Post # 1
Ok, so I am totally using this board for inspiration. We are getting married in June or Sept (still have to iron out total details with venue and wedding party). But we will be able to choose by the end of next week.
I am not very girly. I am not very crafty. We are working on a budget because we plan to adopt within the next few years. We are trying for a classic yet modern wedding.
I don’t have alot of “girlfriends” and it makes it hard to bounce ideas off of people. Do you like Grey and Candy Apple Green? Or grey and eggplant? I want something fun yet not over the top.
Colors – Still deciding but possibly guys in Grey Suits (slate) with Vests only no jacket. Possibly bow ties. Still trying to decide what bridgesmaid dress would look best.
Venue – to be determined, but have a meeting with two places next week and im positive we will put our deposit down.
Caterer – have emails out to 4 or 5 to get quotes. Anyone have any great recommendations?
Flowers – We were thinking getting flowers from the Market (Pikes) day of for fresh and local feel. Any suggestions? Recommendations?
Decoorations – After 10 hours of pinterest browsing – I want to keep it simple. That fits our personalities. Fun yet simple.
DJ – I am thinking about going against a DJ since the venues we are looking at come with audio/video equipment, i was thinking about creating a playlist. Am I making a mistake? I’ve been able to “dj” parties in the past this way.
Beer/Wine – is it a better idea to have caterer handle this? Or find a local microbrew we enjoy and hire a bartender of our own?
Post # 3
@Kryan: Go with colors you love, its really hard not to follow all the trends that are everywhere, i.e. PINTEREST 🙂
Its hard to decide decorating etc. without the venue? also, some venues end up leaning you towards a specific color combo!
I’ve been to weddings where they used an ipod, it was totally fine,
Also, be aware that a lot of venues have preferred caterers that handle food and beverages
Post # 4
I agree with dsanchez about colors. Let the venue help you narrow down your colors. Also, September is a very popular month for weddings in Seattle.
Caterers depends on venue. Some venues will only let you select from their vendors.
For flowers, it depends what you like. May and June have alot of beautiful varieties for flowers such as Peonies and nice roses. Also, check with flower shops too and see what they quote.
Hope this helps.
Post # 5
Color–my venue didn’t have a whole lot of direction in this area so I could go with what I wanted–emerald green. But see what you book.
Bridesmaid dresses–I went shopping with my bridesmaid, and picked based on what I liked on her. But I just had one. The color was set by the time we shopped.
Caterer: My venue catered. Caterers are expensive and many are already booked at this point. I thought about using Farestart before settling on the venue.
Flowers: The market makes the most sense if your venue is nearby, or self-designing. They are not the cheapest place for wholesale flowers during June and September.
Decorations–let the venue dictate what you want to do.
DJ–Use an iPod, IMO. Every DJ I’ve seen at the wedding as a guest has either ignored my request unless I tipped $20 or played The Electric Slide. They are more expensive than catering for weddings of 50 people or less, especially in September.
Beer/wine–Read the chapter in A Practical Wedding before deciding. My venue/caterer sold us an alcohol package, but I calculated out the drinks per head per hour and estimated consumption before going this route. No-host bars are okay if you’re trying to save money.
The only other advice I would have is to not underestimate miscellaneous costs. Groom’s suit is an extra $200 in sales tax and tailoring. I bought $80 shoes, $20 garter, $300 in jewelry, $25 handbag to go with my dress. Hair and makeup will cost more. We hired a limo for our getaway car so we could drink at our wedding. Photography in Seattle is $2000 and up (I looked at over 200 photography websites) in most cases for four hours. Gifts for the four children we’re expecting: $100. Tools for making my own bouquet & arrangements…you get the idea. Not to mention tips. I guessed $1000 for miscellaneous costs and that’s not even close, and there is so much we are not doing.
Review contracts carefully at venues and if something isn’t mentioned, ask about it (corking fees, minimum number of bartenders, time in/time out). Also, if possible do not mention to the venues you are booking for a wedding–“corporate” prices are about 30-50% cheaper in prime season.