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Wedding Transportation – Unique Travel Options

Wedding Transportation - Unique Travel Options

When it comes to organizing a wedding many brides like to veer away from the lure of traditional and into something altogether more unique. For them it has to be something that reflects the personalities and quirks of both themselves and their partner, even if it goes against the grain of nuptial norms. The most memorable weddings (or at least those remembered for the right reasons!) are always the ones that are the most personal, fun and truly tailored to the couple in question. These weddings shrug their shoulders at ideals and don’t pander to the expectations of guests. If this sounds like your kind of wedding and you’re in the midst of the wedding planning mission, then you’re probably still deciding how you’ll be getting to the church on time. Here are a few options that you might not have considered…

A Vintage Bicycle

A decidedly very Portland option, a vintage bicycle would certainly makes for a cute entrance. Picture your free-spirited self peddling down a sunny countryside lane with your bicycle mounted bridesmaids in tow, all ringing their bells for you as you arrive. How fun would that be? Whilst you wouldn’t want to be travelling for a long distance in full hair & make-up whilst wearing anything bulky (especially up hill), it’s certainly do-able if you only saddle up for the last few moments of your journey. Finding a vintage bicycle shouldn’t be hard either. Reasonably priced ones can be sought online and there are plenty of places where you can hire them too. Of course make sure you pick one out with a wicker basket on the front – you’ll need somewhere pretty to place your bouquet!

Rent this cute white bike from Portland Bike Tours.


A Motorbike


One for the rock ‘n’ roll bride. Whilst riding a Harley Davidson would make for a very cool arrival, wearing a dress on one of them is more than a little impractical (not to mention dangerous). Luckily, there are sidecars! Motorbikes and riders can easily be hired, with some companies specifically catering to the wedding market. Whilst you can wear an open-faced helmet (and avoid ruining your make-up) you’ll just have to rock the helmet hair – but who cares? It’s a nice day for a white wedding…

Find a rental in your area at the Eagle Rider website.

On Horseback


Forget the carriage! If you’ve got a passion for all things equestrian then why not take a trot to the church? Whilst not recommended for first time riders, a horse would certainly make for an elegant princess-style arrival for anyone with experience (what’s more you’d save on the carriage!).

Take lessons together before you hop on at Iron House Riding Academy.

A Hummer Limo


hummer limo

If you can’t be a diva of Rihanna-proportions on your wedding day, then when can you be? Popular with celebrities, rappers and your general show-off rich folk, the hummer limo is synonymous with fabulousity. The majority of them come fully equipped with decadent interiors, disco lighting, music systems and free champagne – meaning you and your girls can have a stylish pre-party and get psyched up for the excitement ahead. When it comes to hiring limos however, make sure you go to a reputable company that actually specializes in weddings (as opposed to the “We provide transport to parties, but yeah we’ll do your wedding if you pay us double” types). Any transport company operating in the wedding industry will generally have a reputation to uphold, and will therefore be a lot less likely to not show up on the actual day; equally their luxury vehicles will be fully covered should anything happen while you are a passenger. Services such as transport however will usually be covered by your wedding insurance policy, so check the small print make sure you’re fully protected against such an eventuality. Also, try not to party too hard before you get to venue – slurring one’s vows is generally frowned upon!

Check out Five Star Limo to find the perfect ride for your wedding day.

Famous Vehicles


Are you something of a film buff or TV nerd? Then how about indulging your geeky sensibilities by making your arrival in a famous vehicle? Many companies offer famous cars, trucks, motorbikes and replica vehicles for wedding hire. Could you see yourself pulling up to your venue in the General Lee? What about James Bond’s Aston Martin? Or maybe you’re more of an A-Team kinda gal? The possibilities are all pretty fun.

Although Frank Sinatra once sang “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage”, the saying certainly doesn’t have to dictate what you arrive in. You get one chance to arrive at your wedding, so make sure you do it in style – whatever your style may be!

Check out TransAmFlorida for famous cars.

Taking Care of Your Wedding Dress

Taking Care of Your Wedding Dress

Finding your dream wedding dress is a bit like finding a soul mate really. You can search for what seems like an eternity before finally finding the one. When you eventually do however, it’s a match made in heaven (well, with one or two adjustments in some cases – but that’s the same as a human soul mate, right?). For every bride the dress is one of the biggest pieces of the wedding-planning-puzzle – and once you’ve found it, you can breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to getting married that bit more.

So, now your dress is in your possession, how do you go about caring for it? And how do you store it after you get hitched? This post is here to tell you just that!



Storing your dress correctly prior to the big day is especially important – no bride wants to walk down the aisle looking like something out of Great Expectations! To avoid dust, creases, tears (and rats!), you need to hang your gown up safe from harm. It’s always best to keep it in a closet, on a sponge hanger, covered in a non porous cover (such as muslin – plastic covers can trap condensation) with plenty of space on either side so it doesn’t get crushed. If you’re storing your dress away for 6 months of more, then it’s better to box it up in acid-free tissue paper, to avoid putting stress on the stitching. In both instances, keep it out of sunlight and away from windows, heaters and vents.


Transporting that dream dress, near or far, also requires diligence if it’s to get there unscathed. Unless you’re wearing it to your wedding venue, the best way to transport your dress is by car. Lay the back seats down, and place it on top of a clean sheet to minimize creasing. If you’re jetting off somewhere exotic for your wedding ceremony, you can have the airline safely hang your dress with the flight attendant jackets, with prior arrangement. Therefore there’s no need to buy an extra seat for your gown.

Averting Dress Dramas!

Drama and stress comes with the territory for many brides, and understandably so, given how important it is. Thankfully however, it’s usually reserved for the run up to your wedding day, as opposed to the wedding itself – which more often than not turns out to be the best day of our lives. There’s more to looking after your gown than avoiding wrinkles and creases however. The average bride spends almost $1200 on her dress, a sizable portion of the wedding budget. Like any expensive purchase with a lot riding on it (not to mention the emotional attachment) it makes sense to insure it. With the ailing economy there have been many instances of companies liquidating and leaving soon-to-be-weds without goods or services they had previously arranged and paid for, including dresses. Most wedding insurance packages will cover attire anyway, so if you’ve taken out a plan chances are your dress will be safeguarded anyway. If for whatever reason the worst comes to the worst, you’ll be able to buy a replacement gown and receive monetary compensation.


If you’re particularly accident prone (and let’s face it, most of us are after a few glasses of champagne – more so whilst drunk on love as well!) you’ll want to exercise caution during your reception. Firstly, remember that most gowns will restrict your movement, so be careful when you’re pulling out all your best Beyoncé moves on the dance floor. Secondly, a wedding buffet is fraught with fabric staining substances (namely wine and food) that would happily add a shade or two to your gown should they get the chance. Whilst this may not seem like such a disaster after the ceremony and photographs, it can certainly be a pain in the ass to see an unsightly blotch when you look at your dress in the future (nostalgia-induced closet foraging on your diamond wedding anniversary, for example). Like most stains, the best way to get rid of it is to tackle it straight away. Gently blotting the stain with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth is the most effective method, ensuring you work from the outside in to avoid spreading the stain. Remember, the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove – so if it’s a particularly resilient stain, then it’s recommended you take your gown to be professionally cleaned as soon after the wedding as possible.

Post-Wedding Storage

After the big day your dress will be immortalized within your wedding pictures, in pristine condition, whilst you look fabulous wearing it – but what of the gown itself? If you don’t plan on selling it, passing it on to another bride, or having it refashioned into something else, then it’s time to box it up and store it away. To preserve it for decades to come, stuff the gown with acid-free tissue paper, fold into a Z-shape (to minimize creasing) and place it inside a corrugated cardboard box that is also free of acid (it’s worth noting that some companies sell boxes specifically for this purpose). Once that’s done place it somewhere in your home with a steady climate, such a closet or bedroom, away from vents or heaters. Avoid storing your gown in a basement or attic, where the temperature often fluctuates. If you treat your gown like the precious relic that it is, it’ll remain looking gorgeous for many years to come!

This great post comes to us from Melissa H, thank you for the guest post! Photos by Jasmine Photography.

Rainy Portland Weather

Rainy Portland Weather

When planning a wedding in Oregon, especially in the Portland area, you run the risk of not having sunshine on your big day. There is nothing wrong with a little rain, we have gotten used it and enjoy the slower days (only us took about five years). When it comes to planning an event you need to think a little differently. Being prepared for unexpected weather is something to put on your list. If you are planning your event for spring or fall then be ready that a big dark cloud filled with water could spread droplets over your celebration. It’s no reason to put a stop to the festivities! Grab your rain gear and let’s celebrate!

Let’s start with a good ol’ pair of wellies. You have to protect those pretty feet while moving from one site to another site. Hunter is a brand that has lasting power. Their rain gear is built solid and will last a lifetime so you’ll be investing in something you can use again and again.

Add your something blue with these cute short gloss rain boots by Hunter. $125.00


If your colors are black and white, slip on these shiny black riding boots with gold accents. $195.00

black hunter

If it’s going to be warm with a chance of rain then try a sandal you won’t have to worry about. These cute and stylish Limington Sandals will get many compliments. On sale $50.00


Yellow is all the rage for weddings. I used it at my spring wedding and loved how it added a pop of vibrance. If you ask your photographer having an umbrella can be a fun prop for your photos. Finding a clear one is even better since it won’t add dark shadows to your faces. This bubble umbrella is $48.00 from Hunter.


Go with a cute clear umbrella with a floral pattern from Totes for only $30.00.


If you feel the need to cover up your dress then slip on this cute white Kenneth Cole Reaction Coat. On Sale for $115.00 at Macy’s.


Whether it ends up raining all day (it is said to good luck in some cultures if it rains) or for a few hours have your rain supplies ready. Of course watch the weather report a few weeks out and as it gets closer to your date make adjustments. No matter what the weather, enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes!

Cakes, Cakes, Cakes!

When your guests arrive at the the reception they will find their seat, get settled in and then look around and see what you have planned for their evening. They may see a buffet set up, an appetizer bar, a photo booth and or dance floor with a DJ. One thing they will always hover around is the cake! Kids will stare at it in awe, wondering when they will get consume the sweet sugary slice. Adults will gather and comment on what they like about it. When it comes time for the two of you to gather and cut the first slice together as husband and wife everyone will gather and cheer you on! The wedding cake is a memory for everyone who is joining you. Now let’s look at some amazing designs so you can find the perfect wedding cake to compliment your lovely day!

The following images are all local Oregon couples wedding day cakes!








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