You can’t throw a bouquet in Portland without hitting someone who is working at a wedding this summer. But what does the infamous wedding boom of 2022 envy the very people whose job it is to make sure all these weddings actually happen? And what advice do wedding vendors have for couples trying to plan in this (still) difficult world?
We asked and they answered. Here’s the inside scoop of wedding officiants, photographers, caterers, venues and planners who come together again and again and again to bring total joy to two complete strangers.
Responses have been edited for clarity and length.
So over the past two years… Is there anything in particular that you would like people planning weddings in Oregon to know?
“I think it’s easy to think things are back to normal for fans of the events industry, but it’s literally insane. So busy, so much more work, things are more expensive We are doing double duty now and people are expecting more than that!” —Greg Khng, Big business (events coordinator and store owner)
“Caterers and rental companies are understaffed. This means you need to finalize your event day design and book services sooner than you normally think. —Emee Pumarega, EJP Events (organizer and event coordinator)
“The hard truth about a wedding in Portland, Oregon in 2022 is that you’re not immune to having your car robbed, even on your wedding day. Last fall, I was photographing an elopement in a park in Portland that is popular for weddings.It was a beautiful day until the bride and groom returned to their car to find that someone had smashed two of their back windows and stolen their handbag. hand, their wallets and their keys… On the wedding day, couples and guests are usually in a new-to-their zone and have their guard down so it’s easier to forget to leave valuables value in their car. So tell your people. —Marissa Solini, Marissa Solini Photography (photographer)
“We have all been through a lot in the past few years. I think now, more than ever, couples should think about what’s most important to them and factor that into the wedding planning process. At the end of the day, it’s their wedding and they celebrate themselves. —Kylie Forslund, she/her, The beautiful Victorian (venue)
What about COVID?
“COVID has taught us all that sometimes things are just out of our control (i.e. the couple tests positive for COVID and has to reschedule their date just five days before the wedding; this has happened to one of my clients). Be flexible.” —Jaime Ta, I love your creative and co-founder of color sellers (events and wedding coordinator)
“Vaccinations have made the wedding landscape a little less terrifying than the past two years, but COVID remains a very real risk. Please be open, honest, and communicative with your guests and vendors regarding your expectations regarding vaccination status, testing, or any other requirements you may want to put in place on your wedding day. [Also] be honest if you get sick before or on your wedding day and let your guests and vendors know. —Nadia Padzenski, Adventure forever (photographer)
Any tips for hiring wedding vendors?
“When planning your wedding, be sure to hire vendors not just because they provide a particular service, but also because you connect with them on a personal level. We are not robots and want absolutely that your wedding day is as special as you are, so when there is good energy between us, it makes everything even better! —Chérise Klosner, Another makes the knot (officiating)
“Knowing your budget and estimated number of guests. This will help a lot when planning as well as sharing a vision board of the style and vibe you are aiming for when contacting vendors.” —Danielle Phan , Danielle Nichole Events (organizer and event coordinator)
“Please provide as much detail as possible upfront in the initial enquiry… We can give you a more accurate immediate quote when we have an overview of your needs. This streamlines our communication and saves us valuable time. —Amanda Saideepane, Sage Spirit (mobile bar)
“It’s easier than you think to support and hire POC [people of color] vendors for your wedding in Oregon… Your money has a huge impact when deciding who to hire on your wedding day and you can put it to good use. (Marissa specifically recommends the directory color sellerscreated by Oregon wedding vendors Jaime Ta and Marcela Pulido) —Solini
How about knowing how to be a good boss for your supplier team?
“Understand that ping pong email chains ask detailed questions about what we can and cannot accept [or] doing for your event is a lot of time and work. Every email is free knowledge, expertise and creative property…Before contacting a supplier, I advise potential customers to browse the website…Chances are there is an FAQ page. —Saideepane
“A card, tip, email or text sharing your gratitude with the vendors who really delivered on your wedding day goes a long way in keeping our spirits up as we navigate busy wedding season.” —Emily Sterling, Rooted and Wild (officiating)
If there’s one thing you wish couples knew when planning their 2022 wedding in Oregon, what would it be?
“There are absolutely sellers who are still booking for this year. The marriage “boom” we’ve all been hearing about since late last year is real, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people available yet. Reach! Don’t be afraid to reach out to people if you really like their work, who they are, and their values. —Nadia Padzenski, Adventure forever (photographer)
“It is worth considering all your options. For example, a different venue or location or an off-peak wedding date may not be what you originally planned, but it will end up being perfect for you anyway because you will be surrounded by humans who adore you and love you. —Jaime Ta, she/she, I love your creative and co-founder of color sellers (events and wedding coordinator)
“Release the pressure to have the perfect wedding on Instagram. Your love is enough. Instead, focus on the intention behind your wedding day (how you want to feel and what you want to highlight in your celebration) and make your decisions from there rather than measuring yourself. …You are allowed to celebrate your love affair however you wish. want!” —Emily Sterling, she/she, Rooted and Wild (officiating)
Editor’s Note: Author Elisabeth Kramer (her) is a wedding coordinator in Portland, Oregon who fights the wedding industrial complex and the author of “Modern Etiquette Wedding Planner.” Learn more about his work at elisabethkramer.com.