The Hotel Pattee has been honored to be part of six wedding in the past 6 months with many more to come! I wanted to share pictures and inspiration of what you can do with the Hotel Pattee's beautiful Courtyard and Ballroom. Please enjoy all the photos below!
The pictures you will see below are of the hotel's first same sex marriage. It was an absolute joy working with these brides! The brides preformed both the wedding ceremony and reception in the Spring Valley Ballroom. The evening started with a cocktail hour. Following cocktail hour, the brides made their entrance to the ballroom where they shared their vows behind the sweetheart table prior to dinner service.
The wedding below was a traditional marriage with the wedding ceremony in Soumas Courtyard and the wedding reception located in the Spring Valley Ballroom. The bride was such a sweetheart to work with. I had a deep appreciation for the hemp bows tied around the head table chairs. I am a sucker for chair bows!
The wedding below was a traditional marriage with the wedding ceremony in Soumas Courtyard and the wedding reception inside the Spring Valley Ballroom. The Bride's father put in an enormous amount of work to create and transfer the space at hand. The theme was Spanish Gardens. What a wonderful job!
The wedding below was a traditional wedding with the cocktail hour, ceremony and reception in the Arrow Room. The Arrow Room is a private dining space within the hotel's restaurant, David's Milwaukee Diner. You will see the tables are set up in a 'T'. The bride and groom were seated at the top of the 'T'. Fifteen of their closest family members were asked to join them on this special day! The calla lily centerpiece you see on the table is a complimentary centerpiece that any wedding group is welcome to use. This is a great way to celebrate such an important day even if you want to keep your guest list limited!
The wedding below is the largest wedding I have coordinated since starting at the Hotel Pattee. The Bride and Groom used the Spring Valley Ballroom, Pre-function Space and the Canisteo Room to accommodate all 250 of their guests! The wedding was an absolute blast!
The wedding pictures you will see below was the hotel's first wedding reception since Jay and Denise took ownership of the hotel in September 2013. The wedding took place on December 28, 2013. They combined their own Christmas and wedding decorations with the hotel's Christmas decorations.
I have discovered a new alternative wedding registry idea and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you all!
Yesterday my little sister asked me if I had ever heard of honeyfund. I thought well yes! I have heard of different couples that instead of registering for gifts at a big box store such as Target or Pottery Barn simply ask for funding for their honeymoon. I have also heard of couples that create a new home fund; any gifted money goes towards purchasing a new home. My oldest brother and his now wife requested no gifts, but if guests felt inclined to give something, they could donate to a charity that was near and dear to their heart (it was a nonprofit camp they both volunteered at during their summer breaks in college).
My sister sent me the link to honeyfund and I asked what it was all about; I think she summarized it perfectly, “instead of registering at target or something you register at honey fund then you list things you are going to be doing on your honey moon like meal at this place $50, drinks on beach $25, massage $100, etc. then people can pay for things. …so if you don't want to get house supplies and use people's gifting toward something you actually need help paying for." How neat! Please check it out. Below I have listed a link to honeyfund.
All the best,
Flowers are one fun aspect of wedding planning! There are many areas to consider when choosing flowers for your special day. Some things to keep in mind include the following: season of desired flowers, floral ordering time to keep costs down, strongly scented flowers that may be unpleasant or uncomfortable for guests. Bring your florist paint chips of the color scheme you imagine. This will help your florist recommend flowers and different arrangements. Below there is a checklist to ensure no corner is left unmarked!
Plan to reuse flowers from your wedding ceremony at your reception. One of my favorite ways to reuse bridal bouquets at the reception is at the head table. Place bouquets flat with the flowers facing guests and alternate bouquets between votive candles.
Consider matching your bouquet flowers to your wedding dress. Think what flowers will best compliment your wedding dress & photograph well.
Today I am posting about my favorite part of events, tablescapes! The tablescape pulls every aspect of an event together. It’s the WOW factor, it’s the conversation piece and most importantly it sets the mood for the event. Below you will find tips and inspiration for designing tablescapes within a reasonable budget.
Tablecloths or table runners
When using minimal or small centerpieces, color and pattern can fill the visual field. The color and pattern of your tablecloth will go a long way in terms of setting the mood for the event. You might also consider using a table runner with a basic linen choice. Renting tablecloths and table runners is easy and pain free!
As we approach April, we are getting into what is known as wedding season. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year! Wedding season is typically known as April through December with the most popular months being June, August, September and October. This is definitely true at the Hotel Pattee! We have most Saturday’s booked for June, September and October 2014 weddings.
My wedding tip of the week: Late night appetizer bar.
Several of my brides are asking me if 4:30-5:00pm is too early for dinner service. My answer is absolutely not, but consider an appetizer bar later in the evening. For example, their wedding ceremony is scheduled to start at 3:00pm with cocktail hour beginning at 3:30pm. A typical cocktail hour lasts 45 to 60 minutes; you won’t want to keep your guests waiting any longer than 90 minutes. This leaves dinner service to start between 4:30pm and 5:00pm. Many brides are concerned their guests will get hungry before the evening is over. My solution: late night appetizer bar! This can be something simple such as cookies and milk that come out at 9:00pm or you can go all out with shrimp cocktail, caprese skewers or a themed appetizer bar. The options are endless, but this is something to keep in mind when you serve dinner early. It will give your guests an extra boost and get them back on the dance floor!
As always do not hesitate to contact me publicly or privately with event needs, questions, special blog requests or suggestions.
My name is Mahala McDanel and I am the Event Planner for the Hotel Pattee! I recently graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Event Management. How lucky did I get to land a job at the historic and beautiful Hotel Pattee? I know I count my lucky stars every day! I truly enjoy and have always enjoyed making things happen from behind the scenes. I hope to work with several of you to plan one-of-a-kind events!
I simply want to introduce myself for this first blog. I will be posting once a week; you can look for a new blog post every Monday. I will blog event planning tips, ideas, trends, etiquette, interviews with other industry specialists and much more event related information!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me publicly or privately with event needs, questions, special blog requests and suggestions.
All the best!