It’s that time of year again, when newly engaged couples are making plans for their upcoming weddings. With the two biggest Will-You-Marry-Me holidays having just passed (Christmas and Valentine’s Day), a lot of engagement rings have been presented. Now it’s time to plan! Planning a wedding can be a full time job which is why I suggest hiring a full time professional to facilitate those plans. I’ve worked with quite a few wedding coordinators over the years and highly recommend Green Eyed Girl Productions. Kandice and her team at Green Eyed Girl are completely up to date on all the latest wedding trends. Kandice was with me at Eagle Rock Lodge (along the beautiful McKenzie River) as the bride and groom braved the wet weather in this image. Definitely check them out!
Another decision to make, and it’s usually the first one, is where to have the wedding. I’ve been truly blessed to have seen so many of Oregon’s amazing venues, from the Coast to the Cascades, from Portland to wine country; the only hard part about finding the right venue is which one to choose! Some of my favorite places are The Sandtrap (a McMenamins property in Gearhart on the northern coast), Deep Woods (in Veneta),
Diamond Woods (near Cheshire and Monroe),
Chateau Lorane (near Eugene),
The Gerding Theater (in Portland),
Beckenridge Vineyards (in Dallas, Oregon),
Mt Hood Organic Farms (in Hood River),
Bridal Veil Lakes (also near Hood River),
Atavista B&B (in Harrisburg, Oregon)
and Broken Top Club (in Bend).
Once you’ve got your date set and your venue picked out, it’s time to start looking for the other vendors who help make your Big Day complete. If you’re hiring a DJ, there are a few I recommend, in no particular order: Bass is Loaded (ask for Rick), DJ Stoltz (ask for David) and Barry McGuire (of BMAC Productions). From country to hip-hop, these guys not only keep the music flowing, they are also great emcees.
One of the most important parts of any wedding is the food; all your guests will remember what they ate at your wedding so it’s important that you visit as many caterers as possible to make sure you get what you want (especially since they will all provide sample tastings!). There are a number of caterers I’ve worked with over the years and, again in no particular order, these are a few I can recommend:
After the meal, of course, comes the wedding cake. Wedding cakes have come a long way since the days of the traditional 3-tiered white cake with the little plastic figures on top. Nowadays you can get cakes to match any theme, in all sizes and colors. A few of my favorite wedding cake makers are The Sweet Life and Market of Choice (both in Eugene), and Papa Haydn’s (in Portland). Just like the caterers, these folks will also give you lots of tastings so it’s a good idea not to visit too many on the same day 🙂
A lot of brides these days (ok, most brides) are searching Pinterest for inspiration. Be sure to check out my own Pinterest pages!