All about Jen

Last, but not least, let’s talk a bit about Jen, our fearless leader. Jen started Taylor’d Events over 10 years ago. This little company has helped hundreds of couples over the years pull off one of the most meaningful days of their lives. Beyond just Jen was one of the Co-Founders of Wedding Network USA, a Founding Board Member of Weddings in Woodinville, a contributor to many national publications, and an amazing speaker traveling to conferences around the country. I am probably forgetting something in there (I have no idea if she sleeps, BTW). It’s hard to keep tabs on all the things she is up to. Just last week we were dreaming up a new conference — more on that to come.

Besides Wedding Planner Educator and her own couples. Jen is busy leading all of us here at Taylor’d Events. Madi, Ashley, Brittney and I [Hey! Alex here!] all agree that we wouldn’t be where we are today with Jen. She’s been the most open and honest boss lady. From letting us into her business and allowing us to all take our own small piece of ownership in Taylor’d Events to sharing her guidance, connections, and smarts. We are beyond thankful for you, Jen.

Why am I telling you all of this? Jen has always been active in helping the wedding industry, providing guidance, and helping many professionals in the area build their businesses. She has limited the number of couples she is taking and is focusing on launching her newest adventure, Wedding Planner Educator and The Taylor’d Plan. We couldn’t be more proud or supportive of her. Knowing all the guidance she has provided us… there are other wedding planners out there that deserve to grow their business and reach new heights. Those new heights are exactly what she has provided to us.

Jen’s current couples all share her love of destination weddings. You’ll see gorgeous weddings coming from our couples heading over to Maui or some of Jen’s favorite PNW destination venues. We aren’t complaining either, we love tagging along and helping these couples tie the knot somewhere meaningful.

All About Jen - Taylor'd Events Group -Wedding Planner Educator

 

Indian Fusion Wedding at Hangar 30

 

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30
At the onset of planning, Jeena and Shaffiq were living in Dubai finishing up their final months before a trans-continental move back to Seattle. They were looking for a simple affair that was centered around the comfort of their guests and allowed for a ceremony in Jeena’s childhood church. Mixing in a few southern Indian traditions and keeping in mind that many of the groom’s guests were traveling from Dubai we set out to create the perfect day for them with their guests in mind.

The day started off with the Bride and her bridesmaids getting ready at her family home. We were so honored to be present and a part of so many of these moments. I will NEVER forget Jeena playing a song for her loved ones or the blessings and prayers showered upon the Bride just a few short moments before we headed to the church.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Shaffiq and his groomsman had a relaxing morning together. The groomsmen even managed to sneak off and practice their surprise performance later in the evening.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Opting to not see each other before the ceremony, J+S exchanged notes while tucked just out of sight right before walking down the ceremony.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Their ceremony was in Jeena’s family church. We adored learning about all the traditions they were incorporating, how they saw their ceremony flowing, and we always love when a couple adds that special touch of asking a friend to sing in the ceremony.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

After looking at multiple venues early on in the planning process, Magnuson Park Hangar 30 was “the one.” Don’t get me wrong — They thought I had lost it when I initially suggested an airplane hangar. The venue allowed for the perfect blank slate to create their vision and also had a lovely connection to many aviation influences in their lives. We couldn’t be more thrilled they believed our promises and that we were able to deliver the unique space they had envisioned.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Upon arrival, the guests had the opportunity for caricature drawings, photo booth, and Shaffiq’s favorite —  Blackjack and Roulette tables. All the guests received custom monogrammed poker chips to play with. We also incorporated a signature drink that had the couple and guests reminiscing about one of the couple’s favorite bars in Dubai.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Dinner was served family style and the menu was entirely inspired by different meals they had enjoyed during their time together. A dish the bride’s family made growing up, another from one of their first dates – Each dish had its own story. We spiced up the dining room mixing square, round, and long family style tables. With formalities before and after the meal, J+S were able to hear from multiple loved ones, enjoy heartfelt dances, and even mix in a few surprises.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

After a quick outfit change, the bridal party surprised the couple with their choreographed dances.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Thanks to Austin Beaver, the guests partied well into the night. Oh, and YES, a Confetti Cannon was a MUST for this celebration. Plentiful late night snack options kept the guests dancing until the wee hours of the morning. No craving was going unsatisfied — Dante’s Hotdogs, a Tater Tot bar, and a S’mores station.

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Indian Fusion Wedding | Taylor'd Events Group | Alante Photography | Magnuson Park Hangar 30

Many thanks to the incredible team of wedding professionals who pulled out all the stops to craft the couple’s vision and given them a day they will never forget.

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{Planner:: Alex with Taylor’d Events Group | Photography: Alante Photography || Videography: Bogle Productions | Ceremony Venue: Kent United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Magnuson Park Hangar 30  | Florist: Floressence | Cake and Desserts: The Sweetside Seattle | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals, CORT Events, and  Benchmark Productions | Linens: BBJ Linens | Catering: Foodz Catering |DJ and Lighting: Austin Beaver | Drapery: Prop Gallery Events | Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison | Entertainment: Over the Line Art, 321 Foto Photo Booth, Lucky Lady Events| Late Night Food: Dante’s Inferno Hot Dogs |Wedding Invitations: Appy Couple | Day-of Stationary: Perfect Press Invitations| Logo Design: Crowberry Co | Transportation: Creative Bus | Valet: Butler Valet | Suits: The Black Tux | Dress: Hayley Paige from Marcella’s La Boutique}

All About Madi | Seattle Wedding Planner

Madi, our longest tenured Associate Planner has years of experience under her belt. She has been a part of our biggest and our smallest weddings at this point. Only a few years into her planning career and she already has private residence weddings, airplane hangars, downtown hotels, and destination weddings under her belt. So honored to have this gal on our team and couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you a bit more about her. 
 
Madi started out as an intern the same summer that Alex started with Taylor’d Events. Swapping back and forth between weddings with Jen and with Alex — we threw her right into the thick of things from the beginning. In fact, Madi’s first wedding with Alex was at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA. Our way of “welcoming” Madi to the world of wedding planning was to send her to a tough venue and have her work a full wedding weekend. Let’s just say, she quickly learned that this job isn’t as glamorous as J-Lo makes it seem in The Wedding Planner
 
Lucky for us, all the challenges didn’t scare her away and Madi has been taking on weddings as part of the Taylor’d Events Team ever since. Madi has some serious passion for getting to know her couples. I am always utterly impressed by the littlest details she observes about her couples. She is always noting their likes and dislikes then weaving those into small surprises and perfect moments for her couples. Thanks for always inspiring me to make this experience special! Enough with the rambling… A little more about Madi below. 

 

 

Wedding Etiquette || Tipping your Wedding Professionals

What Do I Tip My Wedding Pros- - Taylor'd Events Group - Wedding Etiquette by Seattle Wedding Planner

Photo by Bethany Small Photography

As a trusted resource and guide throughout the planning process, we are often the confidants that clients reach out to in those final days to ask about what is customary for tipping wedding professionals. After searching out as many resources as possible, we hope that the thoughts below will be a trusted resource for not only our couple’s but any couple’s getting married. Knowing who, how much and when to tip your wedding pros can be a tricky situation.

I have pulled together a list of expected and recommended vendors to tip, but let’s take a moment to remember the purpose of wedding tips. You should opt to give your vendors a tip because you felt you couldn’t have had your day be as perfect without them. Every vendor’s goal is to go above and beyond for their couples and make your day as smooth as possible.

 

What Do I Tip My Wedding Pros- - Taylor'd Events Group - Wedding Etiquette by Seattle Wedding Planner

Some Final Tipping Tips

  • Dig out all of those contracts and look through. Mark down anyone that has already included a gratuity in their contract. Better yet, if you are reading this early in the planning process, make notes in your planning files on who automatically includes the gratuity in their contract.
  • Guests never tip at a wedding. Check in with any vendors that would normally receive a tip such as the bartenders or wait staff, even the valet if you are providing valet services. Inform these vendors that you will be tipping them directly.
  • My suggestion is always to put the gratuities in sealed and labeled envelopes a few days before the wedding. If you are working with us, bring those envelopes to rehearsal and we will hand them out on the day-of the wedding. If you are reading this, and don’t have a coordinator ask a family member or friend to handle this task.

Still have questions? Drop them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Alex

 

 

 

 

“Minimal, but Dramatic” at Weddings in Woodinville 2017

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

We love being a part of Weddings in Woodinville every year! We love it so much, that this year Alex and Jen separated and crafted up two unique venues. Alex was located at The Hollywood Schoolhouse with the fantastic team that crafted up this “Minimal, yet Dramatic” scene. Scroll through, pin away and be inspire, you wonderful people!

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet DramaticTaylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

 Jen was Every Guest was dropped off at the Historic Hollywood Schoolhouse and greeted by Taylor’d Events with a Thank you Note doubling as a program designed by Kinder Ink. Kinder Ink is offering a unique service that allows you to create a personalized handwriting font and save you hours after your wedding when in the midst of the thank you note grind. We are already looking for an excuse to use them!

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

Guests then met some of the area’s best wedding pros – Those that were key in the styled shoot we pulled together for that day were The Popes Photography, Kat St John Makeup and Beauty, Frankie & Maude, Everling Jewelry, Unified Cinematic Wedding Videography and CORT Party Rentals.

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet DramaticTaylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

All of this was topped with the STUNNING blooms by Bleedfoot Florals. We got asked a million times what the name of those dusty pink roses are – I can’t tell you, but they stole our heart. We also love the asymmetric climbing greenery used to bring some drama to the ceremony.

Guests then met some of the area’s best wedding pros – Those that were key in the styled shoot we pulled together for that day were The Popes Photography, Kat St John Makeup and Beauty, Frankie & Maude, Everling Jewlery, Unified Cinematic Wedding Videography and CORT Party Rentals.

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

Guests then met some of the area’s best wedding pros – Those that were key in the styled shoot we pulled together for that day were The Popes Photography, Kat St John Makeup and Beauty, Frankie & Maude, Everling Jewlery, Unified Cinematic Wedding Videography and CORT Party Rentals.

Together with Bleedfoot Florals, Taylor’d Events designed a Minimal, yet Dramatic look with modern overtones showcasing the versatility of this space and the ability to mix the modern with the historic. Draping softened and separated this spacious venue into a variety of distinct areas and showcasing the versatility of the space.

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We were lucky enough to be able to showcase some of CORT Party Rental’s new products – namely the Harley Chairs and Panama Linens. These gorgeous items set the base for us to build upon with the modern and simple White Classic Coupe Dishware and Pure Glassware. The cherry-on-top of this table was the Urban Slate Flatware, because who doesn’t love a dramatic, yet minimal touch of black on the tables?

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

Taylor'd Events Group | The Popes Photography | Weddings in Woodinville 2017| Minimal, yet Dramatic

Lucky to have one of the region’s best in front of the soundboard all day long. Kris McKoskery DJ and MC set the mood and we couldn’t be more thankful for his expertise.

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The Cakewalk Shop poured hours of time into their three unique cake designs just for the show. Our favorite was the marble inspired cake. Guests, of course, had to stop by for a sample and weren’t disappointed by their creative flavor offerings and overall delicious AND beautiful cakes.

Thanks to everyone that joined us for the 2017 Weddings in Woodinville Show. It is such a labor of love for every wedding pro involved to pull off something inspiring and we hope that you loved it as much as we did.

{Planner: Alex of Taylor’d Events Group | Venue: The Hollywood Schoolhouse |Photographer: The Popes Photography |Floral: Bleedfoot Florals | DJ: Kris McCoskery DJ | Hair and Makeup: Kat St. John Makeup Artistry | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals | Cake : The Cakewalk Shop | Live Music: Windsong Trio | Thank You Notes: Kinder Ink | Jewler: Everling Jewelry | Dress: Frankie & Maude | Photobooth: Holodeck 3D Studios | Winery: Goose Ridge Estate Winery | Beer and Cider: McMenamins Anderson School | Transportation: Butler Seattle – Valet, Transportation and Tour Specialists}

All about Brittney | Seattle Wedding Planner

Oh, Hey Brittney!
Let take a moment to learn a bit more about what Brittney’s life
when she isn’t planning weddings.

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to slow down for a second and tell you about this awesome gal. Taylor’d Events Group’s Associate Wedding Planner – BRITTNEY! Let me tell you a little story about the first wedding Brittney did with me [Hi everyone! Alex here.]

Brittney reached out like many wonderful aspiring planners wanting to connect and learn more about what we do. Well friends, it was a wedding week for me over here and we had an emergency on our team. Brittney happened to email on a Wednesday, and I emailed her back saying “Want to be an extra set of hands at my wedding this weekend?” She said YES (not to the dress, in this case). I had another one of our team members who had to stay behind at the reception venue, so Brittney was with me the whole day. I emailed her on the way to the reception venue early that morning asking her to take the document I just emailed her to the front desk team and ask them to print the documents for us. A few minutes later, I walked into the reception space with my arms FULL of decor and was greeted with “Hi, my name is Brittney, but you don’t care about that right now. Can I take all that stuff for you?” Just like that, she was magic.

Brittney is one of the most intuitive people I know. She is always noticing the littlest things on the wedding day — The Bride needing a few quiet moments. The groom’s nervous energy before he walks down the aisle. Father of the Bride needing a couple more minutes to collect his thoughts before a toast. I adore watching her adjust a wedding day to be the perfect fit for her couples.

 

Meet Brittney | Taylor'd Events Group Associate Planner | Behind the Scenes with Brittney!

“Alex made our wedding day exactly what I had pictured (even though a wedding was something we had ever pictured for ourselves).  We wanted a non-traditional, casual, fun day and that was exactly what we got.”