Monday, December 21, 2009

Event Planning Bootcamp ::eBook coming in 2010

Did you miss out on the Event Planning Bootcamp workshops this past Summer + Fall?


Well, stay tuned!
I'm excited to announce that you'll be able to acquire all of the insider information in an eBook format, soon to be released in 2010.
You'll be able to review the content at your own pace, and create an Individual Action Plan to take the wedding industry by storm!


Topic include:


· How to determine if event planning is a good fit
· Day in the life of an event planner
· Key ingredients of a successful services business
· Determining your unique selling position
· Developing a targeted customer base
· Defining your niche
· Elements of a killer marketing plan

Monday, November 30, 2009

Winter Chic Boutique :: Dec. 3rd :: Spa Scotta

Nosh. Nibble. Shop. Celebrate.

Support local artists & indie crafters with conscious purchasing this holiday season.

Come out to Spa Scotta this Thursday, December 3rd, from 6 - 8:30pm.

Enjoy shopping with local vendors:

Katie Kay {accessories for you + your home}

{custom aprons + home accents}

Starjuice Aromatherapy {scrubs, snifters, body creams}


Margeaux + Violette {fashionable accessories inspired by french culture}


Plus, you can directly support Bahia Street {www.bahiastreet.org}

An incredible organization that directly assists Afro-Brazilian girls that live in economically-impoverished shanty towns.
It provides high quality educational opportunities for these young girls.

A % of total vendor sales will be donated to this incredible organization, as will a % of Spa Scotta retail + gift certificate sales generated during the event.


Spa Scotta is located in the:

Northcut Landing West Building, across from University Village
4915 25th Avenue NE
Suite 103W
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 522 - 5800

Plenty of complimentary parking below the building.

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Wedding Traditions to Love

There's a few new ideas that seem to be popping up here + there.

And we are loving them!
Traditions are always magical, but a personalized version of it, that fits a couple perfectly, is always the way to go.

Here's the 3 we noticed this past wedding season {and absolutely LOVE}.

1} Gift Exchange before the Ceremony

This is between the Bride + Groom, and is usually carried out by the Maid of Honor and Best Man, or designated helpers. The idea is, the Bride + Groom will open up the gifts before they see each other for the first time.

Personal Faves?
* The Handwritten Note
* A picture from the past
* Ticket stub from a concert

Best one we've seen?
A can of Root Beer. It was the Bride's favorite pop, and the Groom knew that having it would calm her nerves. It totally worked.

2} Photo Session - After The Wedding
These are the pictures you'll put up ALL over your house. Guaranteed.

The idea is this: Get all gussied up once again, but forget the make-up, hair do, glitzy jewelry, or perfectly coiffed hair. Just jump back into your dress, and your man back into his wedding day attire.

Seek out a completely different locale than your actual wedding ceremony + reception.

Example: You were married at a church, and had a ballroom reception.

Post Wedding Day Photo Session? Head downtown, go to the zoo, or a park.

Your photos will be Real. Raw. Romantic.

Neither of you will have any stress left, just the feelings of pure marital bliss.

3} Family Tree Guestbook

Newlyweds always want something personal + unique to take from their wedding, and put up on the wall.

This couldn't get any better. Your family literally leaves their thumbprint behind, at the end of a designated branch. They'll then sign below it, and voila!

Check out Lovliday on Etsy.
Great product. Prices start at $25!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Queen Anne Artists Trunk Show :: 11.21.09

Don't miss this Annual Show!
Featuring over 25+ Local Artisans + their handcrafted creations...




Go2Girl Design is thrilled to be part of this show!

When: November 21st, 2009 11am - 4pm
Where: Queen Anne Community Center : 1901 First Ave W

Sponsored by Sweet Pea Cottage : PreSchool of the Arts

Further details + inquiries : http://www.qatrunkshow.com

Thursday, October 1, 2009

$10K Wedding Budget Challenge: Seattle


Here's a great article on planning a $10K Wedding in Seattle.

I 'faux planned' this for The Knot Wedding Planner challenge.
Though, all the Vendors & prices are very, very real!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Eager to enter the Wedding Industry? Time to tackle the Business Plan!

Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros, has put together a fantastic 2 day workshop, featuring multiple Wedding Industry Experts. All here in Seattle!



When: November 6-7, 2009 ~ 9:00am-4:30pm each day

Where: Hotel Andra ~ 2000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle WA 98121

How: Purchase tickets HERE

Why: Because…

• You have never written your business plan but know you should.
• You have a business plan that is covered in cobwebs (or maybe just a little out of date).
• You want an easy approach to writing your business plan.
• You find “strength in numbers” and value business collaboration.
• You are gearing up for a successful 2010 and want to have a PLAN!

What: Some of the things you will do…

• Define or refine your mission statement, company objectives, and goals for your business.
• Create a marketing plan, operational plan, and financial plan for your business.
• Expand your business mind and broaden your professional horizon.
• Get your questions answered by wedding pros who have years of experience in the industry.
• Network with other business savvy wedding professionals at a special Friday event.

Cost:

Early Bird: $299 through September 30
Regular Pricing
: $349 after October 1

Cost includes all workshop materials including The Simple Plan ™ workbook.
Tom Douglas Catering will provide breakfast and lunch on both days.

Hotel Accommodations:

Hotel Andra ~ 2000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle WA 98121


Rates good through October 14:
- $142 Ändra Rooms with 2 Queen Beds or 1 Queen Bed
- $151 Ändra Suites with 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen Bed or 1 King Bed
- $168 Ändra Lux Suites with 1 King Bed

When making a reservation please use “Sage Wedding Pros” as a referral
Reservations can be made by phoning 877.448.8600 or 206.448.8600

Friday, September 18, 2009

Worried You Might Hate the Ring He Chooses?

The truth is, most modern woman really do want to have a say in picking out their own jewelry, especially a piece as significant as the engagement ring.

Really, what’s worse….


Ruining a surprise, that results in choking back your horror at the thought of wearing that ring for the rest of your life?


Or, having to tell your boyfriend, that while sentimental + worth thousands of dollars, it’s not going on your finger until exchanged for something that fits your style?

It’s a bridal dilemma, but a real solution starts with going online, and getting a general idea of what you like.

You can visit a diamond site together as a couple, like Abazias.com, and review styles, shapes, and sizes of different engagement rings using the virtual ring builder.

With over 150,000 diamonds in stock, there’s plenty to choose from. There’s also no guarantee that the exact virtual ring is going to land on your finger. See? Still an element of surprise!

Choice = Surprise

With so much selection to choose from, your beau can still put one together that fits his budget, your taste, and have the final creation be a surprise.

Do you know when he ordered the ring? When and if he’ll really propose?
Let him keep you guessing! By giving him some general ideas, he can put together his own game plan.

It will let him make the proposal special, and unveil the ring at just the right time. Odds are, it will steal your breath away.

The real thing is always better than a virtual image, no matter how good the ring builder happens to be.


Oh, and Congratulations!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

SewBride : Custom Wedding Accessories

Bridetiquette is thrilled to announce its newest sponsor....

Don't know about you, but I LOVE fabric.

It has such power to bring together design elements, and add texture, movement + flair.

Brides are always searching for that unique piece that will personalize their day.

SewBride creates unique accent pieces out of non-traditional fabric choices, to dress up an Invitation, Table, Chair, Vase, Aisle, Bouquet, Pillow or Dress.

Add a splash of color, texture and style to your Big Day.


Here's a sampling of SewBride's darling Ringbearer pillows!
However will you choose?




Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The MIL Factor

Does your future Mother-in-Law make you wish you were MIA?

What's a girl to do?
This summer has been filled with brides-to-be with one major common denominator. The overbearing, ultra nosy, control freak MIL to be.

It's so sad to see friendly, put together, independent brides getting all worked up. Here's a few pointers on how to 'shut it down' before you waste any more mental or emotional energy on this.

How to Practice Diplomacy in a High Stakes + Stressful Situation

1) Run! {just kidding}

2) Develop a personal barrier : Team Buffer
Hopefully, fingers crossed, you have at least one friend who's great at dealing with difficult people, and has your best interests at heart. Utilize them. Bribe them. Sit them down, share with them a few of your wedding planning 'war stories', and your fears about possible wedding day disasters.

3) Schedule personal time {aka: spa appointments}
Having this 'on the books' is half the battle. Treat these appointments with the greatest level of respect. Maintaining your mental health cannot be rescheduled.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Event Planning Bootcamp returns September 13th

The 2nd installment of Event Planning Bootcamp is on the books!

When: Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Spa Scotta

Early Bird pricing ends 8.31.09
Register here

Don't miss your opportunity to learn from an Industry Insider, on how to effectively launch your own event planning business.

Here's what past attendees have said about Event Planning Boot camp:

'This workshop was a great eye-opener to the world of event planning. Sandra covered it all, from marketing, branding, finding your niche, to the day to day life. I'd take it again!' - Cassie Keys


'I thought it was great! Not only fun, but educational and encouraging. Sandra told it how it is, but made it seem achievable. I think it's wonderful that she's willing to do this for aspiring event planners.' - Savannah Martin


This workshop is perfectly suited for all aspiring planners {wedding, business, social, non-profit}, and professionals new to the event industry.

Topics include:

· How to determine if event planning is a good fit
· Day in the life of an event planner
· Key ingredients of a successful services business
· Determining your unique selling position
· Developing a targeted customer base
· Defining your niche
· Elements of a killer marketing plan
· Personal style + image
· Individual Action Plan: what's your next step?

A detailed resource list will be provided to each attendee upon conclusion of the event.


Further details, registration + location can be found here.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Backyard Boutique : West Seattle Style

Shopping, Champagne & Shade!

Shop Local and enjoy a nice summer's day.
West Seattle based artists and crafters will be selling their wares at the home and studio of Starjuice Aromatherapy.

Shop for lovely handmade goods such as jewelry, aprons, body scrubs and more!
Have a snack, a glass of bubbly, and relax in the shade of the old cedar tree.

Ever dreamed of having holiday shopping done by September?
Here's your chance, or just a treat for yourself.

When: Sunday, August 23rd, 1-4pm
Where: 8822 11th Ave SW, West Seattle, 98106


In the Backyard!


Here's the Vendors joining us:


Glass Beach - Maia Low

Maia designs and creates handbags and accessories from her sewing studio in West Seattle.
She especially loves to work with cotton fabrics, happy colors and quirky combinations.









Alizah's Jewelry - Alizah Olivas
Alizah Olivas is a West Seattle native who enjoys all things small and shiny. Making jewelry for 5ish years, she has been focusing the last couple of years on forging fine silver and working with semi-precious stones...sometimes combining the two. New obsession...turning her photos into pendants.





Go2Girl Design - Sandra Watson

Sandra loves to create custom aprons and entertaining accessories for the kitchen. Obsessed with fabric from a young age, she loves to design quality, one of a kind creations. Here's her 'kitchen philosophy' :


Every girl wants to feel flirty, sexy and in control. Whether you're slaving over a hot stove, plating a gourmet meal, or shaking up some signature cocktails.....Put yourself in the 'Power Position' with a custom designed apron that pulls your outfit together, and puts you at the Head of the Table.







West Seattle artist and mom, Lonjina’s creative career includes graphic design, mixed media, textile design, and interior design, that consistently imparts her point of view with brilliant colors and playful shapes. Inspired by her children, her first collage was created for her daughter when that affordable and unique piece couldn't be found. Working with multicolored papers in her collage creates layers of texture to each piece and are representative of her own aesthetic of contrasting colors, organic shapes and abstract designs.



















Times Two Jewelry - Else Perez

Elsa is originally from El Paso, TX, and currently working out of Seattle, WA. While in El Paso, she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Metals.“I let my backgrounds influence each other to create different designs and wearable visual art. I enjoy creating jewelry that will offer some form of interaction or versatility depending on the personality of the wearer."




















Starjuice Aromatherapy - Darcey Pickard

Starjuice Aromatherapy, holistic care for the 21st century - offers fun & fresh handcrafted aromatherapy products for holistic wellness of body and personal environment. All-natural products like stellar spritzers, yummy cosmic sugar scrubs, and rocket snifters, are handmade in small batches, with the highest quality ingredients. Starjuice is the creation of Darcey Pickard, full-time mom, Certified Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist. Darcey lives in West Seattle with her husband and 4 year old.
Darcey’s vision? To provide people with high quality, fun, hip products rooted in the history and tradition of aromatherapy.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Backyard Boutique is happening 8.24.09

Backyard Boutique is not to be missed!

A casual atmosphere filled with Indy Crafter goods in West Seattle.

8.24.09

1pm -4pm

Details + Vendors to follow!

Stay tuned for more details.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Katie Kay's 2nd Annual Summer Sale


Katie Kay sells the most darling + fashionable accessories.

Oh, and did I tell you what a cool bird she is?
This lady knows how to throw a party, so don't miss out on her backyard market.

The sale is also a fundraiser, to benefit the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Come out to Edmonds and shop for a cause and save money with Katie Kay Accessories. Bring your girlfriends, Moms, Sisters, Co-workers, spread the word! Shop a little, sip a little, nibble a little, and enjoy the sun poolside!

All merchandise marked down 10-70%, WITH a % of sales donated to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation!

Not looking to spend any cash-oh-la right now? I totally understand, and no worries, come anyway, browse the goodies, have a bite, socialize, bring your bikini and enjoy the pool, maybe you can make a small donation to breast cancer!

When: Saturday August 8th 1pm-5pm

Where: Katie Kay’s House at 9715 238th St SW Edmonds

What: Jewelry, Handbags, Belts, Flip Flops, Aprons, Furniture, Home Decor, and much more!

All major credit cards accepted

Use Mapquest to navigate your way or call me for directions

Pre-shop at
KatieKay.com Accessories

Friday, July 31, 2009

Event Planning Boot camp! August 2nd

Just 2 days left until the launch of this workshop.

Pretty darn excited to share all the content I've put together for Aspiring Planners, and those wanting to learn more about getting into the Events Industry.

Here's the 411:

· How to determine if event planning is a good fit

· Day in the life of an event planner

· Determining your unique selling position

· Developing a targeted customer base

· Defining your niche

· How to create a killer marketing plan

· How to develop a strong brand

· Personal style + image

· Action plan: specific steps to take next

There's room for 3 more. Join us!

Register at http://go2girlevents.eventbrite.com

Friday, July 24, 2009

Guest Gripes................We're back!!

Clearly, it's time for Round 2.

If you somehow missed out on Round 1, please review here.

Here goes......

Top 5 Guest Gripes

Flamboyant Accommodation - You know, it's great that you want everyone to stay at the W Hotel, or even the Four Seasons. But, guess what? Guests have already paid an arm + a leg to get your wedding {airfare, clothing, time off from work, being forced to spend time with family}.
It's time to eat a piece of reality pie. Your guests don't want to spend $500/night for a Suite. They aren't celebrating anything.

'Lack of Couth' Hosts - Remember that gift certificate to Bed, Bath + Beyond that Aunt Shirley gave you?
It was for $50, and you used it within a week of the wedding.
But somehow, you overlooked saying thanks. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for failing to send a HANDWRITTEN thank you note to each and every guest {present or not}.
If you think your lack of tact will go unnoticed, think again.

Crap Food - Spend the money, and have at least one edible entree. Please remember that these people are your GUESTS. Treat them as such.

Tacky Traditions - Money Dance, Hokey Pokey. Seriously, do I have to even bring these up? This is a WEDDING RECEPTION, not a child's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.

Receiving Lines - Please, oh please....Limit this to the Bride + Groom only. It's a guarantee that guests will be making small talk, or just staring at members of the Bridal Party that they don't know. Cut out the awkward factor, and just let guests congratulate the 2 people they really came to see.


Any other Guest Gripes you care to share?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Izzy Girl Invitations :: Vendor Spotlight

It's always a joy to work with someone who just 'gets it'. No need for an embellished explanation, just a few ideas here and there, and then they run with it.

That's what working with Janet Maples, owner of Izzy Girl, is like. She's perceptive, friendly, has a great eye for design, and a true passion for paper goods.

Bridetiquette recently sat down with her, to get the scoop on her path into the events industry.

Tell us a little about yourself…I started my career in broadcast journalism and television production, and have since moved on to work as a web designer and now an invitation designer. I live with my husband, 8-month-old daughter, and two dogs with big personalities in the Green Lake area.

What inspired you to start your business?
I’ve always designed invitations for friends and family, but it wasn’t until I created my own invitation for our wedding that I started to receive calls and e-mails from friends and friends of friends wanting to hire me to design something special for their event. It was at that point that I started to think about starting my own business.

Where are you located? How can clients reach you?
I am located in the Green Lake area. I meet clients anywhere that is convenient – in my neighborhood, in theirs or somewhere in between.
I may be reached at 206.390.0678 or by e-mail at info@izzygirl.com.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I can create any paper good that is needed for any event - from the invitation to the thank you note and everything else in between. I was recently asked to create a jar label for homemade jam that the couple was adding to each welcome basket.

Any advice for all of the brides planning to get married in the next year?
There are so many options out there for every aspect of your wedding. Don’t feel pressured into going in a direction that does not fit your style. Make a personal statement and be true to yourself!

What is unique about your product line?
Each design is handcrafted, with custom detailing that guarantees your invitation or announcement is truly one-of-a-kind with the ultimate goal of creating an experience for each guest as they open the invitation to your event. I like to think “in the box” (invitations don’t necessarily need to be sent in paper envelopes!) and pair different materials such as fabrics, crystals, and stitching – to name a few – with various printing methods.

Where can we see/purchase/order your product?
You may view some sample pieces at www.izzygirl.com. I also have a portfolio on hand at swee swee paperie in West Seattle. Otherwise, we can set up a complimentary consultation to talk over your design needs.

What inspires you?
My clients! I am involved in their most personal milestones and love to share in the passion they have for colors, design elements and ideas for their event. I conceptualize every design detail to bring their vision to life.

What price ranges do your products fall into?
Wedding sets start at $8.00 per set. Pricing goes up depending on paper, materials, embellishments and type of printing, however, as every invitation is personal and the range of what people want is so different, pricing really does vary.

What do you bring to the industry that sets you apart?
I offer unparallel customer service. I work closely with you every step of the way to make sure we come up with the perfect solution that is true to your style and personality. My craftsmanship is of the highest quality giving the finished invitation a unique branding that sets the tone for the event.


Thank you Janet for sharing your approach to truly original custom design invitations. Your portfolio is amazing!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

So, You want to be an Event Planner?

This workshop is for you.

Dive into the world of events, with a two hour bootcamp style workshop, packed with information, and presented by an industry insider.

No matter what your focus or area of interest {weddings, corporate, social, non-profit}, this workshop will help you lay the groundwork to launch your own business.

Sandra Watson launched Go2Girl Event Planning in 2007, and since then has grown from a Weddings only business, to include Milestone + Business Events, Small Business Consulting + Coaching.

She has a passion for sharing the strategies + techniques learned in growing her own business, and to help you effectively troubleshoot any shortfalls or setbacks.

Why have the knowledge if you can’t inspire, empower + educate?

Workshop Highlights include:
Finding your Unique Selling Position
Creating a Brand
Defining your Niche
Action Plan: specific steps to launch your business

What will you have as a result of participating in the workshop?

A framework to break down your big ideas into smaller feasible steps.
Access to an expert already working in the events industry.
An opportunity to network with others interested in the same field.

What all is included?

Two hour intensive workshop, chock full of information and interactive exercises.
An individual game plan. You’ll leave with tangible steps to take.
A resource list featuring hand-picked favorite websites, blogs and books.
30 minute Q + A session at the end of the workshop to address additional topics.
Drawing for a 1hr coaching session with Sandra of Go2Girl Events {$65 value}


Further details, registration + location can be found here.

Questions? Feel free to contact Go2Girl Events at workshops {at} go2girlevents.com

Monday, June 29, 2009

Do You Aspire to Plan?


Are you keen to break into the Event Planning Industry, and make your mark?


Stay tuned for a forthcoming announcement later this week.


A groundbreaking workshop to be presented by Go2Girl Events in August 2009.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cakebox Cookies : Sweet as can be

I don't know about you, but I LOVE small sweets.

There's something so dainty, so darling about them.

Who doesn't deserve a wee little sweet treat?

You just can't pass up Cakebox Cookies, another great Etsy seller.

From a dress favor cookie perfect for a Bridal Shower,








A Spring Celebration,










or Something Blue for the Wedding Day...





Cakebox Cookies can create a custom cookie that's just right for your event.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nouveau Wedding Style: Shoes at Clementine

Are you looking for an alternative to tradition, but crave quality & flair?

Clementine in West Seattle has the shoes for your Big Day.

Check out these 2 gorgeous pairs recently found by Bridetiquette!



Giraudon "Snoflake" $268



Giraudon "Jackal" $288

Available for purchase online or in person:

Clementine

4447 California Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98116

#206.935.9400

Located in the West Seattle Junction

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Seattle’s Largest Bachelorette Party


No feather boas, tiaras or phallic symbols.

Make history by being a part of the new definition in bachelorette parties– where it’s all about creating memories with your girls that you'll cherish forever. Not memories you'll want to forget!

Sponsored by
A Grand Wedding.com and the Alexis Hotel, your ticket includes.....

Cocktails, appetizers, mini-spa treatments, private suite tours, psychic readings by chocolate, two DJs and dance floors and a fabulous Swag Bag;

Plus the chance to win designer purses, one-of-a-kind jewelry, private photo shoots, exclusive spa packages, and once in a lifetime experiences with your girls.

Bid on high-end items in the Silent Auction or try your luck in the Raffle; shop for celebrity style clutches, scarves, sunglasses and snag some professional beauty products or last-minute wedding items.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER, a non-profit that grants the last wishes of women who won't win their battle against breast cancer.

With over $100 of free products and services right when you walk in the door, ditch Happy Hour for three blissful hours at Beyond the Boa.

Tickets go on sale May 11th on A Grand Wedding.com $20 online, $25 at the door.

Further details + participating Vendor information is available here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vendor Spotlight :: Spa Scotta

A welcoming ambience, sophisticated color palette, professional staff, chic boutique and a one of a kind owner .

This Seattle spa truly has it all.

Owner Jessica Campbell's story is one of pure inspiration, and a perfect example of what can happen when you follow your true calling.

Bridetiquette recently sat down with her, to get the scoop on all things Spa.

Tell us a little about yourself….

I'm the owner of Spa Scotta, spa and chic boutique. I was born in Cleveland, raised in North Carolina, went to college in Michigan and moved to Seattle in 1993. My father was from Seattle and I always wanted to live here so I packed up my car after college and here I am.

What inspired you to start your business?

I actually started with Spa Scotta as its first employee in 1998. I was the esthetician, then manager, spa director and finally owner in 2007.
I have a passion for this business and the people in it.

What special things do you create for weddings?
When I built this new spa, I designed it to create an environment for celebrations.
The spa is able to accommodate parties and events quite easily.

What unique services do you offer to brides getting ready for their big day?
We have a fabulous package called the “Bombshell Bride” that includes a spray tan, lash extensions and a gel lacquer nail service with a complimentary manicure.

The bride leaves ready for her big day and honeymoon looking and feeling glamorous.
And, the services are designed to last so you get good quality for the price.

What sets your spa apart?

My staff + I are very dedicated to keeping ourselves educated about the latest techniques and trends so we can offer the best to our clients.

What advice can you share for all of the brides getting married this year?
Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your spa day.

Ask lots of questions.

What inspires you?
I want to be the best. I get inspired by my staff on a regular basis. We have created a strong atmosphere of creativeness and are constantly asking ourselves…”What if we tried this?”

How long have you been in business? In our 11th year.

Where can clients contact you? info@spascotta.com

Where are you located?
Our address is 4915 25th Ave NE, Suite 103W. We're in the West Northcut Landing Building, across the street from University Village.
We're also online at http://www.spascotta.com

Thanks to Jessica for sharing her passion about business & beauty.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

DIY Invitations for the Crafty Bride

So, you have a bazillion ideas about how you want your invitations to 'look'.

But alas, you have no time for a crash course in Graphic Design.

You seek to save some dough, and get that handmade look.


Here's a great new vendor source : A Crafty Bride
Their motto :: We Design. You Print.

2 friends {who just happened to graduate from the Art Institute here in Seattle} saw the need for fantastic design, but with DIY assembly.


For $300, you will receive a printable design {pdf file} for your invitation, rsvp, one enclosure and a thank you.





Brides will need a good printer, a paper cutter {an x-acto knife + ruler always worked for me}, and any embellishments they might want to add.



Obviously, this also allows Brides to print their invitations at a shop too.



It's completely up to you!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Something Blue Boutique :: Spring Bridal Sale

Something Blue is having it's Annual Spring Sale!

3 Days Only - April 17, 18 & 19th.

Be sure to call for an appointment - filling fast!
#360-466-0415

This shop is well worth the drive north to La Conner, offering exquisite dresses and accessories.

623 Morris Street
Suite E-3
La Conner, Washington 98257


Just think - you can head up to see the Tulip Festival, and find your gown too.

25% off retail ALL NEW BRIDAL GOWN ORDERS SOMETHING BLUE

**Take an additional 10% off already highly discounted "Off the Rack" Sample Sale Gowns during the 3 days only Tulip Festival Spectacular Sale.
Discontinued samples are now offered at 50% to 70% off retail**

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bridetiquette's Wedding Anniversary

It's hard to believe it's already been 3 years.


We had a beautiful destination wedding in Hawaii.


Full of love, surrounded by family + close friends.


Here's a photograph of my husband + I on the beach.



{it goes without saying, this photograph is copyrighted. no duplication please.}

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rachel's 40th Birthday Party :: Old Hollywood Glamour

I had the distinct pleasure of planning + coordinating a friend's 40th birthday soiree!

It went off without a hitch, and was such a blast to be part of. It happened this past Saturday night in Pioneer Square {Seattle}.

Here's her grand video entrance. Notice all of her peeps, in the role of paparazzi!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Vendor Fraud :: Do Your Homework

I don't normally blog about the 'Dark Side' of the Wedding Planning Industry, but I had such a compelling phone call from a Mother of a Bride last week, that I've decided to share her horrific story.

By reading this, I hope no other Bride + her family will have to walk the same path.

This woman's lovely daughter is getting married later in 2009, and she was now looking just for Wedding Day Coordination. {Unfortunately, Go2Girl Events is already booked on her daughter's wedding day}

We ended up having a 20 minute conversation though, about all that they had been through during the last 3 months of 2008.

The Bride to Be felt she'd really done her homework on researching and choosing a Wedding Planner, having done plenty of Internet Research, viewing the planner's site multiple times, and speaking on the phone.
They met in person, where a contract was exchanged, and the bride paid a 50% deposit {$2500} to the planner.

This planner {who's name the Mother of the Bride never shared} had advertising in the all the 'right spots', and had plenty of pictures of past weddings on their website.

This planner then contacted the Bride to Be ~ 2 weeks after payment, to share that she wouldn't be able to help plan her wedding in the end.
The planner explained that she normally only does very 'upscale' weddings, and that the Bride's $50,000 budget wouldn't suffice.

The planner further explained that she was going to work on another wedding the same weekend, that was much more elaborate. {A Winery location in Eastern Washington}.

No, I'm not making this up. These are the details that were shared with me over the phone.

What is even MORE stunning, is what happened after that.

The planner promised that the $2500 deposit would be returned in a timely manner. Needless to say, the Bride to Be + her family have failed to see one dime returned.

The Bride's family filed a grievance with the Better Business Bureau {which the planner was a member of - as it's a fee-based organization}, and the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

There has yet to be any financial resolution, but the toll it's taken on the Bride + Groom, as well as their family has been extensive.

This is to be one of the happiest experiences in a family's life, to share in the planning of a Wedding.

The Mother of the Bride said that the family took a 3 month hiatus from all things Wedding, as they were completely devastated.

So, what can you do to not fall into this trap?

#1 - Trust your gut. A bride should never feel rushed to sign + pay the day of the initial meeting.
#2 - Check + recheck for a businesses validity and reputation.
#3 - Ask for references {past clients, even vendors they’ve worked with}.
#4 - Review the contract with a fine tooth comb. If there's a clause in there that you don't agree with, ask that there be an addendum created.

Remember that you're in the Driver's Seat.
Make decisions that you're comfortable with.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March 31st :: End of the Guinness Cupcake {in 2009}

A quick shout out, to all those that salivate over.........


Chocolate Guiness Stout Cupcakes with Bailey's Buttercream.


Trophy Cupcakes in Wallingford stops make this seasonal delight as of Tuesday night!


Get there quickly, these are NOT to be missed.

Friday, March 27, 2009

How to Interview a Vendor

Many Brides feel intimidated when meeting with several Vendors in each category.

They don't feel that all of their questions are answered, and when that happens, they tend to wait until the last minute to make a decision. This can result in a BAD decision.

It's all about Preparation. Determine what your needs are specifically, what you are willing to spend, and if this Vendor category is a high or low priority for the event.

Here's a general Vendor Questionnaire I provide to clients, to get them started.
You can tweak for different categories, by adding specific questions for your needs.

Vendor Questionnaire Sample

Category:
Name:
Price Range (circle one): High End In the Middle Low End
Recommended by:



How would you describe your style?
How many times will we meet before the Wedding Day?
Do you only book one wedding per day?
What sets you apart from other Vendors?


Do you have a price list, or price range available?
What happens if I have an unexpected change in plans? What are your cancellation terms?
Is there a monetary penalty for reducing my order number, or hours of service?

Do you require a deposit?
Is my deposit refundable in part?
Do you accept checks and credit cards?
Can you provide a few current references?


What’s your favorite part about a wedding celebration?
How do you interact with the wedding party and guests?
What attire will you wear at our wedding?

Do you anticipate and prepare for the possibility that something will go wrong?
How would you handle it?
What is the farthest distance you’ll travel? Are travel fees additional?


Being prepared builds confidence, and you'll walk away with the information you desperately want!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Guest Gripes :: How to Blow a Great Wedding Experience

I recently sat down with friends to ask about their Wedding Guest experiences.
Now, there was nothing scientific about this interview process, but they qualify as Veterans when it comes to total Wedding Attendance Numbers.
{Amongst them, there were over 14 weddings attended last season alone}.

Top 5 Gripes

Cash Bar
Just. Don't. Do. It.
You can limit the offerings {beer, wine, signature drink only}, or even the total hours that it's complimentary.... but don't make your guests pay for their own drinks upon arrival to the Reception.
It's just one word......Tacky.

Timeline
Get one! Pacing + transitions from Pre-Ceremony, to Cocktail Hour, to Cutting of the Cake is essential! No guest wants to feel like they're waiting around for something to happen. You need to have something for them to do {while you touch up your make-up, change, or get those last shots under the sunset}.
Guests have come to celebrate your union, and to chat with each other. Make sure each transition is smooth, and fully explained if need be.

Seating
Please, oh please ...... don't sequester all the Single people to one table.
Not everyone comes to a wedding to meet someone else.
Create a Seating Chart, and intermix singles, couples and all age groups.
Just because they're single, doesn't mean they want to sit at the designated 'loser' table.
Let the socializing be much more natural, and celebratory. People will find each other if they want too.

Toasts
This is a touchy subject for many. You need to have someone to troubleshoot the Drunks, and the Long Winded Relatives. Everyone wanting their turn is understandable, but getting up there, talking about basically nothing while getting your drink refilled is not cool.

Plated Dinner
Having over 50 guests? Then skip it. Otherwise, food will be hot for some, warm for others, and cold for the rest. It won't be eaten at the same time, and guests will be bored. Many will be waiting for Entertainment, Sweets or Dancing to begin. You want everyone to enjoy themselves and eat with leisure, not feel like they need to play 'catch up'.


So, what's your biggest gripe as a Former Wedding Guest?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vendor Spotlight :: Eiffel Print Design

Gorgeous stationary sets the tone for your wedding. The mixture of colors, printing style, and embellishments create a unique + personal statement to your guests.



Brittany Hermansen of Eiffel Print Design has that instinctive eye for detail, and approaches each creation as a labor of love.


Bridetiquette recently chatted with Brittany, to ask about her love of all things paper.

What inspired you to start your business?
I’m a former bride who just couldn’t let go of weddings! Many brides experience a post-wedding letdown, but I was lucky enough to be able to channel my spare time and energy into a business.

I received so many compliments on the paper items I made for my own wedding, and I’ll admit, I was surprised. I knew my invitations were nice, but didn’t expect my family to rave about them so much! After the wedding, I had a few friends ask me to make things for them, and the whole thing just blossomed from there.

Where are you located?
I have a nice little studio in residential Ballard. I’ve found that my Ballard location has given me a little bit of hipster cred!

How long have you been in business?
This May it will be 5 years. What a journey it’s been! I can really see how my technique has improved since that first invitation, and how my approach to creative design has changed.

I started in my apartment and then moved to a separate, larger space and now have between 4-7 part-time employees who do assembly.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I can create a full service experience from a year before the wedding to 3 months after! I make save-the-dates, invitations, programs, rehearsal dinner invitations, menus, table cards, escort cards, announcements, thank-you notes, and anything else you can think of!
I love creating a palette that extends to all parts of the event.

What is unique about your work?
I think my work is unique because of the great attention to detail. With a strong background in scrapbooking and card crafting, I take a slightly different approach to invitation design.


I’m all about embellishments and 3-D elements that make flat invitations pop!

We regularly use rhinestones, brooches, seashells, charms, textured papers and anything tactile that brings life to an invitation.

I also have a fabulous collection of mix-and-match invitations, Eiffel Originals. These invitations come in 10 truly unique designs, 48 color choices and 7 size/orientation options. Most of them have fun embellishments, which is a nice departure from the standard mix-and-match designs you find elsewhere.

What advice can you share for all of the brides getting married this year?
Start early! Being prepared well in advance can keep costs under control; whether it’s hitting the bridal shows to look for discounts, or simply not waiting until the last minute, and incurring rush fees. Also, a good coordinator can be your best friend during the planning process.
Coordinators always have relationships with other vendors, and those alliances can save you time + money.

Where can we see/purchase/order your work/product/service?

My website would be the best place to start! www.eiffelprintdesign.com.
I also have a blog, http://eiffelprintdesign.wordpress.com/.
One of my newer invitation sets was also featured in the current edition of Seattle Bride, Spring/Summer 2009.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in fashion design as well as nature!



Since creating my first beach-themed invitation, I’ve become more interested in using elements of nature in invitations, from printed flowers or leaves to sand dollars and even to feathers.



Of course, the feathers also cross over to fashion and my inspiration there.


I love ribbons, buckles and buttons; the fun and detailed accoutrements of clothing design.

I was thrilled to find Suburban Silk, a company that makes beautiful Thai silk boxes, and I love using them with my pieces.



What price ranges do your products/services fall into?
I have a mix-and-match collection called Eiffel Originals, and range from $6.25 to $7.75 per set.
My Completely Custom pieces range from about $7.50-$10.00 per set.
Boxed invitations start at $12.00 each.

What do you bring to the industry that sets you apart?
I think my personalized approach creates a customized design experience that brides appreciate. Sometimes brides come in with no concept of how to start the design process, but we are easily able to come up with something gorgeous in a short period of time.

I approach each first consultation with the idea that we are creating some brand new and original for that bride. All of the customizable elements; from fonts, to ink colors, to size and orientation, to embellishments, are part of making a truly original invitation suite that reflects the bride and grooms’ personalities!

Where can clients contact you?
Clients can contact me directly at 206.784.5122 or by email at:
brittany@eiffelprintdesign.com
Thank you so much Brittany, your invitations are divine!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Waterways Cruises :: Spring Showcase


Looking to get married on Lake Union?

Don't miss the Open House at Waterways Cruises.
Amazing location, great food, and fantastic staff.

You can get married on one of three yachts, or at their 'land' location - Lakeside Events Center.

Super close to GasWorks Park for some great memorable shots!

When? Thursday, March 12th, 2009 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where? The Lakeside Events Center 2501 N Northlake Way Seattle, WA 98103

Gourmet Cuisine by CaterArts
RSVP at www.waterwayscruises.com or #206.223.2060

Monday, March 9, 2009

Feather + Flower Power :: So Faux Stylish

I absolutely adore fresh flowers, and have a personal allergy to potpourri, or silk flower arrangements used as decor in a home, shop, spa....

But if you're looking to save a bit of dough, and possibly cut down on the Fresh Flowers cost, here's a few options that will not your socks off.

Gorgeous Boutinnieres, Fascinators and more!



All are handmade, and courtesy of amazing merchants on Etsy.com