A Bohemian Winter Wedding with Vintage Flair

Happy 2015! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy celebration into the new year.

Let’s begin the new year with some old fashioned glam! Check out at our modern take on a 1920’s Bohemian Wedding that we designed.  We were so lucky to work with some incredibly talented local wedding professionals and were totally inspired by the Speakeasy vibe at Hollywood Schoolhouse.  Thanks to Courtney Bowlden Photography for capturing all the vintage details – this shoot just makes our hearts go pitter-patter!

Hollywood School House www.olivedesignhouse.com

We wanted to pay homage to venue’s original build time and play up its amazing features like the rustic exposed brick, classic hardwood floors, over sized dark wood bar, antique furniture, and crystal chandeliers.

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Some true vintage and vintage-inspired garments and accessories provided by Pretty Parlor Bridal Boutique reflected the space perfectly and nodded to the 20s/30s era.

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Flowing floral bouquets and arrangements by Distinctive Design Florists set an elegant yet whimsical tone for the day.

Wedding Ceremony www.olivedesignhouse.comWe’ve created a casual yet charming ceremony, using a collection of vintage books wrapped with twine, handmade decor pieces, and of course beautiful fresh flowers.

Wedding Wands Ceremony Decor www.olivedesignhouse.com

Playful paper wands sat amongst the seats inviting guests to join in the celebration.

Winter Wedding www.olivedesignhouse.com

Seattle Farm Tables provided the beautiful handmade barn-wood table that was fit for a celebration with family and friends. The rich wood tones of the table were a perfect backdrop for the cream colored plates and gold flatware that we selected from AA Party Rentals.

We fell in love with the floral napkins from World Market which added a subtle touch of pattern and color. Loose but sophisticated flowers, mismatched decanters, and more handmade fabric garlands were displayed in the center of the table.

Wedding Tablescape www.olivedesignhouse.com

We thought involving natural elements like the bamboo chairs from AA Party Rentals would nicely mimic the details of the design of the menus and table numbers.

Winter Wedding www.olivedesignhouse.com

One of our favorite features inside the venue is the beautiful dark wood bar, we added some color and jazzed it up with a handmade tassel garland, touches of gold, and our collection of vintage decanters.

Wedding Dessert Bar www.olivedesignhouse.com

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Unique bite sized treats dripping in details like gold frosting and hand painted flowers created by Janti Sun added a sweet finishing touch.

invitation suite www.olivedesignhouse.comIt was important for us to ensure that commonalities in design elements of both printed goods and decor were tied together and noticeable in the finer details. For example, the bamboo chairs used in our table design were represented in some of the graphics used in the invitations and paper goods. For the envelope liner, we created a custom pattern with a repeating shape that is also found in the gold flatware and pedestal vases.

Wedding Invitation Suite www.olivedesignhouse.com

With the use of a modern color scheme and repetitive elements, all of the invitation pieces worked seamlessly together hinting at history while still remaining current and unique.

 As a final thank you, mini bottles of liquor displayed with a thoughtful tag were offered as a reminder of this chic vintage inspired affair.

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Trending: Brewery Events

Just in time for Oktoberfest – the newest trend we are seeing? Brewery Weddings!  We love the relaxed, casual vibe a brewery wedding sends out, plus, who doesn’t want to share a beer with their favs on such a special day ?  We came up with this fun concept to help get you inspired for you event; Let’s “Hop” to it, and start planning for your big day!

The Location: The Factory Luxe at The Old Rainier Brewery

Located in Georgetown, once known as Seattle’s Red Light District, The Factory Luxe was The Rainier Brewery‘s Tasting room.  The space is cozy and rich with warmth.  Hardwood floors, a stone fireplace, and an abundant bar – perfect to serve up your favorite beer.  Your guests will never forget this Seattle experience.

Factory-Luxe-The-Old-Rainier-BreweryPhoto via The Factory Luxe

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Photo via The Factory Luxe

The Color Scheme: A custom palette designed by our team complete with warm and bold brights

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The Favors: Your Favorite Brew on display with a sweet and simple Tag.

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Photo via Hey Wedding Lady

Decorations: Add a touch of vintage with these super fun marquee lights from this Etsy Shop.

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Photo via Vintage Marquee Lights

The Flowers: Get this Simple and sweet look with  pops of red and yellow.

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Photo by Spindle Photography via Southern Weddings

Are you inspired yet? Our ideas are still flowing! Our team can help you pull this look together and personalize everything from invitations to favors for your special occasion.

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Tips to Staying Organized

We know how hard it is to juggle a job, home, and social life.  On top of that, you are planning to celebrate the biggest day of your life!  Here are some tips we put together to help make it more manageable and fun at the same time.

1.  Prioritize

This is the most important step.  Trust us, once you have an outline of what you need to focus on, everything will fall into place.  Make a wish list of all of the major details you want to happen at the wedding and rank them in a numeric scale.  Be sure to take into consideration budget, time, and the style you are trying to achieve.

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Image via Rifle Paper Co.

2.  Create a Budget

After you create a list of priorities, think about the cost.  Is your number one priority a perfect location in the city?  Plan to set aside more money for the venue and less on expenses like food or attire.

Etsy Wallet | Organizing Tips from Olive Design House

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3. Keep track of people

The guests, the wedding party, your planners, and vendors; weddings are all about people.  To keep track of everyone involved, make lists.  Create contact lists to give to designated individuals.  Your maid of honor will help keep your bridal party together, while your planner will want a list of all the vendors to keep stay on the same page.  You will also need to start on your guest list early.  The Knot has one of the best tools to manage attendees and addresses.

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4.  Pick a theme and stick to it

Your wedding vision will help to guide all of your decisions.  By picking a theme, a committing to it, all of your details should come together.  The design begins with the selection of your venue and should correlate from your save the dates all the way to the place cards.  Think about how you would decorate a living room.  Consider the elements and principle of design like color, pattern, texture, unity, and harmony.  All of these points will help to achieve a beautiful design.

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5.  Hire Professionals

As event designers, we know the importance of asking for assistance.  Working with planners and designers will not only make the process run smoothly, it will also allow you to focus on the fun plans for your bachelorette party, honeymoon, and all of the other celebrations that are happening in your day-to-day world. When it comes to the day of your wedding, you will be relaxed and happy knowing that the details are taken care of.

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We hope this helps get you on track for your big day! Contact us today to help keep you organized and on track for your celebration.

Tasty Trends for your Wedding

Get Fresh
Farmer’s Markets in Seattle are BIG. Why not incorporate this fresh and healthy idea into your wedding day? Many caterers are offering fresh, organic, and locally sourced food. The Farm to table trend is fast moving, and is becoming a way of life for many Seattleites. Check out some of these caterers that offer this service. Here is one we like.

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Photo via Style Me Pretty

Keep on Truckin’
Yes, Food Trucks are still a trend, and are even on the rise! We love how these trucks can help to set the tone for a fun and casual event. Consider bringing one in for a late night snack, cupcakes or ice cream will impress those with a sweet tooth, to keep the fiesta going all night long, try the popular El Camion – their tacos are definitely something to celebrate!

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Photo via: Green Wedding Shoes

Don’t forget the Donuts!
We have a soft spot for all things sweet at Olive Design House, especially when they are donuts. There seem to be dozens of donut shops popping up. One of our favorites is Mighty O – they are organic, clean, and the healthiest way to eat a donut! A favorite around here is the Lemon Poppy and the Don King. These tasty treats can also be a great alternative to a cake, or added to the dessert bar for an unexpected twist.

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Photo via: Mighty O Donuts

Feels Like Home
Modern couples are leaning towards family style dinners. Nothing says home more than gathering around a table and sharing food, stories, and a few laughs. Make your wedding day memorable by setting up long farm tables and benches, a few simple centerpieces down the middle of the table and sweet personalized place card can help your guests to relax and feel at home. We absolutely love Seattle Farm Tables – take a look at their stunning collection!

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Photo via: Seattle Farm Tables