One of the biggest pieces of advice we give to couples getting married is “Hire a Coordinator!” We know first hand, the value coordinators provide and we think it is an essential investment into your wedding day. One of our favorite coordinators in town is Your Perfect Bridesmaid. Take a moment and meet Kimberly Morrill, the owner of Your Perfect Bridesmaid. She and her team are excellent at what they do and they would love to help make your wedding day as stress free and enjoyable as possible!
AOW: Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I am originally from Southern California, but don’t tell anyone that. 🙂 My family first landed in the Northwest in 1996. I left to go to the college, and then eventually came back down to Portland in 2005.
AOW: What is your favorite thing about Portland?
Oh gosh, there is so much I love about Portland. My top three are: the people (we are the nicest folks), the little neighborhoods, and the food. OMG the food!!
AOW: What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
My favorite thing to do is probably eat at our incredible restaurants. Having to pick a favorite restaurant in Portland is like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. My top two are Toro Bravo and Le Pigeon. I do have a favorite bar however. Hands down it is Kells. I love the people, the drinks and the live music 7 days a week!
AOW: How long have you been working as a professional wedding coordinator?
I started Your Perfect Bridesmaid in 2008. It is absolutely crazy to think we have been doing this for 9 years! What an awesome journey it has been.
AOW: What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
Prior to starting YPB I did corporate events for many years. Prior to that I was my college’s Activities Director. Events have always been a passion. The business side of things has been a lot of learning as I go (who starts a business in the midst of an economic meltdown) but I also can say that bits and pieces of my previous jobs have all helped with various aspects of what I do know. Its crazy how every step of life is preparing to get you where you need to be. You don’t see it at the time, but you sure do appreciate the journey once you get there.
AOW: How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional coordinator for their wedding day?
I honestly believe that having a day-of coordinator is essential. That is why I launched the business. The guidance, the peace of mind, the expertise we provide really allows couples to have a smooth planning process and it allows them and their families to sit back, relax and actually enjoy their wedding. Couples spend so much time and SO.MUCH.MONEY planning their wedding. They deserve to have it go well, and they deserve to enjoy it.
AOW: What is the best part of your job?
Oh gosh that is easy. The couples are the best part. I love getting to know our couples and I love making their wedding day better. This is definitely an act of service for me, and the people are what make it so darn rewarding!
AOW: Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
Thankfully, I have an amazing team. I am so blessed and honored that these folks have chosen YPB to be the place they dedicate their time and talents. I cannot imagine doing this with out them!
AOW: What do you attribute to your success as a wedding planner? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
I think couples appreciate my direct, no frills approach to wedding planning. I am pretty straightforward and give honest feedback. They can trust that if something will look horrible, or if an idea has challenges, I will address it. They also really value my experience and expertise in our industry. Having done over 400 weddings I have seen a lot. That experience gives them a lot of peace of mind. The other compliment I hear a lot of is that our team is very calm. I think our calm nature rubs off our clients and the other vendors around us. It helps everyone have a relaxing and fun day!
AOW: At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
Couples really should hire us immediately. Regardless of which package they choose, we begin working with them right away. If they hire us early on in the process we can help them with their budget, vendor recommendations, timeline etc. We can save them the most amount of money and time and frustration the sooner they hire us. With that being said, it’t never too late. Even if couples have most (or all) of the planning done, we can come in, sanity check everything, pull it all together and execute it day-of.
AOW: Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
I find my inspiration from our couples. I think a couple’s wedding should really tell their story, reflect their interests and style and personalities. Tell their story through the event is what I love to do.
AOW: What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Really I think it all comes down to experience. Ask coordinators how long they have been in the industry. How many weddings have they coordinated. Be sure everyone is licensed and insured and always make sure they have a back-up. Things happen, but you only get married once.
AOW: What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Stick to your budget. I cannot stress this enough. Set a dollar amount you are comfortable with, and lets make the day happen for that amount. I hate to see folks stress over money and then regret anything about their wedding after it’s over.
AOW: Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
Definitely check out our packages. We really work hard to keep our prices affordable, because I truly believe every couple should have a coordinator. Peace of mind on your wedding day shouldn’t be a luxury. If you would like a coordinator for you wedding, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call: 503.984.8652. Thanks for reading! Kim