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Dress code:

Golden rules for welcome guests


he San Juan Islands are known far and wide for a quintessentially laid-back lifestyle and certainly for being casual when it comes to clothing But when it comes to an impor­tant event such as a wed­ding, casual may not fly. Be mindful of the tips below when it’s time to select your outfit. For women, there is one gol­den rule: never wear a white dress. The bride should be the only per­son to dress in this color; for someo­ne else to wear it would show very poor man­ners, as if they were trying to steal the show. Provocative sty­les, such as very short, tight dres­ses with plun­ ging nec­kli­nes, should also be avoi­ded. Dresses made of a silky fabric are clas­sics, and a light woven wool is alright, but avoid knits and worn loo­king fabrics. Hem­li­nes should never go too high — a dress cut just above the knee is the most appro­pria­te choi­ce. For men, a long-slee­ved shirt tuc­ked insi­de the pants with a belt and a tie is a basic cour­te­sy. Smart pants in a dark color com­ple­te the out­fit. Wearing a sports jac­ket or suit jac­ket will depend on the type of wed­ding you attend. The impor­tant thing is to forgo casual clo­thing and bright colors, like a flas­hy Hawaiian shirt. Once in a whi­le, the bride and groom may spe­ci­fy a color that they want all their guests to wear. If so, be agre­e­a­ble about it and

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Don’t forget that this is the bride and groom’s day, not an occasion to try and stand out from the other guests.

fol­low their wis­hes. It may be that they have a wed­ding the­me, or that they want to stan­dar­di­ze the pho­to­graphs in their sou­ve­nir album. Don’t for­get that this is the bride and groom’s day, not an occa­sion to try and stand out from the other guests.

food and its presentation. In the San Juans, you’ll find a long list of caterers and restaurants to choose from, and the islands are quickly earning a reputation for an abundance of locally produced food and for an assortment of prepared culinary

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delights. In fact, the Lonely Planet, publisher of more than 500 travel guides, named the San Juan Islands No. 3 in its Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013, and gave the islands a new moniker in doing so, “The Gourmet Archipelago”. While seafood is one the San Juans’ specialties, of course, the islands are also renowned for locally grown lamb, beef, greens, and wines as well. Being able to see and taste each of the dishes that will be served at your reception is essential. An experienced caterer will be prepared to offer you a tasting, as well as references from prior clients. Think about a menu that includes hors d’oeuvres, an appetizer, a main course, and wedding cake for dessert. A major budget factor is whether your meal will be served buffet style or plated as a sit-down meal. When deciding on the menu it is important to provide choices: one for children, one for vegetarians, as well as a general meal for the majority of the other guests. For the first course, choose seasonal products, such as a salad during the summer or a soup in the fall. For the main course, chicken is always good value because it is cooked the same way for every guest. Beef, on the other hand, needs to be offered at a variety of stages of done-ness. Depending on the timing of your wedding, you might also serve a late night snack that includes small pastries, sushi, candies, and tailor-made special coffees.

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ne big decision that can be hard to move past the discussion stage in wedding planning is what to serve the guests. The meal represents a big portion of a wedding reception budget, so it is important to be absolutely satisfied with the

Full wedding Venue:

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A groom offers up a humorous ‘toast’ at wedding reception and dinner at Roche Harbor Resort.

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he folks at Roche Harbor Resort know a thing or two about weddings. After hosting nuptials by the dozens year-in and year-out, you might say that by now it’s woven into their DNA. And while the picturesque seaside village, with its historic hotel, inspiring array of flower gardens and bustling sun-splashed marina, isn’t the only sought-after spot for a couple to wed in the San Juans, it remains one of the most popular on San Juan Island. It also carries high praise from a legion of newlyweds. In fact, in 2012 Roche Harbor was rated as one of Washington state’s top wedding destinations by theknot.com, a leading wedding industry website, for the second year in a row. That distinction is based on the feedback of brides who have been there and by newlywed reviews as well. “It’s the second year in a row for us and we think that speaks to our consistency, and that we’re not just a flash in the pan,” said Roche Harbor Lodging and Events Director Sam Jacobson. While Roche Harbor resort is in high demand, Jacobson believes the San Juan Islands are an ideal wedding destination, collectively. The reasons are many.

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Newlylweds take timeout for a kiss during a wedding along the waterfront at Roche Harbor Resort.

“I think people who grow up in Washington want to show off their state

and that the San Juans, with the ferries and the water and the natural beauty, are one of

those quintessential scenic locations in the state,” he said. “And the proximity to Seattle is really helpful when you’re planning a wedding where a lot of your guests may be coming from somewhere out of state.” And there’s more. Like the weather. Situated in the combined rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and Vancouver Island, the islands receive about one-third of the average amount of rainfall that Seattle, about 65 miles south as the seaplane flies, typically does in any given year. Still, temperatures are generally milder than on the mainland, and most definitely milder than those east of the Cascades, because of the moderating effect from that vast amount of marine water that ebbs and flows across the archipelago. And when it comes to practical matters, the San Juans are well-stocked in that department as well. Three of the four ferryserved islands, Shaw being the exception, are flush with seasoned professionals – caterers, photographers, musicians, event planners, florists – who make it their business to make certain the business end of every soon-to-be-newlyweds’ very special day is remarkable, memorable and complete. — Scott Rasmussen

Goin’ to the chapel? Don’t forget that license to wed

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Newlyweds Amanda and Nathan strike a triumph pose on Friday Harbor’s Spring Street.


aking wedding plans can be an all-consuming task. But don’t forget about that all-important license to wed. In the San Juans, the San Juan County Auditor’s office is the place to go for a marriage license. The folks there are wellschooled in the wedding arena. In fact, 2012 was a banner year at the auditor’s

office, which issued a total of 150 marriage licenses that year. That’s an increase of 15 percent over the 130 applications processed the year before. Holy matrimony! Obtaining a marriage license is a fairly quick and straightforward affair, but there are several documents you’ll want to bring along when you submit your application, and a couple of dates and deadlines to keep in mind. Here’s how it works: The cost is $60, the price of which includes a single copy of a marriage certificate. Additional copies can be purchased for $3. Applications can be obtained in person at the auditor’s office, located at the county courthouse in Friday Harbor, or ordered by phone, 360-378-2161, or by email or “snail mail” (see below), or online, www. co.san-juan.wa.us. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and present identification with their picture and date of birth. By law, Washington state has a 3-day waiting period after a license is issued, so applications must be made at least three days prior to a wedding ceremony.

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A license is valid for 60 days from the date it’s issued. (Additional rules apply for anyone 17 or younger; visit the auditor’s homepage, www.co.san-juan.wa.us/auditor/ default.aspx, and click on the “licensing” tab for more about these requirements).

Contact info for San Juan County Auditor:

Phone: 360-378-2161 Email: Auditor@sanjuanco.com Mail: SJC Auditor, P.O. Box 638, F.H., WA 98250; Online: www.co.san-juan.wa.us/auditor/default.aspx

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hat do you do with a one-of-a-kind type of show following its successful debut? Naturally, you head out on the road. That’s precisely what the folks heading up the San Juans one-and-only wedding show, Isle Be Wed, have in store. A year ago, a long list of San Juan Island-based weddingrelated vendors joined forces to launch the inaugural Isle Be Wed, celebrating island wedding fare available to brides and grooms throughout the islands, and beyond. This year, the show will take place at three different locations, simultaneously, on Orcas and San Juan islands. Isle Be Wed Coordinator Felicity Milne, of Cakes by Felicitations, is delighted by both the interest in the show and how it’s expanding. “Because of the overwhelming growth of destination weddings in the San Juan Islands we literally ran out of room,” she said. Mark Saturday, March 9, on your calendar. Isle Be Wed will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following venues: San Juan Island Yacht Club, in Friday Harbor, 273 Front Street (378-3434); the Orcas Hotel, in Orcas Village, 8 Orcas Hill Road (376-4300); the Outlook Inn, in Eastsound, Orcas, 171 Main Street (376-2200). The show offers a forum wherein brides, grooms, planners, family and close friends can meet and interact with nearly 40 different vendors covering everything that a couple would need to make their destination wedding a dream come true, Milne says. This year’s assembly of vendors includes a long list of local caterers, photographers, musicians, lodging establishments, wedding venues, transportation providers, equipment rental companies and more. Individual vendors are listed below. For more info, visit Isle Be Wed’s Facebook page at, www.facebook.com/IsleBeWed, or, www.visitsanjuans.com/islebewed, or at www.islebewed.com. Vendors: Lodging: The Island Inn at 123 West, Wanderlust Hospitality, Lakedale Resort, Friday Harbor House, Longhouse B&B, West Beach Resort, Orcas Island Lodgings, Orcas Hotel and Outlook Inn

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Newlyweds Evan and Mandy celebrate their marriage with a kiss and, to underscore the occasion, with a banner of their very own.

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San Juan: An ‘Isle’ of endless entertainment

There’s good reason why thousands of visitors make their way to San Juan Island every year. Natural beauty aside, the island is a veritable wonderland of outdoor activity, along with its small town charm, and home to a whale-watching fleet, top-notch golf course, numerous parks, myriad hiking trails, a zip-line, scores of fabulous restaurants and art galleries, and much, much more. So, your wedding guests will have plenty options for entertainment to chose from. Below are a few favorites. — Rent a kayak or bring your own for a self-paddled cruise out of Friday Harbor to Turn Island, or out of Roche Harbor to English Camp or Mitchell Bay. All are easy to get to and fun to explore, especially at low tide. If you want to take up a whole morning or afternoon, you can check out any number of places nearby. — Go swimming. There’s water everywhere, including a number of freshwater lakes. A shorty wetsuit will make it comfortable, and fins and a mask will make it adventurous. — Go fishing or cruising. Small boat rentals and fishing guides are available in Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor Marine has a variety of boats for fishing or just sightseeing.

— In summer, spring or fall, go whale watching out of either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. Or make your way to Lime Kiln Park: the whales come in close at this picturesque spot on the west side. Whales also come by South Beach, near American Camp (also a good place to visit). — Go hiking or biking. Lots of open space and lots of good biking roads. Mount Finlayson offers some great hikes, and there are others. The Afterglow Drive Mausoleum at Roche Harbor is a nice, cool hike with a broken column colonnade and stone chairs for meditating. — Check out the Island Museum of Art and the half-dozen art galleries in Friday Harbor. Plus, the sculpture garden at the entrance to Roche Harbor is exceptional - and it’s close to the Afterglow Drive mausoleum. — Walk the docks in Friday Harbor. Lots of boats, including some big boats in summer, at the Port of Friday Harbor docks. That’s enough to keep you (and your kids) busy for a week. And there’s more: go to www.visitsanjuans.com/. — Steve Wehrly


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he photographer snaps a picture of you in a flowing white dress and your beloved in a black tux. Behind you still blue waters and gentle peaks from surrounding islands gleam in the sunlight. It’s just one possible stunning image you can add to your scrapbook if you choose to have a wedding on Orcas Island. The “Emerald Isle,” as locals call it, offers a wide expanse of pastoral beauty, pebbly shorelines and bucolic farmland. The island’s 56.9 square miles are dotted with small hamlets offering world-class restaurants, boutique shopping and a wealth of activity tours. Scattered among the forests and along the pristine shores are a variety of quaint and lovely bed and breakfasts and hotels. Your guests might enjoy browsing the artisan pottery, jewelry or art at the island’s many galleries. Family and friends visiting for a wedding weekend can also take some free time to explore the many beaches and trails on this small, but lively island. Professional Orcas Island wedding planners are at your service to guide you as you select a venue; experienced wedding photographers; talented local musicians; wedding officiant; or salons offering personalized hair, skin and makeup services. Activities for guests Right off of the boat, the Orcas ferry landing hosts a gourmet grocery and deli,

New bride and groom sharing a special moment near Odd Fellows Hall, Orcas. Contributed photo / Robert S. Harrison

post office, a few small shops, a public dock, boat rentals, whale watching, water taxi, car and moped rentals, and a taxi service. To the east lies a woodsy residential area along Killebrew Lake Road; to the northwest, Orcas Road winds through grassy meadows toward the island’s center, Eastsound. Eastsound is home to an array of charming shops, restaurants and specialty shops. You’ll find a public library, a historical museum, grocery stores, a pharmacy, restaurants and more. Along its north and south shorelines are three public parks, and Buck Park with skate park, playground and soccer fields. Orcas Center hosts a lively variety of musical, theatre and artistic offerings throughout each season. On the southwestern prong of Orcas

Island, West Sound features a cafe, a public dock and a marina, while sunny Deer Harbor offers lodging, a restaurant, and two marinas where kayak, boat and whale watching tours embark. Southeast of Eastsound, Olga Road leads to 5,200-acre Moran State Park. Drive. Hike or cycle to the top of 2,400-foot Mount Constitution, where you can take in breathtaking 360-degree views of the outlying islands and, on clear days, the Cascade Mountain range. Trails provide easy walks or rigorous, hilly climbs that intersect and add on with one another. You can spend all day exploring the island’s treasured state

park. Afterward, you might enjoy picnicking at Cascade Lake’s popular sun-warmed swimming area, with a playground, barbecues and picnic tables - fun for the whole family. Beyond the park lies Olga, with its eclectic art co-op and restaurant; past it you’ll find secluded Obstruction Pass State Park, with hike-in campgrounds along a lovely pebbled beach. Point Lawrence Road leads to the hamlet of Doe Bay, with a great view of gentle waters, a historic resort complete with a delicious restaurant, a sundries shop and hot tubs. Wherever you go on this island whether you are tying the knot or visiting as a guest you will find beauty, tranquility and a sense of escape from the busy world. — Cali Bagby

ORCAS ISLAND Wedding Reception Facilities:

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A few hints on how to get past writer’s block


t your wedding ceremony, “I do” are not the only words you’ll have to say. Not to put any pressure on you, but your vows are the reason for your union and should be chosen and spoken with care. If you have opted for a religious ceremony, many priests or pastors will provide you with traditional vows. If that is the case, you won’t have to think too hard. On the other hand, if you have decided on a more unconventional route, writing

your own vows is a wonderfully romantic idea. But what if you can’t quite get your thoughts and feelings down on the page? What if you find yourself stuck in front of a blank page for hours on end? Here are a few suggestions for expressing your love without sounding overly sentimental. Start by asking yourself the right questions. How did you fall in love with your future spouse? What does commitment mean to you? And marriage? Your answers are the best material to use, as they come straight from your heart. Keep your vows simple and concise so they will be memo-

rable and interesting. There is nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from a favorite poet or a line from a movie. Most of all, you don’t want your guests’ eyelids getting heavy, so a good rule to follow is to make the vows about the same length as traditional vows, which are between 30 to 40 seconds long when spoken. You won’t make a mistake if you are speaking from the heart. Once you have your vows down on paper, practice them until you have them memorized perfectly. It wouldn’t hurt to have a copy tucked into your sleeve, just in case your nerves play with your memory.

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Orcas Island: A place like ‘home’


By Amelia Palmer

y husband and I grew up in the Puget Sound area but had recently moved to Eastern Washington when we got engaged. We knew we wanted to get married somewhere that would feel like “home” to us but that would also be a fun destination for our guests. We hoped the weekend would be an experience that everyone would remember. Orcas was the first place we traveled as a couple and it was an easy location for our families and guests to travel to, so it quickly became our first choice. There were tons of lodging options for couples as well as large groups or families and the local vendors made planning a wedding from six hours away extremely easy. Our guests made the most of Orcas as well. Because we had an early evening ceremony, they had time to kayak, swim, hike, shop, and explore before heading out to the main festivities. The weekend was a success and we aren’t the only ones planning a return trip!


Contibuted photo / Oona Copperhill

Amelia and Blair Palmer on the day of their wedding.

s you peruse the silver-covered magazines, it may seem hard to believe in the possibility of a simple but inspired wedding. But with a few ideas, a bit of initiative, and the cooperation of family and friends, you can arrange an inexpensive wedding that will delight bride, groom, and guests. If you don’t have a big budget, plan on taking advantage of the abilities of those around you. Your best friend’s boyfriend is a photographer? You have a cousin who’s a florist or an auntie who has an im­mense flower garden? Invite them to contribute their expertise and resources as a wedding gift. Use a computer to design and print your own invitations. Be aware that winter weddings are generally less

expensive, with the prices of reception halls often dropping by 20 to 40 percent between November and March. Church ladies’ committees are often in the business of catering, and church halls are sometimes available for wedding parties. If you opt for that, make sure you know their policies regarding music and dancing! If it’s okay with the manager of the space you’re renting, consider re­cruiting extended family to cater the meal by contributing two or three dishes each; the approach is close in spirit to a potluck but with all the class of a catered buffet table. This, too, would make a valued wedding gift alternative. All you need is a bit of imagination and willing friends to make your wedding the special occasion it ought to be.


ith rolling offers beautifully landgreen hills, scaped winery gardens many splenfor an intimate outdoor did beaches and waters wedding location; Lopez gently lapping at pristine Islander Resort is located shores, Lopez Island’s on charming Fisherman backdrop is an ideal setBay and includes waterting to start the first day front hotel rooms and of life-long vows. restaurant; The Galley The island, known truly offers a familyas the “Friendly Isle” is friendly environment a peaceful place, but is on Fisherman Bay; the also a top destination for Edenwild Inn with previsitors to the San Juans. mium accommodations Don’t be surprised if felnestled in the heart of low motorists wave to Lopez Village. There are you and your guests - it’s also several quaint and Contributed photo / Robert S. Harrison the island way. Lopez is beautiful churches for Lopez offers unique and picturesque locations to make your wedding memories last a also the closest of the lifetime. tying the knot includferry-served islands to ing Center Church and Anacortes, making it a Grace Episcopal Church. quick and convenient trip for bride and groom and all their friends Activities for guests: What makes Lopez such a romantic setting and family. Plus visitors will get the thrill of surveying the view of is its vast expanses of spectacular beaches, vistas and stunning other islands in the San Juan archipelago as they cruise on to Lopez wildlife. It’s common to see great blue herons and osprey fly into via the ferry. the distance behind you. Take a trip to Odlin County Park and Although Lopez Island’s population is small, around 2,400 peo- Spencer Spit State Park and your wedding guests may also catch ple, it has a wide variety of music concerts, community-inspired a bald eagle soaring overhead or spy a killer whale sighting in events, art shows and cultural events. You’ll find talented wedding the waters below. The Lopez Village, which has a grocery stores, and creative photographers and an eclectic group of musicians to two coffee shops, several boutiques, restaurants, a bookstore, add a unique touch to your special ceremony. Most of the island’s and a bakery, provides the essentials and any last minute items businesses are located in Lopez Village. On Saturday mornings in for your time on the island. If your guests are in need a place to the summer, you’ll find shoppers perusing fresh vegetables at the stay there are plenty of accommodations on the island including Farmers Market, and children playing in Lopez Village Park. a motel, bed and breakfasts, vacation home rentals and three Wedding venues: The island offers a selection of potential cer- campgrounds. emony venues like the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts A wedding on Lopez not only gives you breathtaking scenery, with its wood floors, large windows and outdoor performance but a place to take a deep breath and simply revel in the rustic pavilion; Woodmen Hall offers a one-of-a-kind venue, recently charm and friendly people of the island. renovated to reflect its historical character; Lopez Island Vineyards — Cali Bagby

LOPEZ ISLAND Wedding Reception Facilities:

Woodmen Hall (360) 468-3537 (360) 468-2421 Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery 724 Fisherman Bay Road, Lopez Island WA 98261 (360) 468.3644 winery;  (360) 468.4888 tasting room orders@lopezislandvineyards.com www.lopezislandvineyards.com


Lopez Island Catering Chef Peter Neal (360) 468-3949 PETER@lopezislandcatering.com www.lopezislandcatering.com Vita’s Wildly Delicious (360) 468-4268 bruce@vitaswildlydelicious.com www.vitaswildlydelicious.com

WEDDING Officiant:

Susie Teague, Minister of Walking Prayer (360) 468-0550 whispersofnature@gmail.com www.whispersofnatureherbs.com


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Finding the perfect photographer...


he natural beauty of the San Juans Islands has long served as an inspiration for photographers of all stripes: professional, amateur, novice and now, for just about anyone carrying a cell-phone. But when it comes to a wedding, it’s the skilled, polished professional you’ll want to seek out and trust to capture the mood and the moments, and to help create the memories of that special day. You’ll find many to chose from in the San Juans. It’s a crucial choice indeed, as the photograph album is always a precious souvenir. Looking for a photographer is a little like finding your future partner; you need to discover that rare pearl, the one just right for your style and your personality. It is vital, therefore, to organize a first, informal meeting where general questions can be discussed regarding the photographer’s methods and how he or she intends to recreate your special day in Contributed photo pictures. An outdoor wedding in August on Waldron Island proved ideal for newlySome offer eccentric, modified or sepia photographs, others weds Rachel Sorensen and Galen Boydston. will talk about a photographic wedding story while some will offer to take the photographs when the light is ideal... even when this is not on the day of your wedding! Whatever is suggested, if it captures your interest always ask to see examples of the photographer’s work, although any professional would have taken care I am honored to facilitate and officiate your special custom to bring a portfolio to the meeting. wedding ceremony. Together, you, your partner and I can This promotional tool should be able design the ceremony of your dreams, one with heart and to speak for itself: no fake expressions, meaning for you both. I am calm, flexible, and organized an atmosphere faithfully captured, natuand will help you tend to all of the licensing details after the ral colours. ceremony. Call or email me for more information. It’s always a bad sign if, from the first Susie Teague, Minister of Walking Prayer encounter, the photographer spends a 360-468-0550 lot of time trying to sell you a package whispersofnature@gmail.com deal in an insistent manner. In the end, www.whispersofnatureherbs.com it would be best in this instance to think about quality rather than economy.

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e has finally proposed? Then your top priority is to do a bit of bragging and tell 7. Book your hair, make-up, esthetician, and manicure appointments several weeks everyone the good news! before the wedding. If possible, plan a test run. Once your initial excitement has calmed down a touch, though, you’ll have to 8. Put all your heart into writing down the vows that you would like to make during take time to do some serious thinking. There the marriage ceremony. If you plan to make are so many details to plan, a budget to draw a speech at the reception, be sure to get that up, and deadlines to be met: it can seem overdown in writing as well. whelming. 9. Plan the reception down to the last detail: If you are finding it hard to get some traccreate the atmosphere you like with suitable tion in launching your wedding planning, here music, entertainment, and a décor that matches are nine tips to give you some direction and your personality. (Don’t forget to decorate the help you get moving: bathrooms, a place everyone will see at some 1. Establish your budget per guest. In fact, point!) this is the perfect time to draw up your guest 10. Organize your honeymoon so that you list. can celebrate your new life together. 2. Order your invitations, being careful to And while we’re talking weddings, here are a include your names, the date, time, and place few other tips to keep in mind: of the wedding and reception, as well as the • Avoid giving important jobs to the parents date by which you need to receive replies. of the bride and groom — unless they really Being clear about this will help you save a lot want to be involved that way. Instead, let them of precious time and money. Be sure to include enjoy being with the guests. stamped, addressed envelopes if you can. • If you intend to create a gift list, be sure to 3. The reception hall is often one of the put it on the Internet so that it will be easily biggest expenses, so be sure to reserve one accessible to everyone. as quickly as possible. If you want to keep • If small children will be at the reception, Contributed photo / Robert S. Harrison plan to have a space available where they can expenses down, think about holding the recepWith weddings plan intact and special day at hand, a bride leads a procession with an tion at a family home or in a garden. play and a quiet room where they can sleep. 5. Make up or order wedding favors for your escort of color-coordinated bridesmaids by her side. • Take photographs of your hair and makeguests. These are put with their place setting or up test runs so you can choose the perfect offered at the end of the reception. Let your imagination run wild: you could offer small combination when you’re well rested. Prepare a make-up kit for any touch-up jobs on homemade soaps, candles, local produce in mini format, bath pearls, or small boxes of your big day. candies. It can also be fun to have a “retro” favor, such as a pack of matches with the bride • Leave a guest book at the entrance of the reception hall. It’s a great souvenir to keep, and groom’s names embossed on the matchbook cover. along with your photo album. 6. Give yourself enough time to find a wedding gown that really suits your personal• Leave a disposable camera on every table so that guests can record magical moments ity. It is also possible to rent a dress for the occasion, much as your beloved can buy or during the reception. rent his tuxedo.

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he environmental ethos runs deep in the San Juan Islands. And weddings are no exception. Here are a few suggestions for an eco-friendly day. For the bride’s bouquet choose local wild flowers, such as irises, daisies, or lavender. For boutineers and corsages, some leafy greenery will add a touch of originality to your bridal procession and advertise your commitment to being green. You could also replace the traditional table centerpieces with displays of freshly picked apples from a neighboring orchard — perfect if you’re getting married in September. Have your invitations printed on FSCcertified 100% recycled paper. For your thank-you cards, choose stationery made

from paper in which wild flower are embedded; this kind of paper is available in many garden centers. For your ceremony and reception, choose locations that are easily accessible in order to cut down on car engine emissions. Brides who love their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gowns can have them altered by a seamstress. Buying a beautiful, recycled wedding band in gold or silver is another great way to be green. The rings can be personalized in the same way as traditional rings. Wedding rings that belonged to family members are also a meaningful option — after all, the Duchess of Cambridge was quite happy to accept Princess Diana’s engagement ring.

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Weddings - Weddings in the San Juans 2013  


Weddings - Weddings in the San Juans 2013