Wedding Planning Tips

By Barbara Wade © 2010, All Rights Reserved

You’ve finally met the man of your dreams. You’ve chosen the perfect dress, a stunning ring, and invited your friends and family to help you celebrate on this joyous occasion. All that remains is to select the ideal location. When it comes to gorgeous wedding venues, no other city can compare to Portland. Hotel suites cater to new brides and grooms – and their guests – and the gorgeous scenery in and around Portland makes the City of Roses a truly romantic destination.

Portland’s Natural Beauty is a Dazzling Backdrop for any Celebration

The International Rose Test Garden provides a stunning setting for those pre-wedding photographs. No flower says romance like the rose, and only in Portland will you find more than 7,000 plants all in one location. Wander hand in hand through the garden while the photographer captures magical candid shots, or pose for formal portraits with your wedding party. When you’ve finished, be sure to stop by the Rose Garden Shop to pick up rose-themed wedding favors such as confections shaped like this elegant flower. Your guests will love having these locally made delicacies to remind them of their visit to the City of Roses and of your special day.

For the wine-loving bride and groom, Portland offers some of the country’s best vintages. The Willamette Valley wine region is Oregon’s largest, home to 200 wineries and 12,000 acres of grapes. Dedicated to sustainable growing, the vineyards of Oregon take pride in their organic, biodynamic and salmon-safe farming practices. You’ll savor the richness of the wine even more when you know it was produced in an environmentally conscious manner. Not only that, but you’ll be able to choose local vintages to serve at your rehearsal dinner, reception, and with brunch the following day. And don’t forget to pick out a special bottle just for the two of you to share.

Shopping and Hotel Accommodations

The Portland Saturday Market is an excellent place to find one-of-a-kind treasures perfectly suited for those important bridesmaid and groomsman gifts. Blown-glass vases, hand-poured candles and exquisite jewelry are just a few of the offerings you’ll find. More than 250 artists and small businesses gather in Portland’s historic Old Town each weekend from March through December.

Accommodations couldn’t be easier either. Opt to host your rehearsal dinner, reception and brunch at the same downtown Portland hotel in which you and your party stay. You’ll be close to all this magnificent city has to offer while avoiding the need to rent a car. Your Portland wedding will be fondly remembered by everyone in attendance when you choose a boutique hotel that can assist you in coordinating pre-wedding spa days for the bridesmaids, post-wedding brunches for departing guests, and everything in between.

Author Bio

Barbara Wade writes for Hotel Vintage Plaza, an elegant Portland hotel dedicated to making your wedding as beautiful and memorable as you are. Visit them online at

One Response to Celebrate Your Future Together in the City of Roses

  • Here’s what I know. I was raised in a large fiamly. 2 fiamly house. My mom and dad and 5 sisters lived on the 2nd floor. My aunt and uncle and their 3 daughters lived on the 1st floor. I was the only boy in the whole house. It was great. I was treated like a prince. but that’s another story. Bridal gowns. Right. All my sisters and cousins started looking at bridal magazines when they were about 7 years old. And continued to do so until they were old enough to go shopping on their own. Then they would shop at bridal shops. Of course, at that point in time, they ranged in age from 14 to 17. And they continued this behavior until my oldest sister got engaged. She was 19 at the time. That’s when all hell broke loose. Engaged sister would NOT go gown shopping with them. Would not even share her bridal magazines with them. I observed this new and unusual behavior with wonderment. And then came the gowns for the bridesmaids. (the 4 sisters and 3 cousins). The engaged sister picked out the gowns herself. The others had no say-so in the whole affair. Mind boggling, to say the least. Anyway the wedding took place without a hitch. All subsequent weddings of the other sisters and cousins pretty much went the same way. My guess is that it was a genetic instinctive thing. They’re all married now and up to their old pre-marriage tricks. Sooooooooooooooooo, when should you start looking for a wedding dress? I wouldn’t touch that answer for all the tea in china. but best of luck and have a wonderful wedding.

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