March 11, 2018

Edmonds Guide to Less-Stress Wedding Prep

Getting married is considered one of the MOST stressful experiences in a person’s life. Not only do you need to plan a detailed (and potentially expensive) event, make a million decisions, and navigate a potential minefield of family demands…there is intense pressure to do it “perfectly” (thanks, Pinterest).

In addition to the actual wedding, you are embarking on a major life transformation and that can bring up an entirely separate layer of emotions, expectations, and anxiety for even the most self-assured bride-to-be.

Phew, makes you want to consider eloping just thinking of it all, right?

While we can’t minimize ALL of your worries in one article, we can recommend looking no further than downtown Edmonds for the majority of your wedding needs.

Lucky for you, Edmonds boasts some of the top reviewed and expert wedding pros in the Seattle area! And just eliminating the time spent driving all over Puget Sound is one smart way to maintain some sanity during this chaotic time (because, let’s face it, traffic is its own category of stress).

Here are just some of the places in downtown Edmonds that can help you tackle that mile-long to-do list with ease.

A Stunning Setting

It’s no secret that picturesque Edmonds makes a beautiful backdrop for tying the knot– from photo ops on the waterfront to venues like the Plaza Room at the Library  or Edmonds Senior Center that offer swoon-worthy views during your celebration.

Hint: These venues do book up way in advance but you can save some money by considering holding your wedding on a day other than a Friday or Saturday.

Fashion for the Main Event and More

IDINA Bride carries a gorgeous line of bridal wear—from the traditional to downright sexy. There are stylish choices galore for brides and bridesmaids and their expertise will ensure you turn heads.

And don’t forget you want to look smashing at the rehearsal dinner and bridal shower, too. Stop by Rogue and find the perfect outfits for those important wedding events, as well.

Hint: Look at colors other than white for your gown, it will make a memorable statement and can also save you money by looking outside of bridal fashion.

Sparkle and Shine

Edmonds has your jewelry needs covered with three family-owned jewelers—Cline Jewelers, Comstock Jewelry, and J. Rankin Jewellers each offer an array of rings for bride and groom to complete your wedding set.

There are also options for day-of-wedding jewelry as well as meaningful gifts for your bridal party. And if you want something truly one of a kind, you can create a custom masterpiece working with their experts!

Hint: Have a broken piece of family heirloom jewelry? Have it recreated into a new setting to wear as your something old AND something new.

Big Day Beauty

Edmonds has a multitude of salons and spas so you can assemble your own personal wedding glam squad to look your bridal best.

Ombu Salon + Spa and Moda Hair Cafe have experts on staff to consult with who will style your hair to perfection.

And Slate Salon + Spa offers a whole suite of bridal beauty options from makeup to nails to hair, including on site day-of services.

And for that extra touch of glamour, consider a set of gorgeous lash extensions from Lashes by Louie and you can achieve a sunkissed glow with an airbrush spray tan offered by Spray for Your Sol at Bellissimo Beauty Bar.

Hint: Make sure to book hair and makeup consultations in addition to day-of appointments. You don’t want any surprises or miscommunications with your stylist on the big day. It may seem like an extra expense but it’s 100% worth the time and money.

Tasty Eats and Gorgeous Sweets

After your vows are exchanged, everyone’s attention turns to what will be served at the reception. Your guests will eat, drink and be merry, after you are married, thanks to these Edmonds food pros.

The owners of popular Salt & Iron/Bar Dojo also have a catering arm, Shooby Doo. Offering everything from party trays, to buffets, to elegant sit down meals, they will work with you to craft a delectable menu to wow everyone’s palate.

And the highlight for many guests at the reception is the wedding cake. Edmonds Bakery has been in business for over 25 years creating delicious custom cakes. And Cakes by Frosted can take pretty much any idea or theme and turn it into the cake of your dreams.

Hint: Don’t be afraid to get creative with your reception food and do a themed menu or offer your guests the unexpected. Let your personal tastes and favorite flavors take center stage!

Keep Calm…and Get Married

As hectic as this time can be, make sure to schedule in some self-care as your big day approaches.

Yoga is a fantastic way to get some exercise and beneficial stress relief at the same time. Check out the many classes offered at Twist Yoga.

Massage is another way to tame the tension. Apple Catha offers custom massage tailored to your specific needs by using a range of techniques and modalities. Go ahead and treat yourself!

Hint: It sounds cliché but adequate sleep and good hydration will do wonders for your stress level. Don’t overlook these two important factors!

No matter who you choose, the businesses in downtown Edmonds are ready to help you create your beautiful less-stress wedding. Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness from Ed!


Written by Kelsey Foster, photography by Matt Hulbert

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