Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crane Crazy

The crane is a magnificent bird which finds a lifelong mate and is very loyal to its partner. Folding a crane takes time, patience and understanding. These same qualities are essential for a lasting marriage.

The ancient practice of a man or woman folding 1,000 cranes for their wedding is called "sembazuru". The tradition itself is called "tsuru wa sennen". It is said that the time and energy put into the project symbolizes the patience and faith necessary to support a happy marriage.

Origami crane colors at a Wedding may have meaning to the couple. Sometimes the cranes are strung on garlands to decorate the venue, while some are used as place markers or table favors. Here is a recent real wedding from the Overlook in which the groom folded 3000 cranes for use in their table cor (look closely as the cranes are in the vases, on the willows and placed around the table). I guess they will be blessed with a happy marriage x 3!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bridal Faire

Hello! As you all know, we will be inviting you to the exclusive, invitation only Northstar Bridal Faire, just for Northstar Weddings. We have a new video clip from last year's event, so I thought you would enjoy a sneak peek! Looking forward to seeing you all again at the event (tentatively scheduled for a Saturday in March).

P.S. If you haven't been to our website in a while, there are new photos in the online Wedding gallery:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

What a Grape Idea!

Do you and your fiance share a passion for wine (Ok, really, who doesn't)? Maybe you met in a wine bar, were engaged in Napa, or he proposed over your favorite glass of Chardonnay. If you answered yes to any of the above then let's talk about a wine tasting bar at your Reception!

Are you considering the hosted bar package for your Reception? It includes up to six types of the wines of your choice. Your guests can sample one or all of the wines before ordering. To make it realistic and interesting, you can create a tasting card to go in front of each selection on the table for your guests to explore. Do you have a dear friend that didn't make the cut into the bridal party, but is outgoing and knowledgable? Maybe they could staff the bar for you too and answer questions! Or take it up a notch and hire a professional Sommelier (*

*(We require a bartender to actually pour the wine at $50 per hour, plus and additional $1.25 per adult to cover the additional glassware required at a tasting. For most Weddings, this could be a fun Cocktail hour activity with an additional cost of approximately only $200.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Meet the Wedding team!

So most of you know me, but who are these other lovely ladies? Well, you will soon know them as your Northstar Wedding Planners! For all of you 2010 brides and grooms, your Wedding Planner assignment happens in November. But in the meantime, please allow me to introduce you to the Wedding Dream Team: (from the left) Sharon, Nancie, Brett, and Amber. Now you can put a face with the name of your new BFF! Happy Wedding Planning...