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 30, 2012

Tis the Season - January or June?

Summer, fall, winter or spring? 2 pros weigh in on the wedding ‘when’
Anna Sachse CTW Features

January 12, 2012


Pros: “The weather!” says Christina Friedrichsen, author of “Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style” (North Light Books, 2004). “If you’ve got your heart set on an outdoor wedding, there’s no better season.” There are also three great three-day holiday weekends, and guests are more willing to take vacation time in the warm months and/or when kids are out of school, says Wendi Hroncich, founder of Seattle-based Ethereal Events. Other advantages Hroncich points to include a seasonal produce and flowers, and more daylight hours, which is great for photos.

Cons: Summer is the most popular season for nuptials in the U.S., which means prices generally are the highest and there’s a lot more competition for vendors, says Hroncich. In addition, guests may have already made vacation plans - or have another wedding to attend - during your wedding weekend. And that sunshine you were hoping for? It may not seem so spectacular when you’re dripping in sweat.


Pros: Fall is full of fabulous décor inspiration, from colorful leaves to pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks, says Friedrichsen. You also can have a sunset ceremony that’s reasonably early, adds Hroncich, and you may still be able to have an outdoor party. Even better? Travel is typically cheaper during this time, so you may find great honeymoon deals.

Cons: Hroncich warns that cold or wet weather can hit out of nowhere, so you’ll definitely need tents or an indoors backup plan. Autumn also is the second most popular time for weddings, so you’ll need to book your vendors well in advance.


Pros: Hotels and venues will likely do their own decorating for the holidays, supplying you with free décor that feels festive and warm, notes Hroncich. December can be costly, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but prices often drop drastically in November, January, and February. Use some of the money you save to serve an indulgent spread of seasonal treats like spiked eggnog and gingerbread cookies, says Hroncich.

Cons: It’s a busy and expensive time of year for people, so chances are not everyone on your list will be able to make it, says Friedrichsen. Furthermore, severe weather could make traveling treacherous or downright impossible, Hroncich says.


Pros: Spring usually is the off-season, thus more venues and vendors should be available, perhaps at a discount, says Friedrichsen. You’ll also find a greater selection of blooms, fresh-feeling menus, and bright color palettes, says Hroncich. Add to that the possibility of sunshine without sweltering heat.

Cons: With the exception of Spring Break, kids will be in school, making it more difficult for families to travel, says Hroncich. And, says Friedrichsen, there’s a lot of potential for a cool, rainy day that you didn’t properly plan for.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wedding Show Re-Cap

If you missed the Seattle Wedding Show this year, don't worry! Seattle Bride Magazine went to and is sharing it with you in a 3 part video series! Check it out!

SEEN with Seattle Bride @ The 2012 Seattle Wedding Show - Style Episode from Seen LIVE with Team Photogenic on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When to Marry? Is One Season Better Than The Others?

Recently, I was interviewed by my favorite Journalist Anna Sachse for an article she is writing an article about the pros and cons of each season for getting married. This is a really good question for couples to consider. Every season has a significance to each couple, some maybe more than others. Most people think of summer weddings based on what we all see in movies, magazines, and when we are invited to attend the most, but that does NOT mean it is the right time of the year for you! Here is my full list of the Pros and Cons of each season! I had no idea I had so much to say about this! I hope you find it helpful!

Beautiful weather is most likely
Guests have time off or willingly take vacation time,
Kids are out of school,
3 great 3 day holiday weekends
In 4 season locations, outdoor option generally available
Wonderful selection of seasonal produce
Amazing variety of season flowers in bloom
Bright, Vibrant, and fun color pallets appropriate
Fun refreshing beverages appropriate
Any summertime activity or food is an option, crab bake, lobster cook out, BBQ, etc.
May have a beautiful tan still from summer weather
Longer days full of light

Most popular time of year for weddings in 4 season places, which means most expensive time of year, and most competition for locations, vendors, etc.. Can limit your options if you don't pre-plan.
Your may be competing with your guests pre-scheduled vacation plans
3 holiday weekends, people may not appreciate you taking
In warm climates - really hot temperatures - out doors not suggested
Bugs can be a problem in certain areas in the summer months
Competition, You may schedule your wedding on someone else you know's wedding date - 2nd cousin, distant friend, etc. Some of your guests may have another wedding the same day and have to chose
May be leaving your location for honeymoon vacation during your best weather months - might miss the sunshine come winter
Outdoor wedding on hot summer day is really uncomfortable for the Bride in a really formal heaving dress, and for all men in Tuxes or Suits
Sweating profusely on your wedding day is NOT something any bride or groom imagines or thinks about!
Air conditioning at the wedding location really important - can be disastrous with out it!
Candle light is null and void until late into the evening
People can have a hard time dancing until it gets dark - can be late into the evening depending on where you live

Beautiful natural color scheme and use of natural elements for decor
Fall theme is really easy and popular
Beginning to be the less popular time of year, vendor and location rates may be dropping
Nice time to go to on a tropical honeymoon as the weather where you live is getting cold - Make your summer tan last
Less weddings scheduled, so your guest are more likely not going to have another wedding on your date
Travel is less expensive - September is the cheapest and least popular month for travel
Indian summer
Bug problems decrease
Candle light
Sunset Ceremonies - at a reasonable time
Great time for a European or other hot spot honeymoon

In warm places, popularity may be increasing due to cooler weather than summer months
School starting
Little to no vacation time left for you or your guests
Risk of cold or wet weather
Sun sets earlier - less day light for photos
Football Season- you may have to negotiate your wedding date around your Honey's team's schedule


Amazing decor options and color schemes to work with
Hotels and venues may decorate for the holidays - supplying you with free decor (that most likely goes with the aesthetic of the location)
Holidays bring family together and are a natural time to celebrate
Prices are discounted except in December at Peak holiday party season
Comfort food
Spiced cider, egg nog, gingerbread, etc.
Candle light/ Fireplaces
Really romantic and magical time of year
Wonderful time for tropical or snowy honeymoon -

In cold weather places:
Out door photo or ceremony options limited without proper warm clothing options
Sever weather could delay or cancel your guests travel
Power outages and storms are more likely
Icy roads and bad travel conditions can cause issue for even local guests
Summer color palette, food, and beverages are inappropriate
Flowers are not in season or local
Seasonal Fruits are harder to come by
Travel prices increase
Many holidays to schedule around
Busy and expensive time of year for your guests - may be a hard time for people to travel, buy a wedding present, etc. while juggling holiday expenses
Very little day light for photos


Wonderful flower selection
Bright cheerful colors appropriate
Less expensive then summer months
Less popular time of year creating less competition
Cooler weather than summer months with possibility of sunshine
Great time for honeymoon
Spring Break
Beautiful light for photos

Scheduling around Easter
Rain more likely than summer
Kids in school

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

You Don't Want to Miss This!

Happy New Year!

What a great start to the new year! This is the week for all newly engaged ladies to begin planning their wedding! (If you're not newly engaged No problem! This week is still so amazing you need to know about it too!) There are so many exciting events going on starting with the Trunk Show at Luly Yang on Friday, followed by the Seattle Wedding Show on both Saturday and Sunday! There are so many deals and bargains to be found this month on couture dresses and top of the line vendors it could make a girl's head spin! If you are the type of girl who gets hot at the idea of pre-sale(ing) the Nordstrom's sale, then these trunk shows are for you! You DO have to make an appointment for the Trunk show and buy tickets for the wedding show, so make sure you do so! Don't say I didn't warn you!

Now go have fun, and let me know how it goes!

Enzoani Trunk Show at Luly Yang Couture

Friday January 6th, 2012 through Sunday January 8th, 2012

Brides will receive 10% off any Enzoani gown & a complimentary Hollow to Hem measurement during this trunk show!

Limited consultations available, call 206.623.8200 to book your consultation today.


Luly Yang Diamond Trunk Show

Friday January 20th, 2012 through Sunday January 22nd, 2012

Brides will receive 10% off any Luly Yang Bridal gown and bridal accessories purchased during this trunk show weekend.

Limited consultations available, call 206.623.8200 to book your consultation today!


Enzoani Gorgeous with Curves Trunk Show at Luly Yang Couture

Friday January 27th, 2012 through Sunday January 29th, 2012

This is the perfect trunk show for women with gorgeous curves who want to try on beautiful gowns in sizes 16-22!

Brides will receive 10% off any Enzoani gown & a complimentary Hollow to Hem measurement during this trunk show!

Limited consultations available, call 206.623.8200 to book your consultation today.