A little snippet of wedding history!

The Origin of wedding Bouquets:

Here is one version of the origin of the traditional wedding bouquet:

In the 1500s, most people got married in June . This was because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June.

However, by June they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. This became today’s custom of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Today people opt for the non-traditional bouquet in paper flower, brooch, and feather versions… ya know… since we shower now.

Plan your party with us!

Today is a great day to celebrate! We can plan and host fabulous Birthday and Anniversary parties of all kinds. Today birthdays are shared between Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to Congress; Jacques Cousteau, undersea explorer, writer, filmmaker; Vince Lombardi, football coach; and the wonderful Gene Wilder, actor, director.

Happy 85th Birthday Maurice Sendak!

Today is the day to celebrate the man that brought us such greats as Little BearWhere the Wild Things Are, and the fantastical sets for the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. Here are a few images to help you appreciate him just a little more.

Some Wedding Q&A…

As wedding folks, we sometimes forget that our couples are sometimes planning a wedding for the first time! We always try to be a resource for a couples. Here are three questions that we’ve been asked lately… 

Q. I see a bunch of DJs offer gobos as part of their packages. What the heck is a gobo?

A.  A gobo is a cool projection of a design or pattern on to a wall, floor or ceiling. They are becoming more popular for weddings often used to project the couples monogram onto the dance floor. They are basically a silhouette and are made of metal or glass inserted into the focal center or the “gate” of a spotlight. Metal gobos are used to create the contrast silhouettes. The glass ones are etched and can create a more complex design including various colors and images with dimensional complexity.

Q. Can I just bring an iPod for music? How is a DJ better? What do they actually do?

The DJ sets the stage for the whole day. A good DJ will be on time, provide all of the lighting and equipment for the “show”, setup in a timely manner, and keep the mood of the night running consistently. The BEST DJ will incorporate their creativity as an entertainer with not only their song choices, but also their ability to gauge the vibe of the room. They will know when to make people dance and when to slow it down.

Communication with the DJ starts way before the day of the wedding. The DJ should listen to you - they need to understand who you are as a couple and what you like (and don’t like!) to avoid music mishapsThey will help you put together a schedule (with your planner if you have one) and help you plan a soundtrack to cocktail hour, entrance, speeches, dinner, dancing, send-off or whatever other stuff you want to see.

Q. How much should I be spending on this or that? 

We hear this question all the time and it all depends on your budget. Here are some percentages compiled from a bunch of the big wedding plan sites:

  • Reception: 48%-50%
  • Ceremony: 2%-3%
  • Attire: 8%-10%
  • Flowers: 8%-10%
  • Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
  • Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
  • Stationery: 2%-3%
  • Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
  • Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
  • Gifts: 2%-3%
  • Miscellaneous: 8%
  • To avoid stress: 5% “just-in-case” fund
  • Remember to include your honeymoon!

So… Do you have any questions? Let us know!

Aschley & Jaime

Real Weddings: Global | Offbeat Bride

How was everyone’s long weekend? With wedding season just around the corner we wanted to share with you a gathering of real weddings that with turn your head and possibly raise an eyebrow… or two. Thank you Offbeatbride.com, for gifting us this treasure. Hope you enjoy!

Memorial Day weekend is here!

Memorial day weekend is upon us so fire up the grill, break out the camping gear, and gather with your friends and families for the best three day weekend of the year. Check out foodnetwork’s collection of fabulous Memorial Day recipes!

How to DIY without losing your sanity!

We know that weddings are expensive. We totally understand wanting to try and do everything yourself either as a never-ending want to DIY or to save cash.  But, sometimes in an effort to cut expenses your sanity might get lost in the DIY-chaos.  Keep calm! Here’s some hints to help you find the balance between budget and sanity:

  • Make a realistic budget that isn’t going to kill you. Think about the aspects of your wedding that are important to you and start with those first. Shop around and don’t be afraid to negotiate or to alter something to fit your budget. 
  • Keep an organized binder with your vendors, estimates, budgets and receipts from things you have bought. You don’t want to end up with 4 sets of toasting glasses because you found some on sale… 4 different times. Staying organized will help you stay in budget.  
  • Think about your venue and what type of ceremony/reception you would like to have. Catering and venue are often the largest expenses. Find ways to save here and then you will have more money for all the extras that can add up very quickly… especially if you are DIYing. DIY doesn’t always = cheap! Sometimes it costs a bit more to buy that special crafting tool to finish a project than it would to be a decoration piece pre-fabbed. 
  • Seriously consider your creativity and crafting abilities before committing to a full-on DIY wedding. If you feel capable then go for it or recruit your bridesmaids to help with projects and make a party out of it. Add a little wine and cheese… a crafting party is made!
  • Don’t take on too many DIY projects on your own and don’t underestimate the time requirements for each one. Just because it looks easy, doesn’t mean it is and multiply any project by 200 equals lots of time! Don’t craft alone and don’t forget to delegate!
  • Lastly, never underestimate the value of a wedding coordinator. Yes - I said value. Wedding coordinators can save you time, money and headaches. They offer a variety of services ranging from pre-wedding planning to day of coordination and everything in between. Often times, their fee is based on your budget and can be very affordable. Remember, they are wedding experts and know exactly how to give you what you want.

We hope these help! Good luck on keeping your DIY wedding under control! Best of luck!

Aschley & Jaime

5th Annual Gay and Lesbian Seattle Wedding Expo

Did everyone enjoy their Mother’s Day weekend? Next weekend there is another reason to celebrate. With the arrival of Marriage Equality in Washington state , the team of Same Love, Same Rights® is returning for the 5th Annual Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo in Seattle at the

Plaza Hotel Seattle
1113 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA  98101

The event will be held from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday May 19th. We hope to see you all there!



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