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Entries from September 1, 2008 - September 30, 2008

Tuesday
Sep302008

Vote For Us - Best Of Washington

King 5 and Evening Magazine is holding their Best Of Western Washington competition again, and banquetevent.com is nominated in the category of "Best Wedding Planner!"

We need your vote to get us to the top!

Click the link below and look for our icon to vote for banquetevent.com as the top wedding planner and be sure to pass on the link to your friends that also use banquetevent.com to plan their wedding. Be sure to check out the other wedding categories, as many of the businesses and services that are featured on banquetevent.com are also nominated.

Click here to vote now!

Look for our icon (left) to vote for banquetevent.com.

Once you vote, be sure to place your vote in the following additional wedding categories.

Monday
Sep292008

Upcoming Wedding Events in the Northwest Benefiting Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation

Here are two upcoming October wedding events in the Pacific Northwest, both benefiting the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. We encourage you to check them out!

2008 Port Townsend Wedding Show
October 11 & 12


The Port Townsend Wedding Guild is proud to present the 2008 Port Townsend Wedding Show October 11 and 12. The event will take place primarily at two elegant, historic landmarks - the Manresa Castle and the Silverwater Cafe. In addition, show goers are invited to Open Houses and special offerings at a number of unique venues in Port Townsend, including the beautifully restored Chapel Bay with its panoramic views of the City and Sound, complimentary chowder and baked breads aboard the PS Express, and much more!

Brides will be delighted to know they can find everything they need to create the perfect wedding. Featuring “The Best of Port Townsend”, this year’s show is designed to be a fun festival and tour rather than a traditional, convention-style show. If brides are looking for friendly, personalized services in an enchanting, romantic seaport, their dreams are about to come true.

Along with a variety of exceptional, local wedding services, Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation will be selling gowns to grant wishes for those with terminal breast cancer. Contemporary as well as vintage and antique gowns will be available at a substantial savings. The Making Memories Fundraiser is hosted by the Port Townsend Wedding Guild and will take place throughout the show above the Silverwater Cafe.

Get Hitched Give Hope
October 23, 2008
Arctic Club Hotel

We've decided to throw a really big, swanky-cool party; the kind that gives you an excuse to buy new shoes. We'll have lovely libations and amazing appetizers. We'll have raffles, auctions, and jellybeans. LOTS of jellybeans.

You will truly be able to get gorgeous goods for your wedding by giving back.

Seattle's top wedding professionals have been personally invited to exhibit their services and products with one catch-- they must donate a fantastic item for our silent auction. Together with items donated by Seattle's top businesses, we will raise money for a great cause through silent auctions and raffles all throughout the evening. The items up for grabs are not just limited to pre-wedding prep, day of services, and newlyweds, there are sure to be some great goods for moms, dads, grooms, and friends!

Mark your calendar for October 23rd, 2008. You'll totally find time in your social calendar for this.

We are incredibly excited to announce that our event will be held at the Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle. As one of Seattle's newest venues, the unparalleled beauty of the historic Dome Room is the perfect setting for our debut event. You'll have an opportunity to check out this great venue, as well as sample it's savory menu throughout the night. The Arctic Club is located at 700 3rd Ave. at Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104.

5-6 pm Industry-Only Cocktail Hour Fellow wedding industry professionals and members of the media are invited to join us early for an industry-only cocktail hour. Bring your checkbooks and your generous hearts for a special hour of networking, giving, and a preview of our fabulous venue with participating vendors!

6-9 pm Silent Auction, Raffles, and Bridal Exhibition Brides, grooms, and guests are invited to sip cocktails, sample great food, take a look at the fabulous venue, bid on gorgeous goods through the silent auction, and meet our favorite vendors.

9-10 pm Closing Treats Pick up the goods you've bid on, and stick around for another glass of wine and our final treats of the evening

Do you have your new party shoes on yet?

The family's first trip to Disneyworld. A long overdue family reunion. A second honeymoon with your husband.

It can take $4000 to grant one wish for a small family of 4, let's grant 12!! Our goal is to raise $50,000 to grant wishes for stage IV breast cancer patients and their families.

Through projects like Brides Against Breast Cancer, The Pink Envelope Project, and Kate Aspen Favors, The Making Memories Foundation creates the ability to grant personal wishes to patients in their last year. Read more about them and why we chose them to receive 100% of our net proceeds HERE.

Please join us to toast to this wonderful cause that celebrates life and love and the fabulous spirit of giving! It’s an evening not to be missed, where the most stylish way to give is to get!

Friday
Sep262008

ecoTOOLS To Help You Look Like You

Today's blog is from our guest writer, Mallor Kohlmeyer. Thanks for the tips Mallory.

The most important day of your life is coming and I’m here to warn you about every photographer’s facial frustration: caked-up makeup! Your wedding day is one you’ll want to remember forever, without having to cringe at photos full of foundation creases, eye shadow smudges and harsh blush lines. One small purchase at the cosmetics counter can lead to one massive mistake on the big day. Remember, this is your day, and when the cameraman is snapping away like paparazzi on the red carpet, you’ll want to look like you.

What better way to capture that naturally flawless, fabulous face than with the help of ecoTOOLS, an all-natural, environmentally friendly line of makeup brushes? Below are some great tips on how to look and feel absolutely exceptional by incorporating ecoTOOLS into your makeup routine. Taking care of yourself and the environment never looked better.

We all know that planning a wedding can be stressful, but the last thing you want is for that stress to show up on your skin! You can wipe your worries away with the help of the ecoTOOLS Bamboo Loofah Brush ($4.99). This brush is combined with an incredible exfoliating sponge to give you a glow like Rebecca Romijn. By diminishing dry skin and creating a smooth, polished finish, the Bamboo Loofah Brush will leave you feeling fresh, rejuvenated, and ready to take on your big day.

The ecoTOOLS Blush Brush ($6.99) is expertly-tapered to apply your blush evenly along your cheekbones. To re-create Kate Beckinsale’s effortless definition, sweep the brush lightly across your cheekbones to gradually highlight your natural features. The slight contrast will make a glamorous difference that will keep you glowing morning, noon and wedding night.

Using the ecoTOOLS Angled Eyeliner Brush ($3.99) with ultra flat angled bristles, you can create Rihanna-worthy, beautifully shadowed eyes. After applying your base eye shadow, use the Angled Eyeliner Brush to blend in the color. Start at your lash line then blend up and outward on your lid. Your sheer radiance will have your guests envious and your husband-to-be awestruck as you make your way down the aisle.

Fan favorites of ecoTOOLS include Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox-Arquette and Alicia Silverstone. ecoTOOLS products can be found at select Walgreens, Kmart, and Ulta stores or online at www.eco-tools.com.

Thursday
Sep252008

Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 03:13 PM

Nothing can transform a room into a wedding wonderland like florals. And fortunately in the Northwest, we have some of the top designers in floral decor available to us. If you are still looking for just the right fit for your floral needs, check out the floral section at banquetevent.com to find your perfect match.

But before you meet with your florist, read our tips on how to accomplish your goals.


Selecting a florist: Most florists have a portfolio of their work. Choose a florist who will spend time with you. If the florist has not been to your ceremony or reception site, you may want to arrange a visit to view the decor. This ensures that the arrangements are designed to match the surroundings, and can be very helpful when you are discussing your ideas and needs. Ask for references to see how customers compare what was promised and what was actually delivered. Your florist can also inform you about what flowers will be in season, and show styles that will appropriately fit your theme and budget. You should expect flowers to be somewhat less expensive during their seasons.

Develop a plan: Think about your floral design and decorations, and write your ideas down. Determine what you will need for the various people involved, arrangements for the church, and decorations for the reception. And have a budget in mind. Ask several florists for formal bids, based on your outline. Then determine with which florist and budget you feel most comfortable.

Meeting with the florist: You should meet with your florist as soon as possible. A florist can only commit to a limited number of weddings or events, especially during the busy summer and holiday months. Be sure to bring color swatches of the exact colors you've selected. Also discuss the length of your ceremony and reception, to ensure that you select flowers that will remain beautiful throughout the day.

Preparing for your florist: It is best to bring suggestions when you first meet with your florist. Although the florist may have photos of arrangements and bouquets, it's important to provide a sense of your own ideal. Take advantage of the florist's expertise. Be sure to tell the florist or designer what flower types you absolutely do not like (i.e. carnations or baby's breath); also let them know what you love!

Flower colors and shades: Selecting the colors and shades of flowers can be a challenge. If you select burgundy roses - beware, your "burgundy" may be the grower's "deep red." Always use a fabric swatch or ribbon sample to show your florist the exact color you have in mind. The florist will help to blend the entire theme and mood of your wedding with the floral decorations and bouquets.

Throw-away bouquet: Consider ordering a throw-away bouquet. When it comes time to throw the bouquet, many brides wish for an alternative so that their own bridal bouquets can be preserved.

Corsages: Mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom should always be given a corsage, but many couples also choose to give them to other special guests. Wrist and purse corsages eliminate pin marks in a beautiful silk or chiffon dress. A shoulder corsage tends to pull down on lightweight fabric, giving a beautiful dress an awkward look in photographs. Be sure to ask your florist to bring extra pins for corsages and boutonnieres.

Delivery and setup of flowers: It is very important that your flowers be delivered at the right time. They shouldn't arrive earlier than necessary, since some facilities lack air conditioning and certain flowers deteriorate rapidly. Corsages and boutonnieres will remain fresh and be easily distributed if you ask your florist to package them individually. If your flowers must be in place at a certain time, tell your florist what time they'll be needed. Consider designating a florist's assistant, especially if you have many corsages. Always put the location and date on your contract, as well as the desired time of delivery so there are no questions or last-minute problems. If the bid doesn't include setup and delivery, allow extra in your budget.

If you are planning to take your flowers to the reception or home, arrange for help in advance. Don't use people from your wedding party. They should not be detained at the church, but rather go straight to the reception to participate in your reception line or introductions. Ask a family friend to handle the moving of flowers.

10 Crucial Questions to ask your florist:

  • How many weddings have you provided flowers for and do you have references?
  • Can you provide samples or drawings of your designs?
  • Do you have a portfolio?
  • Can you give me advice on how to save money with in-season flowers?
  • Are you familiar with my site or will you visit it before the wedding?
  • When and where will be flowers be delivered?
  • Will you be available on-site the day of the wedding to adjust flowers and place arrangements?
  • Do you have an assistant?
  • Do you handle rental items?
  • What are your guarantees for your flowers and will they be fresh?

Tuesday
Sep232008

Not Serving Alcohol at Your Wedding? No problem. Try Our Favorite Mocktail Recipes

Not only is alcohol an expensive part of your wedding plans, but some people just don't want to deal with the extra precautions you have to take when serving alcoholic drinks. Plus, there are so many of the "fruity" flavored cocktails taste so sweet you can't even taste the liquor anyway. So, if you are planning an alcohol-free bridal bash, check out some of our favorite mocktail recipes.

GINGER-LIME ADE

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Stirrings Clarified Key Lime Juice
  • 1 liter lemon-lime soda
  • 1 thumb peeled and sliced ginger
Preparation

  • Add Stirrings Clarified Key Lime Juice to a blender
  • Add peeled and sliced ginger
  • Mix on medium speed for 30 seconds
  • Strain well into lemon lime soda
Serves 6
ICED GREEN MINT TEA

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup
  • 1 liter fresh brewed green tea
  • 3 leaves fresh mint

Preparation
  • Brew 2 liters green tea
  • Add Stirrings Simple Syrup and a handful of clean mint leaves (no stems)
  • Chill in the fridge until cold
Serves 6

THE REAL SHIRLEY TEMPLE Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Stirrings Ginger Ale Cocktail Soda
  • 1.5 oz Stirrings Authentic Grenadine

Preparation
  • In a highball glass with plenty of ice combine both Stirrings Authentic Grenadine and Stirrings Ginger Ale

SPARKLING SANGRIA BLANCA Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz Stirrings White Sangria Cocktail Mixer
  • 1.5 oz Stirrings Club Soda
  • 1 slice peach
Preparation
  • Combine Stirrings White Sangria Cocktail Mixer with Stirrings Club Soda
  • Garnish with fresh sliced peach

Recipes from thebar.com

Monday
Sep222008

Where We'll Be Tomorrow


Hey all you brides-to-be in the Seattle area, you may be interested to know where we'll be tomorrow. Banquetevent.com not only provides information for brides in the form of our website, Puget Sound Wedding Resource Guide and of course this awesome blog, but we also have a whole other side to our business. Banquetevent.com also published the Puget Sound Event Resource Guide and organizes the Northwest Event Show, the largest meeting & event planners' trade show in the area.

The Northwest Event Show is a collection of the top event and party planning vendors in the area. And while the show is designed for event planners, that doesn't mean you can't gain a ton of great information for your wedding.

So if you are interested, check out nweventshow.com for all the details. The show takes place tomorrow (tuesday) at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center from 11 to 5. It's free to register and free to attend.

Friday
Sep192008

Great Read: Confessions Of A Bad Wedding Guest


As a wedding guest there are simply unwritten rules that you must abide. But, in most cases, these unwritten rules are overlooked, neglected or just plain not apparent to most wedding guests...that is, until they become a bride or groom themselves.

Yesterday we read a great article posted on the Today show's website by Zibby Right. The article was original posted on Brides.com, and we think its worth sharing with you.

Read on below...

Last month, on a flight to a friend's wedding in Chicago, I sat next to someone even more clueless about weddings than I was: one of my fellow bridesmaids.

“I bought these great open-toed sandals,” she cooed. “They match the dress perfectly! How about you?”

Hmm, didn't she get the e-mail from the bride insisting we wear closed-toe pumps? Turns out she hadn't gotten her dress altered either ("It'll be fine!"). Plus she'd forgotten to RSVP to some of the wedding-weekend events. And she was shocked to hear that I'd gone to the trouble of preparing a toast for the rehearsal dinner. In short, she was a disaster. But I had to smile. She was just like I used to be.

Before I got engaged last May, I'd broken every rule of wedding thoughtfulness. It wasn't that I didn't care about the bride and groom or that having good manners wasn't important to me. I consider myself a caring friend: I send thank-you notes promptly, I never show up to a housewarming empty-handed. But somehow, the world of proper wedding behavior had eluded me

It wasn't until I started receiving piles of lovely engagement presents (before we'd even decided to have an engagement party) that I realized I should have given some myself. And it wasn't until my own bridal shower, when friends who couldn't attend made sure they still had gifts waiting for me at the hostess' home, that I learned I should've done so, too. I'd actually arrived at one friend's "game theme" shower with a waffle maker. She'd opened it, paused, and politely said, “Well, this will be a lot of fun to play with.”

I never bought off the registry, reasoning that personal gifts like, say, monogrammed robes, were more exciting than china. "What an original idea," brides would write in their thank-you notes. Now, after spending hours selecting items for my own registry, I find myself slightly miffed when guests don't use it. Why do they think I've gone to all that trouble? And that idea that it's acceptable to send gifts up to a year afterward? No one told me that, though technically acceptable, procrastinating until months after the wedding is disappointing for the bride and groom.

Occasionally, I'd forget to send in the response card until the bride's mother followed up. At the time, I didn't see the big deal. After all, I'd told the bride a million times I was coming! Now, after eagerly awaiting the mail each day so I can tear open those little cards and begin table arrangements, I marvel at my thoughtlessness. With the wedding a month away, I can't remember my vows, let alone which friends told me what. And when guests ask to bring dates, I bristle. Our numbers are so tight I couldn't invite some of my cousins. How could I squeeze in someone's new flame? But then I recall how once, days before a wedding I was in, I begged the bride to let me bring my new boyfriend — of six weeks.

“Fine,” she snipped. “If it's really that important to you.”

I spent the entire wedding locked in his arms, neglecting my bridesmaid duties. Soon after, the boy was history, but I'm reminded of him and my poor judgment whenever I see the two of us in my friend's wedding photos.

Ultimately she got over it; perhaps she'd committed her own faux pas, too, before she was a bride. Or maybe she just preferred to focus on the ways her day was special. I'm mortified by my past behavior, but thankful that this friend and others let it all slide. And now that I'm in their position, I'm trying to do the same. Don't get me wrong: Having to e-mail guests for their RSVPs makes my blood boil. But I know that someday they'll be brides and grooms themselves and discover that there are actually pretty good reasons behind those wedding rules we've all (cluelessly) broken.

This content was written by Zibby Right and first appeared in Modern Bride magazine. For more weddings information, visit Brides.com

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