Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We wish you and your family a wonderful time.  Please enjoy quiet moments together, loud dinners, fun games and many memories!

We will be off with our families till Monday the 30th!

Events by Lisa Marie

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Big Things Coming

We, at Events by Lisa Marie, are excited to announce that we have some big news coming in the near future.  Stay tuned and check back soon for updates!

As always thank you for the continued support we have gotten over the last 8 year.  Don't worry we aren't going anywhere!

Lisa Marie

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Where can you find us? Wanna Follow us?

Have you ever wondered where you can go to keep up with some of your favorite businesses? Or wanted to just check in and see if they are legit or still busy doing things?  Well other than here on our blog below are few other links to places you can follow us.  Feel free to join in our family as a follower, commenter or liker. :)

Check out our Facebook page here

You can follow us on twitter.

Check out some behind the scenes activities on our Instagram account

We are even on Pinterest with lots of pins and boards and ideas.

If you would like to find some of our wonderful reviews left by past clients you can check those out on our Wedding Wire page and even a few on Yelp.

Additionally we have a few other families of businesses.  Looking for a way to stay on track with your health goals, maybe cleanse some toxins from your system or lose a little weight? Maybe you just don't want to gain weight during the Holiday Season.  Check out what the Advocare Line has and our Fitness Facebook Page.

And finally, when your big day arrives and your are all stunning in your makeup wondering "how and where do I buy products to look this awesome all the time? Well we have just the products for you.  Tyra Beauty.  Highlight and Sculpt in a stick, Big Fat Daddy Lashes, Awesome eye shadows & so much more.

Of course we love having you all read our blog, follow our Facebook and even meet up with us at events.  We appreciate all the support we have gotten over the last 8 years of being in business.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Very Special Surprise Engagement

Back in April my Aunt contacted me to ask if it was ok to give my phone number to my cousin's boyfriend.  Of course the very first thing I asked and replied with was "Yes, is he planning to propose?" I was elated to hear that he indeed was planning something, however the planning was a bit tricky.

You see, Holli lives here in Oregon, Vincent lives in India. So not only did we have to deal with a time change but we had to come up with ideas and schemes so that Holli would not become suspicious when she was unable to get in touch with him for an entire day.

Vincent and Holli met while attending Hillsong in Australia, They became friends and he finally got the courage to ask her out. Close to a year later on what would be their 1 year anniversary of dating he wanted to give her the biggest surprise ever!

This surprise was not only being in the same country as her on their anniversary but proposing on their anniversary.  So Vincent and I got to work with early morning and late night conversations, plans, ideas, decor and most importantly making sure it was everything she would dream it to be.

To get Holli to the proposal spot I used my family to have a "family picnic" in the park. Luckily my birthday wasn't to far before the engagement but I was in Washington DC for it, so I used an excuse that I wanted to have a family BBQ at the Park to celebrate.  Our cousin Kristen drove Holli to the park and we came up with a great excuse for her to "kick Holli out". She sent Holli on her way down a road where Vincent was waiting for her with purple roses. The closer she got to him the more excited she got. She thought he was in a remote area of India, which was "why" she wasn't able to talk to him for a few days. So she didn't really believe it was him at first. Once she realized it was him she screamed and went running.  Probably one of the sweetest moments was we had her parents hidden so that they could see that moment.  However, Holli is such a sweet person that she didn't even suspect anything other than he was there to celebrate their anniversary.

Vincent walked her back down a trail at the park to a table we had set up with her favorite foods, Mexican. :)  Special thanks to Divine Catering for working with us to set it all up.

One of my favorite parts was watching her drop the book he made her as an anniversary gift and dive at him.  

Thank you so much to Leahana from Leahana Byrd Photography for capturing this special moment. Read about it on her blog here.

After the proposal was finished and I was able to come out of hiding we had more surprises in store for Holli.  A real family dinner which included her parents, some cousins & Vincents brother who flew out with him for the proposal. 

While we love everything about what we do, getting to be a part of so many couples special days is amazing and when it is someone we love as much as we do its even better!

Thank you Vincent for allowing me to assist in making your dream come true & allowing me to be a part of your special day!  Thank you Holli for allowing me to take you out for an unsuspecting manicure to get your nails done! 

Lots of Love! Looking forward to January!

Lisa Marie
Events by Lisa Marie

Monday, June 1, 2015

Simon Turns 2!

Back in October we met with the cutest couple ever to discuss their son's 2nd birthday party. They wanted to do something fun and slightly larger without being huge. Slightly before their son turned 1 they moved to Portland and away from many close friends and family members. So this was the year they wanted to do something bigger.  He would enjoy it and understand it a bit more.  Plus he was IN LOVE with trains of all kinds.

So Simon's adorable mom had started doing some pinteresting and found some ideas she liked to get started.  Antique was the direction the party would head and so with that in mind we were off and running.

The invites were designed by 2 Bird Studios and printed locally in Portland at Evermine.  Both were amazing to work with and printing them locally was quick, easy and they turned out amazing.

Upon arrival we used a paper punch to "punch" the ticket of each child as they "boarded" the train. 

While planning out how the day would play out, our client wanted to come up with a way for the kids to burn off some steam before the party.  So a bunch of them went to Pump It Up in Tigard to play while we set up and decorated the house.

Please enjoy the pictures below that were taken by Taylor with Sunflower Photography.
Of course it would have to be Track 2 since the birthday boy was turning 2.

 Custom birthday banner made by owner Lisa Marie.

Favors for the kids included wood train whistles, bandana's, and custom stickers. Custom stickers were made thru Zazzle

The food for the event was pizza and lots of fun snacks for the kids.  The snacks were part of a train and each train car was something different. Such as an animal car for animal crackers, coal car for grapes, log car for stick pretzels.  We were able to find 2 adorable antique trains that worked well to pull the train cars and use as added decor.  In keeping with the theme we also sources conductor hats which we placed around the house and old lanterns.  

Upstairs in the house was a large playroom.  Using masking tape we made a train track to the room and a train for the kids to play in & use as a photobooth.  We also printed off lots of coloring sheets for the kids to color.

We created fun itineraries for the guests as well as a custom gift sheet for Simon's mom.  

For us it was all about some of the fun little details.  Adding straws to match the theme and colors, using galvanized bins to hold the food, straws and drinks.  

And what is a party without cake. Simon LOVES Ice Cream Cakes so it was a custom Cold Stone Cake for the Party. 

Thanks for reading our blog.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts! 

Lisa Marie
Events by Lisa Marie
Portland Oregon Wedding & Event Planning!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Rehearsal Dinner!!

So you have been planning your wedding, picking decor, music, flowers and more.  Now you need to settle on a rehearsal dinner.  There is the time, the location, if you want a specific decor or items for your guest/bridal party.  Here are a few tips.

1. Pick a place close to your actual rehearsal. This will cut down on wasted time and people getting lost.
2. Pick something that is a little bit casual without being too casual.  You want your bridal party and guests to relax a bit before the big day.
3. You are not required to spend an outrageous amount of money on the food and drinks.  It is ok to have a buffet dinner and no alcohol for drinks.  If it is at a restaurant you can have non alcoholic drinks and they can go to the bar for the rest if they want it.  (after all do you really want your wedding party drinking a ton the night before your wedding?)
4. Make sure you are in a private or semi private room.  You will want to enjoy yourself and not feel like you are interrupting others.
5. Pick a place you enjoy the food.
6. Take into consideration who is paying for the wedding and their food tastes.
7. Hand out wedding party/parent gifts before dinner begins.
8. Say a short (3-5 min) thank you to all who are there.
9. If you are not inviting all out of town family host a separate Meet & Greet for them.  
10. Grandparents should be included in the rehearsal guest list.

Finally DO NOT plan to stay out late but DO plan to enjoy yourself. This is a great time to just relax and enjoy your friends and close family before the busy wedding day. Enjoy it! Remember it!

Happy Planning

Lisa Marie
Events by Lisa Marie

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Forward (yep it's time)

Hey Friends, Guess what?  Its time to spring forward on Sunday morning (March 8th, 2015) .  So before heading off to bed make sure you set all those clocks ahead 1 hour.  The only ones you don't need to worry about are your computers, phones or other web/satellite based clocks.   

And don't forget those clocks in your car.  Some will not spring forward on their own!

Happy Spring
Events by Lisa Marie

Friday, January 23, 2015

Saving Money

When we work with our clients one of the largest stressers to planning their event is money.  How much will it cost, Why does that cost so much, How can we save money, Where can we get discounts?  All of these questions are ones we get all the time.  While it is important for us to help our clients save money it is also important to remember that each and every person you are working with is also trying to make a living.  So there is a fine line with asking them to drastically slash their pricing and getting a discount/deal.

Here are a few things to think about.  If you are planning a wedding be honest with the people you are hiring.  Not ever vendor adds extra money just because it is a wedding.  YES, they may charge more than they would for a party but that is because a Wedding usually takes more time and energy.  More time = More costs. Planning a party for 100 take way less time and energy than planning a wedding for 100.  But here are a few things you can do to help save for those costs.

1. Meal Plan - Yes it is true, if you plan out your meals less food will go to waste, you will know what is for lunch/dinner therefore will not have the "I don't know what to make lets just eat out" feeling and you can find ways to incorporate leftovers into your meal prep.  This in the long run can save you lots of money.

2. Eat out less/Eat out Smarter - Try to eat our only 1-2 times a month or less.  And when you do watch what you are eating.  Not only can you save money doing this but you can also save calories.  Instead of ordering a drink, order water.  Instead of paying to add cheese have it without.  Less calories and some places it costs as much as $1.75 to add cheese.  Now you may say that $1.75 isn't much but that can add up over a year to being as much as $26

3. Shop Thrifty - Shopping at Thrift Store and Goodwill can really save you a lot of money if you are willing to shop.  Many times just like you and me, People will donate items that have never been worn or used because they buy them and either get home and don't like it or it doesn't fit or they forget about it.  Then they donate it.  By being patient and shopping around sometimes you can find items brand new.

4. Swap Nights - If you and your girlfriends are all shopping gals have a swap night.  Everyone brings 5-7 items that they no longer wear and you swap with your friends.  :)  Remember that shirt your friend has that you love? Maybe its no longer their favorite and now you have a new to you item in your closet.

5. Coupons - Yes they can be time consuming but hey who doesn't love saving money on your food or day to day items.  Many stores now allow you to register your card on their app and download coupons directly so that you do not even have to "clip" them out of the paper.

6. Saving Jar - Make a saving jar, add a card or tag to the front of it that has your goal and what the money will be used for.  Then any time you have coins put them in there.  It may not add up fast but over time it will be a great addition to your savings.  Other ways to do this.  Each time you turn down something you don't need, lets say an extra coffee or drink at Happy Hour after work, put the amount saved into your jar.  So if your coffee costs you $4.50 and you turn down buying one add $4.50 to your jar.  You will be amazed at how fast cutting simple things out will add up.  Now I don't mean to say give it up completely but find other outlets.  If you are tired or stressed and want a second cup try grabbing a bottle of water or going for a brisk walk instead.

7. SAVE - Yes it is just that simple.  Try a saving experiment.  Start the month of February by going to the bank and getting out $28.  Now put that in a safe place at home and don't touch it.  Then do the same in March, get $31 out and put it with your $28 from February.  Continue this for the rest of the year.  $1 per day for each day of the month.  Do this at the beginning of the month with your FIRST paycheck for that month.  Once you have 3-4 months take it BACK to the bank and put it in a separate savings account that you won't touch.  Continue adding to it each month at the first of the month.  By the end of the year you will be amazed at how much is there. You may not earn much in interest but you will have $1 for every day of the year.  Keep doing this for another year and before long you will have a very nice little savings account that can be used for wedding items, a trip, the honeymoon, something for your house or even an anniversary trip.  Want to take it one step farther? try adding an extra $5 each month to what you are already adding.  So Feb - $28, March $36, April (add $10) $40, May (Add $15) $46 and so on.  By doing this you will find that by the end of the year you can save as much as $600.

Thanks for reading our blog.  We know this was along one but hope you found some useful tips in it.  Feel free to share your money saving tips with us as well.

Lisa Marie
Owner/Senior Wedding-Event Specialist

Monday, January 5, 2015

Our Creative Sides!

As wedding and event planners we enjoy getting to show our creative side.  So from time to time we will do an inspiration shoot, tabletop design competition, create Pinterest boards or even a set on Polyvore.  So we thought we would share a few links with all our followers.

A few years ago we participating in the ISES Tabletop competition.  Below are a few pictures of the tables we created for the 2013 year.

Special thank you to Erica Ann Photography for the images, Le Cookie Monkey for the "favors" and Barclay Event Rentals for the linens. :)  This was our English Garden feel.  We wanted to keep it kinda simple with some beautiful pops of color.

So feel free to read some of the blog's (yes these inspiration shoots are almost 2 years old but 2 of our favorites!), Follow us on Pinterest and even check out our Polyvore which we started just over two years ago and haven't used much till recently when a client asked for some color designs for her wedding.  You can also follow us on Instagram under Eventsbylisamarie

A romantic and cozy shoot. Be sure to check out the full article on Ruffled!
Totally awesome inspiration shoot we did in Portland with some amazing professionals! 

Thanks so much for all the support

Lisa Marie
Events by Lisa Marie

Monday, December 1, 2014

Save or Spluge

So you are engaged and now planning the wedding.  You are looking at dates and venues and wondering how much it will all cost.  Well there is GOOD NEWS.  As you plan your budget we have a few tips for you. 

1. First thing is to pick the one or two items you want to splurge on.
2. Make a list of all the things you will need.  (we can help you create this list as it will differ for each couple)
3. Put these items in order of importance.
4. Decide which things you can cut back on. (Maybe you don't need 3 signature drinks)
5. Decide which areas you can do yourself and which you need to hire out to the professionals.
6. Start researching and watch for deals.
7. While the idea of a large wedding might entice you it can quickly add up. Think about it this way. Per person food alone for a good buffet can run you between $30-60 per person.  Plus there are appetizers, drinks and desserts.  Then there is the added cost of tables, chairs, linens, plateware & decorations.  Some of these may be added into your venue or catering packages, Others may not. So that 200 person wedding can cost a lot more than that 125 person wedding and may make it so that you are unable to splurge on the items you really want.

There are also additional tips that can help you with deciding on what to save on and what to splurge on.

1. When picking the items you want to splurge on pick the things that mean the most to you.  If you really HAVE to have a specific dress then use that as your splurge.  If it is an amazing cake and great food pick that.  Just keep in mind that you can not splurge on everything.

2. Make a list of things that you really want for your wedding.  Remembering that you do not need everything that everyone else has had.  You may not want a photo booth or tons of flowers on your table.  You may instead want candles and other decor on your tables and want to spend a little more on videography instead of a photo booth.

3. Create your importance list.  You may have things you put at the very bottom that you are ok not doing in case you run out of money.  But at least this way you have a list to work from and helps to make sure that you spend your money on the things you really want.

4. What can you cut back on?  Do you really NEED 3 passed appetizers?  Can you get away with 2?  Do you need a full bar or instead can you do 2 signature drinks with beer and wine?  Talk to your florist, they can usually suggest a flower that can be supplemented to help cut back on some of the cost or help recommend ways you can use your ceremony flowers for your reception as well.

5. What can you do yourself?  What needs to be done by professionals.  Favors - You can usually do on the more budget friendly side and can be done by yourself.  You can also do some of your decor by yourself and sometimes you can do your programs.  Biggest thing to remember is that some things you think you can do yourself may not be a cost savings.  If you are inexperienced or do not know what things cost from different vendors you may not be saving yourself time.  With Favors our biggest cost saver is this - Make the favor something consumable.  These are the most popular ones and the ones we very rarely have left over.  And unless you want them at each persons seat you do not need to have one for every person who RSVP'd to your wedding.  Someone may not attend at the last minute, Couples may only take 1, Parents may not want their children to have one, and so on.  It is ok to only make 75 for a guest count of 100, otherwise at the end of the night you may end up looking at 25-30 extras that you spent good money on.

Most importantly, Even if you don't think it is in your budget sit down and chat with a wedding planner.  An experienced knowledgable planner can help guide you thru the process and direct you towards the right vendors and ideas that will be within your budget.

Thanks for reading today's blog article.

Lisa Marie
Events by Lisa Marie
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