If you're anything like me, you prefer to hire people that come highly recommended from folks who have worked with them before. I've compiled a list of fellow vendors so you can feel confident in hiring businesses that are reliable and top-notch.
Shannon Joy is a llama mama, through and through. You can have festive llamas at your wedding (therapy animals by day, party animals by night!) or even have your wedding at their property!
Portland Goat Parties
You can rent goats to be an activity for your celebration, or have them be the ring bearers!
Small & Mighty Event Rentals Plus
Carbon Footprint Calculator
Wedding Footprint Calculator (Less Stuff, More Meaning)
The Pretty Pear Bride
If you're a plus size bride, the Pretty Pear is amazing. They focus on body positivity, and have many wedding planning resources on their site as well.
This store opened in Northwest Portland in 2022 and offers a wide range of formal gowns. A good place to find something not “traditionally” bridal.
Suits / Non-Dresses
This is an Oregon-based and BIPOC mom-owned business that makes compostable palm leaf plates. Super nice plates!
Chas does excellent work and is also a terrific communicator before and on a wedding day. I highly recommend Wildflower Portland.
Flower Pressing & Preservation
Food & Drinks
Mobile bar out of a converted horse trailer. Myrhiah is a hospitality and bartending queen.
They also offer full service for serving and bussing meals, parking, and more.
Cigars with Melissa
Chef Sugar is an amazing pastry chef! I've tasted some of her cupcakes, and they were fantastic. She also creates airbrush cookies, perfect for wedding party invitation boxes and wedding favors!
Sweetheart St. Johns
The Barreled Bee
Amazing for gifts and small bites.
Really delicious across a variety of genres.
Rockin’ Kitchen BBQ
The Vegan Caterer
Gifts & Favors
Bumble Bath Soaps
These are the most fabulous smelling products, made locally in Portland. These self-care skin products make great gifts!
If you're looking for ring holders, gifts, or decor that's spooky, glittery, or just non-traditional, this shop creates beautiful resin pieces.
Vance Family Soy Candles
With Love, From PDX
Stickers are *in* nowadays, and they're fun commemorative gifts!
Hair & Makeup Artists
Karina is experienced in all skin tones and hair types. She offers a wide range of looks, from natural to full glam. She's friendly and inclusive.
Illustrations & Live Paintings
Kesryth Portrait Paintings
Invitations & Paper Goods
Jess the Ripper
Jess is a fellow Altared member. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Jess creates a welcoming space where everyone feels included while listening and dancing to some killer beats.
I've worked with DJ Switch at the PDXpelliarmus Yule Ball in 2023. He had an amazing selection of whimsical and nerdy music that kept everyone dancing the entire party!
DJ Dream Prashant
Amazing Bollywood dance music that will get EVERYONE on the dancefloor. I've worked with Prashant for a large (200+ person) reception, and the dancefloor was so packed that guests danced around chairs and tables. He even does a quick Bollywood dance lesson!
Officiants & Vows
Rooted & Wild
Emily goes the extra mile for her clients. She also offers a $49 video to help first-time officiants learn the basics and she hosts vow writing workshops, which are a great way to jumpstart any planning for your ceremony (my husband and I used one ourselves!).
Your Pastor Dude
If you want a kind, welcoming pastor, David is wonderful. He rocks a cowboy hat, cracks great jokes, and officiates beautiful ceremonies! He is queer-friendly and very respectful.
PDX Dancing Witches
The PDX Dancing Witches are a group of mystical and magical performers inclusive of all genders and abilities. If you're having a spooky, magical, or whimsical wedding, this group would be perfect!
Pet Attendant Services
Tails & Vows
I've worked with Lindsay several times, and each time, she's been wonderful. I've also photographed weddings and sessions where there is a pet without a pet attendant, so I have plenty of comparison. Without fail, having Lindsay from Tails and Vows on site to help with pet coordination and care makes photos and the event itself run super smoothly.
Double A Weddings
Andy is a fellow queer wedding vendor, and a pleasure to work with. She's full of energy, professional, and on her game.
Your Perfect Bridesmaid
YPB has a team of planners that work across the PNW. I've worked with them for 2 weddings, and their staff has been amazing each time.
Flash Photo Booth
White Tower Photo Booth
Flash Photo Booth
Registries & Websites
Lily & Cane
They have a unique style that's really non-traditional. You can rent comfy couches for your guest seating with a contemporary-vintage feel.
Power of Love Rentals
They have everything - arbors, lawn games, lanterns, props, decor, and so much more.
Setting the Table
Rings & Jewelry
Fiina (from the team of Betsy & Iya)
You can shop from inventory, order custom designs, or make your own bands!
The WaitStaff Team
The WaitStaff team is a food and beverage staffing company focused on specialized event services. They're great to facilitate beverage or food services if they're not provided by your caterer or venue.
Katie is a talented artist with a knack of catching special moments and creating beautiful films out of them.
Kendra Strahm Photography
Kendra is an amazing human. She's easy to work with and extremely creative.