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The Wedding Workshop

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Real Weddings: Lindsay and Taylor

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Real Weddings: Heather and Dylan

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Real Weddings: Brooke and Josh

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Outdoor wedding checklist

The Pacific Northwest is a stunning region, full of picturesque forests, mountains and beaches. With all this beauty, it’s no wonder that many local couples opt for outdoor weddings. But while the landscape is beautiful, the weather is unpredictable. We’ve compiled a list of essential items to ensure your guests stay comfortable (and dry) at your outdoor wedding. A large tent: This is the most important item on the list. Hopefully the weather is perfect on your big day, but it’s important to give your guests a place to get out of the rain or the sun on a hot day. Insect repellent: If the mosquitoes are particularly bad, consider having the grounds …
The Pacific Northwest is a stunning region, full of picturesque forests, mountains and beaches. With all this beauty, it’s no wonder that many local couples opt for outdoor weddings.

But while the landscape is beautiful, the weather is unpredictable. We’ve compiled a list of essential items to ensure your guests stay comfortable (and dry) at your outdoor wedding.


A large tent: This is the most important item on the list. Hopefully the weather is perfect on your big day, but it’s important to give your guests a place to get out of the rain or the sun on a hot day.


Insect repellent: If the mosquitoes are particularly bad, consider having the grounds sprayed a couple of days before your wedding. Check with your venue to see if they can arrange this service. Electronic insect repellents can also provide protection over large areas.


Sunscreen: Provide it in your guest’s welcome bags!


Handheld fans: Tip: Try turning your program into a fan – all you need is cardstock or cardboard, glue and some popsicle sticks.


Restrooms: If your venue doesn’t have a restroom, you’ll have to supply one. These can range from basic to deluxe depending on your budget.


Staging area: Make sure you’ve got somewhere nearby to get dressed before the wedding.


Rope or string: This has a million uses – tie things down if it gets windy, hang lanterns or use it to decorate!


Lights: String lights are beautiful if you’ve got electrical outlets to plug them in. Citronella candles or torches make a great insect-repelling alternative.


Blankets: Keep your guests comfortable on a cool night with throw blankets. (We love a bonfire on nights like this, but get the OK from your venue and check for any fire bans first!)


First aid kit: Be prepared for any bee stings, cuts or burns.


Garbage bags: Pack your trash out!
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Real Weddings: Heather and Ethen

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Wedding advice from locals

As soon as you begin planning your wedding, you will be inundated with well intentioned but somewhat clichéd advice from friends and family members. Truly helpful advice can be hard to come by, so we asked a few recently married locals for advice they wish they’d gotten while planning their weddings. This is what they had to say: “Employ professionals! Don’t try to do it all yourself. I did that, and on my wedding day my parents didn’t get to enjoy it because they were taking care of everything. It’s been a year and anytime I think of my wedding day, I think of that. I have very few pictures of me with my parents, and it kills …
As soon as you begin planning your wedding, you will be inundated with well intentioned but somewhat clichéd advice from friends and family members. Truly helpful advice can be hard to come by, so we asked a few recently married locals for advice they wish they’d gotten while planning their weddings. This is what they had to say:


“Employ professionals! Don’t try to do it all yourself. I did that, and on my wedding day my parents didn’t get to enjoy it because they were taking care of everything. It’s been a year and anytime I think of my wedding day, I think of that. I have very few pictures of me with my parents, and it kills me.” 
– Ashley N.


“I wish I had worried less about the actual party and tiny details, but I really wish we had gotten a professional photographer instead of having our friend take them. We have hardly any photos of my husband and me that aren’t just candid ones from friends.” 
– Marina B.


“There are a lot of times in your life when it’s unacceptable to be selfish. Your wedding day is not one of those times. Despite the pressure you may feel to accommodate friends and family, this day is about you and the person you’re marrying. It’s supposed to be the best, most memorable moment of your life. Don’t forget that.” 
– Steve G.


“Get your girls involved in planning. Make planning parties, craft and wine parties, etc. and enjoy it! Just be sure no one dominates your plans and don’t let the planning cloud the meaning of actually getting married.” 
– Katherine E.


“Don’t obsess about the little things. I know it’s easier said than done, but a month after your wedding, you won’t care if your favors all looked perfect (actually, most guests will probably forget to take them) or if your florist couldn’t get that perfect flower. The things you’ll remember are the look on his face when you walk down the aisle, and laughing with your friends as you get ready, so take a step back and focus on what’s really important.” 
– Kara Furr, Editor

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Crafting a meaningful ceremony

WelcomeHonor familyRemembrancesMarriage address/Your love storyReadingsThe I dosUnity ritualVowsCeremony of the ringsClosing remarksThe pronouncement The kissRecessional
  • Welcome
  • Honor family
  • Remembrances
  • Marriage address/Your love story
  • Readings
  • The I dos
  • Unity ritual
  • Vows
  • Ceremony of the rings
  • Closing remarks
  • The pronouncement
  • The kiss
  • Recessional
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Real Wedding: Lexi and David

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Engagement shoot: Stephanie and Brian

Stephanie and Brian's engagement shoot with David Clumpner Photography has everything we adore in an engagement session. It's relaxed, natural, it shows a sweet piece of the couple's life and relationship, and it's absolutely gorgeous.  Photographer: David Clumpner Photography
Stephanie and Brian's engagement shoot with David Clumpner Photography has everything we adore in an engagement session. It's relaxed, natural, it shows a sweet piece of the couple's life and relationship, and it's absolutely gorgeous. 

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Wedding etiquette: who pays?

Bride/Bride’s Family: • Engagement party • Engagement announcement • Wedding and reception venues • Bride's dress, veil and accessories • Photography/videography • Reception costs – catering, DJ, etc. • Bridesmaids’ gifts, flowers and lodging • Gift for the groom • Groom’s wedding band Groom/Groom’s Family: • Groom’s outfit • Bride’s bouquet • Bride’s engagement and wedding rings • Corsages and boutonnières • Lodging of the groom’s attendants • Rehearsal dinner …

Bride/Bride’s Family:

• Engagement party

• Engagement announcement

• Wedding and reception venues

• Bride's dress, veil and accessories

• Photography/videography

• Reception costs – catering, DJ, etc.

• Bridesmaids’ gifts, flowers and lodging

• Gift for the groom

• Groom’s wedding band







Groom/Groom’s Family:

• Groom’s outfit

• Bride’s bouquet

• Bride’s engagement and wedding rings

• Corsages and boutonnières

• Lodging of the groom’s attendants

• Rehearsal dinner

• Marriage license and officiant’s fee

• Gift for the bride

• Honeymoon

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Real Weddings: Adrienne and Tynan

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