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?
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer has come to our beautiful Seattle-area lodge, and this July, guests celebrate the advent of sunny days and warm seasons with by wining and dining at our fabulous Wine Dinner. On July 27th, guests can enjoy drinks from the bar, which opens at 5pm, before heading in to diner, which begins at 6pm. Expect an amazing four course meal, with each course paired with the perfect wine for each. The dinner is a Northwest themed meal, using local ingredients and the wines are Washington grown, from Maryhill Winery located in Goldendale, WA. Tickets are $45 per person and seating is limited, so be sure to get them before they’re gone by either purchasing them on Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 866-738-4307. So come join us for a wine dinner that’s a perfect salute to summer!
Warm summer days are just around the corner and there’s no better way to kick off a beautiful summer in the Pacific Northwest than by heading to our 3rd Annual Kiana Brewfest! On Sunday, June 5th, from noon to 6pm, visitors can enjoy craft beers from a dozen different local breweries, including Silver City Brewing Co., Hale’s Ales Brewery, Port Townsend Brewing and more! Tickets are twenty-five dollars a person and include not just entry into the event but also a commemorative tasting glass, five different 4oz tastes to try and live music and games on our gorgeous event lawn. You must be twenty-one years or older, and there are no pets allowed, but otherwise there’s nothing to stop you from kicking back with some of the highest quality beer the area has to offer while enjoying the beautiful views that surround our Seattle-area lodge.
Here at Kiana Lodge, we love putting new twists on classic weddings, and sometimes, one of the best ways to put a new twist on the typical wedding guestbook is to rent a photo booth! The companies that offer this option usually provide lots of props for your honored guests to use, such as the "Team Bride!" signs, funky hats, and oversized sunglasses. This is a great way to commemorate your special day; not only do you get a scrapbook full of photos of your guests, where they can write sweet notes, but your guests also get to keep their own mementos.
Luckily, if you’d rather spend money on the open bar, or a live band, you can pull together a DYI version of this as well. Grab a swatch of fabric and pin it to a bare wall, or you can even just use the natural background of our beautiful gardens. Put dollar store props—like feather boas or homemade signs—in a basket and set a camera on a tripod beside the guestbook. This way, your guests can let their true personalities shine through and provide you with some great laughs when you look back on your special day at our Seattle-are lodge.
Most typical bridal parties are entirely composed of women, around the same age and with cute little flower girls, but now, more and more those traditional rules are being put to the side.
More often, men are partaking in their sister’s bridal parties, and women are standing alongside their brothers as they get married. Non-traditional bridal parties are taking over, and there is no rule about how your party should look.
Many brides are having their best male friends included in their parties or even having grandmothers as flower girls for a cute twist on the ceremony. Another new trend this year is forgoing bridal parties altogether and just having all your best friends get ready with you on the big day. Many brides and grooms are embracing this trend, and if there's one thing we love at Kiana Lodge it's new trends and traditions, so come start one with us!
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, consider showing your mom just how much you appreciate her by treating her to a savory brunch with us at the lodge. On May 8th, guests can take a fifteen minute seaplane ride from Lake Union over Seattle and Puget Sound.
After arriving at our Seattle-area lodge, enjoy brunch in our Garden Atrium where guests can dine under our skylight windows, with views of our garden and the shores of the Agate Pass, while sampling our Kiana signature salmon, oven roasted pineapple glazed ham, baked mac and cheese, and much more. Choose from our assorted desserts and pair that with Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tea. Reserve a spot now before it’s gone by calling 1-866-738-4307.
We’re so excited for summer and summer weddings that we can’t stop thinking about them, even if it’s technically not spring yet, (hey, it never hurts to plan ahead!). In order to get it out of our systems, here’s a look at a few upcoming summer wedding trends that are sure to delight!
-Bridal crop tops! As the weather warms up, the bride doesn’t want to overheat in a long-sleeved dress, so try this chic alternative by showing a sliver of midriff, a look that’s been steadily gaining popularity, and is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding at our Seattle-area lodge.
-Seasonal wedding cakes are another great way to embrace the summer season. Take inspiration from some of the summer flavors you loved as a child and go for fruity, refreshing choices like fresh strawberries and blueberries, or Key-Lime, lemon and other citrus-y flavors.
-Summer means fun colors that you might not be able to get away with during other seasons! It means fun fuchsias and magentas, vibrant pinks and pastels and even neon accents on your invitations, menus or programs for that extra fun pop of color.
As temperatures finally begin to rise a bit and winter draws to a close, celebrate the coming of spring at our Kiana Lodge with our Wine Dinner on March 23rd, where our guests can enjoy four amazing courses paired with wine from a wide range of locations around the world.
At 6pm, the dinner begins and sample everything from our duck confit salad, poached prawn crostini or even a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich, paired with wines from South Australia, France, California and more! Tickets are on sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513383, so make sure to get a seat before it’s gone!
Technology is on the rise in weddings! While plenty of couples are still hiring professional photographers, an increasing number are either supplementing or going completely DIY with their own techie touches, like drones, which are easy to pilot and can provide versatile shots of your special day, whether it’s your entire wedding in one shot from above or hovering in place to catch interesting angles or the walk down the aisle.
Go Pro cameras, once the companions of extreme sports enthusiasts, are now finding themselves stuck in bouquets to capture intimate wedding moments from surprising new angles. Some couples are even live-streaming their wedding using the Periscope app so that family and friends who can’t make the ceremony can watch along on their own devices.
It’s DIY we L-O-V-E!