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Tally Rabatin, owner of Totally Unique Designs in Bellingham, has found a niche for her interior design business in the planning and design of special events, including weddings. Rabatin is the perfect blend of consummate hostess, trendsetter and organizational queen to create a memorable event. Here, we talk to her about the warm up to the big day, the engagement party.
Spotlight on the Engagement PartyPlanner Q&A
When in the wedding planning timeline should an engagement party take place?I recommend you plan the engagement party within eight weeks of the engagement. This gives the couple time to celebrate and announce to their extended friends and family, and you to prepare a realistic time frame for planning.
How many people and who should be on the guest list? An engagement party can be as large or as small as your bride and groom wish it to be! Engagement parties can be girls-only or co-ed, and is a great opportunity for friends and family to meet and greet prior to the wedding events. If you are planning an event that is more than a potluck, I recommend you follow invitation protocol and give people a four-week lead time. This will ensure that you are able to prepare your menu based on RSVPs, and also assure that significant guests are included. The invitations should be a preview of what the event experience will be like. For this party we used magenta on card stock for the invite to preview this girls-only themed luncheon.
Is there traditional etiquette to be aware of?I always think that you should follow your manners more so than follow a set standard of traditions. Traditions change and evolve over time, and we should embrace the new and the old alike. However, manners should always be followed, and starting with RSVPing for events!
How do we set the mood? Deciding what type of a party you want will naturally define your events timeline. If you want a light and casual engagement party that is social, keep your event before 4 p.m. Events starting after 4 p.m. imply cocktail hour and food. As you go later in the evening, it also implies a less formal atmosphere. The atmosphere of your event should mimic the time of day, and we kept the colors bright and light for this midday luncheon. Following the sky color is a good way to determine your color tone, and morning to midday events should be in the lighter color spectrum while evening events tend to be darker.
How can the couple make the party uniquely their own? Adding elements that are unique to the couple will make the day their own. Consider making the theme of the event coincide to the way the couple met. If they met at a park walking their dogs, consider an outdoor party location that is dog friendly! Also, food helps to add personality to an event. Creating dishes that compliment a story, or fulfill a theme genre can be a fun way to put personality into an event.
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CCloe DesignsThe sprinkles on top of your wedding reception
Claire Wilbur describes her own wedding as a gigantic sundae with chocolate syrup, sprinkles and five cherries on top. Using this analogy, she refers to traditional, predictable weddings as vanilla. In maintaining traditions, the vanilla may be just the thing, but weddings should have a personal, flavorful touch; like dressing it up with chocolate syrup, sprinkles and cherries to transform it into a tasty treat.
Claire, co-owner of Cloe Designs, calls it an element of surprise. Cloe, a literal merger of Claire and Joe Wilbur (and pronounced like glow), was built on the premise of lighting up even the most traditional weddings. You can still be traditional, Claire says. Just do something quirky something that represents you.
Claire and Joe wed on New Years Eve 2010. I didnt want to take away from New Years I wanted to have the party, Claire recalls.
The Wilburs fashioned almost their entire wedding themselves, including the design, venue arrangement and a majority of the decor. A major piece of their wedding de-sign was the idea of lounge seating comfortable, relaxed spaces with plush furniture instead of rigid, individual chairs.
In addition to the signature lounge seating, they also had a large dance floor and pool table to complete the party feel. They chose an old Hollywood glamour theme using vintage styles in black, white and red. I wanted to give people a chance to go