Welp, we totally missed "Wedding Wednesday" this week as we ramp up for spring and wedding season! But this week, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite COVID wedding vendors in Seattle! There are SO many skilled pros in Seattle, making everything from invitations to cakes. This list is by no means exhaustive! But we could not put out a comprehensive guide to COVID weddings if we didn’t tell you about some of our other friendors (friend vendors) whose work we love. These folks continue to pursue excellence despite the COVID crisis, and have the happy couples to prove it! Since you might have a little extra room to splurge, these businesses will definitely be able to help you in your wedding journey.
Even if you do not want to go the full planning route, we always recommend that our clients at least have someone there the day of the wedding. Even for a small wedding, you do not want to have to be the one to keep people on schedule, tell folks where to go, or keep up with current Washington guidance! So, outsource your stress to someone who does this for a living – you will be grateful you did.
A Bird With A Plan Events
Hannah at A Bird With A Plan is one of the most organized people we have ever met! She always has a spreadsheet or a clipboard at her side. And she is not afraid to lend an extra hand with all sorts of things the day of your wedding. We can’t recommend her enough.
Hallea and her team at Hallea Events do some seriously beautiful work! She is super easy to talk to, and comes from a background in project management. So you know she’s got all your bases covered! We love some of the gorgeous things she has been up to lately.
Willow & Ivy
Alex at Willow & Ivy recently talked about she has become known for her lounge setups at weddings. We love that! She has impeccable taste and a laid-back vibe. And we’re 99% sure she loves flowers as much as we do.
Calligraphy & INVITATIONS
A little secret for you, in case you hadn’t looked into this yet: hand-lettered invitations and fine stationary are a bit of an investment. They are just as much an art form as floral design or bridal couture. So if you have some extra budget, and only a handful of people to invite to your wedding, consider getting hand-lettered invitations. They make wonderful keepsakes for you and your friends and family! Here are a few of our favorite people in this space.
Photo: Cat Ruchalski Photography
Sablewood Paper Co.
Holly at Sablewood Paper makes some delightful stuff, y’all. And she is just as delightful to work with! Whether you have full invitations, or you need to send out postponement notices, Holly has you covered. She even has cute little PNW stamps you can buy in her online shop. What’s not to love? Check out her custom stationary options for a paper suite that is 100% custom-designed for you and your love story.
Nisha at Nisha Calligraphy does hand-lettering on all kinds of surfaces! Whether you need a big sign, small invitations, or something in between, Nisha can make it pretty. We love her penmanship and the fact that she is as fashionable in real life as her handwriting would suggest! She's a real sweetheart to work with and we love her style.
BLAKE DESIGN STUDIO
Contrary to popular belief, nobody at Blake Design Studio is named Blake! Mother-and-daughter team Leslie and Kyle work together to make gorgeous stationary, seating charts, table settings, and other hand-lettered goodies. I really love Kyle's penchant for bold and modern design. As you can see in the photo above, she is not afraid to embrace minimalist chic.
What if we told you that there are jewelers here in Seattle who can custom craft sparkly, magical things for you? And that they use recycled metals and ethical gemstones? Have we piqued your interest yet? These two jewelers are master craftswomen who love what they do. And we love what they do, too! Take a look, because you will not believe that sustainable jewelry could look so cool.
Photo: Brittany Jezak Photography
Adrienne at Everling Jewelry uses recycled metal and diamonds to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. They offer custom designs, and we particularly love their rings – from ferns to art deco diamond masterpieces. (See this gorgeous pink ring above!) They also offer ready-to-ship items, which would be a perfect way to snag the right earrings or necklace. We swoon over every piece they make and can’t recommend them enough!
Valerie Madison Jewelry
Valerie Madison is a fine art jeweler and a Black Latina-owned business – how cool is that? They also use recycled metals and gemstones to make custom beauties, including wedding and engagement sets. And they have the cutest collection of handmade studs – one of our weaknesses! They also offer some gorgeous necklaces and other accent pieces. We adore every single thing they make, so go check them out!
Remember how we said that your small wedding is the perfect time to break with tradition? Well, wedding attire can be one of the most visible ways to do that. This year we have seen women in cool pantsuits, men in velvet jackets, and brides in non-white dresses. Whatever wedding look you are going for, these folks are bound to be able to help!
Photo: Missy Palacol Photography
Brides for a Cause
This boutique has locations in Seattle and Tacoma, and specializes in secondhand bridal couture. The cool part is that your purchase raises funds for women-focused charities. To date, they have given away over a million dollars by reselling wedding dresses! So if you are looking for a way to do good (and get more sustainable) on your wedding day, this is a perfect option.
BHDLN (pronounced “beholden”) is an offshoot of Anthropologie and owned by Urban Outfitters – but they make some gorgeous stuff at affordable prices. While most folks shop online, BHDLN also has a Seattle store! Their gowns have been a super popular option among our clients this year, and they are a great option for nontraditional looks like pantsuits and separates.
Bellevue Bridal is one of the longest-running shops in our region. We love that they have a varied selection of plus-size gowns, as well as offbeat selections like gowns inspired by Disney princesses! They also offer men’s formalwear, which makes them a great choice for hetero couples who are looking for a one-stop-shop.
Traditional weddings focus heavily on a sit-down dinner, catering, and a bar for all to enjoy. But with most receptions being banned this past year, it has been more difficult than ever for couples to share a meal with their loved ones. Luckily, these amazing Seattle bakers have stepped up to the challenge by providing small wedding cakes for couples and their families. Couples eloping in 2020 and 2021 frequently add a miniature wedding cake to their plans. You might want to share it, or just order something special for the two of you! No matter what option you go for, here are some of the best bakers in our region for wedding cakes.
Photo: Brittany Jezak Photography
Carla and her baking team at HoneyCrumb are straight-up magicians! They make art that just happens to be cake, in exquisite flavors like Chocolate Fig Balsamic. They also offer gluten free and vegan options for those of us with restrictions. And the finish is guaranteed to wow - from painted buttercream to sugar flowers, these cakes are stunning bespoke creations. Honey Crumb is currently offering several popular selections for small weddings and elopements, which you can find here. And PS - check out Carla's new feature in the Seattle Times! I am 100% going to test out her vegan GF brownie recipe this weekend!!
South Fork Cake Co
Katherine at South Fork Cake Company is another fantastic baker, making everything from stylish wedding cakes to customized macarons. We particularly love her use of florals on her cakes (duh!) and that she offers tiny, single-tiered elopement cakes like the one pictured above! With classics and upscale flavors like Champagne Raspberry, you can check out her cake portfolio and details here.
If you have ever wondered what an abstract painting would look like in cake form, Lady Grey has got you covered! Baking duo Alia and Becca are creating some gorgeous, artistic cakes for weddings big and small. They custom build all of their orders, so the best bet for a small wedding cake or elopement cake is to contact them directly. We love that they offer a rotating seasonal cake menu with flavors like Dark Chocolate Bourbon Butterscotch – yum! You can get in touch with them here.
Deep Sea Sugar and Salt
If you are eloping at the last minute, you should head straight to Deep Sea Sugar and Salt. As a neighborhood cake shop, baker Charlie only requires a 7-day notice for ordering your tiny cake. And if you miss the window, she has a limited selection of whole cakes ready to go each morning. You can check out the seasonal pre-ordering menu here, which right now has flavors like Chai Apple Cardamom and Molasses Stout.
We know that COVID continues to derail plans well into 2021, especially if you were planning a big reception. But we hope that this list helps you with your planning and finding some amazing vendors to work with in Seattle! Definitely let us know if you wind up working with any of these businesses - we would love to hear about it! And if you are looking for recommendations for other vendors, definitely give us a shout. This list is nowhere near exhaustive for all the amazing COVID wedding vendors in Seattle. Next week, we will talk about some of the logistics for a COVID wedding, including communicating with your guests.
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