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.

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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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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.

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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You are Sweeter than Pie!

We love cake, but how much fun would it be to serve pie for your wedding dessert? Your guests will be surprised by the unexpected treat and appreciate it even more with a scoop of ice cream on the side!  One of our favorite pie places in Seattle is A La Mode Pies.  Not only are the pies delicious, the Blue Hawaiian is a favorite around  here, but they cater events as well!

A La Mode Pies offers a delicious range of flavors from Blueberry Coconut  (Blue Hawaiian) to French Apple, to Bourbon Butterscotch.  They come in the traditional 9″ size, mini Pie Babies, and super cute Lolli Pies!  Another reason to love A La Mode Pies is that they coordinate displays and styling, one more thing to check of the list! Just leave them a sketch of what you want and they will set it up for you, fresh fruit and all! These images  were based off of some sketches done by the Olive Design House team, I mean, look how cute these displays turned out!  Make sure you go in for a tasting, they will be sure to impress.

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Photos taken by Courtney Bowlden Photography

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!