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Twisted Together: A Georgetown Cocktail

Mr Pretzel and I were so happy to have our reception at Georgetown Studios.  We loved our venue  in the original Rainier Beer brewery building in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.  I am not sure which we loved more, the building or the neighborhood. The best description that we have heard for this neighborhood  is “post-squat, industrial bohemian chic“.  The building and the area aren’t exactly what most people think of when they imagine a wedding reception but for us it was perfect and we consider ourselves lucky. We booked the venue within 6 months of the venue opening and shortly after our wedding the venue received bad news from the city.  In order to continue hosting events they would need to do some seismic upgrades.  They are working with the property owners and hope to be hosting weddings again in 2012.  If you have your eye on this venue you can stay up to date on this issue on the Georgetown Studios blog.

*All images by Amore Studios unless otherwise noted.

Our reception venue was on a busy street and the turn into the parking lot was easy to miss.  This easel helped direct traffic- plus it was adorable!

While we were taking photos our amazing our amazing DOC (Bobbi Roth Wedding Design) and our fabulous catering company (City Catering) were transforming our reception venue with lots of whites and bright colors.  We had a variety of seating options for folks; two lounge areas, numerous large round tables, and cocktail tables.

Our vision was that people would move around throughout the night but in reality people  grabbed a spot and “camped out” for the night.  Mamma Pretzel’s family took ownership of the lounge above while my co-workers grabbed the “secret VIP lounge area” tucked in the back.  Mr Pretzel’s family took ownership of a large round table near the dance floor.

Lesson to Mr Pretzel and I, people like to have a seat to call their own.

The table centerpieces came together beautifully.  The white linens, milk glass, and picture frames provided the perfect backdrop for the vibrant flowers and colorful ribbon mats.

Image courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

The frames held fun facts about us, the venue, or certain elements of the reception.  Most of our guests brought their Yay flags to the reception.  A couple made their way into flower arrangements too.

Previous two images courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

As our guests arrived for cocktail hour they were presented with some yummy options to quench their thirst.  We featured three amazing beers from local Georgetown Brewing Company who until just weeks before our wedding shared building space with our venue.  Manny’s Pale Ale, Roger’s Pilsner, and Chopper Red were all on tap and we offered a local Washington Chardonnay and a yummy Syrah as wine options. The drink that stole the show, however, was my family recipe wedding punch “Wedded Bliss“.  This heavy on the alcohol (lemon juice, Gin, vermouth, simple syrup, & grape juice)  signature cocktail was garnished with a frozen grape and was heavenly on a hot day.

Image courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

The wedding punch was no joke and packed a powerful punch (pun intended). Our guests needed food in their bellies stat! Passed munchies during cocktail hour included mini red hook bratwurst, homemade soft pretzels, and homemade salt and vinegar potato chips.

While munching on goodies and sipping on wedding punch our guests mingled…

…wrote us notes in our photo guest book…

Image courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

…made sure our photo booth was working properly…

… and ultimately had a great time.

Preceding four images courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

It was a bummer to not be at our cocktail hour but I’m glad everyone enjoyed themselves.  What were the Pretzels up to during cocktail hour?

Coming up next: Mr P and I get some time alone on a walk through Georgetown.

Need to catch up?

Twisted Together, aka Pretzel recaps:

Wedding Week

Getting Ready

The Ceremony

May 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Here We Go Again: Drinks on me!

With the guest and family table linens selected we moved our attention to the cocktail tables.  If you know anything about the Pretzels you know that we love beer.  Of paramount importance- a perfect place for our guests to rest their of glasses Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown.  YUM, I can’t wait to tap that keg!  Oh, I digress!   Our venue offers black spandex cocktail table covers… not really fitting with our rustic fall themed party.


Looking at our color palette, cherry red seamed like the natural choice for cocktail table linens.

Red linens with burlap square and burlap tie

The linens for the guest tables ran around $7, so imagine my surprise when I found out that linens for our cocktail tables would be $20 each.  Whoa.  But in the scheme of things we decided the price was worth it.  I cut 16 inch squares of burlap to lay on top of the tables.

Burlap, Frosted jar, and Ikea frame

Mr P made the frosted jars for our wedding rehearsal dinner.  He read about sun jars on Lifehacker and wanted them at our reception.  I love that we are going to be able to reuse them at the hometown reception.  We decided that the LED lights that we used at the RD weren’t bright enough so we switched them out with battery operated tea lights.

The Ikea frames are also from our wedding.  YAY re-use! Each frame will feature both signs (they are double-sided).

The first sign encourages our guests to write questions for our newlywed game.

The second sign is from our Seattle reception prodding our guests towards the photo booth. But, do they really need prodding?  Our booth was busy the whole night in Seattle and I don’t expect any less from our hometown reception.

Not too shabby?  I think replacing the spandex table covers with cherry red linens will do wonders!

How are you dressing up your cocktail area?

November 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Here We Go Again: Linens ‘n’ Things

One of the things I didn’t worry about at our Seattle reception was linens.  The bright accents of pink, orange, aqua, and green worked nicely with  (no cost!) white linens and our venue was so unique and pretty it didn’t need much.  The venue for our hometown reception is very nice, but its a banquet hall and thus it is a neutral space.  It’s style leans towards Art Deco, lots of grays and blacks with sleek lines.  This space doesn’t naturally lend itself to a rustic fall themed event.  Not without a little help anyways.

We decided to invest in colored linens to help set the mood.  Our guests will be seated at your standard round tables.  Instead of a bridal table (it’s not a wedding remember!) we will have a family table with our immediate family in the middle of the room.

Our floor-plan

Half of our guest tables will be draped in orange, the other half draped in goldenrod.

Our Centerpieces

Source for wood slice, other images personal

Our centerpieces will have silk flowers in the milk glass from our Seattle reception and a lighted small lantern in goldenrod, orange, brown or red. To add more light I made frosted canning jars (canning jar + spray-paint glass frosting)  that will hold a battery operated tea light.  All of this will sit on top of a wood slice.

With the family table being smack dab in the midst of the orange and goldenrod tables we wanted it to pop.  When I was looking for inspiration photos I found this image which Mr P went crazy for.


He wanted a turquoise family table.   I fell in love with Mrs Bear Cub’s long tables and burlap runners.  Lucky for me she was willing to sell me her burlap runners for a very good price!

I can’t wait to see the burlap on the bright turquoise!

Place cards for the family table

Logistically it makes sense to assign seating at the family table. I whipped these out on the silhouette to keep everyone in the right place.

In case there is any question who the new MR and MRS are, I also picked these up for the backs of our chairs.


I really think the colored linens will really pull the space together.  I didn’t even think about colored linens for our Seattle reception but I really enjoyed picking these out for the hometown reception. I can’t wait to see it all come together next week!

Are you going with basic white or adding color to your tables?

November 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Here We Go Again: Flowers

We chose to use milk glass bud vases in our centerpieces for two reasons.  One, we could pick them up at thrift stores for just dollars and two because bud vases meant less flowers which meant less money. Way back in the beginning when I first started buying wedding magazines and reading wedding websites I remember reading this money saving tip: Use bud vases in you centerpieces because they require  only a couple stems each.   Milk Glass provided an added bonus with vintage charm and mismatched look but the main selling point was that I liked the look and the look equaled less money.

For our Seattle wedding reception we filled our milk glass with a bright and colorful mixture of pink, orange, and green fresh flowers but what to do about our Indiana reception?  The orange, goldenrod, turquoise and red color pallet has a more rustic flair. Thankfully the vintage look of milk glass blends in nicely with this rustic vibe.

I decided that we could reuse our hanging lanterns from our Seattle wedding. The lanterns hung from a bent wooden dowel on turquoise ribbon. Lookie there, one of our accent colors!  We could switch out the brightly colored lanterns with more earthy ones.

Burnt Orange, Orange, Squash, Brown, & Red Lanterns from The Paper Lantern Store

Lets be honest, I didn’t really want to fuss with fresh flowers. MIL Pretzel took a silk floral arranging class when planning my Sister-in-law’s wedding. She’s amazing.  I figured it was easiest to purchase silk flowers online and have them mailed to her in Indiana.    I set out to find red and orange flowers to complete the centerpieces.  For what I was looking for, seemed to have a the best  selection and price so I ordered a couple samples.

19″ Flame Ranunculus Bush with 7 Flowers and 2 Buds,

Silk Mum Bush in Brick Orange – 22″ Tall

Mini Poppy Spray in Flame Orange – 21″ Tall

Artificial Japanese Lantern in Orange Yellow

Bittersweet Branch Spray in Red – 31″ Tall

This gave be quite a variety to start with, but my eyes got wandering and I ordered some dried flowers from Save-On-Crafts.  The thistle was expensive, $17 for 12 stems and I am not really sure what my vision was.

Giant Aspen Gold Natural Preserved Thistle Stems & Black Beard Wheat Stalks

Armed with my fake florals, I mocked up some examples. Let me tell you, those thistles are cool looking but damn do they hurt!

Mums, Lanterns, Ranunculus, and poppy

Mums, Lanterns, Ranunculus, and poppy

Wheat and Thistle

Thistle alone

Ranunculus, Bittersweet, and Thistle

I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of the mums.  Likewise the bittersweet looked like a child’s toy.  The thistle was very stiff and thick stemmed,  making arranging difficult.  In person the wheat left me feeling mehhh. By far my favorites were the ranunculus, lanterns and poppy.  I wanted to be sure to include some red and thankfully found a red ranunculus.  Click, click, click and I had the following flowers ordered up.

27″ Ranunculus Spray in Red

Mini Poppy Spray in Flame Orange – 21″ Tall

Artificial Japanese Lantern in Orange Yellow

19″ Flame Ranunculus Bush with 7 Flowers and 2 Buds

I sent my samples off to MIL Pretzel and called this phase of planning done.  I swear, the second time around all of these decisions are a lot easier.

Did you use fake flowers in your centerpieces?  Where did you find the best selection?

September 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm 1 comment

Here we go again: Inspiration

You’ve just had the most amazing wedding and reception.  Every detail fell into place beautifully.  You’re basking in the glow of newlywed-ness and then you realize that you have a second party to plan.  CRAP!

Mr P and I quickly realized that we weren’t going to re-purpose our  brightly colored summer wedding style for our November party in Indiana.  We did however want to re-purpose some of the elements.  The first place we could start is with our colors.   Pink,  green, and aqua blue didn’t scream fall to us.  But we could certainly work with orange. A quick search gave me lots of rustic orange wedding inspiration.




This whetted my appetite for rustic fall party. I consulted one of my favorite color websites, to look for a color scheme.


Using the accented analogic feature I set the the primary color to orange and *BAM* we had a color scheme. Not too shabby, we are able to reuse 2 of our 5 wedding colors!  I guess technically Kraft was our “other wedding color” so its more like 3 of our 5 colors are recycled

Mr P loves the color scheme and I’m excited too.  We’re not stopping with reusing wedding colors, much of our decor are second (or third) use items.  We have milkglass vases that already made appearances at our wedding and at Mrs Hot Dog’s wedding, Canning jars from our rehearsal dinner,  Burlap runners purchased from Mrs Bear Cub, and wood slices purchased right off of the Weddingbee Classifieds.  I think it is safe to say our vision is starting to come together.

Sources: Burlap Runner, Mango Lantern, Red Lantern, Squash Lantern, Turquoise Runner, Orange Reception, Orange Ranunculus

Are you reusing items from your wedding for a hometown reception?

September 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

The Murder of Rainbow Brite

We’ve got color in our wedding, lots and lots of color.  Five official wedding colors to be exact. I’ve been sure to check in with Mr Pretzel on numerous occasions to make sure he is as happy with our bright color pallet as I am.

Every time, he sets my fears at ease and tells me that he loves the bright pops of color that we’ve incorporated into our wedding and he trusts my “color discretion”. *whew* However, I realized this weekend that that trust doesn’t extend to the decorating of our townhouse. *Uttt-Ohhh*

I had a bunch of girlfriends over for some fabric and paper flower crafting.  We were discussing the use of color in the Pretzel’s new house.  Mr Pretzel was making us homemade gourmet pizza (YUM) and overheard our conversation.  “But you wanna make the house look like the crime scene of Rainbow Brite’s murder”  he exclaimed.


Oh… ummm… yeah…probably guilty as charged.  Mr Pretzel and I love bright color but we really need to be careful with balance. Currently our townhouse has a lot of brown black and grey.  We have some green and orange accents but overall the townhouse looks like a bachelors pad.   When we registered at Macy’s we selected items that would provide a bright dash of color to offset all of the neutral colors.

Like Miss Frog, I have an Amazon registry.  I love the universal registry button and have added items from Anthropology, Urban Outfitters, Pampered Chef, Lowes, and a whole host of other online merchants.  I am resisting adding Etsy items, but soon may crumble.

Unlike our Macy’s registering where we did it together in the store, I’ve been adding things to the Amazon registry on my own and at my whim.  Usually I send a link to Mr Pretzel in IM for him to preview but sometimes I get a little carried away in my online shopping.  “Its going to look like the Murder of Rainbow Brite” rings in the back of my head and I have to go back later and second guess our registry items.

Having three separate registries (we have a Kohls one too) can make it hard to visualize what the sum of the items registered for will look like.  After Mr Pretzel’s Rainbow Bright comment this weekend I decided to pull items off of all three of our registries into inspiration boards. You know just to make sure we are creating a cohesive look. Mr Pretzel has veto power to exercise if he so wishes, but I’m actually pretty happy with what we have coming together.

Lets start in the kitchen because we love to cook:

Sources: Index Cutting Board Set; Le Creuset Mortar and Pestle; Herb Saver; Trifle Bowl; Fiesta Ware Salt and Pepper; Dish Towels; Spoon Rest; Cupcake carrier; Baking Dish; Le Creuset Salt Pig; Le Creuset Butter Bell; Pinch Bowls; Le Creuset Dutch Oven; Calphalon Unison Cookware

We love to entertain almost as much as we love to cook, let’s move to the dining room:

Source: Stemless wine glassesVera Place-mats; GlasswareHenckel Opus flatware; Table cloth; Place-mat & Napkin set; Fiestaware- Scarlet, Chocolate, Lemongrass, Peacock

I’ve refrained from too much color in the bedroom/bathrooms:

Source: Guest Bath Set, Guest Towels, Master Bath Set, Master Towels, Hotel Collection Bedding, Ripple Ruffle Throw, Round Pin-tuck Pillow, FRED Humidifier

Finally, some items for the living areas of the house:

Source: Bird bud vase; wall bottle opener; IU vs Purdue Print; ClockMarquee K; DeWalt Orbit Sander; Recycled “boom box”; Dyson Animal Ball Vacuum; Kate Spade Bud vase

Ok, there was one time where my color passion got our of control. Urban outfitters had a cute colorful chandelier which I quickly removed from our registry once Mr Pretzel IMed me “SERIOUSLY????!!!!???” Whoops.


I love the idea of registry inspiration boards and the flexibility of the Amazon registry but I better have Mr Pretzel check these over to make sure I’m not trying to slay Rainbow Brite in our house.

How are you ensuring a consistent vibe with your registry items?

May 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

What a Cluster!

Mr Pretzel and I went through multiple design iterations of our pew lantern clusters.  After fussing with knots and different types of glue we finally hauled out the sewing machine. Lets break it down.

Supplies needed:

Step1: Using your pliers, bend the hooks on the lantern frame so that they form a closed circle with a vertical bar running through the center as seen in the above photo.

Step 2: Thread your ribbon through the closed circle, under the vertical bar.

Step 3: Thread the ribbon back over the top of the vertical bar. This is enough to hold the lantern in place for now.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the second and third lantern, staggering their placement on the ribbon.

Step 5: Once you have the placement just right carefully remove the paper lanterns from their frames and sew the ribbon together with tacking stiches just above or below (depending on the ribbon placement) where the ribbon is wrapped in the frame.

Step 6: Create a loop with the ribbon ends and sew into place.

Major bonus to this project, it stores flat.  Good thing too- our “wedding room” guest room is quickly filling up with wedding stuff.

Cost per cluster: $2.26

  • Three 3.5 inch lanterns: 2.10  (.70 per lantern)
  • 1 yard of ribbon: .16 (50 yards of this ribbon for $8)


April 1, 2010 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

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