Dana Muchow is a photographer, designer, wedding enthusiast and stay-at-home mother of two. She has authored Spokane Bride Blog since February 2010 and enjoys inspiring local brides with the latest in wedding fashion, trends & DIY projects.
Jaime Johnson, owner of Jaime Johnson Events, offers event planning and design services for businesses and individuals. Her spontaneous creativity combined with her wealth of professional experience guarantees a unique approach to every occasion.
Rachel Sandall is the editor of AppleBrides.com, a Spokane bridal site. She previously spent three years as editor of an Irish wedding magazine, and is passionate about using her knowledge of the industry to create practical tips and resources for Spokane-area brides.
- Q: We’ve been invited to a destination wedding overseas. There is no way we can make this happen due to financial constraints (passports, airfare, lodging, food, etc.). What is the graceful way to decline without crying poorhouse?
A: Dear Bob:
Couples who are having destination weddings understand and anticipate that many of the guests they invite won’t be able to attend. So you do not need to feel in the least bit bad about declining your invitation. If you don’t feel comfortable giving a reason for your absence, then you … ~ Rachel Sandall
- Q: We’re not big drinkers, but are we still supposed to have a champagne toast?
A: Dear Frank:
What to serve at your event is your decision and it is fine not to serve champagne, wine, beer or other grown-up beverages. Many couples forgo serving alcoholic drinks at their reception because of religious beliefs, cultural beliefs, bad past experiences with alcohol or simply the expense.
An easy way to … ~ Dana Muchow
- Q: What are the advantages of plated or buffet style dining? ~
A: Dear Erica:
There are many advantages of both options! It just depends on what style of wedding you are having and of course, what your budget will allow for.
Plated dinners are wonderful for more formal events. Since guests are served their dinner instead of getting it for themselves, it tends to … ~ Rachel Sandall
- Q: Q: What can we do with all the uneaten food from our reception? Is it okay to send home doggie bags?
A: Dear Arin:
A: After shelling out a pretty penny for a grand reception feast, nobody wants to see those remaining morsels simply thrown out. Here are a few of my best suggestions for what to do with all that uneaten food.
1. Offering take-out boxes to your out-of-town guests to fill before … ~ Dana Muchow
- Q: When should we send our Save-the-Dates and Invitations? ~
A: Dear Laura:
Click here for a tool to help with the scheduling of sending out your Save the Dates and Invitations.~ Jaime Johnson
- Q: What should I know about before choosing a location for a wedding? ~
A: Dear Laura:
When selecting a venue to host your wedding, here are a few things to consider;1. How many guests can be accommodated?2. Are there separate areas for the ceremony and the reception?3. What are the parking arrangements?4. If it is an outdoor location, do they have backup plans for rain … ~ Jaime Johnson