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...
Hi everyone! I hope wedding planning is going well. With the start of engagement season, and wedding show season, I know many of you are out looking for venues. This is such an important step in the wedding planning journey that I thought I would write a blog post with some tips to consider BEFORE you book your venue.
Lets start with some obvious ones:
1. Availability: Before you go on your venue tour, make sure you check that they have your date available. Venue's book up quickly and I don’t want you to waste your time. I do recommend having a few days you are interested in. The more flexible you are, the easier this will be. Of course it goes without saying, if you are open to a Friday or Sunday, or an off season Saturday, the rental fees are usually considerably less.
2. Price: Speaking of budget, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a budget, with approximate figures worked up for each category of the budget, BEFORE you book anything....
Every day I brag to people about the amazing clients I get to work with. Danielle and Brendan are one of those couples that I can never say enough about. These two were incredible to watch. They have this ease about them. The way they love each other so completely is admireable. Their wedding was both elegant and timeless as well as playful and light-hearted. (Not to mention gorgeous). These two have a long, wonderful life ahead of them, and I am just so thankful our paths crossed.
Many thanks to the vendor team that made this happen:
Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid
Photography: Powers Photography Studio:
Videography: Candy Glass Productions
Catering: Elephants Deli
DJ: DJ Kenny
Hair and Make Up: Klover Beaute
Floral Design: Flowers for You
Ceremony Venue: Chapel at The Grotto
Reception Venue: Castaway
For even more pictures of this beautiful wedding, check out our gallery.
You can watch their wedding video on our YouTubechannel as well.
It’s our first week since the middle of April that we haven't had a wedding. I gotta say, it’s a bit surreal. It’s been an incredible year for YPB, and we still have 8 fabulous weddings to go. Since I have the time, I wanted to recap a few of the awesome things 2015 has brought us so far!
1. Growth - thanks to very supportive clients and vendor partners we have grown by 21%. We rely solely on recommendations to grow our business so I am so thankful to have such an incredible community that supports YPB.
We have grown in other ways as well. I was fortunate enough to add to our team this year. So thankful for the incredible talent that has chosen YPB as their "home". This is the best team we have had, and I am looking forward to seeing all of the incredible things they will do to keep improving the company and the client experience.
We have grown in a third way as well. This has been the year of the YPB baby. 4 of our planners have either give...