Bridal Show Season is Here!

It’s that time again, bridal show season!
Brides-to-be all over getting married wait for this time of the year, not just in Portland or Vancouver areas, in every city across the country! You know what we are talking about, your friend got married last summer and when she asked you to give up some of your week nights and weekends to go to all the bridal shows in town! To help her carry all the free wedding stuff, taste all those samples & walk for hours… and you said that you wouldn’t do that when you get engaged. But deep down inside you were just a little excited thinking about when you would be taking your personal bridal labels and signing up at all the bridal show give aways. Well your wish has come true… you got the ring & your best friend says that she will give up some of her week nights & weekends to help you go wedding pro and vendor shopping at the bridal shows! So lets get you started in the right direction, here is a list of the 2012-2013 bridal shows in the Portland, OR area.
October, 2012
12th- Committed! Portland’s Alternative Bridal Event
13th & 14th- Oregon Wedding Showcase
25th- Urban Unveiled Portland
27th- The Wedding Experience
November, 2012
4th- Weddings on the Water
11th- Bravo Wedding Affair
January, 2013
3rd- The Art of Weddings ( we are in both videos, check them out)
12th & 13th- The Original Portland Bridal Show
27th- Marry Me! The NW’s only wedding cake & tabletop showcase
February, 2013
10th- Luxe Bridal Event
16th- Washington County Bridal Show
17th- Rocked at The Nines
24th- Bravo! Winter Wedding Affair
Don’t miss our next post, tips on attending bridal shows…  check it out before you attend your first show. We will see you at the shows, Happy Wedding Planning!
XO…. Tilly & Lisa
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Happy Wedding Planning: Building Your Wedding Team!

Now that you have started the base of your wedding vision, written out your budget, decided on where to save and where to splurge, picked your date & time & location your in love with… now you need to find the people who will make it happen!

If you have the budget for your own wedding army or if you are working with a DIY budget, you are going to need help pulling off a full scale wedding.

How do you pick your team? But more important question, who should I hire first…

The art to hiring your wedding team is order! order!

This order is simple… should be based on the importance of the service to your wedding & many wedding pros book up months even year in advance. So here it is…

1st Priority~

Planner… you should hire one because they can recommend wedding pros that not only meet your budget, but personality & style.

Officiant… they have such a major role in your union they should be your first call.

Photographer… many independent top photographers book 1 wedding a day & only 1 wedding a weekend for destination weddings, so they will book up fast.

Caterer… They really are limited on their events and the Oregon is full of foodies, so the many great caterers book up quickly.

Reception Deejay or Band… very important fact in keeping your party flowing they also book early and remember they also book many other events not just weddings.

2nd Priority~

Videographer… Portland has great video companies and they have multiple cameramen, so they can do a couple of weddings a weekend.

Florist… many florist can handle several events in a weekend, so finding a great florist  within 7 to 8 months before your wedding is good time frame.

Bakery… Specialty cake designers only do so many cakes in a weekend.. Large bakeries can handle more events in a weekend. So decide early on what type of cake you would like to serve your guests.

Hairstylist… talented hair stylists book very early especially the ones that come to you on the wedding date, being they limit how many weddings a weekend because of travel time.

Transportation… availability of limos, classic cars & other speciality transportation are really based on locale & season here in the NW, so booking early is always a great plan.

3rd Priority~

Invitations designer & Printing… many companies offer design & printing so starting 4-5 months before is a great time to start, for design, print-assemble & mailing.

Ceremony Music… This can be anything from classic strings to Deejay, so you can take a little longer on booking.. even group with your reception music package.

Professional lighting… They can handle multiple events during a weekend and this gives you a little more time to finalize your decor details.

Make-Up… can be a very personal choice for a bride and many brides know someone & even may be associated with the hair stylist.. so finding a make up artist a few months before allows enough time for trial sessions.

Rentals… unless it is the middle of the summer months or it is a big convention season, a few months before to put a deposit on your tents, table , chairs & linens should be enough time.

Remember if you hire the first on the priority list, your wedding planner can give you all the recommendations on the wedding pros- costs, personalities, time frames & can speak from personal experience from working with them.

Of course there are many wedding internet search sites that can be a wonderful resource… but just because a vendor is listed on one of these sites doesn’t mean it passes as a recommendation.

A good rule of thumb when interviewing wedding pros & vendors is a 3 from each catergory… this way you can have a good comparrison but not too may to be confusing!

The wedding business is a very personal one, so choosing the wedding professionals that you connect with personally is the key to having a wedding that truely is your wedding day.

Happy Wedding Planning!

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“Boho Chic” by Sweet Dreams Weddings & Events

This year at The Art of Weddings we did a little different design for the brides..  a “Boho Chic” sweetheart table! This design is for that bride who loves the vintage look but want to express a little more free spirit & stand out! Who don’t want to have a cookie cutter wedding design.

Using eclectic arrange of cups, vases & candle holders gave this table that unique touch…

Creating any design for your sweetheart table to your guest tables its all about the details.. Using bold chargers to frame your vintage plates…

Adding personal touches to your place settings, like adding an antique broach on vintage napkins…

Using the vintage look of lace over dark Chiavari chairs is a great way to give them that soft chic feel…

Classic natural ivory linens allows all the color to be used in the flowers, which always makes the table pop…

We really enjoy creating designs and sharing them with all the amazing brides… helping them bring all their ideas together to create a real decor setup. This allows the brides to see their final product before the day just in case they decide to make any last minute changes, this helps prevent the “I should of” statements after the wedding day is over & they are reviewing the photos from the event. So if you would like to learn more about wedding design & styling contact us at

Happy  Wedding Planning!

From Sweet Dreams Weddings & Events..

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