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!
Recently, I had a bride ask me about heirlooms. She wanted to incorporate something that could become an heirloom that she could pass down to her future daughter or daughter-in-law, but she did not have anything that she felt was “special enough” – like a necklace, handkerchief or ring. This question got me thinking about heirlooms and traditions in general and where all of that starts because it has to start somewhere. These things do not just become traditions or heirlooms
Those last couple of weeks before the wedding can really feel like crunch time, and I regularly hear from clients, “what am I missing?”. Most of the time all the big items have been checked, but I know they are really referring to the littler details that sometimes get missed. Everyone tends to focus on things like the photographer, the florist, the dress, the seating chart, etc. To help I have put together a list of 15 thing you may forget when planning a wedding… 1. Lightin
Deciding on which gal pals to ask to join you up at the altar on your big day can be a major undertaking in it of itself, but do you really know what you are asking them to do throughout the rest of the planning process? And if you do have certain expectations from them, are you communicating those clearly? When I ask brides if they (at the very least) have considered a day of coordinator, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, “well that is what I have my bridesmaids
As a play on two truths and a lie, today on the blog we are going to talk two myths and a truth: wedding edition! Don’t worry, I won’t make you guess which one is the truth because who has time for that these days. The important thing is for me to share the information, not to try to trick you. Just like with all the different news outlets, there is a lot of information about weddings out there. For many people this is their first time going through the wedding planning proce
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
Springtime here in the Inland Northwest is March through May. You may like the idea of getting married in the spring because it’s not as popular and the temperatures tend to be more moderate. However, spring can also be very unpredictable. Planning a wedding is tough enough as it is, but when you throw some unreliable weather into the mix it can create added stress. With that said, if it is your dream to get married in the spring here in the INW, you go Glenn Coco, there are
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
Creating a timeline for your wedding day can seem like a daunting task, but it is definitely a necessary one. As overwhelming as it may seem, this is one of those tasks, as an experienced wedding planner, that I can put together in a matter of minutes when taking into consideration some basic information. The best place to start is in the middle, with the ceremony. Then it is easiest to work your way backwards, before working your way forwards. When doing this, I want to give
Tradeshows and bridal festivals are some of my favorite events to meet and chat up brides. However, many times in the middle of our conversation I will have a bride tell me, “Oh, I don’t need a wedding coordinator. That is what my maid of honor is for.” I am here to tell you that is absolutely not what your maid of honor is for and please don’t ask her to do it – I have been down that road too. Yes, there are certain things that your maid of honor can oversee both prior to an
Trends are a huge topic of conversation in the wedding industry. I am sure if you have planned or are currently planning your wedding you hear that term throw around all the time. A trend, in basic terms, is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. For example, right now, in 2020, we are seeing elopements and micro-weddings becoming very popular and thus, a big trend. However, that is not the trend I want to talk to you about today. This trend is some
At the beginning of June I had the great pleasure to help organize the grand opening for The Grand Barn at Grand Pend Oreille Wedding Venue in Newport, Washington and I want to share all the fantastic photos that came out of it. We had a wonderful team of vendors who helped bring the beautiful barn to life and each of them deserve a highlight of their own! It only makes sense to start with the venue that brought this wonderful team together… Grand Pend Oreille Wedding Venue.
When it came to our wedding, there was not much that my husband felt very strongly about. For the most part, he stuck to the “happy wife, happy life” philosophy which I appreciated because, I am sure like a lot of you, I had this day planned since I was a teenager. However, when we got engaged, one of the very first things he said to me was, “No, we are not writing our own vows. Period.” I’ll be honest, when he said it my first reaction (the one you can’t control) was to be s
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
Let’s face it, there is no way to plan for a potential wedding day emergency. If we did, it wouldn’t be an emergency, it would just be part of the plan. However, it is always a good idea to be prepared for one because things do happen. As a wedding professional, I make it a point to always have an emergency kit on hand for all events. Today I want to provide you with a list of items I like to keep in that kit so if the need arises, you can be prepared for yourself too. That w
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.
There are terms and words that vendors in the wedding industry throw around freely, but a lot of times if you are not around these words on a daily basis you have no idea what we are talking about or you have heard them in a different context, so you are not positive about the meaning. It’s the classic, you don’t know what you don’t know until you need to know. Listed below are 10 terms commonly used in the wedding industry that I often get asked by clients (usually grooms) t
In a wedding industry saturated with photographers, it is very important to take your time and find the right one for you and your style – after all, you will be looking at these pictures forever. With that said, let me introduce you to Zach Nichols, a wedding photographer and outdoor enthusiast. I first met and worked with Zach on a few years ago at weddings held at the venue I was managing at the time. I had the pleasure of working with him several more times at the last ve
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
As December is flying by and we will shortly be closing out the decade, I want to take a look back at some of my craziest and most successful ‘Act of God’ wedding stories – proving why you always need a wedding planner because sometimes there are things that you simply cannot plan for and without a planner you will be left to handle them on your own. Have you ever heard or read the story about little 8-year-old Virginia who wrote to the New York Sun in 1897 wanting to know th