Cory & Rachel’s Wedding at Camp Korey

Cory & Rachel enjoy the country, so it was a natural to plan their Wedding at Camp Korey.   Her colors were orange with orange ribbons on chairs, orange uplighting on pillars, orange mason jars with gold fish, orange vases with tulips in them (they to were orange).   With help from their families they pulled off a great wedding day and still stayed within budget.   Enjoy their Photos.

 

Camp Korey is such a great location for a large Wedding Party.   It has so much to offer a couple with 200+ on their guest list.   With a beautiful manicured garden for your ceremony, golf course sized lawns for your cocktail hour and open or covered venues for your reception, it’s all there.    Gina and her staff are easy to with and take care of the details.

Here are the comments from the Mother of the Groom who is the Chef at Camp Korey.  (They were going to do the music themselves but she convinced the brides family to hire a DJ.   In addition, she had to leave 3 hours early do a health condition.)  ” Gary,   A special Thank You for your services, they were SPOT ON.  I will recommend you to anyone I know needing a DJ.  Thank you for taking over,  please send me some business cards to my address. I think they got it how hard it would have been to do ourselves. I wish I could of boogied with the rest but I was so sick that day it was a miracle everything on the food end went well, thank goodness for family and friends.” fondly,  Mim

 

8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.

How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice?

 

First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.

It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

A few tips to finding the right ones for you…

 

  • Do Your Homework. You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first.

 

Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.

 

  • Meet With Them. An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.

 

  • Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.

 

If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.

 

  • Listen. Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.
  • Check References. Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.

 

Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.

 

Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.

 

Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

1.      How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have?

This is an extremely important question.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings.  Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.

2.      How much do you cost?

Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill.  Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.

3.      How much is the deposit?

4.      What specifically is included in that cost?

Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring.  The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.  Make sure you take this into account.

 

5.      What happens if I cancel?  What happens if you cancel?

Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions.  Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?

6.      Do you use a contract?

If the answer is No, RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.

7.      Are there any additional fees?

Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly.  Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay.  This should be clearly defined in your contract.

8.      Do you carry liability insurance?

The answer you’re looking for here is Yes.  This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day.  It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.

If chosen wisely, with the right wedding vendors you get expert help and advice…for free!

Showcase of the Month – The Plateau Club in Sammamish

This month’s Showcase is for The Plateau Club on the Sammamish Plateau.   The Club is a hidden gem on the plateau making it somewhat available but quietly going about offering the best on eastside venues have to offer.

The food and beverage manager Kipp Johnson is a wonderful host for events at the Club.   His attention to detail and ability to calmly check in to make sure everything is going great seems to come natural for him.    Holly Martinez the event coordinator is a perfect teammate for Kipp as she make sure everything is scheduled properly and details taken care of properly.

Plateau Party

Plateau Party

Shane & Chantels Wedding at the Sanders Mansion

Shane and Chantel were married outdoors at the Sanders Mansion on Spring Hill.  Robert Miller has done a great job in developing this farm for ceremonies and receptions.   With upper and lower tent areas that can accomodate 200 guests at each location, you can choose what background you want for your Wedding.   The weather was great for the ceremony but by the time the reception started it was raining and thundering.   During the dinner, a loud crack of thunder just a few hundred yards away had guests awake in their seats.   Following that awakening, the thunder died down as the party picked up under the lower tent.   Christie’s Catering served up a wonderful meal and the drinks for the evening.    Shane and Chantel departed on their way to Las Vegas for the week!!!

Michael & Jessica’s Wedding at Home & The Plateau Club

July 11, 2009 Michael and Jessica were married at her parents home on the lake and their reception was held at The Plateau Club in Sammamish.  Their Wedding setting was the back yard overlooking the lake on a beautiful day.     Following the departure of the bride and groom on a boat, guests were invited to Plateau Club for their celebration.   I always enjoying working with Kipp Johnson and Holly Martinez at club as their compliment each other as they pull off some of the most wonderful receptions.   The club seems to be a hidden gem on the plateau for receptions.

Dominic & Carmen’s Wedding Reception May 24 at Herban Feast at SODO Park

Dominic and Carmen celebrated their Wedding Day at the Herban Feast at SODO Park.   Her family immigrated from Croatia and they know how to celebrate and dance.   The Reception for 250 guests lasted an 8 full hours with over 4 hours of dancing.   Croatians know how to celebrate and it was one of the best parties, I have ever been part of.   During dinner, one of the guests required medical attention.  The room had several doctors including the bride, an M.D. herself  so the guest had plenty of help,  an ambulance was called and he was transported to the hospital and the party continued on in his absence.

Herban Feast is an old building (1907), with all the charm left by it’s exposed beams, high ceilings, old pipes and rigging, and the orginal paint allowing it to retain the mature, rustic charm of the building that will hold 300+ guests for an event.   Reese Rowe will assist you in putting your event together and Dana Grandpre who was the  event lead was wonderful.090524-cake-wedding-reception-013

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Jeff & Kim’s Wedding at the Seattle Tennis Club

Kim and Jeff have great personalities!    This was a traditional, classy and relaxed Wedding.    The Seattle Tennis Club was a perfect setting on a beautiful January day for a couple deserving of it on their Wedding Day.        The Wedding was just right for a short and but fitting Ceremony.   Following in the foyer was a cocktail party with Kim and Jeff coming down the staircase with their grand entrance.   The STC staff turned the ceremony room into a formal dining area for their guests in less than 30 minutes (Wow, great job).   Their photographer Carol Harrold was there until the very end of the party, which is always great.   Please take a moment to check out her wonderful photos of Jeff and Kim.

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