The Holiday season is by far my favorite time of the year. I love the twinkle lights, the food, shopping, the family time. While my life has been filled with many blessings to allow for a joyful holiday season, not everyone (unfortunately) has had the benefit of those same blessings. Because everyone deserves a wonderful holiday season, we wanted to step in and help where we could.
This year we are wanting to spread some holiday cheer to teens in foster care. Right now there are over 2,000 kids in foster care in just the Tri-County area. As you can imagine, this time of year can be especially painful for those kids.
Choosing a venue can be difficult and at times confusing. Your venue is your first choice (and often an expensive one). Also, your venue will play a huge role in your other vendor selections and event styling. You want to be sure you are choosing the right one for your wedding. To help ensure you have all of the information necessary to inform your decision, I recommend asking the following questions to help you truly evaluate which one is the best fit for you.
Am I able to choose my own vendors, or do you have a preferred list of vendors I need to choose from. If you have a preferred list, are there fee's associated with choosing vendors that are NOT on the list? P.S. If you are required to choose from their list of caterers, or if they have an in-house caterer, get catering quotes before you sign the contract for the venue, just so you can see the full picture.
Am I able to bring in my own food or desserts or do I need to use a licensed cat...
In our consultations, and on our website we go over the essential services, we as day-of coordinators, provide. Such as:
Timeline and Floor Plan creation
Resource for questions
Event set up, decor placement
etc, etc etc,
But, what folks often don't realize is that on top of those essential services, coordinators, at our core, are problem solvers, wing women, advocates, cheerleaders, friends and so much more. We are there to do whatever is necessary to ensure your day goes as perfectly as possible. I thought the best way to illustrate that was to list a few examples of the various things we have done (since mid October) in an effort to ensure beautiful events, and happy clients.
Rain plan support: The day before the wedding, the weather report dramatically changed, and it was forecasting heaving rains. We were able to find two last minute tents and we wer...
One of our goals for 2016 was to partner with the incredibly talented vendors we have in our wedding community to design regular inspiration shoots. Our hope has been to introduce you to some of our favorite vendors, as well as provide creative content to inspire you as you design your own special day. This is the first first blog post on our project.
For this shoot, we wanted to take inspiration from the soft fabrics, lace embellishments, and formality from the Old World. To incorporate some of these ideas into your wedding try:
1. Using lace or velvet in areas like your bouquet ribbon, table cloths, or dress
2. Think outside of the box with the shape of your bouquet. We love the fan and cascading shape of the bouquets used for this shoot.
3. Up the formality factor across the board. Perhaps men wear tails and top hats, or you do a fully set table, with a plated, coursed meal.
A big thank you to the many vendors who collaborated with us on this project...
One of the more frustrating parts of wedding planning is having to track down missing RSVP's. While it sounds like such a simple task, most of us have been guilty of not timely responding to invitations at one time or another. To hopefully ease the stress of tracking down late responses, we have compiled 5 tips for you to ensure your guests respond in a (somewhat) timely manner.
1. Be specific. When you are writing the text on the reply card be sure to give your guests a specific date for which to return their reply by.
2. Make it easy. Make responding fool proof by enclosing a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope with your reply card. They will have no excuse to not stick it in the mail.
3. Use clear wording. Some folks think they only need to reply if they are coming. Be specific with your wording, so that all of your invited guests know they have to reply, regardless of whether they are coming or not. Something like "The favor of your...
Today I wanted to share with you some new technology that has come along to help couples overcome one of the more annoying parts of having an outdoor reception – noise ordinances.
As I am sure you have discovered, most outdoor wedding venues (including most private residences) require that the noise be turned down (or off) once the clock strikes 10:00pm. The reason for this party pooper of a rule is because the venue (or your parent’s) have to obey the county’s noise ordinance. While it’s totally understandable that everyone else in the neighborhood wants to sleep, we understand that you and your guests want to continue partying! Well thankfully, Stumptown DJs has a solution to keep everyone happy. Let me introduce you to Silent Disco.
Silent Disco is technology that re-routes the sound from your DJ’s system. Instead of playing the music through their speakers, they can funnel it to light-weight, super comfortable head...
Woohoo! You're engaged! Congratulations. We are so thrilled you have found "your person". While getting engaged can be thrilling, the after part can be somewhat overwhelming. We wanted to give you a few steps you can take to ensure a peaceful, fun and productive engagement.
Note: This is the 1st post in our engagement series. Stay tuned for future posts that will cover what questions to ask vendors, how to organize your pinterest board, and common FAQ's we receive from clients.
Step 1: Shout it from the rooftops. Once the tears have stopped and you have caught your breath, call your close friends and family and share the great news. While it may be tempting to jump on social media right away, the VIP's in your life should hear it directly from you. After you have told your family and close friends then by all means spread the news as far as twitter and instagram can carry it.
Step 2. Get the ring sized and insured. Your engagement ring is a priceless family he...
This month's Act of Love (our monthly community service project) is extra super special as it is in memory of Graham Munhall. Graham is the youngest son of YPB team member (and my dear friend) Stephanie Munhall and her husband Dan. Graham was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and despite putting up a herculean fight, Graham earned his angel wings after only 20 short days here on Earth.
While Graham's time here was limited, he continue's to have an incredible impact on all those who loved him. We want to continue that and spread joy to as many other children as possible, which is why we decided to hold a toy drive.
Because of the seriousness of Graham's illness, his time here was spent entirely in hospitals. Unfortunately, far too many children spend far too much time in hospitals fighting for their lives. This Christmas, we are determined to make their time just a little more bright.
The recipients of our toy drive will be the little warriors at Do...
A common question I receive from inquiring couples is “When should we hire you”. It’s a great question, and my routine answer is “as soon as you would like some help.” While I still believe that is the best answer to the question, I wanted to use this blog post to shed some more light on why I answer the question the way I do.
I looked back at our 2015 calendar and dug down deep to remember my grade school math lessons and I did some calculations. I discovered that our “average client” hires us 8 months before their wedding.
With that being said, that "average" is really comprised of three different scenarios/types of clients
The first type of client knows they want the help of an experienced professional right away. This client usually hires us when they begin planning their wedding, or right after they book their venue. We help this client set their budget, find their vendors, and we set them up so they have a clear, action oriented planning pr...
Yesterday, November 1st kicked off our food drive which benefits the Oregon Food Bank. We are blessed to have such an incredible organization like the Oregon Food Bank here to help those in need, but they need our help to meet the demands they face from our community.
To better understand how much need for food resources there are in this state, I wanted to share with you some statistics. (courtesy of: http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/understanding-hunger/ofb-network-stats)
For the fourth year in a row, the OFB statewide network of regional food banks distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes.
Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, food box distribution has increased 41 percent.
The OFB Network of regional food banks now distributes about 350,000 more food boxes annually than it did before the recession.
270,000 people per month ate meals from emergency food boxes.
A typical emergency food box provides a...