Wedding Gifting | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Powers Studios

We recently asked our friends at Zola (an awesome wedding registry website) to provide us with some tips and reminders for registry & wedding gifts. Seeing how wedding season is here, we thought it would be fun to share some of these with all of you!

The Registry

Don’t go off-registry. The newlyweds-to-be put time and thought into creating their wish list. It is actually really easy these days to shop online for a registry and you can be sure the couple will love it.

If you’re in the wedding, you can think of something more personal and creative in addition to the registry gift. For example, a cookbook with a roasting pan or a gift certificate to a local cheese shop paired with their appetizer plates.

If you feel like adding a little unique touch - you can personalize the gift with a monogram of the couple’s initials!

When to Give

The old rule was that you have one year to send a gift. The new rule – purchase your gift before the wedding or send immediately after.  If possible, avoid bringing the gifts to the wedding. With easy online registries, shipping directly to the couple is hassle-free for both of you.

Giving Cash

Today there are quite a few ways to give a gift. With a more modern wedding registry, couples are registering for experiences and cash funds. Using the couple’s cash fund on their registry website allows for you not to worry about misplacing the card of cash at the wedding!

How Much to Give

The old rule was that you should purchase a gift that would pay for your plate. The new rule – spend according to your relationship with the couple. A great starting point is around $50. A relative or friend could be $75-100. For a really close relative or friend $100+.  Group gifts are a great idea to get the couple something bigger from their registry. Just make sure everyone on the group gift is on the same page about the cost before purchasing.

Happy shopping!


Nikki + Jared | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Kimberly Kay Photography

Sunriver was the perfect setting for Nikki & Jared’s wedding. Their love for the outdoors and the beauty of Oregon was reflected beautifully! Guests from across the globe came to Sunriver to celebrate the couple and enjoyed a weekend full of festivities. The ceremony was out on the Bachelor Lawn overlooking Mt. Bachelor on a gorgeous day. Guests laughed and cried as the couples said their sweet vows to one another. Nikki wore a gorgeous “Grace Kelley-esque” dress with a veil handmade by her mother, it was adorned with pearls and lace from her late Grandmother. So sweet!

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed the warm weather & good view with a cocktail in their hand on the back patio. Guests were greeted with a hand-written note from the couple, which acted as their escort card – such a personal touch! The group made their way into the Great Hall where tables were decorated with soft grey linen, purple napkins and gorgeous blooms by Heirloom Floral.

After a delicious meal and cake, guests danced the night away to music provided by Flip Flop Sound DJs. The admiration for this couple filled the room, it was so great to see how loved this couple was by all the guests who travelled miles to be attend the celebration!  It was an evening to remember. Thank you, you two, for letting me be a part of your big day.

Coordination: Katy Haley | Cakes/Desserts: Foxtail Bakery | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals + Party Place | Photography: Kimberly Kay | Florals: Heirbloom Floral | Music: Flip Flop Sound


Seattle Bride Escort Card Feature


Getting creative and designing weddings that are out-of-the-box is what we do best at Bridal Bliss.  So, when Seattle Bride Magazine approached us looking for unique ways to guide guests to their seat, with a natural vibe, we were excited to brainstorm! Molly + Elizabeth came up with the fabulous idea of incorporating glass fishing floats for the city bordering the sea. They were etched in metallic calligraphy by our ever talented friends at Robinson Paperie.  They were delicate, beautiful, and so unique.  Kate Calamusa, editor of the magazine, even spoke about them on K5 TV segment about wedding trends.  Such a fun opportunity!


Casey + David


Casey and David were a dream to work with. This stunning couple had an amazing vision for their wedding day and made sure their guests had a good time!

Beautiful sunny Bend offered a gorgeous setting and every detail of this day was sweet and personal – including a surprise beignet station for guests, the couple’s favorite cocktails, beer they brewed themselves, and personalized succulent favors.  The ceremony and reception at Tetherow were set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and blue sky with beautiful pops of coral flower petals and arrangements throughout.

This perfect day ended with an incredible sunset and dancing up until the very last minute!

Big thanks to Wedventure Magazine for featuring this event!


Meagan + Brian | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Mosca Studio Photography

The moment I met Meagan and her mom, Kathy, I knew we were going to have a blast with planning Meagan & Brian’s wedding day! Meagan & Brian decided that the Oregon Golf Club would be the perfect setting for their big day and we quickly began planning to bring together an amazing team of vendors.

They envisioned getting married outside in the Oregon Golf Club Rose Garden and had the perfect day for a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio after a short and sweet service and then everyone was ushered into the reception tent for dinner. Elegant cream and white floral arrangements accented with greenery from Zest Florals set the tone for a their beautiful reception. After a delicious dinner, Chad Dowling Productions had the dance floor and photo booth packed all night. What a great party! Congrats you two! 

Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Florist: Zest Floral | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals | Hair & Makeup: AJ's Hair Design & Makeup | Photographer: Mosca Studio Photography | Cake: Dream Cakes | Videographer: Moving Pictures | Transportation: JMI Limousine | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions


Emily + Paul | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Aaron Courter Photography

When I met Emily and Paul I knew they were the perfect couple.  They stared at each other lovingly over coffee, seemed to know exactly what the other was thinking, and they were complete opposites, which if you know me, you know I love the saying “opposites attract!”  From the beginning Emily knew exactly what she wanted and one of those things was to make this day as fun for her as it was as comfortable for Paul.  Aaron Courter Photography did just that on the wedding day by allowing Emily’s bright and vivacious personality shine while also pairing well with Paul’s mellow and laidback grace. 

The couple married at Leach Botanical Gardens under the arbor, which was graced in gorgeous purple floral and soft candlelit globes by Blum Floral.  Surrounded by their closest loved ones, the couple shared vows about having rad babies and always supporting one another.   Guests were then ushered to cocktail hour where Pearl Catering served yummy bites and delicious cocktails, before picking up their gem inspired table cards by Tie That Binds.

Guests enjoyed cozy fireplace seating while the couple shared a romantic sweetheart table with rentals from Classic Vintage.  The gorgeous floral arbor also made a fantastic backdrop for the dessert display extravaganza from Petunias Pies and Pastries and Emily’s favorite desserts made by Paul’s mom.  If the night wasn’t fun enough, Event Team Entertainment had guests dancing all night long and even allowed for a few serenading opportunities by the Bride and her bridesmaids.  

Emily and Paul, I am so grateful you let me be a small part in your special day!  You are truly one of the coolest couples I know and I am so excited to watch you journey through life (and rad babies!) together.  Thank you for sharing so much happy with us.

Coordination: Miranda Scheitzach | Catering: Pearl Catering | Cake & Desserts: Petunias Pies and Pastries | Paper Goods: Tie That Binds Weddings | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Transportation: Eco Shuttle | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Photography: Aaron Courter Photography | Makeup & Hair: Blossom and Beauty | Floral: Blum Floral Design


Ana + Matt | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Kristen Marie Tourtillotte

Meeting first Ana and then Matt, I already knew how much fun their event was going to be.  They chose February 14th not because it was Valentine's Day (as they told me), but because it was a 3-day weekend - meaning they would have more time to celebrate!

Both very busy attorneys, Matt and Ana were married five years ago.  They had a small ceremony with family and a handful of friends at the time, but always knew they wanted to do something bigger at some point.  Fast forward through law school graduation, new jobs, and an adorable little boy, as their 5-year mark was approaching, they knew it was time!

We booked Axis in Pioneer Square for the venue, as its two-room open concept space leant itself perfectly to a night of cocktails and dancing.  Guests were wowed shortly after their arrival, with our food truck-like dishes.  The City Catering Company did an amazing job taking Matt and Ana's vision of fancy street food to a whole new level, creating fun and elevated snacks that were enjoyed by all.  Not wanting anything too formal Matt and Ana did want a chance to thank their friends and families before kicking off the much anticipated dance party.  The cutest part of their thank yous - although they both shared independently (Ana's thoughtfully planned out, and Matt's hilariously off the cuff) the person they most wanted to thank was each other.  Their first (5th anniversary) dance was just as sweet, as two of their close friends performed a love song for the happy couple

Guests had lined the dance floor to watch Matt and Ana, and as the moment ended (as Ana had requested) the dance party began - and kept on going and going!  I am not sure that either Matt or Ana left the floor the rest of the night, as we kept everyone entertained with music, late night snacks (tots!) and a milk & cookie bar for the ride home.  Ana and Matt were hands down the best dancers of the night, even requesting 1more song after the lights had come up.  The smiles on their faces said it all, it had been the perfect way to celebrate 5 years and the best friend they had found in each other.

Matt and Ana, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to share this special night with you.  You are an amazing couple, filled with so much love & happiness not to mention some killer dance moves and awesome friends.  I can't wait to celebrate many more of your anniversaries to come!

Coordination: Molly Corr | Photography: Kristen Marie Tourtillotte | Lighting: Crimson Haze | Catering: The City Catering Company | Florist: Bond in Bloom | DJ: BB Santiful | Desserts: Specialities | Display Wall: Molly Corr


Cheers to 15 years! | Portland Seattle Bend Wedding Planning | Oregon Washington Event Design | Deyla Huss Photography

I'm not sure how it's possible, but Bridal Bliss turned 15 this year! It's been such an amazing ride and thinking back to how it all started and where we are today is completely overwhelming. When I created Bridal Bliss, I was on dial-up internet, there was no such thing as Instagram or Pinterest, the odds that a company even had a website were less than 50/50 and cell phones were just becoming a common necessity!  I was fresh out of college, young and naive, but determined to make it in the wedding industry. Today, we have a stellar team and plan upwards of 150 weddings each year in Portland, Seattle, Bend and beyond. The professionals we have the opportunity to work with knock our socks off on a regular basis, and the relationships we have forged with our clients are so meaningful. Our team? Such an amazing group of creative women.

To celebrate the milestone, we threw a big party and invited all of our past clients, local wedding professionals, family and friends.  We hosted the event at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe and had a bevy of vendor friends that helped make it possible! We welcomed guests to the event with a super yummy (and potent!) shot from Merit Badge, and then upstairs there was a puppy snuggling station, tattoo bar, tasty treats, a La Croix ice display, donut bar and amazing music, amongst other fun. It was such a special night and so fun to so and reconnect with so many past couple!

My sincere appreciation goes out to everyone who came to celebrate with us, and all those who have supported Bridal Bliss over the last 15 years!