Mayed for Lovers - An Interactive First Friday Event

We are teaming up with some of our local wedding vendor friends to co-host an interactive First Friday event tomorrow night!  For so many who work in the creative industry it's hard to actually "show" people what we do.  Unless you've attended one of our events it's likely that you've never had the opportunity to step into our world.  So instead of trying to give you a long spiel we've decided to come together and throw a party to showcase each of our talents.  There will be films, live music, design installations, flower crowns, delicious eats and lots of fun to be had!  Come on down and eat drink and be merry with us tomorrow evening!  



4PM - 9PM



The Vendors:  Bateau Bridal Boutique,  Lauren Roberts, Blomma Designs, Simple Petal, The Mint Chip, Dianne's Wild Fork Catering, Todd Griebe and Cold Country

Film Provided By - Lauren Roberts



Wedding Insurance - Why You Don't Want to Skip This Detail!

I once had a very wise philanthropist and entrepreneur tell me "You can never have too much insurance."  I feel this has been one of the most sage pieces of advice anyone's ever given to me.  When discussing details of a wedding I always recommend wedding insurance to all of my couples.  It's a safety net that gives everyone peace of mind knowing that if something goes awry, there is something in place to help protect the Bride, Groom and their families.

So, what exactly is wedding insurance and how does it work?  Let me break it down for you simply below:

What is wedding insurance?  

Generally wedding insurance can be broken into two categories.  The first would be general liability coverage.  This is so important because it protects you from being liable for property damage, bodily injury and MOST of these also include alcohol related accidents.  Be sure to read your policy carefully as you want to make sure that you are covered for "host" liquor liabilities or any accidents that may occur as a result of someone being served alcohol.  

The second facet of this insurance is cancellation or force majeure.  Generally this helps cover costs or losses if your wedding is cancelled due to an act of God, inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.  Some of these policies also include loss or damage to items like your wedding dress, wedding rings or any other personal property.  Be absolutely sure to read through a policy before making a selection as you want to have a clear list of what is covered and what isn't.

Why should you obtain wedding insurance?

I guess the right question to really ask here is why wouldn't you get wedding insurance?  It's impossible to control all of the moving parts that go into planning and executing your wedding, including weather or the good (or bad) decisions that guests may make at your wedding.  This gives you more protection against disasters and bad decisions.  It is not, by any means, a fail safe product, but it helps ensure coverage to many possibilities of an inconvenient incident happening.


When should you get wedding insurance?

As soon as you start planning your wedding.  This insurance can actually cover you if something bad happens prior to the wedding that would cause you to cancel, reschedule or have to buy a new dress, etc.  Your policy will have a time frame so be sure that you buy an appropriate product that you feel comfortable with and it covers the items and situations that are most important to you.

How much will it cost me?

As a rule of thumb wedding insurance policies cost anywhere from $150 - $600 depending on the product you select.  Compare this to the cost of things like the venue, food, dress and flowers and it's a very small price to pay to cover you and help you recoup costs should something bad happen.

Things you should know:

Usually, but not always, your venue and some of your other vendors have their own insurance policies.  If they do, you should still obtain your own wedding insurance as their policies may not be as specific and cover as many items as your own personal policy will.  In this case, consider yourself covered even more should something bad happen.  And you should ALWAYS have bartenders that are licensed or certified in your state serving any of the alcoholic beverages.  Most problems arise from alcohol consumption and making sure you have a responsible, trained staff supervising is of the utmost importance.

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Save Time and Hassle With Online Wedding Registries

Registering for your wedding can be a daunting task.  Actually, in my opinion registering for anything is a royal pain in the tush!  It's uber time consuming, can be very confusing and with our busy lives sometimes it's hard to find the time.  Luckily there are now some fantastic options for online wedding registries.  My favorites are Amazon, Zola, Thankful and Blueprint.  

Benefits of using an online wedding registry:

1.)  You can pick out all of your gifts in the comfort of your own home (and pajamas) anytime of day or night.  

2.)  You aren't limited to only selecting items that are in stock at local stores.  Amazon, Zola, Thankful and Blueprint all source for you and allow you to select items from third party vendors.  This opens up a plethora of possibilities!  Especially for Alaskan couples as we sometimes feel so limited.

3.)  You can "fund" activities or your honeymoon.  If you ask me, this is the biggest perk of registering online!  Some couples opt to only ask for money towards their honeymoon and the activities when they get there so that they don't have to worry about that additional financial stress after their wedding is over.  I look at this as your guests are helping you make memories instead of buying you toaster or yet another Ginsu knife.

4.)  Items ship directly to you.  This benefit is two fold.  Not only is it awesome that guests don't have to bring gifts to the wedding and then you have to remember to select someone for the ever so fun job of lugging all of the gifts home, but it's also easy for everyone involved to click "purchase" and then it's done.  No one has to wrap, tie bows, etc. etc.  I'm all for anything that is convenient and saves time.

5.)  It's easy to pick wedding gifts that have a wide array of pricing.  Not everyone coming to your wedding has $500 to spend on Egyptian Cotton Sheets.  You can select some low cost practical items along with the higher end and pricier gifts.  

6.)  They have really really awesome stuff!  Zola and Blueprint source for you.  They have people behind a desk somewhere seeking out the trendiest, coolest gifts on the market.  You don't have to spend hours looking on your own.  Just log in to your registry and let the fun begin!

7.)  You can create a universal registry though most of these sites.  This means you can add products from other stores like Pottery Barn or Macy's for example.  Do be careful to research this as sometimes the site will redirect your guests to the product's home site so they'll need to have your correct shipping information and remember to indicate that they did purchase the gift on your registry so other guests don't duplicate it.

Details to be aware of:

1.)  Not everyone is tech savvy.  Some of the older guests may still opt to bring you a gift or a card so be sure you have a small space set up for this at the reception.  I always recommend an area for cards next to the gift book just in case.

2.)  If you're leaving for your honeymoon immediately after the wedding, make sure you either have the gifts held at the post office or sent to a mail cache.  You can opt to have someone "house sitting" and checking up on your front stoop if that's easier.  This will alleviate the possibility of theft or having twenty packages sit on your front door step for a week before you get home!

3.)  Not everyone pays attention to registries.  Even though you take the time to create a wish list some guests might still just bring whatever they feel like.  Just roll with it and hope that if you get four crock pots they come with a gift receipt!

4.)  Some of these sites do take a percentage of your "cash" or activity gifts.  They deposit it directly into your account minus this fee. For example, Zola takes a 2.7% credit processing fee from any of the cash gifts.  Just be aware of these so that you won't be unpleasantly surprised.