Thank goodness we hired Lori Losee! She was a wedding life saver! I am one of those people who thinks they can do anything on their own and so when it came to our wedding I tried to plan it all to save us money and only thought I would need help the day of. I found Lori at the Tacoma wedding expo after going to many and found her to be the most affordable which was most important. During the planning process she made herself very available by phone and e-mail to ease my stresses and the planning meetings were very thorough and helpful. The day of the wedding I felt kind of worn out after all the planning stress, and it was such a breath of relief to have Lori there by our sides reasuring us that everything was going to be ok. It was nice to have someone else ordering people around instead of having to be bridezilla, trust me. Well as hard as I worked and checked every detail I thought I needed to, just about everything ended up having a snafoo in it and Lori somehow was quick and inventive to handle every situation. At the end of the night we had an amazing wedding of great memories that could have been really disastrous. I would highly recommend Lori Losee for wedding coordinating, and more than just the day of service becuase she is awesome!
~Kelsey and John Titus, August 8, 2009
My fiancé, Jim, and I met later in life. We’re both in our mid-fifties, working full time. Planning the wedding at this stage of my life was fun, but very time-consuming. We decided to hire a wedding coordinator for the day of the ceremony and the rehearsal. Having Lori available for email consults, which she graciously provided, really helped me remember all the details I needed to. I mistakenly assumed I would have everything under control. Needless to say, as the wedding got closer I started feeling and acting like a “bridezilla.” Lori’s reassurances that things were under control kept me sane!
The gifts for the groomsmen didn’t arrive until after we had to leave for the hotel. Lori made a special trip from her home in Puyallup up to Seattle to pick up the groomsmen’s gifts and brought them with her to the hotel. Wow!
Once Lori showed up at the hotel, I was able to relinquish the details to her and enjoy a beautiful celebration with my husband-to-be, family, and friends. She coordinated every detail, from overseeing the ballroom decorations to making sure Jim had his preferred choice of soft drink waiting for him at our table. I’m not sure if I could tell you everything she did because she operated so seamlessly! What I do know is that she took care of every detail. The reception ran smoothly and on schedule because Lori seemed to effortlessly make it happen. While we were dancing and enjoying ourselves, Lori and her assistant took some of the white roses used to decorate the reception to our hotel suite and sprinkled rose petals and chocolates on the bed.
Our wedding day was on one of the rare truly hot days we occasionally experience here. Lori made sure we had cool drinks before and after the ceremony. We ladies could remain in the air conditioned hotel room and she made sure we were where we needed to be when we needed to be there. While taking pictures after the ceremony, she not only brought me comfortable shoes she put them on my feet!
Hiring Lori as a wedding day coordinator was the best gift we could have given ourselves!
~Jim & Cathy English, July 25, 2009
I felt so much better and less stressed after our very first meeting with Lori. She was organized, on time, and helped me prioritize what needed to be done before our next meeting. I am not someone who has dreamed about her wedding her whole life, so I really appreciated having Lori give me ideas or point out things I might want to consider. She really helped me feel that what needed to be done was manageable and that she would take care of any problems so that Matt and I could enjoy our day.
Lori was at the rehearsal and it was so wonderful to have her there directing everyone. We all had a clear understanding of how the ceremony would go the next day and I was able to enjoy the evening instead of fielding questions. At the ceremony, Lori and her assistant were so wonderful, making sure everything went well. The chairs were set up exactly the way I had hoped, and Lori even made beautiful name tags to hang on the chairs for family.
During the reception, I later found out that Lori helped things run smoothly when the refrigerators stopped working! I never knew until someone told me after the wedding. It just illustrates what a great decision it was to hire Lori. Instead of dealing with mishaps and figuring out who would go get ice, Matt and I were able to completely enjoy our wedding, unaware of any chaos that might be going on. We had a wonderful, wonderful wedding and we are so glad we hired Lori so that we could enjoy and experience our day as much as possible.
Thank you Lori.
~Emily Barlow and Matt Currie
August 23, 2009
~Sean and Lacey (June 2009)
When the rehearsal came, I was feeling indecisive and didn’t want to make even more decisions. Lori stepped in and helped me choose when other people wanted to let me choose and I really needed the help of someone who had been there multiple times before. She met with me after the rehearsal and we went over all the stuff I brought for the wedding.
Finally the big day arrived and I was so glad to have Lori there helping me. She brought everything I needed (including last minute golf tees to put in the ground so the groomsmen would know where to stand, and the roses we used down the aisle) and directed all of the festivities: including putting bows on the backs of the chairs for the special guests, handing out all of the checks to the vendors and generally watching over every last detail. My mom especially loved how Lori was able to move people from one place to another without being intrusive at all.
At the end of the night Lori and her assistant Lilly were there handing out my favors to everyone before we left. I had a day of event coordinator with my venue, but I AM SO GLAD we hired Lori to be another day of coordinator. The venue coordinator was great for being in charge of the food and all of that side, but I know I would have been stressed without Lori. I wish I would have contacted her sooner to get even more ideas, but having her as the day of coordinator still made all the difference.
Bottom line, if you, your dad, your fiancé or someone else involved in the wedding is unsure about hiring a wedding planner, just remember this: my dad is one of the most frugal people you will ever meet and he said Lori’s help was worth every penny and then some.
~Rachael Odom-Parsons (July 2009)
Make sure when going to obtain a marriage license, bring proper form of payment and current photo ID. . Most counties only accept cash, cashier's check or money order, but make sure to check with your county first. Also, both the bride and groom need to be present to obtain a marriage license.
Pierce County- License fee is $64
King County- License fee is $64
Kitsap County- License fee is $64
Mason County- License fee is $64
Skagit County- License fee is $60
Snohomish County- License fee is $62
Thurston County- License fee is $64
~Lyn Leyde, May 2009
~Andy and Ashley Hay, May 2009
~Steve and Laurel Bierman, April 2009
Here are some helpful hints for registering.
1. Determine what store(s) you want to register at and what are your needs for the household. Make sure that you register at stores you frequent and if you are going to register for a speciality store make sure that you register for a nationwide department store to accommodate all of your guests.
2. Register in person rather than online. This is best since you can touch and feel out the products and then after completing your registry you can always go online to change or add a product.
3. Register for items to fit every kind of budget. With the current state of our economy make sure to register for a wide variety of products with price points. But don't shy away from registering for big ticket items such as a luggage set since a new trend is for wedding guests to pool their money to purchase one large gift.
4. Do your research on household products. Before you register figure out what your needs are. Don't register for something just to register. Stick to one brand for linens, towels, stemware, luggage and china. This will avoid receiving several items from different product lines.
5. Before your wedding, find a reliable friend or family member to gather all of your gifts at the church and/or reception venue to bring to your residence.
~Susan Sherratt, Alpha Phi International Executive Board Member
"Lori was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. Her partnership during the entire planning process as well as while she was on-site assured a great event! Lori’s attention to detail and excellent communication skills made it possible to effectively share her expectations with our operations team. I look forward to working with her again in the near future!"
~JenniferDer, Sr. Sr. Catering Sales Manager at the Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport
"After working with Lori Losee, we would highly recommend her to anyone with event planning needs. Her attention to detail and can-do attitude alleviated many of the stresses that would normally occur in planning a big event. Our wedding went off without a hitch, and it was due in no small part to the efforts of Lori!"
~Mike and Amy Sachwitz
This weekend I had the pleasure of travelling to San Francisco for the 2009 Alpha Phi Pacific Northwest Conference. This was the third conference as the event coordinator.
Planning for this year's event began last summer finalizing dates and a venue to host the 190 participants Alpha Phi Executive Office and Foundation Staff and members of the Alpha Phi International Executive Board and collegians and alumnae from Canada, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California.
This year's conference was held at the Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport. It was a fantastic venue with great staff work with in preparation of the event and the successful execution of the conference.
The theme for this year was Alpha Phi First Class. For Friday night's dinner we used that idea to create a nightclub themed dinner with a purple carpet entrance with VIP check-in.
Saturday night was our Red Dress Gala event to promote cardiac care. The event included a heart healthy version of the Alpha Phi Foundation Price is Right game.
Anytime I found anything pirate I drew some inspirations including party favors, decorations, games and cake ideas I put it into my idea notebook for later.
I work with Shelley from A Tier Above Cakes to create an amazing replica Treasure chest cake. When the guests arrived, they said how much they liked my "centerpiece." Once I told them that the "centerpiece" was an actual cake they couldn't believe it. It was realistic looking all the way down the sugar sand and candy pearl necklace and jewels.
My husband (assistant) helped me turn our garage into a sunken pirate ship where all of the younger party guests ventured for games and playtime. The kids played pirate ship battle in two homemade pirate ships, digging for coins in a sand pit, "Pin the Treasure Chest on the X." and a Parrot pinata.
After this experience, I would really like to get into planning more events like this. It was so much fun.
Then reality hit about 6 months before my big day, after I organized and planned everything myself, the internal wedding planner in me, thought how was I the bride going to make all of this happen on my bid day while still being the bride.
Thank goodness a good friend of mine who was a wedding planner whom I met while I was a newspaper reporter in Gig Harbor explained to me how she could make my vision and plan come true while still enjoying my wedding day. She said that all I had to worry about was and saying was walking down the aisle and saying, "I Do."
My day of coordinator was fantastic and that is how I have modeled Elegant Affairs after the way I was treated on my big day. I love what I do and this isn't my full-time job. My full-time job is being the best mommy to my two boys. I do this because I love weddings!
The vision for Elegant Affairs is to help brides who were just like me who just need help on their wedding day and/or help brides actually start the wedding planning process from selecting a venue, a photographer and helping with designing the overall layout for one of the biggest days of a couple's future together as husband and wife. I am very detail-oriented and I go beyond the call of duty to make sure that your vision for your day comes true while on any budget.
Believe or not, I'm not crazy and everything went I think really well. I think the best part of the booth at the show was having Sara and Roni doing hair and make-up demonstrations, which I think drew a good crowd and I was able to meet a lot of people who just stopped to watch.
The other great part of the Expo was all of the people that I got to meet, from making some good contacts with vendors and then meeting all of the excited brides, grooms, mothers and friends which I love. I was really surprised by how many people I know were there. I spotted several people from my high school at the show and it was great catching up.
Now, only time will tell how to rate my success is seeing just how many decide that working with me on their wedding is the only way to go.
Now, that is what your wedding is supposed to be like and when the idea of Elegant Affairs was born.
Now, married for seven years and with two sons, Grant and Jackson, Lori is taking Elegant Affairs to a new level.
Elegant Affairs is not only about weddings; we can also plan such events as parties (Holiday, Birthday, Bachelorette, Bridal and Baby Showers) to corporate and non-profit events and conferences.
Lori attended Washington State University and earned a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. Her career has spanned from a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, editor and her vast volunteer experience with the Alpha Phi sorority.
Our goal and focus at Elegant Affairs is to ensure your special day runs flawlessly. Through her own experiences, Lori understands the importance of this one day and promises to make it a dream come true for you. We are here to help you create your signature wedding by collecting all your thoughts, dreams, and ideas on how you envision your special day to make your dream a reality.
Elegant Affairs will coordinate every aspect of your wedding or event, beginning with an introductory meeting for us to get to know one another and discuss your vision. Trust is important in any relationship. You should feel completely comfortable with your coordinator and feel assured that we completely understand your needs. If you need assistance in determining your individual needs based on your wedding/event style and budget, we would love to sit down with you and help and put together a package and price that is right for you.
If you just need a little help getting started, or need some advice along the way, Elegant Affairs can assist you with those tasks you just can't find the time for: finding the right location for your wedding ceremony, researching caterers within your budget, locating the right florist or baker, helping to design invitations or wedding programs, and much more! Consulting services can be arranged via phone, e-mail or person to person.