Meet Elise & Pete. Elise initially talked to me about doing a destination wedding but wasn’t sure about logistics of getting everyone there, how many people would actually make it, etc. After some thought, Elise & Pete decided to do a smaller destination wedding ceremony and reception in Kauai, Hawaii then turn around and do a much larger reception in Seattle the same week. To make it easy, they kept the same color palette for both but made small differences to make each event unique.
Thinking about doing a local reception after a destination wedding?
I strongly suggest doing the local reception immediately or very soon after the destination wedding if you can. I would plan them at the same time and have them both planned around the same time, otherwise, you may never get around to planning that second reception. I have had clients in the past that were thinking about it and then never got around to it after they came back from their destination wedding.
This is where it is also nice to use a planner so that you can enjoy the destination wedding to the fullest and not stress much about having to come home to pull together more details for the local reception. On the same note, I think using the same photographer is also a huge plus if you can. They will know what photos they have already taken, both sets of photos will be the same style, and you will be so familiar with the photographer it just makes for one more familiar face for your more relaxed local reception.
Lindeman Weddings destination wedding planner packages:
1. I can plan both events and also go onsite to coordinate both events depending on the scope of the destination wedding.
2. I can plan the intimate destination wedding from afar. Get you all set up with hotels, ceremony space and a small reception and not go onsite to coordinate the destination wedding, but be ready in Seattle to coordinate your local reception.
Either way works, and I have packages for both options.
Big thanks to Seattle & San Francisco based Clane Gessel, who specializes in shooting destination weddings all over. He is the photographer that was onsite to photograph both the Hawaii and Seattle wedding festivities that took place at the Hyatt Olive 8.
Local Seattle wedding cake baker/designer extraordinaire, Carla from Honeycrumb Cake Studio did a great job bringing a little aloha from Hawaii to the Seattle cake.
Kendra from Loves Me Flowers and I worked on designing the rest of the Seattle reception to make sure it had all of Elise’s favorites: Gold, Blush, Mint, & Chevron details.
Linens by La Tavola Linen in California (who can ship anywhere, like Hawaii and Seattle.)
Gold Flatware and Chiavari chairs from AA Party Rentals.
Cute little bottles of champagne are from Village Wines in Woodinville
The 180+ people at the Seattle reception danced the night away with DJ Sean at Seattle Parties, and were entertained at the cocktail hour by my one of my favorite wedding entertainers, Nash Fung, Magician & all around crowd pleaser.
Mahalo & enjoy!
Happy New Year to you all and here’s to another year of fabulous destination weddings!
Meet Carly & Anthony…
These two live in NYC and wanted to plan a destination wedding in Bend, OR. They both grew up going there and combined with Anthony’s love of golf, it was only appropriate to choose a luxury golf resort to host the wedding at. They decided on Tetherow Resort as their venue. If you haven’t been to Bend, it is fun in Summer and Winter. Summer boasts awesome running/hiking trails and golf courses, while Winter there is best known for the ski slopes. It is big enough to where there is something for everyone but small enough and remote enough that people really feel like they are getting away from it all. So it is a perfect spot for a PNW destination wedding. It is a 45 min flight from Seattle and just a short drive from Portland, OR.
Carly and I didn’t actually meet face to face once during our planning. All correspondence was done via email and phone. She is one busy gal on the road and working remotely a lot, so this worked well for us. This was a large guest list for a destination wedding, with over 160 people in attendance. The weekend kicked off with a welcome dinner at Deschutes Brewery which was a perfect spot for a larger place to gather in a private setting that was more casual than the wedding location. The wedding day consisted of an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour on the terrace and a reception under a big white tent. A perfect summer wedding, and it was a beautiful day to say the least! Their family and friends were equally as fun and charming as they are, which made for funny, heart-felt toasts and a packed dance floor. I really enjoyed getting to know and work with everyone on this one.
Big thanks to Anna Marie Studio, a fantastic destination wedding photographer who provided these lovely images. The light was simply gorgeous that day!