The Wedding issue

"Beginning Again"

"Locking"

"Lighting"

Dance Floor Advice from Five Hiphop DJs

Let Them Eat... Maybe Something Other Than Cake?

Wedding Do's

Wedding Don'ts

Married While Feminist

A Honeymoon Is a Two-Sided Thing

Offbeat Ideas, Acrobats, and a Bar

"Marrying James Joyce"

Bachelor/Bachelorette

Charismatic by Design Photography, LLC 11000 NE 10th St Bellevue WA 98004, 425-505-2175, www.charismaticbydesign.com Professional, comfortable location and studio photography to capture the beauty of all people! Boudoir, engagement, bachelor/bachelorette parties. Flexible hours. Locally, LGBT-owned and operated.

Pole Fitness Seattle 1900 Airport Way S, Suite 202 Seattle WA 98134, 214-5312, www.polefitnessseattle.com Let us host your bachelorette party! Offering a wide variety of party packages, Pole Fitness Seattle specializes in artistic pole dance and classic burlesque striptease!

TEASE Pin-Up 1508 East Olive Way Seattle WA 98122, www.teasepinup.com Unique bachelorette parties and sassy wedding night gifts! TEASE specializes in total makeover pin-up parties and individual sessions in our women-owned, queer-friendly Capitol Hill studio.

Teatro Zinzanni 222 Mercer St Seattle WA 98109, 802-0015, www.zinzanni.com A night out unlike any other! Have your bachelor(ette) party in a tent served with a side of acrobats, swanky cocktails, and a delicious feast.

Bridal Fashion & Tux

Butch Blum 1408 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101, 622-5760, www.butchblum.com Dress better than you have to...

Cami Funk Designs www.camifunk.com Looking for a local designer to conjure up your offbeat dress or suit? Cami Funk is your girl.

Cicada 1121 First Ave Seattle WA 98101, 652-2434, www.cicadabridal.com All gowns at Cicada are made in the USA. Cicada now offers women's custom bridal suits. 10% discount when both brides order from Cicada.

Dolce Bleu 3220 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134, 972-1373, www.dolcebleu.com We carry affordable and beautiful bridal, cocktail, wedding party, and pageant gowns, as well as tuxedo rentals. Great customer service, no appointment necessary.

Kimmi Designs at Sassafras 2307 First Ave Seattle WA 98121, 420-7057, www.sassafras-seattle.com, www.kimmi.etsy.com Making Eco-Chic wedding attire in Seattle using reclaimed & recycled fabrics. Off the rack & custom orders available.

Pretty Parlor Bridal Boutique 417 E Loretta Pl Seattle WA 98102, 405-CUTE, www.prettyparlor.com Our new Bridal Boutique features vintage & reproduction wedding dresses. Located around the corner from Pretty Parlor, open by appointment.

Cakes & Catering

Blissful Wunders 360-539-7279, www.blissfulwunders.com Made locally with love! Individually rolled chocolate truffles—dipped and designed by hand. Vegan, gluten-free, and wheat-free varieties available.

City Catering 509 Dexter Ave N Seattle WA 98109, 721-0334, www.citycateringcompany.com Seattle's most creative caterer. Founded in 2001, we feature seasonal menus and exceptional service. Catering in Seattle, the East Side, and surrounding areas.

Dragonfish Asian Cafe 722 Pine St Seattle WA 98101, 467-7777, www.dragonfishcafe.com Offering in-house private dining for rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more. See our ad in this issue.

DreamySweet jimcarlin71@gmail.com Seattle WA, 697-4906, www.dreamysweet.com Custom cakes, chocolates, flowers, and favors for your wedding. Contact for free consultation. We'll create the perfect concept to make your special day spectacular!

Great Northwest Soup Company 340 Westlake Ave N Seattle WA 98109, 420-8351, www.greatnwsoupcompany.com Custom party packages available. Assorted fruits, cheeses, salads, sandwiches, and soup! Call today for pricing info.

Herban Feast Catering and Events 2332 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98116, 932-4717, www.herbanfeast.com Dedicated. Vibrant. Innovative. Award-winning full-service catering offsite and at our two very unique venues in the Sodo District: Sodo Park & the Foundry.

Los Agaves Catering 1514 Pike Place Market Ave, #7 Seattle WA 98101, 425-241-8131Add a special touch to any event at any budget! Our menu includes the finest Mexican food with fresh ingredients from Pike Place Market.

Madison Park Bakery 4214 E Madison St Seattle WA 98112, 322-3238, www.madisonparkbakery.com We specialize in designing custom wedding cakes. You're extraordinary, your cake should be too! Since 1929.

Other Coast 721 E Pike St Seattle WA 98122, 257-5927, www.othercoastcafe.com Sandwiches make affordable wedding, rehearsal dinner or special event food—our personalized platters please even the pickiest guest! Call us, we'll make it easy!

Pie 436-8590, www.sweetandsavorypie.com Ditch boring old cake. Let them eat pie! Schedule a free tasting for your wedding and we will show you how perfect pie can be!

Smokin' Pete's 1918 NW 65th St Seattle WA 98117, 331-8279, www.smokinpetesbbq.com Veteran wedding caterers, from elegant to whole pig barbecues. Call or visit us online for a quote.

Stuffed Cakes 9003 35th Ave SW Seattle WA 98126, 428-8581, www.stuffedcakes.com Stuffed Cakes specializes in custom cakes & cupcakes, and offers cupcakes to go in our shop every day.

Entertainment

206 Events DJ Service 250-3335, www.206events.com Let 206 Events provide the soundtrack for your special occasion! Providing professional and personalized DJ/Emcee services and lighting packages for every event.

Absolute Entertainment Group absolutekaraoke@gmail.com, 962-1471, www.myabsolutekaraoke.com Full service, affordable entertainment company offering DJ, karaoke, photo booths, and lights for your memorable events!

Barry Pollack, Classical Guitarist barrynpollack@gmail.com, 579-9351, www.modernclassicsguitar.com Professionally and beautifully executed music for your special occasion. Classical repertoire, jazz standards, and pop tunes. Reasonably priced, experienced, and easy to work with!

The Lestz-Lincoln Duo 425-221-6351, www.glennlestz.com Express who you are as a couple with music! The Lestz-Lincoln Duo: Classical and pop personalized for you. Guitar & flute. Sound samples: www.glennlestz.com

Event Planning

Bella Bride Africa weddings@bellabrideafrica.com, www.bellabrideafrica.com Inspiring and guiding brides through the wedding planning process. Come mingle and network with local wedding vendors while enjoying complimentary hair/makeup trials and champagne!

Clutch Events megan@clutchevents.com, 660-5720, www.clutchevents.com Clutch Events is a boutique event-planning company. It is where fun goes to be planned!

Jubilee Event Engineers 720-0383, www.jubilee-seattle.com Smart weddings for real people. Jubilee Event Engineers, wedding planning/design/coordination/staffing. Fun, creative, and experienced, greater Seattle area specialists who rock it!

New Chapter Weddings 853-2142, www.newchapterweddings.com New Chapter Weddings & Events is a full service event planning company specializing in fun, reflective, and memorable celebrations.

Honeymoon & Hotel

Soundview Cottage B&B 17600 Sylvester Rd SW Seattle WA 98166, 244-5209, www.seattlecottage.net Cozy, secluded cottage with spectacular view, private hot tub, complete kitchen, famously comfy king-size bed. Fifteen minutes from downtown Seattle in a quiet, natural setting.

Jewelry

Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery 1420 Fifth Ave, Suite 108 Seattle WA 98101, 624-6768, www.facerejewelryart.com Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery offers a unique selection of contemporary, antique & vintage rings for men and women, as well as one-of-a-kind custom designs.

Fancy Jewels 1914 Second Ave Seattle WA 98101, 956-2945, www.fancyjewels.com Jewelry and design shop specializing in custom handmade, modern jewelry.

Fox's Gem Shop 1341 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101, 623-2528, www.foxsgemshop.com Our collection of engagement rings and wedding bands reflects our overall philosophy of exclusive designs, beautiful quality, and exquisite details.

Goldmine Design 1405 First Ave Seattle WA 98101, 622-3333, www.goldminedesignjewelers.com Goldmine Design is an artisan workshop where we invite you to be involved in the creative process. Always LGBT-friendly where we celebrate all love!

Sholdt Design 3130 Airport Way S, #411 Seattle WA 98134, 623-2334, www.sholdtdesign.com When inspired design meets incomparable craftsmanship the result is memorable. Our rings, designed to be unique works of art, are custom made to order.

Tara Nash 1411 Fourth Ave, Suite 401 Seattle WA 98101, 425-218-9899, www.taranash.com Tara Nash is an expert antiques dealer and custom vintage jeweler with a work history that includes over 20 years in the jewelry business.

Turgeon Raine Jewellers 1407 Fifth Ave Seattle WA 98101, 447-9488, www.turgeonraine.com Located in downtown Seattle, the Northwest's premier jeweler showcases a major collection of engagement rings and wedding bands and custom design shop with master jewelers.

With These Rings Seattle WA 98103, www.stephanieselle.com Make your own professional, quality set of handmade wedding bands through guided instruction, and they will become rich with your own love and memories.

Miscellaneous Details

Brianna Hartmann, Chalk Artist 931-1088 I am a professional chalk artist specializing in chalk lettering, illustration, and design for weddings and events.

Sparkle Donkey Tequila www.sparkledonkey.com Your wedding should sparkle! Make sure your bachelor/ette party and wedding feature Seattle's own Sparkle Donkey Tequila! The World's Best Tequila™.

Officiants

Emma Jay Byfield 218-5770, emmajaybyfield@gmail.com Romantic, non-religious wedding officiant with vintage-inspired, rock-n-roll edge. Perfect for couples who want a modern, hip, heartfelt wedding ceremony.

One Heart Celebrations 2104 N 143rd St Seattle WA 98133, 949-1553, www.1heartcelebrations.com Ceremonies as you wish, making your day truly unforgettable! "Thank you for making our wedding so incredibly beautiful, sacred, meaningful and special." —Suzanne N, Bothell

Rev. Eric O'Dell 402-2633 Rev. Eric O'Dell has officiated weddings serious to silly, from Hawaiian beaches to the Jefferson Memorial. He loves to coordinate his outfit to the occasion.

Rev. Lynnea Jardine lynnea@spiritualcareinstitute.org, 501-8297, spiritualcareinstitute.org As your creative coach, I assist you in accessing your personal styles to implement the ceremony of your dreams. Traditional, eclectic, and everything in between!

SimpliDone jan@simplidone.com, 915-1077, www.simplidone.com Non-denomination celebrant loves ceremonies! Jan will help you design the perfect-for-you ceremony for your wedding, vow renewals, anniversary, or commitment ceremony.

Party Supply

Champion Party Supply 124 Denny Way Seattle WA 98109, 284-1980, www.championparty.com We offer an extensive assortment of products and services including party supplies and party decorations for all occasions, including weddings!

Photographers & Videographers

Dani Weiss Photography dani@daniweissphotography.com, 760-3336, www.daniweissphotography.com Fun & playful documentary-style wedding, event, and portrait photographer. 25 years of experience. Over 700 weddings and events photographed. Proud member of the GSBA.

Della Chen Photography info@dellachen.com, 325-2298, www.dellachen.com You love each other. I love photography. Let's do this.

Michael Good Photography, LLC michael@michaelgoodphotography.com, 369-0998, michaelgoodphotography.com Artistic, romantic, timeless, black & white wedding images that capture your true feelings for a lifetime of memories, presented in a beautiful linen clamshell box.

Rathbone Images, LLC 9021 49th Ave NE Seattle WA 98115, 898-2507, www.peoplearebeautiful.com It is not the camera that makes the picture but the photographer, not the image that is captured but the relationship. People are beautiful.

Salon & Spa

Envy on Alki 2613 58th Ave SW Seattle WA 98116, 938-0909, www.envyonalki.com Bring your Bridal party to Envy on Alki for waxing, facials, and refreshed skin before your big day. Schedule your party online or call.

Frenchy's Day Spa 3131 E Madison St Seattle WA 98112, 325-9582, www.frenchysdayspa.com Before you say "I do," Frenchy's is a must for your prenuptial pamper. Spa wedding parties, bridal makeup, lashes, nails, skincare, massage. Say "Yes"!

Venues

Adrift Hotel 409 Sid Snyder Dr Long Beach WA 98631, 360-642-2311, www.adrifthotel.com Our new event space is located on the top floor overlooking the ocean; perfect for smaller weddings and receptions! On-site catering is also available.

Amazing Grace Spiritual Center 2007 NW 61st St Seattle WA 98102, 402-2633, www.amazinggraceseattle.org We are a newly-renovated historic church with contemporary charm. Perfect for interfaith and non-religious ceremonies, accommodating wedding parties up to 150.

Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004, 425-519-0745, www.bellevuearts.org BAM's modern architecture, dazzling art exhibitions, and indoor/outdoor spaces create the perfect backdrop for a ceremony or reception that echoes your passion and creativity.

Burke Museum 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St Seattle WA 98195, 543-5590, www.burkemuseum.org Dance with dinosaurs! Mingle with masks! Located on the beautiful University of Washington campus, the Burke Museum is the perfect place for your wedding.

Century Ballroom 915 E Pine St, 2nd Floor Seattle WA 98122, 324-7263, www.CenturyBallroom.com Two FABULOUS rooms, historic ambience, catering available (The Tin Table), intimate groups or 300 people, wedding dance instruction, available daytimes/evenings, 15+ years experience.

The Coterie Room 2137 Second Ave Seattle WA 98121, 956-8000, www.thecoterieroom.com Two of the nation's best chefs + extraordinary service make this beautiful 1920's building perfect for parties. Now booking for events, from large to intimate.

Experience Music Project 325 Fifth Ave N Seattle WA 98109, 770-2700, www.empmuseum.org EMP Museum and Wolfgang Puck Catering can help design the wedding of your dreams—whether out of the box, or truly traditional.

Georgetown Stables 980 S Nebraska St Seattle WA 98108, info@georgetownstables.com, www.georgetownstables.com Perfect for your non-traditional wedding, the historic Stables venue boasts high ceilings, brick walls, and beautiful wooden ceiling beams. Versatile interior abounds with vintage treasures!

Mount Baker Community Clubhouse 2811 Mt Rainier Ave S Seattle WA 98144, 722-7209, www.mountbaker.org 100 years of celebrations! The historic architecture, classic ballroom, and lush landscaping provides a charmingly elegant venue for all types of events.

Museum of Glass 1801 Dock St Tacoma WA 98402, 253-396-1768, museumofglass.org The Museum's state-of-the-art facility offers a unique venue and a variety of settings for your wedding and reception.

The Olympic Rooftop Pavilion 5214 Ballard Ave NW Seattle WA 98107, 484-4982, www.stoneburnerseattle.com 1,370 square feet of event space with sweeping views of the mountains and waterways. The Pavilion features vaulted ceilings, a 20 foot skylight and NanaWalls.

Primo 1106 Eighth Ave Seattle WA 98101, 419-9997, www.primoseattle.com Host your event in our quaint, intimate setting. "The most beautiful room in town." Italian food and full beverage services. Convenient, accessible urban location.

Ray's Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW Seattle WA 98107, 789-6309, www.rays.com Perfect location for your wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner. Spectacular views, scenic boat traffic, majestic sunsets, sustainable global seafood & private waterfront dining room.

Seattle Art Museum 1300 First Ave Seattle WA 98101, 654-3100, www.SeattleArtMuseum.org The Seattle Art Museum offers 10 different areas to meet your needs. We recommend reserving your date as soon as possible.

Seattle Parks Dakota Place Park 4304 SW Dakota St Seattle WA 98116, 684-7254, www.seattle.gov/parks/facilities/rentals/ Dakota Place, a charming and historic remodeled building, is perfect for your ceremony or reception. Special pricing ends May 31.

Seattle Parks Officers Club at Magnuson Park 6310 NE 74th St Seattle WA 98115, 233-7892, www.seattle.gov/parks/Magnuson/reservations.htm Magnuson Park's Officers Club is a refurbished space once used by the military. It has main room, stylish art deco-era bar and caterer's kitchen.

Shotgun Ceremonies Wedding Chapel 206 First Ave S Seattle WA 98104, 372-3349, www.shotgunceremonies.com Skip the courthouse or expensive wedding and come elope at our fun wedding chapel in Pioneer Square! We provide witnesses or invite up to 30 guests!

Wedding Shows

One Love Seattle 853-2142, www.oneloveseattle.com The One Love Wedding Showcase is a fun and fabulous event that celebrates ALL couples in love. Inspiration. Creativity. Variety. Equality.