I'm Maredith, C+L's first Social Media Intern! I'm a Senior at the University of Montana and majoring in Communication, here are some of my favorite things!
Trader Joes // If you’ve spent more than one hour with me I can guarantee that you’ve heard me talk about some snack that only Trader Joes has. I don’t know why, but no other store can compare to the one I grew up going to. Their Joe Joe’s, not the potatoes that you are thinking, the TJ oreos, are life changing. It's a vibe; you go for the warm aesthetic, inexpensive snacks, and the free coffee in the back (this only took me like 10 years to realize). If you haven’t gone to a Trader Joes, do yourself a favor and head that way. (pro tip: If you are located in Missoula your closest one is in Spokane, head there ASAP)
Travel // I’ve got the travel bug, and bad. All my life I’ve been researching places to go, things to see and making my ‘dream’ itineraries for trips I had no way of going on. A couple weeks ago, on a whim, I bought tickets to visit my best friend who lives in Spain. A few months after that trip, with my friends from home, we're going to Thailand! And quite honestly, I still can't stop looking at flights.
Coffee // I’m that person who can’t function without their one… ok two, cups of coffee. My Mom is the same way and she taught me how to appreciate a freshly brewed, dark roast at a very young age. Because I grew up just outside of Seattle it’s only fitting that I know my good coffee from the cheap stuff. I do love a good PSL (pumpkin spice latte), which people claim to be 'not real coffee', but in the fall, when the leaves are changing color and it's starting to get colder and colder, how can you NOT enjoy one of these?!
Açaí Bowls // This is the best snack, or meal there ever was. I was first introduced to these a few years ago in California, and ever since my life has been changed. The best one I've ever had was from Mountain Berry Bowls; it had mango, kiwi, and bee pollen in addition to all the typical toppings. Who would have thought the best açaí bowl would be in Western Montana?
Creating Youtube Videos // Growing up my friends and I used to think it was super cool to make music videos to our favorite songs. We posted them onto facebook and they haunt us to this day. We made them to California Girls-Katy Perry, Baby-Justin Bieber, as well as Veggie Tales. Iconic, I know. I'll be doing autographs next month, hmu.
Which Arch is Right for Your Wedding? // Champagne + Linen // Western Montana Wedding Designers + Planners
Whether you want to go the more traditional, modern, outside the box, or classic route we've got some inspiration for you. Here are a variety of different arches that Champagne + Linen has designed to give you some inspiration!
What are you planning on doing for your arch?! Tell us below!
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