4 Ways to Overcome Wedding Decision Making Fatigue

Plain and simple, wedding planning is a ton of decisions. And decision making fatigue is a real thing. We all have our breaking point (and for some reason deciding on dinner seems to be a common one) and while planning your wedding, you will want to throw your hands in the air and give all decision making power over to someone else. If you’ve experienced this, trust me, you aren’t alone.

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Your Guide to Hosting a Bar at Your Wedding

Providing alcoholic drinks for your guests is often a big part of planning your wedding reception. I constantly hear couples concerned that their guests won’t have a good time at their wedding, and I know (whether they say it or not), many couples correlate “fun” with their guests having access to alcoholic beverages. But, there are many, many questions about how to host a bar without going over your wedding budget (I get it, booze can get expensive!), or without your guests getting too hammered (it’s a fine line, my friend, a fine line). 

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How to Plan a Non-Traditional Wedding

Think about the last time you attended a wedding. At any point in the day did you have to wonder what was going to happen next? Probably not. The day likely flowed easily from the ceremony, to cocktail hour, to dinner, and then dancing. But think a little bit harder, and you’ll likely discover that there were certain things that happened that queued you into what was going to happen next. The couple made their grand entrance to the reception, which kicked off dinner. The couple cut the cake, which meant cake was available for everyone. The couple did their first dance, followed by everyone joining and the dance floor to officially be open. These transitions seem subtle, but they are very important queues that guests know to wait for before moving to the next portion of the night.

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Don't Compare Yourself to A Styled Shoot

If you’re unsure what a styled shoot is, you’re likely not alone. It’s a term used within the wedding industry, but very few couples ever hear about them. Let me rephrase that … you see them everywhere and their influence is deeply rooted in new wedding trends, you just may not know they are styled shoots. Until now.

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How to Create Your Wedding Planning Timeline

I see those pre-printed planning timelines plastered all over the internet and cringe every time. They’re making the assumption that everyone is getting engaged, planning for 8 -12 months, (with nothing but your sole dedication to planning, by the way) and then getting married. It’s so unrealistic. So, how do you set a planning timeline? Read on to find out! 

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Why You Should Prioritize Your Wedding Vendors

Hopefully prioritizing the vendors you’ll need to book for your wedding doesn’t sound like a complete foreign concept. It may not be something you’ve considered in depth, but after getting engaged almost everyone naturally begins to think about the elements of their wedding day that are most important to them. What I challenge you to do is take it one step further and actually assign a ranking to each vendor. Here's why ... 

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Your Guide to Taking Photos with the UW Cherry Blossoms

It’s that time of year again - the cherry blossoms are blooming on the University of Washington campus! It’s a special time that only happens once a year, and it’s spectacularly gorgeous. There’s no wonder people come from far and wide to catch a glimpse of these trees (not kidding, people travel from all over the world to see them in bloom). Over the years, it’s also become a popular location for wedding and engagement photos. But it takes a little more planning to get these gorgeous shots than just showing up to campus on a whim. Did we mention people travel from all over the world to see these trees? Here’s what you need to know ... 

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6 Ways to Ease Tension While Wedding Planning

There’s a new video out by CollegeHumor, and if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely take a moment to watch. It will hopefully bring you a few laughs. It may also bring some feelings of despair, though, because it’s really only funny because there’s so much truth to it. Being engaged is supposed to be the happiest time in your life - you’re marrying your soulmate! -  but this video cuts to the heart of the matter that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. It’s so easy for wedding planning to become all consuming, which can take a real toll on your relationship. It’s important to take some time to focus on other things, add a date night to your calendar, and put the wedding talk on hold. Here are some ideas to get you started

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3 Reasons to Take Advantage of Free Consultations with Wedding Vendors

In a world where all wedding professionals have websites, social media accounts, online reviews, and have listings on large wedding planning sites, I can’t say I’m surprised to hear from  couples that think they can easily do their research online to book all of their wedding vendors. I don’t completely blame them.  There’s nothing comfortable about sitting in a coffee shop waiting to meet a complete stranger and talk about your relationship and upcoming wedding. Ok, to be fair, that’s always fun for me, but I’m well aware for the more introverted folks, it’s uncomfortable and something to be avoided at all cost. Even if you aren’t all that introverted, setting up consultations is time consuming and can seem like a hassle, but in reality, it’s one of the best uses of your time while wedding planning.

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How to Plan for Your Out-of-Town Guests

It’s so rare to plan a wedding where all of the guests are locals. More so, it’s becoming common that a significant portion of guests are travelling from out of town. (I guess they call Seattle a city of transplants for a reason) Whether it’s family, or college friends, there tends to be a group that couples need to put a little more focus on to ensure their trip and time around the wedding is a fun one. From our own wedding (almost 90% of our guests were travelling from outside of Washington) to the many clients I’ve helped with out of town guests, I’ve learned some tricks and tips to decrease the work of planning for them and increase the guests’ satisfaction with their trip.

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Should You Hire a Wedding Coordinator?

Wedding coordination is consistently the one thing that couples after the wedding day either thank their lucky stars they booked, or seriously regret not having.  So, before you make you're decision on whether to book or not, take a look at this handy chart to help you decide if hiring a wedding coordinator will benefit you. 

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The Big “Budget-Friendly” Wedding Decision That Could Be Costing You More

The venue you choose will set the stage for many of the decisions you'll need to make while planning your wedding, and while spending less on the venue may feel good right now, it could be costing you thousands of dollars down the line. 

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Budget-Friendly Ways to Shop for Your Wedding Dress

Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most exciting, and overwhelming, parts of wedding planning. Before you step foot in a bridal store, it’s important to have a budget in mind because pricing will vary drastically. So what can you do to help save while still finding the dress of your dreams? Here are my suggestions of the most cost effective options. 

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2017 Guide to Wedding Shows in Western Washington

One of the best ways to get inspired, whether you need to find a venue or you’re selecting the final decorative details, is to attend a wedding show. We know there’s nothing worse than finding out about an event after it’s taken place, so we’ve put together a complete list of upcoming wedding shows, expos, and tours in the area from now through the beginning of the summer. Mark your calendars and get your tickets because there’s lots to see and do in the coming months!

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2016 Year End Review

Everywhere you look on social media there are posts sharing disdain and frustration toward 2016, but not here! Although I’ll admit there were a few rough patches, I refuse to sit back and let 2016 go by without pausing to remember all of the amazing things we had happen this year. Maybe we’re just a few of the lucky ones, (which I don’t think is the case), but I’d consider this year to be a big success, both personally and professionally, and want to take a moment to reflect on some of the greatness that was 2016.

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Top 10 Words of Wisdom from 2016

With each wedding comes successes, but every once in a while, I take a step back and think to myself “wow, that probably could have gone a little better”. I’m usually the first to admit if I don’t think something is up to par, even when the couple and their guests are gushing about how perfect the wedding day went. Call it my perfectionist attitude, or just being my own worst critic, but these bits of insights continue to push me to step up my game so I leave every wedding at the end of the day without a doubt in my mind that everything was flawless. I want every couple to feel that way, too, which is why as 2016 comes to a close, I’m sharing my top 10 pieces of advice; the things I’ve perfected from coordinating so many weddings and the lessons I’ve learned in the process.

 

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Top 10 Thrifty Wedding Ideas of 2016

We’re officially on the home stretch for 2016, and what a year it’s been! I thought it would be fun to use these last few weeks in December to recap some of the awesomeness that was 2016. This week I’m going to talk about my top 10 thrifty wedding ideas, and in the coming weeks I’ll post my top 10 favorite moments, and top 10 lessons learned. Let the countdown begin! 

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