Archive for the ‘Tips & Trends’ Category

Social Media Concierge…awesome or absurd?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Every once in a while we like to post up and coming wedding trends…some of which are more outrageous than others.  Take a peek at the newest yet, as seen on the Today Show last week.  I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend $3000 on decor rather than on some random person tweeting and instagraming my day!  What do you think?

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From Fondant to Fromage?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Portland Bride & Groom Cheese

Here at Bridal Bliss, we like to mix things up and try new things so no two weddings are the same.  One fun idea that we had the opportunity to pair up with Simpatica Catering and try in a recent issue of Portland Bride & Groom Magazine was a new take on the traditional wedding cake.  For those that prefer cheese after dinner rather than sweets, this one is for you.  The bride and groom can even ceremoniously cut the “cake!”


Post Valentine’s Day Shopping

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Is one of your wedding colors pink, red, blush or fuchsia? If so, you are in luck!  Valentine’s day is right around the corner and stores stock themselves full of goodies, crafts and décor in these colors. To save some money we recommend heading out on February 15th and seeing if you can scoop up some sweet deals. Below are some items to keep an eye out for…

 Candy Buffet

Bridal Bliss Dessert Display photo by Powers Studios

Tissue paper- great for crafts, welcome bags or favors

Craft Paper- notes, table numbers, custom signs or any other DIY project

Candles- many candles in your colors will be on sale

Large Letters: look for over sized letters that say “Love” or “XOXO”

Valentine letters or games: these are perfect at a kids table

Fabric- stock up if you plan to make linens, table runners, or decorative pillows

Candy- need we say more…

Online Tux Rentals

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We have seen bridemaid dress rentals available online for quite some time now, but it has taken a little longer for me to buy into it for groomsmen…until now!  I recently stumbled up and they did it right.  The site offers a wide selection of high quality, contemporary rentals for groomsmen without the high prices. Once the groom has selected the style and matching pieces, the rest is super easy!  We always like to recommend buying local, but for those who are a little more price conscious, this is a great alternative.


photo by Lauren B Photography

Groomsmen can get measured one of three ways. One, just tell them your size. Two, get measured by a tailor and they will even pay for the cost. Or three, measure at home with the help of a friend. After submitting your measurements your order will arrive 1 week prior to the wedding. You can wear the tux as much as you want within that week. After the wedding- simply stick it back in the box with the prepaid label and drop it in the mail.  Worried about the tux not fitting correctly (that was my first question)?  Click here for details…they have that covered too.


photo by Riso Studio

Say good-bye to the one to two day tux rentals that leave everyone in a frenzy post weddings. This place is too good not to check out.

Processional Order

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The processional order can be a bit confusing depending on how many people are involved and complicated family relationships. There are so many things to consider such as, how the groomsmen will enter and who will escort VIP’s down the aisle. When working with your coordinator, she will offer a variety of options to ensure your processional is seamless.


photo by Eric Cable Photography

To give you a good idea of the traditional order – here is one way to line up your processional.

Guests of Honor


Parents of the Groom

Mother of the Bride

Groom & Officiant

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Ring Bearers

Flower Girls

Bride & Father of the Bride

The New Ring Bearer & Flower Girl

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Recently, one of our clients decided that she wanted her adorable Grandma and Grandpa to serve as the flower girl and ring boy.  The two were down for the job and it ended up being the sweetest thing ever!

francis-0408photo by Jenny Wohrle Photography

An RSVP for everyone!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

I cannot tell you how often we have wedding guests confused by their invitation RSVP.  Some forget to write their names…some don’t include how many guests are attending…and some assume that their entire family is invited!  Worst of all is those that don’t even send their RSVP in!!  I think this RSVP I saw on covers it all!


Sparkler Photos

Friday, January 17th, 2014


Sparklers make for adorable wedding pictures. Whether you plan to use sparklers for pictures or as a send off, it is important to get the right type. Some brands of sparklers can give off too much smoke or only last for a couple of seconds which can make capturing the pictures very difficult. We have searched high and low for the best sparklers and have found them at Sparklers R Us.  We recommend ordering the 20 inch gold sparkler wedding package for a send off and most pictures. If you wish to capture a certain design in your pictures or a long word, we may suggest going with the 36 inch sparkler.  Depending on the size of your wedding you can order in increments of 50.


photos by Jos Photographers

Pantone’s 2014 Color Of The Year

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Every year, Pantone surveys the globe and crowns its Color of the Year, the hue predicted to make a big splash in palettes during the months ahead. For 2014, everything is coming up “Radiant Orchid,”  a vibrant shade somewhere between fuchsia and violet.
Last year we were seeing green, and in 2011 the hot color was tangerine.  I have to say…I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s choice.  The gorgeous hue is easily one of my favorite colors and can be found all over my home and my wardrobe!  This color is vivid and bold, yet still inviting and warm.  When it comes to weddings, Radiant Orchid is a perfect fit.  According to Pantone, this color is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” that “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health”… absolutely perfect for a wedding color palette!  Take a peek below at some of our past weddings that were bursting with this stunning color!






photos 2-3 by Powers Studios, photos 4-6 by Holland Studios

Sources: Pantone & Star Tribune

Creative Bar Signs

Thursday, December 19th, 2013


The bar is a very popular place at weddings.  So, why not spice up a standard bar menu with some of these creative sayings?

Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table

Get Yo’ Drink On

Find Your Jar & Head to the Bar

Love is Intoxicating

Cheers to the Good Life

The Ol’ Watering Hole

Blame it on the Alcohol

Sip and Repeat

All You Need is Love… and a few drinks

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