You just got engaged and made the big, wonderful announcement to the world. Now everyone is asking you when the wedding will be and where, but you haven’t even had the chance to sit down and really look at your guest list. How many people do you want to have, who do you truly want to share this milestone with, and what are your overall wedding priorities? So, you finally sit down and write out everyone who you may want to invite. The list is long, longer than you expected. Wh
Quite awhile back, I asked Maddie, the venue manager at Elk Haven Estate, to answer some interview questions for me because I have just been dying to share this gorgeous venue with you all! Well, I am finally getting around to posting that interview on the blog. Please read below all about this dream vineyard venue and everything it has to offer your next great event! Tell me about how the venue got its name & start, and where it is located. Elk Haven Estate is a wedding venu
I want to tell you about one of my favorite weddings from this season, Katelyn and Tyler. I met with Katelyn three times prior to her wedding date. And all three meetings were just with Katelyn. I did not meet Tyler until rehearsal day. This is not terribly uncommon as typically the groom has only a couple requests throughout the process but doesn’t take a hugely active role in the planning. That is exactly where Tyler was at… I was able to get a pretty good sense of his pers
Coming at you with a second part of Two Myths and a Truth: Wedding Edition. I am bringing this blog back around because there are so many things that come up during client meetings where I am thinking “who told you that?” or “yep, that is absolutely true”, so I feel like it is important to put out accurate information and squash the misleading posts! With that said, let’s get right into it… If you book a wedding venue (versus being at a private residence), you don’t need a pl
Zephyr Lodge was one of those venues where, before 2021, I had not had the pleasure of coordinating a wedding, then I booked one wedding there and suddenly 3 more followed… Jessica and Aaron’s wedding was one of those. When they first booked with me, we had conversations revolving around a “plan b” because it was still June in the Inland Northwest, so we all know anything can happen. Well at the time, that “anything” did not include 106-degree weather, but that’s what we got!
You have just spent a pretty penny on some beautiful flowers for your magical day, but what are you supposed to do with them after the music is over? In April of last year, I did an in-depth interview with Emily from McBride Floral Design (you can read that HERE) and you guys loved it so much I asked her to answer a few more questions – this time about how to thoroughly enjoy and preserve your wedding florals after the festivities have commenced. What is the best way to help
Do you get stressed out just thinking about putting together your wedding invitations? You may ask what information do I need to include? I have a blended family, how do I include everyone? I don’t want kids at my wedding, how do I convey that nicely? If I have a wedding website, do I really need RSVP cards? My goal is to answer all these questions and more with this blog post, so stick with me here! Starting at the beginning, you need to decide what kind of invites you are l
Raise your hand if you love bold colors. Now, raise your hand if you want to incorporate those bold colors into your wedding design plan, but you may not know how without looking like you are hosting a circus. I love when couples are not afraid to, strategically, add a pop of color or colors to their design plan because the world is made up of more colors than white, blush and ivory. Don’t get me wrong, those classic color palettes are beautiful and if that is your style, I a
The internet has completely revolutionized the way we live every day, in many ways we depend on technology for almost everything. In terms of how we plan weddings, the internet has helped evolve the industry into what we think of today. No longer do brides only have written publications, friends recommendations and radio/television ads to turn to for wedding information and inspiration. We no longer solely rely on snail-mail to collect RSVPs and we don’t have to stuff invitat
A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way. Think about how you feel when someone thanks you for a gift, your time, hard work, etc. It shows appreciation and conveys gratitude, but more than that it is a sign of respect and an acknowledgement to that person (or persons) that they matter. These are just some of the reasons why I love when couples say a thank you toast during their wedding reception. It doesn’t have to be much, one sentence or ten sentences, written out or imprompt
Today I want to talk about all things floral! Flowers can arguably be considered one of the tougher things to budget for when you begin the wedding planning process because there are so many variables. For florists, it is not as easy as emailing off a list of packages for couples to choose from. Instead, they will ask you questions like… what kind of flowers do you want to see incorporated, how many bridesmaids/groomsmen do you have, do you want a cascading bouquet or a round
Have you and your partner thought about taking dance lessons for your first dance? If so, I can give you a few different recommendations on great dance instructors! However, today I am not talking about learning a style of dance… no, today I want to talk about how much I love when couples create their own choreography to break into in the middle of their first dance. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the sweet and intimate first dances! I am typically in tears by the end.
Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has picked a color to represent the coming year. Each December the results are published in the Pantone View, which many florists and designers use to help guide clients and designs for future projects. The Pantone Color Matching System is a largely standardized color production system which allows different manufacturers in different locations to have a common reference to make colors match without having direct contact with each other