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Invitations: The Four C’s

Friday, 30 December 2016
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Invitations are such an integral part of the wedding! They set the stage of the wedding style and give guests all of the pertinent information needed to attend Your Big Day.

 

While going through the process of selecting and designing your invitations, don’t forget the four C’s!  Whether your invitations are digital or made of paper, these tips apply.

 

  • Be consistent.

    • It’s best if the invitations flow with the wedding theme. Guests should get a small taste of what to expect at the wedding when they first lay eyes on those magnificent invitations! Also, consider using the same vendor for your invitations for other products needed. Such as: menus, name cards, programs, thank you notes...etc…  That way the look and feel remains consistent and guests can easily associate all the material with your particular event.

  • Be creative.

    • The invitations reflect not only the wedding style, but your personalities as well! Make sure you both LOVE what you’ll be sending to your guests while staying within the wedding theme.

  • Be clutter-free

    • Try not to clutter your card. You want the invitations as easy to read as possible. Stick with the basic information: Ceremony start time, address of the location, host venue names, your names as the Happy Couple, dress code (if needed), kids welcome or no kids (if needed), how to RSVP, and store or website registry information (optional).

  • Be correct.

    • Seriously! Review it many times. Have your wedding coordinator, attendants, family members, and heck, even past or present school teachers proof it before finalizing! It’s easy to miss a typo, especially when you’re so hyped up about seeing the draft. The last thing you want is your invitation to say you’re getting married on the 12th when you’re actually getting married on the 21st.


How exciting!  With the finalization of your invitation, the whole idea of actually GETTING MARRIED becomes that much more real.  CONGRATULATIONS!

 

*Our thanks to our friends at www.OutVite.com for use of the image to complement this article!*

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Photo Courtesy Galaxy DonutsImage Courtesy Galaxy Donuts Food trucks. I’m sure you’ve heard of these incredible delight-filled vehicles by now, especially if you live in the larger cities such as Austin, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, etc. If you haven’t heard of food trucks, the name is exactly like it sounds: They’re van-like trucks that have mini kitchens in the back where you can walk up and order something amazing. The food truck chef creates drool-worthy food that they then put directly in your hands for you to deliver straight to your taste buds (BAM! - that’s the sound of your taste buds exploding from eating something soooo good). Many chefs use this kitchen on wheels to create quirky yet amazing tasting creations. 

What kind of yummy quirky creations are out there you may ask? Oh let’s see.... chicken and waffles… check!  Pizza tacos...check!  Ice cream cones filled with thai food...check!  I mean really, you name it...there very well could be a food truck out there serving it and if there isn’t...well, get yourself a food truck and you just may have yourself a million dollar idea! 

So, you may be wondering why we’re talking about food trucks on a wedding site? One word says it all....catering! Food trucks offer a variety of fun, creative food options for you and your guests to enjoy. For example, have you ever thought of a grilled cheese affair? I mean, who DOESN’T like a mean grilled cheese?! If that seems like something that tickles your fancy, check out The Grilled Cheese Experience food truck (www.grilledcheeseseattle.com). They offer all grilled cheese everything! You could even follow-up the grilled cheese meal with donuts for dessert. I mean, why NOT?! To keep up with the food truck theme, you could have Galaxy Donuts (http://www.eatgalaxydonuts.com) join the party. Seriously, a peanut butter & strawberry donut along with a maple & bacon donut? YES, PLEASE! I would leave this wedding a well-fed and happy gal! 

You can offer a full three course meal via food trucks or if you have your heart set on a sit and serve style dinner, you can have a dessert food truck (like DONUTS or ice cream) after the sit down meal or have a food truck to offer drinks and small munchies while guests are hanging out before the ceremony. There’s really no wrong way to utilize a food truck at your wedding and it’s a great ice breaker to get your guests talking and mingling. What is better to talk about at a wedding other than how amazing the brides or grooms look and how sweet the vows were?! Creatively delicious food truck catering! That’s what! If you’re looking for a catering company and want something a little out of the box for your wedding, check out the food trucks that are popular in your city. A kitchen on wheels is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your party!

 

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galaxy2Image courtesy Galaxy Donuts  

Galaxy Donuts is a small local business based in the Seattle WA area. 

"Our goal is to have fun celebrating your event!  We offer fresh made to order mini donuts that will delight your senses and satisfy your sweet tooth, along with hot steaming coffee to complete the experience.  We have also recently added a hot dog steamer, so we can also do steamed all beef hot dogs along with our yummy Galaxy Donuts or Galaxy Dogs all by themselves.  We want to join in on your fun, and give you tasty treats to enjoy."

"One huge benefit is that with Galaxy Donuts, you and your guests get to choose from over a dozen different flavors instead of just one particular flavored cake.  -Everyone gets to choose their favorite!"

http://www.EatGalaxyDonuts.com

Sample Menu Items:/

* Bavarian & Chocolate
Butterfinger
Tutti Fruiti
S'mores
Orange & Chocolate
Powdered & Lemon
Plain, Powdered, Cinnamon Sugared

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The Grilled Cheese Experience 2Image courtesy The Grilled Cheese Experience
The Grilled Cheese Experience, based in the Seattle WA area, takes pride in rotating our menu selections with respect to seasonality and freshness. We invite you to contact us and chat with one of our catering professionals to customize your wedding or special event.  We offer a variety of grilled sandwiches and sweet desserts to create a catered menu specifically for you and your guests!

www.GrilledCheeseSeattle.com- Check out our full menu on the website or give us a call! 206-661-5225

 

Sample Menu Items:

Classic-a blend of 3 local cheddars melted perfectly into artisan bread
BBQ Bomb- Slow Smoked Ribs, Chipotle Cheddar, Signature Mac & Cheese,
       Bourbon Molasses BBQ Sauce
Purple Haze- Blackened Hanger Steak, Borgonzola Cheese (Blue Brie),
       Potato Chips, Blackberry Balsamic Sauce
Mariner Melt- Wild Smoked Salmon, Samish Bay Herb Gouda, Fontina,
       Caramelized onion, Tobiko Caviar
Fig Preserve and Double Creme Brie
Mt Townsend Seastack, Grilled Peach, Basil Grilled
S'more (Nutella and Marshmallow on Cinnamon Brioche)

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OldiesWelcome to the first part of 'The Something Series'! 

I'm sure we've all heard the old English wedding rhyme that recommends something old, new, blue, and a coin in your shoe to get you through your wedding.  

If you don't know, the rhyme goes a little something like this: 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.'

Where I didn't have anything in my shoes but my own two feet during my wedding, I definitely had something old, new, and blue. 

It's a fun wedding tradition to participate in! Each part of the rhyme has a special meaning and purpose for your big day. 

Something old represents continuity and is meant to link the past to the present.  

 There are many new takes on this part! In with the new, and most definitely do not forget about the old. :-) 

If you're in need of ideas for your something old, look no further! 

Your something old could be a....

- Vintage Wedding Gown/Suit: How fun would it be to go to antique stores to find that perfect vintage wedding gown or suit! It would be a little more challenging to find your outfit for the big day, but where's the fun if it's easy?!

-Family Book: Read one of your favorite chapters from an old family book on your wedding day, use the book as your guest book for friends and family to write sweet messages in, or simply have the book on display for others to flip through. 

-Old Photos: I'm sure your grandmother/grandfather/great grandparents....or heck your own parents would love to have their wedding photos on display at your wedding. You could also throw in some pictures of favorite memories from when you and your partner were little kids. This would be a great way for your guests to see a little of your family history.

-Vintage Pocket Watch: I absolutely love pocket watches. It's way more fun to whip out your pocket watch to check the time than it is a cell phone. These can be found at antique stores or maybe your great Uncle Louis had one that has been forgotten about and tucked in the bottom of your mother's t-shirt drawer for ages just waiting for someone to remember that it's there....never hurts to ask. :-)

-Classic Cocktail: Have some fun and serve a classic cocktail recipe such as an Old Fashioned to your guests during the reception..yum!  This totally counts as something old! 

 

On my wedding day, I wore my grandmother's pearls. What will your 'something old' be? 

 

Lauren Stockard is a trendy & creative DIY fanatic, and a 20-something go-getter who recently set out for adventure by moving from the suburbs of Atlanta to the groovy cowgirl scene of Dallas.  She married her truelove two years ago and has since continued to help many friends, straight & gay, polish details of their own fabulous ceremonies.  One of her life goals is to help others laugh out loud... as much as possible.

Lauren is the proud, straight-but-nowhere-near-narrow niece of RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founders, Cindy Sproul & Marianne Puechl.

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Choosing a Wedding DJ // 4 Tips

Monday, 01 September 2014
Written by Published in From the Straight Bride

ChoosingaWeddingDJ4Tips 

 My husband and I had the best DJ at our wedding. When  I say the best.... I mean THE best. He seriously made our  wedding reception absolutely incredible. Everyone danced  their hearts out for hours and hours and hours. The  reception room was filled with dancing sweaty bodies,  bare feet, and so much laughter. Our wedding ceremony  after party (a.k.a. - the reception) was without a doubt a  night I will remember forever and ever.

 I truly believe that a DJ can make or break a wedding  reception (no pressure or anything...), so if you’re all  about the wedding after party (reception) then it’s really  important to find someone that is great at pumping up a  crowd and who listens to what you want.

 After hearing some DJ horror stories from friends and co-  workers, I was so nervous about finding a good DJ. I had  no idea where to start.

 That being said, I figured I'd share some tips on how to  go about choosing a wedding DJ from personal experience. I hope they help! :-)

1. Start with Recommendations from friends. Ask around - I’m sure you know someone who knows of an amazing DJ.
2. If you’ve been to a wedding that had an awesome DJ, get their contact information from your friend.
3. Interview a DJ you’re interested in (in person if possible). You want someone who will work with YOU...who will play music YOU want. 
4. Attend an event your potential DJ will be doing his thing at. What better way to see if a DJ is right for you than seeing him in action!

 

Lauren Stockard is a trendy & creative DIY fanatic, and a 20-something go-getter who recently set out for adventure by moving from the suburbs of Atlanta to the groovy cowgirl scene of Dallas.  She married her truelove two years ago and has since continued to help many friends, straight & gay, polish details of their own fabulous ceremonies.  One of her life goals is to help others laugh out loud... as much as possible.

Lauren is the proud, straight-but-nowhere-near-narrow niece of RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founders, Cindy Sproul & Marianne Puechl.

 

 

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Unique Wedding Cake Flavors

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
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Wedding Cake

One of my most favorite parts at a wedding is stuffing my face with the delicious wedding cake. Well, other than my loved ones tying the knot and the celebrating part of course. ;-)

If you and your partner are trying to decide on what flavor of cake you want at your wedding and if your baker is flexible with custom cake flavors, I’d highly recommend one of these unique and delectable flavor combinations.

Lemon & Blueberry

Strawberry & Basil

Guinness Stout & Double Chocolate

Tangerine & Rosemary

Chocolate & Espresso

Pineapple & Brown Sugar

These flavor combos are absolutely drool worthy and memorable! Trust me; I know from personal tasting experience.

 

 

 

Lauren Stockard is a trendy & creative DIY fanatic, and a 20-something go-getter who recently set out for adventure by moving from the suburbs of Atlanta to the groovy cowgirl scene of Dallas.  She married her truelove two years ago and has since continued to help many friends, straight & gay, polish details of their own fabulous ceremonies.  One of her life goals is to help others laugh out loud... as much as possible.

Lauren is the proud, straight-but-nowhere-near-narrow niece of RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founders, Cindy Sproul & Marianne Puechl.

 

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Non-Traditional Wedding Venue Ideas

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Written by Published in From the Straight Bride

CAV RestaurantSpaces such as Providence, Rhode Island based CAV Restaurant (pictured above) offer a unique ambiance that can help to set the tone for your reception. Photo courtesy CAV Restaurant.Choosing a wedding and reception venue can be one of the most difficult choices a couple has to make when planning a wedding. Well, every choice can feel like the most difficult because in your mind the smallest of details will make or break the wedding. Everything has to be absolutely perfect. At least, that’s how I saw it when I was planning my wedding. I quickly learned that the wedding and reception venue can easily be the greatest wedding decoration and can help reduce the stress of overloading on D.I.Y. wedding decor. Many non-traditional wedding venues are filled with their own tiny details that can add perfectly to the feel of your wedding theme.

Check out some of 2014’s most popular non-traditional wedding and reception venue ideas that can add the perfect touch to your wedding.

Local Favorite Small Restaurant

Renovated Warehouse

Local Brewery

Hotel Rooftop

Art Gallery

 

 

 

Lauren Stockard is a trendy & creative DIY fanatic, and a 20-something go-getter who recently set out for adventure by moving from the suburbs of Atlanta to the groovy cowgirl scene of Dallas.  She married her truelove two years ago and has since continued to help many friends, straight & gay, polish details of their own fabulous ceremonies.  One of her life goals is to help others laugh out loud... as much as possible.

Lauren is the proud, straight-but-nowhere-near-narrow niece of RainbowWeddingNetwork co-founders, Cindy Sproul & Marianne Puechl.

 

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