May 22, 2013
This week marks our two-month countdown! It’s getting very close and there is still a lot to do, but according to the checklist in my handy Brides magazine, it looks like we are right on track.
Here are the things on my to-do list:
- Dress alterations – I went in this week for the first fitting and go back about a month before the big day for the final one
- Plan the ceremony vows and any readings
- Collect and record the response cards
- Finalize my accessories – jewelry and heels
- Figure out if I’ll be printing menus and/or programs
- Collect songs for our DJ
Also, coming up in the next two weeks are the bridal showers and our florist preview while I’m up in Oregon. Time is flying!
May 21, 2013
Marvimon House, LA Source: Brian Leahy Photo
Going into the wedding planning process, I knew choosing a venue would be the hardest task, because I’m an architect. It was the first thing I wanted to go look at it, even though I knew I might be overly critical.Also, Erik only had plans for a brief leave when he’d be able to come home and see a few top choices, so I cast a wide net and started narrowing down the options. I knew the general “feel” I wanted to find, but a lot of different types of venues fell in that category. After a lot of deliberation we found a place a venue that hit almost all of our initial wants and will only require a little bit of problem solving on our end. Here are the ultimate items that helped make our decision:
KNOWING OUR WANTS: We were able to establish some known things about our wedding day that helped pare down the giant list of venues we started with. For example, since we knew we were going to have a spring wedding in Seattle, we ruled out all venues that were primarily outdoors. The weather is unpredictable and generally rainy here until about July and I wasn’t going to kid myself that I would luck out with the perfect 70 degree spring day. So, farms and parks generally got cut off. Also, after we put together our inspiration board, it was clear we wanted a building with history and industrial edge. There were some hotels and restaurants that made the first cut, but we knew golf courses and newer venues would be off our list. Then we narrowed it down further by price and set a couple other deal breakers, like venues that wouldn’t allow us to have a full bar. It was tough to knock out some, but as Erik told me “we can’t have 20 weddings, you have to rule something out somehow”.
The Foundry, Brooklyn Source: CLY Creation
SPACE: We’re inviting around 150 guests. Surprisingly, I found this to be a tricky amount of people to find a venue for. Most small/midsize venues comfortably fit about 120, but since we have a long engagement and people basically have this on their calendars already, we are expecting more than the traditional attendance percentage. I didn’t want a place that was going to feel really squished with 130 or 140 people. On the flip side, most large venues can fit 300 or more, and some of those places we visited felt pretty cavernous and we wanted to make sure our wedding feels cozy and happy. In the end, our final few venues were the ones where our guest size would be comfortably accommodated.
The Green Building, Brooklyn Source: Christina Szczupak
FLEXIBILITY: A big thing for me was flexibility on timing. I’m always disappointed when I go to a wedding, and the party just gets really rocking around 9 pm and then all of a sudden its last call, last dance and you’re thinking “now what”. On my wedding day, I might be done by 9, but I want the flexibility to make that decision or party until the wee hours. One of the criteria on my list was to try and find a place either with no curfew or a late curfew so we wouldn’t feel quite as rushed through the evening. This helped out rule out venues that required us to be cleaned up and out any earlier than midnight.
LIGHT: One of the difficulties in looking for historical industrial venues is that many of them are in older buildings without great natural daylight. Even though our ceremony is going to be in the evening, I looked up the sunset time for our wedding day, and its not until 7:30 pm. That means if we get started around 5:30, we still have 2 hours of daylight to enjoy. We ruled out a couple venues that just felt really dark and that we knew wouldn’t be great for photos.
Source: EM Fine Art
Source: Shahrzad Photography
In the end, we chose an art gallery in an up and coming older neighborhood of Seattle near the space needle (the two images above are from the gallery). We’re planning to have the ceremony and the reception in the same location. The owners are fabulous and have been so great to work with. We get our choice of caterer and can provide our own bar, which should save us a good bit of money. The space is beautiful, and there are skylights to bring in great afternoon light. There is no curfew so in theory our guests can party their hearts out. Its nearby to several hotels and other amenities, and there is decent parking (which can also be a challenge in an urban setting). Locking in the venue really made things feel real – now its time to start imagining the details!
[ If you're looking for other Seattle venues with a similar vibe, consider 415 Westlake, Melrose Market Studios, Sodo Park, and Georgetown Ballroom]
May 20, 2013
I’m always looking for awesome shops that offer unique collections of goods for the wedding day. When I found CurioRoad I was oh so excited about the wonderful collection they offer. They have been selling a collection of goods including a collection from Rifle Paper Co. but last week they opened up a Wedding Collection!
And guess what, CurioRoad is offerings a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner in today’s giveaway. Subscribe to the newsletter for a chance to win! We will announce the winner on Monday, June 3.
Credit: Citrine Two Tier Earrings, Sparkle Crystal Earrings, Clear Crystal & Brass Earrings, Twisted Aquamarine Earrings
This collection of earrings is breathtaking. Even better, the price points are incredibly affordable. Yay for that. Aside from offering a stunning collection of earrings, CurioRoad has a collection of jewelry and accessories for the brides and their girls. These necklaces and headpieces are absolutely gorgeous, don’t you think?
Credit: Dutchess Five Pear Clear Diamond Necklace, Square Citrine Necklace, Infinity Crystal Headband, Gold Metal Hardband
CurioRoad is also the perfect place to find reception decor and gifts for your girls.
Credit: LOVE Gold Leaf Letters, Bridesmaid Personalized Dish, Happy Couple Wedding Cake Topper, Floral Coaster Gift Set
“At Curio Road, we discover and feature spectacular products from the top small designers in the USA. Our team of merchants works nonstop to help our brides, bridesmaids, and all creative women find truly unique jewelry, accessories, apparel, and gifts. In the process, we also seek to help the incredibly talented – and undiscovered – designers in the USA grow their small businesses and reach customers who are passionate about unique design and shopping local. We hope you will join us and discover our curated Wedding collection. Say no to ordinary. Create your own unique life. And above all – Live Beautifully!”
No matter what you are looking for, CurioRoad is an online shop that you should definitely check out. The prices are unbeatable, the style is gorgeous and each piece is handmade by an independent designer.