Private Residence Wedding Tips

 

There is nothing more personal than a wedding at home! There is also nothing more complicated when it comes to logistics. Katy recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to share some tips when planning a private residence event.

A few things to consider…

What is parking like? Hire attendants, valet or shuttle from another pickup location (nearby church/lot/etc )

Alert the neighbors!

Oregon has a 10pm noise ordinance

Get liability insurance

Consider renting generators

To avoid guests going through a home, rent bathroom trailers

Always have a rain or heat plan in place!

 

Wedding Signage

 

Wedding signage can be beautiful AND functional! There are so many aspects of the wedding where personalized signage can be incorporated not only to guide guests but also pull in your aesthetic. Nora recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to share some ideas—take a peek!

Ceremony

  • Gives seating direction to avoid confusion

  • Don't want phones out? Say it in a nice and pretty way!

Bar + Food

  • Be clear on what is hosted/what is not

  • Share ingredients to avoid lines at the bar

Seating

  • Displays can also be a focal point!

  • Escort walls can double duty as photo booth or cake backgrounds later

Table Numbers

  • Tie into your aesthetic and personalities

  • Make sure they are visible from all angels

Misc

  • So many fun ways to tie in your aesthetic/theme!

  • Hashtag signs

  • Ice

  • Do not disturb

  • The options are endless!

 

Pets and Weddings

 

Here at Bridal Bliss, we’ve seen it all when it comes to weddings! A trend that has been gaining traction the last few years is incorporating pets into weddings. Dog, cat, horse and even llama, you name it we’ve done it! Yes, there is certainly a lot that could go wrong, but definitely worth the risk to include your nearest and dearest. Take a peek at Nora’s segment on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon for a few tips on incorporating your pet in your wedding day.

Do's 

Get approval from the venue

Consider your pet's personality

Have a plan for what happens after the ceremony

Notify your photographer

Dont's

Don't go too crazy with an outfit or signage. Make sure it fits properly and isn't restricting.

Don't choose flowers that are toxic!

Other Ideas

Bring in the wedding Llamas 

Partner with Oregon Humane Society on a puppy petting station or puppy kissing booth

Snap photos of your pet to be used as table numbers

Have cookies made in the likeness of your pet to be given as favors

Hire an artist to create a graphic of your pet that can be untitled on day-of printed items

Attach a Gopro on your pet to view the wedding from his/her perspective

Consider a donation to the Humane Society or another animal non-profit as favors

 

Guest Etiquette

 

Wedding season is upon us! Whether you’ve received one or ten save-the-dates, you may be wondering what you’re supposed to do. Check out Nora’s segment on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon giving some tips on guest etiquette!

A few tips…

  • RSVP!! This is a big one…make sure to send that RSVP in on time!

  • Pay attention to the invitation envelope—it tells you exactly who is (or isn’t) invited.

  • Send a gift in advance, don’t bring to the wedding.

  • Arrive early to the ceremony. 10-15 minutes is perfect and will help the ceremony to begin on time.

  • Dont. Wear. White. EVER!

  • At the reception, don’t change your seating assignment. So much effort has gone into the perfect seating combinations and it really is a drag to shift settings. Tough it out…it’s just for dinner!

 

History of Wedding Traditions

 

Have you ever wondered why weddings include bridesmaids or groomsmen, why flowers are carried, or where other traditions stemmed from? Nora went on MORE Good Day Oregon to discuss these and how many other customs came to be! One hint…many of them involve evil spirits (seriously!)!

 

Wedding Invitation Mistakes

 

Tis the season for finalizing wedding invitation orders! We typically suggest our couples send out invitations 8-10 weeks prior to the wedding, with RSVP’s due one month before the big day. Nora visited KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to share more tips and common mistakes when it comes to wedding invitations. Take a peek!

 

Winter Wedding Tips

 

There is just something about a winter wedding…the season lends itself to cozy, formal, magical affairs. Nora went on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to give some tips on hosting a winter wedding—take a peek!

 

First Look

 

A wedding planning decision that needs to be made pretty early on is, do you want to have a first look? This will affect the timing of your day and the flow of events! Essentially, the first look is where the couple first sees each other (pre-ceremony) all dolled up. It’s typically staged a bit and gives the couple some quality time together before the festivities of the day get a bit crazy. There are so many benefits to having a first look rather than waiting to see each other for the first time as one walks down the aisle!

  1. Hair/Makeup has just been done so everyone looks fresh and perfect! Also, the artist is likely still around so if tears cause some smudging, it can easily be fixed.

  2. Who better to calm any pre-wedding nervous energy than the person you are about the marry? With a first look, you get your special moment but you also get time together to just talk and take it all in!

  3. You will have more time for photos. It will be more relaxed and your wedding party will be more into it. If you wait until after the ceremony, photos are rushed and your family/wedding party will be anxious to get to the festivities!

  4. Waiting to do your photos after the ceremony means you will likely miss your cocktail hour. So instead of mingling with your nearest and dearest, you will be out and about with your photographer.

  5. The first look reaction photos are priceless!

  6. Learn more in Nora’s recent segment on KPTV!