Tis the season: UW Wedding Show 2/23

Hello all! I just wanted to remind everyone that the UW Wedding Show is happening next weekend, Sunday, February 23 at the UW Club on campus. No doubt you all caught up on the happenings from last month’s Seattle Wedding Show on our Facebook page. And now we head into the second show of the season! So, if you didn’t make it out to the Seattle Wedding Show (or even if you did!), come on down to the UW next Sunday from 12-3pm.

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-Donna

Seattle Wedding Show – THIS WEEKEND! Booth 1312

Seattle is buzzing about this weekend – there’s a lot going on around town. There’s apparently a football game or something taking place here. Just kidding all you Seahawk fans – I know the game is a BIG deal! GO HAWKS!!!! Aside from the Seahawks taking down the New Orleans Saints, the Seattle Wedding Show is going on! It’s officially going to start getting busy.

So all you brides, grooms, mothers-of-the, fathers-of-the, maids/matrons of honor, best men, bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearers, flower girls (whew) – come on over to the Convention Center to booth 1312 and let us show you how we can make your wedding experience more magical than it already will be.

I hope to see you all there!

-Donna

 

Chiavari Chairs – to cover or not?

Chairs – to cover or not to cover? That’s the question. Seeing as how we are Seattle’s Best Chair COVERS, one might assume that we’d always say cover those chairs, of course. I mean duh, right?! Wrong.

In my opinion, there are certain chairs that should not be covered. Well, one type of chair really: the chiavari chair.

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Photo credit: Chair Cover Express

I think chiavari chairs are just so elegant and pretty on their own. However, if you want to add a little extra pizzazz, I suggest going with a subtle option such as adding a sash or ribbon either draped over the chair or tied around the top of the chair. But really, even that’s not needed. Again, all the opinion of one person here.

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Photos credit for both photos: Alante Photography

So, what’s the moral of the story? Have your event at a venue that doesn’t have chiavari chairs so you’ll need to rent chair covers from us! 😉 Just kidding!

Regardless of the type of chair being used for your event, just be sure to decorate (or not) in your own style.

-Donna

Caught in Action: Color

Following up to the last post about incorporating color into an event, check out this bridal party’s attire! Look up towards the front of the group and you can see the bride’s awesomely pink dress.

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The bridal party, all wearing a combination of hot pink and black, got more than just a few onlookers as they were taking photos near the West Seattle docks last weekend. In addition to my own camera snapping some shots, I saw tons of onlookers with cameras in their hands and smiles on their faces as this bright bridal party passed by them.

Way to make sure your wedding was true to your style, bride and groom. And congrats!

-Donna

Copious Colors

I was recently trolling Pinterest, not an uncommon activity for me these days, when this colorful (and I mean colorful) cake caught my eye.

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Photo credit: Rise and Shine Bakery

If you’re scared of using too much color in your wedding – don’t be! As long as your decor is a reflection of you, that’s all that matters. Here are a couple photos where I think copious amounts of color provide a nice contrast to the “typical” colors provided by only flowers and bridesmaids dresses:

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Forget black shoes! Put the men in some colorful sneakers with matching suspenders! White chair covers and white sashes allow a nice background setting to showcase the colorful decor.

Groomsmen shoes photo credit: Three Nails Photography

Barn photo credit: We Heart Pictures via Bridal Guide

Obviously you don’t want your special day to look like a circus either. So again, do what you feel comfortable with – whether it’s going all out with every color of the rainbow or sticking to one color palette (even if that color is white…ooh, an all-white wedding!!!).

-Donna

Free Bridal Shower Invitation Template

For those of you interested in saving a little money on your wedding (and who isn’t?!), these free bridal shower printables from The Elli Blog are amazing. The design is so elegant and the color is so in right now! In fact, it matches our coral sash color quite well. 🙂

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Photo credit: The Elli Blog

It’s super simple to do:

1. Install Quicksand font (assuming you want to use their suggested font).

2. Download the PDF file.

3. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat and edit the details.

4. Print! They suggest printing on white card stock.

If you’re in need for free printables for other wedding-related items – save the dates, invitations, thank you cards – I suggest checking out their One Heart Weddings site.

Have fun being creative and budget-savvy with your stationery!

-Donna

The Ultimate Planning Checklist

I swear, I don’t secretly work for Real Simple. However, may I just say that they have some of the best ideas ever! I was recently looking online for ideas on ways to re-purpose old/dirty sashes. In addition to cutting them up for swatch samples, what else can we use them for?!? Well, through my searching, I was directed to a page on the Real Simple website and it would be remiss of me if I didn’t share this ultimate wedding planning checklist with you. They thought of everything – right down to scheduling time to pick up your dress and for breaking in your shoes!

There are tons of things on this list that would be a good reminder of things to do while planning for any type of event.

So enjoy checking things off!

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Real Simple’s Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Oh, and if you’re wondering if I ever found ideas on what to do with the sashes…I did see a wedding dress that was re-purposed to be a table overlay. How about a wedding dress made out of sashes, huh??? If you have ideas on what I can do with old sashes, let me know!

-Donna

Super Secret Wedding

We thought it was a mid-Sunday evening gathering just to hang out, eat, drink and be merry. But upon our arrival, I spotted Melissa in a white dress and Leo in a tux. Leo never wears a tux. What on earth was going on?! As TG and I entered the venue, Melissa and Leo, arms extended, said “We got married!” Not “We’re getting married!” Nope – they GOT married. As in a few days earlier in Hawaii. Talk about a super secret wedding!

The newlyweds.

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My thoughts immediately went to an infamous photo that was taken a couple years earlier at another friend’s wedding.

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Congratulations for snagging each other, you two!

-Donna

Summer wedding theme: bikes

In a few weeks I’m participating in a bike ride for charity. Bicyclists will be taking over control of the streets of Seattle in the name of raising money for cancer research.

So, of course, I’m noticing bike-themed products everywhere. It got me thinking – what would a bike-themed wedding look like? I’m not suggesting the bride and groom forgo a dress and suit for bike shorts. Is that something you really want to see? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I was thinking a few bike things here and there – not everywhere.

For example, a cute option for Save The Date cards or Thank You cards I found at Papyrus:

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A unique option that you can decorate with a welcome sign, hang seat place cards from, have guests put cards in the baskets, or just use as background decor.

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And who knows, if you tell people you have a theme to your wedding, you may end up with bikes as a wedding gift!

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Happy riding!

-Donna