2018 Wedding Shows in Western Washington

One of the best ways to kick start your wedding planning is to attend a wedding show. I know there’s nothing worse than finding out about an event after it’s taken place, so I've put together a complete list of upcoming wedding shows, expos, and tours throughout Western Washington 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! 

* Any show with an asterisk means Thrifty Events is a participating vendor. 

*January 6th & 7th: Tacoma Wedding Expo

Hosted by Bridesclub, the Tacoma Wedding Expo features over 150 wedding vendors, a fashion show, and gown sale. It’s a great way to kick off wedding planning! The expo takes place at the Tacoma Dome from 9:30am - 3:00pm on both days. Tickets are $16, and if you’re purchasing them ahead of time, you can get 3 tickets for $33.

 

January 13th & 14th: Seattle Wedding Expo

The largest wedding show in Western Washington, the Seattle Wedding Expo features over 400 wedding vendors. It takes place on Saturday, January 13th from 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday, January 14th from 10:30am - 5:00pm at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $18 or at the door for $20 each. For those attending on Saturday, they’ll offer an option to have your hand stamped so you can return for free on Sunday. I’d recommend taking advantage of this, as it’s a lot to see in one day!

 

*January 20th & 21st: Everett Lynnwood Expo

Hosted by the same group that puts on the Tacoma Wedding Expo, this show is a great opportunity for couples located north of Seattle. The expo will feature over 150 vendors and takes place at the Xfinity Arena in Everett. The show runs from 9:30am - 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15, or you can purchase them in advance to get 3 tickets for the price of 2.

 

January 27th: Skagit Wedding Show

The Skagit Wedding Showcase will take place at the Skagit Center from 11:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, January 27th. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the door. This year, they are also hosting a Wedding Expert Panel Breakfast for $35. Gather information over breakfast and champagne. Vendors will  give a short presentation followed by Q&A. Pre-sale tickets are required for the breakfast. 

 

January 28th: Weddings in Woodinville

Weddings in Woodinville is a tour style wedding show, taking you to 7 different venues (transportation provided!) and featuring over 100 wedding vendors. Each venue will feature drinks, tastings, and a completely styled space. The event runs from 12:00pm - 5:00pm, and the tour itself takes roughly 4 hours to complete. Tickets are $48 and must be purchased in advance.

 

January 28th: Bellingham Wedding Expo

This smaller expo will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. This one day expo takes place on Sunday, January 28th from 9:30am - 3:00pm. Advance tickets are 3 for the price of 2, or $15 each at the door. 

 

*February 10th & 11th: Northwest Bridal Showcase

For those on the north side of Seattle, the Northwest Bridal Showcase will be at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The show takes place from 11:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday, February 10th and 11:00am - 4:00pm on Sunday, February 11th. You’ll be introduced to over 100 wedding vendors, as well as special guest speakers, a fashion show, and gown sale. Tickets are $15 each.  

 

February 11th: I Do Sodo

Another tour style wedding show, I Do Sodo highlights 8 venues and over 100 vendors in the Sodo district of Seattle. This tour provides parking at Safeco Field and shuttle service between each venue. The event takes place from 12:00pm - 5:00pm, with the tour lasting about 4 hours. Tickets are $35 for a single ticket, or $25 each for groups larger than 2. This is a 21+ event.

 

*March 24th & 25th: Tacoma Spring Wedding Expo

A second wedding expo for couples located south of Seattle, the Tacoma Wedding Expo features over 150 wedding vendors and takes place at the Tacoma Dome. The spring expo will be on Saturday, March 24th from 9:30am - 4:00pm and Sunday, March 25th from 10:30am - 4:00pm. Tickets are $16 each, or 3 for the price of 2 with this coupon.  

 

May 6th: Whatcom Wedding Tour

Hosted by Whatcom Wedding Professionals, this self-guided tour will take place on Sunday, May 6th and features venues and vendors in Whatcom county. Check their Facebook page for more information as the date approaches.

 

*June 3rd: Snohomish Wedding Tour

Hosted by the Snohomish Wedding Guild, this is one of the largest wedding tours in the area, featuring 17 wedding venues in Snohomish county and over 100 wedding vendors that serve the area. The tour takes place on Sunday, June 3rd from 10:00am - 4:00pm. The tour is self-guided, so you can travel on your own to see as many venues and vendors as you’d like. Tickets are FREE this year! Upon signing up you’ll receive confirmation, a map of the venues, and information to plan your route. No on-site registration required. Simply choose your favorite venue and begin there!

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Real Wedding: Amy & Steven at Woodland Meadow Farm

What I loved about this wedding:

A few words to describe Amy & Steven - creative, down to earth, and just all around awesome. Sometimes as a wedding planner, you get lucky and you really click with the couples you're working with. Sometimes you get lucky and you really click with the couple's wedding style. And then sometimes something magical happens and you click with the couple and fall in love with their wedding style. That is the best way to sum up Amy and Steven's wedding. Their creative touches to everything made the day not only feel like a unique wedding, but a day that was truly built around their personality and style. Amy was my favorite kind of bride, too. Fun and organized, but not afraid to share what was causing her stress, and then she let it all go on her wedding day. She turned over the details to us and just soaked up all the joy of getting married. They had a blast, and I was so honored to be a part of their day!  

The Vendor Team: 

Venue: Woodland Meadow Farms
Catering: Spanish Caravan Catering
Photography: Veesh Photography
Photo booth: Shutter Bus Co. 
Desserts: Tin Box Bakeshop
Bartender: Bartenders Extraordinaire
Floral: Moon Bloom Floral
Decor Rentals: Vintage Ambiance
Make-Up: Amber Leigh Make-Up Artistry
Transportation: Starline Luxury Motorcoaches
Coordination: Thrifty Events
 

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It's Dressember Again!

It's Dressember! - Photo by Kendra Design

It's Dressember! - Photo by Kendra Design

This will be my second year participating in Dressember, which is a national campaign of women wearing dresses each day in the month of December to promote awareness and raise funds to help end human trafficking. The Dressember foundation partners with IJM, A21 and McMahon/Ryan to help rescue enslaved women, provide care to victims, and fight for justice and stricter laws to end modern day slavery altogether.

While the funds raised go specifically toward human trafficking, when I put on my dresses this year, it feels like a much larger fight for women’s rights. 2017 has been a tough year for equality. It’s often hard for me to balance the feeling that we’ve come so far in the women’s rights movement, and yet have so far to go. Our presidential election, the #metoo campaign, and all of the recent publicity around sexual harassment cases have proven this to us over and over again. We still have a lot of work to do.

Did you know that there are millions of women and children that are sold as sex slaves every year? And not just in other countries. It happens here in the US, too. A lot. I remember in 2012, I was living in Indianapolis where the Super Bowl was being hosted, and there were organizations that came to the local hotels to teach staff and the public about how to spot human trafficking, the warning signs that someone is a victim, and how to get them help. It’s nothing short of disturbing to think that something this vulgar is happening in the cities where we live, but we can’t shy away from talking about it just because it makes us uncomfortable.

That’s what I love about Dressember. It brings the conversation to the forefront of the women’s rights movement. It gives us a way to have these conversations and bring awareness to this issue. While wearing a dress each day may sound silly or insignificant, it opens the door for more conversations and allows more and more women to get involved. The entire movement was actually started in 2009 by just one woman, Blythe Hill, and in 2016 there were over 5,000 women participating and over 3 million dollars have been raised. Wearing a dress doesn’t seem so silly now, does it?

As part of Team Beauty and Dignity, which is a local group of women based around Tacoma, my goal is to raise $1,000. Our team goal is to raise $25,000. It’s only December 3rd, and we’ve already raised just over $10,000. Impressive, but again, we’ve still got work to do. And that’s where you come in! If you’d like to support this cause, you can donate directly to my page: https://dressember.funraise.org/fundraiser/candi-block.

It might have been a tough year, but there’s still hope. As long as we continue to take steps toward equality, whether that’s wearing a dress, voting, donating, volunteering, or just spreading the word, then progress is being made.

Thank you for your support of me wearing a dress, and thank you for your support for this wonderful cause!

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Venue Highlight: The Lodge at Trinity Tree Farm

'Tis the season! With the holidays around the corner, it's only fitting to highlight a Christmas tree farm this month. Here's what you need to know... 

THE BASICS  

Name: Trinity Tree Farm - There are actually two venues on this property, 1) The Lodge and 2) The  Barn. In this blog, we’re going to talk specifically about The Lodge.
Location: Issaquah, WA
Capacity: 150
Separate space for ceremony and reception: Yes
Rooms for getting ready: Yes
Rental time frame: 12 hours, 11:00am to 11:00pm
Cost: $4,400 (based on 2017 wedding prices)

THE INSIDE SCOOP

Why I love this venue: If you’re a tree lover like me, then consider this your magical, hidden gem, off the beaten path, perfect venue! It’s really not far from the city of Issaquah, but after taking the winding road up the hill and entering the venue property, you’ll feel like you’re on a little retreat away from it all. The Lodge has a gorgeous lawn space for outdoor ceremonies, and you’ll make quite a grand entrance coming down their staircase! The reception space is a photographer’s dream, full of natural light. The room is light and airy and the chandeliers and lights stay up for every wedding, no additional cost (cha-ching!). In my opinion, though, one of the things that truly makes this venue stand out from many others (and I’ll admit it’s a small factor, but a commonly overlooked one), is their beautiful (and huge) suites for getting ready. One space is on the second floor and includes a wall with mirrors and counter tops for hair and make-up, a lounge area, a massive bathroom (like I would trade my own bathroom for this one), and a covered deck overlooking the venue (perfect for photos of you putting on your dress or first look). The second room is off the main lobby and has it’s own bathroom, lounge area, and pool table. It’s also adjacent to the fire pits with a covered patio, so you can relax outdoors before getting ready. Those amenities may seem trivial, but you can’t go wrong by starting your wedding day in a relaxed, spacious, and gorgeous setting.

One piece of advice: Since there are two venues on this property, make sure you specify to your guests that your wedding is at The Lodge. The property owners do a great job of providing signage for wedding guests, and will include your names at the entrance, but it’s always great to give guests a heads up so they know they are in the right place.

Also, take advantage of the gorgeous lawn spaces and firepits by providing your guests with an outdoor cocktail hour, yard games, and other fun activities. They can enjoy this gorgeous setting while you sneak away to take some pictures with the trees!

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All photos provided by Pam and Tara Photography

Real Wedding: Claire & Matt at Pickering Barn

What I loved about this wedding: 

Two words: daytime wedding. Almost completely unheard of, but amazing! This couple was so in tune with their style and planned a wedding that perfectly matched their personalities. They wanted to gather their friends and family to celebrate and hang out over good food. When you know you have a relaxed group, offering lunch from Skillet catering, beer, and plenty of time to just hang out and enjoy each others' company is really the best thing you can do! 

The Vendor Team: 

Venue: Pickering Barn
Catering: Skillet Catering
Photography: Pam and Tara Photography
DJ: Lion's Den Entertainment
Rentals: Linen Sensation
Planning, Coordination, and Design: Thrifty Events

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Real Wedding: David & Xiao at The Lodge at Trinity Tree Farm

What I loved about this wedding: 

David and Xiao were planning from San Francisco, and planning from a distance can be tough, but we made the most of their visits to Seattle, and communicated so much via email that I think I actually went through withdrawals after their wedding. :) They were awesome! Not to mention, literally, two of the smartest people I've ever met. It began when they were selecting their wedding date, and Xiao made a spreadsheet that predicted rain on any given Spring 2017 date. And it worked! Their ceremony was held outdoors at Trinity Tree Farm, the first outdoor wedding of the venue's season! At the wedding during the toasts, a friend just casually mentioned that Xiao was getting calls from Bill Gates himself offering her a job after she graduated MIT. And she turned him down! WHOA! But to be honest, it may run in the family. Her parents lived in the area and attended every tasting with us, where they gave each dish a 1-100 ranking. Not 1-10, 1-100! It was seriously impressive. What else runs in the family? Some awesome dance moves! This was hands down the best father daughter dance I've ever seen. Scroll on down to the bottom to check it out! 

The Vendor Team:

Venue: The Lodge at Trinity Tree Farm
Photography: Pam and Tara Photography
Catering & Desserts: Madres Kitchen
DJ: Injoy Entertainment
Game rentals: Yeti Yard Games
Rentals: Sweet Buffet Lady
Hair & Make-Up: Christy K Make-Up and Hair
Planning, Coordination, and Floral & Design: Thrifty Events
 

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Real Wedding: Chrissy & Sean at Sodo Park

What I loved about this wedding: 

This is hands down the most adventurous couple I have ever worked with. Probably even the most adventurous people I have ever met! A week before their wedding they were travelling and heli-skiing. Yep, you read that correctly, they were jumping out of a helicopter and skiing down a mountain. I can barely get off the blue trails when I go skiing, so I have some major goals now. But, what I loved is that their laid back, carefree attitude carried through planning and the entire wedding day, and they had a blast! It was so clear that these two treat their relationship has their greatest adventure, and their friends and family are at the center of their lives, which shone through in every part of their day. From the goofy moments with the wedding party while getting ready, to the awesome choreographed dance during the reception, this group made the most of the day! 

The Vendor Team: 

Venue: Sodo Park
Photography: Salt & Pine
Catering: Herban Feast
Band: Blue Wave Band
Flowers/Design: Herban Bloom
Desserts: DIY from family and friends
Coordination: Thrifty Events
 

Wedding Buiding Blocks: An inside look at the creation of the course

I have to admit, this course almost wasn't created. It was an idea I had at the beginning of 2017, but in the midst of planning my transition from part-time at the UW to full-time with Thrifty Events, it was daunting and overwhelming to even consider how I would create the course at the same time. 

When the course was still on my mind in June, I knew it was important. I frequently overthink things, but there was something different about this course. It excited me in a way that I hadn't experienced before with wedding planning. I could see the potential impact this course would have for couples. How much easier it would make wedding planning for them. And how much more accessible working with a wedding planner could become for the many engaged couples that want guidance, but hiring a wedding planner is completely out of their budget. I knew the course had to be made! 

Then, the summer wedding season kicked in to high gear. While the content easily flowed into a course outline, and I had scribbled out my to-do list for creating the course, the thought of filming myself and editing video content seemed so overwhelming. I like to think I'm technologically savvy, but video editing? That seemed out of my wheelhouse. Having the entire course outline sitting in front of me, but feeling like it was impossible to create, was tough. But, luckily, there are some amazing online course creators that have shared their experience with how-to guides, and you better believe I binged all of it! I read every blog I could get my hands on and watched webinar after webinar on video editing, hosting a course, and how to use the platform. I was determined to get this course out there for the world to use, and luckily, I prevailed. #Girlbossmoment 

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This course was a labor of love. I think I tapped into the depths of my creative ability, plus some. There were times that I wondered if the course would really interest couples, and if it was worth all the sweat and tears (oh yes, there were tears), but I knew more than anything, I would regret not creating it more than not trying. And when the moments got tough, I feel very fortunate to have an even tougher husband and support system of friends to get me through it. I've always loved the quote "Great things never came from comfort zones", and now, I feel like I have a new appreciation for it. From finding the motivation to begin, to getting the courage to post and launch the final product, it's been challenging, but in the best way possible. I am so incredibly proud of this course, and I know it's going to make such a huge difference for so many engaged couples struggling to get through wedding planning. They'll learn the basics of event planning, how to stay organized, get the inside scoop from a wedding planner in the industry, and have the ability to ask questions and share their progress.

With anything new, it can be a little scary, but as that fades I'm getting more and more excited to see where this journey takes us. I hope you'll join me!  

Wedding Building Blocks: A wedding planning course for couples

I recently launched a new online wedding planning course for engaged couples, Wedding Building Blocks. It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. It’s a step-by-step guide to get you through wedding planning. It eliminates the overwhelm of not knowing where to begin or how to progress through planning, and gives you an easy guide to follow.

What’s included in the course?

The course contains 10 chapters covering 3 major areas - organizing, planning, and executing.  In the organizational section, we cover big picture planning topics like choosing an overall budget, the look and feel of your wedding, and when you’d like to get married. From there, we discuss establishing your guest list, and how to prioritize your vendors. And finally, we wrap up the prep work by creating a budget.

In the planning section, we cover how to find and book your venue and all of your vendors, as well as how to efficiently use Pinterest to assist you with planning. Pinterest can easily cause FOMO, and we’ll discuss some tips and tricks to stay more organized with your Pinterest boards, as well as keep realistic expectations for DIY projects.

In the last section, execution, we discuss how to create a wedding day timeline, and how to track all of the small details.

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Beyond the content in each video, the online course also includes downloadable worksheets and templates to help keep you organized. Each has instructions, and we discuss how to use them in the corresponding videos to ensure everything is easy to use in your own planning.

And, if all of that isn’t enough, you'll get curated content from other wedding industry pros. Taking the time to search and sift through the many blogs, articles, and planning websites to find what you’re looking for can be frustrating, so I’ve taken the leg work out of it for you. For chapters that you’re looking for more information, you can follow the links to find great information from other professionals discussing their particular area of expertise.

That’s the course in a nutshell!

It’s jam packed with great information, and laid out in an easy to follow guide. You can enroll in the course through my Teachable page. To celebrate the launch, when you join by the end of the year (December 31, 2017) you can use the coupon code “LAUNCHSPECIAL” to get VIP level access for the price of just the course. VIP’s get access to the private Facebook group “Wedding Building Blocks”. In this group, you’ll be able to ask questions and share your progress, and I’ll be going live weekly to share even more wedding planning knowledge. I hope to see you in the group!

Venue Highlight: Hall at Fauntleroy

The basics  

Name: Hall at Fauntleroy
Location: Seattle, WA (The West Seattle neighborhood, to be more specific)
Capacity: 250
Separate space for ceremony and reception: Yes
Rooms for getting ready: Yes
Rental time frame: 10 hours
Cost: $2,150 - $3,850 for the full facility, depending on your event’s month and day of the week

The inside scoop

Why I love this venue: There are so many reasons, that I don't think I can choose just one! I love the variety of spaces they have on site, everything from a gorgeous garden ceremony space, to the bistro string lit patio and moody billiards room, to brick exposed interior, the venue will give your guests a different feel as they move through the space. On top of that, they have the most amazing staff! From your point person during planning to your day of catering team, they go above and beyond for their clients.

One piece of advice: Two things... 1) The parking lot is behind the venue, but because of one way streets, you'll actually pass the venue and drive around the block to get there. Make sure your guests and vendors know this. 2) Make some time in the day to take advantage of how close you are to the waterfront by going to Lincoln Park for photos. You won't regret it!

Real Wedding: Ana & Chris at Hall at Fauntleroy

What I loved about this wedding:

I loved Ana's DIY, can-do attitude. During one of our conversations about flowers, we were talking through options for making the bouquets, and we came up with a fun idea to have all of the bridesmaids come over to my studio (aka my garage) the morning before the rehearsal and have a DIY bouquet making party. I had never done something like this before, but Ana's excitement was contagious and it turned out to be one of the most fun events I've ever hosted! With lots of coffee flowing, lots of questions, and a bit of courage, each girl jumped in and began creating. It was awesome to see each one of them get excited about choosing each flower stem and carefully creating their version of the perfect bouquet. On the wedding day, their bouquets weren't just something pretty to hold, but a beautifully curated piece of art to show off and be proud of. Here's to many more bouquet DIY parties in the future! 

The Vendor Team: 

Venue: Hall at Fauntleroy
Catering: Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
Photography: Saskia Potter
Photo booth: Drunken Pixel
Dessert: PNW Cupcakes
DJ: Sounds Unlimited
Hair & Make-Up: KLS Make-Up Artistry
Flowers/Centerpieces: Thrifty Events
Coordination: Thrifty Events

7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Day Clean-Up Easier

7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Day Clean-Up Easier

Setup and tear-down for weddings is like biking over a hill. Set-up is the uphill climb, taking lots of time and energy. Clean-up on the other hand is like coasting on the downhill. It’s easier, quick, and a bit more carefree. However, you still need a plan to keep things from coming to a crashing halt at the end of the night. Last month I posted a blog with 7 tips to make your wedding day set up run smoothly, and this blog provides tips on how to ensure clean up runs just as swimmingly.

Venue Highlight: Pickering Barn

The basics 

Name: Pickering Barn
Location: Issaquah, WA
Capacity: 400
Separate space for ceremony and reception: Yes
Rooms for getting ready: Yes
Rental time frame: 9 hours
Cost: $2,100 - $3,300, depending on the event’s month and day of the week

The inside scoop  

Why I love this venue: Pickering Barn is one of my favorite venues because it’s one of the few barn style venues that still offers all of the comforts of being right in the city. Pickering Barn is great for large weddings, and your guests can easily choose from a handful of hotels in the Issaquah area that are only a few minutes drive from the barn. Even though it’s in the city, there is still enough parking for large groups, and it’s surrounded by gorgeous gardens. It’s truly the best of both worlds!

My one piece of advice: The Pickering Barn staff do not begin setting up chairs and tables until about 20 minutes prior to access time, and are very strict on allowing the group access to the venue at the contract start time. If you or your vendors arrive early, they will need to wait in the parking lot, and don’t expect all tables and chairs to be set up when you first enter. Unlike many venues that will have those items set up when you arrive, allow some additional time during set-up for them to finish this. You won’t have any issues getting everything ready on time, as long as know this in advance and plan for it.

The outside of Pickering Barn, Issaquah, WA. Photo by Scott & Mistry Photography

The Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies, and garden area. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The outside of the Hay Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The Dairy Barn, sectioned off for a smaller reception. Drapery by Linen Sensation. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Outdoor patio between the Dairy Barn and gardens. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The creamery, connected to the Dairy Barn. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Outdoor garden area. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Reception in the Dairy Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

In the doorway of the Hay Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Outside of the barn you can have a food truck pull up to serve guests. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

The gardens near the outdoor ceremony space. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Outside of the Hay Barn. Photo by Pam and Tara Photography

Reception in the Dairy Barn with ceiling drapery from Linen Sensation. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Hay Barn ceremony with string lights from Linen Sensation. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Photo inside one of their rooms to get ready. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Entry way from the lobby into the Dairy Barn, with the Hay Barn in the background. Photo by Mistry & Scott Photography

Thrifty Events offers wedding planning, event design, and day of coordination services.

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Candi Block, Founder & Event Planner

Midwest native with big-family roots, now newlywed, entrepreneur, and new home owner in the PNW. Love being involved in the community, crafting, creating, and Netflix binging.

4 Ways to Overcome Wedding Decision Making Fatigue

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.

Your Guide to Hosting a Bar at Your Wedding

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). 

How to Plan a Non-Traditional Wedding

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.

Don't Compare Yourself to A Styled Shoot

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.

How to Create Your Wedding Planning Timeline

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!