sane wedding planning

wedding related ramblings revolving around sanity and practicality, with a little bit of geekery and crazy just for fun!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wedding crashing, of sorts

This weekend the hubs and I took advantage of the kids being away and cashed in on a thank you gift from a wedding last summer - a gift card to the Woodmark Hotel & Spa. Most awesome, I highly recommend you all do this (the weekend away part, it doesn't matter where).

The hotel, if you aren't familiar with it, sits right on Lake Washington and is a popular wedding venue. While we were there we got to see three different weddings. Doing what I do for a living, I couldn't help checking out some of the details, seeing if I knew the vendors, smiling at the happy and the love. I did, of course, chuckle to myself at the irony of the wedding planner "getting away" to a wedding venue. Obviously I didn't think that one all the way through, but it was a wonderful weekend none the less.

From my sister-in-laws wedding last summer at the Woodmark.
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One of the details I loved was from the first wedding we saw, Saturday afternoon. Everyone, all the guests and all the attendants, dressed in white. It made quite an impression - I heard people wandering around the local restaurants and shops talking about it. This is such a classy look and it really felt, as a bystander, that everyone in attendance played an important role in the day. It just felt happy and fun and I would love to see this done again! I wanted to take a picture (and now I'm really wishing I had, because I can't find anything online that compares), but I didn't really feel it was my place to do so. All in all, the effect was beautiful and will stand out in my head for a while.

The other wedding piece that we loved (especially my husband) was the third wedding we saw, on Sunday afternoon. At the entrance to the tent, the couple had designed a poster in the style of Mr. & Mrs. Smith to welcome all their guests. My husband actually had us walk the long way out of the lobby just to show it to me. Super fun, and seriously, who wouldn't want to pose for a photo shoot like that?!

I'd love to hear from you, friends and readers, about what things stand out to you from weddings you've attended in the past.