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SEATTLE WA – launches local wedding service offerings in Seattle today, providing members access to daily, local, wedding-related sales events at up to 80% off retail. Wedcoupon launched early this month offering national sales events on discounted high-demand wedding related merchandise, travel, and wine – disrupting the overpriced $40B/year wedding industry. Engaged couples, attendants, family and friends can register to receive emails about upcoming sales. Membership is free: register with an email address and a password.


Wedcoupon is an ecommerce platform that offers sales events ranging from discounted high-demand wedding related merchandise, travel, wine, and services. Engaged couples and their attendants can register to receive emails about sales events that could save them a small fortune on one of life’s most expensive occasions. Registered members can also search for time-dated sales events via the ‘calendar function’ to discover local vendors discounts that coincide with their wedding date. Local sales events on wedding services are offered in Washington DC and Seattle, future cities include New York, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, and more. Everything from the dress, the honeymoon, and wine, to decor is offered nationally.


“I’ve been in the industry for 15 years and understand that weddings can be the most expensive event of a lifetime…but they don’t have to be!” Says Co-Founder, Katie Martin



Carolyn Gerin, Co-Founder, elaborates, “Wedcoupon offers on-trend, stylish solutions at affordable price points. Remember: the day after your wedding is the beginning of your economic life together…. If you want to live well, keep an eye on the balance sheet.”


“Wedcoupon’s product and service offerings is what truly sets us apart from our competitors. If I could have saved on my wedding makeup or even booked an ice cream truck to offer luscious late night snacks for my guests, I may have been inspired to explore different possibilities.” said Carina Walters, CMO of Wedcoupon. “We know that most couples in today’s economy are digging into their savings to bring their dream wedding to life – we want to lower those costs, and allow them to have it all, without ever sacrificing style or innovation.”


To celebrate the launch Wedcoupon has dropped shipping to $4.95, and is reaching out to the budget savvy-newly-engaged-Seattle-ites to be guest bloggers and join the champagne-fueled inspiration committee video calls at HQ. Here, Seattle-ites will share their great finds, unique wedding inspirations, personal style, and tips and tricks on  “how to stay happily engaged in 2012” with Wedcoupon and our followers.  Click HERE to learn more.



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Our gal pal Katie Hintz-Zambrano fashionista fabuloso of and Natalie Bowen fiscally fabulous florist, shows us how to be pretty on a penny with some divine d.i.y. smarts….

With the arrival of summertime comes lots more easy at-home entertaining. And with gorgeous summer blooms everywhere, we’re all wondering how we can bring the prettiness of a fresh arrangement to the table in a fun and unexpected way—and without that steep pro price-tag. Well, just heed the advice of wonderful local florist Natalie Bowen, who teaches us how to assemble a spectacular (and totally easy!) centerpiece for under $20 total. Follow her four simple DIY steps—we did, and they work!—plus get her advice on where to score flowers and vases on the cheap, to add a super sweet touch to your next at-home summer soirée. Now, for those invites…

The beautiful results!

Step 1: Pick Out Your Flowers

“Urban Flowers in the Castro is my secret spot. They’re always open and they have a great $5 bucket, which is similar to the day-old bagel concept. I also like Whole Foods because they have a fairly large selection of fresh flowers and they sell smaller bunches, priced two for $10 or two for $8, so that you can put together your own arrangement. I look for three colors that form a monochromatic palette, and I get flowers that are tight and closed and don’t have any brown on the petals or leaves, so that they’ll last longer.”

Step 2: Find A Vase, Fill With Water

“Different flowers like different amounts of water. And most flowers, like roses and tulips, like a lot of water. I actually notice that most people don’t have enough water in their vases. You should ask the person selling the flowers to give you guidance, or just Google it. But in general, you should fill your glass or vase two-thirds full. And to keep prices down, you can use a mason jar or a nice drinking glass from your kitchen.”

Step 3: Cut And Clean Your Stems

“Making sure that your flowers have a fresh and clean diagonal cut is almost the most important thing to do. Then, when cleaning them up, make sure you don’t have any of the leaves below the top of the vase, so take off any leaves that are near the bottom of the stem. If you have broken stems, just set those flowers aside and you can put them in a separate, smaller arrangement.”

Step 4: Arrange Away!

“Start with the flower that has the bulkiest stem, so in this case it would be the roses, which have multiple stems. Create a symmetrical criss-cross grid with those flowers, so that the vase is filled consistently. I usually do two-thirds of that flower to start and save the remaining stems to fill in later. Then, take the second bulkiest stem next, the godetia, and continue the criss-cross pattern at a little bit of a different height to add texture. For the third flower, the tulip, I like to cluster them so it’s more graphic and not so symmetrical. While you’re arranging, keep cutting them down to the right height. In a smaller water glass, it usually looks best if most of them are sticking up only two to three inches.”

Be sure to clean the stems up...

By Katie Hintz-Zambrano, at Refinery 29
Photos by Shilpi Tomar

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