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In the beginning Four to six months away Just eight weeks away One more month Final countdown: two weeks Your wedding day Destination weddings Planner checklist Wedding resources Budget worksheet Bridal events

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in the beginning

Your wedding day will likely be the most memorable day of your life. But in order to make your big day just as you’ve always imagined, you will want to start planning anywhere from six months to a year or more in advance. Doing so will also help ensure that both you and your guests are able to relax enough to enjoy the celebration of your magical day. Before you begin planning, you may want to remember two things: Don’t panic if you fall behind schedule and don’t get caught up in trying to make things too perfect. Instead, try to enjoy the process of planning with your future spouse and remember the wonderful things about him or her, which made you want to marry them in the first place. To do this, you may want to create games around wedding preparations and setting aside time each month anniversary before the wedding and do something incredibly special as a couple such as a romantic dinner or a bike ride. It can be a lot of fun and it can be a real intimacy builder at the same time.

ESTABLISHING A BUDGET The first and most important thing you will want to do is establish your budget. This is crucial as expenses often add up quickly and without notice. You may want to try keeping track of all expenses and organizing your budget using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel. Many brides start out with a budget in the beginning but then don’t continue to keep track of expenses. As a result, the brides often run out of money and end up skimping on more important items at the last minute. A little organization can help you avoid this pitfall. Once you and your partner have decided how much money you have and are going to spend, you should itemize and decide what percentage you want to spend on each aspect of the wedding. You may want to spend a large proportion on a grand ceremony while your partner may have his or her heart set on an exorbitant spread of food and drinks. You will both want to be www. 5

aware of each other’s priorities before booking any vendors in order to avoid any potential conflict. CHOOSING A LOCATION Booking a location for your wedding should also be done in the beginning of the planning stage – especially if you plan on a summer wedding. The northwest region of Washington state and lower mainland British Columbia have some incredible venues at competitive prices if you compare them to venues of similar size and location in larger metropolitan areas. You may opt for a seaside wedding on a cliff overlooking Puget Sound, in a vineyard overlooking the rolling hills of Whatcom or Skagit counties, in a historic church, a luxurious yacht or an elegant hall. Either way, there are

only so many weekends in a year and popular venues are often booked as much as a year in advance, so if you have an absolute location in mind, book it as soon as possible. You will also want to ask about the facility’s catering and liquor policies, their policy on photography and if they provide a coordinator for the event. WEDDING PLANNERS The beginning is also the time to seek expert advice. Many people feel that hiring a wedding planner is an unnecessary, added expense, but then end up hiring one toward the end anyway. Hiring a skilled wedding planner can often guarantee paying a fair retail price or even a lower price for vendors. Wedding planners are experts in their field and have

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time to research various vendors and the details of their contracts. In addition, some, with their pre-established connections to vendors, are able to negotiate special discounts you may not otherwise receive. You may think that you can save money by managing all the details of your wedding yourself or with the help of friends and family. In the end, this might leave you and your family frazzled and exhausted during the days before and on your big day. You probably won’t be able to relax if you’re the one responsible for making sure all the loose ends are tied the day of the ceremony. A wedding planner, on the other hand, can guide the photographer around, coordinate with various vendors and ensure everything runs smoothly so you and your family can relax and enjoy the celebration.

They can also help you stay within your budget and keep you on schedule the day of your wedding so as to avoid the exorbitant overtime fees many vendors charge. If your wedding budget is at least $10,000, if you have more than 100 guests, or if you can’t spare 12 hours per week to plan your wedding, you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner. When choosing a consultant, look for experience in budgeting, accounting, event planning, catering and other wedding-related aspects. Hiring a consultant early in the process is likely to save you more money, but many planners are also available for emergency coordinating the day of your wedding. Most planners are also available for an hourly rate or offer a special package to help you find the most cost-effective

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THE PERFECT DRESS You may search all parts of the region for your perfect dress. And when you find it, you will know it. Start your search by checking out bridal magazines and get a feel for what appeals to you. Wedding shows are also a great source of inspiration as well as valuable contacts so you may want to look at the list of regional wedding events in the back of this book. While you’re at it, bring a notebook to write down contact information about the vendors you meet as they could come in handy. Also, many bridal shows offer drawings for prizes that could wholly compensate for the price of admission. MUSIC The music is likely one of the most powerful elements to set the tone of your wed-

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ding day. And, whether you hire a full band or a skilled DJ, you should book them in advance as soon as possible. Not only will it guarantee that particular artist but will also be one less thing to worry about in the weeks prior to your wedding. Make sure you check references and ensure the vendor’s taste and style matches your own. You will also want to find out how involved the DJ or band will be in the ceremony. Will they cue you on when to cut the cake or announce the first dance? Also, how flexible are they in playing requests? Finally, get everything in writing, including hours, deposits, overtime fees and playlists and then pay for it with a credit card so you have it on record. Questions for the DJ: • What is your experience/training? • Will you also emcee the reception? • Do you also provide lighting and sound equipment?

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THE WEDDING MC The master of ceremonies is one of the most important roles of all. The MC is responsible for ensuring the reception unfolds in the manner in which it is planned and, like most things, the more prepared the emcee is, the better the job he or she

will do. When choosing an MC, the couple should first reflect the atmosphere they are hoping to create. Also, be clear about what you expect from him or her, especially in regards to the jokes he intends to use. You need only go on the internet to go over other MC speeches to realize how easily an embarrassing one can occur. Finally, establish an agenda for the reception. Generally, the MC will welcome the guests and ask them to rise as the wedding party makes their entrance. This is usually followed by a toast to the new couple, a blessing, an introduction to the head table, cake cutting and toast by the bridal party’s friends or family.

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your own using a playful mix of wild flowers you and your bridesmaids picked from a field. One wedding planner also saved his client money by hiring a professional florist for one hour to teach the bride and her bridesmaids how to create their own bou-

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Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot to make your wedding food memorable – just don’t skimp on the quality or quantity. If catering is in your budget, you should start your search for a caterer early in the process. Ask for recommendations from friends, wedding planners, chefs or others in the industry. Once you decide on a minimum of two potential caterers, you will want to ask a number of questions to ensure their style and taste matches your own. Of course, you should also keep in mind the tastes of your most important guests. Get a sample of the palettes of your most important guests by bringing them along for a menu tasting and ask about the caterer’s policy on leftovers. You may also want to select a caterer that is flexible enough to incorporate your own tastes into the menu. Keep in mind seasonal availability of local produce and the client’s taste including options for vegetarians, vegans, and people with food allergies.

If catering is not within your budget, you may want to have your ceremony in the early afternoon after people have eaten lunch. If you can’t afford to cater, just have cake and mints instead. Questions for the caterer: • How involved will you be on the day of the wedding? • Will you provide linens, dishes or glassware? • Will you cue the band or tell you when to cut the cake? (If not, hiring a day-of coordinator might be helpful.) • Will you package leftovers to be taken home? THE CAKE The wedding cake is usually a threetiered sponge cake but, as the cake needs to be dense and strong enough to support each of the layers – and the centerpiece on top – finding a delicious, yet functional cake can be difficult. Not to worry, several

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vendors are sure to pass the test. Traditionally the wedding cake is white with butter cream frosting, but many couples are now opting for chocolate, strawberry or carrot varieties. Questions for a cake designer: • What is your professional training or experience? • Who is responsible for placement of fresh flowers or other cake decorations? • Are there any unmentioned charges/fees such as for delivery? • Do you use fresh ingredients or packaged?

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ETIQUETTE Many people worry about the intricacies of wedding etiquette. There are the steadfast traditions of tossing the bouquet and seating parents in the front row, as well as the more nebulous traditions of which party pays for what. The most important etiquette, however, is simply being considerate of your friends and family. Keeping your most important guests in mind when you plan your wedding will likely elicit positive memories of your wedding in the future. When making a gift registry, for example, be sure to choose a store with items in a price range everyone will be able to afford ($50 to $150 is the standard price range). It’s also in good etiquette to keep your bridesmaids’ budgets and body types in mind when choosing the dresses. The best thing you can do is just enjoy the ability to design your wedding the way you want it. And just because you’ve never seen it done doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Weddings tend to get generic and run of the mill. Try to find things to make it your own. OFFICIANTS The most important part of your wedding is the part where you and your future spouse exchange your vows of love and loy-

alty. It will also set the tone for the rest of your ceremony. Depending on your religious beliefs, you may either want to write your own vows, modify traditional wedding vows or have an officiant guide you in what to do and say. Many couples have opted to modify traditional vows to make their ceremony more personal or meaningful. Although it can be overwhelming and intimidating, it can also be a phenomenally creative opportunity. And there are officiants out there that will walk you through the steps one at a time in a way that makes it fun and meaningful. If you choose to write your own vows, you might want to make a list of words to describe your spouse-to-be, write down song lyrics or poetry or research traditions of your own ethnic heritage. Visit

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You may also want to consider incorporating friends, family and children into the ceremony. One way to do this is to invite your guests to share their blessings vocally during the ceremony or you could create a blessings basket so guests can write words of good will. In the end, you’ll have a basket filled with blessings of love from family and friends. Your guests will feel important in doing so as well. Whatever you decide, though, it will be important to find an officiant who is in line with your own religious or spiritual beliefs and personal style.

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PHOTOGRAPHY The photographs of your wedding will last long after the ceremony is over. That said, it is one area where you should try not to cut corners. It might be tempting to hire your friend who takes “really good pictures” but hiring a professional will likely have a better outcome (and it will give your friend a chance to enjoy the wedding). Because photographers are often booked

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during busy season, you should start your search as soon as you make your engagement. If you’re working with a small budget, some photographers will shoot the wedding and give you the negatives to develop as you wish. Others charge less for the actual photography and a piece rate for enlargements. Either way, you should ask potential candidates about their copyright policies and find out how much they charge for prints before signing any contracts. You should also ask if the photographer works with assistants and if those assistants are going to be taking photos. It is most important to be photographed by the person you meet with and the personality that you approve. You will also want to make sure the photographer’s style matches your own. Viewing the photographer’s portfolio or their web site will give a sense of their particular slant or ‘eye.’ If you are not sure what type of photographic style you want, try browsing several wedding magazines and note what type of photograph appeals to you. Once you determine who you want to photograph your wedding, you should take time to discuss the details with the photographer. You should also invite the photographer to the wedding rehearsal as this will keep your images consistent and allow your guests time to warm up to them.

Questions for the photographer: • Will you personally be photographing the wedding? • Will you be using black and white? • What is your policy on reprints or enlargements? • Is there an overtime charge?

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four to six months

With four to six months left until the wedding, you are probably in the middle of full-on planning and for most brides, you are counting down the days. Major planning is now underway and it is an optimal time to tie up as many loose ends as possible in order to avoid last-minute panicking. If you haven’t yet, you should begin ordering invitations, planning your honeymoon and shopping for the perfect ring.

ORDERING INVITATIONS This is one area where you might think you can save money by opting to make your own invitations. Be warned though, that making your own invitations is not only incredibly time consuming, but can also cost you more money than having them done professionally. THE PERFECT RING The tradition of placing the wedding

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ring on the left hand began in ancient Egypt. There, it was believed the circle represented a continuing and eternal bond and the left “ring” finger connected directly to the heart by a vein. Depending on your style and budget, one bride’s perfect ring is likely quite different from another. Many brides opt for the classic diamond ring but you may want something different. Some couples even get wedding ring tattoos on their left hand. Keep in mind, though, in case of the unthinkable, laser surgery removal can be very costly - and painful. Start your search for the perfect ring four to six months away to ensure adequate time for fitting. If you miss this deadline, however, many jewelers will rent you a “loaner ring” for your wedding day. You should also research the various types of metal and finishes in a ring as some wear longer than others. Either way, you should take time to decide what is the right ring for you. After all, you’ll most likely wear it the rest of your life. HONEYMOON DREAMS Unless your perfect honeymoon idea is jumping in the jeep for an impromptu weekend of duck hunting, you will want to start planning right now. Fortunately, the northwest region of Washington and lower

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At two months away, the big day is quickly approaching. It is at this time you may begin to experience the infamous “bride’s syndrome,” a state of nervous anticipation that can create havoc for both you and those around you. To avoid this and keep things running smoothly, you will want to tie up all loose ends such as sending out your invitations and finishing all your appointments whether it be with the

photographer, the florist or the musician(s). SENDING THE INVITATIONS Once the invitations are made, they should be mailed as soon as possible. Proper etiquette dictates that invitations should arrive at your guests’ houses no less than two months before the wedding to give them time to plan and send back RSVPs. You should also avoid addressing

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invitees as “guest” in the invitation, unless the individuals are younger than 18. Each invitee should have their own invitation. If you haven’t received an RSVP two weeks prior to the ceremony, it is acceptable to call and check with that person. ATTENDANT GIFTS Your closest friends have likely been helping you through the entire process. Now you can give them a token of your appreciation with a small gift. You may opt for gift certificates to a beauty salon, a bridesmaid lunch or an engraved keepsake. Whatever you choose, though, make it personalized. Your attendants will appreciate the extra effort and it will give them something to always remember. CALL THE PRESS Get the word out about your wedding. Call your local newspaper and ask about the appropriate format for sending your

announcement and photo. Newspapers typically allow for a photo and 100 words or less about how you both met, where you plan on marrying and other details. If you need an example of how to write a wedding announcement, pick up almost any newspaper and look in the announcements section. PLAY WITH HAIRST YLES Now is the time to begin trying hairstyles for your wedding day. You might think you want a certain style and then you find out it doesn’t suit you in the most optimal way. Playing with hairstyles ahead of time will allow you to make mistakes and find the perfect look. For ideas, look through magazines and not just bridal ones and talk to your hairstylist about what they think might look good. If you don’t like a particular style, you will have time to go back to the drawing board instead of being stuck with a mess the day of your wedding.

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At this point, you may be panicking over all the meticulous details of your wedding that you forgot, such as what color the plates and napkins will be and how many vegetarian guests to plan for (15 percent is the general rule). Or, perhaps you forgot a few small items such as the attendant gifts or your appointment for a makeover. It is now that you might want to remember the wonderful reasons why you are getting married in the first place and try to enjoy the process as much as possi-

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ble. You may want to have just exactly the right food or flowers or the timing be impeccable. Couples and especially brides, however, can drive themselves crazy trying to make things look perfect and it’s easy to forget what it’s all about. COMPLETE FITTING APPOINTMENTS Now is the time to make sure everything fits as it should. Complete all your appointments and should any additional work need to be done, make sure you can

get your dress back in adequate time before the wedding. You don’t want to wait too long for alterations so get this done as soon as possible but don’t panic if you’re behind schedule. REHEARSAL DINNER RESERVATION Every wedding needs a rehearsal to allow all guests to get acquainted with everyone involved. You should make your reservations at least three weeks in advance for a dining atmosphere that is relaxed and intimate enough to serve as an icebreaker. Traditional etiquette dictates that you invite all those who attended the rehearsal, including the photographer. Many people ask if they must feed the photographer and while the answer is technically no, doing so is not only a nice gesture, but will make the photographer feel more included and allow attendants to warm up to him or her.

CONFIRM THE HONEYMOON The last thing you want is to have a wonderful wedding and then find out your reservation for your honeymoon was never actually placed or your flight cancelled. You should give one last call to your travel agent or place of reservation to make sure you are still on schedule.

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final countdown: two weeks

Now is the time where you should be thinking of wrapping up those final details. But this is also the time when you should try to get some rest and relaxation, enjoy the process and try not to let the details get the best of you. You should also start keeping track of the wedding gifts you receive as those who cannot attend usually send gifts around

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this time. Check to make sure your wedding party’s attire is complete and confirm reservations for your rehearsal dinner. If you are moving into a new house together, you may want to begin moving your belongings at this time. While this is not a must, it will make for one less task you have to complete when you arrive home from the honeymoon. In the final week, you’ll want to review your arrangements with your vendors and give the final guest count to the reception facility and caterer. If you have hired a wedding planner, he or she will most likely do this, depending on the type of planning package you specified. You will also want to arrange for all name and address changes on personal accounts, identification cards and policies and start packing your bags for the honeymoon. Then get some rest and spend some time with your family and friends.

Your big day!

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Your big day is finally here. You’ve been planning for months and months and the fruits of your labor are paying off. When you get ready, make sure you have a number of friends and family at arm’s reach to help you with small but time consuming tasks such as calling the florist or photographer just to make sure they are on schedule. This is also where hiring a day-of wedding planner would come in handy. You will still want to make sure you leave yourself enough time to dress, bathe and get enough sleep the night before. If that isn’t possible, however, take care of that sleepy look by applying some

concealer underneath your eyes along with a hefty coat of mascara to give them the appearance of being open and alert. Using a dark red lip liner to color in your lips before applying your usual lipstick will also ensure your lip color lasts all day and that your lips show well in photographs. After all, you may not have another excuse to wear bright red lipstick for some time. Having some eye drops on hand might also be helpful. But most of all, try to enjoy the day and don’t expect perfection. Your guests will have the best possible time only if you are having your best possible time. Congratulations!

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wedding planner checklist

create your dream wedding... As a bride and groom, you want your wedding to be perfect. The days up until your wedding will be a whirlwind of activity. By knowing what tasks you should tackle now and which are better reserved for later, you’ll have plenty of time to plan the wedding of your dreams. Carefully planning your wedding will allow you to relax and enjoy every moment of your wonderful day. For most weddings, plans begin at least six months in advance. This checklist can get you started on your way to a beautiful wedding day. PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING

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Announce your engagement Decide what the wedding budget is Pick the date! Decide on type of wedding you want Begin planning your budget in detail Consider who will contribute to the costs Consider the theme of the wedding Decide if you want to hire a wedding planner Choose ceremony location Begin your search for the perfect officiant Choose attendants and interview MC Choose candle lighters and ushers Choose gown, veil, shoes and accessories Choose attendants’ gowns Order flower girl/candle lighter gowns Compile invitation list and total invitees Choose reception site Plan reception details Choose color scheme Choose men’s formal wear Begin interviewing photographers and/or videographer Choose florist Choose bridal registry Start tasting wedding cakes Choose musicians and reception music Choose music and musicians for ceremony Begin to talk about honeymoon ideas Contact limousines for reservations


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Schedule tastings with at least two or three caterers Order gown as soon as possible Ask for recommendations for wedding cake bakers Place orders for invitations and programs Order personalized napkins and wedding favors Shop for trousseau Look for a new home together Look for and purchase home furnishings

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Choose a caterer Decide on a wedding cake Order invitations and thank you cards Buy stamps for RSVP envelopes Choose your photographer and/or videographer Consult with your officiant about the ceremony Compile addresses for invitations Decide who will give toasts and ask them to do so Choose gifts for attendants Plan honeymoon and make travel arrangements Call newspapers with announcements Visit salons and try wedding hair styles Choose date to get marriage license Finish appointments for all dress fittings Make reservations for ceremony and reception items Make appointments for any inoculations for honeymoon travel and order passports Make and confirm order for wedding cake Mail invitations to arrive in good time Plan bridal shower Sign up for dance lessons

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BED & BREAKFAST/VACATION RENTALS ANCHORAGE INN BED AND BREAKFAST 807 North Main St., Coupeville, WA 98239 Tel: 877/230-1313 Lovely Victorian inn with seven lavish rooms featuring splendid views over Penn Cove and Mount Baker. Plenty of boating, hiking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding & nearby attractions for your guests. NANTUCKET INN 3402 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA 98221 Tel: 360/333-5282 Nantucket Inn is a historic mansion built in 1925 with 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and a fully stocked kitchen for reunions, weddings and special events. Enjoy the cozy living room with a large fireplace and the elegant garden. See ad on page 21. QUEEN OF THE VALLEY INN 12757 Chilberg Road Mount Vernon/La Conner, WA 98273 Tel: 888/999-1404 or 360/466-4578 Historic country inn perfect for small romantic weddings and receptions. Five spacious guest suites, on-site spa. One acre of gardens for outdoor events. Intimate indoor weddings for up to 40 guests. See ad on page 19. SARATOGA INN 201 Cascade Avenue P.O. Box 428 Langley, WA 98260 Tel: 360/221-5801 Fax: 360/221-5804 A romantic gathering place located within the seaside village of Langley. Water view of Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains. Reserve the entire Inn and enjoy a complimentary signature breakfast and afternoon wine and hor d’oeuvres. See ad on page 27. 30 www.

SMUGGLER’S INN 9910 Canada View Drive, Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/332-1749 Twenty acres in the USA, with part of yard in Canada. Outdoor weddings for 500+ and inside receptions for 200+. 1100 sq. ft. gazebo, 8 themed rooms, rehearsal dinners room. Honeymoon suites available with fireplace, jacuzzi, and deck views. See ad on page 6.

BRIDAL BOUTIQUES/FASHION ALICIA’S BRIDAL SHOPPE 1400 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-2563 Fax: 360/733-2631 Alicia’s carries one of the largest selections of wedding gowns, bridesmaids, mother’s, prom and flower girl dresses in the Northwest. Our handpicked gown selections from top designers and personal service will make your wedding unique. Bridal appointments recommended. See ad on page 2. ALICIA’S BRIDAL OUTLET 1416 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-2563 Fax: 360/733-2631 Our bridal outlet features wedding dresses, bridesmaids, mother’s, flowergirl, prom, shoes, jewelry, and veils all at 20 – 90% off original retail prices. Wedding gowns starting at just $99! Open Saturdays only! See ad on page 2. BELLE BRIDAL & FORMAL SHOPPE 201 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/734-1213 Exquisite selection of wedding gowns. Latest in bridesmaid styles and colors. Mothers, flower girls, prom & cocktail dresses. We are a full service bridal shoppe. Tuxedo rentals. Gown preservation. See ad on page 8.

WEDDING BELLES 324 S. First St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Tel: 360/336-5618 or 888/206-6009 Fax: 360/336-5618 You found the man of your dreams, now find the dress of your dreams! We increased our wonderful selection of dresses from contemporary styles to classical elegance including our new modest bridal gown line. See ad on page 7.

BRIDAL CONSULTANTS/PLANNERS ADDED DETAILS Event Planning & Wedding Coordinating Bellingham, WA Tel: 360/305-8583 When looking for a stress free event, look no further. From small to large events, Added Details will provide you with top notch assistance in the preparation and coordination of any event. See ad on page 12. ISLAND CELEBRATIONS P.O. Box 341, Coupeville, WA 98239 Tel: 360/279-8855 We will help you find the perfect site for your wedding on Whidbey Island. Choose from beach, bluff, historic barn, wharf, boat and more. Help with all the important details as you plan your dream day. See ad on page 27.

NATURALLY DECADENT AFFAIRS Event Planning and Catering 355 Harris Ave. #105 Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/398-9591 Eventacular: A fusion of exquisite cuisine and remarkable planning makes for a spectacular affair. Located inside the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. See ad on page 16. TRUE BLISS EVENTS 4081 Gloria Lane Bellingham, WA 98226 Tel: 360/319-9219 From innovative concepts to flawless delivery, we offer a range of services designed to meet your individual needs. True Bliss Events has a flair for the spectacular, and a magical touch for creating exactly what you’re dreaming of! WEDDINGS SENSATIONAL Dee Apodaca Whatcom County Tel: 360/739-4501 Relax! Have fun! After all, it’s your day, you should enjoy it. We’ll give you peace of mind with professional, certified consultation and coordination taking care of all the details while fulfilling your wedding dreams.

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CATERING/CAKES BARB’S PIES 2019 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 360/312-8978 Elegant cakes, and gourmet pies and pastries for any occasion. "A dessert from Barb's Pies and Pastries makes everyday a special event." See ad on page 12. CHOCOLATE NECESSITIES, INC. 4600 Guide Meridian #109 Bellingham, WA, 98226 Tel: 360/676-0589 Fax: 360/756-0771 CHOCOLATE NECESSITIES & GELATO 1530 Cornwall Avenue, #102 Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-6666 Exceptional Belgium chocolates made fresh for you by Chocolatier Kevin G. Buck.

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EMERALD BAY EVENTS 5715 Barrett Rd., Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 800/449-4393 Fax: 360/738-1815 Emerald Bay Events plans, produces and executes “Celebrations Remembered.” We provide exquisite cuisine, elegant décor, and exceptional service to make your dream wedding a special and memorable celebration for you and all your honored guests. See ad on page 7.

GIUSEPPE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1414 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/714-8412 Revel in the beauty, romance and flavors of Italy for your wedding celebration. Offering private dining areas for 10200 guests. A variety of unique menus and pricing. Giuseppe’s will transport you! JOOWANA 7471 Mt. Baker Highway Maple Falls, WA 98266 We can assist your celebration by catering your wedding or rehearsal dinner, hosting your band in our music venue, and designing your wedding cake. No event is too big or too small, check out our website. KELLY’S O’DELI CATERING 1554 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 360/384-1702 We Cater For You. Catering since 1985. Personalized menus. Full service. All occasions. LA CONNER SEAFOOD & PRIME RIB HOUSE 614 First St., La Conner, WA 98257 Tel: 360/466-4014 • Fax: 360/466-4015 The perfect place to host your next event, rehearsal dinner or a small intimate wedding with up to 100 guests. Featuring in-house and off premises catering. Let the LaConner Seafood Family help you and your guests with a comfortable and memorable event. See ad on page 19. SEAMLESS CAKES Tel: 360/296-0734 Beautiful, custom cakes for all occasions. Seamless Cakes has mastered the latest decorating techniques, which shows in your design, display and flavor. Specializing in buttercream and fondant wedding cakes. Complimentary consultations.

THE BIG FAT FISH CO. 1304 12th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-2284 Fax: 360/733-2159 A team of professionals offering extraordinary event design, adept culinary artistry and sophisticated service so you may be assured a fabulous event. Full service custom catering. See ad on page 17.

DISC JOCKEYS CATCH THE BEAT - J.D. THE D.J. Tel: 425/335-4559 800/699-JDDJ(5335) Catch The Beat – J.D. The D.J. has been creating unforgettable fun memories since 1992. Personalized service. Vast music selection 1940’s to present – guaranteed requests. Full wedding planning. More than a DJ…Entertainer/Planner. For the BEST wedding & reception ever call for a free consultation!!! See ad on page 26. MOOSE MOBILE MUSIC Skagit, Snohomish and Island counties Tel: 360/630-1133 or 360/678-2926 A mobile DJ service for wedding receptions and company parties. Local Disc Jockey Moose Moran is the emcee and plays the songs you choose for your big day to keep your guests dancing!

FLORISTS IN BLOOM DESIGNS Tel: 360/483-6483 Our lush flowers and customized designs reflect each client’s unique vision for their special day. We pride ourselves in providing stunning designs for any budget. Now offering organic and locally grown flowers. Free personalized consultations. JOHNSON’S FLOWER SHOP Tel: 360/733-6600, 800/201-2900 Fax: 360/733-6407 Serving Whatcom County since 1937 with personal service and individual design for weddings or any other occasion. See ad on page 10.

GIFTS/REGISTRY MACY’S Bellis Fair Mall - Bellingham • Tel: 360/715-6995 Cascade Mall - Burlington • Tel: 360/707-6995 Everett Mall - Everett • 425/710-6995 We’re in the neighborhood with over 800 stores nationwide. Call 800/638-9656. 888-922-7433. Visit: Come celebrate the Magic of Macys. True love gets rewarded at Macy’s. See ad on page 3.

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GIFTS/REGISTRY THE BRA BARRETTE P.O. Box 2324, Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 866/447-3382 Fax: 866/447-3382 Let your back make a great impression. Wear a Bra Barrette to add a little bling and keep your straps in place during the most important moments in your life. See ad on page 16.


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BEST WESTERN HERITAGE INN 151 E. McLeod Road Bellingham, WA 98226 Tel: 360/647-1912 Fax:360/671-3878 Our 91 room boutique style hotel offers affordable elegance for your wedding guests. Enjoy rooms with 32” LCD TV’s, microwave/fridge combos and a deluxe complimentary breakfast. Come by for a tour of our recent renovations! See ad on page 17.

FAIRHAVEN VILLAGE INN 1200 10th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-1311 or 877/733-1100 Fax: 360/756-2727 Located in Historic Fairhaven, our 22-room hotel is perfect for honored visitors from out of town or a small intimate wedding. The Inn includes spacious rooms, fireplaces, private balconies with bay views and a beautiful bridal suite. See our website wedding planner. See ad on page 9. GUESTHOUSE INN 805 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA 98229 Tel: 360/671-9600 Fax: 360/671-8323 For a memorable stay let our helpful staff see to your comfort. We offer rooms and suites with fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Relax in our indoor Jacuzzi and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. See ad on page 18. HAMPTON INN & SUITES 1860 S. Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA 98233 Tel: 360/757-7100 Fax: 360/757-7117 102 spacious guest rooms & studio suites, featuring our special “Cloud Nine Bedding.” Complimentary hot breakfast, internet access, indoor heated pool & whirlpool, and Hilton Honors Rewards. Enjoy Sakura’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, and eSenta Spa. HAMPTON INN 3985 Bennett Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/676-7700 Fax: 360/671-7557 Include guest rooms with your personalized reception and/or ceremony. Fox Hall does it all. Conveniently located off I-5 close to the Bellingham Airport. Call for details.

HOMESTEAD FARMS GOLF RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER 115 E. Homestead Boulevard, Lynden, WA 98264 Tel: 360/354-1196 or 1-800-354-1196 Fax: 360/354-5614 Spacious accommodations offer breathtaking views of our golf course and mountains. Amenities include restaurant/pub, golf course, fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs. We are located just one mile from historic downtown Lynden. See ad on page 8.

SEMIAHMOO RESORT-GOLF-SPA 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/318-2000 Fax: 360/318-2034 Oceanfront AAA Four-Diamond accommodations and unparalleled service create the foundation for an unforgettable Wedding. With four breathtaking outdoor settings and elegant indoor venues, Semiahmoo is one of Washington’s finest resorts hosting weddings of unequalled quality. See ad on page 48.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES 1003 Goldenrod Rd., Burlington, WA 98233 Tel: 360/755-7338 • Fax: 360/707-2111 Conveniently located in the heart of Skagit Valley, with easy access to I-5. Holiday Inn Express offers spacious guest rooms & one-bedroom suites, complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool & whirlpool, gas fireplaces, microwaves and refrigerators.

SHIP HARBOR INN 5316 Ferry Terminal Rd., Anacortes, WA 98221 Tel: 800/852-8568 Fax: 360/299-2412 Experience the tranquility of Fidalgo Island in one of Ship Harbor Inn’s 28 comfortably appointed rooms with views of Guemes Channel and San Juan Islands. Enjoy coffee, fresh fruit & Belgian waffles as well as in-room spa services. See ad on page 21.

POETS COVE RESORT AND SPA 9801 Spalding Road South Pender Island, British Columbia Canada V0N 2M3 Tel: 888/512-POET (7638) Fax: 250/629-2105 Indoor and outdoor event space, ballroom, onsite catering, fine dining and lounge, spa onsite, heated pools and hot tubs. Cottage, villa, lodge room, marina accommodation. See ad on page 25.

THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA 804 10th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/756-1005 Fax: 360/647-0342 Overlooking Bellingham Bay sits a spectacular inn and spa featuring 43 deluxe view rooms and suites with cozy window seats, fireplaces, soaking or whirlpool tubs ... perfect for the wedding couple, bridal party or family and friends. See ad on page 10.

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MT. BAKER LODGING, INC. 7463 Mt. Baker Hwy, Maple Falls, WA 98266 Tel: 800/709-7669 Fax: 360/599-1000 Located just 2-hours north of Seattle, Mt. Baker Lodging is your source for private, self-catered vacation home rentals. Group bookings are our specialty. MENTION AD #1529 FOR A SPECIAL CHECK-IN GIFT! See ad on page 11.

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THE MAJESTIC INN & SPA 419 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA 98221 Tel: 360/299-1400 Fax: 360/588-8598 A beautiful, inspiring setting for weddings, receptions and honeymoons. The Majestic offers indoor and outdoor event space, onsite catering, fine dining, a lounge and a full service salon and spa. See ad on page 22.

ALICIA’S BRIDAL SHOPPE 1400 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-2563 Fax: 360/733-2631 We have hundreds of invitations to choose from. Custom ordered to your specifications and ready in under two weeks. See ad on page 2.

INTERNET RESOURCES THE SIMPLY ORGANIZED BRIDE.COM Tel: 360/527-8542 Fax: 360/527-8542 Your complete Internet resource for wedding and event planning in the Pacific Northwest! You can find local wedding vendors, purchase an easy to use wedding planning guide, browse through planning articles and discover local bridal shows. Wedding Vendors: Join our local business advertisers and let the brides find you!

POLKA DOT PAPERIE 749 SE Pioneer Way, #202, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Tel: 360/679-3399 Fax: 360/679-3397 Whether you are sending hundreds of elegant wedding invitations or twenty heartfelt bridal shower invitations, we can help you create something that is memorable, handcrafted and completely unique to you and your event. THE PAPERY 410 Main St., Edmonds, WA 98020 Tel: 425/778-6266 Fax: 425/672-4363 The Papery has a large selection of invitations to fit your style. We carry unique and elegant papers to create your own invitation. We offer custom-made letter press invitations by the renowned Soo Lip Paperie & Press. See ad on page 20.

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LIMOUSINES AND TRANSPORTATION BELLAIR CHARTERS 1416 Whitehorn St., Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 800/221-4548 Fax: 360/380-1538 Bellair Charters – Your transportation specialists! Offering you 36-56 passenger coaches, mini-buses and vans to fit any size group. Over 16 years of experience. Also, airport pick-up available in Washington and British Columbia.

RPM LIMOUSINES LLC Tel: 360.354-4776 or toll free 888/545-4776 Your wedding is a moment you will never forget. At RPM Limousines we are dedicated to making the most important day of your lives together even more unforgettable. “An experience you will cherish forever.” SMUGGLER’S INN 9910 Canada View Drive, Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/332-1749 Limousines and classic cars available through Smuggler’s Inn. Airport pickup from Vancouver, B.C., Blaine and Bellingham, WA. Call well in advance for reservations. See ad on page 6.

MEN’S FORMAL WEAR THE FORMAL HOUSE TUXEDOS 1400 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-2560 • Fax: 360/733-2631 The Formal House has the area’s only fully-stocked tuxedo warehouse. With over 4,000 tuxedos in our store, you know it’s going to fit right. The Formal House offers the best prices and perfect fit - guaranteed! See ad on page 2.

KATHIE HARDY, CELTIC HARP P.O. Box 5382, Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/319-7081 Strings and air resonate, pulling emotions from the heart. Enchanting harp music – an elegant mix of ancient and traditional tunes. Professional musicianship to set a mood of memorable romance on your wedding day. See ad on page 8.

PARTY SUPPLY & RENTALS BOXED MOMENTS Burlington, WA 98273 Tel: 360/757-4271 • Cell: 360/333-8148 We have event decorations! Wedding Receptions, Corporate Events, and home parties. From themed to traditional, we can make your style a reality. For your convenience, we offer a budget plan or the option of full service.


COURT & SPARK 1506 36th St., Bellingham, WA 98229 Tel: 360/224-5459 • Fax: 360/733-3209 Music for wedding ceremonies, receptions and special events focusing on jazz, pop with some blues and rock and roll. See ad on page 14.

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CAMEO STRING QUARTET 6303 N.E. 185th St., Kenmore, WA 98028 Tel: 425/485-8380 • Fax: 425/398-4058 Elegant string music to accompany the wedding of your dreams. From Pachelbel’s Canon in D to Mozart, Debussy and special requests, there is something for everyone! Also available to perform as a Trio or Duo. See ad on page 23.

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PARTY SUPPLY & RENTALS PACIFIC BUILDING CENTER 2677 Bell Rd., Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/332-5335 Fax: 360/332-5778 We rent tables, chairs, chafing dishes, coffee urns, and more. Also we have 20’ x 20’ party tents. Full rental list available at PACIFIC PARTY CANOPIES 455 Pease Rd., Burlington, WA 98233 Tel: 360/707-2115 Fax: 360/707-0414 Covering all your rental needs. Not sure what size tent you need? Try our fun tool at to get an estimate now. You’ll also find our full inventory and photos at our Web site.


NANCY’S HAIR AND MAKE-UP Tel: 360/778-3286 or 818/943-4868 Your dream can come true. Beautify hair and glamorous makeup done on-site will compliment your wedding couture for a magical look. Over ten years experience in commercial and wedding makeup artistry. Airbrushed makeup and Hollywood eyelashes also available. TAKE SHAPE FOR LIFE Tel: 360/420-7367 or 503/812-5877 Anacortes, WA 98221 Take Shape for Life! Whether you’re a bride or a guest, get ready for the big event and stay healthy – ever – after! We offer a free health coach to support you in a clinically proven program designed for every age. Call today!


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AMY PARSONS PHOTOGRAPHY Tel: 360/961-7143 Choose a photographer that matches your style as well as your personality! Amy’s goal on the wedding day is to keep a fun atmosphere, which leads to interactive and natural photos. For more information check out the website or contact Amy to meet for coffee. ANDA PHOTOGRAPHY 4152 Meridian Street 105-154 Bellingham, WA 98226 Tel: 206/355-4707 Two passionate photographers use their creative, photojournalistic styles to uniquely reflect the spirit of your wedding day. Quietly capturing every detail and emotion, Anda Photography reveals your heart, inviting the celebration to last forever. See ad on page 15.

ARTISTIC IMAGES BY LYNELL Tel: 360/303-2721 A smile, a tear, an embrace, a moment…breathtaking! You’ve worked hard on every detail; allow us to capture the true emotion and moments of the day. Comfortable and Creative Photography. CLINTON JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY P.O. Box 5052, Bellingham, WA 98227 Tel: 360/305-0128 Stunning images telling the story of your wedding day. Clinton James Photography creates portraits and emotive images, which capture the moments and unique details that make your wedding day unforgettable. See ad on page 7.

EVANTIDE PHOTOGRAPHY Tel: 360/223-0889 Evantide Photography – Capturing the beauty of life’s changing seasons. See ad on page 16. GREENFIELD PHOTOGRAPHY P.O. Box 1568, Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 360/303-5047 Here at Greenfield Photography we use our creativity and experience to create unique and memorable shots that fit your personality. We’re here to capture your once in a lifetime moments and the details that matter most to you. See ad on page 14. JEANNE M. HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY Tel: 360/766-6018 “Capturing the beginning to last you till the end.” Jeanne is a published documentary photographer with the experience and expertise to preserve your memories forever. Her relaxed yet professional attitude help to make it the day of your dreams, as she seems to be everywhere, seeing everything, as it unfolds. See ad on page 17.

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ARTIEM PHOTOGRAPHY (formerly known as Yary Photography) 1210 Bay St., Suite 102 Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/676-9279 Fax: 360/734-4499 Award-winning photography with a refreshing new approach, creative and fun! Known for having a truly different style than the average wedding photographer, we capture the details and emotions that make your wedding day completely yours. See ad on page 13.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS/VIDEOGRAPHERS JOSIE LIMING PHOTOGRAPHY 2514 Kentucky Street Bellingham, WA 98229 Tel: 360/393-6654 Images speak louder than words. To see examples of Josie Liming’s work please visit her website. KP STUDIOS 705 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221 Tel: 360/299-2566 We use our unique photography style to develop creative, unusual portraits and to capture all the special candid moments. We have an unconventional style, a unique perspective and promote a fun, flexible and relaxed environment for your wedding day. See ad on page 20. LINDA WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY 1114 15th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/738-0481 • Fax: 360/738-0481 Linda Wright Photography provides artistic, stress-free wedding photography. My goal is to capture fun, creative, high-quality images that tell the story of your wedding day. Packages include all high-resolution images on DVD, plus proofs.

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PHOTOS BY MARTIN 1373 Del Bonita Court, Bellingham, WA 98226 Tel: 360/510-2392 You want your photographic portraits to last a lifetime. Rely on Martin Waidelich Photographer to capture your Treasured Moments, create stunning portraits and work in unique locations to provide you with a lifetime of photographic memories. Distinctive Wedding Photojournalism from an experienced, reliable & creative photographer. MEDCALF PHOTOGRAPHY Tel: 360/201-8010 Described as a “portrait journalist,” I mix directed posing with candids to capture the beauty and excitement of your wedding day. Trust Medcalf Photography to document one of the most important days of your life. RACHEL E. BAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY Bellingham, WA 98229 Tel: 360/739-3228 Rachel is an experienced photojournalist who is easy going and fun to work with. Each package comes with full resolution digital negatives. A photo booth is also available with some packages or à la carte.

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RANDY FLEMING PHOTOGRAPHY Lynden, WA Tel: 360/306-1146 Life ... emotion ... detail. Capture every magical moment with two photographers for the entire day. From preparation through reception. Flexible technique to match your style on your special day. Includes a free engagement session! See ad on page 10. RENAE’S VIDEOGRAPHY Skagit, Snohomish & Island counties Coupeville, WA 98239 Tel: 360/678-2926 Complete wedding and event video service with over 14 years experience. Digital videography and DVD production at affordable prices. Wedding Videography: The only way to re-live the big day! See ad on page 26.

THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA 804 10th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/756-1005 • Fax: 360/647-0342 “A Respite for the Body, Mind and Soul.” A stunning water view, luxurious rooms, a full service spa and fine dining. The perfect romantic haven on Bellingham Bay! See ad on page 10. THE SPA AT SEMIAHMOO 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 800/770-7992 • The Spa at Semiahmoo offers the Northwest’s most extensive array of European skin care treatments in the tranquil oceanfront setting of a world-renowned AAA Four-Diamond resort. Bridal and bridal party retreat packages available, as well as makeup and salon services. See ad on page 48.

WEDDING & RECEPTION SITES SOLSTICE FILMS 1504 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/201-4537 With panoramic views and attention to your hand-picked details, Solstice Films will capture your special day on film. Packages include fully edited DVDs and a vignette put to music. Preview our website for examples. TAYLOR SWEDBERG PHOTOGRAPHY Tel: 360/920-8634 Specializing in a photojournalistic approach, Taylor strives to present natural and simple images in a modern fine art style. With an eye for unique poses, angles, and locations, Taylor consistently creates truly timeless images.

BLANCHARD CHAPEL WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS 3685 Legg Road - P.O. Box 153 Blanchard-Bow, WA 98232 Tel: 360/766-6944 Blanchard Chapel provides a quaint and truly romantic wedding & reception destination. Our 1911 countryside chapel is non-denominational, with full reception facilities and outdoor garden areas. Located between Mount Vernon and Bellingham, just off Chuckanut Drive.

POMP AND PAMPER MOBILE SPA PARTIES Tel: 360/441-5905 email: Pomp and Pamper mobile spa parties, we bring the spa and party to you! Manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for bridal showers, bachelorette parties and romantic evenings for two. See ad on page 15.

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WEDDING & RECEPTION SITES BROADWAY HALL 1300 Broadway, Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/733-1560 • Fax: 360/738-9938 This historic hall offers a unique ambiance for your wedding day. Hardwood floors, fireplace, kitchen, two separate levels available. No catering restrictions. All day rentals. Have your wedding and reception in the same location! See ad on page 14. CAPTAIN WHIDBEY INN Tel: 360/678-4097 or 800/366-4097 2072 W. Captain Whidbey Inn Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239, Whidbey Island This authentically elegant log inn has breathtaking views and is easily accessible for perfect destination weddings. Sleeping 62 and hosting 250, the inn features personalized service, modern conveniences and historic Northwest charm. See ad on page 27. COUNTRYSIDE MEADOWS 21916 - 7th Avenue NE, Arlington, WA 98223 Tel: 360/652-9032 • Fax: 360/652-5006 Countryside Meadows features a beautifully renovated

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historic barn on 40 peaceful acres just minutes from I-5 #208. Gorgeous lawns, gardens, and gazebos enhance your inside or outdoor event. Delight your guests with our romantic horse-drawn carriage. D’LIGHTFUL CELEBRATIONS 2340 Loomis Trail Road, Custer, WA 98240 Tel: 360/366-3300 Tail Skid Meadow is a 20-acre site in Northern Whatcom County. It offers an unobstructed view of Mt. Baker and expansive grounds with multiple indoor and outdoor options for creating your own exclusive “delightful” celebration. EMERALD BAY EVENTS-BELLINGHAM YACHT CLUB 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 800/449-4393 • Fax: 360/738-1815 The newly remodeled Emerald Bay at the Bellingham Yacht Club (formerly the Sapphire Cove) offers picturesque views of Bellingham and the San Juan Islands and an elegant atmosphere perfect for your special wedding day. See ad on page 7X.

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EMERALD BAY EVENTS AT 262 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 800/449-4393 • Fax: 360/738-1815 The newly renovated Emerald Bay Event Center in Ferndale is a 9200 square foot banquet facility that has a private bridal suite available for her and her bridesmaids. Our professional staff will assist you in any planning aspect of your special day. See ad on page 7.

ISLAND MARINER CRUISE 2621 South Harbor Loop, Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 877/734-8866 or 360/734-8866 Our 110’ Island Caper offers all you need for your special event. The very best for day or sunset weddings, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings, corporate incentives. Inside/outside seating. 149 passenger capacity. The Best Big Boat.

EVERGREEN GARDENS 698 West Pole Road, Ferndale, WA 98248 Tel: 360/384-0739 • ell: 360/303-3850 Your wedding and reception will long be remembered for its natural charm celebrated among towering evergreens and picturesque flower gardens. A covered outdoor pavilion surrounded by spacious lawns and greenery allows you to enjoy the day in any weather.

J.J. FREYES 625 Cherry Street, Sumas, WA 98295 Tel: 360/201-8328 Sumas’ best kept secret. Brand new club with large kitchen, banquet facilities, stage for band, dance floor and disco lights. Perfect for reunions, weddings, and special events. Will hold up to 250 people.

FIDALGO BAY RESORT 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes, WA 98221 Tel: 800/727-5478 or 360/293-5353 Fidalgo Bay Resort offers a magnificent oceanfront setting for the wedding or reception experience of a lifetime. Facilities for small intimate gatherings or large groups of over 400 are available. Call for appointment and tour.

LAIRMONT MANOR 405 Fieldston Road , Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/647-1444 Fax: 360/647-9223 “This Registered Historic Site was built in the early 1900s and thanks to careful restoration and preservation, today Lairmont Manor is known as one of the most beautiful and unique event spaces in the Northwest.” See ad on page 11.

GREENBANK FARM 765 Wonn Road Greenbank, Whidbey Island, WA 98253 Tel: 360/678-7710 • Fax: 360/678-3276 The Greenbank Farm, located on beautiful Whidbey Island, is the perfect wedding destination. Choose from pastoral outdoor venues or inside the historic 1904 Red Barn. Bridal discount on the Farm’s famous Puget Sound wine selections! See ad on page 27.

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FOX HALL AT THE HAMPTON INN 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225 Tel: 360/676-7700 • Fax: 360/671-7557 • Include guest rooms with your personalized reception and/or ceremony – Fox Hall does it all – Conveniently located off I-5 close to the Bellingham Airport. Call for details.

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WEDDING & RECEPTION SITES LAVENDER WIND FARM 2530 Darst Road, Coupeville, WA 98239 Tel: 877/242-7716 A little piece of paradise! Stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, plus lavender labyrinth and a gazebo all combine to create the perfect setting for your outdoor celebration. MOONROSE 114 N. 2nd, P.O. Box 847, La Conner, WA 98257 Tel: 360/466-0338 Reminiscent of a romantic European cottage, whose eloquent gardens beckon, this ’05 charmer is suitable for a small intimate social. Our antique shop features fine lines and laces, specialty gifts, and architectural iron. Prop rentals – Photo shoots – Consulting Services. MYORCASISLANDWEDDING.COM P.O. Box 252, 221 A Street, Eastsound, WA 98245 Tel: 360/376-8888 • Fax:360/376-8889 Your wedding dreams come true on beautiful Orcas Island! From planners to party rentals … restaurants to resorts … flowers to facials … it’s all here. Make your wedding day a magical one on Orcas Island. See ad on page 24.

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SAMSON ESTATES WINERY 1861 Van Dyk Road, Everson, WA 98247 Tel: 360/966-7787 • Fax: 360/966-4526 Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, Samson Estates Winery is an unforgettable venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, and bachelor parties. Richly designed facilities, gorgeous backdrops and fabulous regional wines satisfy all the senses. See ad page 11. SANDCASTLE AT BIRCH BAY 7854 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay, WA 98230 Tel: 360/371-4900 • Fax: 360/371-4901 The Sandcastle at Birch Bay has event facilities perfect for an intimate wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower, best for groups of 50 or less. Our Club Room has wonderful views of Birch Bay and a cozy atmosphere. Restaurants and Spa facilities available. SELENE HOMESTEAD 7523 Kickerville Rd., Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/305-1405 • Fax: 360/366-5090 Seven acres of country landscape allow you to create the perfect ambiance for your garden or meadow wedding. Many different indoor or outdoor seating arrangements appropriate for ceremonies, dining, dancing. Seats 250 outdoors, The Magnolia Blossom room seats 50 indoors. Can use any vendor or choice. Party until midnight. Near Birch Bay. See ad on page 12.

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SUDDEN VALLEY 4 Clubhouse Circle, Bellingham, WA 98229 Tel: 360/734-6430 x242 Choose Sudden Valley in beautiful Bellingham! With facilities for the small or large, indoor or outdoor wedding, we offer gorgeous views in a forested, lakeside setting. Please call to book your event today. SWINOMISH CASINO 12885 Casino Drive , Anacortes, WA. 98221 Tel: 360/299-1624 • Fax: 360/299-9556 In the heart of beautiful Anacortes, Swinomish Casino is the ideal location for your exciting wedding day. Providing excellent food and friendly service we can accommodate 10-450 guests. Call today for booking details 360/299-1624. See ad on page 23. TOWN OF LA CONNER/MAPLE HALL P.O. Box 400, La Conner, WA 98257 Tel: 360/466-3125 • Fax: 360/466-3901

Historic La Conner offers the perfect setting for your wedding, reception and rehearsal dinner. Maple Hall accommodates up to 300, to include balcony seating, stage and kitchen. For more information, call 360/466-3125. See ad on page 20. WHATCOM COUNTY PARKS 3373 Mt. Baker Hwy, Bellingham, WA 98226 Tel: 360/733-2900 • Fax: 360/676-1180 We offer many unique and lovely park settings and facilities. The Roeder Home recalls an era of elegance, while Semiahmoo Cannery Lodge features a spectacular marine vista. Samish Park Lodge is a more intimate space with serene lake views, and the stone and timber Hovander Park Shelter is ideal for an outdoor event. See our ad on page 6.

WINES SAMSON ESTATES WINERY 1861 Van Dyk Road Everson, WA 98247 Tel: 360/966-7787 • Fax: 360/966-4526 Bring your wedding events and guests, taste our fabulous regional wines, and take advantage of our great facilities and wedding wine discounts. You will find a wine to accentuate every occasion and menu. See ad on page 11.

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SMUGGLER’S INN 9910 Canada View Drive, Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/332-1749 Twenty acres in the USA, with part of yard in Canada. Outdoor weddings for 500+ and inside receptions for 200+. 1100 sq. ft. gazebo, 8 themed rooms, rehearsal dinner room. Honeymoon suites available with fireplace, jacuzzi, and deck views. See ad on page 6.

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bridal events



Sunday, January 4 Best Western Lakeway Inn Bellingham, WA 360/733-2563 See page 29.

Saturday, January 17 & Sunday, January 18 Everett Events Center Everett, WA 425/418-3307 See page 33.



Sunday, January 11 Skagit Valley Casino Resort Bow, WA 866/585-6752 See page 31.

Sunday, May 3 Semiahmoo Resort Blaine, WA 800/278-7488 See page 48.


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