{ Portland Wedding Venues } Planner’s Roundup – 5 sites that allow outside catering

For so many couples, the food is THE most important part of the wedding celebration. I often hear from them: “The food HAS to be good”…”We like the Portland food scene and want to integrate it into our wedding”…”We want to give our guests a taste of Portland and the Pacific Northwest”. Often, they already have a caterer in mind when they start their venue search, and are challenged when they keep running into venues that have strict exclusive lists.

That got me to thinking. What Portland wedding and event venues allow unrestricted outside catering? Here are just a few as of December 2017. Policies do change, so check with the venue first before making any plans or appointments. Know any others? Please share in the comments below!
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Bridal Showers 101

Here is a great article from Brides.com that you might find helpful: http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/07/chloe-melas-bridal-shower-tips.html Tips for planning your bridal shower


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{ Featured in Portland Bride and Groom } Real Weddings – Erica and Rohan

Been meaning to blog about this one for a while! I was so pleased to pick up the most recent issue of Portland Bride and Groom magazine to find one of our weddings from last summer featured.





Photos courtesy Stark Photography

Erica and Rohan planned a traditional church ceremony at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a surprise Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) ceremony, called a poruwa, at their reception location of Castaway. They chose a multitude of wonderful details, from the vintage double decker bus to take guests from church to reception, to the modern geometric details of the wedding cake from AK Cake Design. For a full vendor list and all the photos, follow the link to the magazine article. There's even a video from Moving Pictures!

Thank you again, Erica and Rohan, for letting us be a part of such a big day, and many thanks to Portland Bride and Groom for featuring such a unique wedding.



Bourbon and Brides, Women and Whiskey


Bourbon is very popular with the ladies this year, have you seen these articles:
I’m planning to write a version of my own re: weddings and whiskey


Design Competition: ISES Portland’s Art of the Party

Photo by Paul Rich. L to R: Emee Pumarega, EJP Events; Cindy Thompson, Cindy Thompson Event Productions; Gene Dent, SCi3.2

Last week I had the pleasure of serving as a judge and participating on a panel discussion for the International Special Events Society – Portland Chapter‘s annual tabletop design competition, called “The Art of the Party”. Inspired by the likes of DIFFA‘s Dining By Design events, the event brings together florists, designers, and planners from all over the area to compete for three awards: Best Use of Theme, Best Use of Alternative Materials, and People’s Choice. Many thanks to the ISES Portland board for including me, and to Food in Bloom / Montgomery Park for hosting the event.

As a judge, alongside event planner Cindy Thompson of Cindy Thompson Event Productions and Gene Dent, of SCi3.2 (the company responsible for most of the floats in the Portland Grand Floral Parade during the Rose Festival), we were tasked with evaluating each of the ten entries according to the criteria given. In addition, we had to sit in the hot seat and answer questions about our own approaches to special event design. It was a great event and I learned so much from my co-panelists as well as the attendees who asked the hard questions!

I will be blogging more thoughts about event design over the coming weeks, as there were many questions we prepared for that we didn’t get to, due to time constraints.

Highlights of the panel: Unconferences and Un-Themes, Che Guevara as a touchstone for a “Fifties” event, what “modern” means when it comes to event themes, which themes are overused. If you missed the event, you missed some great discussions and you should participate next year!

More about ISES Portland and its upcoming educational events here at their website.

The winners:
Best Use of Theme: (a tie) Bird Dog Creative & Peter Corvallis Productions

Bird Dog Creative‘s “glamping”-themed table.
Peter Corvallis Productions‘s “superhero” themed table.


Best Use of Alternative Materials: “Time Machine” by East West Floral Arts/Barclay Event Rentals; was also the People’s Choice Award: East West Floral Arts/Barclay Event Rentals.


“Time Machine” steampunk-inspired table by East West Floral Arts and Barclay Event Rentals.

Full photo documentation of the event and all competition entries by Paul Rich available at his blog.

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“Is it weird to get married on Independence Day?”

Happy Fourth of July! I remember I was once actually asked this question by a couple at a bridal show. Perhaps they thought the idea of independence was not a good backdrop to a an event that it all about merging families and interdependence. I say — go ahead and get married July Fourth Weekend if you want! Check out some of our tips on great places for Fourth of July weddings in Portland on Examiner.com:

Also, thought we'd celebrate a couple of our favorite past Fourth of July weekend weddings and say, Happy Anniversary!

Kelli and Randall, 2004

Images by Fritz Photography



Jill and Tom, 2009

Images by Altura Studio

To all of you getting married this Independence Day weekend, congratulations!

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Oregon Olive Mill open house – great new wedding and event venue

It’s springtime in Oregon, which means event planner open house season! Our inbox is filled to the brim with invitations from far and wide, enticing us to visit new and new-to-us venues in the city and the country.

This week we visited the Oregon Olive Mill, a division of Red Ridge Farms out in Dayton. (Very close to Dundee).  It’s a really neat site with both outdoor and indoor elements, boasting an olive grove, herb gardens, and locally-pressed olive oils. From what I understand, any licensed caterer can be used. It was lovely to tour the site and taste the the local produce.

Here are a couple of photos of the outdoor ceremony site and indoor hall, followed by a Flickr slideshow.