Sarah and Matt were married at Canlis in Seattle, Wash. on August 16. “We both are foodies, and when we found out one of the nicest restaurants in the city did weddings, we jumped at the chance to have our wedding there,” Sarah said. “We also knew that their service is impeccable, and our guests would be well taken care of.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an illusion lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Our main colors were blue and yellow,” she said. “We wanted a lot of bright colors for the rest of the flowers.” Bridesmaids wore short long-sleeved lace blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, daisies, and greenery. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the staircase. It took place in one of the three dining rooms, which features 180 degree views of the Seattle city skyline, and officiated by her uncle/godfather. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Fun fact: the marriage license was signed in the wine cellar! “As a thank you to my parents for contributing to the wedding, we got them each a special present,” Sarah said. “For my dad, we arranged for one of the owners of the restaurant to put together a whiskey tasting for him and his two brothers during cocktail hour. All three of them absolutely loved it are still talking about it!” The reception followed shortly thereafter. Guests were encouraged to sit wherever they liked. Tables were decorated with white linens, blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel and wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden tree slices, and votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, “we put out little note cards where people could write down their funny or serious advice for us,” she said. The favors were even homemade. “I loved making our herb salt favors,” Sarah said. “We have gotten so many compliments on how practical, tasty, and how very ‘us’ they were/are.” A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “For the day-of, build some buffer time into your timeline because things will take longer than you think,” Sarah said. “Don’t sweat it if you have to cut out a picture location. In the end, it’s all about celebrating you and your husband. Also, both of you should take a moment during your reception to soak it all in and enjoy it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Napa.
For engaged couples in Austin, the WeddingWire Sip & Plan event at Caffé Medici at The Austonian was the place to be on Thursday, January 29th! Wedding planner Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events was at this lively event to answer attendees’ tough wedding planning questions.
“It was wonderful to chat about all things wedding planning—from save the dates to DJs, tricks to save money and where to spend,” says Beth Zerdecki, the WeddingWire Austin Community Lead. “It was one extremely informative evening!”
Check out the top five tips our wedding expert Johnell shared at this unique event:
”Don’t be afraid to ask! This is your wedding and it should represent you as a couple. Personalize it!”
“[Wedding planning] starts with the venue! Once you have that secured, all the details and planning may begin.”
“Please, please, please get a day-of coordinator, at a minimum! Don’t make your mother, aunt or photographer run around for you!”
“How to get through planning your own wedding: plan for a weekend, take some time off, plan for another weekend, then take some time off. Divide your year of planning into the beginning, middle and end. Focus on your goals for each stage and let it go in between.”
“Most importantly, keep it simple and do your own thing!”
What types of venues are the most popular? What about flowers, desserts, and color schemes? We asked couples who married in 2014 to share the details of their wedding with us, and we’re excited to share the results with you. Find out couples prefer ballrooms or barns, cupcakes or cookies, blue or pink, and more in our WinterBook – and visit our photo galleries to find even more great wedding inspiration!
Katie and Will were married at the Southport Community Building in Southport, N.C. on March 29. The bride wore a strapless sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, and a pair of Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of hydrangeas, ranunculuses, and berries. The ceremony took place at half past 5 o’clock inside the main hall with scenic views overlooking the banks of the Cape Fear River. Only close family and friends sat in folding padded chairs, aisles lined with lanterns and an altar draped with garland, to witness the exchanging of vows. Once it was sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began outside on the porch with signature sweet teas, spritzed with lemon and lime slices, followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, chevron runners, glass centerpieces, and lots of monograms, even on napkins. Next to the traditonal guest book, where everyone was encouraged to write a message, there was pictures framed of the couple throughout their entire relationship. The favors? Coral wine bottle stoppers! An assortment of desserts were served concluding dinner — bite-sized pieces of cheesecake and choclated-covered strawberries. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers.
Your wedding invitation acts as a first impression of the celebration to come, and a lot goes into putting together this perfectly pretty piece of snail mail. In our 2015 WinterBook, we break down the invitation suite and bring you everything you need to know, from major etiquette guidelines all the way down to the lovely little trimmings.