Planning Tips

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 Myths Debunked


We’ve all heard the crazy wedding myths….you shouldn’t see each other before the ceremony, a bride must wear white or a wedding isn’t a wedding without dinner to name a few. Nora went on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to debunk some other silly myths. Check it out!

1.       Having a DIY wedding will save you money. 

Couples spend WAY too much time on DIY projects and quite frankly, the supplies alone will typically cost you more than if you ordered the project professionally done. 

2.       You must have the same number of bridesmaids & groomsmen

You can get super creative---you can even mix it up so guys and girls are on both sides! Gender doesn’t, and shouldn’t matter!

3.       A great way to save money is to create an Ipod playlist.

Remember, you still have to rent equipment.  A good DJ can read the crowd and really personalize the music so the party keeps going—he/she can also MC the event and provide microphones for toasts.  Not all dj’s are cheesy!

4.       Weddings must include dinners and wedding cakes.

You can get super creative with loungey/cocktail parties or even sophisticated brunches.  Dessert Buffets are all the rage and you get more variety!

5.       #1 Myth…A wedding planner is too expensive.

A planner saves you time and can get exclusive vendor discounts.  She will keep track of your budget and has several ideas of where to cut without impacting the integrity of the event.  Plus, you and your family get to enjoy the day instead of running around running the show.  A venue coordinator is NOT a wedding coordinator.


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!


You're what??


Newly engaged and don’t know where to start? From setting a budget, holding off on asking a wedding party, and hiring a planner, Nora has lots of good advice! Check out her recent segment on KPTV below.


Place Cards vs. Escort Cards


Nora recently went in to discuss the difference between place cards and escort cards on Good Day Oregon. Check out her segment to get the scoop, and also learn more about one of her favorite trends…escort displays!

Long story short, escort cards direct guests to a certain table. Place cards note the specific place at a table the guest should be seated!

That being said…watch the segment for lots of fun and creative ways to incorporate one or both in your wedding!