{ Attire Tips } Try It On!

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You would never walk into a store, grab a dress off the rack, pay for it and walk out, would you?  No, you would try it on first!  Especially if it was for an important occasion.

The same should apply for your wedding day!  After witnessing a couple of “wardrobe malfunctions” this summer, bride and groom alike, I have to remind you all:  Please try on your gown or tux before you take it home for the last time!

Yes, you may have had several fittings.  But things can happen between the last fitting and the final pickup.  You could have shed (or stacked) a few pounds.  The seamstress could make a mistake.  The tux supplier could have packed an incorrect vest size.

Open that bag BEFORE you leave the store, and try it on one last time.  Or at least once you get it home. You do not want to open that bag on the day of the wedding to find out that something is missing or wrong.  It’s so much easier to make corrections or adjustments when you’re not under the gun.

(A version of this article originally ran in August 2008 on The Portland Wedding Coordinator blog.) wedding planning portland oregon hood river ejp events portland wedding coordinator design weddings vancouver wa camas washougal lake oswego

More wedding advice and tips available over at EJP Events’s Portland wedding planning website.

 

 

1st Ever Bridal Sample Sale

We have been fans of Lena Medoyeff's natural-silk gown shop on NW 23rd for just about ever. And to hear that they are having their first ever bridal sample sale? Woohoo! It's next week, June 12, 13, and 14. Definitely check it out! For more info, go to lenadress.com.

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Don’t forget about beautiful indoor weddings in Portland

The recent sunny May weather reminds us we are moving closer and closer to summer wedding season. But of course, we had a huge rain shower last night as well. Outdoor weddings and ceremonies are always big in Portland and throughout Oregon. But for various reasons, not everyone wants an outdoor wedding. Maybe they don’t want the stress of thinking about a weather back up. Perhaps they’re looking for a more formal design. Perhaps they want dancing and a huge band until midnight, which would get you in trouble with the neighbors (and the law) at an outdoor wedding. So this week’s post is dedicated to a short roundup of some gorgeous indoor wedding locations in Portland, so you can get married in style all year long.

All weddings coordinated by EJP Events. If you have any questions about these locations, or any of the other hundreds of wedding venues we’ve worked, please shoot us an email!

Many thanks to Craig Mitchelldyer, Robert McNary, Holland Studios, Fritz Photography, and Jessica Shepard for providing the photos.

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Oregon-historical-society-portland-wedding-planningOregon Historical Society – Photo Holland Studios

 

Walters-cultural-arts-center-weddingWalters Cultural Arts Center – photo Craig Mitchelldyer

Avalon-hotel-indoor-portlandAvalon Hotel (Now River’s Edge Hotel)

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{ Wedding Wednesday } What’s inspiring me today…

Here's what's inspiring me today:

 

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Clockwise, from top left: (click the links to go to the full awesomeness)

Maptotes. What a wonderful guest favor or hotel amenity gift for your out-of-towners! They do custom work too, just visit maptote.com

The Barr Mansion in Austin, TX – Just realizing that this May, it will be FIFTEEN YEARS that I have been at EJP Events. The thought has been at the back of my mind for a while, but stumbling across this Barr Mansion (where I coordinated my very first wedding as an independent planner) wedding on Green Wedding Shoes, really made things hit home. I am so grateful for every wedding I have had the honor of working with, and so grateful for all the many service providers who have supported me and my sometimes wacky ideas. I'll be posting more thoughts with the hashtag #ejp15 and I invite anyone who has thoughts and memories to post with the #ejp15 on any social network — past brides especially — or, please email me and send in your memories. Photo by The Nichols via Green Wedding Shoes.

These bell jars / cloches – Just loving the way they set off the florals and details for this science-themed wedding. Photo by The Nichols via Green Wedding Shoes.

Tiny tacos. Who wouldn't love a tiny taco! Why not try one for your wedding cocktail hour, or late night snacks, perhaps with a signature margarita? Photo via the Beverly Hills Hotel Instagram feed.

It is most definitely spring, and this Apartment Therapy post shows us some innovative ways to bring spring into your home, and I got some great ideas for unusual ways to arrange flowers at a wedding as well!

Check out the back detail on this Anna Campbell gown, via the Everthine Bridal Instagram feed. (I just love Instagram as a place to see ideas and inspiration – it's almost eclipsed Pinterest for me.)

Candy kebabs. I want one! Perfect for a wedding favor or a kids' table idea. Photo by Brooke Stapleton via The Perfect Palette.

What's inspiring you today?

{ Portland Wedding Coordinator’s} Top Wedding Trends for 2014

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2014 is roaring in and we are so excited to see what this year’s couples are planning for their wedding designs. Here are some wedding trends we hear are going to be super-hot in Portland, from our own clients and also talking with colleagues around town:

Interactive art walls or art installations. So fun we had to do a whole post about it, read here. We even had one couple grab all the art off the walls of their own home and display it during cocktail hour, creating an art gallery atmosphere.

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{ The Daily Reblog } Tips for a Disability-Friendly Wedding, from Offbeat Bride

Having a wedding is stressful enough. Add in health issues and different physical abilities, and the normal four- to eight-hour long celebration can prove to be a real strain. That’s why I’m so glad I stumbled across this blog post from Offbeat Bride that gives some great pointers to think about, from the bride’s point of view.

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We also have a post from a while back, about checking for accessibility issues at your wedding venue, so all of your guests can enjoy the festivities. You’ll find it here: Accessibility in a Wedding Venue

Are you making any specific accommodations for yourself or your guests at your wedding? How did you get what you needed from your venue or vendors? Please share in the comments.

{The Daily Re-blog} Unique Wedding Transportation Options

Finding the right transportation for your wedding is important.  From bicycles, to pedicabs, to limousines, there are a wide variety of options! We found a great blog post from our friends at The Art of Weddings, that gives some great tips on how to make your wedding transportation personal and affordable.  Read their full post on wedding transportation here!

“When it comes to organizing a wedding, many brides like to veer away from the lure of traditional and into something altogether more unique…”

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Photo from Cycle Portland Bike Tours via Art of Weddings

{ The Portland Wedding Coordinator DIYs } No-Sew, Sequined Coffee Cozy

(Note from Emee: Pssst! Today's blog post was written and photographed by my awesome new collaborator and assistant, Katherine O'Brien. You'll be seeing lots more from Ms. K in the coming weeks, thanks Katherine!!)



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What could be better than a cost effective, customized, and creative gift? These coffee cozies are perfect for a bridesmaid gift, thank you, or even as a favor at a bridal shower. You can also feel good about doing your part for the earth by not using the disposable cardboard version any longer. Plus who doesn't love a little sparkle in their day? Read on for the full tutorial.

 

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{ Portland Wedding Venues } “Under the Radar” with the Portland Wedding Coordinator

We’re starting a weekly feature called Under the Radar on Portland Wedding Coordinator, showcasing a great new Portland wedding venue. Each week I’ll be sharing a site with you that I’ve stumbled across recently. Many of our Under the Radar wedding ceremony and reception venues are ones you might not find in the wedding guides. If you use one of these sites, please let them know you heard it here first!
{List of sites to be featured each week – 1 of 2 per week depending on post length – should be short and sweet, with 3 gorgeous pictures and teaser text}
http://www.villageballroom.com/
SE Wine Collective
sandbox Studios
YU
Reber’s Riverside
p:ear
Pacific crest
Clackamas river farm
Tina enomoto barn
Sites in Gresham I looked at – sam cox, troutdale, cedarwood park
Postlewaits
The Colony at St. Johns
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Disjecta http://disjecta.org/about/space-rental
(Probably need to break this into a series: Under the Radar with Portland Wedding Coordinator)

Putting the local spirit in your wedding

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I had the opportunity to visit with a
catering company owner and we started chatting about the popular requests for locally sourced
food items on wedding menus.

So why not booze?  I've noticed many
wedding bars stocked with Grey Goose, Absolut, Maker's Mark, and the
like… all very well and good, but with all the amazing distilleries we
have right here in the Portland area, why miss this opportunity?

Here's
a list of local distilleries just to get you started, I'm sure there
are more.  If you think of one that I haven't mentioned, please add it
to the comments!

Eastside Distilling (co-owned by our friend Lenny Gotter at Studio 98, who has contributed many a photo to The Portland Wedding Coordinator)

Clear Creek Distillery

New Deal Vodka

House Spirits, makers of Aviator Gin and Medoyeff Vodka

Bendistillery

Rogue House of Spirits

Integrity Spirits

Indio Spirits

Subrosa Spirits

McMenamins Edgefield (and other McMenamins locations)

Updated for 2013. Incorrect info? Please email emee@ejpevents.co with any corrections. A version of this blog post appeared on The Portland Wedding Coordinator in November 2008.

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