Are you looking for a unique bar set up for your wedding day? We are happy to introduce you to Tiddly Trailer Bar Co., a local mobile bar service! They use wines, beers and liquors that are made in the Pacific Northwest (and can accommodate whatever your preference is), as well as locally grown ingredients for their yummy cocktails, all in an adorable mobile trailer! We chatted with their lovely owner, Lauren Maghan, about their wedding services. Read on to learn more about this awesome vendor!
Where are you originally from, and how long have you been in Portland?
I am originally from a small town in Northern California, called Nevada City. It’s a beautiful historic town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I moved to Portland in 2008 after finishing college at UCSC.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
I love the natural beauty Portland has to offer. Minutes to waterfalls, hours to both the beach and the mountains. I feel fortunate to have everything I could ask for so close to home.
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
I love anything with my family – exploring nature, drinking beer, playing on the beach. Anything where we can relax and have fun together is good for me.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding mobile bar?
I started this company in 2017. After working in the restaurant, bar and catering industry for 14 years, I knew I was finally ready to start something on my own. The Tiddly Trailer is the manifestation of all the experience and passion I have for both customer service and mixology.
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional bar service for their wedding?
If you can afford it, I think hiring a professional bartender is a must. On your wedding day, you want to slow down and focus on what’s important. And although offering yummy drinks in an organized fashion is important at any wedding, I think the happy couple should focus on each other, not how smoothly the bar is running. Hiring a professional company lets them do that.
What is the best part of your job?
I love meeting with clients and making their dreams come true. I enjoy creating a bar of their dreams at a price they feel comfortable with. I also love the creative side of things – making menus, decorating the trailer, and designing photo shoots.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding mobile bar? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
Making drinks is my art, but I pride myself in looking past the drinks in order to provide a complete bar experience for my clients. From creating fresh mixers, to using home grown garnishes, to cleaning up glassware during the event, I put my heart into everything I do. The actual drinks are important, yet I enjoy looking at the whole picture.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
I don’t think it should be the first thing they think about when they get engaged, but I would wait no less than 4 months before your wedding to reach out and start the conversation.
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
I think they should go with their gut when hiring for their wedding – that feeling you get when you know you have met the right vendor. That said, 3 things are important to ask the bartender about: how they plan on serving the cocktails in order to cut down on lines, liquor liability insurance, and how many bartenders they recommend hiring for your event.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Be true to yourself. Try not to listen to everyone’s ideas. If you want to have llamas and lemon drops at your wedding…I say go for it!
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I put everything I have into each event. I consider each one unique and important. I curate a complete bar experience as close to their dreams as possible, all while keeping their budget in mind.
Featured image in this post by May Gunsul Photography.
This Vendor Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, a trusted writer and local wedding professional.