Planning Tips

All About Bridesmaids

 

Nora recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to discuss bridesmaids (and groomsgirls and bridesmen!) and share a few tips when it comes to your wedding party. Take a peek!

  • Your "bridesmaids" don't have to be girls! Include a brother or friend as a "bridesman"

  • Don't ask your bridesmaids too early or you may have more people than you want.

  • Your squad doesn't have to perfectly match! Play with colors and styles.

  • Who pays for the dress? That is up to you but keep costs in mind.

  • Don't overwork your people - one DIY night is plenty. Agreeing to be in a wedding party is a time commitment, so respect that!

  • Communicate! Keep them up to date on fashion decisions, events, times/places

 

Holiday Weekend Tips

 

Planning a wedding over a holiday weekend like MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day or even Labor Day? Katy recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to share some tips about what your guests should do when they are not celebrating you!

  • Wine Country, beer or distillery tour (Grape Escape, VIP PDX, M Experience)

  • Welcome Party (Rent out a space, meet + greet at a bar, rent out a park depending on budget)

  • Kid friendly (Zoo, OMSI, Children's museum)

  • Check Travel Portland for weekend specific events

  • Private fitness class (BurnCycle, Mega Burn or WedWell)

  • Welcome bag (can match wedding aesthetic, tie in local goods, share info)

 

Wedding Emergency Kit

 

As well as you plan your big day, it’s always good to be extra prepared for any unexpected surprises! Nora recently went on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to share what to include in your ever important wedding emergency kit!

Besides the obvious….here are a few must haves

  • Adhesives of all kinds (duct tape, double sided tape, glue dots, glue gun, super )

  • Corsage pins

  • Stain remover and chalk for the bride’s gown

  • Sewing Kit

  • Extra safety pins

  • Black socks for that one unprepared groomsmen

  • Pain Reliever

  • Antihistamine

  • Tums

  • Bandaids

  • Bug spray

  • Scissors

  • Bobby pins

  • Hair ties

  • Hair spray

  • Anti-wrinkle spray

  • Tissues

  • Floss

  • Mints

  • Straws (no lipstick smudges!)

  • Lighter

  • Water

  • Easily consumed snacks (protein bars, trail mix, etc)

 

Prevent Wedding Stress

 

A common question we get asked is if we have to deal with bride/groomzillas. Thankfully the answer is no!! Most of our clients are wonderful and enjoying their engagement because we’ve taken on most of the planning stress. They get to decide how much/little they are involved with and it keeps them calm, cool and collected. Nora recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to share some more tips on how to prevent wedding stress—take a peek!

Plan ahead and plan well

  1. Stick to your budget—nothing will stress you out more than blowing the bank.

  2. Do not stress over the bachelor/bachelorette party---if you don’t trust him/her already you have bigger issues.

  3. Don’t have unrealistic weight expectations—crash dieting and being hangry will only put you in a bad mood. It is much easier to take a dress in than to let it out so order your current size!

  4. Get a massage and leave the week of the wedding for pampering.

  5. If something goes wrong, shrug it off and don’t let it ruin your day. You are probably the only person that notice!

  6. Confirm all of your vendors prior to the wedding day on last time.

  7. Hire a wedding planner!

 

Kids + Weddings

 

A question each couple asks themselves as they try to build their wedding guest list is, 'should we include kids? While there is no right or wrong answer, take a peek below at Nora’s live segment on KPTV sharing some tips when navigating this sticky subject!

Make it clear who is invited on invitation

Create a nearby kids area

·      sitters

·      entertainment

·      performers

·      crafts

·      movie

Offer a kid-friendly meal or mini-buffet

Seat tweens/families together. Offer mocktails!

 

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