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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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.

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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.

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Sweet Gift Tag Printables

Who doesn’t love a sweet little favor? It is always a nice gesture to send your guests home with something to remember the day. Make it personable with a charming thank you tag in your color scheme.

Take a look at some of our ideas for some inspiration, and don’t forget to print out these free tags!

Use #olivedesignhousetags to show off your creations!

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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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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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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

What Exactly is an Event Stylist?

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It’s ok, just admit it…. you have been planning your wedding on Pinterest before you were engaged.  I know I did, how can you resist? Cute mason jar DIY’s, flowy, garlands, and romantic crystal chandeliers hanging above those beautiful extra long farm tables; it seems like a dream.  To a lot of brides, this dream can be quite overwhelming especially when your wallet gets involved.  A wedding Stylist can help you to achieve your dream design while staying within your budget and style guidelines.  

So what is it that stylists do?

At Olive Design House, A Stylist is someone that works strictly on aesthetics, making sure that all details have been thought through and are brought together in a visually pleasing way.  A stylist helps to define your vision and bring it to life flawlessly for your big day.  Think of a stylist as your personal Event Interior Designer.

What is the difference between creative direction, design, and styling?

Creative Direction encompasses the entire vision of an event and established guidelines for the overall feel of the event.  With this guidance, a design plan is created.  Design may involve invitations suites, sourcing materials, creating custom items, designing floor plans, etc.  On the day of your event a stylist will implement the design and make sure everything looks pulled together according to your standards.

What is the difference between an event planner and a stylist?

An event planner coordinates the logistics of the event, while a stylist handles the aesthetics; the look and feel of the event. Stylists do coordinate with vendors in the planning process, but are not responsible for coordinating any of the day of activities.

We hope this has helped clear up some of your questions! Are you ready to start planning? contact us today, we will bring your story to life!

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Dreamy Cocktails

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Image from Etsy

Let’s face it, the food may be delicious, and the dessert bar heavenly, but the thing your guests look forward to the most are those tasty cocktails that are going to help them dance through the night.

Take a look at some of our favorite spirited trends that will impress even your thirstiest of guests.

For the Vintage Bride: Moscow Mule

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 Image and recipe from Cocktails for Breakfast

Recipe:

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Mint Simple Syrup

2 lime wedges

Ginger Beer

1 Sprig of Mint

Pour vodka & mint simple syrup over ice and squeeze one lime.  Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

For Something Blue: Blueberry Mojito

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Image from Chrisman Studios  Recipe from A Crimson Kiss

Recipe:

2 oz. white rum 

3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 cane syrup

Mint leaves

Blueberries 

Pour cane syrup into a Collins glass, then add mint; gently press leaves using a muddler, add blueberries and repeat. Add rum and lime juice, then stir well; top with shaved ice and swizzle. Top with soda and blueberries. 

For a Classic Twist: Lavender Champagne

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Image and recipe from Martha Stewart Weddings

Recipe:

1/2 cup sugar

 1 tbl. dried lavender

4 bottles dry champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Fresh lavender sprigs for garnish

Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Stir in dried lavender.  Remove from heat.  Let cool completely.  Strain out lavender.  Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month) Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 -1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute. Garnish with a lavender sprig.

For the Pink Lady: Blushing Bride

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Image and Recipe from Wedding Chicks

Recipe:

1- 1/2 oz. Pisco Porton 

1 0z. Hibiscus Tea

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon 

1/2 oz. Agave Nectar 

4 dashes Reaganʼs Orange Bitters 

Orange Zest

Pour Pisco Patron, Hibiscus tea, Fresh lemon Juice, Agave Nectar and add 4 dashes of Reagan’s Orange Bitters into pint glass. Set up Martini Glass. Add ice to pint glass and shake for 10 seconds. Pour and strain into martini glass. Zest orange peel over drink and garnish with same peel.

For the Beachy Bride: Toasted Coconut Margarita

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Image and Recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Recipe:

1 ounce cream of coconut

1.5 ounces 1800 Silver Tequila 

1 ounce Cointreau

3 ounces lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup

3 ounces coconut milk 

1 splash half and half

sweetened coconut flakes 

For the toasted coconut rim: In a small frying pan over medium heat, cook 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes until the edges are brown. Get ready for your kitchen to smell absolutely incredible! Allow the flakes to cool and then crush them with your fingers. For the margarita: Combine the cream of coconut, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, simple syrup, coconut milk, and half and half into a shaker with ice. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

ENJOY!