A blog with planning tips, fun new trends, and info related to Ethereal Events.
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"Today I am marrying my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, and love."
~ Erin & Forrest Pangborn

Monday, January 26, 2009

Treat Yourself!

My new friend and owner of Dynamic Designs, Jeanette, is welcoming ladies into her Kirkland showroom for two wonderful nights of wine, chocolate, and jewelry! I can't think of very many things that are better than that combination! She is offering a fantastic opportunity for you to treat yourself to something new and wonderful! If you attend ladies night you will receive 20% on any piece you purchase during the night! I will definitely be there one of the days if not both! Please be sure to RSVP. Here are the details:

Dynamic Designs Jewelry
Invites you to.......
Ladies Night!

Ladies Night
Thursday & Friday, January 29th & 30th
4-7 pm
Kirkland Showroom
11711 NE 67th Pl
Kirkland, WA 98033

Click here to RSVP!

Please feel free to call or e-mail them with questions or if you need directions. You can also RSVP by calling or e-mailing Michele at (425) 827-7722 or micheleddjewelry@gmail.com!
Check out our website at www.DynamicDesignsJewelry.com!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I've Been "Quoted" again!

Reporter Anna Hirsch and I have developed a great relationship over the past few months. She writes wonderful wedding articles, and luckily for me I have been one of the sources she interviews for them. Here is another that just recently came out. This one is from the Spokane.net

Your favorite restaurant? Ice-cream shoppe? Here’s what you need to know about bringing in fare from one of your favorite spots to share on your wedding day
Yeah, You Can Cater That

Anna Sachse CTW Features

'Maybe you and your fiancé spent your first date devouring a messy deep-dish pie from your favorite Chicago pizza joint. Or maybe he hid your engagement ring in a box of your beloved Dunkin’ Donuts. Or perhaps your mutual love of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food has gotten your relationship through both good times and bad. Now you can’t imagine getting married without incorporating your favorite local treat into your day of “I do’s.”
Not to worry – although the details regarding acquisition, transportation and serving may vary, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to have your favorite ice cream cake on your wedding day and eat it too.

“Customization of wedding menus is really popular and very common,” says Wendi Hroncich, a wedding planner and founder of Ethereal Events in Seattle. “I would say that 50 percent of my current couples are choosing personalized food/beverage/dessert, in comparison to 25 percent in 2006 and 2007.”

In her role as coordinator, it is usually Hroncich’s responsibility to facilitate pickup or delivery of the treat to the wedding venue, although, if it’s simple enough, sometimes the couples opt to organize this aspect themselves. One of the couples she worked with served mini Jamba Juices in their favorite flavors (which happened to match the wedding colors) as a pre-ceremony treat. Hroncich worked with the individual store closest to the wedding venue to have the smoothies delivered one hour prior to ceremony, stored in the on-site freezer and then served by the staff as guests arrived. A different couple she worked with wowed their guests by serving hot burgers and fries from Dick’s Burgers, a Seattle institution, an hour before the end of the wedding. In this case, it was preplanned that the best man would pick them up from the local Dick’s drive-thru.
Depending on the company, product and location, your caterer also might be willing to directly take care of acquiring your treasured treat. “We love to customize menus with special items and try to raise the bar of creativity,” says Sarah Glass, sales & catering manager for Butler’s Pantry Catering in St. Louis.

Butler’s Pantry clients have opted to augment their menus with St. Louis-based products like Gus’ Pretzels, Ted Drewes frozen custard or Missouri Baking Co. Italian cookies, or have simply served up crowd-pleasing standards like Jimmy John’s subs or two-packs of Krispy Kreme donuts for a late night snack as guests were leaving. Other popular treats have included warm chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, as well as “candy bars,” where favorite sweets are served in glass cookie jars with scoops and glycine bags for the guests to take the candy home.
Having your caterer take care of these specialty items will help ensure seamless service, however, keep in mind that they will likely include a service charge for the time and additional rentals involved. “Sometimes, depending on the item, I would suggest to the client it would be less expensive for them to handle a personal treat themselves,” says Glass. “But for many, the service charge is worth not having to deal with the details.”

That said, even if you handle the ordering and delivery yourself, particular venues, especially fine hotels with in-house catering, may add additional costs onto the bill if the treat is similar to something they already provide or if they are expected to serve it. For example, it’s common for a hotel that makes cakes in-house to charge a cake-cutting fee for bringing in an outside dessert, or a corkage fee for bringing in an outside wine, says Hroncich. But if a venue doesn’t have a special menu item you’re looking for and can’t easily find it themselves, they may forgo the fees entirely, or just charge you for the additional materials and labor.

To make things even easier on you, some outside local haunts will handle transportation, set-up, service and even materials as part of the package. “Generally, all we require are two eight-foot tables; we handle everything else,” says Bruce Kaplan, owner of Ben & Jerry’s stores in the Uptown Shopping Center and Pearl District of Portland, Ore. For weddings, Kaplan’s stores frequently set up sundae bars with four to six flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, hot fudge, caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, all-natural brownies and fresh chocolate chip cookies. Couples who want to make a stronger statement could even ask Kaplan for a tie-dye ice cream wedding cake, or one decorated with mini ice cream cones or cow spots.
“I think people are definitely trying to think outside of the box with weddings these days,” says Glass. “Even a small special item can make a wedding unique, and the bride and groom get to share a piece of their lives with their guests.”

Copyright CTW Features

Monday, January 5, 2009

Wedding Planning Workshop 2009

The Second Annual Wedding Workshop,

There was such a great response to last year's workshop we're really excited for this year's! It's designed for brides and grooms, mothers, maids of honor and more. Whether you’re just getting started in the planning process or have all your vendors lined up, this workshop is for you! You will receive tips on how to make your wedding truly unique and flawless, and gather a wealth of knowledge to make it the best day of your life!

When: Monday January 19, 2009 or Tuesday January 20, 2009
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: The Yacht Club on Lake Union
3229 Fairview Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

We will cover:

  • Quick and Easy ways to save money

  • Key questions and Red flags when selecting vendors

  • Décor and design ideas

  • How to individualize your wedding

  • Setting up a timeline to make the day flow smoothly

  • How to make it come together

  • New alternatives to old traditions

  • And much much more!

Our years of experience will help you avoid costly mistakes of previous brides, and guide you to a fun enjoyable engagement! Let a professional answer all of your questions big or small.

Only $50 per couple or $ 25 per individual. Credit Cards accepted through Pay Pal, Checks made Payable to Ethereal Events LLC. Tickets also available at the door.


Call or email Wendi at info@etherealevents.com or 206.920.2658 for more information.

Let Wendi help you love your wedding from start to finish!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Guest Spot!

I have the honor of a guest writer for my blog today! My husband, Erik Hroncich, is the owner and the Head trainer of Edge Personal Training located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. He has over 9 years of experience working with clients with many different needs, abilities and goals. Many of the soon-to-be-brides I know want to look and feel their best on their wedding day and Erik is going to give you some helpful hints on how to do just that!

Hey everyone! Per the introduction above, I am Wendi's Husband and I own EDGE Personal Training. Just to add some credibility (other than being Wendi's Husband) I am a graduate of Ashmead College's Fitness Trainer Program (6/01) and have been certified through NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) since January of 2003. Now that you'll believe me, here are some tips on getting into the best shape for you on your wedding day!

1. Set safe and attainable goals
One big "mistake" I have had many Brides make is shooting for the stars for their wedding day body. Now I am definitely not saying don't have a high expectation for yourself, just don't give yourself any added stress. By setting smaller, step-by-step goals you can focus on a very short term goal. Say going to the gym 2-3 times that week for at least an hour. That way you can have a safe range of days to hit and if you exceed it, you'll feel even better both in health and in yourself!

2. What to do for you
When doing a workout make sure you do some sort of warm-up (5 minutes of cardio, a light total-body exercise like a clean and jerk or squat) do your total body routine (upper and lower body parts) and then jump into cardio for 30-60minutes. To get the body you want (toned, slim, defined) for your wedding day you are going to have to do weights AND cardiovascular exercise. Weights will not make you have bulging muscles or have you lose your neck as long as you do them properly. Sets and reps are more indicative of how your body will respond than the actual weight lifted. Meaning, if you lift, say 10lbs for dumbbell chest press 2 sets at 15-20 times, you will get toned and dense muscles instead of "big" muscles. Don't be afraid to raise the weight when it gets easier either. As long as you keep the sets and reps the same your body will continue to respond properly. Cardio after your weights utilizes the body's fuel more effectively allowing you to burn more fat calories over the course of the workout. This is very long and boring to explain so just trust me on this one. If you would like to have the whole explanation just contact me one way or another!

3. Consistency is key
Results will always happen as long as you stay consistent. One thing I see many clients do too many times is come in Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then not until Monday again. Now, they are getting 3 times a week in, however 4 days off in a row makes progress slow up a bit. It would be like taking 2 steps forward and then 1 step back. If you are able to go in 3 times a week, try and space it out some. A schedule of Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Monday, Thursday, Saturday is more beneficial because there is less "down time" between workouts. Thus, allowing your body to become more receptive to the workouts themselves.

4. Don't start too late!
A lot of people, brides or otherwise, cram in exercise in a month before whatever they are getting ready for and hope it works. Well let me save you the headache and tell you now...it doesn't! When your body has a consistent environmental change, (temperature, elevation, physical exercise, etc.) it goes through an adaptation phase to cope. Each adaptation phase lasts around 4-6 weeks depending on the consistency and severity of the change. Meaning, if you save all of your routine for the last month before your wedding the changes you will have will be mainly internal. You will have changes in your appearance but not as much as the next adaptation phase will give you. Long story short, give yourself 3-4 months prior to your wedding to kick your own butt so you can see exponentially better results than just working hard for one month. (it will stay off longer too!)

5. Sneak it in whenever you can
I know, I know. This point has been brought up more times than I can count but there is a reason, it works! Parking further out from the entrance of a store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, stretching while watching TV, etc. All of these activities take so little time it almost seems like there is no point (which is why most don't do them). Using hypothetical numbers, say you go to the store and park far away from he door causing you to walk further to get in and you burn 35 calories round trip, car to store. Now say you do this 100 times over the course of a year and burn 3,500 calories. Guess what? That is equal to 1lb of body fat! Now if you couple other "sneaky" habits along with a regular workout routine you will see a pretty significant change in yourself.

Well that's all I'm giving you for free folks! (kidding, Wendi has been trying to get me to be a regular contributor for a while so give her feedback one way or another if you would like these types of posts to continue) I had fun writing this and I hope this information helps some of you beautiful brides out in the war against your dresses! If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask. The EDGE web link is above or you can e-mail me directly at erik@edgepersonaltraining.net

Thanks for your time and good luck in the new year!