How many weddings have you planned and do you have references?
  2. What is included in your services?
  3. Do you have established relationships with vendors?
  4. Do you receive kickbacks from vendors?
  5. Will I receive discounts through you from vendors you work wth?
  6. Have you planned a wedding at my venue?
  7. How will you help me with my budget? Will I save money with you?
  8. How many hours will you devote to my wedding?
  9. Do you have assistants?
  10. Do you charge a flat fee or charge by the hour?
Friday
Apr042014

We Think You'll Love...Designs by DVB!

We love this idea for your guests! Designs by DVB makes a custom door sign for your guests that had the time of their life celebrating you and your loved ones big day! Check out their full shop HERE