A Styled Shoot at Maple Hall

A Styled Shoot at Maple Hall

Skagit Wedding Society Professionals Getting Together to Create Something Beautiful

A Styled Shoot in La Conner

 

This past spring I had the opportunity to take part in my first ever styled shoot. Together with other wedding professionals in my area, we created a truly unique set up for a styled shoot. This event took place in La Conner at their historic building, Maple Hall.

We set the upstairs meeting room up as an intimate ceremony. Kelly from Country Bouquets Floral did an amazing job of utilizing daffodils from the valley in her arrangements.

Laura Nichols Photography

Photo Laura Nichols Photography

 Amber from Cheers Wedding and Event Planning did wonderful job at creating menu and place cards for our shoot. She was also the one who got the group of wedding professionals together to put this styled shoot together.

Maple Hall - La Conner, Wa

Photo David Clumpner Photography

We even had the amazing Roxanne from Xtra Special Cakes create a custom cake for this event. I was so excited when I saw this cake. It was absolutly beautiful. But I also couldn’t wait to try a piece of it. Little did I know, that since this was a styled shoot, it was a fake cake. Bummer!

Maple Hall Cake

Photo Dutta Photography

I was especially excited to use one of my newest products; the Willow Table Skirting. This is the skirt in ivory but is also comes in a variety of other colors. It was absolutely stunning!

Willow Skirting

Photo Laura Nichols Photography

It was a beautiful Spring day in La Conner and our vision came together in an absolutely breathtaking display. I walked away from this experience knowing that we truly have an amazing network of wedding professionals that come together and can create any couples vision for their special day. I would encourage any couple in the planning process of their wedding, to entertain the idea of getting married in the Skagit Valley!

Happy Wedding Planning!

Taffeta Chair Covers

No to Chair Covers, but Yes to Chair Sashes?

No to Chair Covers, but Yes to Chair Sashes?

Adding color using chair sashes without breaking the bank

Rental White ChairPhoto from Pacific Party Canopies

Often I run into couples who state that their venue has the nicer white folding chairs or they have rented them from a local rental company like Pacific Party Canopies. Many venues in our area have these white chairs including:

Big Lake Lodge – Mount Vernon, Wa

Maplehurst Farms – Mount Vernon, Wa

Greenfield Farm and Gardens – Anacortes, Wa

Beau Lodge– Bow, Wa

Stepping Stones Gardens – Burlington, Wa

Now, while these chairs are beautiful on their own and are much better than the metal folding chairs, it doesn’t mean that you are stuck with just the plain old chairs. Sure, they don’t need chair covers (why cover something that looks lovely?) but you can make them so much more by adding a sash to them. Just a quick search in Pinterest (what did we ever do before?) and look at what I found.

Hot Pink Sashes 2Photo from Jet Fete

I love how the chair sashes are vertical, rather than horizontal. This is one advantage to cover-less chairs.

Green Sash on White Chair

Photo from Pinterest

I love this simple tie for the sash. Many times when you are asking people to help set up your event, often they don’t take the time to make each bow perfect. This type of tie is pretty much fool proof.

Red Sashes on White ChairPhoto from Disney Weddings

Again another simple tie.

Every other chair

Photo from All Star Rentals

Every other chair, cuts your cost in half.

I love how a small addition with a relatively small cost associated with it can add so much. I particularly like the last photo where every other chair has a sash. You don’t have to sacrifice the wedding of your dreams to stay on budget.

What do you think of this trend of chairs with sashes, but no covers?

Happy Wedding Planning!

Personalizing Table Numbers to Reflect the Couple

Personalizing Table Numbers to Reflect the Couple

Numbering Your Tables in a Unique Way

“It’s all about the details.” That is what everyone tells you when you are planning a wedding. To truly have your wedding day represent you as a couple, you need to think about little ways to throw in touches that reflect you and your fiance. Table numbers are one way to do just that. We have all seen the printable table numbers that you can download or create yourself.

Free Downloadable Table Numbers

Photo from Bridesmaid.com

Now, don’t get me wrong. These table numbers, although basic, can definitely be used in creative ways (especially when they are free like the ones above), but why not think a little outside the box. Placing table numbers in a frame that coordinates with your color theme is a little overdone these days. What I am talking about is, truly unique and creative ways to number tables and reflect you as a couple.

Idea #1

Table Numbers Photos

Photo from Rustic Wedding Chic

This couple had a great idea. For each table number, they founds photos of themselves at that age. I love this idea for a few reasons. First, what a great conversation piece for the guests as each table. We are have all been there. Sitting a table with people you have never met, trying to force small talk. These photos could be a jumping off point for lively conversation around the table. Secondly, think of what great keepsakes these could be for you, years down the road.  Love it.

Idea #2

Facts about the Couple on Table NumbersPhoto from Renegade Chicks

Now here is another idea that I love. Use each table number at the answer to a fact about you and your fiance. The possibilities are endless here. It could be answers to questions about the future such as, how many children you both would like.  Or it could be about your past like the photo above. One thing to think about is that the numbers don’t necessarily have to go in order. For example, if you meet on the 28th of June but don’t have 28 tables, no worries. Just make sure your DJ or MC  has a list to release tables to the buffet.

Idea #3

Guest Give Advice to New CouplePhoto from Pinterest

Instead of you personalizing the table number why not ask the guests to personalize it for you. I have seen many different ideas to celebrate anniversaries (Sealing letters and wine in a box to open up in the future), but this is a really sweet one. At our wedding, we did ask couples to write advice to us for a happy marriage but I really love how this would be something new to read each anniversary.

Idea #4

Couples Fav Songs Instead of NumbersPhoto From Pinterest

Finally, one interested way to number your tables is to forego the number altogether. A few years ago we went to a wedding where instead of numbers, they had titles to songs. As each song played, one table was released from their table to the buffet. It was a lot of fun as a guest, waiting to see if the next song was yours and trying to guess the song name.

What do you think of these alternatives to traditional numbers? Any other ideas? We would love to hear them!

Happy Wedding Planning!

With or Without Chair Covers, That is the Question!

With or Without Chair Covers, That is the Question!

Should I spend the extra money on chair covers for my reception?

When I work with couples during the planning process of their event, one question almost always comes up. Should we use chair covers? A wedding is typically a more formal event. Chair covers transform your event into something a little more polished. Think about all the time and energy you have spent planning for this very special day. How do you want your guests to feel as they enter your event space? One of my favorite parts of helping couples create the wedding of their dreams, is that I get to see the guests’ faces as they first walk into the reception hall. I love to hear, “Oh my, this is beautiful.”  Take a look at the before and after photos below to see the transformation for yourself.

Before - Tera Building After - Tera BuildingTera Building – Anacortes

No Chair CoversHong Kong - SeattleHong Kong Restaurant – Seattle

Kirlkand, WaKirkland, WaNorthlake Church – Kirkland

When I get asked this question, my answer is always the same, “For sure!” I know that sometimes it is difficult to find enough money in your budget to do so. This is why we offer the use of our universal taffeta chair covers at the basic level for a $1.50 each. We really want your day to be the best day of your lives without having to spend a fortune. We strive to help you achieve it.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Shelby and Melvin’s Wedding – Tera Building, Anacortes

Shelby and Melvin’s Wedding – Tera Building, Anacortes

A Light Blue and Red Winter Wedding

This last weekend, I had the opportunity and privilege to work with Shelby and Melvin on their winter wedding. When I first met with Shelby a few months back and discussed decorations with her, I was surprised by her choice in colors; red and light blue. My first thought was, “are you sure?” I had never seen these two colors together before. But Shelby has great taste and was a bride who knew what she wanted. And as you can see, it turned out beautifully!

Thank you Shelby and Melvin for allowing me to be part of your very special day!

Shelby and Melvin's Wedding

Red and Light Blue Wedding

Shelby and Melvin's Wedding

Even my son, Mason, had a great time!

Mason and Mom

There were two big ideas that I took away from this wedding.

1. Your wedding colors do not need to dominate your event. Shelby knew what she wanted; just a touch of her colors here and there. Ivory linens with champagne accents were the main part of the decorations. Red napkins and light blue mason jars were how Shelby chose to incorporate her colors.

 Shelby and Melvin's Wedding

2. Chair covers can drastically change the feel of an event. I snap a picture as we were setting up of all the tables covered in linens but with no chair covers. Take a look at the difference. It is absolutely amazing.

Before - Tera Building Wedding

After - Tera Building Wedding

This building is located at the Tesero Refinery.

Tera Building Wedding - Anacortes

 

Sandi and Rocky’s Wedding – Tazer Valley Farms

Sandi and Rocky’s Wedding – Tazer Valley Farms

Earlier this summer I had the unique opportunity to be both the rental coordinator and a bridesmaid in my good friend Sandi’s wedding. It was my first time at Tazer Valley Farms, an outdoor wedding venue in Standwood, Washington.

SandiRocky014 It was absolutely beautiful as you can see from the picture above.

There were so many special touches throughout the wedding. Growing up, Sandi always told her dad that she was going to be married in the Model T. Well, when Rocky proposed to Sandi, Mark had just over a year to refinish the old Model T. He did a wonderful job!

SandiRocky010By the way, the milk wagon in the back was used to bring all the bridesmaids to the field for the ceremony. Yeah for not having to walk super far in heels!

When thinking about my friend Sandi, I always have thought of her design style as country-chic. Her wedding decorations were just that.

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Sandi used our 120″ White Tablecloths with a 72″x72″ Champagne Taffeta Overlay. Our White Universal Taffeta Chair covers and Silver Chargers gave the finishing touches to her tables.

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It was such a special day, one that I am grateful to have been a part of.

Photos taken by Suzanne Rothmeyer