I’m always humbled to receive emails like this.

I’m always humbled to receive emails like this. It’s a big deal to trust someone you haven’t yet met in person to work with you through all the details and issues that come with planning your wedding day. Thank you S&D, and I’m so excited to be working with you in the coming year ❤❤

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Excited to join the content team at New York Institute of Art and Design!

Fun news! Through a partnership with Movable Media and the New York Institute of Art and Design, I will be regularly writing for NYIAD’s design blog on various topics related to event planning.

The first post went live this week and is called, “How to find out what your event planning client really wants.” Like the content here, our NYIAD content is written for and about the event industry professional and corporate event consumer. (For the bridal style blog, please visit The Portland Wedding Coordinator!)

How to Find Out What Your Event Planning Client Really Wants

I am very excited about this partnership and hope you enjoy the articles too. Feel free to share and comment both here and over at NYIAD. Also, if you have an event planning, event design, or event industry topic you’d like me to cover, please feel free to email me directly at info@ejpevents.com.


Vote for Oregon Bride’s Best of 2014 Awards! | Bridal and Wedding Planning Resource for Oregon Weddings | Oregon Bride Magazine

It's that time again for the Oregon Bride Best of 2014 awards! Here's your chance to share your opinions: Who out-shined, out-impressed, out-performed and just plain out-amazed you in the past year?  Newlyweds and brides-to-be, tell us about the best Oregon vendors and venues that made your day a dream come true. Wedding pros, who among your colleagues stood out?

Your votes in over 40 categories will be tallied to determine the winners of our annual Best of Bride awards, which will be announced at our Best of Bride party in June and in our Fall/Winter 2014 issue.

This year, we're doing things a little different: Voting will take place in two phases. The first phase will be open voting to nominate the finalists. Voting for phase one closes February 14, 2014. A second, final round of voting will take place from March 1-7, 2014 and is open only to vendors.

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You do have to vote in at least 6 categories for your vote to count. If it's been a while since your wedding, or if you need some vendor ideas, please feel free to check out these lists from The Bridal Loft and Oregon Bride Magazine.

Welcome to our new blog location!

The Portland Event Planner blog has moved here (old URL was weddingcoordinator.blogspot.com). To better reflect the type of content featured here (non-wedding galas, corporate and marketing events, fundraising events, and general business information directed at the event professional), our new URL is:

Please update your bookmarks and RSS and join us here for the same great event planning, corporate event planning, experiential marketing, and to-the-trade coverage that the Portland Event Planner blog has brought to you since 2007. Thank you!

Get published in Oregon Bride magazine!

*** Just wanted to pass on some great info in the industry regarding submissions to Oregon Bride magazine, as received in this email from their editorial staff.  This is a wonderful publication and I’m sure many of you have weddings that meet the criteria. Good Luck! ***

September 1, 2013 for our Spring/Summer 2014 issue.

We are looking for Oregon weddings that occurred between March 15, 2013  and September 1, 2013.

Every issue showcases fabulous, creative, and quintessentially Northwest weddings that celebrate the beauty of Oregon and those who call it home.

We’re interested in couples who a have a great story about their engagement, courtship, wedding, reception and/or honeymoon; have a distinct style, everything from DIY to glamorous gala affairs; and we’re always looking for and inspired by diversity.

Your submission must be exclusive to Oregon Bride.

Email a link to a small photo gallery of the wedding. (No more than 50 photos, please!) We’ll also need the following information:

First & last names of the bride and groom with their contact information
Date of the wedding
Ceremony and reception location
Vendor list (does not need to be complete)
Short description of the wedding, the couple, or any details you want to share

For more information on how to submit, see Oregon Bride’s website or email … at alisa.welch (at) tigeroak (dot) com.

Here’s to new beginnings!


I hope that all of you are having a wonderful day, enjoying the promise that the future holds for us. Whatever your political leaning, I hope you'll be reminded that we all have much more in common than we have that is different.  Here' s to an inspiring year! And if you are engaged, may you be just as blissed-out and happy at the end of your wedding as these two looked at theirs. Thanks to Gangsta Bride for the pic!