While we love the inspiration provided by Pinterest, Bridal Magazines and the many other sources of “pretty & fabulous” things, it’s easy to get locked in analysis paralysis. The hunt for the “perfect” whatever it is, can be exhausting, time consuming, and anxiety inducing. We would like to free you from the weight and stress of the hunt for perfection and celebrate the freedom that comes with decision making.
Whether it’s finding vendors or determining linen colors, trust your gut. We find that folks know pretty quickly when styles (or people) are the right fit (or wrong fit) for them.
Don’t get bogged down with the idea that someone or something out there is “more perfect”. Trust your instincts, check off that “to-do” and move onto the next item on the list.
Along these lines, I would like to pass along a Pinterest tip a client recently shared with me. Once you commit to something (...
Hello there! Every once in a while we see a “trend” that we feel needs correcting. Today’s blog is really the start of a campaign of ours. We are calling it "Name Your Elephant"!! Read on to learn more.
Understandably, most folks have no idea what a wedding costs. When you are thinking about spending the rest of your life with someone, “wedding cost” is not usually the first thing you Google. Then, when you do get engaged, “advice” comes out of the wood work. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion of what you need to do, and how much you need to spend. Don’t let anyone fool you. The only thing you truly need to get married is a marriage license, an officiate and a couple of witnesses. Everything else is truly optional “icing on the cake”. Those options, however, are endless – limited only by your desires, imagination and budget.
Today we wanted to talk about that last item on the list – the ever present, pink elephant in the room – YOUR BUDGET. We are fortunate...
It’s February, and with two events already under our belts for 2014, we can't help but feel time is rushing by us like a freight train. Before things get too busy this wedding season, we want to do a look back through some of our favorite weddings of 2013 and share some of the tips that made those weddings so super fabulous!
We loved so much about this wedding; the couple, their families, the beautiful color palette. It was a beautiful, and heartfelt day, everything a wedding should be. The tips future brides can steal from Megan and Dejene are:
Incorporate traditional elements.
Megan and Dejene were very thoughtful in how the incorporated Dejene’s Ethiopian heritage. One of the smaller ways we incorporated his back ground was by using eucalyptus in their ceremony floral. Your Perfect Blossoms wrapped the eucalyptus around the candle holders that flanked their aisle and their “altar” area. It was beautiful, fragrant and meaningful.
As coordinators, we spend a lot of time working with our clients to find them the best vendors to partner with for their special day. When we are recommending vendors to clients we take into account their personalities, their priorities, their vision and their budget. Building the right team for each client takes time, but it is such an important piece of a well run day and happy clients.
As important as vendors are to a successful wedding day, you can imagine how nervous we get when clients say they are using friends or family members as vendors. While it would be easy for us to beg and plead for clients to "NEVER EVER....like EVER" hire their friends or family members to act as vendors, we realize that isn't practical so we wanted to give you some tips on how to hire friends in a way that protects your wedding and the friendship.
While all these tips boil down to frequent, specific, open and honest communication, there are a few specific...
During the complimentary consultations we have with new potential clients we are often asked how/when/why Melanie and I started YPB, so we thought we would go ahead and share that and answer some other frequently asked questions for today’s blog entry. So here is our story:
Melanie and I met back in 2007 when I started dating her then-boyfriend's, now husband’s, brother. About a month into meeting her she got engaged.
When we met I was working for a large corporation in downtown Portland planning their employee events. She was also an event planner for a non-profit. While we loved what we did for a living, we both hated where we worked. We knew there was a better, more satisfying way to earn a living.
During that same time we got our first experience with the Portland wedding industry. While the planning part was easy and enjoyable as we both had so much experience organizing events, seeing the price tags associated with every part of the wedding indus...
Choosing your venue is one of the most important decisions you are going to make while planning your wedding. Not only do venues cost a lot of money, their rules and requirements will dictate everything else you choose for your wedding; from what vendors you can hire, to how you decorate, even how long you can dance.
We know this can be a little overwhelming and we don’t want you to regret your choice so we have included a few things for you to consider when choosing your venue.
Venues fall into three categories;
1. All inclusive. These type of venues have everything you need. They have the space, the tables and chairs and a list of vendors you choose from.
2. Space Only. These types of venues are really a blank canvas. You can use whatever vendor you want but you also need to rent tables, chairs etc
3. Some sort of combination of the two. For example, they don't provide tables and chairs, but they have caterers you have to work with.
In the past, ceremony décor was not much of a consideration for couples as most wedding ceremonies took place in houses of worship. With that no longer being case, ceremony décor has become an important item to consider. While all couples have their unique visions, there are some features all ceremonies share.Here are some ideas on how to make the most of this emotional, memorable event.
Creating an "altar". While the majority of wedding ceremonies no longer occur in a place of worship, many couples still want the framing focal point and beauty that the traditional altar once provided. When thinking about what décor you want up front, consider your surroundings and your general wedding style. Are you outside or perhaps in a ballroom? Do you have a wall to work with, or a row of trees to frame you? Anytime you can use framework already in place, the more cost-effective, and natural the décor element will be. Should you decide to use things like arbors or a...
One of the most frequently asked questions wedding coordinators receive is: “Why do I need to hire a wedding coordinator when my venue comes with a coordinator - won't they take care of everything?” The short answer to that question is oftentimes “no”, but many couples don’t find that out until the day of their wedding. We have prepared this cheat sheet to help you understand the many differences between the two. We want to clear up any misconceptions so you are not disappointed (and frantic) on your wedding day!
Very simply put a wedding coordinator’s client is you, the bride and groom; a venue coordinator’s client is their manager (the venue). A venue coordinator is there to coordinate anything that relates to the venue; where as a wedding coordinator is there to coordinate anything that relates to your wedding.
Both a wedding coordinator and venue coordinator are very important, but they play very different roles. The roles may overlap slightly depend...
Hello brides & grooms, we hope you are enjoying the planning process – whatever stage of the process you are in. We know this time can be stressful, but we hope it is also enjoyable. Our sincerest hope is that our regular tips help make the process more creative, fun, and less stressful by providing ideas on how to save money, and stretch the dollars you are using. As always, we hope you never forget that this journey you are on is about the marriage, not the wedding.
This blog post is dedicated to décor, specifically ceremony décor. We will get into reception décor next edition.
Your décor budget is one of your best opportunities to save money and really showcase your creativity. There are countless ways to save money.
Ceremony Décor: When planning your ceremony décor, remember to think in terms of your pictures. Most of your pictures will be taken up at the altar, so focus your attention and your dollars up where you and your fiancé will be standing...
1. You will save money. We understand how much of a financial commitment a wedding is, and we understand the need to stay under budget. Your Perfect Bridesmaid can save you money through negotiating with your other vendors, and recommending affordable options to help you achieve your dreams. Lastly, Your Perfect Bridesmaid’s years of event planning experience will help you prevent costly mistakes.
2. You will save yourself a lot of time. The average wedding takes more than 250 hours to plan. Not many people have the time to plan their wedding and keep their sanity. Your Perfect Bridesmaid will streamline the planning process and will make navigating the path to the alter easy and enjoyable. We will help ensure the time you do spend planning your day is efficient and useful.
3. You will reduce stress. The life secret no one mentions is that engagement is a very emotional time as you face the many life changes ahead. Working with Your Perfect Bridesmaid to...