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Top 6 Wedding Tips from the Mother of the Bride – M.O.B.

February 15th, 2016 by Nicolette Bailey

MOBAfter many years of helping brides and their families at weddings, I found myself on the other side of the experience as a M.O.B. Mother Of the Bride.  I learned that being on the planning side of a wedding can be a daunting task, but with my unique perspective on weddings, I’d like to offer the following tips for planning a wedding.

Be Flexible with Wedding Dates

Being flexible with the date opens up many different options for location and costs savings.  Friday and Sunday weddings are often less expensive than a Saturday wedding.  If you can make a weekday wedding work, that will be a great value for not just the venue but your other vendors as well.  In addition to saving money, an alternative day of the week will afford you greater options for venue choices.  The popular days of the week book first, so if you’re willing to be flexible, you can seemingly have your pick of places.

Find the Venue First

The bride, groom, and the venue, are the three most important parts of a wedding.  So after becoming engaged, the next step is to find the venue.  Don’t make the mistake of starting to plan anything with vendors until the venue is set.  Often times each place has its own special requirements that will allow you to narrow down the plethora of options that are available to you.

Send “Save the Date” Cards as Soon as Possible

After you have venue and date, I suggest sending “Save the Date” cards out as soon as possible.  This allows your guests ample time to begin making save the date at Youngberg Hill weddingtheir travel arrangements.   A lot could go into attending a wedding like purchasing flights, taking time off of work, arranging hotels, etc.  For the many people calendar email notifications work well, but everyone still enjoys getting a “Save the Date” card in the mail.

Use Pinterest to Gather Wedding Ideas and Set the Theme

You’ve got the big things planned, now let’s start planning this wedding! Pinterest will quickly become your best friend.  Make a Pinterest board just for the wedding.  If you’ve already began a “wedding board”, now is the time to create a realistic one by pinning what you truly want to do for your wedding, and not just pins of things you like.  Doing this will help you determine the theme of your wedding.  If you find that most things you are pinning on your board are black tie and crystal, you are leaning towards a formal style wedding.  If you are pinning burlap and mason jars, you’re probably leaning more towards a country themed wedding. After you know your theme, start going crazy and have fun!!!

Organize Your Helpers and Supplies

Your caterer and your event planner should become your right hand men, or women.  When I was helping to plan my daughter’s wedding, we had a caterer that was also the wedding planner.  She had access to our Pinterest board so she could see how we wanted things.  When it comes to things that you need for your wedding don’t be afraid to ask for favors. I found that most of my friends considered it an honor to help, not a burden.  When recruiting the help of multiple people, write out a list of everything you need, a time line of when you’ll need them, and then draw out how you want everything to come together on the day of the wedding with all with names of the people responsible for each. Remember, you can never have too many lists J

Enjoy the Day

“You can try and plan every last detail, but when your wedding day comes,” I told my daughter, “it’s most important to have fun.” Remember that ultimately your wedding day is a celebration.  Don’t stress if something doesn’t work out according to plan, because they seldom do.  If the flowers show up in the wrong shade, oh well!!! If the weather is not what you thought it was going to be, oh well!!!! All those little details might make a wedding, but they don’t make a marriage.  Just enjoy your day for what it is: two people giving their lives to each other.

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Twenty Ways you can Customize your Wine Country Wedding

June 9th, 2015 by Rachel

Wine Country WeddingA wine country wedding is always gorgeous. You have wonderful wine, fabulous scenery, and those you love. However, it can be tough to decide what design ideas to incorporate into your special day. Here are twenty ideas to help you make your Oregon wine country wedding uniquely “you.”

1. Celebrate nature. Use your natural surroundings by making them your inspiration for your wedding theme and decorations.

2. Include a nod to wine country in your invitations. Use paper with a handmade feel, include grape vines as a part of the invitation design, or incorporate a picture of the winery.

3. Use barrels and corks as props. Two things every vineyard has a lot of are wine barrels and wine corks. Use this to your advantage by using corks as place holders or including them in your centerpiece. Wine barrels can hold signs, display flowers or be utilized as a cake stand.

4. Make wine part of the ceremony. Both of you are passionate about wine. You can bring that passion into the ceremony by using wine to celebrate your love. Wine Country Wedding Ideas

5. Go vintage. Often an outdoor wine country ceremony feels vintage or rustic. Go with this feel by utilizing found or vintage items. A found window can be written on and used as a sign. Vintage wood fruit crates can be flipped and make a great cake stand. A vintage box may be used to receive gift cards and notes of congratulations from guests.

6. Decorate with wine bottles. Wine bottles can hold anything from candles to flowers to wine. Utilize wine bottles to help you stay on-theme.

7. Save special moments. Save the bottle from the first bottle of wine you and your partner enjoyed. You can decorate it later or use it as a display at home.

8. Incorporate local flowers. Your wedding bouquet can be made even more beautiful by using flowers local to the winery. You aren’t stuck with local blooms, but try to use a few as accents.Wine Country wedding favors

9. Use a bottle as your guest book. Allow guests to sign a special bottle just for your wedding.

10. Set aside special bottles for your wedding party. While you may not be able to afford a bottle of wine for each guest, give a bottle of your favorite vintage from the winery to your wedding party. They will think of you as they savor their special wine.

11. Look at the local area for guest gift inspiration. While wine may not work as the gift for your guests, take a look at local goodies for gift inspiration. There may be anything from wine-inspired jam to personalized wine stoppers available.

12. Go for a formal feel. While outdoor weddings will never be a completely formal event, think about giving your wedding a classic feel. Perhaps the groom could wear a tuxedo or the wedding colors can reflect more classic jewel tones. These colors can be set off beautifully by the natural surroundings.

13. Consider serving local and seasonal foods. Wine country is often filled with locally grown foods like mushrooms, asparagus, or strawberries. Take a look at what is available locally before deciding upon your menu. By serving fresh, local foods you can buck the tradition of bad wedding food.

14. Instead of serving a full meal, go for a wine and cheese reception. If you are having an afternoon or late morning wedding, skip the full meal and take advantage of your winery location. Serve local wine along with local cheeses. Your winery can likely give you pairing ideas. Wine Country wedding photos

15. Make sure your photographer takes advantage of the location. Wine country photos are always gorgeous. Make sure your photographer gets all of the shots you would like for your special day.

16. Use wine tones in your color palette. Your wedding party doesn’t have to wear wine colored dresses, but you can use wine tones on napkins, have flowers with wine tones, and even use wine-colored ink in your wedding invitations.

17. Accent your wedding with wine boxes filled with flowers. The boxes used to carry bottles of wine can be repurposed to hold anything, including lovely bouquets.Wine Country wedding photos

18. Sign an engraved large format wine bottle. Not only can you drink it on your Anniversary, but you can make it into a lamp or vase to remind you of your special day.

19. Stay in wine country for your wedding night. After your wedding, stay in a local Inn or Bed and Breakfast so you can enjoy a stress-free day in wine country on the day after your wedding day. We happen to know that our Inn is fantastic for any Oregon wine country wedding night!

20. Don’t lose your personality and style. No matter where your wedding is, make sure you include things that reflect your sense of style.

Your wedding is a display of your love and relationship. Try to make it as unique as your love for one another!

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Greeting the New Year

December 23rd, 2014 by Rachel

Happy New YearIt’s traditional at the close of the year to think about the new year. We had a truly fantastic 2014. We were honored to host a number of weddings and many great guests. We received some wonderful awards and a number of excellent reviews. Our wines were featured in newspapers and magazines around the U.S. The 2014 harvest was extremely promising and we are looking forward to the wines produced from it with excitement.

As we look toward 2015, one word comes up over and over again. That is: passion. We work to constantly live our passion. What does that mean for us?

It means means creating an environment for our guests Wine from Youngberg Hillwhere they feel comfortable, at home, among friends, welcome, and relaxed. It means growing grapevines and producing fantastic grapes in a holistic way. It means improving the environment we surround ourselves with. It means creating wines which allow you to taste the care given to the land.

We are lucky enough to live our passion each and every day here at Youngberg Hill. It is a thrill for us to share this passion with you – into 2015 and beyond.

Tell us below what your passion is – and how you intend to fulfill it this bright new year. Cheers to you!

Making the Choice: Wedding or Elopement

July 8th, 2014 by Rachel

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Many couples are making the choice: wedding or elopement?  There is nothing wrong with either decision.

An elopement can mean a quick, less costly confirmation of your love.  A wedding may mean additional expense, but it is also a huge celebration.

 

Before deciding on either option, ask your significant other the following questions – and have him or her ask you the same questions:

Will there be hurt feelings all around if you don’t have a wedding?

While your wedding or elopement is ultimately a confirmation of your love for one another, family and friends may feel hurt if you don’t include them.  You have options – so is an exclusive elopement the right one?

Why do you want to run off together?

Weddings can be stressful.  They require a lot of planning – but there is a big payoff at the end.  Do you and your significant other want to elope because a wedding is daunting – and it’s hard to keep your eye on the prize?  Or do you enjoy spontaneity and don’t want to deal with the stress of wedding planning?

There is no “right reason” for having an elopement in the place of a wedding.  However, if you or your partner really want a wedding in the end – that desire needs to be respected.

Would it work to mix things up?

A “strict” elopement of just you and your significant other running away to marry with no celebration may make one or both of you unhappy.  Instead, try eloping and having a reception afterwards or do a destination wedding that feels like an elopement because there are so few people there.

Remember that this decision is much like choosing the right wine for your palate – it’s whatever works best for you and your partner. Wishing you both all the best!