As far as themes go…
April’s Portland Wedding Network USA event was hosted by The Benson Hotel and orchestrated by Jenn Reyes with AWE Productions. The meeting theme was a 1920’s style cocktail hour with a real couple Q&A panel.
Upon arrival, guests came through a secret passageway with a code word to enter the party. They were delighted to find a speakeasy themed evening of cocktails, appetizers, networking and education.
The educational topic featured a panel of local newly-wed couples from 2016. Attendants had the opportunity to ask questions they always wanted to ask clients after their wedding! This was their chance to get candid answers about the highs & lows of the wedding planning process, how couples chose their wedding vendors and what they may have done differently.
Super excited about the speakeasy theme, Andrea Zajonc Photography and Annie Chen of Floral Sunshine, jumped at the opportunity to enhance the experience by adding a styled bridal inspiration shoot to the meeting. Andrea gathered together a group of talented vendors to bring this 1920’s bridal inspiration to life. They honored the vintage theme by keeping the dress, hair, floral and other accessories authentic to the time period (see above).
Photo Credit Event: Andrea Zajonc Photography
Thank you Wedding Network Portland, Andrea Zajonc Photography, and Floral Sunshine for sharing photos from this inspiration shoot and event! Here are all the talented local vendors that helped make this happen…
Meet the Vendors
Venue: The Benson Hotel
Event Design: Jenn Reyes, AWE Productions
Photography: Andrea Zajonc Photography
Floral: Floral Sunshine
Linens: Barclay Event Renta
Signage: Letters & Dust
Music: NW Mobile DJ
Dress Shop: Brides for a Cause
Dress Designer: Leanne Marshal
Hair/MUA: Renee J Beauty
Shoes: Bella Belle
Model: Amelia Brawley, Floral Sunshine employee
Wow! We are so excited to share Chemi and Casey’s wedding with you. From their coordinator: “Their gorgeous multi-cultural wedding celebration was designed to blend American and Tibetan traditions. Their day began with an intimate morning ceremony in a historic setting with beautiful garden photos. The bride and groom had a full change of attire. Luxurious fabric donned the bride and groom for round 2 of their 3 attire changes for the day. The traditional Tibetan Scarf Ceremony kicked off the evening event with 400 guests who enjoyed authentic cuisine, music and performances. The evening concluded with a 3rd attire change, a DJ and dancing into the wee hours of the evening!”
We all know the most popular day of the week for a wedding is Saturday. But for couples that are flexible and open to the idea of planning their wedding on a different day of the week…the perks can be huge!
Saving tons of money!
This is the number one reason to consider a non-Saturday wedding day. If budget is a concern, then listen up. Your dream venue will likely have lower rates for off season months. And there is a good chance they also offer lower rates for Friday, Sunday, and weekday weddings…even in the summer or most popular times of the year.
Every venue will vary, but you can potentially save hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars on your venue rental rate just by picking a different day of the week. The Foundry in Lake Oswego and The West End Ballroom in downtown Portland are both great examples of this!
The number one reason couples feel like they have to book a Saturday date is convenience for their guests. Especially out of town guests. The fear is that friends and family will have to take too much time off of work otherwise. Well, consider this. If you have your wedding on a Saturday, your traveling guests will likely take Friday off. If you have your wedding on a Sunday, on the other hand, they could work Friday…and take Monday off instead. Either scenario has them only missing ONE day of work. Which shouldn’t be a problem because they are giving their bosses a year or more notice. It’s actually not all that complicated for them and you can potentially save tons of money.
Some out of town guests (who have never been to Portland before) might also love to use your wedding as an excuse to plan a mini-vacation! They may plan to come for several days and explore. In that case, your wedding day could be any day of the week and they will just plan accordingly.
Availability! More choices!
The venue you have had your eye on could easily already be booked for every Saturday next August and maybe even two years out. Summer Saturdays are going to be the first to go! And some couples are on the venue hunt a year or two out. If you are flexible on days, however, you will have a lot more choices when it comes to venues! And the venue is one of the most important decisions you will make. It sets the tone and stage for almost everything else. Your dream venue may already be booked on that Saturday you thought you wanted…but on that very same weekend they might have the Friday or Sunday open…for considerably less money.
It’s all about you!
Some gorgeous venues have multiple areas, ballrooms, grounds…and can host more than one wedding on any given day. The Abernethy Center and McMenamin’s Edgefield for instance. You can almost guarantee they will be booking multiple nuptials on the most popular days. Yep, you guessed it. Saturdays! If you are in love with the venue, but not the idea of running into other couples and celebrations on your day…consider choosing a less sought after day! While these venues are popular for a reason and do a great job hosting more than one wedding on the same day, you might find you have more options if you choose a different day of the week.
Saving even more money!
While it’s true that most venues will offer lower rates for off season and non-Saturday weddings…the same holds true for many other vendors. It’s always a good idea to ask other wedding professionals (caterers, florists, photographers, etc) if they offer different rates for weddings held on different days of the week.
Consider doing a Friday night wedding that has more of a cocktail party vibe…just make sure you pick a venue where you can keep the party and music going until midnight or later. You could rent lounge type furniture and decor from one of the many local rental companies like Barclay Events or West Coast Event Productions. Or perhaps think about a Sunday Brunch wedding. Everyone loves brunch food! And many of the caterers in town, like Cheryl’s on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering, can hit this out of the park for you. Having a Bloody Mary Bar is always a hit. There are many ways to make your wedding unique and memorable to your guests! Don’t be afraid to do something different…especially if it will work better for your budget.
Less is more!
If you choose a non-Saturday wedding date it may, in fact, be the perfect way to naturally weed out some of the guests that you are not that close to anyway…the ones that you felt you had to invite. Your loved ones, closest family and friends, will be at your wedding no matter what day you choose! Perhaps a few others, however, will not be able to make it. Just remember that when your guest count goes down…so does your catering costs!
At the end of the day…this wedding is supposed to be a magical day for you. And if you are worried about your budget…a non-Saturday is a fantastic place to start majorly cutting costs. If you give your guests plenty of notice as far as the wedding date, they will happily figure out the logistics of being there. Just like you would for their wedding. Definitely pick the day that is best for you!
Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography
We are in love with this Mt. Hood Organic Farms wedding! Monica & Jamie shared a glorious afternoon, complete with a stunning view of Mt.Hood, celebrating their love with family & friends at this gorgeous Portland area venue. Local wedding photographer, Bryan Rupp, beautifully captured every moment. Below you will find a list of several other Portland area vendors that came together to make this magical day happen. Take a look!
Photographer: Bryan Rupp Photography
Venue: Mt Hood Organic Farms
Coordinator: Cassandra Cass
Caterer: Cultivate Catering
Florist: Laurel at Wildwood Farm
Hair/Makeup: Kelli Thomsen
Band: Dance Machine
Kombucha: Gorge Kitchen
Brittany and Doug were married at the gorgeous Castaway Portland. While they had a few rain drops on their wedding day, you would have never known it by the brightness of their smiles and their infectious happiness. It was a beautiful day and every detail came together beautifully.
I love the personal details they included in their reception, including the use of Doug’s family plaid. It was the perfect Spring wedding!
We have included a complete list of vendors at the bottom of the page for your reference. All were incredible to work with!
Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous wedding! Jin and Eric’s wedding at Wilmes Hop Farm was fun, romantic and oh so stunning. The colors they chose really popped against the vibrant green. Take a look at their images and get inspired!
Wilmes Hop Farm is a family owned and managed venue, and what an incredibly warm and hospitable family it is. Every time we have visited the smell of fresh baked cookies or bread greet you at the door. The Wilmes are generous enough to open up their home for bridal parties to get ready.
Another favorite part of the property is their barn. It is so cute and a perfect place for the bar. It is also a nice shaded place to keep a cake, should you get married on a warm summer day.
The rich jewel tones Jin and Eric chose to use was so fresh and I loved how they carried that richness and vibrancy through thru every aspect of the wedding. The bridal party dresses coordinated with each other beautifully and their bouquets unified the look perfectly. Speaking of bouquets, the bridal bouquet Your Perfect Blossoms created is one of my all time favorites.
While this wedding is off the charts stunning my favorite images are the ones that show the joy and love Jin and Eric have for one another. Sweetlife photography captures that joy so well. It is clear to me, they have a wonderful life ahead of them!
We included a complete vendor list down below the pictures. They had one heck of a team!
- Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
- Reception Venue: Wilmes Hop Farm
- Photographer: Sweetlife Photography
- Coordinator: Your Perfect Bridesmaid
- Caterer: Pearl Catering
- Florist: Your Perfect Blossoms and Cinta Events
- Hair and Make Up: Klover Beaute
- DJ: Sir Kenneth
- Ice Cream Favors: Salt and Straw
- Cake: Papa Haydn