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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.
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!
It may not quite feel like it yet, but spring is just around the corner. With spring comes Easter and the Easter Buffet and Egg Hunt at our Seattle-area lodge! At 11am on March 27th, guests can enjoy a delicious Easter brunch with cream cheese and bagels, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, crab mac and cheese, sausage and other tasty brunch items.
At noon, kids can visit the with Easter Bunny and get their picture taken and then go on our egg hunt throughout our spacious lawn, which is sure to delight! Nothing beats spring in the Pacific Northwest and nothing beats the Easter celebration at Kiana Lodge!
Wedding tradition has always called for a "something old," but recently, couples are incorporating vintage-inspired style into their weddings, whether it’s dress styles, makeup or hair, brides are borrowing from decades past, from the Gatsby-era of the Roaring ‘20’s to the Bohemian feel of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
This also extends to themes, like "Vintage Garden" with Victorian-style china, brass accessories and intricate glassware. This fits in well with the rustic aesthetic, which is still going strong into this wedding season, and is just one more reason to have your wedding at our Seattle-area lodge, where our garden atrium and main lodge can feel like a romantic step backwards in time, sure to blend with whatever era you plan on weaving into your wedding.
Of the emerging trends for 2016 weddings, one major theme has been individuality. No longer following the crowds, couples are doing weddings in ways that are unique to them, including more unconventional bridal gowns with dramatic detailing, long sleeves, even some appliques.
Bridesmaids are also getting in on it, instead of all having to fit into the same-shaped dress, more weddings are opting for bridesmaids choosing their own dresses that share a cohesive color palette with the rest of the wedding party.
This trend continues to into elements like refreshments as well, with the food and beverages reflecting the couples’ history or interests, like craft beer and sliders for the sports tailgaters or even sandwiches from a favorite deli. No matter what you decide for your wedding, at Kiana Lodge, we’ll work with you to make sure your wedding day is uniquely your own.
End the old year and start the new one on a high note at our gorgeous Seattle-area lodge! On December 31st, the doors and bar open at 7pm, with dinner at 8pm and the party kicking off at 10pm and running until 1am.
Guests can enjoy dancing, a DJ, all kinds of party favors, a buffet dinner with a range of delicious options like steak, salmon, salads and seasonal veggies, and later on, yummy late night snacks like scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and more.
There will also be a champagne toast at midnight, and to cap it all off: an incredible fireworks display. So don’t let the new year pass you by, bid farewell to 2015 and jump into 2016 with a night to remember!
While we may currently be in a winter wonderland, wedding trendsetters are looking ahead to the spring and summer wedding seasons for hot upcoming styles and ideas, especially when it comes to the food and drinks.
In order to avoid the cost of an open bar as well as highlight the bride and groom’s personalities, more couples are instead choosing to serve their favorite unique and delicious cocktails. They can reflect your personality, your heritage, or even just your favorite flavors.
Once things start warming up, another expected trend, especially for outdoor weddings, is the "grown-up" popsicle, using fresh fruit juice to turn your favorite cocktail into a whimsical frozen treat, perfect as a mid-dance refresher! When it comes to cake, the new trend is "less is more," with "naked" cakes that eschew the outer layer of frosting and instead are simply adorned with berries or fresh flowers, creating a homey, rustic look that fits right in with the aesthetic of Kiana Lodge, from our main lodge to the gorgeous waterfront area.