Ten Items to Pack for Your Wedding Day // Tuesday Ten // Champagne + Linen // Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
Who watched The Hills back in the early 2000s? Well good ol' LC from The Hills does a Tuesday Ten on her website, so we decided to do the same! Today we’re giving you the top ten items to pack for your wedding day.
Club Soda // One time a bride had beer spilt down the front of her dress. The second, RED wine. But guess what? We got it out with club soda.
Tide To Go pens // Lipstick on a dress before the ceremony? We got you.
Zip ties // We go through this stuff like crazy. Windy ceremony? Lock down those florals.
Duck tape // It fixes everything. You can go with the classic silver, or get white and green to be safe.
Scissors // Are there really any questions about this?
Fishing line // We use this way more than one would think. It’s essentially clear so guests won’t see that you use it to keep a hanging sign from turning backwards.
Comfortable shoes // Break those bad boys in ahead of time. No one wants to slow their dancing because of sore feet.
Wine/bottle opener // Nothing like the one time a bartender didn’t have a bottle opener once happy hour started to teach us to always have one of these on hand.
Stick lighters // Most people have some sort of centerpiece with candle elements, but tend to forget about the most important part - the lighter. Do yourself a favor and get one of those stick lighters, you don’t want to have to light 20 plus candles with a regular lighter.
Your overnight bag // How horrible would it be to do your beautiful grand entrance and want to head back to your honeymoon suite and realized you left your overnight bag in the bridesmaid suite? Designate a friend to make sure that bad boy ends up in the right spot.
Please keep in mind that you can fine alllllllmost all of these at the Dollar Store!
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C+L's top 5 tips to prepare for your wedding day - WITH A FREEBIE! // Western Montana Wedding Designers
Can you believe wedding season is upon us?! We already had a taste of wedding season back in February. But we're excited for our first summer wedding on June 2nd! As we prepare for that, we wanted to share a few of the things we do to make sure our couples and vendors are prepared for their wedding day!
Email your timeline ahead of time // A month from your wedding date is a good time frame. Make sure it includes start/end times and exact things that must be done during that time.
Designate someone as the point of contact // The bride should not be the point of contact on the wedding day. You should be sipping champagne without a worry! Designate your maid of honor, mother of the bride or groom, Aunt Suzie. Anyone that will be willing to help put out fires the day of - no matter how prepared you are, fires will happen. If you have a good crew behind you, you will never know!
Create mockups of any design elements // This includes ceremony space, arch, reception tables, sweetheart tables, seating charts. Really, anything you want to make sure it looks a specific way! This means you can hand over your vision to your wedding coordinator (or whoever will be set up on your wedding day). Bonus points if you send these along with the timeline. Here are a few examples of mockups we have done:
These can be as complex as you want. Feel free to just draw them out on paper!
Create a layout map // Create designated areas for main elements, where catering will go, gift table, guest book. This way all vendors will know exactly where you want them! This doesn't have to be fancy (along with any mockups), a hand drawing is just fine. There's also a free website (AllSeated) that makes designing table layouts extremely easy.
Be prepared // On your wedding day, make sure the catering tables are in the catering spot ready for them. Have all the vases cleaned and ready for the florist to work their magic, make sure where the DJ is supposed to set up has an outlet.
BONUS // Ask for advice // Vendors are the pros. They've done this a zillion times. They know what works best. Ask them what is best.
EXTRA BONUS // We created a sample timeline for you! Google drive is a lifesaver for keeping all our wedding straight.
Gosh, now back to prepping for our June weddings!
Zoe and Cory met many years ago in Missoula when they were out with friends at a bar. Cory also happened to be Kappa Alpha Theta’s houseboy, which Zoe knew but hadn’t officially met him yet. It was instant chemistry (and I would know, Zoe and I were sorority sisters!), and it’s been nothing but bliss ever since.
I was so honored when Zoe messaged me about C+L helping out with their wedding. I can’t believe how the years have flied since college, and I had been keeping up with her and Cory’s adventures via the usual social media routes, and was so happy that they were finally tying the knot! We couldn’t wait to be a part of their winter wonderland wedding in Bozeman, MT at Foster Creek Farm back in February. This was our very first wedding of the new year, and we could not wait to kick it off with a celebration we were certain would be the bee’s knees.
Some of the main highlights from Zoe and Cory’s wedding were their gorgeous ceremony they had on the outdoor deck of the main barn, Zoe’s killer fur wedding wrap, and their fun party with tons of bangin hits that us three ladies couldn’t help but dance inappropriately to and sing along to in the kitchen. Zoe’s wedding was dreamy, a lil’ bit steamy, and so fun. All the guests truly enjoyed themselves, the food (ummmmm let’s all take a minute to admire soup bars and doughnuts for dessert!) was out of this world, and there were so many sweet moments like this one.....
We covered a LOT of ground in the hours leading up to the ceremony. We did all the table design, worked our booties off to pull off Zoe’s gorgeous arch, and coordinated with The Garage who catered Zoe’s ah-mazing soup bar. We even set up her amazing dessert table from Granny’s Gourmet Doughnuts, and in our signature style we even took out a few lipstick stains
MIssy Short, Zoe’s photographer, captured each and every moment of her perfect day, including all of the little details. You know us, we LOVE the details!
Zoe’s sweet words about us were the icing on the cake. Here’s a snippet of what she had to say about her experience with us….
“....They worked with all of our vendors, guests, and bridal party to make sure that everything transitioned smoothly from event to event without my husband or I ever having to lift a finger. To top it off, they even blotted out several stains that got spilled on my dress and my husband's shirt throughout the evening. The women at Champagne and Linen are three of the most savvy, prepared, down-for-a-challenge, and genuinely devoted women you will ever meet. It was an honor to have them be a part of our wedding, we know it wouldn't have been the same without them. Thank you C+L!"
We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off our wedding season! Thank you Zoe and Cory for asking us to be a part of your special day. We hope you’re enjoying your incredible honeymoon in Grenada (drool)!
Photographer // Missy Short Photography
Videographer // Ben Murray Productions
Venue // Foster Creek Farm
Floral // Budget Bouquet and More
Gown // Velvet Bride
HMU // Platinum Hair Salon
Suites // After 5 and Weddings
DJ // Bozeman DJ
Caterer // The Garage Soup Shack
Dessert // Grannys Donuts
Our dogs are our children. All three of us have a deep passion and love for animals. The girls of Champagne + Linen believe it is extremely important to adopt and not shop. After a long day, there is nothing more comforting to us then curling up with our four legged babies. Since you’ve gotten to know us, we thought you may want to get to know the pups behind C+L. Or we just wanted to take this opportunity to post pictures of our adorable dogs.
Scottie // Rescued by Mariah // 3 Years Old // Corgi Pomeranian Mix
Scottie's Story // After my Beagle, Boo, passed away from cancer I was in need of a new furry companion. I rescued Scottie from All Hearts Rescue out of Kalispell MT. Scottie was seen day after day hanging around this local bar, and was in bad shape. When he was finally caught he lived in a shelter and a few foster homes. Unfortunately, since Scottie has had zero stability in his life he came to me with severe separation anxiety. Scottie absolutely could not be left home alone. After lots of love, treats, training, and doggy Prozac... Scottie is finally comfortable in his new home and is living his best life.
Favorite Toy // Scottie is OBSESSED with any kind of hedgehog toy. He has a couple of his own, but he always manages to find hedgehog toys when we go to his friend’s houses for playdates.
Favorite Pastime // Scottie loves long walks. The dog park. Splashing around in the Clark Fork. Playing with Buster, Porter, and Flora. Playing in the snow. Getting the Zoomies. Snuggling on his recliner with his heated blanket on. And sleeping in with his mama.
Favorite Treat // Chicken jerky. Turkey meatballs. Sharp cheddar cheese. Starbucks Pupachino.
Buster // Rescued by Alicia // 3 years old // Border Collie Hound Mix
Name story // Buster’s previous name was Snuffleupagus, Snuffy for short. Hard pass. We changed that ASAP. My husband is a huge San Francisco Giant fan and their catcher’s name is Buster Posey. We went with Buster (Pawsy).
Favorite toy // Buster doesn’t have a favorite toy because he destroys them all in about three minutes. He does love his bones though. This one he got from his Barkbox has lasted forever, along with a giant elk leg bone.
Favorite pastime // Buster’s all time favorite thing is to get chased...whenever we go to the dog park he just wants to find a friend to chase him around. Since there is only so much chase one can play, we also play hide and seek. Basically we just tell him to sit and stay then we hide someone in the house and yell come. It’s hilarious for everyone involved. Other than that, Buster loves hiking and playing outside - especially going out for a rip. When he isn't playing, he loves to perch on the couch like a cat, as pictured above.
Favorite Treat // Buster takes after and loves all things carbs and cheese. We don't give him bread, but if it's left on the counter, game over. He will get it. When we first got Buster and took him to puppy classes, they suggested giving him small pieces of cheese. Well, that is his favorite thing in the world. If he is sleeping in a different room and hears a plastic bag, you bet he's going to come running.
Flora // Rescued by Ariel // 4 years old // Chihuahua
Name Story // I got Flora as a puppy from a resident at the battered women’s shelter I was working at, I laid eyes on her just days after she was born and I couldn’t say no! *heart eye emoji* I’ve always been obsessed with all things flowers and floral, so Flora just seemed to be appropriate for my new little lady! Ana-Leigh and I call her Chi Chi most of the time though, she’s a mysterious dog of many faces and identities.
Favorite Toy // Like her cousin Scotty, Flora is also ob-sessed with her hedgehog toy. We have to buy a new “Hedgy” every few months, because she likes to viciously rip their eyes, ears, and toes off until their insides start coming out. She also really digs these bones that she has been hooked on since she was a little babe at the teet.
Favorite Pastime // Flora loves to go hiking and to the dog park with Scotty, Buster, and her sister, Porter, but only when it’s warm outside. In the winter her fav activity is sleeping, preferably curled up under her moms covers or under the blanket on the couch. She also casually and occasionally enjoys eating cat poop if she can get it, loves cheese and popcorn, riding on laps in the car, and wrestling with her cats.
Porter // Rescued by Ariel // 2 ½ years old// Lab Pit-Bull Mix
Name Story // Ana-Leigh and I picked Porter out as a puppy from the Humane Society when she was only 4 months old. She had been named “Harper” when she was still living at the shelter, but that just didn’t feel right to us. We love all forms of booze, and had previously named our first cat together, Jameson (and our second cat, Tito, was yet to arrive in the family, but we carried on the tradition), so it only felt right to find a boozy name. Her dark chocolate color of course reminded us of a porter beer, and so here we are, with a glass of Jameson, a pint of Porter, a Tito’s and soda, and…...a vase of Flora??? Whatever, Flora is the oldest so she can be named whatever she damn well pleases.
Favorite Toy // Porter doesn’t really have a favorite toy, but enjoys tug ropes, bigger versions of Flora’s favorite bone, and sometimes chewing up her mom’s favorite baseball cap (R.I.P. to my favorite Yankees hat). She loves all forms of treats, including but not limited to: Salmon flavored squares, Greenies, and licks from her mom’s dinner plates without asking moms first.
Favorite Pastime // Porter loves going on unnecessarily long and treacherous hikes with Ana-Leigh, cuddling on the couch with her moms, barking at and terrorizing the neighborhood deer and wild turkeys, and licking cat butt holes. She can be a naughty dog sometimes, like when she she eats Floras fifth collar, but she’s very concerned with house security and likes to warn the whole neighborhood if Alicia or Mariah come over to the house.
Now that's enough about our dogs...tell us about yours!
Must ask questions for wedding venues // Wedding Tip Wednesday // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers and Planners
One of the first steps of wedding planning (and the most fun) is picking a venue! Lucky for us Montanans, there are many options of all sizes, styles, and locations. It’s easy to get caught up in how beautiful a venue is, but it’s important to take a step back and ask the venue some practical questions. Here are the top questions we ask:
What is your capacity? Follow up with their seating arrangement options. Also keep in mind that the weather can also affect capacity.
What is your deposit and refund policy? Life happens. Might as well be prepared for everything!
What is include in the rental fee? Hours, tables/chairs, arches, linens, etc.
Do I need to use your on-site services (catering) or vendors on your preferred list? Sometimes it’s a lifesaver if you have to have all your vendors through the venue - hello one stop shop. Sometimes it will cost you an arm and a leg. Make sure you get quotes from any required vendors before booking.
What is your alcohol policy? Some venues require your to purchase alcohol through them, some allow you to BYOB, some only beer + wine. Also ask if you will need to purchase liability insurance or hire bartenders.
When will I have access to the venue? The more time for set up the better - and less stressful!
What areas do I have access too? Bridal suites, kitchen, restrooms, river access, gardens. Follow up with what time they’re available at.
What time does music have to be turned off? There is no greater buzzkill than having to have the music be turned off early.
When does the venue need to be cleaned up? And how “cleaned up” does it have to be?
What parking is available? Some venues have very limited parking which then requires transportation to bus people in. Know this before booking!
Is camping allowed? What a Montanan question. There are many venues that allow overnight parking, but there are some who allow access fees. Make sure you know this before offering this option to friends and family!
No answer to these questions is the wrong answer, just some might be better fit for you (and your budget). Don't be scared to ask questions, it is your big day and no one likes surprises!