Fabulous Wedding Facts

Fabulous Wedding Facts

When we were in college studying fine art we had the opportunity to take a trip over to London and earn some credits for a painting class. I was so excited I got to go, I have always had a love for the UK. In an another life I envisioned myself living a british life and having their witty accent. So you know I was thrilled to have Berketex Bride share info on what we spend and what happens at weddings! Enjoy.

Planning a wedding can be amazing fun, but also stressful. . . there is just so much to think about and do.

If you are looking for inspiration, a wedding show is a great place to start, from bridal dresses to favours, table decorations and floral displays, there is plenty of exhibition stands for you to take ideas from and adapt for your big day.

One of the most important things to agree (apart from the budget, of course) is the invitation list – just how many people do you want to come and share your big day.

UK bridal dress company, Berketex Bride, has done some research into some fun and fabulous facts about tying the knot. It discovered that the average number of guests who attend a wedding is 189!

For more interesting wedding data, check out the infographic below. . .

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An infographic brought to you by Berketex Bride. Head to the site and check out the lovely wedding gowns shown on their site.

The In’s and Out’s of the Ring Buying Process

The In's and Out's of the Ring Buying Process

I’m excited to have a guest post today from Wilson Diamond’s. We all know that buying the engagement ring is one of the most exciting and stressful things for the groom to do. It is also something that will be worn for a very long time and possibly passed down to your child when they marry. It is a family heirloom and you shouldn’t just jump into buying it. Take time to research and learn the in’s and out’s of the ring buying process.

First of all, congratulations on finding that special person you want to spend the rest of your life with! Now, for finding the ring. We know it has to be perfect, so here is a guide to help make sure you don’t forget any details along the way. I’m sure you’ll end up wowing her with an amazing ring!

Budget- It is important to set a budget for the top amount that you are willing to spend on a ring. There are rings in the millions, and there are also rings in the hundreds. So, don’t be discouraged by how much you have to spend. It’s a good thing to be able to tell to jewelers right off the bat, so that you don’t end up falling in love with rings you can’t afford. They can immediately steer you toward things in your price range, and you can leave with an excellent ring without feeling “sold.”

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4 C’s- This is the lingo that jewelers use to distinguish the quality of a ring. They are cut, clarity, color, and carat. The cut is not the shape of the diamond, but how it is cut deep or shallow. There are very precise ways to cut a diamond to get it the optimum amount of light so that it can sparkle. If it is cut too deep or too shallow, this lowers the cost and quality. The clarity is the amount of inclusions or imperfections in a diamond. Diamonds with a low clarity rating would have specs in them that are noticeable to the naked eye. The perfect diamond is completely colorless, and the range goes down to a very yellow, dingy looking diamond. Diamonds come with all different costs based off of those three elements. A diamond’s carat weight is it’s size. The cost will change based off of these 4 elements.
Her Style- Many couples now are choosing to go ring shopping together and pick out their own rings. This is becoming popular because you can still have the surprise of the proposal, but you can have your ring exactly how you want it. If you are doing it the old fashioned way and picking out a ring for her, you need to know what style of ring she likes. There are many different shapes and aesthetics to choose from. There are very simple solitaires and very ornate vintage rings as well. See if she likes princess, cushion, or pear shaped diamonds.

The Specifics- Many times the groom will find out the bride’s ring size before ring shopping to surprise her with a perfectly fitting, ring of her dreams. This is incredibly difficult to do without the girl finding out because most girls don’t already know their ring size. However, you don’t always need to worry about this before proposing. You can just estimate, and then after the proposal take it in to get sized. You also don’t have to feel tied to getting a diamond at all. If her birthstone is just as meaningful to her, go for that!


The Timing- She needs to let you know first that she is 100% ready to get engaged. So, in a way, she needs to know that the proposal is coming without fully knowing that the proposal is coming. You still want her to be surprised by it, but don’t spring it on her before you know she’s at that level of commitment with you. Also, it may be a good idea to find out if she wants the proposal to be public or private. This sets you up for success instead of surprising her in front of a lot of people and then finding out that she thinks that was impersonal.

Find the perfect engagement ring at Wilson Diamonds.

Art of Wedding Bridal Show

Art of Wedding Bridal Show

Thank you to all who came out for the event. We hope you had a lovely time and met some great vendors for your wedding day. As always the event is a modern, casual, non-pressure bridal show. The goal is for you to have a great time and get inspired by the talent  found in the wedding industry. Here are a few images from the event, enjoy and remember you can find a listing of local vendors on our site under Vender Directory.


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Find more images from the fashion show and more vendors on the facebook page. Thanks again to all and happy wedding planning!

Cocktails, Appetizers and Photo Booths, Oh My!

Cocktails, Appetizers and Photo Booths, Oh My!

It’s almost here, The Art of Weddings Bridal Show! This one is special since it’s the 10th Anniversary of the show. I can’t believe it’s been that long already since the first show. I remember everything from the first one and everyone since. All have been unique and different in their own way. I have to say my favorite venue for the bridal show has been The Gerding Theater at The Armory in the Pearl District. The mix of modern and old architecture brings a unique atmosphere for any event. Get your tickets today online and celebrate your engagement! Below are few of the fabulous vendors who will be at the show.

Attend the bridal show and celebrate your engagement in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Sip on signature cocktails created by Mint & Mirth. If you don’t know about them you need to. Here are few of the yummy recipes.

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Then sample any of the savory and sweet treats from the Artemis Foods, Chez Joy Catering, Pearl Catering & Lightning Cupcakes.

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Above photo Pearl Catering.

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Above photo Chez Joly Catering. 

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Above photo Artemis Catering.

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Above- Try a yummy sweet goodness of a cupcake from Lightning Cupcakes.

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Hop in the Happymatic Photo Booth and say cheese! We in love with their wooden booth and the classic photo strips it produces. Always a fun addition to your wedding reception and a totally different way to see your guests!

See you tomorrow night from 6-9pm at The Gerding Theater at The Armory!

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2014 Event will be located at: Portland Center Stage at the Armory