Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Weddings in Woodinville

It may seem strange, since it's quite dark, cold and wet right now in Seattle, but it's prime wedding planning season.  Any of you who have organized a wedding before  know that it takes many months to get all your ducks in a row and make the multitude of small and large decisions that go into the actual event.  Well, if you're planning a fair-weather celebration, that means you're busy getting ready NOW. 

Last year I had the honor of participating as a vendor in the first annual Weddings in Woodinville.  I am back again this year, showing what I can do in the custom favors department.  The event is really fun and a great concept for a wedding show.  Woodinville, Washington (for those of you who aren't familiar with it) is a lovely town about 30 minutes east of Seattle in what used to be all farm country.  Now it's generally considered to be a commuting suburb, but it retains the country feel and natural beauty it's always had.  It's also a prime wine making location, with no fewer than 70 wineries operating there.  Some of these wineries would a be perfect location for a wedding or rehearsal dinner.

For the Weddings in Woodinville event, attendees are shuttled from one lovely location to the next inside a swanky ride, where they can sample food and wine and check out photographers, linen suppliers and other wedding vendors (like custom handcrafted favors, ahem).  Each participating winery is decorated by one of the top event planners in the Seattle metro area, so that attendees can get ideas and more easily envision the details of their own celebration.  It's fun, and beautiful, and I get to do it again this year. 

This year (on January 30th) I will be at the  Novelty Hill • Januik Winery location, along with Kirstie Warren of Simply Wed, Blush Custom Floral and J.W Desserts, to name a few.  Last year the 350 tickets for the event sold out in three weeks.  This year, the organizers have expanded the event to allow for up to 600 attendees.  Tickets can be bought online, and reservations should definitely be made in advance.  Hope to see you there!