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Wedding show season is here and we are so lucky in Oregon to have a large variety of great shows. While the shows are super helpful they can also be a little overwhelming. So, here are a few tips to help you prepare for the show and make the most out of your time.

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models from Anna’s Bridal from the Portland Bridal Show

Bring a friend- it is important to bring a friend, bridesmaid, mom or someone who can help you navigate through the show.  They will be a great soundboard and able to soak up information from vendors too.  That being said…don’t bring too many friends or the different opinions can be overwhelming as well.

Take Notes- bring your phone or couple of pens and a pad of paper. Take notes about the various vendors you like. At the end of the day it can all seem like a blur, so your notes will be very helpful when going back through everything.

Collect- collect goodie bags, business cards and handouts from vendors that stick out to you.  These will come in very handy and you will be able to cross-reference your notes (see above).  The business cards and handouts will allow you to have important vendor’s contact information at your fingertips. Some vendors will offer bridal show specials so make sure to take anything they are passing out in the off chance you have some a little money.  It is helpful to bring labels with your names, contact info and wedding date so you do not waste time filling out paperwork at different booths.

Photographers- talk with photographers as they get booked up quickly, so it is important to talk with them and take notes about who you like best.  Ask questions about their communication, style, pricing. If you are sold on a certain company or person, don’t be afraid to book them at the show (with your planner’s blessing!). 

Checkbook/Credit Cards- some vendors will accept deposits at bridal shows.  If you end up loving a vendor and you are ready to book, do it.

 
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I have to admit it…watching the Kardashians is my guilty pleasure.  I love to hate them…especially when it comes to their over-the-top parties!  I can’t wait to see what Kanye West’s ridiculousness brings to the table for the upcoming nuptials. 

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The Huffington Post is reporting that the E! Network will be filming and paying for the whole wedding (click here for the article).  People Magazine is taking guesses at possible venues, one of which being Versailles (click here for the article)!  I would DIE to see photos from a spectacular wedding in the Hall of Mirrors…easily one of my favorite places!  What do you think?

Jan 27, 14
 
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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.

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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

Grandparents

Parents of the Groom

Mother of the Bride

Groom & Officiant

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Ring Bearers

Flower Girls

Bride & Father of the Bride

 
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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!

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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 www.thatsonefiercemommy.com covers it all!

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Jan 17, 14
 
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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.   http://www.sparklersrus.com/

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photos by Jos Photographers

 
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Did you watch the Golden Globes last weekend? From the fab fashion to the awkward award speeches…its easy to get lost in all the glamour!  Click here to take a peek at a funny article posted by The New Yorker comparing the awards show to a drunk wedding.  Spot on!

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photo from deadline.com

 
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Nina & Kevin’s wedding took place last June at St. Patrick Church and The Nines Hotel.  Katy worked this wedding and fell in love with the couple.  Their church is easily one of my favorites in town…it is drop dead gorgeous and it allows you to have a ceremony later in the day.  This is rare for Catholic churches!  The turquoise, yellow and white tones of this Spring wedding are fresh and beautiful and I love the use of succulents (especially as the escort cards!).  Plus…her dress is unique and stunning.  Take a peek!

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Photos by Bryan Rupp Photography, Flowers by Sammy’s, Hair by Pulse Salon, Makeup by Kim King, DJ by NW Premier Mobile DJ’s

 
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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.
 
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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!

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

Sources: Pantone & Star Tribune

Jan 1, 14
 
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 This is always one of my favorite posts of the year…although I can’t believe 2013 is already over! I love taking some time after the madness of the holidays to sit back and reflect on the past year, while also planning goals for the year to come. 2013 was a doozie, to say the least. Personally, it was one of the best while also the scariest of my life. My husband, Tyler, and I welcomed our baby boy Gavin into the world in March. Unfortunately, he decided to make his appearance two months before he was due, so we spent a month with him getting bigger and stronger in the NICU.  

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Today, Gavin is 9 months old and that little three pounder I met is now more than five times his birth weight, happy and most importantly, healthy. The support from our family and friends was overwhelming and so appreciated. We are truly blessed.

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Professionally, 2013 was our biggest and busiest year yet with more events than ever before, and the best team in our company’s history. From winning awards to being featured nationally, there is so much to be excited about.  I may be biased but I truly believe that our Bridal Bliss Team is nothing short of spectacular. Each of these wonderful women bring something special to the table.  In addition to their expertise, willingness to go above and beyond and creative spirit, these girls are FUN! They really stepped up their game this last season while I was out with Gavin, and the weddings they coordinated were stunners.  We’ve celebrated our own weddings, births, engagements and kicking cancer’s butt this year and I’m so fortunate not only to work with these women, but also to call them my friends. My team members keep me humble and on my toes, and I am so very grateful.

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2014 looks to be yet another busy year. We have never been so booked this early on and the couples we are working with could not be more darling. I’m excited to have recently connected with some new local wedding professionals offering unique services and it will be fun to incorporate them into our events. We will continue to take exceptional care of our clients and also support the vendors that have taken extra special care of us and our couples for the last 12 years. I look around at our local wedding community often and am always taken aback by the level of creativity, skill and quality that we have at our fingertips here in Portland. So many wonderful people to work with…and I’m lucky to call many my friends.

I’m so energized for the year to come, to watch my son grow, to take a few trips, to connect with friends/family and to work with some amazing clients.  Thanks so much for your ongoing support, I wish YOU and yours a very happy and healthy 2014.

 
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