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Fleur di Lis Fabulous

We always recommend choosing a central theme design for your wedding decor. By choosing one design, color, fabric pattern, etc. as your central focus, you can easily narrow down options for even the smallest details of your wedding decor. Here is an idea for a fabulous design theme for your wedding: Fleur di Lis. With its versatility and representation of all things regal, the Fleur di Lis is an excellent choice to use in almost any aspect of your design.

Featured above:
Top Row Left: Charger and napkin ring from French Quarter Market
Top Row Right: Fleur di Lis Stamp from Michael's
Middle Row Left: Champagne Flutes from French Quarter Market
Middle Row Center: Fleur di Lis cake topper from French Quarter Market
Middle Row Right: Fleur di Lis name card holder from French Quarter Market
Bottom Row Left: Fleur di Lis wedding invitation from
Bottom Row Right: Fleur di Lis cake design from Creme de la Creme, Seattle


Put Your Stamp On It

Personalization is the key goal for many brides and grooms planning weddings today. Monograms have become a widely popular theme for wedding decor in items from invitations to wedding cakes. Custom labels can be ordered for your occasion and implemented easily into your wedding design. You can use your labels on favor packaging, wine bottles, cd cases, coasters, name cards and much more.

Be creative with your custom labels for other uses as well. In the image pictured below, a bride used a personalized label on a hand-made cone filled with rose petals and handing one to each person sitting on the center aisle. When the bride and groom walked down the aisle after saying their "I dos" the guests tossed the petals on them as they walked by.

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Photo by: Bradley Hanson Photography, Seattle


Valentine's Treats

This morning we heard on the radio that Valentine's Day has traditionally been a day for the man to spoil his wife or girlfriend and that a lot of pressure is put on the man to make the day special for his lovely lady. But we think that tradition has changed. Why shouldn't women put the same effort into planning a special Valentine's Day surprise as men are expected to? Since Valentine's Day is only 10 days away, we've collected some special ideas to help you wow your significant other.

1. Romantic Spa Getaway at the Salish Lodge & Spa

The Salish Lodge in Washington sits on the hillside of the Snoqualmie Falls. With its incredible views, romantic dining and special in-room spa treatments, the Salish Lodge is the one spectacular choice for Valentine's Day. The Salish Lodge offers a Valentine's Day Package that includes a one night stay in historic guestroom, rose petals in room upon arrival, and dining room dinner for two, with our special Valentine's Day menu. Enhance your special night with a spa treatment or massage right in your own room.
Package Price: $599 plus tax and resort fee

2. Take a helicopter ride
You've seen it in the movies, so why not make it a reality. Helicopter rentals are available complete with scenic tours. Looking for one in the Seattle area? Try Take Off Events which leaves from Renton.

3. Throw a party, and hire a lipsologist
Valentine’s Day is a day of romance and remembering our loved ones. Whether you’re mailing a card or celebrating with others at a gala party or a private one with your family, or that one special someone, don’t forget about hugs and kisses and lip print giving and receiving. Learn More...

4. Enjoy a post-Valentine Brunch at the Waterfront Seafood Grill
Enjoy a romantic morning a few days after the crowds have dwindled on Sunday, February 17 with a bottle of bubbly, live jazz and a brunch menu that includes pastries, fresh fruit, seafood omelets and bananas foster beignets.
Location: 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70
Seattle, WA 98121

5. Spend Valentine's Day with some other love animals at the Woodland Park Zoo
Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day at Woodland Park Zoo's historic carousel as you and your sweetie take a romantic spin on the elegantly hand-carved, wooden carousel horses and enjoy an assortment of delicious hors d'oeurves, a ristotto station, seafood station and satay station as well as fresh fruit, baked brie hearts, an international cheese board, deviled eggs topped with Tobiko caviar, hummus an caponata with baked pita chips. A cash bar will be available and a surprise animal guest will make an appearance for an up-close encounter. Cost: $60 per person, includes service charge and tax. Reservations and pre-payment required. Space is limited. For more information and reservations, call 206.548.2662.
Location: 5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Time: 7-9pm


Avoiding Budget Busters Tip #2

Floral designs and centerpieces can be very costly when it comes to ordering centerpieces for each table at your wedding. We've gathered some excellent ideas for alternative centerpiece designs that can help you save costs on your designs. Consider the following budget saving, but beautiful centerpiece ideas.

1. Use fruit and vegetables in clear bowls or on pedestals. Nothing is more vibrant in color than fruit and vegetables. Consider lemons, limes, oranges, red and green apples, cucumbers, pumpkins, cranberries, peppers, and other vibrant yet non-bruising edible alternatives as elegant table centerpieces. Then, as favors, you can even provide a recipe using the featured item that your guests can take home and try in their own kitchen.

2. Colored water creates a unique yet romantic table piece decor item. Simply gather clear, glass bowls, candy jars, vases, etc., fill them with lukewarm water and add any food coloring to the liquid. You can even add rocks, crystals, glass balls or other weighted items to sit at the bottom of the bowl. Simply add a floating candle, flower or seashell to the top for added charm. Glass bowls or vases can usually be rented from your local rental company so you can save the purchase of these items.

3. Kill two birds with one stone by using your favors as centerpieces. Pile miniature boxes filled sweet gifts in the center of each table and allow your guests to take the gifts as thank you presents for attending. Or, consider filling candy jars with colored candies that match your theme in the center of the table. Provide scoop spoons and clear plastic bags for your guests to treat themselves throughout the reception. You're guests will feel like they're in an old fashioned candy store.

4. Purchase picture frames at a local discount or dollar store in various sizes and fill them with shots of you and your fiance doing various activities. Your guests will enjoy roaming around the room to view different photographs of you and your fiance and they'll get a chance to take a glimpse into your life. It's a charming way to give your guests something to talk about as they roam the room and visit other tables.

Pictured above: Martha Stewart Good Things


Avoiding Budget Busters Tip #1

Everyone wants to be smart about how they spend their money on their wedding. Couples want the most bang for their buck and we'll post our favorite budget savers all week!

Tip #1: You can easily save money on the cake. Today, cake's range from $3.50 to sometimes $10 a slice depending on how elaborate your design is. Here is a way to achieve your dream wedding cake without breaking the bank. Rather than ordering a huge five-tiered cake, talk to your baker about designing a small "Bride & Groom Cake" that you will cut and feed each other at the reception. Then have your baker create the same flavored sheet cakes that can be hidden in the kitchen or another room of your facility. The cake can be pre-sliced and brought out by the facility or caterer during the cake portion of your reception - and no one will ever know! Undecorated sheet cakes are significantly less expensive than tiered cakes and taste just as good! If however, you still want the effect of a large wedding cake, your baker can work with you to create only sections of your cake that are actually real and edible. For instance, consider making the bottom or top layer the only real section of the cake. The rest can be decorated foam or cardboard. Then, just bring out the sheet cakes for your guests.

Pictured Above: Consider how little of this cake is actually real. The the large calla lily focal point creates the illusion of a large cake without actually using real edible elements.


Open House Announcement - Acalia and Foodz Catering

Date: February 9, 11am - 3pm
Location: Acalia - 301 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Whether you're a bride-to-be or a corporate event planner, come taste the Flavors of FOODZ and see what sets Acalia apart from the other event/reception places in town. It's free, it's delicious, and it's a lot of fun! It's all taking place at Acalia's beautiful Queen Anne location; RSVP kindly requested.

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Movies & Romance

Every woman loves a good movie about a wedding. And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, you may just be able to convince your fiance to sit down and watch a good old fashioned chick-flick with you. Take our cues for the best wedding feature films hollywood has to offer...

On DVD...
1. Father of the Bride (1950) Starring Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor & Joan Bennett
You may be more aware of the 1991 version starring Steve Martin, but this 1950 classic centers around the same storyline with an overprotective father dreading the day he must give his daughter away. Starting when she announces her engagement through to the wedding itself, we learn of all the surprises and disasters along the way.

2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) Starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. You'll fall in love with this sincere heroine and giggle your way through the entire nuptials.

3. Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994) Starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell
Four British friends attend four weddings and one funeral. Led by Charles who thinks he's found "The One" in Carrie, an American whom he meets at one of the weddings, the group wonders if they will ever find true love and marry.

4. Father of the Bride (1991) Starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short
In this remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, George and Nina Banks are the parents of young soon-to-be-wed Annie. George is a nervous father unready to face the fact that his little girl is now a woman. The preparations for the extravagant wedding and wedding planner provide additional comic moments.

5. Muriel's Wedding (1995) Starring Toni Collette
Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.

In Theaters...
1. 27 Dresses (2008) Starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden
After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with. Remember 27 weddings means 27 bridesmaids dresses.

Coming Soon...
1. Sex and the City The Movie (2008) Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis
The big question is "Will Carrie finally marry Big?" Early press shots of these maybe nuptials hit the media this fall. Will a wedding change the bond our favorite four ladies have? Find out May 30th when this film hits theaters.

2. Mamma Mia (2008) Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. The film takes its cue from the Broadway hit musical with the same name.