I honestly can say that I wouldn't have been able to get through my wedding with out Krystal Kelch from Bridal Bliss. From the moment we met I felt completely reassured that everything was going to be beautiful and it was! Not only did she take care of almost EVERYTHING, but she gave me so much peace of mind. You can't put a price on that. For anyone wondering if hiring a coordinator is worth it, I recommend just meeting with one of these ladies. They really blew me away with their thoroughness, and genuine love for what they do. It was super fun to work with someone who listened to me and was always working to give me and my husband the best experience possible. Cannot say enough for Krystal and this company!
I am sorry to say that our experience hiring Bridal Bliss for full-time wedding coordination was disappointing to the extreme.
There were many frustrations working with Christina Palmer (coordinator) on wedding planning. For one, when convincing us to sign up, Nora mentioned that Bridal Bliss can often secure discounts with vendors. Well, Christina did not really do any negotiating on our behalf. In fact, it often seemed that she served as a mere secretary, passing a contract from vendors to us without as much as reading it. For example, our DJ contract had half a sentence missing (it literally said "In the event of cancellation." with nothing after the period). And for the floral contract, the sum of the different parts did not add up to the final total. Since my husband and I discovered these (and other) omissions, we were left to review each and every contract ourselves, adding to our stress. In fact, we confronted Nora with our frustrations several months before the wedding, and she emphatically promised to handle negotiations and contracts herself going forward. She then did NOTHING.
Nora and Christina also refused to return the phone calls of my husband's parents (who by the way were financially helping with the wedding). That not only showed extreme lack of professionalism, but, as you can imagine, added immensely to our stress level.
The wedding day itself was well executed, and my now-husband and I appreciated that we could relax while Christina handled the details. However, we later discovered that several thousand dollars were stolen from our gift box during the wedding. This incident did not improve our mounting frustrations with Bridal Bliss.
I could keep going, but I would rather put this expensive mistake behind us and move on. Were there things that Bridal Bliss did well? Yes: Christina was responsive, and had a lot of good suggestions. But the overall experience fell far short from the promises.
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CHRISTINA'S RESPONSE (Lead Coordinator)
As an event planner, I see all types of people from all walks of life, and get the opportunity to work with some of the greatest and some of the worst. Unfortunately, this couple and their family were some of the worst. The clients admittedly struggled to make decisions together and let familial and personal stress overcome the entire process. Beyond the client’s unrealistic expectations, I was forced to set boundaries with the parents after being verbally bullied repeatedly. I have never been treated so poorly and so disrespected by the clients and their families in my career as an event planner.
From the bride showing up in tears at multiple meetings because of groom’s parents to both the bride and groom apologizing for how difficult and unreasonable his parents were. I should have known that there was no way anyone could have won. His parents hijacked the process, and sadly, made their own kids miserable.
A few months before the wedding I sat the clients down for a heart to heart after they nearly stopped making all decisions. I suggested that they get on board with wedding planning, bring a good attitude, and enjoy the process, or, go elsewhere. We gave them an out, and they didn't take it, so clearly they found value in the service provided.
When it came to vendors, they were not happy with any of the recommendations---and these were all fantastic, respected vendors in the community at various price points. The clients admitted that they don't trust anyone, therefore making my job impossible. My time was spent convincing vendors to book, and then to not back out, after they found out firsthand how unreasonable and mean the clients were. On the day of the wedding multiple vendors told me that they should have "thought twice" before booking. I have never thought this before in all my years in the event industry, but I felt the same.
The wedding went flawlessly and was an absolutely beautiful fall day. The clients thanked me for all my hard work and seemed as though they were enjoying their day. It baffles me that now that I find this review online, despite having multiple follow up conversations with the bride and groom. There are some clients that will have bigger issues than what a wedding planner can solve. I'm not a therapist or lawyer, I just plan amazing weddings.
ELIZABETH'S RESPONSE (Assistant Coordinator)
Communication is one of the most important aspects of life. It plays a key role in everything we do. People who lack these skills are often left displeased. This couple Gary and Natalia unfortunately lack all means of communication. From vendor contracts to expectations, nothing was communicated to Bridal Bliss. The groom’s parents who were helping with payments for the wedding were located out of state and very removed from Gary and Natalia’s wedding and decision making. Not only did Bridal Bliss spend countless hours attempting to communicate with the bride and groom we also learned that they were not communicating any decisions to the groom’s parents. After multiple disrespectful emails and phone calls, from both the clients and the groom’s parents, Bridal Bliss sat down with the couple to talk about respect, communication and professionalism. This review saddens me not only because of the accusations, but simply for the lack of thankfulness for the countless hours and hard work of everyone. It took the entire Bridal Bliss team to pull off this wedding. And while it saddens me, Bridal Bliss is proud that this wedding took place, because I do not know many others who would have been able to pull off a horrible wedding with such class.
NORA's RESPONSE (Business Owner)
This review is BEYOND frustrating. I really should have trusted my gut initially and not booked this client, after three initial consultations were not enough. The couple was high maintenance from the very beginning….while some clients are easier to work with than others, this bride and groom made Christina’s life a living hell from day one. Christina is an incredible planner and went out of her way for these clients. From waiting over a half an hour for them to arrive at meetings late, to taking calls at all hours of the evening, to reading contracts over with a fine tooth comb, she went above and beyond to try to make this bride and groom happy. We should have known that NOTHING could possibly make them happy.
I personally heard from the couple twice with ridiculous complaints, and then went over them with Christina. One of them was that the clients felt that they weren’t being updated on the status of vendors and what we were waiting to hear back on. Christina forwarded me numerous emails doing this exact thing regularly. While we try to get back to our clients as quickly as possible, sometimes it is not possible to get a return response from a vendor in a split second. In addition, it did not help that the couple could not make any decisions---they continued to put bookings off despite Christina’s reminders and encouragement.
Both Christina and I attempted to negotiate with vendors. The issue was that NO vendors wanted to work with this couple…to the point that several vendors flat out told us they were only working the wedding as a favor to Bridal Bliss. I have no doubt in my mind that this wedding would not have happened without our help. We do in fact save our clients money…some more than others depending on date, venue, etc. However, it is difficult to negotiate a discount when the vendor doesn’t even want to work the wedding. Despite that, we did in fact save the couple with a few vendors. The bride and groom were rude and expected everything handed to them on a silver platter. Don’t even get me started about the parents (who were NOT our clients)---they were beyond impolite and disrespectful. The bride even broke down at one point meeting with Christina and shared that she wasn’t sure she should even get married because of them.
Lastly, it is not a coordinator’s job to watch over the gifts all night. Although we placed the table in a safe place, and then moved all the items into the locked bride’s room after the cocktail hour, we cannot have someone sitting there watching them. This was a private event at a venue that is a bit hidden so there were not any strangers walking around.
While I hate to have unhappy clients, there was absolutely nothing we could do to avoid this. I hope that anyone viewing this post will look at our other 60+ five star reviews and disregard what is obviously untrue.
Working with Bridal Bliss was an absolute pleasure. Nora helped me understand right away what our needs were and she paired us with Christina, who we absolutely adored. Christina was there for us through it all, meeting with vendors, talking through budget, managing my stress level and ensuring that every detail was perfect for our big day! It would have not been the same without Christina and I thank her and Bridal bliss from the bottom of my heart. Hiring this amazing company is worth every penny. They are able to save you money, save you stress, help you make decisions and enable you to enjoy your wedding day like you're supposed to!
Vendor response to review
Thanks for your kind review, Erin! We loved working with you, and your wedding was gorgeous!!
I worked with Bridal Bliss for my "day of" coordination. I really, really wanted to use them for the full coordination package and if you can make it work with your budget I would say go for it. I was planning the wedding from San Francisco so I had the added stress of doing it from afar. We are Persian so we worked with Katy (who is also Iranian) and Emily and initially had a lot of contact with Nora and I can't say enough great things about all of them. Katy had great connections for all the "persian stuff" that we needed. Her aunt put together the traditional sofreh and it was just stunning. They also had great connections with vendors and we got some really great deals. Bridal Bliss is very well respected throughout the "wedding community" in Portland and it just kept reaffirming for me that we had made the right choice in working with them. Katy was also possibly not going to make it as she was pregnant and due like, RIGHT after the wedding but I think she knew that it was important to me that she be there, at least through the ceremony...and so she came, and she was so calming to me for the first look process, and leading up to the ceremony. And Emily stayed through the reception and kept everything moving....I could rave about them forever. Everyone was super responsive and flexible, and they went the extra mile for me on many of the pieces during the planning process. I couldn't have pulled it off without them and the day was absolutely magical.
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Thanks so much for your review, Sasha! I just finished watching your video and couldn't help but tear up...GORGEOUS!!!
We used Bridal Bliss for day of wedding planning/coordinating and were extremely pleased with how helpful our planner's services were. I met with our planner twice before the wedding, and she did a great job of checking in and communicating via email in between meetings to make sure everything was on track. She helped us make sure we weren't missing any details and came up with a day of timeline for us to work through. The week of the wedding, she spoke to all of my vendors to confirm their services and coordinate their timing, allowing me to enjoy friends and family without worrying about final details. She also ran our rehearsal and made sure everyone understood their roles in the ceremony. The day of the wedding, she took care of much of the set up and generally made everything go smoothly -- she even managed to fix a broken bridesmaid dress zipper. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bridal Bliss planning to another bride, and I'm so grateful to our planner for making everything go so smoothly.
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for your review, so glad you were able to enjoy your wedding day!
We hired the Bridal Bliss team as our “day of” coordinator; from our initial meeting with Nora to meeting our coordinator Shauna everything was flawless. Shauna was a perfect fit for my husband and me. With most of the vendors picked and the wedding ceremony and reception site picked and reserved, Shauna started by meeting with us several times before the wedding making sure she was up-to-date on all the vendors and their details. Shauna was always just a phone call or email away, offering great advice and just calming my nerves.
Shauna was my life saver when we had a sticky situation with one of my vendors she made sure that I got just what I had wanted and even worked overtime the night before the wedding!! On the actual wedding day, Shauna took care of everything so everyone in the wedding party and families could ENJOY the day!!
I would recommend Bridal Bliss and their team to anyone. With them you are guaranteed a flawless and stress free wedding!!
Thank you Shauna and the Bridal Bliss team!!
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much Melissa, we loved working with you! Can't wait to see photos!!
I live in Seattle, but got married outside of Portland, so I wanted some help planning and finding the right vendors. Nora from Bridal Bliss made such a difference. The planning went so smoothly and all of our vendors were amazing. The day of the wedding Emily was at the event and she made sure everything started on time and that we didn't have to worry about anything. It was a beautiful, perfect wedding, and all of my guest raved about how smoothly it went. I'm so grateful that we worked with Bridal Bliss!
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for your review---so glad we could help!
I have been dreaming about my wedding day for as long as I can remember. As someone who loves party planning, it was the happiest day of my life when he proposed. I was so excited about all the little details and I wanted to pour all my creative energy into this day. I read blogs, magazines and anything wedding related I could get my hands on. I was like a wedding sponge! I had so many ideas and I didn’t know how to make it all work. All the little details, decisions, and the difficult task of planning a wedding from another state began to stress me out. Soon it became too much and I started to hate the whole process. To make matters worse, my original wedding planner (not from Bridal Bliss of course) was absolutely no help. She talked a big game but turned out to be very inexperienced, disorganized and had little knowledge about the vendors in Portland. After several weeks of tears and frustration, I ended it with this coordinator and hired Christina Palmer at Bridal Bliss. It was the smartest thing I ever did! Christina saved our wedding and turned the whole experience around. She was an absolute joy to work with and I can’t say enough good things about her. She’s smart, organized, honest, creative and just plain AMAZING! She was on top of everything and was also able to pass on a few vendor discounts. We had a fabulous wedding day and my family and bridal party all loved her as well.
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for your review, Pamela. We are so glad we were able to help---what an amazing wedding!
I reached out to Nora when I started planning my Portland wedding, all the way from Washington, D.C. The Bridal Bliss team came highly recommended from some of the vendors which I knew I wanted to work with, as well as some local brides. After talking with Nora for a bit about my wedding and needs, she connected me with Christina. She was FABULOUS for our wedding that was less than "traditional," in a raw space that required someone to stay on top of everything. Throughout the planning process, she would offer input and creative suggestions that I would have otherwise overlooked. She put all of my event planner anxieties to rest and allowed me to enjoy my day (rather then feeling like it was another day of work for me!). Christina was fantastic to work with from start to finish. Their reputation in Portland is dead-on - I would HIGHLY recommend them to any friend, family member or random person on the street.
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for the great review, Mackenzie! You were an absolute pleasure to work with--and your wedding was over the top fabulous!! Congrats!
Krystal from Bridal Bliss was a total delight to work with. She kept me calm on my wedding day, stayed on top of every detail, and was overall a really nice presence to have around.
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Thanks so much for your review!
I live in New York City so planning a wedding in Portland, Oregon was a really daunting task...until I hired Bridal Bliss. Nora Sheils and her team are absolutely amazing! They know everything there is to know about the wedding industry in Portland and have great relationships with all of the best vendors in town. Plus they are a really creative bunch of people who are dedicated to making your wedding special and memorable. My particular planner was Christina Palmer and she was awesome!! She did everything including negotiate with vendors, manage my budget, help me brainstorm creative ideas for my menu options, help to designed unique invitations and printed materials for the reception and generally keep me sane throughout the entire wedding process. She was ALWAYS incredibly responsive, organized and energetic and was ready and willing to help me with whatever I needed. But perhaps the best thing about my experience with Bridal Bliss is that Christina Palmer took care of absolutely EVERYTHING on the day of my wedding and I was able to totally relax and really enjoy the best day of my life. THANK YOU Christina Palmer, Nora Sheils and the Bridal Bliss team - You truly made my wedding dreams come true!!
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for the review---your wedding was AMAZING!!
I am so Lucky That Bridal Bliss was recommended to me by many people. At First I did not think of hiring anyone, and than when I realized how busy my schedule was already going to be aside from the wedding planning. Nora helped with everything from the organization of the planning to dealing with other vendors. Because of Nora Not only did I not stress about the wedding at all, but everything looked top notch from floral to band to food t lighting. This really was an amazing day and Bridal Bliss is Amazing, and I really am so happy that I hired them, and so is my Husband, I dont think we could be more satisfied with the wedding because of Bridal Bliss.
Thanks Bridal Bliss! Your the Best!
Vendor response to review
Natasha, you are the sweetest! What an amazing wedding, we LOVED working with you!
As a long-distance bride, I took my time finding a Portland wedding planner. I looked through all the 'top' and 'best of' lists and narrowed it down to three candidates, whom I emailed and consulted by phone. Nora at Bridal Bliss really stood out from our initial consultation. She sounded professional and experienced, and came up with some cool ideas right on the spot.
Over the next 9 months, Megan P., our day-of coordinator, took on more and more of our wedding planning, and my husband and I really liked her, too! She was very flexible and accommodating when we were only able to come in town for a few days prior to the wedding, and she and Nora did a great job communicating and following up with us. Nora steered us toward an amazing vendor for our cake, and was very patient when I went through 3 different hair and makeup trials to finally be satisfied. :) We also went through last-minute reprinting for our programs, and they handled that well, too.
The wedding itself was amazing! I love that I didn't have to stress about calling vendors and coordinating everything; being a bride is stressful enough, trust me! We had a church wedding, followed by a cultural ceremony, followed by a 2-room cocktail hour with an additional room open for dinner.... So Megan had her hands full day-of, but ensured everything went beautifully.
Vendor response to review
Thank YOU Michele, we loved working on your wedding and all the fun cultural elements!
Bridal Bliss was amazing! Nora Sheils was so helpful, reliable, and always available to me while planning my wedding. I really appreciated how knowledgeable she is about wedding vendors and who was best to use for my style and budget. Using Bridal Bliss was the best decision I made for my wedding...Nora and her team really helped relieve the stress of the planning process and my wedding day. Thanks to Bridal Bliss, my wedding turned out even better than I had imagined :)
Vendor response to review
Appreciate their resourcefulness and assistance to connect me with quality vendors. Happy and helpful, and always willing to cover the need or direct me to resources. Always available at the critical momoents and right on time for scheduled appointment times. On our wedding day they were a God-send!! Such a help - I recommend them with total confidence!
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Thanks so much!!
I have been planning my wedding since I received my first Martha Stewart Wedding magazine at the age of 13. Now 30 years old and very busy with work, 2 dogs, and a new house, I realized quickly that I needed a wedding planner. Nora is an amazing wedding planner. She helped me set a realistic budget and focus on the details while keeping an eye on the big picture as well. I never doubted her vendor recommendations and she attended every vendor meeting. When I walked into the ballroom the first time I was awestruck by how stunning the room looked and how well everything went together. Plus, I had a great time and didn't have to worry about anything, which was amazing because it was an intricate set up with over 4000 origami cranes and a lot of handmade details. My biggest pet peeve about weddings is when they do not flow well, and our wedding flowed perfectly thanks to Nora.
If anyone reading this review is hesitating about hiring a wedding planner because of the cost, Nora also helped negotiate great contract prices that more than paid for her services. In addition, Nora was very cognizant of my budget and helped me have a beautiful event that was within my means. Also, the fact that my family and friends just showed up and had a good time = priceless.
Thank you Nora and Bridal Bliss.
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for your review Ari! Your wedding was spectacular....I just finished going through the photos and it brought back so many fun memories. Keep in touch!!
We hired Katy of Bridal Bliss as a "day of" wedding planner since we had done a lot of early legwork initially. Katy started by meeting with us several times before the wedding to make sure she was up-to-date on all the vendors & their details. She offered advice when asked and was very professional and prepared. She read people very well when coordinating and working with all of our vendors, and helped us get through a sticky situation or two by acting as our liaison. On the wedding day, Katy put in overtime hours for us to make sure every detail was in place. She was a lifesaver when we couldn't locate several items and she knew just where to find them. She even texted us an answer after everyone had gone home. Katy was a joy to work with: capable, personable, and hard working. She was worth her weight in gold!
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much Holly! Katy had such a great time working on your wedding--and everything was just stunning!
Hiring Bridal Bliss is a MUST for anyone planning a wedding in the Portland area!
We worked with Katy, and she was absolutely fantastic to work with. We hired her as a Day-Of wedding planner, but we met with her several times in the months leading up to our wedding. She helped us create a framework of what we needed to do and when, which was super helpful. After we hired all of our vendors, she communicated with all of them in advance to coordinate and plan for the wedding day - this was a HUGE stress reliever! She was so responsive and prompt with every question that we asked of her.
Most importantly, my family, bridesmaids, and I didn't have to worry at all about the wedding day. Everything that Katy was in charge of coordinating went off flawlessly. We just got to have fun, dance, and enjoy the night. Hiring a Day-Of planner is worth every penny you will spend. We had a FANTASTIC experience with Katy, and we cannot recommend her or Bridal Bliss highly enough.
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much for the glowing review! Your wedding was gorgeous and you were a stunning bride. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your big day!!!
Nora is such a great person to work with, we were sold the minute we met her. She kept us under budget and was always there to help and answer any questions, she always responded right away. She was the reason for our dream wedding coming true. Every detail was taken care of, I didn't have to worry about a thing, Katy was awesome as she helped us the day of the wedding she was flawless. I was worried about working with Nora the entire time during the planning prosses and then having someone else taking over to carry out the wedding day details. But it worked perfectly! I can't thank them enough for making us a gorgeous wedding, our guests can't stop talking about our wedding and we are so happy to have such a memorable wedding thanks to Bridal Bliss team.
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Thank you Jessica! You were such a fun bride, and we are having baby Lennox withdrawls!
I was recently the maid of honor for my sister's wedding and I learned a few things.
1. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner- do!
2. If you don't know who to hire- Nora/Bridal Bliss
Nora is amazing and is the most knowledgeable wedding person in town. She has great suggestions for venues, flowers, rentals, and all the other details that I didn't even know about prior to the planning process. In addition, everyone in town knows and like working with Nora so if you get in with her, you'll be in good hands.
My sister's wedding was spectacular and fun and that is largely due to Nora and Bridal Bliss.
Vendor response to review
Thanks so much Elizabeth!!
Many women dream about their wedding day for years. They imagine songs, flowers, dresses, and themes…overflowing with ideas long before the day they get engaged. I wasn’t that girl. I was so excited to get married and start my life with my new husband, but the thought of planning the wedding in 8 months while maintaining a full-time job and active lifestyle seemed like a daunting task.
I interviewed four local wedding planners. When I met Nora, I knew immediately she was the one to make our day unforgettable. Nora has a relaxed confidence about her that put my mind at ease several times throughout the planning process. She is well-known and respected throughout the wedding community and considered by many to be the best planner in the state.
Initially, I felt overwhelmed by all the choices and had no idea where to begin. Nora just “got” me right away, which is why I hired her. I knew I wanted an elegant and romantic wedding and that information was enough to set her in motion. A beautiful wedding plan began to develop before my eyes.
Nora’s experience is unmatched. She helped direct me on the right path in literally every aspect of the wedding. If I was unsure of a decision, she was able to jump in and help out with style, trends, etiquette, and vendors. All our vendors came highly recommended by Nora and I am confident that our wedding would not have turned out the way it had if I had made different choices. I must have emailed Nora a hundred times and her responses were lightning fast and always friendly and informative.
Hiring a wedding planner is the single most important decision to make when you’re ready to start creating your big day. And without a doubt, Nora is simply the best in the business.
Our friends and family had an absolute blast that night. We received so many compliments about how beautiful everything looked and how seamless the evening played out. One close friend made a “guess” as to the cost of the event and was sure it was double what we put in. This is a testament to the ability of the vendors and especially the wedding planner to make the most of your money. The cost of the planner alone is recouped in the great deals she can secure for you and in the suggestions she makes to help you invest your money into the aspects of the wedding that matter most.
Our wedding was classy, elegant, and romantic. Most importantly, it represented our love for each other and was an unforgettable beginning to our life as husband and wife. We have Nora and our fantastic vendors to thank for creating such a special day!
Vendor response to review
Wow--I am overwhelmed with your kind words. Thanks so much for the amazing review--you were an absolute joy to work with. The two of you always injected a dose of humor and had such a wonderful attitude throughout the entire planning process. Your wedding was so fun and everything turned out beautifully! Thanks again and keep in touch!!
How will I ever thank Bridal Bliss enough for making my wedding amazing? Nora is a lifesaver. I have zero creativity and I had zero vision for my wedding but that didn't matter...because Nora assigned a coordinator who just happened to also be a stylist and one of the most creative and talented people I have ever met (Kimberly, you are awesome). Nora must have known it would be a perfect fit. I met with Kimberly once before the wedding, and when I left the meeting I was 100 percent confident that Kimberly would make everything look great. Not only is she creative...she is extremely organized. She was so on top of all the little details that I never would have thought of. Nora and Kimberly, I'm forever grateful for your help. It is with so much enthusiasm that I recommend you to future brides!
Vendor response to review
Steph, we were thrilled to be a part of your wedding! Can't wait to see photos of the new baby :)
My daughter, Abby, was married October 8 and Nora was our guide throughout the process. She exceeded all expectations any of our family had.
Nora has a calm, well balanced perspective and a knowledge base next to none. She kept us on track throughout and responded to any questions we had within hours. I do ot have enough accolades to describe her competence and ability to get things done. Her attention to detail enhanced the wedding day.
We all had such a memorable day and I know it would not have been near the experience without Nora's leadership. We did not have to worry about one thing the day of the wedding. The ceremony and reception went off like a well oiled machine! Our family forgot we were hosting the affair we all had so much fun! If I could give Bridal Bliss ten stars I would!!!
Vendor response to review
Thank you Marybeth! See you soon!
I am late on posting this review but I can't let more time go by before letting future brides and their parents know how INCREDIBLE Bridal Bliss is! Norah and her staff took the "tears, fears, anxiety" out of planning a wedding. After guiding and advising my daughter on every vendor, dress, jewelry, everything you can imagine, Norah told me to "just show up and everything will happen." She was so right! I was the most relaxed I've ever been at a function, especially my daughter's wedding. It was beautiful, everything we imagined, plus fun! Looking back we all agree that when budgeting for a wedding you can do without a lot, but you can't do without Bridal Bliss!
Nora is not only the BEST wedding planner, she is also a terrific person who makes the whole wedding process FUN, memorable and special. Every time my husband and I contacted Nora regarding wedding details, she always answered our questions right away and made us feel like we could always depend on her. Nora is organized, calm, funny and full of energy. She always took the time to check in with us regarding EVERY detail, but also did not overwhelm us with too many wedding tasks, decisions, etc. Some things we love about Nora is that she is open and willing to work with many different vendors, is very creative and makes sure your wedding is what you and your fiance envision from the beginning. I have personally seen Nora in action at weddings where I work and she is the QUEEN of multitasking, while always having a smile on her face and making sure things run smoothly. My mom originally thought we only needed a wedding planner for the day-of, but after we met with Nora the first time, my mom said she could not imagine the entire wedding planning process without her there every step of the way! Nora is very responsible and a true artist in her profession. We were honored to have Nora as our wedding planner and are so thankful she helped make our wedding the best day in our lives!!!
Vendor response to review
SUCH a great wedding, and an even better couple. Thanks Tiff!
Nora did a fabulous and creative job on my daughter and son in law's wedding. We hired Nora because she came highly recommended by several people we know. The bridal party was spread all over the western states and coordination was a big task. The bride and groom live in San Diego and the Wedding was in Portland, Oregon. Nora streamlined the hundreds of decisions and details into a painless process. She saved us money with discounts from several vendors. Time was not wasted because Nora took us straight to the best resources. We are very happy with the outcome and can highly recommend her work. She is cheerful, full of energy, focused and gets the work done quickly.
Thank you for a wonderful wedding.
Nora did an AMAZING job planning the wedding of our dreams for my husband and I. We live in San Diego and our wedding was in Portland so we had to plan our wedding mainly by email, phone, and a couple of short visits. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the idea of planning an out of town wedding, but as soon as we hired Nora I knew that there was nothing to worry about. She made everything so easy and she made sure that we received the most for our money. In the end our wedding wedding was everything that I ever wanted and more. Thank you so much Nora!
Nora was the greatest!!!
After my now husband and I got engaged we immediately started looking for a wedding planner. There was no way that we could have planned a wedding alone because of our work schedules! We met with several wedding planners and Nora was by far the most professional and she and I clicked very well. I loved her style and how organized she was, and knew she would be a wonderful fit to help guide Nate and I through this journey. We had a year to plan our wedding and there is NO way we could have done it without Nora and Bridal Bliss. She is the most organized, responsive, and on track person which really helped make this whole process easy. She always presented us with tons of options of different vendors to choose from, and really helped guide us... but was never pushy as to who to use. She really made our vision come to life. She took the stress and hassle away from us and made the whole experience flawless. Our wedding was incredible, and went so smoothly from start to finish. There was not a single detail that was missed... I will always recommend Nora to anyone who is getting married!
Nora was nothing but absolutely fantastic from the first moment I met her until the week after our wedding. She has a bright smile and easy way about her that makes planning your wedding together fun. She was also so fast at responding to every question I had- no matter how small.
Nora is the definition of organized. She kept track of every little detail and made sure it was executed in the best possible way. She was always so knowledgable and made making every decision about my day easy. The thing that was truly amazing about Nora is that she was able to bring my dream wedding to life- exactly how I had pictured it. I felt totally confident trusting her with my day. She was invaluable the day of my wedding and made sure things that came up were solved right away. I would recommend Nora to anyone! She truly listens to your vision and brings it to life. We are so completely happy with the result of our year of planning together!
Thank you Nora for all you did!
My husband and I worked with Bridal Bliss Coordination for our August 20th nuptials. We could not have been more satisfied with their service! Nora Sheils and Christina Palmer made our dream day come true! In addition, the expertise, creativity, and professionalism were a breath of fresh air throughout the entire wedding planning process. We are so thankful to have worked with them, and will not hesitate to use their services in planning future events. We highly recommend Bridal Bliss Coordination for all brides. They are the BEST!
Nora provides more than just wedding planning, she provides peace of mind. Since my husband and I live in New York, there was no way we were going to be able to plan our wedding in Portland. When we found Nora, we knew immediately that she would take care of us, and our families. The entire process was effortless, and it was reflected on our wedding day. It's so amazing how she can bring the right people together to create something so special and unique. She is truly the best.
Katy from Bridal Bliss did am amazing job for us at our wedding. We felt no stress on our big day with all the help she provided. Having a day of wedding planner was one of the best decisions we made. Thank you so much!!
You are truly the most valuable vendor we used during our wedding planning process. Thank you so much for for being everything This bride and groom needed, honest, reliable, timely, focused, creative and fun! Shauna was such an amazing asset to our wedding, we don't know what we would have done without her!
Could not have made it through my wedding without the help of my wedding planner. She was extremely amazing and helped with everything. We only used her for the day of, but she was worth every penny. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Hiring Bridal Bliss was the best decision we made in preparing for my daughter's wedding. Our wedding planner was experienced and confident as well as exuded a calmness that I appreciated on the day of the wedding. As the mother of the bride, I truly enjoyed the entire wedding day ! ! !
We hired Nora one month after getting engaged and her guidance over the following year and a half was priceless! She was well organized, kept planning simple, and really listened to what we envisioned for our wedding. What I loved most about having Nora was her calm sense of confidence, not only in dealing with wedding details such as invites and guest lists, but her ability to be the emotional support I needed when family issues came into play was what kept me sane. Weddings are stressful for everyone and both families said how wonderful it was to not have to worry about wedding details on the day of because we had Nora there to handle anything that popped up. Having her allowed everyone else to be present in the small moments and made it that much more special. Bridal Bliss is a must for any wedding!!!
Nora Sheils from Bridal Bliss helped us create a magical and unforgettable wedding. My husband and I move fast and after getting engaged, we decided we didn't want to wait and set the wedding date for a short 3 months away. From our very first phone call, Nora was professional, organized, efficient, and fun! She had great ideas and also encouraged us to carry out our more eccentric ones. We can't even begin to express our gratitude over how beautiful and perfect everything was. Thank you Nora and Team!!!!
Nora is an incredible wedding planner and a must-have asset for any bride-to-be and their family. Planning a wedding is full of difficult tasks and Nora is the experienced guide you need with great recommendations, vendors and knowledge that will make your wedding everything you want it to be. I am so thankful to have worked with Nora and can say that my wedding day was absolutely incredible due to her.
Our daughter's wedding was last weekend and we could truly enjoy the event because Nora handled all of the details so beautifully.
My daughter and her husband (!) live in LA; we are in Portland; and her in-laws live back east. There was a lot to coordinate amongst the three groups, and Nora kept everyone on task. There is no way I could have done this without her.
I had several vendors in mind, all of whom had worked with Nora previously. The vendors she suggested fit perfectly in the team. Everyone was professional.
What I most appreciated about Nora, in addition to her lovely personality and manner, was that she was so prompt in returning phone calls and emails. The wedding was everything we wanted it to be! Judy S.
I am a photographer who was worked with Nora at several weddings. Nora is a pleasure to work with. She has a great personality and weddings always ran very smoothly with her coordinating. I highly recommend her. She is dedicated and very professional.
Priceless. That is how I would describe Nora and her team. There are so many reasons to hire Nora but there is one that really stands out me. On our wedding day I woke up relaxed and excited. I spent the day getting ready with my friends and did not think twice about what was happening at the church or the Portland Art Museum. I was not worried about when the flowers were being delivered, whether the tables were set how I had envisioned, what time we were being picked up, was everything in order with the catering. Nor was my mom, dad, future husband, my sister, or my mother in law.
Everyone was able to be present and have a great time. When we arrived to the church and to the art museum we didn’t have to worry about what time speeches were happening or when to be where. We were able to party with all the people we loved.
All of this is because Nora made sure every detail was perfectly executed, every vendor was on time and had everything they needed. She of course helped me choose great vendors in the months leading up to our wedding and negotiate great prices but then she made sure all of those vendors fulfilled on what we hired them to
Nora is the single best decision I made when planning my wedding.
Vendor response to review
Maddie, you are the sweetest! We had the BEST time working on your wedding and everything turned out perfect. Your photos and video are amazing--thanks for letting us take part in such a special day in your lives!! Keep in touch :)
Using Nora at Bridal Bliss was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. She is AMAZING at what she does! She is extremely organized, knowledgeable, efficient, and has incredible taste. She took a lot of the weight off of us during the planning process and during the day of she took complete control and we didn't have to worry about anything. We highly recommend Bridal Bliss!
Nora has the reputation as the best wedding planner in Portland and she deserves it! We interviewed other wedding planners and did not feel comfortable entrusting our wedding with any of them. However, when we met Nora we immediately knew that she could make the most out of our ideas and budget. We also clicked with her personally and knew we wanted to work with her. We hired her for day of coordination as well as some extra time to help with decor and design ideas. I can honestly say it was the best decision we made!! Our wedding was amazing and just what we wanted -- many thanks to Nora. We used several vendors she suggested (over others we were considering) and I know this was a big factor in our wedding being such a success. Our families and friends were all impressed with the elegance of our wedding and how smooth the whole day went...we owe that all to Nora. She is wonderful and an expert at her craft. Trust me, HIRE HER!
My sister got engaged a little over a year ago and my entire family was thrilled and so happy for her. Not only were we excited for my sister to have snagged such a great guy (and for her boyfriend to become a part of our family)...but I personally immediately had visions of what a fun-filled weekend we'd have! Full of fancy dinners, gorgeous dresses, fake eyelashes (yes!), candellit tables, the smell of elaborate flower arrangements, exquisite wines, champagne toasts, double decker bus rides, photo booth costumes and catered after parties. Ahhh....I couldn't WAIT!!
I floated back to reality when my mom called me a couple days after her big announcement to give me a long lecture about how much work, help and moral support both of us were going to have to give my sister in order to help her plan a wedding (which all three of us had never done before). Ugh!
When my sister decided she was going to hire Nora, I think our entire family let out a collective sigh of relief.
From the time Nora started working with my sister, I honestly didn't have more than a couple small conversations with both my mom and sister about planning the wedding. I was shocked! My sister was completely non-bridezilla-ish (not that I expected she would be, of course) and my worrisome mom seemed unusually calm and relaxed. Every detail was outlined and organized and Nora had numerous contacts for my sister to choose from for every aspect of her rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception.
As the maid of honor, I felt a (VERY) slight twinge of guilt that I wasn't more helpful.
The wedding weekend was perfect! From transportation for family members, to hotel reservations and gift bags....from the rehearsal dinner to the catered lunch the next day while we were all getting ready. The photographer was amazing and the flowers were gorgeous. It rained on my sister's wedding day and I almost thought Nora may have planned that just for the beautiful photos the wedding party got under black umbrellas next to our big red double decker bus. The reception went off without a hitch, the food was amazing, everyone had a blast, and the after party was perfect.
I can't thank Nora enough for what she did the past year for my sister, myself and my whole family! She made my sister's wedding something we will never forget, and something we will all look back on with fond memories, no stress involved.
Nora is a true professional and truly the best! Use her for all she's worth, I'm telling you!
My sister recently got married and my family and I were so grateful for Bridal Bliss!! Nora was fantastic! I'm not one to plan my own future wedding but one thing I do know is hiring Bridal Bliss to coordinate will be the first call I make!
We hired Nora for our wedding to do the "Day of Coordination". The only thing I would change would be to hire her from the moment we got engaged!! She has lots of insider knowledge and great connections to wedding vendors all over Portland. Very well respected. We had two meetings to discuss timelines, etc. prior to the wedding and she was available to answer any and all questions I had leading up to the big day. Having her there for the rehearsal and day of the wedding was INVALUABLE! I could just relax knowing that she would handle anything with professional ease. Not only was she helpful to me....my husband, my mom, my sisters, bridesmaids felt more relaxed having her there too. Do yourself a favor...if you're looking for a coordinator....HIRE HER. :)
The second best wedding decision my daughter made (first was choosing her wonderful husband) was hiring Nora to coordinate her wedding day. I have three daughters, two are married, & when our third walks in the door w/ a ring on her finger, I'll be reaching for the phone to book Nora. She's fabulous!!!
I am the mother of the bride and everything that was handled and done at Bridal Bliss was beyond perfect. Timely responses to questions, work ethic, good tips for the wedding, budget planning, every detail was take care of. Nora is the best!!
Nora was amazing and so was our wedding! I married the man of my dreams and had the wedding of my dreams, and it all happened with the least amount of stress and headache possible. I work alot and needed someone to help take something off my plate. Nora was willing to do it all and then some, she was especially helpful with family conflict resolution, offering solutions that only her experience could yeild. Nora also did an amazing job stretching our budget. People though we spent closer to $100,000 dollars vs. the closer to $20,000 that we actually spent. It was a job well done! Thanks again Nora, you're the best!
Groom here! Just a few words of wisdom. Been to and in more weddings than I can count, so I knew a wedding planner was a good idea. Weddings that didn't have one, typically, should have had one. The organization, stress releaf, and overall flow of the wedding just makes it worth it. Nora excels in all of these areas. Being the groom you don't always understand the pressure for the bride in wedding planning, while Nora is there to be a great resourse and expert at being proactive to make any stress for the bride as limited as possible. Nora is a rock star in making great sugestions and providing good solutions to a variety of issues that can come up. Those that are worried about budget, she kept us within ours and she more than paid for herself. She is trully first class. Thanks Nora it was just what we wanted and more!
With our daughter's wedding coming just 3 short months from the engagement, we needed to have Nora Sheils' expertise. Since our time-line was so tight, Nora helped us streamline what we needed to make our daughter's day meet and exceed all our expectations. She guided us through the entire process and had many wonderful suggestions to help us make this day so very personal, besides being so extra special. As mother of the bride I found that she provided me with a budgeting process, a workable time-line for deadlines, and on the day of the wedding a stress-free environment so I too could experience and enjoy my daughter's wedding totally.
Believe the rumors- Nora really is by far the best planner/coordinator you could ask for!! She's personable, reliable, and is on top of everything. If you want a stress-free trip down the aisle, Nora has to be your choice!
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Bridal Bliss. I met with Nora just over a year before my wedding. She matched me with Christina. It was a perfect match. Christina is so professional, but also so much fun. She is extremely creative and took care of EVERYTHING! SHE'S AMAZING!! Because of Christina, we didn't worry about a single aspect of our wedding and we're able to enjoy every second of our wedding day... stress-free! DO NOT HESITATE to go with Bridal Bliss for your wedding. They are worth EVERY penny. We love Christina!!!!
One word: AMAZING. Christina rocks. She did everything we could've thought of and much more! Hands down awesome.
This was a great team.
My wife and I had the best wedding ever(literally) thanks to the help of Nora and Christine.
If we could do it all over again we would use Bridal Bliss again.
Nora was invaluable in our wedding planning process -- she has a wealth of expertise, a fantastic reputation with vendors and she is very professional. Both my husband and I have full-time jobs, which made it difficult to schedule appointments, etc. Nora was extremely flexible with her time and was a HUGE help pulling everything together. Christina was our day-of coordinator, and she too was fantastic. She was calm, professional and really made sure that everything ran smoothly on the day of the wedding and that I had nothing to worry about except enjoying the day. I highly recommend Bridal Bliss for anyone looking for a wedding planner.
I hired Nora from Bridal Bliss to plan my wedding from start to finish and she is making the process fun and tireless. She takes care of all the details and I sit back and give my opinions. She is very organized, fun, friendly, and creative.
Christina was my coordinator from Bridal Bliss - she was TOP NOTCH - very professional, great follow through, and great composure - kept me calm the whole day and was always one step ahead of me in the planning process. AMAZING!
I recently was married this past fall and had the wedding of my dreams; I do not think this would have been possible without the help of Nora at Bridal Bliss. Nora is well connected and knowledgeable in the wedding industry which made decision making easy. She was able to take all my thoughts and ideas and turn them into tangible details for my wedding. The day of, Nora was amazing. She made sure everything was being taken care of which allowed me to have a stress-free wedding day! I do not think I could have asked for a better wedding planner. I recommend her to anyone I know getting married.
I had planned on having a September wedding and literally waited until the last minute to hire a wedding planner--I was going to take on the whole thing by myself. I'd received several recommendations for Nora and I can say undoubtedly she was the absolute best person to have had on my side to get ready for this huge day. Not only was she experienced as a wedding planner, but had recently had her own wedding, so she knew just how anxious I was feeling about pulling it all together. My fiance and I both found her to be very easy to talk to, warm, able to understand what we wanted to create for our wedding. She was always available to handle anything that came up, had a fabulous list of vendors that bent over backwards to give their all on short notice, and she took such a load of worry off our shoulders. In the end, we had a wedding we had only dreamed of a couple of short months before. You simply cannot find a better wedding planner anywhere. Her professionalism, warmth, and capabilities remain one of the highlights of our wedding day, a day family and friends still talk about and they always mention Nora and how smoothly it all went because of her.
Nora is incredible! At first we had planned to keep things simple and not use a wedding planner. We quickly realized that there was a need for a professional to step in. She was immediately worth it. She found vendors for us that were perfect. She was able to manage the vendors and the process perfectly. In addition to being someone who we feel fortunate to know, Nora was absolutely flawless in creating our perfect wedding!
Nora/Bridal Bliss handled my sister-in-laws wedding and everything was fabulous!
Nora is a true artist in her field. I believe she could make anything happen. Nora took a bride that has a hard time communicating what she wants and made her wedding day everything she had hoped for. Which is no small feat.
I was there with my sister-in-law for moral support at almost all of the meetings with Nora and her positive attitude and friendly demeanor made the wedding planning process fun!
Thank you Nora for all that you did for my sister-in-law to make her wedding day a moment in our lives to remember forever!!!
I worked with Nora at Bridal Bliss and was absolutely thrilled with her wealth of knowledge, calming demeanor, excited attitude and professionalism. She made the entire planning process so fun and so easy that all of us involved got to really enjoy the time leading up to the wedding. The day itself went off without a hitch and I was able to enjoy myself and not worry about the details going on in the background. I can't imagine my wedding without the help of Nora. I HIGHLY recommend Bridal Bliss.
When I first got engaged I decided not to have a wedding coordinator. I thought that since I had a retired mother and mother-in-law I didn't need one. Was I ever wrong! I found Nora through a recommendation from my photographer, all I can say is that I should have had her from the beginning. Do not try to plan a wedding without a coordinator, it will be way too much to handle. And when you do look for a coordinator, go to Nora, she is the best. Nora was kind, honest, and efficient. She knows weddings so well, she had our day perfectly orchestrated down to the very last detail. I did not have to worry about a single thing because she had taken care of it all. Also, she was such a calming presence! On a day when people were naturally stressed and anxious, she was there to diffuse any little thing that came along. Nora's professionalism and knowledge of the wedding business is outstanding. I was so pleased with her work! Thank you Nora.
Bridal Bliss was by far the best investment in this whole process. Nora Totonchy not only understood my vision for the wedding, she executed each task seamlessly so I didn't even have to worry about a single thing. Any ideas or requests I had was responded with "consider it done" and it was! Very professional, and easy to work with. My wedding was exactly what I envisioned and more. I recommend Bridal Bliss to anyone looking for wedding planning assistance.
Nora is amazing!!! We couldn't have done it without her. I highly recommend Bridal Bliss!
I am a wedding cake baker here in Portland. I have provided the wedding cake to dozens of her events over the last seven years. She is always timely, professional, calm, and organized. Her brides alwasy seem to love her. Nora always makes my job easier.
Judy of Dream Cakes
Nora is great to work with! We at Willamette Productions really enjoy working with Nora because she is professional, positive, fun and connected!
Bridal Bliss is really wonderful to work with. Their professional planners are very connecting with amazing resources to help any couple pull off the wedding of their dreams.
It is such a pleasure working with Nora of Bridal Bliss! She possesses a true "joie de vivre" when it comes to helping people plan their dream event. It's rare to find someone who marries (no pun intended!) a creative spirit with an amazing knack for organization.
In addition to collaborating with Nora on wedding music for her wedding and event clients, The House of Cards Music had the distinct pleasure of playing Nora's OWN wedding! She's not only a fabulous wedding planner, but also a dream CLIENT as well. Kudos to Nora for the fine work she brings to the local wedding business!
Bridal Bliss is wonderful to work with, very professional and creative. They specialize in putting together unique weddings that have a personal touch to them, which makes it an unforgettable event for all the participants. As a client we closely work with, they're very responsive and communicative to the last details, which makes it so much easier for us as an AV company to work with and deliver excellent services, from lighting to projection or audio visual. We absolutely recommend Bridal Bliss.
lovely group of ladies to help you on your wedding day!
Nora Shiels and the Bridal Bliss team are local wedding planning celebrities. Her designs are always stunning, her insight and professional knowledge an invaluable asset, her organization infallible. Nora has been recognized both nationally and locally, and we are proud to endorse her.
Every wedding I have had the pleasure of working with Bridal Bliss has been AMAZING!!! You will be happy you chose Nora & her team!!
Nora and her staff at Bridal Bliss are highly experienced, very personable, and great to work with. You'll be able to sit back and actually enjoy your wedding day!
We love working with Nora and the team at Bridal Bliss! They make the planning and the event go so smoothly will all of their great organization and attention to details! We love it when our brides book with Bridal Bliss.
Nora at Bridal Bliss is not only a fabulous wedding planner but a great woman! Every one of my brides who has used Nora has nothing but magnificent things to say about her. They always comment about how easy she is to work with and how much they love her personality! Every one of them says hiring her was one of the best wedding decisions they made!
I'm a huge Nora fan. I've had the pleasure of working with her on a number of weddings (including my own), and she is truly one of the most savvy and organized planners I've met.
Nora puts her heart and soul into each wedding, carefully tending to every detail so that brides and grooms can enjoy their special day. She'll guide you though the entire wedding planning process, alleviate inevitable stress and ensure that your wedding vision is flawlessly executed. Her passion, style and experience set her apart. If you're considering hiring a wedding planner, I highly recommend...
We LOVE working with Bridal Bliss! Always stress-free, impeccable taste, great communications. Nora is a super hard worker who will make your day super smooth!
I have enjoyed every wedding that I have worked on with Nora and Bridal Bliss! Her creativity and dedication to the details is fantastic. As we all know...its ALL about the details! Plus her boundless energy and always, and I mean always positive attitude is worth its weight in gold!
If you want your wedding to be Perfect in every detail then look no further. We have worked with Bridal Bliss on some of the finest wedding and know that they make sure that your wedding or event is wonderful. They are with you from the very minute your ideas start to flow, then thru the planning and actual event and will be there for you every step of the way. We would suggest Bridal Bliss to any bride who really doesn't want worry about how her dreams are made real.
I recommend the services of Bridal Bliss to make your Wedding Day a one-of-a-kind event that will be remembered and cherished by you and all your guests for years to come. ~~ Angela Neik, www.calligraphybyangela.com 214 957 2155 Dallas Calligrapher
Nora is wonderful to work with and the musicians and entertainers in Designband are always very happy to see her. Every wedding with bridal bliss is spectacular!
Bridal Bliss has done a number of events at Zenith Vineyard and we love working with them!
As a wedding florist, I can't stress enough the importance of hiring a good wedding coordinator. It makes for a happy bride and very happy vendors! Our experience working with Nora has been such a delight. The sense of calm she gives to her clients really comes through in our interactions with them. Her ability to organize every detail and execute the vision of her clients has makes every wedding a success!
I have worked with Nora at a lot of weddings and she is great to work with. She gives us the specific details for the day and then makes sure everything goes according to the plan. Nora is always very positive and supportive. She makes sure all of the vendors on focused on the bride and groom. Nora is a super wedding/event planner. I highly recommend her to you.
I was privileged to play for a wedding and reception where Nora Sheils from Bridal Bliss was the coordinator. Nora was extremely organized and calm, relieving any stress from the wedding party. She also worked very well with the venue banquet staff. Having all the details managed by a professional and competent coordinator like Nora makes the day of the wedding relaxed, allowing the happy couple (and their mothers!) to fully enjoy those special moments. I would happily refer you to Nora of Bridal Bliss for a stress-free wedding!
I have not only had an opportunity to work with Nora's team and brides-to-be on a one-on-one basis but have also attended other weddings she has coordinated and they have all reflected the bride's personality.She has a wonderful team that supports her wedding planning and is a wonderful resource for calligraphers, flowers, and event/planning. She truly takes the stress away from the bride and puts the bride in "BRIDAL BLISS" on her wedding day!
Working with Bridal Bliss will make your day flow smoothly! Bridal Bliss' upbeat enthusiasm for all things wedding translates into events as unique as each of their clients. Booking a wedding planner like Bridal Bliss for your Portland area event will be one of your best decisions for your big day!
Nora with Bridal Bliss pushes the limit of what is possible with every wedding. Nora not only personalizes each detail to clients, but works to ensure there is a wow factor with every event. Nora's attention to creative surprises and flawless sense of style create a playground of options for the couples she works with. Nora is a credit to the industry and is an example for tireless dedication to excellence in planning.
I've worked with Nora at Bridal Bliss many times over the years. Her attention to detail, organization and calm personality continue to impress me when we're creating beautiful weddings together. Highly recommend!
Nora with Bridal Bliss is hands down one of the best wedding and event planners that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have been working with Nora and her professional team of planners for many years and always recommend them first when asked by my clients!
A good wedding planner will save you a great deal of time and money - it is hands down one of the most important things to invest in when planning your dream wedding!
With PLEASURE, I highly recommend Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss and A List Events of Lake Oswego. Nora and I first worked together in September 2003 and I have lost count on the weddings and events we have worked on. I have watched her grow from new college graduate to an incredibly astute business woman and amazing wedding and event planner. We have worked on so many events together that there is a "shorthand" in our communication and every event goes smoothly because she is so prepared. She treats her clients with professionalism and respect and her vendors, too. She's gained tremendous respect in the Portland wedding industry and for good reason: She's simply amazing. Thorough, great vision, capable, highly professional, she knows the in's and out's of the area to get you the best vendors for your wedding. She is a "must have" for your wedding, special event, or corporate get-together!
We've had the pleasure of working with Nora of Bridal Bliss at several beautiful weddings. She's always cheerful, professional, and a delight to work with. She's good at communicating with vendors, which makes everyone work well together. As a result, we're free to do our job of photographing love stories to our heart's content.
Nora is one of the easiest, and kindest persons I have had the opportunity to work with. One of her greatest qualities is the ability to listen. I would highly recommend her as a great vendor choice. Her work will make your day extra special, flow, and as stress free as any wedding could be.
Nora at Bridal Bliss is a wonderful wedding planner. She takes great strides in making sure that every detail is planned and prepared for. One facet that Nora does with each of her clients is listen to what they want and then expand on that to make it better than you could imagine. She spends quality time with her client to help create a day that will be treasured for many years to come. Nora is a treasure to work with; for her vendors and her clients!
Bridal Bliss has gained a strong reputation in the wedding industry as innovative coordinators, willing to go the extra mile to ensure that every event is as unique and exceptional as the clients we work with. Our passion for weddings, undivided attention for clients, and creative spirit set Bridal Bliss apart. We bring a fresh perspective to event design, and work with client’s budgets to create extraordinary events with contemporary style and elegance.
Bridal Bliss specializes in creating beautiful and unique weddings with personalized details. We provide a multitude of services ranging from Hourly Consultations to Day-of-Facilitation to Full Service Event Coordination and everything in between. Your coordinator will collaborate with you to produce an unforgettable event that will be tailored to you and your fiancé. From finding the perfect location to your last dance, we will be with you every step of the way.
During a no-cost initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to look through portfolios, learn more about our services and ask questions in the comfort of Bridal Bliss’s Lake Oswego office. Once we determine what services are needed through this consultation, a proposal will be created customized especially to your needs. Please contact us to schedule your consultation.
I have always been smitten with weddings – for as long as I can remember. I got my first taste for the industry by working at local floral, catering and design businesses during high school and college and loved it. Friends and family started asking me to help plan their events and my knowledge and passion for the industry grew. While attending Gonzaga University I realized my dream job as a wedding planner was within reach. During my senior year I entered a business plan competition and won! The award for first place provided me with the resources to start Bridal Bliss right out of college. Nine years later, here I am!
How is your work different than other planners’?
My job is never the same and sometimes evolves from wedding planner to therapist to good friend. My goal is to alleviate the inevitable stress that comes with planning a wedding so my bride can have fun and enjoy every minute of her wedding, from planning to the big day. That is what makes my job so fulfilling. I take the time to get to know my brides well and take a personal interest in making sure their dream wedding comes true.
How should a couple prepare for a meeting with you?
At my initial consultation I not only like to hear about a couples vision for their special day, but I tend to ask a lot of questions in order to truly understand my clients tastes and priorities. It is really just a time to chat and get to know each other. Couples will often look through photos from past weddings, and learn about the different services available when they work with Bridal Bliss. If a couple has cut out any photos, or researched some vendors, bringing all ideas to the table is always helpful. If they do not have any ideas and are just overwhelmed with planning that I ok too!
Anything else you would like to convey?
Brides need to understand that wedding planners are not only for the rich and famous. I often save my clients more money through vendor negotiations and discounts than they pay for my coordination services. The deals I’m able to negotiate with my industry connections can save thousands of dollars – and before you know it, the decision to hire a planner has paid for itself. No matter what the budget, no bride should have to worry about the background details on her wedding day. I have talked to so many people that when asked what they would have done different for their wedding, say, “I wish I hired a wedding planner”. When I hear that I just wish there was a way I could have made the experience better for them.
What advice do you have for a couple on a budget?
The easiest way to cut down on costs is to limit the number of guests you invite. This will give you a little more flexibility with your budget to spend in areas you may have thought you couldn’t. Also, save money by splurging in the areas that are most noticeable rather than smaller details that can easily be overlooked.
What do you suggest if money is no object?
When I work with clients that have unlimited budgets, we go a little crazy on the details and making sure guests feel welcome and involved. Some fun and extravagant ideas have included lavish welcome bags for out-of-towners and pre-parties to put guests at ease, get them excited for the main event and introduce more of the guests to one another – it helps to build the event’s sense of community. On the wedding day itself, I recommend focusing on beautiful wedding stationary, amazing service, personal touches, and incorporating little surprises like an unanticipated performance to keep guests on their toes. The unexpected details are what can make a wedding shift from ordinary to extraordinary.
What are three simple things that people can do to add instant impact to their event?
Three relatively inexpensive and easy ways to transform a room are bringing in beautiful chairs, utilizing gorgeous linens, and investing in up-lighting.