Search This Site
Archived Posts
Follow Us


Order the Wedding Resource Guide
  • seattle wedding photographer
  • 415 westlake
  • alante photography
  • pj hummel & co
Lucky Highlights


The Dreaded "B" Word....BUDGET!

The following suggestions will ensure that 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.

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.

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!


Service Budget Actual Deposit Due Balance Due
Caterer $5,000 $5,250 $500 5/5 $4,750 8/6

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%


What You Need To Know Before You Hire A Photographer

In's "What You Need To Know" section of our wedding planning website, we feature loads of articles to help guide you through the wedding planning process. We have tons of free information and advice to ease the stress of working with wedding vendors and making the right choices for your big day. In the coming weeks, we'd like to delve into our advice section and pick out a few particular pieces we deem the most important to share with you in our blog.

Today we'd like to focus on Photography. As of late, we've heard some startling news. Brides are not hiring wedding photographers. It seems today that brides are selecting friends and family to be the designated wedding photographer. These days, everyone with a digital camera can take the occasional beautiful shot, which is a wonderful thing. But, just because today's cameras have made it easy for the average person to take beautiful pictures, doesn't mean you should forfeit hiring a professional for the day of your wedding. Here's why a professional photographer is always the way to go.

1. A wedding photographer knows lighting. Most people don't realize the importance of good lighting when it comes to photo taking. However, a professional photographer knows how to utilize good lighting with the proper equipment and more importantly how to adjust when lighting is bad.

2. A wedding photographer's real work begins after the wedding. A photographer will take hundreds of photographs of your wedding, but in the end, he or she will carefully touch up each image so that the end result is nothing short of flawless. With today's image programs like Photoshop, even the slightest color, hue or saturation adjustment can make a huge difference in the final result and most professional photographers are trained with the skills to make your images even more spectacular.

3. A wedding photographer knows the ins and outs of your location. Most wedding photographers who have years of experience are very familiar with your wedding location. They have most likely shot a wedding at your venue before so they know the ins and outs and where the best photo opts are. Even if you are having your wedding in an obscure location, your wedding photographer will most likely make a trip to your site before the wedding to come up with a plan of action.

4. A wedding photographer will keep your wedding on pace. Having an objective third party around will help organize your group in a timely fashion so the photo session moves quickly and doesn't interrupt the flow of the day. A wedding photographer often acts as wedding coordinator too, just by keep things organized.

5. A wedding photographer has a plan. Wedding photographers know what images will be important to you when the event is all said and done and will not forget to take the shots that matter. If you hire an unexperienced person, they may forget to take a picture with you and your grandmother or the three generational shot you'll treasure forever. In the hoopla of the day, it's easy to overlook small details and this is where experience comes in very handy.

When it comes to your wedding, leave the photo taking to the professionals. In the end, you'll have a timeless collection of memories you can never recreate.

To help you know how to choose the right photographer for you, click here to read our Helpful Hint article. Then browse our website to look through the portfolios of some of the best photographers in the business.


Latest Trends in Menswear

People think weddings are all about the bride, but we have a very different perspective. The modern man has every right to interject his own personal style in the wedding just as much as the bride. There is so much emphasis placed on the wedding gown, that the groom's attire can sometimes get lost in the hoopla. That is, until now. Menswear is making a splash on the runways all over the world and we've found some incredibly hot designs to keep your groom looking like he just stepped out of GQ.

Check out the 2009 bridal menswear collection from Spanish designer Fuentecapala. Can you picture your groom in one of these amazing tuxedos? Check out the wide variety of styles, colors, and designs. We're seeing alot of texture in the fabric choices and thin straight leg pants. You'll also notice splashes of color in places like the lining of coat. For those of you like like the traditional tails and coats, you'll notice more options for your groom and even combination styles that mix the traditional tuxedo with an ascot tie.

So which one is your favorite? We're talking about the tuxedo, not the model, by the way.


Congratulations Katie and Dennis

Congratulations to Dennis and Katie Logan who were married on May 30, 2008. Dennis and Katie are now enjoying their European cruise honeymoon. We wish you all the best in your new life together!

And if you happen to be catching Wheel Of Fortune tonight, look for Katie as she appears as a contestant. Word is, she won big!


Great Beauty Secrets

For those of you who can wake up in the morning and look like Miss America without having to even try, this post may not be for you. But, if you are like the rest of us and are always looking for the best kept beauty secrets, you'll love what we've discovered for you.

Looking beautiful on your wedding day doesn't mean you have spend hundreds of dollars to create your look. We found some amazing beauty buys and want to share them with you!

Up first, check out this incredible color palate from the Color Institute available at Ulta. Regularly this 47 piece collection is already available at a great value, but now it's yours for only $4.99!

Sometimes that beautiful bridal glow everyone talks about doesn't always come naturally. So what's a bride to do who wants to shine on her wedding day? Try Global Goddess South Pacific Shimmer, available for $32. See right.

Who doesn't want sparkling white teeth on their wedding day. Now comes a beauty tool that allows you to brighten your teeth and your smile with one dual product. Brighten your smile on the go with Enbrightenment, Tarte's dual wand tube that holds goji-berry-infused gloss on one end and minty BriteSmile tooth whitener on the other. While the once-a-day application of the whitener can take up to two weeks to lighten fully, the blue undertones of the gloss instantly give the appearance of whiter teeth. Retails for $26.

If you love to live green, then you'll be delighted to use products by Physicians Formula. Physicians Formula has gone green with their new Organic Wear collection. Everything from foundation to bronzer to blush is made only of pure organic ingredients that are just as good for you as they are for the environment. Plus, the line's cute compacts use 93% less plastic than most cases! The pressed powder seen right, retails for $13.95.

If you are going for the blushing bride look, try Tarte's Cheek Stain. Tarte's latest cheek stain combines their most popular shades into a swirling stick to give skin a natural-looking flush. And the moisturizing formula is infused with goji berry and acai fruit extract to protect skin naturally. The Blushing Bride Tint Retails for $28.

Last but not least, the key to the ultimate wedding day radiance is to de-stress weeks before the big day. The best way to pamper your tense muscles is to lay in a bath of scented bubbles. Our pick for the most indulgent bubble bath collection is from Victoria's Secret. Turn the tub into your own secret garden with Victoria's Secret's foaming bubble bath scented with bouquets of alluring blooms. The ultra-moisturizing formula leaves your skin soft and your mind revitalized. Retails for $8.50.


Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week

We love to see what bridal trends are popping up in other parts of the world. We found these incredible shots of the Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week featuring gowns and designs by Gema Nicolas, Victorio & Lucchino, and Fuentecapala.

Click here to view more images from the show.


Lucky Tip: Use Lucky Crow Gift Bags

We found a really amazing company located in Portland, OR called Lucky Crow (great name) that creates the most charming and reusable gift bags we've ever seen. At we are all about recycling and doing our small part to preserve the environment. So when we hear about a company in the industry also doing their part, we just have to share them with you. Check out the many options Lucky Crow offers from tiny to large in fun and funky colors.

Choose from tons of different fabric selections. Lucky Crow even offers organic options.

Order yours online at