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the go-to guide for northwest brides


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6 Editor’s note 8 Budget tips 12 Go professional 14 Seasonal wedding f lowers 18 Etiquette lessons: Social media 22 Make it legal: resources for getting a marriage license 24 Managing wedding stress 26 How to tie a bow tie 28 Cheat sheet: Bridal party duties 31 Venue Finder 32 Venue comparison chart 52 Planning process 73 Resource directory 96 Advertiser index 98 Bridal shows




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C ong r atu l at ions , you’re engaged! That means you’re on a journey towards a magical day and a beautiful marriage. Like any journey, the one that leads from “I will” to “I do” comes with highs and lows – tricky moments, balanced by lots of fun. Like any journey, you’ll need a guide – something to show you your way. And that’s why we’re here. Pacific Coast Weddings will help you through each and every step of wedding planning. We’re the go-to guide for Northwest brides for good reason. We’re here to support you. You’ll find a planning timeline that tells you when to do everything, from ordering your dress to finalizing your floral arrangements, information on choosing the best wedding vendors for you and making the whole thing legal, and advice for keeping calm when it all seems too much. This issue is packed with beautiful photos of real brides to inspire you, tips and trends, questions to ask prospective vendors and checklists and worksheets to keep you organized. And Pacific Coast Weddings’ resources don’t end there. Our website offers even more – a blog filled with beautiful real weddings to inspire you and craft tutorials to get you started with your decor, downloadable worksheets and checklists, expanded vendor information and articles with more advice to guide you. Find us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events and share your wedding stories and photos, and follow our Pinterest account for the latest trends. Happy planning!

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Budget tips


The average couple spends somewhere around $25,000 on their wedding – even before factoring in the honeymoon or engagement ring. Whether you’re planning an intimate backyard wedding or a black tie hotel bash for 300, one of your first steps in planning your wedding should be to set up – and stick to – a basic budget. Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for most of the wedding (see sidebar). Today, however, it’s common for the couple to fund the wedding on their own, or for the groom’s family to contribute as well. Though your families may offer to contribute, they are in no way obligated to do so. As soon as your engagement is announced, have that conversation with your family and your future in-laws so you can budget accordingly. Expect to spend about half of your budget on the reception (including the venue and catering) and about 10 percent each on clothes, flowers, entertainment and photography, with the remainder going toward invitations, wedding rings, transportation and gifts. To keep from breaking the bank, make sure you and your partner agree on your priorities before committing to anything. Building in a 5 percent cushion just in case will also save your sanity when the actual costs inevitably come in a little higher than expected. 8

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Traditions Who pays:

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Bride/Bride’s Family:

Engagement party Engagement announcement Wedding and reception venues Bride’s dress, veil and accessories Photography/videography Reception costs – catering, DJ, etc. Gifts and flowers for bridesmaids Gift for the groom Groom’s wedding band

Groom/Groom’s Family:

Groom’s outfit Bride’s bouquet Bride’s wedding and engagement rings Corsages and boutonnieres Lodging of the groom’s attendants Rehearsal dinner Marriage license and officiant’s fee Gift for the bride Honeymoon

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Hot Tip:

When it comes to favors, make them something edible. While little keepsakes are cute, they are often left behind. Spend your money on something people will be sure to grab, like a donut or cookie, candy, or a small jar of jam or honey.

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Go professional


So your cousin is an amateur photographer and offered to photograph your wedding, or your best friend really wants to arrange your flowers. While it sounds tempting to save a little money and it’s hard to say no to our loved ones, accepting their offers may not be the best thing to do. Before you decide to hand over important wedding day tasks to your friends and relatives, let us tell you why we think you should hire a professional instead.

You get what you pay for. When you hire a professional, you get to thoroughly check them out – see their previous work, read reviews, get samples and make sure they have insurance. You can be sure that they are going to do a professional job on your wedding day. They’re charging for their service because they’re good at it, which you are able to confirm before you hire them. You’re not likely to have the same level of confidence in a friend or relative. They’re experienced. It’s unlikely that you’ve ever planned an event this big before and no matter how confident you are in your abilities, it is still reassuring to have people on your side who have been through it all before. Professionals have worked on many weddings, and know exactly what they should be doing, and how to keep your day on track. They’re also practiced at handling the stress and sometimes-chaotic environment of the average wedding day. You’re protected. What happens if your caterer or your venue doesn’t fulfill all the terms of your agreement with them? With professional vendors, you’ve got a contract that clearly states their obligations. With a family member or a friend, you have little or no legal recourse, and may be putting your relationship with that person 12

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at risk. In addition, professionals carry insurance and should any accidents happen, you won’t be left in the lurch.

Everyone can enjoy your day.

You want your friends and family to be able to relax and have fun at your wedding, and you should be able to do the same. Hiring professionals to work your wedding means that instead of wrangling people and making sure everyone is where they are supposed to be all day, you can step back and enjoy the celebration you’ve worked so hard to create.

Receptions Rehearsals Brunches Cocktail Parties Seated Dinners Buffets Bar Services

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Of course your loved ones want to have a special place in your big day – they should be involved in such an important event. Have your best friend and your mother help you shop for your wedding dress and accessories, and ask that sister with an eye for detail to help you pick your decorations, but when it comes to the essential components of your wedding, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

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Etiquette Lessons:

social media


Much of our understanding of etiquette when it comes to weddings comes from older generations, but social media is still new enough that our mothers can’t tell us what is and isn’t appropriate to share. We’re here to help with a list of social media dos and don’ts.

Over-post about the wedding. You want

to leave your guests some surprises on the wedding day.

Complain. Social media is not the place to


vent about difficult bridesmaids, expensive vendors or anything else. You’ll regret it later. Instead, give your best friend a call – she’ll be happy to hear you out.

Post the engagement photo until you’ve

Post a link to your registry. You may just

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be trying to be efficient, but it comes off as though you are soliciting gifts.


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Create a private wedding Facebook group if you want to

communicate pre-wedding details. This avoids upsetting any of your Facebook friends who may not have been invited to your wedding. Leave your phone in the dressing room on your wedding day. Your special day deserves your full attention – checking updates and posting photos can wait until tomorrow. Create a wedding website. It’s a great way of sharing your story and some of the more complicated details you won’t want to include in your paper invitations.

Look through your married friends’ wedding albums to get ideas for your own wedding. We all love real weddings, and where better to look than your friends? Use Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to research wedding vendors you might be interested in. Social media is often updated frequently and offers a great insight into the vendor’s personality.


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marriage license


Both applicants must provide photo ID that proves they are at least 18 years of age, or provide the required consent forms (contact your county auditor for details). In Washington state, your marriage license is not valid until three days after you have signed the application and paid the license fee. The license is then valid for 60 days. Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license.

Island County

License fee: $57 Island County Auditor’s Office 1 NE 7th Street, Coupeville, WA 98239 Phone: 360/240-5540 Website: Pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx Email: Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 22

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resources for obtaining a

San Juan County

License fee: $61 San Juan County Courthouse, 1st Floor 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Phone: 360/378-2161 Website: Email: Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Skagit County

License fee: $61, cash only Skagit County Auditor’s Office Administration Building, Room 201 700 South 2nd Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Phone: 360/416-1704 Email: Website: Auditor/marriage.htm Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Snohomish County

Whatcom County

License fee: $59 Whatcom County Auditor’s Office Recording Division 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: 360/778-5100 Website: Email: Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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License fee: $64 Snohomish County Auditor’s Office 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 204, Everett, WA 98201 Phone: 425/388-3483 Website: Email: Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m.

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The time between getting engaged and being married is exceptionally exciting, with so much happening. But let’s be honest, it can also be pretty stressful to try to wrangle two families into one, and make your wedding happen the way you’ve envisioned it. Before you let that stress get to you, take some time to manage it. We’ve got some tips on the best ways we’ve found to reduce stress while wedding planning.


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Managing wedding stress

Accept help. First things first: If you try to take on everything you’ll drive yourself crazy. People will offer you their assistance – take it! Hire someone who knows what they’re doing. And if your partner doesn’t know how to get involved, give them manageable tasks. Spend time with your friends – no wedding talk allowed. Go out for coffee or drinks, and ask them about their lives. It will be nice for them to be the center of attention for a bit because, let’s face it, everyone’s been pretty focused on you for quite a while. Hit the gym – for your mind, not just your body. Staying active is a fantastic stress reliever. We’re not suggesting you should be trying to lose 20 pounds before your wedding (your partner loves you the way you are!), but taking an hour for yourself to lift weights or take a run will help alleviate stress. Treat yourself. Book a massage, a facial or a pedicure. While you’ve been trying to make lots of people happy, it’s good to take a moment to have someone else pamper you. Get some sleep. Bonus: It’ll get you a long way towards that lovely bridal glow you’re looking for. Slow down. Whether it be journaling, meditation, prayer or gratefulness practice, take some time away from screens, sounds and people to be alone with yourself. This practice of quieting your mind is invaluable when life gets a little out of hand. Be realistic. If you’re thinking that each tiny element of your wedding, from your place settings to your mother-in-law’s hair, has to be exactly the way you envisioned it, you’re setting yourself up for stress and failure. Things are never perfect. But if you decide that a perfect day for you means getting married to the person you love, surrounded by those you love, and don’t stress the small stuff, you’re one step closer to a day you’ll remember happily for the rest of your life.


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How to tie

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1. Hang one end 1.5 inches longer than the other.

2. Take longer end and cross over shorter end.

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3. Pass longer end up and under the neck loop. Put over shoulder until step 5.

Some bow ties come with adjustable straps in the back. Tighten these last.






4. Fold short end (a) in half to make the front loop of the bow. Then pull the loop parallel to neckline (image 5).

5. Drape long end over the front of the bow.

6. Fold long end over with tail toward your chin. Then, leading with folded edge, pass loop between first bow and neck loop.


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7. Pull on both ends of the bow to tighten and adjust.


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bridal party responsibilities

Groomsman During planning

On the day

• Attends pre-wedding events and parties

• Takes part in the bridal procession

• Helps the best man plan and pay for the bachelor party

• Ushers the guests to their seats at the ceremony

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• Lends the bride aid and advice

Bridesmaid During planning

On the day

• Attends pre-wedding events and parties

• Helps the bride get dressed

• Helps the maid of honor plan and pay for the bachelorette party and/or bridal shower

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Maid of Honor During planning

On the day

• Helps bride with any and all wedding planning and tasks

• Helps the bride get dressed

• Hosts the bachelorette party and/or bridal shower

• Acts as witness to the signing of the marriage license

• Attends pre-wedding events and parties • Helps the bride choose a dress and attends fittings • Wrangles bridesmaids

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• Keeps a record of all the gifts the couple receives at their parties

Best Man During planning

• Attends pre-wedding events and parties • Plans, pays for and hosts the bachelor party, along with the groomsmen • Lends the groom aid and advice • Wrangles the groomsmen

• Organizes the other bridesmaids

• Holds the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s ring during the ceremony • Organizes reception activities such as bouquet toss • Gives a speech at the reception

On the day • Helps the groom get dressed • Hands the groom the ring • Acts as witness to the signing of the marriage license • Helps the maid of honor with reception activities • Gives a speech and proposes a toast at the reception – sometimes acts as the master of ceremonies


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Giuseppe’s Al-Porto 360-714-8412 Indoor/ 100 On-site On-site Bellingham Outdoor Hotel Bellwether Bellingham

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Oxford Suites 360-676-1400 Indoor 80 On-site On-site Bellingham Samson Estates Winery Everson

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Semiahmoo Resort • Golf • Spa 360-318-2060 Indoor/ Blaine Outdoor

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Lincoln Theatre 360-419-7129 x100 Mount Vernon Majestic Inn & Spa Anacortes





360-299-1400 Indoor/ 265 On-site On-site Outdoor

Maple Hall 360-466-3125 La Conner





McIntyre Hall 360-416-7622 Indoor 300 On-site On-site Mount Vernon

Port of Anacortes Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building Indoor/ 350+ Open Open Anacortes 360-293-3134 Outdoor Port of Anacortes Transit Shed 360-293-3134 Indoor/ 130 Open Open Anacortes Outdoor

The Skagit Casino Resort 360-724-0154 Bow


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Swinomish Casino & Lodge 360-588-3705 Indoor/ 650 On-site On-site Anacortes Outdoor More wedding venues on pages 85-93. On-site: Must use venue’s in-house catering. Open: Venue accepts any caterer. Venue Finder Display Ad.

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Venue Finder Whether you’re looking for a secluded natural wedding venue for you and your immediate family, or a grand hall for hundreds of guests, we’ve got the place for you.

This section is here to help you find your ideal wedding venue. Use our Venue Finder chart to compare venues at a glance with information such as capacity, whether it’s indoor or outdoor, and whether it offers on-site catering or is open to all caterers. Then learn about each wedding venue in more detail in the following pages.

Giuseppe’s Al Porto

Your wedding, your way! Let Giuseppe’s share your dream. Magnificent waterfront views, exceptional Italian cuisine, and uncompromised attention to detail, service and quality. Private room available for rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings and receptions in a charming setting for 12 to 100.


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21 Bellwether Way Bellingham Marina • 360-714-8412

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The Chrysalis Inn & Spa

The perfect venue for intimate waterfront wedding ceremonies and receptions. Have your wedding on our terrace overlooking Bellingham Bay or in our cozy Living Room in front of the fireplace.

• Onsite catering by Keenan’s at the Pier, featuring fresh, local NW cuisine.

• Warm, friendly staff create a memorable experience with exceptional service.

• Full service spa and 43 water view rooms/suites. The perfect indulgent honeymoon location. • Close proximity to Taylor Street Boardwalk, Boulevard Park, and Historic Fairhaven makes The Chrysalis Inn the perfect venue for any wedding!

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McIntyre Hall

McIntyre Hall is conveniently located equidistant between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. An elegant choice for weddings and receptions, private parties and rehearsal dinners. Serving groups as small as 75 or as large as 300, McIntyre Hall offers complete services from event planning to catering with a variety of menus. It’s the perfect choice for any celebration!

2501 E. College Way • Mount Vernon, WA 360-416-7622

North Bellingham Golf Course

With sweeping views of the greens, stunning sunsets, & views of Mt. Baker. North Bellingham Golf Course is the perfect choice for your special day. Our catering menu offers variety in both selection and pricing, providing you with options to make your day your own.

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The premier waterfront wedding destination! 360-392-3172


Maple Hall

A beautiful, modern facility in the heart of historic La Conner. Maple Hall is a perfect setting for your year-round wedding. This unique destination venue accommodates up to 300, and includes a full kitchen, meeting rooms and a patio with water views.

La Conner’s Maple Hall 104 Commercial Street, La Conner, WA


Majestic Inn & Spa

Discover elegance and charm in our

romantic inn and spa. You’ll find beautiful indoor, outdoor and rooftop settings for your ceremony and reception, on-site catering and spa, restaurant and lounge, and luxurious guest rooms.

On your day ... think Majestic.

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Transit Shed Event Center

Port of Anacortes

Two magnificent waterfront venues Mistr y & Scott Photography

Transit Shed Event Center 100 Commercial Avenue

Picture yourself strolling the historic dock overlooking Guemes Channel, greeting your guests, dancing to music and enjoying catered cuisine, with room enough for all of your family, friends, or business associates.

Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building 601 Seafarers’ Way

Anacortes, WA 360-293-3134

Overlooking Fidalgo Bay the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building is located beside Cap Sante Marina. It is ideal for wedding receptions.

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Crystal Ballroom

In the heart of downtown Bellingham, this historic ballroom shines with timeless elegance and charm. With a dance floor, sound system, catering prep space, bridal party dressing areas and downtown amenities, we have everything you need to create a memorable affair! Call us today for a tour!

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Choose from 4 beautiful venues perfect for weddings and events. Open catering options allow your event to be as unique as you!

Eaglemont Golf Course

In the heart of Skagit Valley,

Eaglemont is romantically unique with panoramic views of Mt. Baker, the bay and the Olympic mountains. Visualize a breathtaking outdoor wedding under the sun, or a stunning winter wedding in our ballroom. Our classically elegant clubhouse beautifully accommodates every affair from intimate family-style rehearsal dinners to elaborately grand weddings. Meal selections are customized to suit your taste and budget. Bridal party suites make it easy to prepare for the ceremony and offer a bit of respite throughout the day. Our full service staff will exceed your expectations with every detail.

4800 Eaglemont Dr. • Mount Vernon, WA • 360-428-2788 •


Fox Hall

The ideal venue for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, and engagement party.

It is affordable, customizable, and includes set up/tear down, and a new optional catering menu making your day hassle-free! Call us today to book your event.

The Clubhouse at Shuksan Golf Club A stunning backdrop for your wedding,

the Clubhouse features a gorgeous outdoor terrace with sweeping views of emerald greens and a dedicated staff that aptly addresses every detail of your event. Weddings and corporate events, for up to 250 guests.

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1661 W. Bakerview Road Bellingham, WA 360/676-7700

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Located 25 miles from British Columbia, Bellingham’s first Marriott Hotel has 122 spacious suites with modern accommodations, and 3500 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space. The Mount Bakerview Terrace is perfect for your outside wedding or reception with beautiful views of Bellingham Bay and Mt. Baker. Close proximity to Bellingham International Airport.

4040 Northwest Avenue • Bellingham, WA 360/714-9600

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Affordable elegance customized just for you! At Baker Creek Place you can have your wedding your way for the most affordable price in Bellingham.

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From an intimate wedding to 200 guests, have your celebration in our beautifully secluded wooded setting, perfect for your “do it yourself ” wedding.

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Breathtaking scenery and a charming pavilion. 360- 966 -7787 1861 Van Dyk Rd. • Everson

Make your wedding stand out & create terrific memories! Historic Lincoln Theatre • Mount Vernon

BelleWood Event Center Pastoral Setting • Indoor Seating Mt. Baker Views • Full Service Catering

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Bellingham’s premier waterfront venue. A romantic backdrop for the ceremony and reception of your dreams.

Windows to your World!

"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place."

Steakhouse9 at Homestead Golf & Country Club 115 E. Homestead Blvd. • Lynden

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Zora Neale Hurston 360-739-7520

Four unique event spaces with picturesque golf course and mountain views!

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Hot Tips: choosing the perfect venue


Decide on your wedding’s atmosphere. How do you want it to feel

– elegant and sophisticated, relaxed and rustic, vintage and glamorous? Your venue will go a long way toward creating the look and feel you’re after.

Engaging Possibilities!

Flexible Venue. On-Site Catering. Hotel Accommodations. The Skagit has what you want for a fun and memorable wedding experience.

Count your guests. It’s important to know how many people you plan to invite before you start seriously looking at venues. Not only will a large head count eliminate smaller venues, but a small wedding in a venue built for 350 can also look rather empty. Decide how much work you want to do. Backyard and park weddings can

be a lot of fun, and very personalized, but they’re also a lot of work. If you’re not up for renting everything separately and hauling it in and out, a more traditional wedding venue may be for you – they are usually equipped to do most of the heavy lifting for you.

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Planning pages


Planning your wedding is a phenomenal amount of work – with so many tasks to complete and people to coordinate, it’s easy to lose track and have things slip through the cracks. If you take the time at the very beginning to get organized, when setbacks do occur, you’ll be able to take it in stride. In this section, you’ll find checklists, worksheets, wedding to-dos and suggested questions to ask prospective wedding vendors, all to keep you organized throughout the planning process. This is your copy of Pacific Coast Weddings, so mark it up, take notes, or add items as needed. And don’t forget, all of these worksheets are available to

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Planning checklist ..................................................54 Budget worksheet .................................................56 Wedding planner questions ...........................59 Venue questions.......................................................60 Officiant questions ...............................................61 Photographer questions....................................62 Caterer questions ..................................................63 Florist questions.......................................................64 DJ/band questions ................................................65 Bride’s emergency kit ..........................................66 Wedding day timeline .........................................67 Registry checklist.....................................................68 Post-wedding checklist .....................................70


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planning checklist

12–6 months

6–4 months

2 Announce your engagement 2 Pick the date 2 Start working on your guest list 2 Decide on and invite your

2 Send save-the-date cards 2 Register for gifts 2 Select an invitation style and

wedding party 2 Develop a budget, taking into consideration family contributions 2 Plan on attending local wedding shows 2 Research and visit wedding and reception venues (page 34) 2 Create a wedding notebook to keep yourself organized 2 Create a wedding website (see our blog for advice) 2 Select your wedding party 2 Book blocks of hotel rooms in varying price ranges for out-of-town guests 2 Hire a wedding planner 2 Order your gown and veil 2 Book an officiant 2 Hire your photographer and videographer 2 Pick out your DJ or band 2 Research and book caterers and florists


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determine the proper wording

groomsmen will wear

with your officiant

officiants require this)


cake and decorations

(tent, chairs, tables, etc.)


your wedding

2 Shop for your bridesmaids’ dresses 2 Determine what the groom and 2 Discuss ceremony ideas and wording 2 Set up premarital counseling (some 2 Book honeymoon and make travel 2 Purchase your wedding rings 2 Select a baker and confirm wedding 2 Reserve rental equipment 2 Schedule tastings with your selected 2 Finalize floral arrangements 2 Select a playlist with your band or DJ 2 Arrange transportation to and from 2 Order personalized wedding favors

4–2 months

2–1 weeks

2 Finalize guest list 2 Invite friends and family to give toasts 2 Select a hair stylist and makeup artist 2 Consider teeth whitening 2 Sign up for dance classes 2 Finalize menu 2 Arrange rehearsal dinner 2 Mail invitations six weeks prior

2 Confirm final guest count and

to the big day 2 Update your wedding website 2 Take engagement photos

One month 2 Organize RSVPs and contact guests

wedding day schedule with all vendors



wedding party and family members

2 Confirm all transportation

2 Confirm times and locations for photo 2 Share wedding day schedule with

2 Book a spa treatment 2 Organize wedding dress, shoes and

all accessories, including jewelry and bridal emergency kit 2 Pack for wedding night and honeymoon

who haven’t responded

final fitting

or feed pets during honeymoon

On your wedding day

photographer and videographer

2 Give yourself plenty of time to

2 Get marriage license 2 Try on wedding dress with shoes for 2 Assign seating for reception 2 Finalize your playlist 2 Check bridal party attire 2 Practice your first dance 2 Find someone to watch your home 2 Review “must have” shots with

2 Meet with hair stylist and makeup

artist for a test run 2 Begin writing thank you notes for early wedding gifts 2 Write vows and toasts 2 Update your registry

The day before 2 Prepare payment envelopes for vendors

and determine how they will be delivered 2 Rehearse ceremony with officiant and wedding party

get ready

drink plenty of fluids

celebration of your life!

2 Eat a nutritious breakfast and 2 Exchange gifts with your betrothed 2 Have fun and enjoy the biggest


Budget checklist

Wedding Attire

Budget Actual Bridal Gown $ _____ Headpiece, Veil $ _____ Undergarments $ _____ Accessories $ _____ Shoes $ _____ Groom’s Apparel $ _____ Attendants’ Outfits $ _____ Wedding Rings $ _____ Subtotal

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Budget Actual Save the Dates $ _____ Invitations $ _____ Announcements $ _____ Reply Cards $ _____ Wedding Programs $ _____ Thank You Notes $ _____ Postage $ _____ Subtotal

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Rehearsal Dinner

Budget Actual

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Budget Actual Hall/Site Rental Food Beverages Wedding Cake Rentals Decorations Gratuities

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Attendants’ Gifts

Budget Actual At Ceremony Bridal Bouquet Groom Attendants Parents At Reception

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Budget Actual Ceremony Reception

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Budget Actual Wedding Wedding Album

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Hotel Accommodations

Budget Actual

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Ceremony Site

Budget Actual Officiant Fee Rental Fee

$ _____ $ _____

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Marriage License

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ask your vendors

Before you hire your wedding vendors, you want to make sure you’ve interviewed them properly so you are sure you’re getting what you’ve paid for. But it’s often difficult to come up with questions on the spot. We’ve compiled lists of questions for wedding vendors – everyone from the venue to the caterer – that will make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.


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Questions to ask a

wedding planner

• How long have you been in business, and do you have a business license? • How many meetings do you expect we’ll have? • Will you come with us to meetings with other vendors? • How many other clients do you expect to have during the month of our wedding? • What happens if for some reason you cannot be at our wedding? • Do you have a minimum budget that you work with? • Are there any additional expenses on top of your base fee? • Have you ever worked with our chosen venue? • What parts of the planning will we be responsible for? • Can you provide a list of the items included in your fee?


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Questions to ask a


• How many people can your facility accommodate? • What kinds of packages do you offer?

• Do you have onsite catering? Are we required to use it? • Do you have a liquor license? • Is there a surcharge for bringing in alcohol? Corkage fees? • Are you able to provide lighting setups? • Do you provide linens, tables, chairs, dinnerware, etc.? • Is there an extra fee for those services? • When will we have access to the room for setup? How long will we have it? • Can we hold our rehearsal dinner here? • Will any other events be scheduled on the same day as ours? • What are your policies if we need to cancel our event? • For outdoor venues: Is there a backup plan in case of inclement weather? • Who is responsible for acquiring licenses and coordinating any facility rentals? • Are there any restrictions on entertainment, decorations, dress code or alcohol?


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Matt Priestman Photography

Questions to ask an


• What is your background/experience in conducting a wedding?

• Are you licensed to perform a wedding in the state of Washington? • Will you travel to our location? • Is there any reason you wouldn’t marry a couple (faith, sexual orientation, relationship history or other concerns)? • (If religious) Will you perform the ceremony somewhere other than a place of worship? • Will you allow us to customize the ceremony? Can we write our own vows? • Will you give a sermon or speech? • Do you require any premarital counseling? • Will you attend the rehearsal dinner, reception or other wedding-related events? • What is your cancellation/refund policy? • How much do you charge for your services?


JMost Photography

Questions to ask a


• How many weddings do you shoot each year? • Do you have a business license? • How many weddings have you photographed independently? • What’s your style? Traditional, photojournalistic, portraiture? • How independent or collaborative are you with your couples? • Will you provide us with prints, digital copies or an album? • What’s your turnaround time for delivering the photos or video? • What rights do you retain to the photos or video from our wedding? • How comfortable are you with shooting in low light? • How many hours will you be onsite on the wedding day? • Will you attend any other wedding-related events? • Do you have an assistant or second photographer? • Do you carry backup equipment? • What is your cancellation/refund policy?


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Rising Heart Photography

Questions to ask a


• Do you have a business license? • Is there anything you specialize in? What are your favorite menu items? • What was your favorite meal to cater? Why? • Do you provide samples for tasting? • Can you provide references? • Who will be setting up food service/serving food? What about clean up? • Are extra charges or deposits required for cake stands and/or serving dishes? • How much is the deposit? • When is the final head count due? • Is your quote inclusive or are there any additional charges (i.e. travel, service, etc.)? • Are you insured? • What is your cancellation/refund policy? • Do you bake wedding cakes?


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Questions to ask a


• Can I see examples of your past work? • Will you work in coordination with the overall style of my wedding? • Have you worked at my venue before? • Can you help me determine what flowers would be most suitable for my wedding, and/or in season? • Do you rent items such as arches, aisle runners, vases and/or pedestals? • How much time do you need for setup and take down? • What is your delivery policy? • Can floral pieces from the ceremony be reused at the reception? • What is your cancellation/refund policy?


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Rising Heart Photography

Questions to ask a


• How many weddings have you performed at or provided services for? • Do you take requests from guests? • When and where can we see you perform live? • Will you also emcee the reception? • How much time will you need to set up? • Will you bring your own equipment? What about backup equipment? • Do you provide a microphone for toasts? • What is your cancellation/refund policy?


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Bride’s emergency kit Health/Medical


2 . Antacids 2 . Band-Aids 2 . Breath mints 2 . Eye drops 2 . Pain reliever 2 . Spare contact lenses 2 . Feminine hygiene 2 . Tissues 2 . Toothbrush, paste and floss 2 . Tweezers

2 . Snacks 2 . Water

Beauty 2 . Compact mirror 2 . Deodorant 2 . Eye makeup remover 2 . Eyeliner 2 . Face powder 2 . Lipstick or gloss 2 . Nail file 2 . Nail polish and remover pads 2 . Perfume 2 . Q-tips

Hair 2 . Bobby pins 2 . Brush or comb 2 . Curling and/or straightening iron 2 . Hair spray 66

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Dress/Clothing 2 . Comfortable flats 2 . Extra earring backs 2 . Extra panty hose 2 . Medical tape (for torn seams) 2 . Lint roller 2 . Small sewing kit with safety pins 2 . Spare buttons for your dress 2 . Spare cufflinks 2 . Stain-remover wipes or stick 2 . White chalk (to disguise dress stains) 2 . Instructions for tying a bow tie 2 . Wooden hanger for dress photos

Miscellaneous 2 . Camera 2 . Extra batteries 2 . Cash 2 . Cell phone and charger 2 . Drinking straws

(to avoid smudging your lipstick)

2 . Notebook and pens 2 . Super glue 2 . Umbrella (at least one)

Sample wedding timeline Get pampered - 10:30 a.m.

Head to the salon for your hair and makeup appointments

Party time - 5 to 8 p.m.

Groom and groomsmen get dressed

Celebrate with friends and family at your reception 5 p.m. The couple arrives 5:45 p.m. Dinner is served 6:15 p.m. Enjoy the toasts 6:30 p.m. Cut the cake 7 p.m. First dance 7:15 p.m. Party the night away 8:30 p.m. Toss the garter/bouquet

Photo op - 1:30 p.m.

Say goodnight - 10 p.m.

Girl time - 12:30 p.m.

Gather your bridesmaids and start getting ready

Guy time - 1 p.m.

Take separate bridal party photos

Head out for your honeymoon

Time out - 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy a last quiet moment to yourself

Get hitched - 3 p.m. gr n Photo aphy


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Photos of the couple, bridal party and family

Smile - 3:30 to 5 p.m.

It’s time to say, “I do!”


Registering: the basics


Setting up a wedding registry with your partner is one of the highlights of wedding planning for couples starting housekeeping together. But, it can be hard to know what you really need. We’ve put together a list of needs for your registry. Customize it to your own wants!


Living room

2 Coffeemaker 2 Crock pot 2 Food processor 2 Stand mixer 2 Toaster 2 Pots and pans 2 Cast iron Dutch oven 2 Good knives 2 Silverware 2 Simple serving dishes 2 Place settings (A set of eight is common. It might be too many for now, but it won’t always be!) 2 Various types of glasses (wine, water, cocktail) 2 Bar tools 2 Table decorations, such as candlesticks, table runners, linen napkins and place mats

2 Picture frames 2 Decorative pillows and throws 2 Rugs 2 Curtains 2 Vases, bowls and other decorative pieces (these are great as less expensive registry items) 2 Pieces of art

Bathroom 2 Towels 2 Shower curtain 2 Bathroom set (toothbrush holder, soap holder, etc.) 2 Full-length mirror 68

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Bedroom 2 Sheet sets (specify bed size) 2 Comforter/duvet 2 Quality pillows 2 Humidifier/dehumidifier

For cleaning 2 Vacuum 2 Ironing board and iron 2 Hampers

Outside 2 Grill/Barbeque 2 Patio furniture 2 Welcome mat

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Miscellaneous Totes and other organizational supplies. Especially if you have a small home, you’re going to need some help making good use of your space and organizing all of your gifts. Supplies for your hobbies. Do you love camping? Include a tent or a camp stove. Are you music dorks? Register for great vinyl or a set of quality speakers. This is your registry after all, and it’s there to set you up for your life together. Gift cards. These are great contingency gifts. You’ll realize you forgot to register for something you need, or something will come up, and you’ll be prepared. This is even more crucial if you’re getting married far from your home, either at a destination wedding or close to your families; you won’t want to cart a bunch of gifts home on the plane. Honeymoon registry. This is controversial; some people still view it as tacky, but if your honeymoon is your primary concern, or you’re already set up in a home together, it’s a viable option. To keep it from appearing tasteless, rather than asking for a blanket amount, itemize your list, for example: A night in our honeymoon suite, $250; lunch by the sea, $100; couple’s massage, $120; etc. Donations. If you’ve already got most of what you need, asking for donations to a favorite charity is a great option.


Post-weddingchecklist 2 Finalize vendor contracts and payments. 2 Send out thank you notes within two months. 2 Return unwanted and duplicate gifts. Check your receipts – most companies have a

90-day return limit.

2 Clean and store your dress. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get out any stains. 2 Finalize your wedding album. Pick your favorite photos and order prints for your

album and your friends and family.

2 Insure your wedding rings. 2 Order copies of your marriage license. You’ll need to take it just about everywhere

with you in the next few months, so make sure you have a few copies just in case.

2 Did you move? Send everyone your new address. 2 If your name or address changed, you’ll need to make sure it changes here:

Social security card

Driver’s license


Bank accounts


Employment and school records




And more…

2 Figure out your finances – apply for joint accounts and meet with a financial planner. 2 Plan ahead for tax season – talk with a tax accountant. 2 Review existing insurance plans and change your beneficiary. 2 Create or update your will. 2 Write a review of your wedding vendors online. 2 Share your photos with us at!


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Resource directory

Accommodations................................ Page 74 Alterations & Gown Preservation........ Page 76 Beauty, Spa & Wellness ....................... Page 76 Beverages and Bartending ................. Page 77 Cakes & Desserts ................................ Page 77 Caterers .............................................. Page 77 Consultants & Event Planners ............. Page 78 Dresses & Apparel............................... Page 79 For the Guys........................................ Page 80 Flowers ............................................... Page 80 Internet Resources.............................. Page 81 Jewelry............................................... Page 81 Limousines & Transportation .............. Page 81 Music, DJs & Entertainment ................ Page 82 Officiants ............................................ Page 82 Party Supply & Rentals ....................... Page 82 Photo Booths ..................................... Page 84 Photographers ................................... Page 84 Travel & Honeymoon .......................... Page 85 Wedding Venues ................................ Page 85


ACCOMMODATIONS BEST WESTERN PLUS/SKAGIT VALLEY INN 2300 Market Place, Mount Vernon 360/428-5678 or 800/528-1234 Freshly renovated property and personalized guest services will make your wedding memorable. We proudly offer daily hot breakfasts and resort-like amenities like outdoor pool. Our guests especially enjoy newly designed spacious rooms perfect for families. FAIRHAVEN VILLAGE INN 1200 10th Street, Bellingham 877/733-1100 or 360/733-1311 Enjoy the easy charm of historic Fairhaven all year round at our 22-room hotel featuring spacious rooms, fireplaces and elegant suites. Our service is dedicated to the comfort of our guests. FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BELLINGHAM HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham 360/671-1011 The three-diamond, upscale hotel and conference center will greet you with elegantly designed guest rooms and suites, four-story atrium, cascading waterfall wall, relaxation areas, superb dining and courteous service to make your wedding a grand experience. See ad on p. 49 GUEMES ISLAND RESORT 4268 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes 360/293-6643 Your perfect Northwest wedding venue. We have it all! An old-timey beachfront resort, where the forest meets the sea. Complete with mountain and island views. Onsite accommodations, catering, wood-fired sauna and a saltwater hot tub. 74

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HAMPTON INN BY HILTON BELLINGHAM AIRPORT 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham 360/676-7700 Discount blocks available. Special online booking pages for your wedding block, track your block online or with an iPhone app. Customizable and hassle free. Call to book your block now! See ad on p. 42 HOTEL BELLWETHER One Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360/392-3100 Nestled on Bellingham Bay, Hotel Bellwether offers luxurious accommodations and first class amenities styled after a fine European hotel. Our 66 spacious guest rooms are furnished with jetted bathtubs, cozy fireplaces, and private balconies or patios. See ad on p. 37 LA QUINTA INN & SUITES 1063 W. Bakerview Road, Bellingham 360/738-7088 Fax: 360/738-7011 Is the Pacific Northwest your wedding destination? Make La Quinta Inn & Suites your home away from home. MAJESTIC INN AND SPA 419 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 360/299-1400 In the heart of historic Anacortes, the Majestic Inn & Spa will take your breath away with rooms that boast luxury and comfort. Let us make your visit a Majestic experience. See ad on p. 38 MT. BAKER LODGING 7463 Mt. Baker Highway, Maple Falls 800/709-7669 or 360/599-2453 Located just two hours north of Seattle, Mt. Baker Lodg-

ing is your source for private, self-catered vacation home rentals. Group bookings are our specialty. See ad on p. 25 OXFORD SUITES 4051 Meridian Street, Bellingham 360/676-1400 The Oxford Suites offers 99 beautifully appointed suites and a wide variety of complimentary amenities that provide a relaxing and luxurious experience. Discounted block rates and special wedding promotions are available, please call to book! See ad on p. 47 SEMIAHMOO RESORT • GOLF • SPA 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine 360/318-2000 Semiahmoo Resort is comfortable in a traditional way, yet stylish and offers some of Whatcom County’s most unique and charming accommodations. Wedding guests may book a room through a bridal block or a wedding code to receive a discount. See ad on p. 100 SILVER REEF HOTEL • CASINO • SPA 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866/383-0777 Offering views of the San Juan Islands and stunning Mt. Baker, your guests will enjoy beautifully appointed rooms and spacious suites with oversized jetted tubs. A full-service spa, exciting gaming and several dining choices will make this the perfect wedding hotel. See ad on p. 3 THE SKAGIT CASINO RESORT 5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow 877/275-2448 or 360/724-0154 The Skagit offers two hotels, 16,000 square feet of combined venue space, a full-service catering and banquet staff, plus a casino with the best slots and table games to

create a fun and memorable wedding celebration. See ad on p. 48 SMUGGLER’S INN 2480 Canada View Drive, Blaine 360/332-1749 Twenty acres in the U.S. with part of our yard in Canada. Eight themed rooms, rehearsal dinner room. Honeymoon suites available with fireplace, jacuzzi and deck views. Family friendly. See ad on p. 23 SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT 4040 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham 360/714-9600 Invite your guests to enjoy a relaxing stay that reflects your sense of style. Featuring 122 suites, complimentary breakfast, full bar and a 24-hour shuttle. Contact the sales office to set up a special block rate. See ad on p. 43 SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes 360/588-3705 Ninety-eight luxurious guest rooms capture breathtaking views and the natural beauty of the Anacortes region. Local artwork, sumptuous bedding, stylish furnishings, glass-enclosed showers and complimentary Wi-Fi will ensure that your guests will be comfortable! See ad on p. 50 THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA 804 10th Street, Bellingham 360/756-1005 Each of our guest rooms overlooks a spectacular Northwest seascape. Our spacious rooms feature fireplace, down comforters, luxury amenities and a two-person bath elegantly set in natural slate. Full bar, fine dining restaurant on-site. See ad on p. 35


THE MARINA INN 3300 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 800/231-5198 Enjoy an amazing island experience for your wedding guests without the inconvenience of ferries. Located in Anacortes on beautiful Fidalgo Island, our modern, comfortable rooms, friendly and knowledgeable staff and fresh-baked cookies are waiting for you. THE ORCA INN 770 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor 877/541-6722 Located on beautiful San Juan Island just seven blocks from the ferry and airport, our affordably priced rooms are ideal for the budget traveler. We feature clean rooms that include private bathrooms, microwaves, refrigerators and A/C. ALTERATIONS & GOWN PRESERVATION CINDERELLA’S SECRET 221 S. 1st Street, Mount Vernon 360/755-3485 Specializing in wedding and formal gowns, our in-house alterations department is THE place to have your gowns altered to fit you perfectly. Cinderella’s Secret is where fashion becomes personal and dreams do come true. See ad on p. 7 DUTCH CLEANERS 601 Front Street, Lynden 360/354-3841 Trust Dutch Cleaners to impeccably clean and professionally preserve your precious wedding gown. We are a full service dry cleaner, established in 1946, downtown Lynden, across from the post office. See ad on p. 23 SEW & SEW 1324 Commercial Street, Bellingham 360/733-5913 76

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We offer expert alterations in a comfortable, friendly and professional setting for all members of the bridal party. We can also help with your custom wedding gown and bridesmaids’ needs. BEAUTY, SPA & WELLNESS BARE ADVANCED SPEED WAXING & SKINCARE 2506 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham 360/305-5396 A one-of-a-kind skincare studio that specializes in customized skincare, facials, aromatherapy, chemical peels, advanced level waxing, tinting and Reiki energy healing within a charming atmosphere. Gift certificates, bridal packages and free skin consultations available. THE APOTHECARY SPA 419 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 360/299-2112 Celebrations! Host your bridal party at the spa! Let us help you de-stress with customized spa packages on the days surrounding your wedding.The spa offers full service body and facial services. See ad on p. 38 MAY DAY SPA-LON 127 W Kellogg Road, Bellingham 360/676-6288 A sundry of services, including microblading, permanent make-up, exquisite hair up-styles, stunning fashion cuts, color, texture and smoothing treatments! Spa facials and waxing, manicures and pedicures – plus specialty teas and wine are all available! See ad on p. 19 SEMIAHMOO RESORT • GOLF • SPA 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine   360/318-2009 The spa offers the ultimate Northwest day spa destination for pre-wedding pampering, romantic couples’ mas-

sage or well-deserved restorative “me” time. It’s a relaxing haven where bridal parties may retreat to soothe away their stress. See ad on p. 100 THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA 804 10th Street, Bellingham 360/392-5515 Relax at the luxurious spa at The Chrysalis. Enjoy massages, facials, body treatments, hydrotherapy, manicures, pedicures and relaxing steam rooms. Bridal makeup sessions create the perfect look for your special day! See ad on p. 35 BEVERAGES & BARTENDING LET’S TOAST 360 - TARYN NEWELL Bellingham 360/920-7924 Full service and licensed bartending professionals. Allow Let’s Toast 360 to take the stress away from you on your big day. No event too big or too small, give us a call! CAKES & DESSERTS BARB’S PIES & PASTRIES 1920 Main Street, Suite 3A, Ferndale 360/312-8978 Elegant cakes, gourmet pies, French macaroons, mini pies plus many other delicious pastries. A dessert from Barb’s Pies and Pastries makes every day a special event. GATHERED CONFECTIONS Bellingham 503/468-6063 Swoonworthy and elegant cakes and desserts, specializing in sustainably sourced ingredients, chef-grown edible flowers and unique flavor options. Everything from scratch, local and/or organic. Enthusiastic to accommodate special dietary needs.

HAGGEN MARKET STREET CATERING 210 36th Street, Bellingham 360/647-4325 Karen Dragutin (designer), with over 40 years’ experience, was crucial in the development of the specialty cake program back in 2000. She has a passion for design, techniques and delicious flavors to savor. See ad on p. 5 CATERERS 9 RESTAURANT AT NORTH BELLINGHAM GOLF COURSE 205 W. Smith Road, Bellingham 360/398-8300 9 Restaurant’s customizable catering menu features meals made from scratch, offering a variety of fresh options to fit any budget. Our outdoor venue accommodates up to 225 guests and our banquet room up to 60. See ad on p. 36 AVENUE CATERING 676 South Spruce Street, Burlington 360/755-5880 Weddings, corporate events, lunches, anniversaries and parties of all sizes. Plated or buffet, delivery and drop-off. A true custom catering service creating meals to compliment your budget, tastes and event. Rentals and decor available. CRAVE CATERING 2701 E. Smith Road, Bellingham 360/223-4900 Personalized care for your catered affair...beautifully crafted cuisine designed for your tastes and budget. Quality ingredients, professional chefs and exceptional service. Weddings, corporate, social and nonprofit destination events grand and intimate.


EVER AFTER EVENTS Bellingham 360/220-0918 We create extraordinary food. Our experienced staff picks the freshest local ingredients to create tantalizing, traditional, and/or innovative dishes. Everything is made fresh and from scratch in our kitchen or on site for any budget. See ad on p. 21 GIUSEPPE’S AL-PORTO RISTORANTE ITALIANO 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360/714-8412 Dining excellence inside or out with Giuseppe’s Al-Porto. Competitive in price but extraordinary in quality and service. From take-out to full-service staffed events. See ad on p. 34 GUSTO WOOD FIRED PIZZA 4342 Cordero Drive, Bellingham 360/255-1014 Gusto makes Neapolitan-style pizza in our mobile wood fired pizza oven using as many local, organic ingredients as possible. At 900 degrees your pizzas cook in 90 seconds! See ad on p. 15 HAGGEN MARKET STREET CATERING 210 36th Street, Bellingham 360/647-4325 We commit to using fresh and seasonal ingredients hand-crafted by trained culinarians for a high-quality, innovative experience. We will always strive to exceed your expectations, no matter what the occasion may be. See ad on p. 5 HILLTOP CATERING 360/220-0731 Complimentary event planning. Great food. Full-service catering. Hilltop is the preferred caterer of many What78

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com and Skagit County event venues. Professional culinary and service staff. Menus and staffing for any size group, location or event. See ad on p. 13 MEMORABLE EVENTS AND CATERING 5510 Nielson Avenue, Suite B, Ferndale 360/441-7244 We delight in custom creating menus that your guests will remember and you will cherish. Delicious cuisine from scratch in a lovely presentation, suited to your taste and budget. Prequalified to cater Port of Bellingham venues. See ad on p. 11 THE GRILL 1155 E Sunset Drive, Sunset Square, Bellingham 360/306-8510 Cuban sandwiches, gyros, Italian beef, paninis and hot dogs, Eleni Tsoulouhas Kyriazis’ local family restaurant caters a classic and authentic menu. Casual, budget friendly and fun, come on by for a taste of Chicago! CONSULTANTS & EVENT PLANNERS ADDED DETAILS EVENTS BY DANIELLE Bellingham 360/305-8583 Dedicated to making your event special, memorable, and stress-free. Every aspect will be tailored to meet your needs and wants. We promise to leave no details unnoticed. Specializing in wedding coordination, decor design and planning. CHEERS WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN 425/522-3135 Custom wedding planning and design services suited to the couple who wants a unique wedding that reflects their personalities, passions and their love story. See ad on p. 21

EVER AFTER EVENTS Bellingham 360/220-0918 We’re a full-service event production company. From start to finish, we handle everything you need for your wedding without breaking your budget. Let us handle the planning, so you can look gorgeous. See ad on p. 21 FENTON EVENTS 360/318-6272 Event planning, coordination, and management services for all types of wedding, social and corporate events. If you need full planning services, or assistance with some of the details, we have solutions. MY PERFECT WEDDING ASSISTANT 253/433-9104 Day-of wedding coordination and personal attendant to the bride! We make sure your wedding goes as planned. From errands and coordinating vendors, to guiding your guests, we offer packages for every budget! See ad on p. 9

DRESSES & APPAREL ALICIA’S BRIDAL 1400 N. State Street, Bellingham 360/733-2563 Dressing brides and wedding parties for decades, we provide an exceptional variety of styles, and knowledgeable staff for a wonderful experience from your first visit to “I Do!” Don’t take our word for it, check our online reviews! See ad on p. 2 ALICIA’S BRIDAL OUTLET 1416 N. State Street, Bellingham 360/733-2563 Our bridal outlet features wedding gowns, bridesmaids, mothers, shoes, jewelry and veils all at 20% to 90% off of the original retail prices! Wedding gowns starting at just $49! Open Saturdays only from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. See ad on p. 2




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CINDERELLA’S SECRET 221 S. 1st Street, Mount Vernon 360/755-3485 Gowns for any formal occasion from bridal, mother of the bride and groom, bridesmaid, prom, homecoming, quinceanera, to military ball gowns, plus first communion, baptism, etc. In-house alterations available. See ad on p. 7 SUEÑO CELEBRATIONS 305 Telegraph Road, Bellingham 360/392-0752 Sueño carries beautiful bridal gowns and Quinceañera dresses at affordable prices from quality designers. Our hairpieces, necklaces and earrings will add the perfect touch. Dresses for prom, homecoming, graduation, flower girl and tuxes for ring bearers. FLOWERS BOTANIKAL Bellingham 360/820-2263 Unique flowers are hand-selected to create stylized bouquets that set your wedding apart and reflect your style. Botanikal aims to captivate with details that transform your vision into a memorable event. BOXX FLOWERS 6211 Northwest Road, Ferndale 360/312-1407 or 360/483-9686 Offering pre-made seasonal bouquets or the opportunity to choose your own from our selection of farm fresh picked flowers grown on the premises. Wholesale or retail. HAGGEN MARKET STREET CATERING 210 36th Street, Bellingham 360/647-4325 80

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We have everything to offer, whether it is catering, specialty cakes or floral design. Haggen Northwest Fresh offers the best floral options year-round. See ad on p. 5 IN BLOOM DESIGNS 360/483-6483 Our lush flowers, custom designs and timeless style reflect each client’s unique vision. Our attention to detail and commitment to our clients’ needs is unparalleled. For inspirational photos, details and complimentary consultations, visit our website or on Facebook. POZIE BY NATALIE Bellingham 360/927-1286 Voted “Best Florist in the Northwest” 2016. Charming one-of-a-kind flowers for your special day. Committed to using sustainably grown local product whenever possible. Friendly, flexible and able to work within your budget. Consultations are always free. THE GREENHOUSE FLORIST & NURSERY 555 NE 7th Avenue, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island 360/675-6668 Our floral designers (60+ years’ experience) are experts at creating wedding flowers to reflect your personality. At the planning stage or a last minute scramble, we make your dreams a reality. Family owned and operated since 1954. FOR THE GUYS THE FORMAL HOUSE TUXEDOS 1400 N. State Street, Bellingham 360/733-2563 Northwest Washington’s only fully stocked tuxedo warehouse. Over 4,000 tuxedos/suits in the latest styles and colors, we ensure the perfect fit and best prices in the area! Purchase or rent from the formalwear experts! See ad on p. 2

V’S BARBERSHOP 414 W. Bakerview Road, Suite 107, Bakerview Square, Bellingham 360/656-6911 It’s a guy thing! A fun and hip setting with old-fashioned charm. Treat your groom and groomsmen to a big day package! Buy a beer, get a haircut and straight-razor shave and leave with a complimentary cigar. INTERNET RESOURCES PACIFIC COAST WEDDINGS 360/332-1777 Visit our website for real weddings, DIY projects, planning worksheets, upcoming wedding shows and to connect with local vendors. Look for Pacific Coast Weddings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. JEWELRY ALLISONAMY JEWELRY 5675 Third Avenue, Suite 102, Ferndale 360/685-3344 Locally designed fashion jewelry encompassing a wide

variety of styles for every age and budget. Choose bridesmaid and matching flower girl jewelry sets that flatter, and find that unique statement piece to wear on your special day. LIMOUSINES & TRANSPORTATION BELLAIR CHARTERS 800/221-4548 Bellair Charters, your transportation specialists! Offering you 36-56 passenger coaches, mini buses and vans to fit any size group. More than 20 years of experience. Airport pickup available in Washington and British Columbia. SMUGGLER’S INN 2480 Canada View Drive, Blaine 360/332-1749 Shuttle service available through Smuggler’s Inn. Airport pickup from Vancouver, B.C. and Bellingham. Reserve well in advance. See ad on p. 23





MUSIC, DJS AND ENTERTAINMENT CAMEO STRING QUARTET Greater Puget Sound area 206/453-5969 Looking for uplifting wedding music? Our repertoire of both classical and popular works will satisfy your wish perfectly. We can also perform as a trio or duo. Something for every budget and need! See ad on p. 11 EVERGREEN ENTERTAINMENT Bellingham 360/715-0800 From consultation through presentation Evergreen Entertainment communicates, cooperates and supports your wedding success every step of the way. We pride ourselves on quality care, service and reliability. Your music. Your way. Always. SUNRISE STRINGS Ferndale 360/380-4612 String trio, quartet or duo. Classical to rags, waltzes to popular music for your special occasion. We personalize the music when we meet. WHATCOM SOUND 5012 Samish Way, Ste. 2, Bellingham 360/733-5516 Looking for the perfect song for a first dance, father/ daughter, or mother/son dance? We can help you. Whatcom Sound was voted #1 DJ in western Washington, and has more than 17 years of fabulous weddings! Packages for all budgets. WHIDBEY ISLAND WEDDING MUSIC Greater Puget Sound 360/969-3275 82

Pacific Coast Weddings 2017 Live music by professional musicians. Trio Nouveau plays tastefully presented lyrical tunes from the Great American Songbook. The Hot Club of Troy plays lively swinging acoustic music with a romantic French flair. Trio, quartet, quintet. Congenial contractual agreements. OFFICIANTS DIDIER GINCIG Orcas Island 360/298-0362 Approach your wedding day confident and relaxed, knowing you have a personal ceremony reflecting your deepest values for the most important day of your life. Serving the majestic San Juan Islands and beyond. Non-denominational. REVEREND RAY LADWIG 360/914-7338 Ray has travelled the Puget Sound area over 24 years at all hours of the day and night to popular venues and private romantic hideaways to make the wedding of the bride and groom come to life. PARTY SUPPLY & RENTALS ALL SEASON PARTY TENTS 360/384-6868 In a garden, on a beach or in your own backyard, our sturdy party tents let you prepare for any weather. Any size, any time, outdoor party tents offer a beautiful, versatile and romantic setting! BELLINGHAM WEDDING & EVENT RENTALS 360/393-3654 1971 Midway Lane, Suite E, Bellingham We want to help make your wedding experience fun, easy and affordable. With a wide variety of style, design and color options, your wedding will be as unique as you are. See ad on p. 25

LAVISH CHAIR COVERS 360/393-6869 We add an elegant touch with affordable rentals for weddings and special events! We offer two pricing plans; one that anyone can afford, and a second package that includes all of the preparation and set-up! PACIFIC BUILDING CENTER 2677 Bell Road, Blaine 360/332-5335 We rent tents, tables, chairs, chafing dishes and beverage dispensers. Check our rental availability online at PACIFIC PARTY CANOPIES 455 Pease Road, Burlington 360/707-2115 Stop by our showroom to speak with a friendly event expert. With almost 30 years’ experience and an extensive collection of tents, tables, chairs, dishes, linens and more, we’re here to help make your wedding day perfect.

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RUSTIC EVENTS RENTALS Sedro-Woolley 360/746-5481 Your source for locally handmade farm tables, benches and furniture. We have a unique collection of mixed wood chairs, rustic and vintage décor, antique tableware, backdrops and so much more to make your day magical. See ad on p. 16 WANDER CURATED EVENT RENTALS Bellingham 360/325-1972 Specialty vintage rental company and event design house with an eclectic collection of fine curated rentals. We provide you with beauty and inspiration for a unique and authentic wedding, whether your event is intimate or grand. See ad on p. 17

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PHOTO BOOTHS OH SNAP! EVENT PHOTO BOOTH 360/441-8084 Oh Snap! Photo Booth brings the fun to every event. Offering open or enclosed booths, professional quality photos, fun props and over 20 backdrops to choose from. Text, e-mail and print your photos right away! See ad on p. 16 PHOTOGRAPHERS ADAM NASH PHOTOGRAPHY Lopez Island 404/819-5455 Worldwide destination wedding photographer based in the San Juan Islands. Discrete documentary storytelling at its finest. Combining a love for vintage film and natural light to create timeless works of art. Visit the blog. BELLA VITA CREATIVE Mount Vernon 360/422-6024 Romantic, timeless and beautiful photography. Striving to provide exceptional customer service and to preserve a legacy that will be passed down to your children and grandchildren. Offering reception/wedding slideshows, movie posters and more! BORDER UNION PHOTOGRAPHY Bellingham and Point Roberts 404/747-0455 or 404/951-6333 Husband and wife photographers employing the use of film and digital technologies to capture your day in a classic, yet contemporary, documentary style.


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CLINTON JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY Bellingham 360/305-0128 Fresh, contemporary images captured artfully. Clinton photographs local and destination weddings for couples with a distinctive style. JMOST PHOTOGRAPHY Seattle 253/732-1196 Award-winning international wedding photographer. My style is adventure with high end artistic flare. See ad on p. 99 K HULETT PHOTOGRAPHY Bellingham 360/451-7770 We are an award-winning husband and wife team established in 2005, who love helping our couples feel comfortable and exceptional in front of the camera. We delight in photographing both PNW and world-wide weddings. MATT PRIESTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY 360/739-4566 I love weddings. I love the unscripted moments full of emotion. I love the challenge of not only capturing that emotion but doing so in a unique and beautiful way. NICOLE SANDOVAL POSTMA PHOTOGRAPHY Sumas 509/494-4194 Nicole Sandoval Postma Photography provides professional wedding photography and videography services at affordable rates. We specialize in engagement, wedding and portrait photography.We also create beautiful lasting memories in the form of wedding highlight films. See ad on p. 19

RISING HEART PHOTOGRAPHY Visual storytelling. Natural. Simple. UNIQUE MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY Gig Harbor 253/509-1774 Capturing all the unique moments of your wedding day from getting ready to end of the reception with all-day coverage. We are honored to preserve once-in-a-lifetime moments for generations to come.“Let Us Tell Your Story!” TRAVEL & HONEYMOON PLUMERIA BREEZES TRAVEL 810 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley 360/391-6001 Dreamy destination weddings and honeymoons are our specialty. We find the best possible rates at the perfect destination – all you do is pack your suitcase. Find us on Wedding Wire. Ask about our Island Wedding Giveaway!

WEDDINGS VENUES AXTON EVENTS 1427 E. Axton Road, Bellingham 360/398-2109 or 360/815-3513 Our outdoor facility, green and spacious, provides the perfect background to create your lifetime of special memories. To plan your wedding, visit Axton Events at our country home setting in beautiful Whatcom County. BAKER CREEK PLACE 1650 Baker Creek Place, Bellingham 360/671-4247 Centrally located beautiful new venue along Baker Creek offering a 3,000 sq. ft. banquet room and two meeting rooms. Outdoor patio, sound system, digital projector, catering kitchen, etc. for up to 200 guests.Tables and chairs included. See ad on p. 43 BEAU LODGE 17581 Wood Road, Bow 360/724-7508 Celebrate your marriage in the privacy of our beautiful secluded estate. The forest, salmon ladder and pond, meadows and gardens create a truly Pacific Northwest ambiance and memories that will last a lifetime.


BELLEWOOD EVENT CENTER 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360/318-7720 From intimate distillery weddings and rehearsal dinners to grand receptions in our spacious indoor farm market and bistro. Our full-service catering and planning team will give a unique and local flair to the wedding of your dreams! See ad on p. 44 BELLINGHAM CRUISE TERMINAL 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham 360/676-2500 The stunning arc of the glass dome windows draws your guests to 360-degree views of Bellingham Bay, city lights and the North Cascade mountains. Unrivaled venue with close proximity to all that Fairhaven has to offer. See ad on p. 40 BELLINGHAM YACHT CLUB: WINDOWS ON THE BAY EVENTS 2625 South Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham 360/220-0731 Premier waterfront venue with views of Bellingham Bay and San Juan Islands. On-premise full-service catering. Complimentary event planning. Ceremonies and receptions. Seated dinners and buffets. Bar service and cocktail parties. Elegant décor. Exquisite cuisine. Exceptional service. See ad on p. 45 BLAINE BOATING CENTER 235 Marine Drive, Blaine 360/676-2500 A beautiful party room with vaulted ceiling and French doors that open wide to an outdoor patio with fantastic views of Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo. See ad on p. 40 BLANCHARD CHAPEL WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS 3685 Legg Road, Blanchard-Bow 360/766-6944 86

Pacific Coast Weddings 2017 Blanchard’s historic 1911 wedding chapel offers a romantic sanctuary, indoor and outdoor reception areas, creekside meadows and lovely gardens. Hear the church bells ringing from the steeple as you walk down the aisle. BROADWAY HALL 1300 Broadway, Bellingham 360/733-1560 Glowing chandeliers, hardwood floors, a romantic balcony and sandstone fireplace create unique ambience. 5,000 sq. ft. allows you to have your wedding and reception in one place. Your day will be remembered in this beautiful indoor venue. See ad on p. 46 CHRISTIANSON’S NURSERY & GREENHOUSE 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon 360/466-3821 Located in the heart of the beautiful Skagit Valley, our historic 1888 Meadow Schoolhouse and lovely rose gardens provide a charming venue for an intimate wedding celebration and reception. Kitchen facilities and bridal room available. CHUCKANUT GARDENS 3533 Chuckanut Drive, Bow 360/661-7260 2.4 acres of beautiful photo opportunities to make the perfect day. Featuring Japanese gardens with koi pond, waterfall, bamboo forest, a covered bar, entertaining patio, barn, old farmhouse, trees and railroad tracks. CLUBHOUSE AT SHUKSAN GOLF CLUB 1500 E. Axton Road, Bellingham 360/398-8888 Breathtaking, stunning, spectacular ... these are just a few words that have been used to describe Shuksan

Clubhouse. Let your forever start here. We help make your dream into a reality. Indoors or outdoors, accommodates 250. See ad on p. 42 CRYSTAL BALLROOM AT THE LEOPOLD 1224 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham 360/406-4702 In the heart of downtown Bellingham, this vintage ballroom shines with timeless elegance and charm. With a stage, dance floor, sound system, and dazzling disco ball, we have everything you need to create a spectacular affair! See ad on p. 40 EAGLEMONT GOLF COURSE 4800 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon 360/428-2788 Unbelievable views and centrally located between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, Eaglemont Golf Course offers a unique and beautiful setting for a one-of-a-kind wedding up to 200 guests. See ad on p. 41

EVERGREEN GARDENS 698 West Pole Road, Ferndale 360/384-0739 or 360/303-3850 Your wedding will long be remembered for its natural charm celebrated among towering evergreens and picturesque flower gardens. A covered outdoor pavilion surrounded by spacious lawns allows you to enjoy the day in any weather. FABERFARM 16769 McLean Road, Mount Vernon 360/202-2101 Imagine the refined, rustic charm of our classic barn in the heart of the Skagit Valley as your backdrop. Multiple ceremony and reception areas give you the freedom to design your dream wedding indoors or out. FAIRHAVEN MARINE PARK 100 Harris Avenue, Bellingham 360/676-2500 A brand new elegant outdoor wedding venue at Fairhaven Marine Park, the most beautiful beachfront park in the county. See ad on p. 40


FERNDALE EVENTS CENTER 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale 360/734-7832 The Ferndale Events Center has more than 12,000 square feet of banquet space for your special day. Accommodating up to 400 people, the center has a bridal room with elegant furnishings and is centrally located with easy freeway access. FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BELLINGHAM HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham 360/671-1011 Whether you want an intimate wedding or a grand affair, you’ll find it here. A variety of event spaces and full-service catering and planning team are at your disposal to create the wedding of your dreams. See ad on p. 49 FOUR SPRINGS HOUSE & LAKE PRESERVE 585 Lewis Lane, Camano Island 360/387-1418 Facebook: Four Springs House & Lake Preserve Camano Island is a hidden jewel. The natural wooded venue offers a beautiful and versatile setting for the wedding of your dreams. Multiple spaces are available, offering many options for your indoor, garden or lakeside event. FOX HALL AT HAMPTON INN 1661 W. Bakerview Road, Bellingham 360/676-7700 The Fox Hall is an ideal affordable facility for your wedding and/or reception. It is customizable to your tastes and size. We also offer meeting spaces for rehearsal dinners. Call now to book your event. See ad on p. 42


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GIUSEPPE’S AL-PORTO RISTORANTE ITALIANO 21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360/714-8412 The signature charm of Italy makes Giuseppe’s Al Porto a uniquely romantic setting for your wedding, rehearsal dinner and reception. Giuseppe and his family offer delectable cuisine at a variety of prices to accommodate 12 to 100 guests. See ad on p. 34 GLEN ECHO GARDEN 4390 Y Road, Bellingham 360/961-7486 or 360/592-5380 Romantic, intimate and magical. The botanical garden is bursting with color and showcased in a natural, wooded setting. Fountains, walkways and arches add charm. New event building/kitchen. Up to 150 guests. Located 6 miles east of Bellingham. GUEMES ISLAND RESORT 4268 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes 360/293-6643 Your perfect Northwest wedding venue. We have it all! An old-timey beachfront resort, where the forest meets the sea. Complete with mountain and island views. Onsite accommodations, catering, wood-fired sauna and a saltwater hot tub. HOTEL BELLWETHER One Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360/392-3179 Noted as the most scenic wedding location in Bellingham, Hotel Bellwether is your premier waterfront destination venue. See ad on p. 37 LAIRMONT MANOR 405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham 360/647-1444 Your estate for the day! Lairmont Manor is a family owned historic landmark estate with remarkable beauty in every direction. Dazzle guests with a celebration to remember at this awe-inspiring Washington manor. See ad on p. 47 LINCOLN THEATRE 712 South 1st Street, Mount Vernon 360/419-7129 ext. 100 The Lincoln Theatre is a spectacular site for the wedding of your dreams. This historic gem has character, lots of room, a great location and that “certain something” that will make your wedding special. See ad on p. 44 MAJESTIC INN AND SPA 419 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 360/299-1400 Discover elegance and charm in our romantic inn and spa. You’ll find beautiful indoor, outdoor and rooftop settings for your wedding, on-site catering, spa, restaurant and luxurious guest rooms. On your day ... think Majestic. See ad on p. 38

MAPLE HALL 104 Commercial Street, La Conner 360/466-3125 A beautiful facility in the heart of historic La Conner that accommodates up to 300 guests. Includes a full kitchen, meeting rooms and patio area with a water view. The perfect setting for your wedding and reception. See ad on p. 38 MCINTYRE HALL 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon 360/416-7622 Available for weddings and receptions for groups of 75 to 300, offering a beautiful setting, complete catering and bar services, event planning assistance, technical support, free parking and more. See ad on p. 36 MYSTIC SEA CHARTERS 819 Commercial Avenue, Suite #E, Anacortes 800/308-9387 or 360/588-8000 Mystic Sea Charters owns and operates the classic 100foot, 60-passenger M/V Mystic Sea. Our specialties are weddings, rehearsal dinners, reunions and private charters. Ports of call: Anacortes, Langley, San Juan Islands.



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NATURE’S CONNECTION PLACE 27225 71st Avenue NE, Arlington 425/308-2183 Beautiful outdoor wedding venue in Arlington. Located on 5 acres with beautiful views, ponds and waterfalls, gardens and manicured lawns throughout. Just six minutes from I-5. NORTH BELLINGHAM GOLF COURSE 205 W. Smith Road, Bellingham 360/398-8300 With views of the course and Mt. Baker, North Bellingham’s outdoor setting is the perfect Northwest venue for your wedding. Our unique menu offers variety, providing you with options to make your day your own. See ad on p. 36 ORCAS ISLAND ECLIPSE CHARTERS AND WHALE WATCHING TOURS 360/376-6566 56-foot motor yacht, seats 48 inside. Galley, large upper and lower viewing decks outside. Full service weddings, parties, activities, officiating, rehearsals, located on Orcas Island. Available to surrounding areas. Whale watching since 1990. Memorable family bonding experience. OXFORD SUITES 4051 Meridian Street, Bellingham 360/676-1400 Brand new beautiful hotel with a boutique touch! In the perfect location, we offer impeccable service, full onsite catering, and flexible space for your guests. Attractive wedding packages create a memorable experience for every bride. See ad on p. 47 PORT OF ANACORTES TRANSIT SHED 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 360/293-3134 Picture yourself strolling the historic dock overlooking 90

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Guemes Channel, greeting your guests, dancing to music and enjoying a catered cuisine, with room enough for all of your family, friends or business associates. See ad on p. 39 PORT OF ANACORTES Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building 601 Seafarer’s Way, Anacortes 360/293-3134 Overlooking Fidalgo Bay the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building is located beside Cap Sante Marina. It is ideal for wedding receptions. See ad on p. 39 ROSARIO RESORT & SPA 1400 Rosario Road, Eastsound, Orcas Island 360/376-2222 Fax: 360/376-2289 Exchange vows outdoors on the Point Lawn, or indoors in the historic Moran Mansion Music Room. Comfortable rooms, creative cuisine, attentive staff and the beauty of Orcas Island make this the perfect choice for your wedding. SAMSON ESTATES WINERY 1861 Van Dyk Road, Everson 360/966-7787 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 on p. 44 SELENE HOMESTEAD 7523 Kickerville Road, Blaine 360/305-1405 Surrounded by a charming country landscape, you’d never guess Selene Homestead is just a few miles from I-5 and Birch Bay. Majestic trees, Mt. Baker view with a historical barn for numerous photo opportunities. See ad on p. 48

SEMIAHMOO RESORT • GOLF • SPA 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine 360/318-2060 Capture seaside romance – take in breathtaking views while celebrating your wedding day! A variety of dining experiences are yours. Seashore to tent to dock to ballrooms; accommodate 30–500. Walk away with your dreams come true. See ad on p. 100 SETTLEMYER HALL AT BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE 3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham 360/752-8303 Let Settlemyer Hall provide the perfect backdrop for your big day. The hall offers couples a wide-open space, with a clean, modern feel. BTC’s chefs will put together a delicious menu to suit your event. SILVER REEF HOTEL • CASINO • SPA 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866/383-0777 or 360/383-0777 From ceremony and receptions to intimate rehearsal dinners or bridal showers, we offer elegant event spaces

with exceptional food and beverages for your special day. Our experienced staff will truly make your wedding a day to remember. See ad on p. 3 THE SKAGIT CASINO RESORT 5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow 877/275-2448 or 360/724-0154 The Skagit offers two hotels, 16,000 square feet of combined venue space, a full-service catering and banquet staff, plus a casino with the best slots and table games to create a fun and memorable wedding celebration. See ad on p. 48 SKAGIT VALLEY CONVENTION CENTER 2300 Market Place, Mount Vernon 360/848-7553 From intimate ceremonies to lavish and large wedding receptions, we can bring your dreams to life. Our professional staff is here to help and the on-site restaurant makes it easy to provide food and beverage.


SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT 4040 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham 360/714-9600 Featuring 3,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Our Mount Bakerview Terrace is perfect for your outside wedding or reception with beautiful views of Bellingham Bay and Mt. Baker. See ad on p. 43 SQUALICUM BOATHOUSE 2600 S. Harbor Loop, Bellingham 360/676-2500 The views and waterfront location of this beautiful Northwest-style facility are unbeatable. High-beamed ceiling, water views from every window and a cozy fireplace complete the perfection. See ad on p. 40 STEAKHOUSE9 115 E. Homestead Boulevard, Lynden 360/739-7520 Located on the picturesque Homestead Golf Course with beautiful views of Mount Baker and the Canadian Cascades, Steakhouse9 offers the perfect location for your unforgettable day. Offering four different spaces to accommodate your needs. See ad on p. 46 STEPPING STONES GARDEN 17503 Cook Road, Burlington 360/757-2740 Tucked away in an enchanted setting, lush lawns, exquisite gardens and babbling fountains set the stage for a charming garden wedding. A pavilion with a romantic tent, flowing organza, twinkling lights, and a rustic barn offer spaces for up to 200.


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SWINOMISH CASINO & LODGE 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes 360/588-3705 In the heart of beautiful Anacortes, Swinomish Casino & Lodge is the ideal location for your exciting wedding day. Providing excellent food and friendly service in a beautiful new venue. Accommodates 10-650. See ad on p. 50 THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA 804 10th Street, Bellingham 360/392-5558 Celebrate your wedding, rehearsal dinner, engagement or special occasion in our living room/terrace with amazing views of the San Juan Islands. In-house catering features fresh, local cuisine and friendly staff to create a memorable experience with exceptional service. See ad on p. 35 THE GRAND WILLOW INN 17926 Dunbar Road, Mount Vernon 360/428-5071 Simple elegance and garden wonder surround you in a peaceful setting. Get married outdoors in the beautiful gazebo or inside the elegant grand room with 18-foot ceilings and six sets of double French doors. THE JUDITH ANN INN 855 Ocean Shores Boulevard, Ocean Shores, WA 360/289-0222 Fax: 360/289-0205 The Baton Rouge venue features space for 50–60 people. Includes indoor/outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Features the use of the honeymoon suite attached. Please contact us to reserve your special day.

THE RESTAURANT AT RHODES RIVER RANCH 22016 Entsminger Road, Arlington 360/474-8313 The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch offers unique country elegance. We specialize in creative weddings and tailored events in this memorable setting. Call our wedding consultant to book your personalized tour and tasting today.

WHATCOM MUSEUM 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham 360/778-8930 The Whatcom Museum offers unique and memorable settings for weddings and receptions. Choose the traditional 1892 Old City Hall building or the contemporary Lightcatcher building and galleries for an art-filled backdrop on your special day.

UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER 1095 Telegraph Road, Bellingham 360/733-2270 Situated in a spacious forested setting. Fabulous views of the trees, offering a natural setting for your rehearsal dinner or special day. Catering kitchen and audio/visual system available by request. Seats up to 150.

WHIDBEY GOLF CLUB 2430 SW Fairway Lane, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island 360/675-5490 ext. 1 Island weddings with golf course ceremonies brought to life. A destination venue near Oak Harbor offering views of the Olympic peaks and a warm and relaxing atmosphere complementing any special event from black tie to modern casual.

WANDERING WATERS FARM Maple Falls 360/599-3425 Tucked within the scenic North Fork Nooksack River valley, Wandering Waters offers a secluded, natural setting for your special day. Dark, starry nights, mountain moonrises, a rough-sawn picnic shelter, and dahlia and pollinator gardens add to its rustic charm. WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE 237 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham 360/383-3315 Whatcom Community College is an ideal and affordable location for your memorable wedding. The beautiful, conveniently located campus features a variety of event spaces. Our professional staff look forward to helping you plan your special day.

WHIDBEY ISLAND WEDDINGS Langley, Whidbey Island 206/427-6109 Whidbey Island Weddings is a collective of three historic farms, all located on beautiful Whidbey Island. The relaxed and unique atmosphere of each farm provides the ideal setting for your perfect Whidbey Island wedding. WINDOWS ON THE BAY EVENTS 2625 South Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham  360/220-0731 Premier waterfront venue with views of Bellingham Bay and San Juan Islands. On-premise full-service catering. Complimentary event planning. Ceremonies and receptions. Seated dinners and buffets. Bar service and cocktail parties. Elegant dÊcor. Exquisite cuisine. Exceptional service. See ad on p. 45



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Advertiser index A Adam Nash Photography.......... 84 Added Details Events by Danielle... ................................................. 78 Alicia’s Bridal Shoppe ....... 2, 79 AllisonAmy Jewelry.................. 81 All Season Party Tents............... 82 Avenue Catering Enterprises..... 77 Axton Events............................. 85

B Baker Creek Place.............43, 85 Barb’s Pies & Pastries................ 77 Bare Advanced Speed Waxing and Skincare........................... 76 Beau Lodge .............................. 85 Bellair Charters ........................ 81 Bella Vita Creative..................... 84 BelleWood Event Center........... ............................................44, 86 Bellingham Wedding & Event Rentals .............25, 82 Blanchard Chapel Wedding & Events .................. 86 Border Union Photography....... 84 Best Western Plus/ Skagit Valley Inn..................... 74 Botanikal.................................. 80 Boxx Flowers............................. 80 Broadway Hall ................46, 86

C Cameo String Quartet............... ...........................................11, 82 Cheers Wedding Planning & Design..........................21, 78 Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse......................... 86 Chuckanut Gardens................... 86 The Chrysalis Inn & Spa............. ................................ 35, 75, 77, 92 Cinderella’s Secret...................... ........................................7, 76, 80 96

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Clinton James Photography...... 84 Clubhouse at Shuksan Golf Club ........42, 86 Crave Catering........................... 77 Crystal Ballroom at The Leopold .............. 40, 87

H Haggen Market Street Catering.............. 5, 77, 78, 80


Hampton Inn Bellingham Airport ..... 42, 74 Hilltop Catering .............. 13, 78 Hotel Bellwether .......37, 74, 88

Dutch Cleaners ............... 23, 76 Didier Gincig, Officiant.............. 82


E Eaglemont Golf Course.............. ...........................................41, 87 Ever After Events .......21, 78, 79 Evergreen Entertainment ......... 82 Evergreen Gardens ................... 87

F Faberfarm................................. 87 Fairhaven Village Inn ................ 74 Fenton Events........................... 79 Ferndale Events Center ............. 88 The Formal House Tuxedos ............................ 2, 80 Four Points by Sheraton............ ......................................49, 74, 88 Four Springs House & Lake Preserve ...................... 88 Fox Hall at Hampton Inn .......... ........................................... 42, 88

G Gathered Confections............... 77 Giuseppe’s Al Porto ................... ......................................34, 78, 88 Glen Echo Garden ..................... 88 The Grand Willow Inn............... 92 The Greenhouse Florist & Nursery............................... 80 The Grill.................................... 78 Guemes Island Resort............... 88 Gusto Wood-Fired Pizza. 15, 78

In Bloom Designs...................... 80

J JMost Photography.........99, 84 The Judith Ann Inn.................... 92

K K Hulett Photography............... 84

L La Quinta Inn & Suites............... 74 Lairmont Manor.............. 47, 88 Lavish Chair Covers................... 83 Let’s Toast 360........................... 77 Lincoln Theatre................ 44, 89

M Majestic Inn & Spa ..................... ................................ 38, 74, 76, 89 Maple Hall ....................... 38, 89 The Marina Inn.......................... 76 Matt Priestman Photography........ ................................................. 84 May Day Spa-lon .............19, 76 McIntyre Hall ................... 36, 89 Memorable Events & Catering ..................... 11, 78 Mt. Baker Lodging ..........25, 74 My Perfect Assistant......... 9, 79 Mystic Sea Charters .................. 89

Nature’s Connection Place ........ 90 Nicole Sandoval Postma Photography..................19, 84 North Bellingham Golf Course. ......................................36, 77, 90

O Oh Snap! Event Photo Booth ... ........................................... 16, 84 The Orca Inn.............................. 76 Orcas Island Eclipse Charters & Whale Watching Tours............ 90 Oxford Suites............. 47, 75, 90

P Pacific Building Center ............. 83 Pacific Coast Weddings............. 81 Pacific Party Canopies .............. 83 Plumeria Breezes Travel............ 85 Port of Anacortes.............. 39, 90 Port of Bellingham......... 40, 86, 87, 92 Pozie by Natalie........................ 80

R The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch............................ 93 Reverend Ray Ladwig............... 82 Rising Heart Photography........ 85 Rosario Resort & Spa................. 90 Rustic Events Rentals.....16, 83

SpringHill Suites by Marriott............. 43, 75, 92 Steakhouse 9...................46, 92 Stepping Stones Garden........... 92 Sueño Celebrations .................. 80 Sunrise Strings.......................... 82 Swinomish Casino & Lodge.....................50, 75, 92

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U Unique Moments Photography...... ................................................. 85 Unity Spiritual Center................ 93

V V’s Barbershop.......................... 81

W Wander Curated Event Rentals ...........................................17, 83 Wandering Waters Farm................ ................................................. 93 Whatcom Community College....... ................................................. 93 Whatcom Museum .................. 93 Whatcom Sound....................... 82 Whidbey Golf Club.................... 93 Whidbey Island Wedding Music..... ................................................. 82 Whidbey Island Weddings........ 93 Windows on the Bay Events ........................45, 86, 93

S Samson Estates Winery............. ........................................... 44, 90 Selene Homestead ................... 90 Semiahmoo Resort • Golf• Spa..............75, 76, 91, 100 Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham Technical College ......................91 Sew & Sew ............................... 76 Silver Reef Hotel • Casino • Spa .................3, 75, 91 The Skagit Casino Resort.......... ......................................48, 75, 91 Skagit Valley Convention Center.91 Smuggler’s Inn .......... 23, 75, 81


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Bridal Shows

Northwest Bridal Showcase January 7 & 8 Tulalip Resort and Spa, Tulalip

Skagit Wedding Tour May 21 Skagit County Wedding Venues

Tacoma Wedding Expo January 7 & 8 Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, Tacoma

Snohomish Wedding Tour June 4 Snohomish County Wedding Venues

Bridal Inspirations Wedding Expo January 21 Four Points By Sheraton, Bellingham

Whatcom Wedding Tour June 11 Whatcom County Wedding Venues tour

Lynnwood-Everett Wedding Expo January 21 & 22 Â Comcast Arena, Everett Skagit Wedding Show February 19 Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Anacortes Lynden Bridal Fair March 11 Steakhouse9 Bistro, Lynden Tacoma Wedding Expo March 25 & 26 Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall 98

Pacific Coast Weddings 2017

Tacoma Wedding Expo September 9 & 10 Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall, Tacoma Lynnwood-Everett Wedding Expo September 16 & 17 Comcast Arena, Everett Bellevue Wedding Expo Date TBD Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

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Happily ever after begins here. At Semiahmoo… we’re waiting to help you plan your special day. Incredible scenery, culinary excellence and a Spa to pamper you. Which is why we believe Semiahmoo is the perfect place to say “I Do”

Plan your wedding with us call: 360.318.2060 • 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway Blaine, WA 98230-9326 100

Pacific Coast Weddings 2017

Pacific Coast Weddings 2017  

The go-to guide for Northwest brides.

Pacific Coast Weddings 2017  

The go-to guide for Northwest brides.