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How Much Alcohol Should I Buy?

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How Much Alcohol Should I Buy?


When it comes to hosting an event you always want to make sure your guests are well fed and have their thirst quenched. Of course it is always good to have non-alcholic options for your guests in addition to the party drinks. If you are having your event on private property you have the option to host the wine, beer or mixed drinks yourself. This is a way to save a lot of money. Then if you’d like you can hire someone who is licensed to serve. How do you know how much to buy? That’s a great question and we are here to help.

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Below is a general rule of serving alcohol at an event.

Wine. You can typically get around 4-5 glasses out of one bottle.

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Champagne Toast. One bottle of your favorite bubbly will fill five flutes.

Beer. One case of brew is 24 bottles or 24 guests.

One Keg. One keg of beer is equal to around 165 beers and will get you the most for your money.

Liquor. One 750ml bottle of vodka will serve around 15-20 guests depending on the pour.

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More concerned about the price? We found this handy dandy calculator so you can estimate it before making the purchase. You know your guests more than anyone. Do they like to party? Are they more modest? Make adjustments to how much you purchase based on this. On average most guests will consume three drinks.

Remember you don’t have to please everyone or spend a ton on drinks. You also want your guests to remember the evening and not add it to the list of their worst hangovers. If you want to celebrate with white and red wine only, then do it and don’t feel bad about it. You’re thinking to yourself, but Aunt Liz only drinks rum and coke. It’s your job to stress about pleasing every guest. It’s YOUR day, have and create the party you want. Trust me, someone will always be upset, some people are just like that which is a whole other article topic!

Say cheers and toast to a fabulous wedding day!

(all images copyright Jasmine Photography)

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Outdoor Table Decor

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Outdoor Table Decor

With the official start of summer right around the corner many people will be planning on having an outdoor party. Maybe you’ll celebrate your engagement or have a rehearsal dinner in the great outdoors. Having a back yard event is a fun and casual way to get everyone together and everyone loves a good BBQ or family style meal. We feel like these important moments in your life deserve a little more than just the standard paper and plastic you find at the local store. For a large group it doesn’t make sense to buy a new set of dinnerware and you often don’t want glass or ceramic outside to avoid breaking it. So we did some searching for you and found a great website with lots of options to decorate your tabletop with. Smarty Had A Party has everything you’ll need (and we love the name).

Let’s start with Leafware Dinner Plates. They are a little more spendy but are 100% compostable for the earth conscious. We also love the natural look and think they would look great on a bright colored table cloth. $24 for a set of 25.

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Any party feels more festive with a touch of gold. The Mist Ivory Gold Plastic plates will fancy up your outdoor event easily. 10 pack for $10.99.

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Maybe you want to add some color to your table and in summer bright pops of color are so much fun and in style. With purple being popular this season we think this deep purple would look stunning outdoors. 10 pack for $9.59.

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We are huge fan of paper striped straws. They are so cute and fun eco friendly. Available in many more colors.

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We love graphic design and these super cute printed napkins are so much fun for your outdoor party. 16pk for $3.49.

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This is just a super small sampling of a few of the items that we were drawn to. Head over to Smarty Had A Party and find everything you need for your next outdoor event.




Custom Photo Stationery

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Custom Photo Stationery

With the digital age upon us and being infused everywhere it sometimes seems easiest to just send an e-vite for your event. Even though it’s convenient and more affordable it is not always the best option. When you invite someone to your wedding or announce your engagement it should be done through the mail. Not all your guests will be tech savvy and more importantly you want to give them something tactile. Having something they can hold in their hands and save is more memorable.

Take it to the next level by giving them a mini booklet of your story. The story about how you met, how he popped the question and where the event will take place. We love these 7×5 photo booklets that are totally customizable. You can change the colors, add as many photos as you’d like and choose from luxury paper options. Your friends and family will get even more excited for your engagement once they receive one of these in the mail! Below are some of our favorite designs, but of course there are many more to choose from. Start designing yours today!
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Cast Your Vote!

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Cast Your Vote!

It’s your time to let your voice be heard. What is it that you need help with when planning your wedding day? Let us know what is important to you. We are in the process of writing an e-book and want you to be the first to know about it. Cast your vote and then check back for updates on the book. Of course you’ll be the first to have access to it!

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5 Ways To Add Your Personal Crafty Touch To Your Wedding

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5 Ways To Add Your Personal Crafty Touch To Your Wedding

There’s nothing like adding your personal touch to a wedding. One of the best ways of making your special day unique is to get crafty, creating your own table centrepieces, invitations or place cards.

Get online to places like where you can grab great tools to help you with your quest and also stimulate some of your crafts along the way. Once you have the supplies and the tools, all you need now is the inspiration and motivation to get crafting for your wedding day! Here are some useful ideas.

Creating your own place cards – this can be an expensive item when you buy them from a store or get a professional to make them for you. If you can find a hole punch that meets your wedding theme this is a fantastic way to create that personal crafty touch for your guests. Grab colour appropriate card, punch out the shapes in the card and script their names across them. The butterfly shapes in the fork idea is a beautiful option if you have a theme to suit. You can do this with hearts or stars, or any shape that you can get your hands on will work.


Creating an elegant aisle – using flowers from your garden, or the local supermarket, you can tie them together with ribbon that matches your wedding colour and attach them to the ends of the chairs to decorate the aisle with a twist of creativity. Having the flowers match your colour scheme will also make the aisle pretty and complement the wedding party as they make their way down.

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Creating your own confetti cones – using paper doilies you can make a cone shape which will have a laced effect. You can add a little embellishment that matches the wedding theme, be it a coloured button or a dried flower and fill the cones with chopped up white paper to match the cones. There you have a simple confetti cone and confetti for your guests. Put them all in a wicker basket and place them by the door of your venue for when you leave as man and wife.

Make your own table centrepieces – you can buy glass candle vases from many places cheaply, they don’t have to be incredibly expensive. Go out to your local park or wood foraging for twigs; try to get them all a similar width so that the centrepieces look even. Cut the twigs to the height of the glass candle vase and glue them on to the vase with a glue gun. Place an appropriate coloured candle in the middle and you’ll have a simple table centrepiece to wow your guests. You can always tie a ribbon around it or a tag with the table name on it too.

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Creating a unique keepsake from your guests – not a traditional wedding book to sign but something a little more modern that you can get your guests involved in. Grab an instant camera – there are plenty around – take a photo of you and your partner with it, and place it in the middle of a tree. This can be a plant pot, a homemade tree of twigs or a large painted tree. Make it easy for your guests to attach their photo to the tree. Eventually you will end up with a photo tree full of the people you hold closest to you and a great feature for your home afterwards.

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The Art of Wedding’s 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

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The Art of Wedding’s 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

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!

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Advice for the Bride & Groom

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Advice for the Bride & Groom

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.


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Wedding Decor – Rustic Country

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Wedding Decor – Rustic Country

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 to cufflinks for your man, there are a lot of fun ways to add this symbol to your event. Here are few we love.

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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.

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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.

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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!