Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Your Wedding Website: Fun and Functional!

Sure, building your Wedding Website is fun: showcasing you, the love of your life, and more of you...

But besides a celebration of your journey together, a Wedding Website can communicate all the details to your guests that you don't publish within your invitation (and saves paper, $ and the environment). Especially at Northstar, how better could you associate your guests with the weekend's festivities, lodging options, and Resort activities?

Check out a few of my favorites from real Northstar Weddings last summer for ideas for your site:

The first example was their own design and domain purchase, but there are also free sites like (the last two examples come from here), as well as and These sites make it so easy, and you can be very creative with the content and design.

Your guests will thank you for taking the time to provide them with all the particulars of not just the Big Day, but the Big Weekend. But most importantly, how else will they know where you are registered? ;)

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night of Wedding planning!

(Please comment here to provide your wedding website url, and share with other brides and grooms!)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Flower Girls and Ring Bearers, Northstar Style!

Did you know that Northstar Resort is dog friendly? Your pup may be part of the family and you probably treat them like your children. Why not consider them to be in your Wedding ceremony? Your lady pooch can be the flower girl. Have your florist create a wreath for her neck like this:

What about your boy pup? Well, he can be the ring bearer of course! I loved how Heidi and Steve put a bow tie on their pooch (courtesy of Emily Main Photography):

You could also consider tying rings around his neck (not the real ones of course- those should stay safe with your maid of honor and best man).

Do you have two male dogs and you just can’t bring your self to make one the guest book attendant? Here is an interesting description of a Coinbearer from Wikpedia:

“The coinbearer is similar to that of the ringbearer. The coin bearer is a young boy who marches on the wedding aisle to bring the wedding coins. The wedding coins are more commonly known as wedding arrhae.

The coins are presented to the celebrant to offer their blessing upon the coins for prosperity, and unity. Once the minister administers their blessing to the coins, they hand the coins over to the groom to give to the open hands of his bride as a symbolic gesture that the couple will always be provided for.

The coins usually consists of thirteen gold and silver coins which represent Jesus and his apostles. The gold and silver brought together symbolises harmony and unity. Images on the coins can be simple or very artistic, images such as doves, hands holding, sun and moon, to mountain ranges.

Historically, Spanish colonizers started this custom. Initially performed only at Roman Catholic ceremonies, most other Christian wedding ceremonies have also adopted this tradition.”

Quick reminder, our lodging is generally not dog friendly because the next guest may have an allergy. However, we can make special accommodations for our Weddings, such as a deep cleaning fee after you depart.

P.S. Real Weddings Magazine just announced their Cover Model Contest for the next issue and she could be YOU! Entries are due by January 31st.