(Closed) Portland, Oregon Brides Wanted

posted 5 years ago in September 2013
Post # 3
Member
3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

leaving my first comment!

i was recommended “anna’s bridal” in lake oswego by my wedding coordinator for off-the-rack, but they have dresses you can order as well. are you trying to find a dress on a budget? if so, i found richele kay bridal, which i will also be checking out. πŸ™‚

i am having to buy my dress off-the-rack because a)my husband (we signed papers first) is in the military b) i’m overseas and flying into portland in a few days and c) our ceremony/reception is at the end of december this year!

IF you’re willing to make the drive to seattle, 3-3.5 hours, they have a LOT of shops with beautiful selections, many affordable as well: bellevue bridal, amanda’s bridal, drea k (also does phenomenal alterations according to reviews), i do bridal (they don’t allow pictures), la belle elaine’s, cynderellie’s closet. these are the ones that i saved to check out after reading reviews on yelp. πŸ™‚

good luck in your search for the perfect dress!

Post # 5
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3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I got my dress from the Ania collection. I know, I know, they have Lazaro, Paloma Blanca, all of the expensive brands so they’re a higher end store. BUT, I went in with the intentions of getting a dress to have replicated, and left with a Paloma Blanca sample that I got for 68% off! I wound up paying $1100 for it, retailed for over $3k. DEFINITELY check them out and look into the sample option!

I had another Maggie dress I had purchased that I left at Richele Kay and found exactly what you did- people just do not know about it and there isn’t much selection. My dress didn’t sell and I wound up gifting it to Brides Against Breast cancer. Their store is just too small and they don’t have much of anything.

Definitely check out Ania though, my consultant was Rachel and she was the SWEETEST! Taller girl, red hair. I highly suggest making an appointment with her!

Post # 7
Member
3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Day_In_The_Life:  we have the governor hotel booked – i have the renaissance room for my ceremony and the grand ballroom for our reception. they actually gave us a stellar deal. there was a lot of family drama with the wedding, so i wasn’t really all that excited about it, but after working with our wedding coordinator, Bridal Bliss, i am extremely excited! they’ve been making all the pieces fit together! it’s a relief, especially when you’re trying to do some preliminary planning from overseas!

i don’t want my husband to see the dress before, i already know what he likes, but i totally see why you wouldn’t want to make the trek up to seattle! it IS a long drive… πŸ™‚

 

have you booked your venue? there are SO many options in oregon! I LOVE the NW πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Day_In_The_Life:  Sorry, I’ve been away for so long! I guess everyone has a family drama? haha. that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been marrried over a year and suddenly having to rush a wedding in 3 months. really annoying, but it’s now or never! I’m sure things will be fine after the wedding πŸ™‚

I totally know what you’re talking about for all-inclusive. The Gov doesn’t allow outside catering or alcoholic beverages, so it’s getting to be really expensive…they charge per drink, because of the OLCC law, so it’s $7.50 for each of our drinks. We wanted his and her cocktails, but decided against it, because if everyone gets 2 drinks, depending on how many guests we have, it’ll be $2250-$3000!!

I decided that the wedding coordinator was a must. I recommend at least hiring one for consultations or just the day-of/month-of. They have given me so many recommendations and I have been getting discounts from other vendors for working with them.

My photographer is Powers. Videographer – possibly Moving Motion Pictures, and I’m meeting with a potential DJ this Wednesday (Paradox Productions). πŸ™‚

I found my dress yesterday at Anna’s Bridal. I’m reserving my room blocks this week and probably will be reserving my spot with someone for hair & makeup. πŸ™‚

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