Hot Wedding Trends for 2017

     We're gearing up for wedding season here at Kiana. Soon, the room will be filled with candlelight, the fresh scent of floral bouquets lining the tables, and the sound of light-hearted conversation from guests as they dine. Every year there are trends that we try to look for to help our wedding couples plan their special day. You've already narrowed down your venue, but you still need some help with the finer details such as what color scheme to go with or what your floral arrangements are going to look like. Here’s some of the hot new trends that we’re already seeing for 2017, so you can get a sense of how to customize your day to wow your crowd.

     If I may, I’d like to add a few pointers to help you along on your planning journey. First, Pinterest is not exactly your best friend. It’s a nice resource to use to get ideas, however, proceed with caution. Haven't you ever tried to recreate something and it turned out to not be even close to what the photo? Some work is best left to the professionals; don't stress yourself out more than you already are. Next, I’d use only what works in your space... You wouldn’t design your wedding like you wouldn't design a house. Sticking with neutral table cloth colors will go a long way in making your centerpieces and tableware pop. Saving the color for the tabletops will go much further, and won't run the risk of being too much in the space, or too washed out. Third, less is more. Sure, you have all these amazing ideas floating around of how you want your wedding space to look, but remember folks, simple can be elegant too. It will help tremendously with time and budget. The better organized you are, the happier those who are there to help with your decor will be, and the less time you'll spend stressing over the look of your tables. Now here's a look at what to expect for 2017 decor.

     First, the outdoors and nature inspired decor has worked its way into the scene. Couples are tending to choose venues that are full of natural light and elements like wood and stone. We're seeing more of the outdoors coming in through tons of greenery and hanging florals. Arbors made up of or incorporating natural elements such as birch or driftwood and flowers surrounded by heavy greenery have made their way onto the scene as well. Even if you don't use them at your ceremony site, they make a beautiful addition to the backdrop of a sweetheart table.

     From shiny copper Mercury candle votives down to silver threads and beading in your dress, Metallics are huge this year. They're full of versatility, and add a sense of wow to any setting. Dressed up or down, they add the right amount of flare without being too bold. Just make sure not to use too much... Remember, everything in moderation.

     Soft is a texture that represents love. Soft petals from flowers like hydrangeas, peonies or roses, paired with the soft color of eucalyptus or ferns allow you to add even more bold color to your table, as they soften the harshness. They can allow you to add a few whimsical elements such as colored stemware or vases, a colored bread plate, or a boldly colored napkin. Smoky or slate blue hues are becoming more and more popular recently.

     Another thing we're seeing less and less of in recent years is the disappearance of a wedding cake. More and more couples are ditching the traditional three-tiered colored fondant and going bare... Yes, nearly naked cakes are on the rise, as well as dessert buffets. Many are sticking with the traditional cake cutting ceremony by having a small ceremonial cake, or even a large doughnut to cut. We've seen everything from doughnuts to mini custard tarts with fresh berries. Couples have really made it their own recently. It helps tremendously with cost also, as you don't have to have a large quantity of one thing. You can go with a wide variety of dessert options. Add some fresh fruit and berries or some chocolate milk, and it's guaranteed to be talked about!

     Late-nite snacks are on the rise too. After all that dancing and fun, your guests are guaranteed to work up another appetite. Who could resist mini tacos or even some mini hotdogs? They're the perfect addition to the late night party, and will keep the energy up and lasting till the very end. Mini Seattle dogs are, in my mind, the best thing since sliced bread, and perfect for a late night party. Ask any Seattle resident, and they'll agree with me on this!

     Finally, after all the fun is wrapped up and you've eaten your fill at brunch, what better way to send off your most important friends/family than going on a local nature hike or day-after photo shoot. We've been asked by so many of our couples about local trails or natural wonders in the area, that I've comprised a list of everything within a two-hour radius of Kiana (because there are just some places I just can't leave off of it). From the not-so-outdoorsy to the avid hikers, there's something on the list for everyone's age and ability. We live in such a beautiful and scenic area, it's hard to leave. From beaches to mountains, Kiana is centered in the heart of it all.

Resting-Brunch-Face, Bloody Mary's and mimosas, oh my!

Resting-Brunch-Face, Bloody Mary's and mimosas, oh my!

Ah, weddings -a family affair. Something traditionally held in your parents living room, has evolved into an extravagant affair held elsewhere in a beautiful ballroom or at a place with scenic setting. Planning a wedding is also planning a delicate balancing act between keeping your guests and you happy. If you're looking for a far more relaxed atmosphere on your big day, you should certainly consider a morning wedding.

There are numerous benefits to this you’ll find. First off, you’ll find that your venue will be far more available; especially on the most coveted day, Saturday -which typically books out years in advance. You will find that the perfect place for your perfect day will have a much more perfect price for your less-than perfect budget -more money to spend on the perfect dress! You may also find out that your most preferred vendors will have more availability and most likely, better rates for helping you create perhaps some of the most cherished memories of your life.

Now, back to that balancing act as I mentioned before. And, trust me, this can be stressful! The traditional work week here in America consists of the days Monday through Friday -unless you're in the memory making business, like we are.. That's when things get a little, well, non-traditional.. You'll figure most of your out-of-towners will fly in on a Thursday or Friday depending on what your plans are with rehearsal times and/or dinner. Remember, they want to be there for you, and you want them to be there for you also, but why not give them some extra time for a little sight-seeing in addition to seeing you also. Especially right here in Western Washington, there's endless things you can go see and do in one afternoon, before you head back for the daily grind. Everyone deserves a mini-vacation once in awhile.

When you're busy outside taking all those perfectly staged photos, keep your guests entertained with lawn games and activities. They make such a fun addition, and will keep your guests mingling and distracted while you get all the important stuff in. Cornhole, Ladderball, and Lawn Jenga have been very popular in recent years, and you can also throw in a little Bocci Ball or even some Croquet for the older generations to enjoy. The weather is amazing here during the summer, and trust me, your guests will want to enjoy more time outside, especially before it gets a little too hot out. Speaking of temperatures, a 10 or 11 o'clock ceremony will be considerably more comfortable for everyone involved: both guests and wedding party! One thing we typically stress to our groomsmen especially, is to not lock your knees while you're standing during the ceremony, or you will most certainly faint! I'm serious here.. Full-dress in full-sun will not only leave you hot, but it can also leave you wondering why you're lying on the ground.

So, ladies and gentlemen, get your resting-brunch-faces on, and relax a little on your big day. Everyone loves a good wedding that can be as much about them as it is about you. With a more laid-back atmosphere, you don't have to worry as much about keeping your guests as structured as you will have to be. With more outside time, comes more things to be entertained with. You also don't have to worry about offending those who wish to bring their kids, as there will be plenty of time and room to run and play. You're definitely going to save yourselfsome money, and also, some stress. Besides, who doesn't love brunch? Make your brunch-date complete, uncomplicated, and classy by offering a simple mimosa bar with different juices and fruit to choose from; or a Bloody Mary bar with different flavors of infused vodka to choose from. We have a chili-pepper vodka that'll knock your socks off! No brunch day would be complete without such classic staples. These will help save you money if you decide to host your bar as well. If Bloody Mary's or mimosas aren't your thing, you can certainly go full or limit to beer and wine. It's always five o'clock somewhere. You can continue your celebration late on into the night with a barbecue or a house party as well, so you and your guests have even more time to shake your groove thing. The kids and Granny can opt out and seek refuge when they get tired.

Kiana Lodge Mother's Day Brunch | Sunday May 14th, 2017

Brunch Buffet 11:00am

Treat mom to a wonderful meal and the perfect setting to say how much you appreciate her! 


Adults: $30.00 + tax

Children 4-12: $14.00 + tax

Children 3 and under are free


Menu coming soon!

Purchase your tickets HERE! If you need seating for a larger group, please call us at 866-738-4307.

Kiana Lodge Paint and Sip | April 26th, 2017

Join us for an evening with Natalie Andrzejeskie of “Pour Sip Paint” and learn to paint a fun spring landscape!

$45 per person + tax  which includes the cost of instruction, painting supplies, 1 drink ticket good for a beer, house wine, or non-alcoholic drink, & light appetizers


Doors open at 6:00pm and the painting will begin at 6:30pm

Full no-host bar ∙ Cash and Credit Accepted

Canvas size is 11 x 14


Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets HERE!

Kiana Lodge Easter Sunday Brunch & Egg Hunt | Sunday April 16th, 2017

Brunch Buffet 11:00am | Easter bunny and Egg Hunt 12:00pm

Come visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a tasty Easter brunch at Kiana Lodge. Bring the kids so they can find the hidden eggs filled with goodies!

·         Carving Station: Ham, Turkey, & Beef      

·         Omelets

·         Biscuits & Gravy

·         French Toast

·         Vegetable Quiche

·         Sausage

·         Bacon

·         Potatoes O'Brien

·         Traditional Eggs Benedict

·         Field Greens Salad

·         Assorted Cold Cereals

·         Broiled Vegetables

·         Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips

·         Broiled Vegetables

·         Baked Macaroni & Cheese

·         Pasta Salad

·         Potato Salad

·         Tomato Cucumber Vinaigrette Salad

·         Fresh Fruit

·         Assorted Danish & Pastries

·         Bread Pudding

·         Fruit Cobbler

Adults: $28.00 + tax

Children 4-12: $14.00 + tax

Children 3 and under are free

Purchase your tickets HERE! If you need seating for a larger group, please call us at 866-738-4307.

Kiana Lodge Wine Dinner | March 22nd, 2017

Join us for an amazing feast where we will have a cocktail hour plus pair four courses with wines from the Pacific Northwest to create an unforgettable dinner experience!

Cocktail Hour Appetizers:

Jed Steele’s 2014 “Shooting Star” Aligote (Sunnyside, Washington)

Agate Pearl Oysters on the Half Shell
Served two ways: chilled with 3 pepper mignonette & baked with smoked tomato butter

Main Courses:

Waitsburg Cellar’s 2014 “Three” Red Blend (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Duck Confit Salad with arugula, dried berries, Roquefort cheese, toasted hazelnuts, & sour cherry vinaigrette

Saviah Cellar’s 2015 “The Jack” Chardonnay (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Sablefish wrapped in cedar paper served with stinging nettle gnocchi & brown butter sauce             


Basel Cellar’s 2012 “Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, Washington)

Herb Roasted Tri-Tip served with wild mushroom risotto & perigueux sauce


Foris Vineyard’s 2015 Moscato (Cave Junction, Oregon)

Rhubarb Slump with mascarpone topping & balsamic-scented whipped cream


$50 per person + tax, includes gratuity

Cocktail Hour begins at 5pm ∙ Dinner Starts at 6pm

Full no-host bar ∙ Cash and Credit Accepted

Seating is limited. Purchase your tickets HERE!

You don't come to Kiana, you experience Kiana

You don't come to Kiana, you experience Kiana

Kiana lodge is not just a place; it’s an experience. Now, I’m not trying to sound overly salesman-like here, but I need to point out that there is so much to see and do here. The Pacific Northwest is blessed with so much scenic beauty, it’s hard to find a comparison. From ribbon beaches lined with fragrant cedars and an abundance of sea life, to the snow capped Olympic Mountains shadowing valleys filled with lavender and seasonal elk herds; the peninsulas have it all. Located in the heart of it all is Kiana Lodge.

With six acres of waterfront property and over 10,000sq ft of private meeting space, it’s the perfect place to hold your corporate retreat. You’re not far from anything: 30 minute ferry ride away from Seattle, 15 minutes away from world-class golf in Kingston or shopping in historic downtown Poulsbo, an hour away from Olympic National Park, five minutes away from the quaint Suquamish museum, and less than a mile away from the Clearwater Casino Resort.

If you don’t want to commit to one space for multiple days; we’re partnered with the Clearwater Casino Resort and the White Horse Golf course. There’s endless ways to customize your meeting needs. You can enjoy a beautiful meeting space with a full breakfast or snacks here in the morning, and an afternoon of golfing at White Horse. If golfing isn’t what you need, what about a tour of the Salish Sea via boat or seaplane. If you find it hard to leave Kiana, which is a very real possibility, what about a picnic and games on the lawn? Spend the afternoon team building/bonding and rent some kayaks. Weather not cooperating? How about a ping pong or dartboard tournament? A good game of trivia, or even some breakout sessions with a good mix ice breaker questions are popular as well. Every company has a story to tell. Kiana Lodge is a place where time stands still. You can customize your timeline however you need. We'd love our story to give your company an event to remember.

Kiana Lodge 2017 Annual Showcase

Open houses are very important for both perspective and and already signed couples to get a good feel of what their venue has to offer them for their special day. As a couple, you gain a good understanding of the importance of the finer details that will make their vision a reality. From table layout to the ceremony location; it is a place for all those unasked questions, and to learn more about property characteristics. On the flip side, it is also important for the venue to showcase a perfectly staged room, the food and beverages that they do best, and to provide an opportunity for you to meet their most preferred vendors and what they will add to the atmosphere of the party.

Our annual wedding open house here at Kiana Lodge is as much fun for the staff and vendors as it is for our clients. We love a good party, and truly enjoy showcasing what our beautiful venue has to offer our wedding couples. Our team here at Kiana would like to thank each and every one our couples who made it out to our open house this past Saturday. You’re the ones who made it a success! Our sales team really enjoyed getting to know you and grab a snapshot of what your vision is for one of your most important events. We really do enjoy having our fans experience Kiana at it’s finest. Online photos cannot capture the true magic that you experience in person, but we’d love to share some of our favorites anyway. Here’s to our couples for 2017!

Kiana Lodge Valentine's Dinner

Kiana Lodge Valentine’s Day Dinner Sunday, February 14, 2016

Doors and Bar Open: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Entrée o Seared beef tenderloin o Coldwater lobster tail with garlic butter o Fire roasted winter vegetables o Russian fingerling potatoes sautéed with clarified butter

Dessert o Pot de crème

$100 per couple (includes gratuity)

$50 per person (includes gratuity)

Seating is by couple. Purchase your tickets HERE. If you need seating for a larger group, please call us at 866-738-4307

Pacific Northwest Winter Weddings


The winter season is a time for reflection, family, and gratitude. The cold days and long nights give us a desire for a cozy atmosphere, surrounded by a sense of togetherness and familiarity. This is a season of tea lights, crackling fires, and lanterns all of which add an essence of something quite magical amidst the nakedness of the winter landscape. A need for sharing is strong; which is one of the perfect reasons to have a winter wedding.     

Why you ask? The answer is why not? There are many reasons why winter is the perfect time to have a wedding. The need for closeness with family and friends is already strong, so why not throw in an extra reason to be together and celebrate! You can do it in style, and save room in your budget at the same time. You’ll find that it’s much easier to get your dream weekend date, your vendors will be much less busy, and your money will indubitably go farther than it will in the spring and summer. You’re already anticipating an indoor ceremony, and your guests are too, so you need not worry about obsessively checking the weather forecast for your big day. One less thing to stress about.

Lighted trees, evergreens, pine cones, rich berry tones, brick floors, exposed wooden beams, warm fires, soft armchairs, tea lights and lanterns… all things that are inviting in the winter scene and add those elegant and rustic wintery touches without making your reception feel like a holiday party. There’s endless ways to transform Kiana into the perfect winter wedding space. Go classic with white and silver touches, or go trendy with deep rich colors (yes, navy is back in!). Throw in a warm beverage bar and some cozy knit blankets, or?        

(866) 738-4307

Have Your Happiest Holidays Ever at Kiana Lodge


Join us for a beautiful Northwestern Christmas and ring in the New Year at Kiana Lodge. The Lodge is a fabulous destination for the family’s holiday getaway, as well as a great venue for those private parties, corporate events and cocktail hours.

Set among the natural beauty of six acres of trees and gardens and bordering 1,000 feet of the Puget Sound, Kiana Lodge offers an oasis of tranquility from the usual holiday hysteria, and provides an ideal environment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Don’t miss our New Year’s Eve Party. We’ll begin the celebration with a delicious buffet dinner, and our DJ will keep you dancing. Come midnight, you’ll enjoy party favors and tasty snacks along with some spectacular fireworks to accompany your champagne toast! The doors open at 7pm, dinner is from 8-10pm, and the party goes from 9pm-1am. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets in advance.

Visit:, or call (866) 738-4307 for more details.

Have a Winter Wonderland Wedding at Kiana Lodge


Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas wedding or plan to tie the knot with a glitz and glam New Year’s Eve ceremony, Kiana Lodge can help you make it happen! Voted “Best Wedding Destination” by The Knot and South Sound Magazine, the Lodge is a perfect venue for romantic winter weddings, especially during the holidays.

Kiana Lodge has the just-right sized space for any sized gathering - from cozy and intimate events to flocks of family and friends overflowing the ballroom. You and your guests will also enjoy the serene outdoor surroundings of fir and cedar trees adjacent to the waterfront here.

Relax in the knowledge that the Lodge’s experienced event planners will help you with every detail to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch. Our expert caterers will help plan the menu for your cocktail hours and reception, professionally prepare your wedding edibles and serve them according to your specifications and event timeline.

Contact us now to make your holiday wedding a dream come true. Call (866) 738-4307 or (360) 598-4311.

What’s a Winter Bride to Wear?

The downside to a winter wedding is undoubtedly the temperature. While snow and icicles may make for beautiful landscapes and clever wedding photos, a bride and her bridesmaids are bound to be cold. One of the rising trends to combat this inconvenience is the use of faux fur coats and shrugs as statement pieces. While it might seem tricky to pull off, faux fur coats can be extremely elegant when paired well with a bridesmaid’s dress or a wedding gown. Try an all white coat for the bride (or ivory or blush, depending on the color of her dress) and more subtle colors for her entourage. Deep browns pair well with the jewel-toned dresses brides so often pick out for their friends in the winter, while black can provide a stark contrast with the snow, and drown darker colors. We can’t wait to see what our guests come up with next to stay warm during a November or December wedding!

A Welcome to the Winter Wedding

While we at Kiana Lodge are enjoying this fine fall weather just as much as anyone else, we can’t help but get excited for the influx of winter weddings. Long sleeves, snow white bouquets dotted with deep berries and velvet accessories mark the shift from fall to winter, and we can’t wait to see it! One of our favorite trends is the inclusion of nature in wedding decor, and any planner can really play around with this come December. Pinecones, birch branches, rosemary, and holly are all absolutely great ideas to include in centerpieces as well as on or around the wedding cake. These fresh but familiar statement pieces are easy to come by and add that wonderful rustic look to your reception. If you’re going for a more refined aesthetic, stick with glossy berries over branches, and use them sparingly along table cloths white as snow, or silver and gold table runners.

Dressing for the Black-tie Wedding

Next in our series of dressing for all ranges of weddings, we have the Black-tie wedding. A little different from its friend white-tie, a black-tie wedding follows a “formal but fun” aesthetic. All sorts of dresses for this type of affair are fair game, from floor-length to a short statement dress. Bling, glitz, glamour, and slits are all acceptable. It helps to think of a black-tie wedding as a chance to show off, and thinking of yourself on the red carpet while shopping for a dress is alright too. You’ll want to wear something that is both sexy and classy, with accessories that signal you’re there to have a grand old time. For men, the rules are also a little lax. While a tie is necessary, and a tuxedo is preferred, a regular old suit is also acceptable to wear to a black-tie wedding.

Flannel for Fall

If your fall wedding is right around the corner, you might still be looking for a few touches to really make the wedding match the season. At this point, most of your plans are set. The colors, the flowers, the dresses are all taken care of. But there’s still time to add in a few surprises that will make your wedding as colorful as the autumn trees. One of the best ways to do this is in your photos. While your pictures with your partner will surely have an orange tree or two in the background, many brides overlook an opportunity to use the theme before their walk down the aisle. For those “getting ready” pictures, have your bridesmaids and flower girls dress in long flannels instead of silky robes. When you look back on pictures, you’ll remember that chill in the air as well as the cozy feeling of soft flannel against your skin.

Shaken, Not Stirred

While signature or personalized cocktails have been a wedding trend for years, many are taking that concept in a new direction. Since these cocktails are usually served in addition to a bar stocked with wine and beer, this is a great way to cut the costs of a traditional open bar, where your guests can drink you dry.

Taking inspiration from hit shows like Mad Men, craft cocktails specifically look like something out of the sixties, and generally reflect the theme of the wedding. In addition, these cocktails can symbolize something that’s important to the special couple, be christened with a name referencing an inside joke or a beloved pet. You can even have a few of these signature drinks — one for him and one for her.

While creating your own drink might be daunting for some, ask for advice from your bartender friends. They’ll make your craft cocktails a wedding hit.

Dressing for the White Tie Wedding

Next in our series of wedding dress codes, we’d like to give some tips on the types of attire expected at a white tie affair. As one of the most specific dress codes in the wedding tier, the best thing to keep in mind while shopping for a white tie celebration is “prim and proper.” For our ladies, this means a floor-length gown, preferably without slits or plunging necklines. White ties are called such for a reason, so male guests also must adhere to the rules as well. An actual white bowtie is expected here, in addition to a traditional tuxedo with tails. Keep in mind that when the couple specifically calls for a white tie wedding, this means they care what their guests wear. While shopping for the white tie wedding can be a pain, as a guest, you will feel classier than ever before, and you can expect an equally classy party.

Glitz and Glamour

Glitzy golds and soft rose hues are the go-to choice for incorporating metallics in the ceremony and reception. If you’re going for that ritzy feel, consider shimmery shoes for your bridesmaids or metallic ties for your groomsmen. Add a few pops of color in the reception by adding a glimmering tablecloth to every other table, or dipping the stems of champagne glasses into a gold paint. While this trend is hot right now, make sure not to go overboard with the glitter. This new metallic craze could go from glitzy and glam to drab real fast. Be expertly conscious of what gets glitter and what doesn’t.

Be One with the Water

If Kiana Lodge is the setting for your company’s corporate meetings, consider a few water sports to to facilitate team bonding. Well into the summer, Poulsbo has plenty to offer in this area, as Kiana Lodge sits right at the meeting points of Liberty Bay, Port Madison, and Port Orchard. Opportunities to get out on the water abound in our prime location. If you’re feeling a little daring and know your team is up to the challenge, utilize the many waterskiing companies close to the Lodge. Whether members of your team are experienced skiers or have never been behind a boat in their life, this experience will be fun for all. If you want something a little slower pace, rent kayaks and take a self-guided tour through Liberty Bay or get to know the water on a paddle boat. These activities will be fun for your employees and also encourage great memories for them to bond over for months to come.