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Vendor Shout-Out: Perfectly Posh Events

Meet Bridget and her team (not all shown here) at Perfectly Posh! These Portland based ladies know what they are doing and they are a pleasure to work with! Hiring a professional wedding planner is so important and we want to introduce you to a local favorite! Read on.

Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?

I (Bridget Forster, lead planner | Portland) am originally from Charleston, S.C. and have been traveling the country since 2011. I also lived in Boulder, Los Angeles, and Seattle. I’ve been in the Pacific Northwest since 2014 but specifically in Portland since fall 2017.

What is your favorite thing about Portland?

There are so many things about Portland that I love, but if I had to narrow it down to just one thing, it would be the accessibility to the outdoors. Brownie points when the trails lead you to a local brewery or vineyard.

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?

I love a good soccer game so going to Providence Park to cheer on the Timbers is always a fun time. If I could push the Portland boundary a little bit, I’d have to say Domain Serene in Dundee Hills is my oasis.

How long have you been working as a professional wedding planner?

I have been in the event industry for over 12 years in some aspect or another — wedding planning, catering, high-profile event planning, and corporate meeting coordination. I started planning weddings professionally since 2011 in Charleston and returned back to planning in 2014 when I joined Perfectly Posh Events.

What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?

I always thought dentistry or architecture was in my future, but after dabbling in both professions for a very brief period of time, I realized I was happiest working at a wedding venue property in Charleston trying to pay my way through college. That’s when it dawned on me that you can actually do what you love and get paid to do it! I switched gears, changed my college major, and decided to go full force in the events and hospitality field. From the Southern hospitality I was raised with, to learning the customer experience standards from The Marriott, and the high expectations from events in Beverly Hills, these experiences have given me a well-rounded background for where I am today.

How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional wedding planner for their wedding day?

There is so much emotion, planning, and thought that goes into every tiny detail at an event. Pinterest and other online wedding resources give great inspiration, but the budget, execution, and logistics seem to fall by the wayside. I am a people-pleaser, yet also a realist, so I want to know what the priorities are so we can brainstorm ways to make it happen within their budget and make it look really beautiful. A couple shouldn’t be spending their wedding day putting out fires, answering irrelevant questions, and getting pulled away from their guests. Throughout the planning process, I want to get to know the couple so that on the day-of, I can work hard behind scenes and they can truly enjoy their wedding day.

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Photo credit: Mike Fiechtner Photography

What is the best part of your job?

There are two best parts that stand out the most. One is the luxury of letting your creative side out (whether through design, logistics, etc.) and seeing it all come to life while putting smiles on everyone’s faces! The other great part of being a wedding planner is developing a lifelong relationship with the couple and the vendors who helped bring it all together.

What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?

The most challenging part of being a planner, in my opinion, isn’t juggling a hundred things at once, or staying calm in a difficult situation, or having to be a dream crusher when a bride shows me a photo from Pinterest that would cost her $100k more than she budgeted. The hardest part that I struggle with is the drive home from the wedding — when it sets in that everything that we designed, carefully thought out, and planned is over and I said my goodbyes to the couples. I develop such close relationships with them that when the night is over, I get so emotional! The emotional ties I have with each wedding must be the most challenging as a wedding planner…but then the photos come back and we get to relive the whole day again over a glass of bubbly!

Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?

We work as a team! Our small team is filled with very talented gals who come from all different backgrounds and experiences. We all work together to be sounding boards, inspirations, and resources to each other to give our couples an elevated and informed experience throughout the planning process. With offices in Seattle and Portland, we make it a point to schedule retreats, wine tastings, and brunches in both cities to stay up-to-date and keep our sisterhood bond strong!

What do you attribute to your success as a wedding planner? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?

We love working as a team, not just within Perfectly Posh Events, but with the entire vendor team involved in the wedding. Simply checking in with the vendors throughout the wedding day goes a long way! We know it’s going to be a late night, and we’re all working hard, so I want to make sure the vendor team is hydrated, full, relaxed, and ready for the next item on the timeline. If a vendor needs an extra hand, I will roll up my sleeves and help out — my list of skills has exponentially grown over the years! Our focus is to set our couples up for a successful and stress-free day so we cater to their needs and will be honest with our suggestions throughout the planning process.

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Photo credit: Kate Price Photography

At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?

Ideally, the moment a couple has decided to start planning their wedding is when we want to be on board. We are a great resource to couples from day one for setting a realistic budget, guidance in selecting the right vendor team, and a detailed checklist to keep them on track and stress-free throughout the planning process. We are able to give honest advice from the start so they are set up for a successful event than getting hired late in the game and we [planners] are trying to fit the pieces together on a tight deadline. With such a short wedding season in the Pacific Northwest, it’s best to nail down the date sooner than later so we aren’t booked for your wedding day!

Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?

My inspiration can come when it’s least expected. Whether that be when I’m shopping for home décor, places I’ve traveled, a piece of art I passed by, or a novel that I read, I start with that one item that catches my eye and see where the rabbit hole takes me! I am still in love with 2017’s Color of the Year and think greenery will continue to spill over into this upcoming wedding season. I’m seeing a lot of minimalist designs and want to incorporate greenery into simple and understated areas. In a lot of scenarios, less is more!

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Photo credit: Katie Parra Photography

What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?

Asking any vendor about their previous experience is a question every couple should ask: how did they get into the wedding industry and how long have they been a planner, florist, photographer, etc. I always love when a couple asks me a fun non-wedding-related question so we can get to know each other on a personal level — after all, we are planning a party, so let’s make it fun!

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Photo credit: O’Malley Photography

What is your best advice for wedding clients?

When the going gets tough in the planning process, take a timeout from planning. Dedicating a certain time every week to hash out wedding details over dinner and a bottle of wine will alleviate stress and let you truly enjoy being engaged. On the day of the wedding, take moments out of the day to literally step back and look at your closest friends and family in one place having a memorable evening together. This will be the only time this exact group of people will be together and those mental snapshots will make time go a little slower and stick with you for a lifetime. Be sure to also spend a few moments alone with your newlywed before partying! The day will go by in a blink, so enjoy the excitement of being married with your new husband/wife!

Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?

Here’s a fun story for you! I was inches away from hitting Stevie Wonder with a champagne cork when he was playing an impromptu “Happy Birthday” song on the piano to Oprah at Tyler Perry’s home. I cannot make this up, and yes, the entire room noticed except Stevie Wonder. Talk about being mortified! I had been his personal bartender throughout the evening, so at the end of the night when I was cleaning up, he asked for me by name and wanted to shake my hand for a job well done. I don’t remember if I breathed, said anything, or what but suffice to say, my life is fulfilled.

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