Wedding guests want to have fun!

As you plan your NW wedding, you may find you can easily get caught up with some of the tiniest of details. Some details are important, while others are a waste of time.  So how do you know what’s really important and what ideas to throw out the window?

You want to have happy memories; you want your guests to have a wonderful and memorable time, so how do you make that happen? First, do not be one of those brides that make your bridesmaids count down as they are walking down the aisle. This will make your bridal party nervous and look ridiculous! Don’t worry if one little thing is out of order, your guests probably won’t even notice! The more relaxed you and your guests are, the better the pictures and video will look!

Modern Bride had a poll back in 2009 and asked wedding guests what they remember at a wedding. The number one thing people remember at a wedding is the entertainment! Second thing they remember is the wedding dress! Third, the food/venue, and fourth is the flowers and décor. Many common mistakes that couples make, is spending way too much money on the venue/food, flowers, and décor when guests don’t really remember the smaller details.

Many couples will have money “leftover” or too small of a budget for the wedding entertainment. In fact, most couples budget about $500 for a DJ! This is NOT enough money for a professional and reputable DJ! If entertainment is the number one thing that is remembered at your wedding, set aside anywhere from $800 to $2500 for your DJ/entertainment services in Portland, OR. If you are considering having a band entertain you and your guests budget ($1500-$7000) in Portland. If that is too much money, have a guitar player during your ceremony and cocktail hour. If you choose to have a band or live musicians, plan to pay each band member around $40-100 per hour. Give your guests a variety of entertainment. Some couples are incorporating fire dancers, comedians, and string quartets; this is an awesome alternative to your standard entertainment. You do not have to hire just a DJ, or just a band, hire both!

Most important, people will remember if they had fun or not. Number one reason people leave a wedding early is because they were not having fun! They won’t leave because there were not enough flowers, but they will leave if they don’t know what’s going on. A professional MC can help with that issue, so plan on hiring a professional that can keep the event flowing the entire time. Best investment you will make.

Call me and I can find the right entertainers for your wedding!

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Top 10 Hotels in Portland (for your wedding night and out of town wedding guests)

Kick those heels off in style after you’ve partied into the late hours at your wedding reception! Now it’s time to settle in for the evening and have a romantic time with your spouse!

You finally did it; you walked down the aisle with all your friends and family in your presence. There were hours of picture taking, mingling, and feasting on amazing food, drinking tasty cocktails, laughing and even some tears of joy. You are feeling pretty darn tired, but still want to have a romantic evening with your new husband or wife!

You also want your guests to have a nice place to stay if they are from out of town. Price is usually the number one consideration, but this is a very special occasion, so price should only be part of equation. Consider the services that the hotel offers, location, and reviews! See what others are saying about these hotels, it’s important! Choose a hotel that is unique to Portland, this will make the stay that more special for your guests.

This list was compiled from Facebook + Twitter comments. After reading countless reviews and comments online the considerations taken into account were: price, uniqueness, location, nearby attractions, and most important, friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. One hotel includes a salt soaking tub underground, another hotel on this list recently turned 100 years old. Now, for the top 10 list!

10. Hotel Lucia – http://www.hotellucia.com/

9. Hotel Monaco – http://www.monaco-portland.com/

8. River’s Edge Hotel & Spa Portland – http://www.riversedgehotel.com/

7. Hotel Vintage Plaza – http://www.vintageplaza.com/

6. Paramount Hotel – http://www.portlandparamount.com/

5. Hotel Deluxe – http://www.hoteldeluxeportland.com/

4. The Nines Hotel – http://www.thenines.com/

3. The (new) Crystal Hotel – http://www.mcmenamins.com/CrystalHotel

2. The Benson Hotel – http://www.bensonhotel.com/

1. The Governor Hotel – http://www.governorhotel.com/

This list of Portland hotels should give you some variety to choose from, have fun choosing a place for your romantic wedding night! These are popular hotels, so you need to reserve hotel rooms for your guests far in advance. If your wedding date falls in June, don’t forget to see if it’s during Rose Festival, as it might be harder to find rooms during that week.

Quick Tip: Consider hiring a shuttle or coach service to transport your guests to and from the hotel and wedding site. You don’t want your guests drinking and driving, yet you want them to thoroughly enjoy the festivities.

Happy Planning!

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Wedding Accessories Part 2

Veils, Fascinators, Headbands, & Tiaras….

In part one of this four part series, we focused on how to create your wedding look by adding a bolero, belt, or wrap to your wedding gown.  Adding one of these can make you look fabulous, but let’s face it your wedding ensemble can’t be complete with out a veil or hairpiece.  Adding a veil or hairpiece creates the focal point for your guests to look at your whole wedding ensemble starting from the top!

As a bride, when you first start walking down the isle, the one thing that everyone wants to see is THE DRESS!  But really what most of your guests will look at first is your face.  They want to see how beautiful you look and to see how happy you are walking down the isle to marry the love of your life.  Since they are already staring at your face, why not “WOW” them further by showing off a brilliantly chosen veil or hairpiece.

Veils….

There are many different types and styles of veils that you can chose to go with your wedding look.  A few steps to consider when choosing are: the style of your wedding and your gown, any family or religious traditions that you want to honor, and your personality.  Like your gown, the right one will make you feel amazing.  There are so many different types of veils to choose from with different styles, lengths, colors, and edging.  If you want to stay on the traditional side, veils are available in white, diamond white, and Ivory/Cream.  Or if you like to be a trendsetter and step out of the box, there are retailers that offer colored veils and wild styles.

Some of the most traditional and popular veil styles are:

~ Fingertip Veil; This veil is the most popular style. It
consists of layers of veiling     reaching the fingertips.
~ Ballerina Veil; This veil reaches down to the ankles.
~ Blusher veil; A shoulder-length veil, worn to obscure the
face until after the ceremony when it is pulled back.
~ Cathedral veil; Extends to the floor and should be worn
with a Cathedral length gown with a train.
~ Fountain veil; This is a shoulder length veil, gathered at
the crown and flowing over the head giving the
fountain-like appearance
~ Flyaway veil; This is a multi-layered veil that just
reaches the shoulders.
~ Mantilla veil; The mantilla veil is usually draped over a
decorative comb and secured with hair pins. Usually
worn without a headpiece, the mantilla is traditionally
made of lace or edged with lace. It is worn over the
head like a scarf.
~ Birdcage veil; Becoming increasingly popular, this
veil is made from netting, tulle, or sheer fabric
and is cut and worn to just barely drape over half
or the entire face.  This veil mimics the vintage
look.

Fascinators, Headbands, & Tiaras….

If you opt out of the traditional veil styles, there are still loads of hairpieces that you can choose from.  Adding any of these accents to your hairstyle will be one more step in completing your wedding look.  These can be worn with or without a veil and come in so many brilliant styles, colors, and textures.  If you chose a big and bold piece for your modern wedding, a sparkling crystal studded piece for your formal wedding, or the soft but magnificently beautiful flower for your romantic wedding, you can’t go wrong.  That’s one thing I love about hair fascinators, headbands, & tiaras….they are versatile and are gorgeous!   You can make a bold or elegant statement that all will admire.  You can find many of these pieces in most bridal salons or at online shops, of course my favorite being etsy.com, augustveils.com, & serephine.com

Keep an eye out, Cloud Nine Bridal will be creating some great hair pieces soon!!

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