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

A day at the UW Fair

The day started like most days: with half of an english muffin and some coffee. However, unlike most days in my life, this past Sunday there was a fair to attend. No, not a circus-type fair or a street fair – the UW Wedding and Special Events Fair!!

If you weren’t able to show up to the fair, let me tell ya, the UW Club knows how to have a fun time. The staff at the UW Club were so generous and kind. The appetizers were phenomenal. The music was pumping courtesy of Jay from Mobile Celebrations. Michael, from Oven Monkey Bakery, was kind enough to let me sample some of his DELICIOUS cake. And sample. And sample. And, yes, sample a little bit more.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by. Don’t forget to reference the UW Fair and get 30% off the cost of chair covers on your order!

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The UW Husky themed table. Purple and Gold – GO HUSKIES!

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Here’s Rasa looking through our photo book getting ideas for her upcoming event. It was great talking to everyone who stopped at our table.

Visit the Seattle’s Best Chair Covers Facebook page to see more photos from the UW Wedding and Special Events Fair. And since you’ll already be there, why not go ahead and Like Us too? Just a suggestion.

Thanks again to everyone at the UW Club, all the great vendors and to those who stopped by – it was great to get to know you just a little bit more.

-Donna

It’s the final countdown…to the UW Wedding and Special Events Fair

Hi everyone! The UW Wedding and Special Events Fair is coming up in just over a week – next Sunday, June 30! If you’ve never had a chance to visit the UW campus during the summer you’re missing out, my friend. The cherry blossoms in the quad are magnificent!

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If you’re in the beginning stages of planning your special event or just have next Sunday open from 1pm-3pm and want something to do, I highly suggest coming to this event. Various Seattle vendors will be on hand to wow you with their services. Not to mention, award-winning chef Jon Maley will be serving up complimentary appetizers and beverages. As if you needed another reason to attend, at just $5 to get in, it’s the cheapest ticket in town! And it’s even cheaper for some of you out there – dare I say it’s free for certain people (check the UW events website for more information). You do need a ticket to enter so be sure to RSVP.

And hopefully it goes without saying, but I’m obviously going to say it anyway – stop by the Seattle’s Best Chair Covers table and say HI to me!

See you on Sunday!

-Donna

An American and Spaniard throw a wedding in Thailand

It sounds like the beginning to a joke, right? But alas, it’s no joke! We recently returned from a trip to Thailand, in part, to celebrate my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding. Disclosure: sis and bro-in-law actually got married here in Seattle about a year and a half ago. Yes, Seattle’s Best Chair Covers did supply the beautiful chair covers!

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The wedding in Thailand was to celebrate sis and bro-in-law’s marriage with our mom’s side of the family. The festivities took place in a small village northeast of Bangkok called Chaiyapoohm. As we were driving into the village my mom said, and I quote ‘welcome to the jungle!’ There was no Space Needle backdrop here!

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Surprisingly, traditions are pretty similar in Thailand as they are here in the U.S. (with a little twist, of course). We went shopping for traditional Thai wedding outfits for the bride and groom, set up tents and decorated, did our nails, and celebrated with friends and family.

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The ceremony part of the wedding is where similarities stop. Let’s face it, not many U.S. wedding ceremonies start at 6am and have nine chanting monks. I’m not going to go into detail about what happens during the ceremony since there is SO much that happens. Just take my word for it – despite the intense heat, it was moving, beautiful and such an experience to witness. And I’m not saying this just because it was my sis and bro-in-law’s wedding.

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So, several hours later and several blessings later, it was time to eat, drink, be merry and dance! Check out the chair covers in Thailand!! I had no idea the catering company was going to use these but it was so awesome to see! Love it!

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Despite language and cultural differences and being on different continents with almost 24 hours time difference between them, in my opinion, the bottom line of weddings in both Thailand and the U.S. is the celebration of two people who love each other and congratulating them on the start of their married life together. Cheers to you, sis and bro-in-law!

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I’ll keep you all posted if destination wedding location #3 happens in Spain! I vote yes!

-Donna

The wedding season is upon us!

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With June just around the corner, the official start of the wedding season is upon us! Yay – we’re so excited! The weather this spring in Seattle has been a bit crazy though – lots of windy days. No doubt the summer will prove to be as beautiful as it usually is making the city a beautiful backdrop for some gorgeous weddings. Above is one of my favorite photos from a wedding we did chair covers and sashes for last summer. Salty’s on Alki always makes for a wonderful venue – especially when the sun is out and shining it’s beautiful warm rays on us. The couple renting our covers and sashes for this wedding choose a wonderful espresso color sash – so elegant.

This season, we’re seeing a lot of brides and grooms pick traditional and royal colors such as dark blue, silver and white. I can’t wait to update you on what other trends we’re seeing.

But first, we’ll explore a traditional wedding in Thailand. I recently returned from attending my sister’s wedding there and let me just give you a preview by saying – AMAZING! So check back soon and we’ll talk Thai wedding customs.

-Donna