Posts Tagged ‘Willamette Valley Weddings’

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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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!

WINNER: OREGON BRIDE AWARDS “BEST ALL INCLUSIVE VENUE!”

July 13th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

Oregon vineyard weddingYoungberg Hill Vineyards, known for its divine wines and charming inn, is also a beautiful and award-winning location for your Oregon vineyard wedding!  We are truly grateful for the opportunity to host weddings and are glad to have had such supportive wedding guests and vendors over the years.  This year we owe our sincere thanks to all of them for voting for us in the 2013 Oregon Bride Awards.  We had the honor of winning the award for “Best All Inclusive Venue” this year, so thank you!
Wayne and I enjoyed our own vineyard wedding over 15 years ago, and the memories of that day still stir my soul.  When we think of the couples who have trusted us to take care of them for one of the biggest days of their lives, we know exactly how they feel and what they need because we’ve been there!  We pride ourselves on strong communications from the moment someone reaches out to us for information.  We help guide couples and feel the responsibility of preparing for that big chapter in their lives.  I personally haven’t missed a Youngberg Hill Vineyward wedding and love serving our wines during the reception and getting to know all of the guests.  The total joy during the ceremony and reception is infectious.

We do an average of 25 weddings in our stunning vineyards each year.  Having won this award knowing that the other nominated wedding locations in our category do an average of 75-150 weddings a year in comparison means that all of our guests took the time to vote for us, which assures us that our aspirations for making weddings at Youngberg Hill a special experience for each individual in attendance are being accomplished.  To win this award, which was voted on by both the public and by vendors, means so much more to us than you can imagine.  Thank you so much for the honor of hosting your vineyard wedding, and for the joy that you have given us in showing that what we do at Youngberg Hill is of unrivaled excellence.

~Nicolette

The Wonder of Weddings!

June 8th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

02 powers grapesWe prepare for wedding season all year long at Youngberg Hill.  The site preparation, the upgrades, the vegetation – the small things that make the Hill such a special place to get married.  From the first time a future bride and groom see the vineyard and the view, there is an energy and enthusiasm that carries through the entire planning of their big day.  Some couples we meet with want everything simple and elegant, while others are working off a list that they have been compiling for years.  They are both equally charming and delightful.  After choosing a venue the next step is choosing the vendors that make the day so complete – caterers, photographers, cake artists, florists – we enjoy helping clients choose from the vast array of talent available in the Northwest.

The first vendor that is typically selected after the venue is the caterer.  Youngberg Hill has a preferred caterer and offers options for any caterer you choose.  Capturing the wedding day through poignant photography is easy to do with an experienced photographer (and a great setting!), and many offer a variety of packages and options.  The spectacular setting of the Hill seems to capture each wedding as serene and blissful, and every sunset backdrop sets a tone of tranquility and ever-afters.

Then there are music choices to make, florists to hire, cakes to taste.  (To all the grooms, go to the cake tasting!)  Take good notes,  keep a sense of humor, and embrace the random craziness.  And if all else fails, hire a wedding coordinator!