One of the often overlooked items at the wedding is the Guest Book. The idea we need to sign in and show we were there might seem outdated to some but Guest Books really do make wonderful keepsakes. Often they are full of useful advice and serve as a reminder of loved ones who gathered to honor your special day.
Our new friend Karlee Patton runs Portraits at Parties. This wonderful take on the Guest Book includes live portrait drawing at your event and a keepsake Guest Book full of really adorable line drawings of your friends and family and includes their helpful advice for your marriage. This all comes at a very good price for the service. This is a perfect way to modernize your guest book and make it unique. It is also a great way to involve your guests and commemorate the wisdom they will undoubtedly be passing on to you. The level of engagement with your guests is sure to make everyone excited to sign your unique Guest Book!
So recently we had the opportunity to do a styled shoot. We put it together from the floor up and partnered with some amazing local entreprenuers. We met so many new creative friends and the energy in the room was so intense. This shoot was small but a major event for us. We all really enjoyed every second of getting to know these local creative small business owners and seeing the production through from beginning to end. Literally every second was satisfying and terrifying. What a blast!
Instant Traditions; Coordinator/Planners/Stylists: Whitney Thornton, Khodi Dow & team
Thanks so much to each of our vendors for all your knowledge, creativity, and help. We made a beautiful set and some gorgeous pictures. Please check everyone of these people out working with them was amazing.
Hello there! It is most definitely Spring in the PNW and with springtime comes all sorts of opportunities for outdoor entertainment. Whether it be a backyard BBQ or a mid-afternoon tea in the garden there are always ways to inject style into any situation. This week we wanted to address some methods of taking your outdoor parties to the next level.
These can even be paired with quality paper plates and plastic silver for intimate yet casual dinner parties with your friends.
Knowing your crowd and choosing a loose theme or color set is very helpful in styling any event and can be used in an outdoor situation to set the tone. A relaxed and laid back BBQ, for instance, might use a touch of country in the decor with blue gingham napkins and wagon wheel lighting structures. On the other hand, if you are having your girlfriends over for an outdoor garden party using flower prints and tea sets with touches of lace are a great option. If you want a simple way to elevate any table is fresh flowers. We love them in bright spring colors and they can be paired with simple vessels like mason jars or with stylish vases and soft pinks. Therefore always adding just the touch of color and often the touch of personality your table needs to be a showstopper. These can even be paired with quality paper plates and plastic silver for intimate yet casual dinner parties with your friends. These options may even be more budget-friendly and can come out far more polished than you would expect.
If you want a simple way to elevate any table is fresh flowers. We love them in bright spring colors and they can be paired with simple vessels like mason jars or with stylish vases and soft pinks
Now if you are doing an elegant dinner outside for Easter or just to honor springs arrival you could use dyed or naturally colored eggs to add whimsy to your fine china. Try combining with soft pastel flowers, white or clear glass accessories, and silver or even a rosy copper. You will literally be the talk of the season with that level of style on your outdoor table.
Try combining with soft pastel flowers, white or clear glass accessories, and silver or even a rosy copper.
In the end, the idea of an outdoor party is to enjoy the sun, smell the flowers, maybe even rejuvenate your self, and most of all eat wonderful food.
In the end, the idea of an outdoor party is to enjoy the sun, smell the flowers, maybe even rejuvenate your self, and most of all eat wonderful food. In the early spring buy lots of candles, citronella torches, or other bug banning devices. These will help you and your guests enjoy the weather without the headache of bees buzzing them. Also, be sure to have plenty of water on hand and sunscreen. Keeping your guests hydrated and safe goes the extra mile to show you care.
“For years I have always been fascinated with the idea of helping to bring something out of nothing!”
Growing up, everything took extra effort as I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which effects my legs. It made daily tasks as simple as walking incredibly challenging, but, I was always determined! I fell down 10 times and stood up 11, people would tell me that I didn’t have to participate in gym or that I wouldn’t be able to do all that everyone else could do. I had always found a way. This pushed me to put 110% in everything that I do. This coupled with the upbringing of my parents influence helped me to develop an intense and passion driven work ethic and compassion to help every life that I have the pleasure to interact with.
Today, I find myself reflecting on all of the trials that life has thrown at me. It makes me all the more grateful for the adventure that Whitney and I have decided to embark on, growing through our friendship of over 17 years, and diving head first into a business that allows us to help change the lives of people in a way that gives me an opportunity to use the talents that I have been blessed with. It brings me great joy!
“In my free time when I am not working, I spend time with my family and going on random adventures which include hiking up a waterfall, finding a new place to eat or taking a drive to the beach.”
When I am not assisting with coordinating or working as a Lead Supervisor for a non profit, I enjoy spending time with my family and my adorable new nephew! Being an Uncle is the greatest part of my life that I could have. I would have never known that any one person could have so much of my heart the way my nephew does. He is my world! I also enjoy spending time with my friends even if we just sit in the car and sing to the radio or have deep conversations, it means the world. I am incredibly social and love spending time with those who mean everything to me.
This is just the beginning and I am stoked for this new chapter and where it will bring me but more importantly, what it will teach me. No matter where you are or how old you may be, you’re never through learning. Take each moment in your hand and hold onto it forever for time passes but memories last a lifetime.
“persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.“
Sure to be the hottest fall wedding trend. We adore the variety of ways we have seen this trend displayed from classy to homey. The way that the yellow pops against the blue is everything gorgeous about fall and can be worked into several themes. Nautical, navy velvet, and country themed weddings can all be brightened up and centered around big, beautiful sunflowers. They make a simple, elegant display no matter what vessel they are placed in and are sure to bring smiles to your guest’s faces.
Khodi’s #1 pick
Teal & White Attire
I really like the Teal and White combination as of late, something about the two together brings on a sense of calm and tranquility.
I really like the Teal and White combination as of late, something about the two together brings on a sense of calm and tranquility. They also compliment one another and bring definition and contrast. Maybe it’s a white shirt with a teal vest? Or teal cumberbund and bow tie with a white kerchief. I for one am looking forward to the excuse to experiment with this dynamic duo of colors!
Whitney’s #1 pick
Mismatched table settings
There is something whimsical about walking up to a table and noticing all the place settings are mixed and matched. There is so much fun you can have when you give yourself an excuse to be flexible. Not to mention you could save money on rentals and borrow or collect your dishes from cherished friends and family. Different shapes, colors, and design all coming from loved ones can give your event a comforting, homey feel and still be elegant when styled right!
Sommer’s #1 pick
Over the top moon shaped displays
The extra plus to using this round shape instead of a traditional arch is you can tie your table displays to it in so many unique ways or even mimic it with your lighting displays.
This out of this world trend in arches can be done with compostable materials, non-traditional florals, or just over the top elegance and is always beautiful. My personal faves have been done in Pampas grass, white and purple roses, and even one that was draped in greenery with a crescent of yellow flowers in the center. The extra plus to using this round shape instead of a traditional arch is you can tie your table displays to it in so many unique ways or even mimic it with your lighting displays. Giving your traditional arch pictures a classy fresh edge.
Whitney’s #2 pick
Hand-painting and metallics on cakes
I have had my eye on so many fun trends this year when it comes to sweets but my two favorites right now are Metallics and Hand-painted or both! Love seeing a little shimmer in a wedding why not bring it all the way into the cake? I love seeing it brushed on and even love seeing the gold leaf pop in with some other colors. Metallic on white are stunning as well! I have also been seeing cake artist painting right on the cake! These can be florals, fun designs, and even full watercolor paintings right on the frosting! Not to mention the texture you can get if you paint with colored frosting!
Khodi’s #2 pick
Gifting your groomsmen with something as simple as an engraved tie clip or maybe going beyond that and sending them a bottle of their favorite whiskey with a note “Be my groomsmen for this thing?”
Another one of my favorites would have to be giving groomsmen gifts. What a concept right? Showing appreciation to the men who have agreed to stand at your side during one of the biggest days of your life. Gifting your groomsmen with something as simple as an engraved tie clip or maybe going beyond that and sending them a bottle of their favorite whiskey with a note “Be my groomsmen for this thing?” Letting these men know you’re grateful for not only standing in but that you appreciate all they have done for you, this goes a long way.
Sommer’s #2 Pick
Edgy, rich colors
I am literally living for dark Victorian themes full of rich reds, deep burgundies, and purples. I love classic but unique uses of dark browns, lush forest greens, and yes even grey and black. It gives everything a vintage, mysterious vibe and I am personally all for it. Especially paired with old lace, vintage display furniture or with rich textures like velvet.
One of the most important people in your life is about to tie the knot with their special someone and you’ve been invited to share in that day.
But what do you wear?
I’ll share of few of my personal experiences and some of my favorite choices while working events and attending that unique moment.
You’ll want to be sure that you’re comfortable in what you choose to wear, nothing is worse than feeling like you’re suffocating because of a tight tie or having to find a new notch in your belt to hold your pants up. Often times if you’re just an attendee a simple dress shirt and slacks are perfect!
You can always dress it up some and wear a tie but it’s definitely not required.
If you’re anything like me, you tend to go all out when it comes to dressing up. Not only do I find the dress slacks and the tie but there have been a few instances that I’ll wear a suit that matches the wedding colors or wear a bright pink tuxedo to keep a promise to a friend!
“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” – Oscar Wilde
I have taken a liking to matching the wedding colors when it comes to coordinating but I absolutely do not want to step on the toes of the lovebirds so asking permission is a must!
Attire truly depends on the event and I personally feel relief being able to either stick with the wedding colors or wearing a simple suit that still has my own personal flair while coordinating. Building your own arsenal of dress shirts and ties allows you to put your own unique style to your outfit while still dressing properly for the occasion.
Be it a suit and tie or a simple dress shirt and slacks, there is always an outfit suitable for any event. I’ll leave you with this, don’t stick to one theme or to the same color scheme, be adventurous and step out of your comfort zone!
Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford
Hello all! Instant Traditions is blessed to be so busy this week. Last weekend we went to a lovely park in Estacada to have fresh headshots and group shots done by the delightful Michelle Weaver. If you follow us on Instagram you know we had a blast. It was raining gently but that’s definitely consistent with life in Oregon and it actually enhanced the pictures. We were all laughing deliriously in the cold, swapping out shirts, and throwing off sweaters. All while taking hundreds of pictures of us, our sign, and a charming dog we met. Despite the rain and nerves we felt energized, maybe it was the crisp air or sheer awesomeness of immense ancient timber but we definitely got several superb shots, smiles, and cherished memories. We used many of the shots to further enhance our website. It took a large measure of work and time but it turned out excellent.
Despite the rain and nerves we felt energized, maybe it was the crisp air or sheer awesomeness of immense ancient timber
We also got to meet with a stunning couple planning an outdoor June garden wedding. The three of us are inspired by their simple but sumptuous tentative plans. It was a fun and informative meeting, and we truly loved the Portland coffee shop charm.
We are stoked to coordinate a fiesta themed baby shower for a little boy bundle of joy joining us in the upcoming months. Hopefully, we will get to show you guys some impressive DIY projects for that. There has been talk of an avocado pinata and maybe even a cactus shaped diaper cake. We recently aided with an informal gender reveal party for this couple and we have so loved working on their wedding in the past. It is always such a privilege to be a part of momentous occasions in the lives of a young couple!
We recently aided with an informal gender reveal party for this couple and we have so loved working on their wedding in the past.
Baby showers are a blast, aren’t they? The games, the awkwardness of blending families and friend groups, not to mention the slew of pregnancy jokes you never knew existed. Vivid cakes and innovative themes can unquestionably help make your baby shower very unique. Some people prefer the more traditional pink/mint green/blue/white color scheme and are really into all things miniature, adorable and baby. We love both and either way there is sure to be a party when auntie Violet cracks wise while playing the guess the candy in the diaper game.
We have customizable party packages and even have an add on if you want to add your pupper to any celebration.
Anyhow, folks We better get back to work there’s still much to do here. Contact us to help with your baby shower or graduation party. We do any and all functions and would love to be your instant helpers for your next big shindig. While you are here check out our list of packages. We have customizable party packages and even have an add on if you want to add your pupper to any celebration.
Realistically most newly engaged couples already have some idea of what they want. Maybe they’ve had long intimate talks about it or possibly one of them has been planning this since fifth grade. However, maybe you’re not the same idealistic person you were when you planned on marrying a teen heartthrob. It makes sense that you might have grown into a more socially conscious person, or maybe you still want a Dr. Who themed wedding as you planned for the last fifteen years. No matter what route you want to take to deviate from the non-traditional and whatever your reasons we want to share some advice with you.
We all love beautiful spaces overflowing with gorgeous flowers and that big beautiful white cake. No one is knocking traditional weddings. They are gorgeous and maybe you don’t even want to deviate that much. It is important to remember that traditions can be helpful in mapping out your ceremony. So choose your battles wisely but remember this day is definitely about you as a couple. Also, you don’t have to break the bank to prove you love each other or your guests. Perhaps big affairs are more anxiety than fun there is nothing wrong with a small intimate affair. Possibly even explore your rebellious streak and “sneak away” to a small courthouse ceremony or have a friend officiate a commitment ceremony.
Let us start simple, with working in color. Slight deviations from tradition like dip-dyed dresses, colored ribbon accents, or bold underlayers can be just the ticket if you want a splash of color. This way your dress is still white but still expresses your colorful personality. Maybe you want to go completely opposite and have a totally bold colored dress. Many are just not into splurging on a dress they will only wear once. So you could definitely splurge on a dress you love and maybe even one you will wear out. Still saving money on a dress that can cost more than you want to spend. Maybe you want your reception and dress is inspired by the jazz age, you choose a tea length dress in a smoky blue, have a jazz quartet play, and adorn everything with elegant black velvet musical notes. There are a million ways to express the feelings you want to convey. A planner can help with a design that will incorporate the elements you want to include and keep it in the budget.
Our good friends at Mama’s Artisan Sweets makes scrumptious macarons to fit tons of color schemes and patterns.
The cake is another great way to work in color or even save money. Maybe you want to center your ceremony and your cake around your favorite team, book, movie, or tv show. Themed cakes can be executed beautifully and be made with as much brilliant color as you demand. Express your fandom and create a fun atmosphere with a comic book theme or perhaps you both love mysteries. The cake is a fabulous way to express your mutual love for all things nautical or camping. Actually, you might want to skip the cake and do something more casual like cupcakes or macarons. Our good friends at Mama’s Artisan Sweets makes scrumptious macarons to fit tons of color schemes and patterns. This might even be appreciated by guests full of the scrumptious meal you just served as they can snag a take-home morsel more easily. Also creating less waste for the economic or socially conscious bride
Another option is a more traditional but minimalist or green wedding. For those among us who are trying to be more aware of our environmental impact and create less waste. Options for this maybe just making sure your wedding size is small or keeping as much of your decor compostable and reusable. So maybe do a small wedding brunch reception following your elopement-style ceremony. Making sure of course to use real silver and lots of compostable greenery. A gorgeous succulent bouquet that can be replanted in a living keepsake is another favorite. Even just asking for plants and contributions to your honeymoon fund can be waste saving options. These create wonderful cherished moments with family and close friends while keeping cost and carbon footprint low.
Start with deciding what is most important to you as a couple
Maybe money is no object or possibly you are on a very tight budget. Either way, the important thing to remember is your wedding is just that YOUR wedding, to a person you want to share your life with. It should definitely be a wonderful event that reflects you as a couple and the love you want to share with family and friends. Therefore we would start with deciding what is most important to you as a couple. After that, you can literally eliminate what’s not important, and keep your focus and money on the things you ranked highest on the list.
Many engaged couples are asking themselves just that question. The short answer is definitely! The more precise answer is actually more questions. Such as, what kind of experience do you want? Do you manage time and organize well? Are your family and friends really into helping with this possibly long, stressful journey with you? All of this, of course, could lead to more questions and soon your stress level is skyrocketing.
We here at Instant Traditions want to help you make an informed decision. We would also like very much to help you find solutions for any issues you may be struggling with when facing what can be a very arduous task. Let us begin by discussing the difference between what a planner does and what a month of coordinator does. A Wedding Planner is with you every step of the way. Beginning to end they help you contact vendors, review contracts, and book venues. They can even help design seating plans, scheduling decor. They will be instrumental in organizing the bridal party and coordinating prewedding planning parties. This obviously lowers the workload and stress placed on you and your future spouse, not to mention your family and friends.
If you love planning things, have a large support system ready to help, or just want to save money then Month of Wedding Coordination is for you.
A Month of Coordinator on the other hand basically comes on four to six weeks before the big day to implement your plans. If you are a big planner and want the experience of planning your own wedding then month of coordination is for you. A coordinator will help terrifically with communication between you, vendors, and caterers on your big day. They will have endless emails and consults with you to ease your workload in the lead up to your wedding. They will relieve the stress of having to stop in the middle of hair and makeup to direct the floral design or help Uncle Ned find his seat. A coordinator deals with the details you have orchestrated to make your big day run as smoothly as possible. So, if you have no idea where to begin, don’t have a local support system to help you plan, or just are not into planning things then you definitely need a Wedding Planner. If you love planning things, have a large support system ready to help, or just want to save money then Month of Wedding Coordination is for you.
As planners, it is our job to provide a buffer for you and your significant other so you can focus on what’s important to you…
The other major thing that contributes to this decision is your reaction to stress. Ask yourself if you are good under pressure, or do you become angry, shut down, and cry?? If the answer is the latter you definitely need at least a coordinator. Are you easily overwhelmed?? Do you have issues with remembering things when stressed?? If either of these things is true then a Wedding Planner is going to be your best friend. To be honest, getting married is a major emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. We all want the perfect wedding, even the most laid back among us wants a special and drama free celebration. Also, as much as you have planned things will happen. Life happens, venues fall through, caterers cancel, and people double book. A Wedding Planner/Coordinator can help avoid these issues by having reliable contacts, remembering details, reviewing contracts, arranging cleanup etc. For example, you are having an outdoor ceremony or reception that you initially planned in a park with a nice covered pavilion. The problem is the park has double booked that space and you had to switch venues to your sister’s large backyard area. Now you may need to rent awnings or tents, space is totally different so seating needs to be changed. These are just a few of the thousand details a planner can help you negotiate. Another example, it is the big day and it seems like everyone forgot something. The groomsmen forgot dress socks, half the bridesmaids have a run in their hose, no one brought a lighter for the candles, and your maid of honor has stage fright about their toast. To top it off your wedding arch is drooping. The planner/coordinator can be the hero in this situation, saving you by simply having zip ties on hand or tea for the tickle in your throat. As planners, it is our job to provide a buffer for you and your significant other so you can focus on what’s important to you at the moment like sharing a quiet moment with someone special before the big march. This keeps your stress low on your big day so you are not exhausted before you even get to the wedding march.
Your wedding day and the journey leading up to it can be very emotional and all that emotion can be overwhelming. Not just for you but for everyone involved. Much of the ride can be determined by having people ready and willing at your side to help keep it rolling smoothly and a good coordinator can do just that.
Today I spent most of the day with kiddos and community but in between all my normal Tuesday grind, I have had the chance to work on some Instant Traditions business. I finally got the mood board done for our upcoming styled photo shoot, and I am totally obsessed with the copper and marble theme! I am so excited to get everything laid out at our venue in January. I am definitely going to incorporate some eucalyptus and have been drooling over the Pinterest board all day. I can’t wait!
Anyway not only have I been gathering inspiration but I have been gathering some new vendor contacts, and catching up with the vendors we have already worked with. were hoping to gather enough so each bride has plenty of options in their price point and style. I think our upcoming clients will love all of them!
You are going to want to keep checking in with the blog and the website because we will be updating and adding new content all the time! Currently, I am working on detailed package descriptions and price lists. If you are wondering about those now feel free to contact us and set up a free consultation! Together we can figure out what package works best for your needs and budget.
I hope to be seeing all of your beautiful faces at an upcoming consultation or event, but for now, I’m going to get back to the grind.