One year ago

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started this blog. I remember the week I started and posted like a maniac because I had so many ideas to share. Then there was the Royal Wedding that I felt like it was my duty to report. I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported and read my blog. It means a lot! I hope my blog inspired your wedding ideas!

 

xoxoxo

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Día de Sant Jordi – St. George’s Day

Instead of celebrating the wildly popular (and highly commercial) day of St. Valentine, the people of Catalunya (the region in Spain where Barcelona is located) honor St. George, or Sant Jordi.

Every year on April 23, Barcelona comes alive. There are Catalan flags on almost every building, and hundreds of book and rose stands.

The legend

once upon a time…

there was a kingdom that was plagued by a dragon who lived in their lake. To try and please the dragon, the people of the kingdom would feed the dragon sheep and cattle everyday. However, soon there were no more animals to give to the dragon, so the King began a lottery to sacrifice the children of the kingdom. One day the king’s daughter was chosen to be the next, he tried to offer all of his belongings to spare her, but the townspeople refused. St. George happened to ride by the lake ,on his horse with his sword and shield, and slayed the dragon and saved the princess. And from the dragons blood grew a rose, which St. George gave to the princess.

Now on April 23, the day of St. George’s death, the men of Catalunya give roses to important women in the life.

It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century when people proposed to move “book day” to April 23, the day when Cervantes and Shakespeare are rumored to have died on. Now the woman give the important men in their life books.

Blood Diamonds Infographic

Adria from The Emerald Closet contacted me recently about an issue that she’s really passionate about. Blood diamonds. I’ve had a few of my friends ask me about how to make sure that their diamonds are or will be blood free. I didn’t have an answer for them. I feel like blood-free diamonds were “all the rage” back when the movie “Blood Diamond” came out in 2006; but now hype about this issue has subsided. Adria wrote to me:

I’m working on an initiative to raise awareness about the fact that blood diamonds are still an issue, unbeknownst to a lot of consumers. One relevant, timely example is the fact that Zimbabwe was recently readmitted into the Kimberley Process – an organization that sanctions a country and its mines as conflict free. However, the Marange mining fields in Zimbabwe are known to be funding corruption and violence – yet the Kimberley Process just let them back in!



My question for her was, “how can one make sure that their diamond will be conflict free?”

Her response,

“My advice would be always make sure the jeweler can tell you exactly where the diamond came from. Some have certifications I believe. Also, and if they say “Kimberley Process” certified, it’d be best to research the jeweler for reviews, since the Kimberley Process can’t always be trusted unfortunately. If they know which the specific mine, even better! Then you can research that mine and it’s practices.”

To learn more visit globalwitness.org/conflict-diamonds

Not your average wedding

Tips from The Knot on how to WOW your guests and not become a cookie cutter wedding. Here are a few of my favorites:

Pre-ceremony cocktails:

Your guests won’t be expecting any drinks until the reception, so give them a pleasant surprise by setting up a table of light beverages on the way into the ceremony. Just don’t serve anything too strong — think: mimosas or fruit-infused iced teas they can sip before taking their seats (and don’t forget to have nonalcoholic versions too!). Have your caterer or ushers collect any stray glasses to make sure the space is tidy before the processional begins.

Unique escort cards:
Upgrade your escort cards to something worth keeping (or eating!). Try personalized cake pops with guests’ names and table numbers written on them in icing (or on a cute tag), or engraved martini glasses that double as favors.

To-go gifts:

Send guests home feeling taken care of by having your valets place small favors or end-of-the-night snacks in guests’ cars before handing over the keys. No valets? Set out baskets of the gifts — such as soft eye masks with notes that say “Sleep tight!” or even hangover kits — for guests to grab on their way out of the reception venue. If you’ve arranged bus or shuttle transportation, have a favor waiting on board for guests.

Knot Note: Hangover kits (if you’re sending guests home on a shuttle) should include Aspirin — not Tylenol — for safe headache-busting.

A Bubbly Bar:

Make toast time delicious by letting guests customize their champagne. Dishes full of fruit purees, lavender sprigs, citrus twists and flavored ice cubes that can be spooned into glasses of bubbly will make clinking that much more fun.

Unique guestbook:

Think beyond the typical guest book. One creative idea we love: Put out washable ink pads and have guests leave their thumbprint next to their note (don’t forget to provide washcloths too!) — this makes for super-personal art to hang in your new nest later. Or put out silver trays with engraving pens so guests can carve a lasting message on a useful keepsake for you.

Show stopping exit:

LOVE THIS! Jazz up your exit by passing out small bags of colorful confetti, paper airplanes, mini beach balls, or even lavender buds for everyone to toss your way. Even better: Stage your own mini parade by passing out noisemakers and asking your guests to escort you to your getaway car.

Awesome midnight snacks:

Just when everyone thinks the fun is winding down, liven up the party with late-night nibbles that will leave everyone ready for an after-party. Think about it: crinkle French fries, fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, a fully loaded taco bar, or even a waffle truck.

Click on the link above to see the full list from The Knot. Have you been to a wedding with any of these unique details? I love the bubbly bar and midnight snack idea!

Hopebrew 2012

Back by popular demand, Get Hitched Give Hope’s Hopebrew is back!

Hosted by Red Hook and will feature both Redhook and Filthy Beers.

The goal of the evening is to bring together many of Seattle’s finest beer loving citizens (that’s me!), providing them with a really fun evening and a great way to give back!

This is one of four fundraisers set up in 2012 to help Get Hitched Give Hope reach their 5th anniversary goal of raising $100,000!
Proceeds raised by Get Hitched Give Hope in 2012 will be donated to the Dream Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to granting wishes for patients with life-threatening diseases, and the Young Survival Coalition, a
network dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Get Hitched Give Hope was founded in 2007 and began the trend of small-business social entrepreneurship in the wedding industry and paved the way for bridal charities in the Pacific Northwest. Since its inception, Get Hitched Give Hope has raised over $130,000 for our chosen charities. For more information email hello@gethitchedgivehope.com or visit http://www.gethitchedgivehope.com

About Dream Foundation
Founded in 1994, the mission of Dream Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families battling the life-threatening illness. Dream recipients are 18 years or older and have been given a limited prognosis of a year or less life
expectancy. Dreams range from basic need items like a comfortable chair in which to rest, to family vacations with children. With more than 2,000 anticipated dream requests for 2012, Dream Foundation relies on donations of cash, airline miles and other resources to make dreams come true. For more information visit http://www.dreamfoundation.org or call (805) 564-2131.

 
About Young Survival Coalition
Young Survival Coalition, based in New York City with nearly 30 national affiliates, is the premier international organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women and breast cancer. YSC offer resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Through action, advocacy and awareness, YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young women, and to ensure that no woman diagnosed under 40 faces breast cancer alone. For more information about Young Survival Coalition, visit http://www.youngsurvival.org or call 877.YSC.1011

Tickets are $25, $35 (bottomless pints) or $50 (VIP entry) and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

Will I see you there?