West Coast Event Productions Fuels Oregon’s White Hot Wedding Scene

A cause for celebration, WCEP recently received recognition for design, production, and custom fabrication builds in “Inside Weddings” magazine, featuring a wedding by renowned celebrity Wedding Planner, Mindy Weiss, titled “White Night” (P 90). Enlisted by Weiss, West Coast Event Productions executed the design and full installation in-house. West Coast Event Production’s design and fabrication team elevated the “White Night” wedding to an exquisite, romantic, and elegant level of production that West Coast Event Productions has been known for over the past 34 years.

For many Portlander’s, “locally grown” is a valued motto, and one that is becoming more pervasive in Portland’s wedding scene, to the benefit of the local economy. The recent recognition West Coast Event Productions received in “Inside Weddings” demonstrates Portland’s ability to execute the same sophisticated and elegant weddings L.A., New York, and other wedding destination cities are known for, without crossing state lines. Pick up an issue of “Inside Weddings” for more remarkable photos and see how West Coast Event Productions is raising the standard on Portland weddings.

 

British Invasion Custom Theme

The PCC Foundation got groovey with a British Invasion: A Mod Gala themed event, featuring a custom “Beatles” stage backdrop created by West Coast Event Productions, an iconic London telephone booth, rotating circular stage, and British flag prints that permeated the room, including on Agam lit bars, at the Portland Marriott ballroom. The Beatles were right, in that you “Can’t Buy Me Love”, though the gala did raise $300,000 to fund life altering opportunities for students at Portland Community College.

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Before Saying “We DO” to a Venue…

Many wedding professionals and couples beginning their wedding planning excursion agree that selecting a venue is the most important and influential part of planning a wedding. Scheduling wedding venue tours, learning the policies in each space, remembering pricing can be taxing—particularly because “No venue does it wrong, they simply all do it different” said Debbie Martin, general manager of The Foundry at Oswego Pointe and former wedding planner, referring to the diversity among venues pricing structure and policies. Here are some tips and considerations Debbie Martin at The Foundry and West Coast recommend keeping on the forefront in search of a venue:

Questions and Considerations between couples:

  • Indoor or outdoor?
  • What time of year?
  • Same venue for the ceremony and reception, or move locations?
  • Does the venue staff make you feel confident in their ability to deliver?
  • Do you feel comfortable in the venue? Could it feel like an extension of your home?

Questions and Considerations for the venue:

  • What is included in the fee?
  • Are there “add-on” options? If so, what are they, and what are the costs?

“Some venues can sound like a bargain, though if nothing is included, you aren’t able to compare prices accurately with other venues that do come with inclusions” says Debbie Martin.

  • How long is the venue rental period?
  • Is the contact person you will be coordinating with throughout the duration of wedding planning the same person that will be at the venue on the day of? If not, can this be arranged?

There is much research that goes into selecting a venue. Often, word of mouth and referrals can be an invaluable resource. Take the time to prepare a list of questions before taking a tour, and add to the list as you tour each venue, as new inquiries arise. Ask if the venue has a comprehensive venue information packet, like the Details and Specifications packet at Flex Space. When it comes to selecting a venue “knowledge is power”.

WCEP helped The Foundry at Lake Oswego Pointe celebrate their grand opening.

Two Heads May Not be Better Than One for Event Planning

“Two heads are better than one”? True. “Ten heads are better than two?” False. While various insights and opinions are needed to ensure that all perspectives are considered for successful guest experience, event branding, and other event elements, when each decision is mulled over and pondered by too many people, the planning process can become very inefficient, and with more opinions in the mix, it is more likely that a consensus will not be met. Not only does this make for a lengthy decision making process even for trivial details, and risk diluting the event brand, it invites conflict between those involved with planning the event.

Determining what each planner’s strengths are, how those strengths are applicable to event planning, and empowering them to be decision makers in areas relevant to their skills and experience alleviates prolonged debates and keeps event planning momentum flowing. Have clear assignments as to who will be the decision maker for each portion of the event, and communicate this with the event planner and all vendors involved. This way, vendors know who their point of contact is regarding a particular question, rather than disturbing everyone on the phone-tree.

Celebrating ALL Love, Luxury Wedding Rental Specials

Browse Chandeliers, Linen, Bars, Lounge Furniture, Chameleon & Chiavari Chairs. Schedule a consultation to learn about more products for your dream wedding.

Lucky in Love Wedding Contest Finalists!

Please meet your Lucky in Love finalists! Only one couple will win. Directions on how to vote are below the finalist profiles.

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1,000 from each of the following vendors, with the total prize value well over $20,000!

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

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To vote, please leave a comment on this blog post with the couple’s names.

Really want them to win? You may go to each of the links below to vote for your favorite couple, for a total of 30 votes!

To vote via other vendor’s blogs, click each of the links below and leave a comment with the couples names.
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup

To vote via vendor’s FB pages, click each of the links below, like the vendor’s FB page, find the couple you want to win, and leave a comment on their photo (note – comments on the main album will not count, only on individual photos, and votes will only count if you have liked the vendor’s page).
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Michelle DeCourcy
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup
John Ross Music
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Happymatic Photo Booth
PDX Pedicab
Artemis Foods
Hotel Deluxe

Voting rules: You may vote for your favorite couple once on each of the pages for a total of 30 votes. Multiple votes from the same person on the same link will not count. For a FB vote to count, the page (not just the album) must be “liked” AND a comment must be made on the specific couple’s photo. Please direct any questions to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com.

Art of Catering Dishes on Food Trends and Favorite WCEP Events

Smarsh Holiday event 2013, an Art of Catering favorite.

Creatively adapting to diverse dietary restrictions from a growing population of vegan, nondairy, and gluten free clients without jeopardizing taste or the Portland “foodie” experience can be a catering challenge–though Art of Catering (AOC) has developed solutions to meet these dietary standards while offering innovative menu and service trends clients are after.

Along with the influx of vegan and gluten free menu requests, Art of Catering Event Coordinator, Eric Sandstrom, is noticing clients straying from plated, seated, traditional banquet menus, and are turning to small plates and family-style menus.

“People like to share and sample” said Sandstrom, which is why so many clients are choosing to forego formality–opting for a variety of tapas, or small plates. Art of Catering recommends passed service for a menu comprised of tapas, or “composed plate” buffets; caterers prepare 7.5 to 9 inch plates with different samplings of complementary menu items, and arrange the mobile “composed plates” on a buffet table for guests to pick up and enjoy. AOC and West Coast Event Productions collaborated to select WCEP’s new new vortex and pasta plates which are perfect for small plate menus.

Hors d’oeuvres and small plates can be difficult to execute under vegan and gluten free guidelines, as so many feature a bread or starch-based vessel, though creative adaptions like using endive leaves as a base for hors d’oeuvres items like Art of Catering’s popular artichoke tapenade, is one of the many ways caterers can adapt to combine somewhat contradicting food trends.

Art of Catering and West Coast Event Productions have collaborated to deliver countless creative events over the past 15 years.

“We have a history with West Coast; it is always fun when clients give us the autonomy to be creative. I love seeing what West Coast comes up with, and we work with our staff to match the theme” said the Art of Catering Event Coordinator. “Working with West Coast on SMARSH holiday events has been among my favorite; we’ve done everything from glamorous Gatsby, to a gritty 80′s theme where our servers even wore side ponytails”.

From staff appearance to plating, Art of Catering is known for presentation and precise execution. Never scheduling more than three events in one day, “clients choose Art of Catering when they are looking for a higher level of food and service… we don’t try to be the biggest, but the best” said Sandstrom.  Attention to detail, and the ability to create any menu from authentic Asian cuisine to a dessert display that mirrors the event color palette has earned AOC’s reputation in Portland’s event industry, and positioned the company as a favorite among West Coast Event Production clients.

 

In-house Custom Built Urban Farmer Collection

The industrial chic and pleasantly contradictory concept of the Urban Farmer look is versatile for any event from corporate seminars to weddings. West Coast Event Productions has been developing an extensive Urban Farmer collection over the years, building various innovative and custom pieces in-house using a mixture of wood materials, sleek metals, and complementary neutral colors.

Cargo stools, slate and wood table

Urban Farmer bars with pendant lights, wood slatted backdrops, custom built in-house.

Wood slatted backdrop, Lit PDX Sign, chrome and wood coffee table. All pieces fabricated in-house at WCEP.

Teak Wood Bistro Table, black bar stools.

Slate top wood tables, cargo stools, custom built 10 foot tall wood slat room dividers-capable of accommodating monitors.

Chrome coffee tables with natural wood.

Feeling Lucky in Love?

Eighteen of Portland’s most talented wedding vendors have come together to create Lucky in Love – a uniquely Portland wedding giveaway valued at over $20,000! Only ten uniquely Portland couples who are lucky in love will be selected to participate in the promotion. Finalists will have a one in ten chance of winning!

If you, or someone you know, is engaged and interested in being considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity, send an email to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com. Include a photo of the couple and answer the following questions with as much detail as you’d like:

1. What makes you, as a couple, unique?
2. What do you love most about Portland and why?
3. Describe your dream wedding and tell us whether your wedding date is already set or if the date is flexible.

What might a Uniquely Portland wedding look like? Well, look no further.

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Be sure to watch our teaser…
 

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, all whom made this inspirational photoshoot happen.

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

Email luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com if you’re feeling lucky in love!

This promotion is open to all engaged couples residing in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Full details, terms and conditions will be shared with potential finalists. Once the final ten couples have been selected, the promotion will no longer consider additional entries, so please contact us immediately if you are interested.

2014 Spring and Summer Color Trends

The 2014 spring and summer color trends are a fabulous mixture of classic pastels and vibrant, eye-catching colors that are complementary as accents or alone. Here are some of West Coasts’ favorite combinations of this year’s spring and summer color trends designed by and available from WCEP. Get inspired by Freesia yellow, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue, and Radiant Orchid. 

 

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