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Wedding Weekend – Tips and advice – part 1


So as some of you may know, after 10.5 years of being together, my S/O and I finally decided to get married! We had a moderately long engagement (a year and a half) which gave me plenty, or perhaps too much time to plan everything out.

I was never one of those girls that dreamed about her wedding day, so I went into this completely unsure what I wanted to do with everything. My (then) Fiancé and I sat down, picked colors, and talked about what kind of location we wanted for our wedding.

The number one thing we both agreed on, we wanted somewhere where our Family and wedding party could stay with us for the weekend.

The hunt started, and I found an amazing place on AirB&B. Affordable and we were able to rent out the entire lodge for the wedding.

Immediately we visited the location and toured it. We fell in love almost instantly. The views were stunning, owner was kind, and the property was well cared for.

Some tips for those looking for a smaller private venue:

  • Make sure you plan a budget first. Know how much you’re able and willing to spend on a venue
  • Find one that allows weddings, if you search AirB&B on your computer browser, there is an option for places that allow events
  • Make sure the venue can handle the capacity
  • Tour the venue more than once if possible. We toured ours twice before putting a deposit down.
  • Look at reviews, and let them help you decide
  • Bring more than just yourself and your Fiance’ to tour the venue. We brought along his older sister, my MOH and one of his Best Men the first visit, and the second we brought our moms.
  • Be prepared that no location will please everyone. We had some people unsure about our venue, and even guests who said they visited the website and just weren’t sure how we’d be able to pull it off, and then were FLOORED to see how beautiful it turned out.

Some Questions to ask when touring your venue:

  1. How much will it cost to have XX people stay?
  2. Will it cost extra to have the wedding on site?
  3. Do we have to use a specific caterer?
  4. Do we have to use a specific table Bar-tender? DJ?
  5. Are Tables and chairs included in rental?
  6. Is parking for wedding guests included?
  7. Does the venue have a tent for parties?
  8. What is expected of guests renting the space
  9. What type of decor is allowed?
  10. Are departure celebrations allowed? (IE Sparklers, bird seed being tossed, flower petals…)
  11. Is there a quiet time?
  12. Are bathrooms included, or will you need a porta-potty? We got lucky, ours included 2 porta-potties.
  13. Are there areas guests cant go into? For example, we had guests let themselves into the Goat enclosure, even though we were told no one was allowed, I guess some guests thought they didn’t need to follow that rule. We also had guests enter the lodge, that was off limits (and had signs all over) and help themselves to Truly, and other food provided by our wedding party and crew helping us. Be ready to deal with these, and find out what areas are 100% off limits. I didn’t find out about most of these issues until after the wedding, and people started posting videos and photos to social media. Be prepared for extra charges in the event that people don’t follow the rules.
  14. Do you need to pack out your own garbage and recycling? We packed out all our own recycling, which saved a ton of space in their dumpster, and prevented a bunch of stuff from going to the landfil

Next post, I’ll talk about how we used the space at the Lodge we rented, and how we chose where the ceremony was vs the reception!

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Matron of Honor Proposal


25734400_1669055093145696_4435133862660740903_oLast December, on our 9th anniversary, my fiance’ proposed. I had every intention on waiting a couple months to ask our wedding party, but while we were on our Christmas vacation in Chicago, I found the perfect gift to ask my best friend to be my MOH.

We were walking around, looking for the Hershy’s store, however, to our surprise, it was closed! In it’s spot stood a Sugarfina, which, is a very fancy candy store. We (at the time) didn’t have a location here in Seattle, but their candy is sold in some of our fancier 26059994_1669055176479021_7308007275460379619_ogrocery stores. We popped in, mostly because it was freezing cold and our Uber was still 15 minutes away.

I walked straight to the left corner, and right there on the shelf was the cutest candy set ever. An adorable box set, with some of their tastiest candies, and each cube of candy had writing on it.

The first cube said “Will You”
The second “Be My”
The third “Maid of Honor?”

Of course we’re going to choose to overlook the minor detail that she technically is a 25790980_1669055223145683_791073353052414665_omatron of honor, because she and her husband got Married in 2017, simply because the boxset was so cute! As soon as I saw it I looked right at Mitchell and said “I have to get
this for her!” I wrapped the boxset up and the plan was to give it to her for Christmas. We went to her mom’s house for Christmas dinner, and I placed it under the tree.

She unwrapped it, and stared at it for a couple seconds, I think she was first in awe of the box set, the cute candies, and also probably confused as to why this gift was just from me and why I chose just candy. She looked at me and said “did you buy it in Chicago?” Then I think it hit her, that it was asking her to be my maid of 25791019_1669055246479014_6458297457182379669_ohonor. Some tears were shed, and of course she said yes. We talked for a while that night about the adventure we went on and how excited I was to find those candies.

If you’re looking to propose to your MOH and would like to buy these cute gift boxes, you can find them at your local store, or online by visiting the Sugarfina Website. The colors for this years boxes are slightly different, but it’s the same boxset! They’re such a cute idea! Their candies are incredibly delicious, and they 25791161_1669055126479026_2308582483497047335_ooffer candies that are vegan! I highly recommend checking them out if you’re able to!

Of course, if you know me, you know the “proposal” didn’t stop there. I also made her a gift box a few weeks later. I’ll save that for another post though 🙂

Are you recently engaged? Married? How did you ask your wedding party to be in your wedding? I’d love to see/hear other stories!