Seattle Wedding Planner Internship

Seattle Wedding Planner Internship | Weddings By Dani

Seattle Wedding Planner Internship | We are looking to fill our Seattle Wedding Planner Internship for the upcoming wedding season and all of our 2018 weddings! If you love weddings & events, are highly driven and motivated, have a strong fashion sense and want to learn what goes on the behind the scenes, apply to be our 2018 intern!

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Our interns will…

– be an assistant to the lead wedding coordinator on select rehearsal & wedding dates (usually Fridays and Saturdays)
– help with several things behind the scenes including wedding inspiration, styled shoots, and more!
– learn all about how a seamless event is run
– network with wedding vendors
– attend select client consultations and/or vendor meetings
– work approximately 10-15 hours per week during the wedding season, this is not a paid position, experience only with the highly sought after Weddings By Dani planning team

Must:

– have an eye for detail
– always be thinking ahead
– willingness to learn and jump in
– have own transportation to and from meetings and events
– capable of driving to and from weddings in the greater Seattle area

How to apply:

– tell us what makes you the best candidate and what you hope to achieve during your internship
– submit an inspiration board designed by you and write a paragraph detailing your selections
– attach your resume
– professional photograph of yourself
– send application to dani@weddingsbydani.com by Wednesday, November 15, 2017!

We will be conducting interviews on Saturday, November 18th. Please keep your schedule flexible this day so we can schedule you for an interview time. Upon interviews we will be selecting our new 2018 interns!

Best of luck we can’t wait to hear from you!

Weddings By Dani Team (Dani & Shannon)

Our Story | How Weddings By Dani was Started

Our Story | How Weddings By Dani was Started

How Weddings By Dani was Started | If you follow our social media, you might know a little about our story to launch Weddings By Dani. I want to expand on it a little bit more to give you the full picture and inside scoop!

My journey to this amazing business…

I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. I was on and Captain of my High School Dance Team (called Drill Team back then) and my senior project focused on Wedding Planning. Little did I know that that topic would carry over into my career. I then went to Arizona State University where I founded the Sun Devil Drill Team as a 501-c3/non-profit organization (which is STILL going strong!), and obtained a BA in Business & Communications. 

After I moved back home, I started working with my dad at the time and although I loved working with him, the details of the job itself were not what I pictured for the long run. I needed a change and so I took a silly career test and in the little list of careers, paired me as a funeral director. Well, I think it takes a special, special person to be a funeral director, and I certainly wasn’t one. As a fellow entrepreneur, my dad was the one to point out that it’s very similar to wedding planning, loved ones gather, flowers, music, and food to coordinate… etc. I reached out to some wedding coordinators in the area to assist them. I ended up shadowing one planner and fell in love with every aspect of the industry.

After a few years shadowing, I kept dreaming about what could be. I needed to start my own company. Each year, our wedding count has grown. Each year, we meet new vendors and work with old friends. Each year, we get to help clients on their special day! This October, we will turn 6 this year! 6!!!! We have seen several of our interns grow into different roles, some even launching their own companies. I couldn’t be more thankful for their help and in return, I am honored to have given them experiences that could launch them forward. Our current team consists of myself, lead stylist & owner, Shannon, wedding coordinator, and two interns, Alexa and Katherine that are our extra hands on the wedding day and behind the scenes. I am looking forward to this wedding season and growing more in love with my company, team and clients! 

xoxo- Dani

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Dani Matthews- Owner & Lead Stylist

Seattle Wedding: Salish Lodge | Alex & Betty

Designing this destination wedding for Alex & Betty was such fun. Alex is very analytical and enjoys the details of things including wedding planning, where as Betty is much more big picture and not as detail driven; which is usually the opposite of what I usually see as a planner! It was delightful seeing their wedding come to fruition after a year and a few months of planning!

They very much wanted to include the Pacific Northwest feel in their wedding, which is one of the greatest reasons they booked their wedding at Salish Lodge. They loved the tall pine trees, trails, and of course Snoqualmie Falls. Incorporating the wooded feel (ferns, moss, rocks, succulents) onto their centerpieces, table numbers, ceremony decor.. and utilizing the local, Salish Honey as favors was just the perfect touch to their wedding.

Alex & Betty are very much in love and I was so honored to help them bring their style out in the different decor, flower, and colors we selected. Here’s to many more years of continued happiness and merriment. Congratulations to you both!

 

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Vendors:

Venue & Catering: Salish Lodge & Spa

Styling & Coordination: Weddings By Dani

Photography: Azzura Photography

Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio

Florist: Denney Designs

Groom’s Apparel: Men’s Warehouse

Bride’s Apparel: David’s Bridal

Hair & Make Up: Gene Juarez

Stationery: Minted 

 

 

Thank You Cards!

After your wedding and honeymoon, you have gotten to enjoy the huge celebrations of the wedding festivities and togetherness as husband and wife. Returning home to piles of gifts and cards- what love everyone showered you in!

Now, it’s time to send out your thank you cards and truly appreciate all of the wonderful things you now have starting your new life together. It’s recommend to send out your Thank You cards no later than 2 months following your wedding date.

Here is a template we would like to share with you that will make your hand-written notes special and unique to each guest.

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6 Must Know Tips | Wedding Venue Research

6 Must Know Tips | Wedding Venue Research

Finding the perfect wedding venue is often very challenging if you are trying to do it without a coordinator. Between online research, tours, and all the little factors of your unique wedding needs, it definitely takes several hours out of your month (or two) and even a spreadsheet to organize everything. In Seattle, there are hundreds of amazing venues and the truth is, you won’t have time to tour them all.

Here are 6 must know tips to help guide you on your search to your perfect wedding venue:

1. Hire a coordinator: If you haven’t booked a coordinator.. you might want to consider this first. We love to help our bride-to-be’s find the right vendors for their wedding needs. Another great reason to hire is even though the venue might come with a “coordinator,” they will not manage your wedding party, create a timeline, and be there the entire day. Usually the Venue Coordinator only oversees the venues responsibilities.

2. Budget: One of the larger parts of your wedding budget usually go towards your wedding venue, so don’t be too surprised. Definitely talk with your fiance over what your wedding priorities are before you set a budget to your venue.

3. Location & Look: Narrow down a general area or city where you would like to have the wedding. You’ll have to decide quite quickly where you want your wedding to take place. So if you like the look of something like secrets the vine cancun weddings venue then make sure you book is as soon as possible. If you are having guests come from out of town, you might want to make sure there are a few accommodation options for your guests. Is there enough parking for your guests? Will they have to be shuttled in from another parking lot?

The presentation of your venue will also determine what wedding style you will go with. Is it a barn- for a rustic/shabby chic style? A boat- for a classic, nautical style? or a Hotel- for a glamorous, upscale affair? Have fun with the uniqueness of each venue!

4. Space & Flow: Several weddings have their ceremony and reception at the same venue. Make sure to see the different spaces used for the ceremony and reception locations. If they have one space for both, is there an area for cocktail hour during the flip? You want your guests to always feel comfortable and be able to understand what is going on. For the reception area, will the DJ and dance floor be near the tables? Will all the tables fit in the same area? The more open the venue is the easier it will be for your DJ to announce the evening’s events as well as give your guests enough space to party!

Venues also have separate bride and groom rooms for getting ready and touch ups. Double check the size and if it will be enough for you. If it’s not, you might want to think about alternate places for hair/make up.

It’s also nice to ask about additional storage areas. You may bring in all your decor in boxes, but where will all those boxes sit during the wedding?

5. Rental Period: Be sure to ask how long the rental period is and how much it will cost hourly if you would like to book additional hours. Set up can take as long as 2 and a half hours and take down at the end of the night is about an hour, so it is important to factor that into your rental period.

6. Inclusions: Venues might have in-house catering (huge bonus!). We understand it’s always nice to select your own vendors, but on the other hand, if it’s all in-house, they know exactly how to set up, the food will be hot for your guests, and it will most likely ensure a seamless event!

Some venues might provide linens, tables, and chairs- always ask if set up and take down of these items is included.

Make sure there are plenty of outlets near where the DJ would set up.

6 Must Know Tips | Wedding Venue Research
Picture by: Char Beck Photography

Seattle Wedding: Shauna & David

Shauna and David had their ceremony at Kerry Park on a beautiful September afternoon! Guests arrived and mingled until the ceremony started, as some park regulars stayed to witness two lives becoming one. Such an amazing view!

After the ceremony, guests headed over to Melrose Market Studios on Capital Hill in Seattle. This unique venue features brick walls, cement floors, and amazing wood beams across the ceiling. We had it decorated with white paper lanterns, party lights, and each table had its own arrangement of flowers in mason jars hand selected from Pike Place Market the morning before with their own street sign. Mason jars filled with candles created a warm glow against the bricks.

Catered by Skillet Street Food, cake by Metropolitan Market, and ice cream cookies by Street Treats it was a delicious selection of food and beverages (also in mason jars). DJ Max had the party going and dancing all night! We are so happy for Shauna and David! It was a beautiful day and we are so thankful to be a part of it!

Here is the blog featuring Shauna & David’s sneak peak!

 

This wedding could not have been complete without the following vendors:

Ceremony: Kerry Park

Reception: Melrose Market Studios

Catering: Skillet Street Food

Cake: Metropolitan Market

Ice Cream Cookies: Street Treats

Flowers: Pike Place Market

Transportation: Bayview Limo and Seattle Elite Town Car

Photography: Ashley Genevieve Photography

Videography: Bold View Entertainment

DJ: DJ Max

Wedding Coordination: Weddings By Dani

 

Seattle Wedding: Sammye & Dan

If we could advise brides before making their decision on hiring a coordinator, we would advise them to pick someone even if its JUST for the day to coordinate. Sammye did just that, only a few weeks before the wedding we were booked. It was amazing to see how detailed all of her decor was and how much time they had put into their wedding. It was such a beautiful day! Bridesmaids were in shades of peach, groomsmen were in grey suits, and the sun was bright and shiny in Seattle! Ceremony was held at The Oasis and reception was just a few steps away at SoDo Park. This couple danced the night away!

 

This wedding would not have been complete without the following vendors:

Ceremony Venue: The Oasis

Reception Venue: SoDo Park

Catering: Herban Feast Catering

Bakery: Lady Yum

Gelato: Bottega Italiana

Photography: Non-Fiction Weddings

Videography: Bold View Entertainment

Florist: Maxine’s Floral

Wedding Coordinator: Weddings By Dani

 

 

 

Destination: Chelan!

If you are looking for a destination wedding that isn’t such a “destination,” we have the absolute perfect location!!! CHELAN! Not only are there beautiful wineries that overlook the lake, but there are also amazing vendors that provide services that WOW! If you hire us, we are lucky enough to have a residence just outside of Chelan, in Manson, so clients don’t have to pay extra for our accommodations! 🙂 Last weekend, we took a little road trip to Chelan and had a chance to visit with some amazing wedding vendors and venues! We are so excited to introduce 3 wineries in Chelan that are absolutely STUNNING wedding venues!

The first one is Karma, right as you come down into the Chelan Valley. It has a banquet room in “the cave” which is a long cemented tunnel with beautiful wall sconces. There are two different locations for the ceremony- in the Lilac Patio, for more intimate weddings, and the Panoramic Patio, which sits up high for an amazing panoramic view of Lake Chelan. Karma also has a bar and patio for cocktail hour or even to have guests mingle before the ceremony starts. Their staff is very helpful and they cater specifically towards each wedding.

Panoramic Patio
Panoramic Patio
"The Cave"
"The Cave"

Benson Winery  is located just past Chelan. It is perched up on a hill that looks onto Lake Chelan. It has gorgeous courtyard and patio area for the ceremony and option to hold the reception inside the winery. The ceremony space has a large arbor and also overlooks the beautiful, Lake Chelan. It is surrounded by vineyards that would be perfect for photos.

Benson Winery
Benson Winery- Event Space
Benson Winery- Wedding Ceremony
Benson Winery- Wedding Ceremony Space

The last one is Tsillan Cellars. It is located on the south end of Lake Chelan. When you enter the gates, it has a gorgeous driveway lined with vineyards. Although the event space is still under construction, it already looks amazing. The event room is rectangular with a bar at one end and glass walls all around the remaining 3 walls. These glass walls are able to retract during the summer months to have an outdoor/indoor space and they can close in the winter months and heat things up with the built in fireplace. It will be so pretty to watch the snow fall inside this room in the winter. The Tsillan Cellar staff is all about helping to create the exact vision you picture for your day.

Tsillan Cellars
Tsillan Cellars- Before
Tsillan Cellars
Tsillan Cellars- After Remodel

 

We also had the pleasure of meeting up with Debi with Deb’s Delights. Her new shop is so cute! Very easy to find and right on the main street of Chelan. They have a great resource of pictures and ideas for cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, and even yummy little desserts!

Deb's Delights of Chelan
Deb's Delights of Chelan- Cake Pops

 

 

To Hire or Not to Hire a Wedding Consultant

Most likely, you have already semi-planned out your wedding budget with the help of the online budget calculators. The chunk that was reserved for a wedding coordinator you most likely deleted and added to catering or the venue because a coordinator is simply something you don’t HAVE to have. Are we right!?! 😉

Here’s what will happen next… you will start to plan your wedding based on more online check-lists, get overwhelmed because they are not crafted to your specific engagement timeline and you are staying up in the wee hours of the morning and taking breaks at work to do some research. The closer and closer your day gets, the more and more stress you will feel and the more and more you will wish you had hired a wedding consultant.

Every wedding we have coordinated, we have always heard “we are so glad we had a coordinator” or “thank goodness you were there to ______ (fill in the blank).” Wedding consultants keep your entire wedding on track, from start to finish. This includes:

  • Budgeting- making sure to move money around to give you the dream wedding your budget can afford
  • Vendor research/referrals- finding the right vendors that suits your needs based on your budget, wedding style, and business ethic of referred vendors
  • Coordinating with vendors- during work hours so you don’t have to waste your break time
  • Developing a wedding timeline- to fit your specific engagement time frame and requirements
  • Developing a wedding day timeline- to ensure all of your vendors, wedding party, and guests are where they need to be when they need to be there

A few other pointers:

  • The venue coordinator usually does not do anything listed above, so please be conscious thinking this is a wedding consultant to assist with your every need.
  • Do not wait until it is too late to book a wedding consultant- even having a coordinator for the day of needs plenty of notice. In peak season (best weather months) usually 6-8 months notice is best.

Ultimately yes, the decision is yours whether or not you would like to hire a wedding consultant. You get to decide how to spend your money. But we can promise you that if you spend your money on a consultant, your money will not be wasted. It might possibly be the best thing you could have done for your wedding, besides say “I DO” to your groom!