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Woodmark Waterfront Weddings: Create Your Love Story in Kirkland in 2015

It's hard to believe that 2015 is already upon us. It is even more amazing that we have already kicked off our 2015 wedding season, and with a bang! Our first wedding couple Elliott and Barb were an amazing one to have starting us off. Keep reading for a glimpse into their story as well as how you can create your love story in 2015 too!

Kirkland is a beautiful destination for your wedding day and it offers everything you need. Looking out on Lake Washington, you hope every couple can keep the memory of its calm and still beauty as something they will always share and talk about as they spend their life together. This is what we wish for every couple including our first 2015 couple, Elliott and Barb. They literally could not wait for their big day to come so they pushed it up from June in Hawaii to January in Kirkland. Who can blame them? When you know, you know. Every part of their experience is something we hope each couple can have when they get married at the Woodmark, read their full story here.

The amazing thing about our weddings is no matter how many come and go, we see strong and passionate between the two that is consistently unique to that couple and their story. From the moment they awake to a special breakfast from Beach Cafe, to the luxurious accomodations in their bridal suite as they get ready, ending with the unmatched splendor of their personalized Kirkland event space, each wedding story starts here.

Our Catering team would be more than happy to assist with every request and need to create your 2015 wedding story at the Woodmark in Kirkland. Be sure to ask your personal Catering Manager for other couple's stories to hear more about how we make your dreams a reality.

Want to check out the Woodmark for your wedding? Call our Catering team at 425.827.1986 to schedule a site visit today!

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Love is in the Air: Plan Ahead for the Big Day with the Big Show

The Seattle Wedding Show is approaching this next weekend and this is where your journey begins. All you need for your big day in one place. This can be a huge time saver because you could end up leaving with a list of vendors you have chosen to work with. Our Woodmark team will be at the show talking about our venue right on Lake Washington and how that beauty can't be duplicated. This event is an amazing time but can also be stressful and intimidating. Keep reading for some tips to survive your next wedding show experience and even get some things done in preparation for your wedding.

Join us for the Seattle Wedding Show this coming weekend but keep these tips in mind to make sure you get the most out of your experience:

Don’t be embarrassed to ask lots of questions. That’s why you are at the show. Professionals are happy to share what they know with you. Be gutsy . . . taste the cake and smell the flowers.

 

Our Kirkland team is ready to answer any of your questions and give the personalized attention you deserve. This is day is special and we don't expect you to know it all yet. Take some samples see what makes the best sense for you.

 

Ask your fiancé to come along. It is much more likely that you will be able to make a decision and book a vendor, if accompanied. The groom’s participation in wedding planning is growing. Today, about 30% of grooms accompany their brides to wedding shows.

 

Make the 30% grow! This day is for both of you and so both of you should be involved. That way you can make decisions there and get things checked off of your list. Our Seattle Wedding team encourages grooms to be just as involved as their bride for the pure efficiency of the process.

Plan to spend a minimum of three to four hours in order to see all the exhibits and the fashion show.

 

Lastly, don't rush through the show by setting some time aside to enjoy the experience. If you don't make every decision or get everything done that's okay! Get contact information for the vendors you are interested in working with and stay in touch. Each couple can contact any of our Catering Managers for personalized attention in planning their lakeside wedding in downtown Kirkland.

 

Come see us at the Seattle Wedding Show this weekend! Call our Catering Team at 425.827.1986 to let us know you are coming!

 

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Holiday Smells, Sights, and Sounds at the Woodmark Hotel on Carillon Point

Carillon Point is a beautiful stop off of Lake Street to embrace the true spirit of this season. The smells, sights, and sounds uncover experiences that become traditions every year. We encourage you to check out just some of these to let your senses take in this holiday season of 2014. Keep reading to learn how send your senses jingling all the way to the new year. 

Smells:

A step into bin on the lake restaurant and the atmosphere overtakes you. The comfortable intimate atmosphere welcomes you to a place you can call home. The local flavors of the Northwest bring beautiful delicious scents throughout the space and will satisfy your taste buds beyond anything you've ever had. Take a look out the window and experience the view that the Woodmark Hotel and Carillon Point have to offer. Beach Cafe boasts similar views with a menu inspired by the Beach that is truly amazing even in the winter. This holiday their menus will be reflective of prime rib, Christmas brunch, and all the tastes of holiday dinner. Check out their menus here.

Sights:

The Christmas Ships perform on Carillon Point right by the Woodmark Hotel every year and it is a sight unlike any other. Boats lined up all around, decorated with their best Christmas spirit as the main boat boasts Christmas music sung by a choir of carolers. Even in the cold, the community comes together to engage this tradition on Carillon Point.

Sounds:

Whether it is the simple laughter of children as they embrace our hotel dog, Woody Meg or the clink of champagne glasses to celebrate an arrival, the sounds of the Woodmark Hotel and Carillon Point embrace the season. Christmas music throughout the hotel leaves you with no choice but to sing along. The music of the Christmas Ships on Carillon Point fills the plaza with holiday cheer and even after they are gone, it's as if they remain.

Looking for a new holiday experience to become your tradition? Call 425.822.3700 to learn about all the upcoming events at the Woodmark Hotel and on Carillon Point.

 

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The Family's Coming, What's There to Do? Try the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland

Only 17 days until Christmas and 23 until New Year's Day! For many of us that means not only is Santa coming to town, but so is the family! Many of our employees host their families in Kirkland or leave back to where they're from. This makes for a great time of laughter and memories made during the holiday season. But it also means that you need help entertaining your family members who may be here for a couple days or maybe even weeks depending on how much time they take off. The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland has you covered this holiday season to explore the property and the prime spots in Kirkland to get the full holiday experience at our destination. 

Holiday cooking is a production, whether it's a nice honey baked ham, maybe some more turkey, or something else completely. With all the focus on the big meal who wants to have to worry about the ones before and after? Beach Cafe has a menu that covers flavors from inland to the sea with something everyone will love. Even in the winter a trip to the Beach makes for a perfect holiday experience.

Check out Beach Cafe's holiday menus for Christmas Eve and Day here.

The dining experience doesn't end there... bin on the lake restaurant takes a comfortable, elegant atmosphere with local flavors overlooking Lake Washington as the backdrop. For a total dining experience, bring your relatives here for a time they will always remember.

For bin on the lake's holiday menus for Christmas Eve and Day, click here.

The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland loves to show their holiday spirit in a couple of ways as well. Starting December 11th, come explore our annual gingerbread village built by the local Carillon businesses and this year also by our departments in the hotel. This village will be throughout the lobby allowing you to get up close and personal with the creations. Make sure to vote for your favorite so they win bragging rights and a reception at Beach Cafe!

Need an excuse to come down to Kirkland? Try December 22nd for our Annual Christmas Ships Celebration with Carillon Properties and Argosy Cruises. From 5:30 pm to 7 pm come enjoy activities, carolers, hot drinks, a holiday movie, and pictures with Santa as we get ready for the Christmas Ships to perform. At 7 pm, congregate on Lake Washington as the Ships pushes out in the water shining bright lights and playing holiday tunes. Take it a step further and take a ride on the Woodmark II with Captain Rob to enjoy all of the boats out on Lake Washington.

The holidays are a great time in Kirkland, the tree in downtown was officially lit counting down the days until Christmas. Lights strung along the road and decorations galore make Kirkland a beautiful spot to be at this time. We hope to share some part of the season with you soon!

Visit thewoodmark.com or call 425.822.3700 for any more information about the holiday season at the Woodmark in Kirkland.   

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