We are so excited for the tenth annual Art of Weddings Bridal Show! We started with a vision on a napkin while chatting with a friend at a coffee shop and it has grown ever since. The goal was and has always been to keep the event relaxed, fun and non-pressured. We think you should be able to meet and talk to vendors without feeling like you have to book them on site. Of course you can if you fall in love but the goal is for your and your fiance to celebrate your engagement in a stylish atmosphere.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to reserve your tickets online. Get a discounted price of only $8 each when you enter the code: PCS online and you will also be automatically entered for the opportunity to win a whole wedding from the Lucky in Love contest (valued at over $20,000). Otherwise get them at the door for $15 each.
We always love having it at the modern and beautiful Gerding Theater at the Armory in downtown Portland. Parking is on street and in nearby lots. Coat check on hand in case it’s a rainy evening.
View stunning photography, sample culinary delights, snack on a sweet cupcake and hop in a photo booth for some silly memories. Stay around for a featured fashion show by local fashion designer Michelle DeCourcy and walk away with ideas to plan your perfect wedding day! See you this Wednesday evening from 6-9pm!
After you have said your vows and maybe shed a few tears, it’s time to celebrate and head to the reception. The reception is the time you get to say hi to everyone and let loose. Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming and as much as you have good intentions you don’t get a chance to talk to everyone. It’s ok, don’t stress about it. That’s why it’s fun to have activities for your guests.
One activity that is fun and interactive for them is having your friends and family leave bits of advice for your marriage. Even though you are in bliss at the moment, real life will set in and you will run into hard times. That’s ok, when you do you can slow down and pull out these bits of sage advice from guests who have been thru the ups and downs! Here are a few different ways you can ask them to do so.
We live in a rustic state. When you venture 20 – 30 min outside of the city of Portland it turns to farmland very quickly. That is one of the things I love about this state. It reminds you that the simple life isn’t too far away. That the basics are grown in our own backyard. We are blessed to have apple orchards, vineyards, farm fresh eggs and so much all around us. I come from the midwest and all those things remind me of back home. When I think of country settings I love see horses grazing in the fields and old barns with bales of hay stacked high. This is the inspiration for this wedding decor post. Here are a few ideas that come to mind for creating the ultimate chic rustic wedding.
Horse shoes. They remind me of playing in my grandparents backyard, tossing the heavy metal shoes through the air hoping to hear the ting when it hits the metal post. They are also a symbol of luck and why not have a little luck at your wedding? From invitations which you can find at Minted.com to cufflinks for your man, there are a lot of fun ways to add this symbol to your event. Here are few we love.
Hay bales are another fun and easy way to change the look of your event instantly. Take away the traditional white plastic chairs and bring in rows of hay. Add bright blankets to the tops or keep them simple with white or cream linens. We also love the reception table seating set up with hay, how cool is that?! We know it would be a wow factor at any event.
The mason jar. It has made an appearance at many backyard weddings and has so many uses. Whether it’s holding flowers as center pieces on your tables or pre-made cocktails are sealed tight and kept cold in a tub filled with ice, you can find a way to incorporate them into your rustic wedding.
Whatever you decide to do to create that rustic country feel, go with it and enjoy it! It should feel relaxed and fun for your wedding guests. Cheers!
I’m a sucker for graphic art. I almost became a graphic designer in college but thanks to a professor who was not so nice to me I changed my major to fine arts. Either way, my love for graphic art and design hasn’t faded one bit. I love the use of fonts to evoke emotion and a beautiful graphic that stands on it’s own. So when it comes to a wedding, what a fun opportunity to add some graphic elements to your event. Guests are often a little confused and need some direction. So signs are the perfect way to get them included and let them know what is happening next at your wedding!
Let’s start with a sign that you can easily do yourself. List out the timeline of the days activities and have it displayed so all the guests can see it as they arrive.
Add a sign to each of your chairs. Especially if you are not having assigned seating. This way the two of you will know you have a seat reserved where you want and next to each other!
Set up a lovely sign that marks the date of your event with your names. Another easy DIY wedding project to personalize your day.
You can’t stop your guests from using their smart phones so instead encourage them to share the photos they take on a wedding instagram site you have set up prior to the event.
The groom is already on pins and needles waiting to see you walk down the aisle. Take a little bit of the edge off with a cute sign held by flower girls or ring bearers. This will give him an instant smile!
Gonna have drinks at your party? Then have a sign hanging next to the bar to let your guests know you are ready to have some fun!
Last but not least, a sign with the direction of activity is a unique way to guide your guests in the direction they want to go. Yard games, to your left! Photo booth, turn your right! This is another project that can easily be made with scrap wood from your local recycling center. Whatever you decide to do, you can easily and affordable add a few of these wedding signs to your event!