April showers bring May flowers and florists all over the country are getting ready to stock up their coolers as wedding season gets underway. If you’re shopping for a florist, here are three top tips to help make the process easier: 1) Bring a budget. Nothing frustrates a florist more than a bride who wants a $1500 centerpiece but can only spend $300. 2) Bring photos of what you have in mind. Florists have albums of their work but you’ll save time if you come prepared with color and combinations that illustrate your style. 3) Bring an open mind. Be prepared to flex a little or a lot with flower choices. That Lily of the Valley bouquet you want may be cost prohibitive or unavailable. Let the florist make suggestions and trust their expertise when it comes to knowing what works. Click here to see preferred Portland area florists.
Brides are often at a loss as to what to give their grooms for a wedding gift. Here’s a great idea from photographer, Amy Wilbanks. A custom portrait of you at your boudoir best. Seductive, coy, vintage … whatever rocks your world. Amy will capture you in your most alluring pose and then custom frame the masterpiece to create the perfect gift. Can’t wait for your wedding day? No worries. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Note: Gift certificates make a great gift for your bridal party. Click here to visit Amy’s studio on Facebook and learn more about this special offer.
I’ve heard some great proposal stories over the years ranging from sentimental to outlandish. If you’re planning a wedding between now and March 2014, here’s your chance to share your story and win big. “The Proposal” contest is being sponsored by The Mark Spencer Hotel and the winning couple receives a Grand Prize package valued at over $4,000! This fabulous wedding reception package includes the Mark Spencer’s brand new Nortonia Ballroom space, catering by As Good As It Gets, decorating by Barclay Event Rentals and flowers from Botanica Floral Design. The winning proposal will be selected by a panel of judges and based on originality, creativity and the “wow” factor. Click here to read entry details. Winner will be announced April 12th … it might be you!
For a high taste of unique beauty, it’s hard to beat Sarah Seven. Her bridal and ready wear fashions make a statement that say original loud and clear. Visiting her flagship store in NE PDX is like stepping into a time capsule when fabric mattered and detail reigned supreme. Known for her vintage inspired designs, Sarah Seven offers one-of-a-kind gowns as well as select favorites in her permanent collection. And her short dress creations offer lots of options for bridesmaids (I’m drawn to Mrs. Black from the Fall 2012 collection). Viewing is by appointment only or you can see her international collection online at Sarah Seven.
I’ve been a fan of gourmet cupcakes since they first hit the scene a few years ago. They’re a great crowd pleaser and such a fun alternative to standard cake. No one puts more heart and soul into baking cupcakes than Barb and Rick Nischalke of Cookies, Cupcakes & More. Specializing in weddings and events in the PDX metro area, the couple offers cupcakes and cookies in a wide variety of flavors and frostings to enhance any occasion. Unlike most other commercial bakers, Barb and Rick provide lots of creative flexibility and welcome custom orders. You can even request a private tasting session while you discuss design ideas. I’m a fan of their Chocolate Peanut Butter with the runner up being their After Dinner Mint with Andes mint pieces in the cake. Yum! Whether you are planning a wedding for 100, an office party for 50, or a baby shower for 25 – give them a call. They love what they do and it shows. You couldn’t be in nicer hands. Visit the website now .