I have always loved bringing people together to celebrate and make life long memories. After college, I got into corporate event planning and made the transition into wedding planning about 5 years later. I made the transition because I wanted to take my love for events and put it to use serving people, and making their life better in some way.
I started Your Perfect Bridesmaid in 2008, smack in the middle of the horrible recession. I was seeing couples struggle and I was seeing how stressful navigating the wedding planning process was on them. I just knew there had to be a better way to plan a wedding, so I launched YPB in hopes of helping couples by creating that "better way". Fast forward to today. I have spent the past 11 years pouring my heart and soul into our clients and their wedding day, and I am so thankful to still be here, doing what I love every day.
At YPB, we are driven by our beliefs. They are the backbone of our company and they guide us in how we do things. We feel it is these beliefs that stand us apart.
We believe every couple - regardless of budget - deserves the peace of mind that comes with having an experienced team of professionals by their side. We work hard to keep our services accessible to couples.
We believe the planning process, as well as the wedding day, should be fun and enjoyable. Our goal is that all of our couples feel relaxed and calm from “Yes!” to “I do!” knowing that they have an extraordinary team of planners and coordinators behind them every step of the way! Wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful. In fact, it can (and should) be exciting and fun! Our goal is to give our clients an incredible planning experience and to make this entire process as enjoyable as possible.
We believe every wedding should be personalized and unforgetable.Our goal is to incorporate as much of your personality and personal style into your wedding day as possible so that your wedding feels like a beautiful representation of who you both are as a couple, rather than just a pretty “cookie-cutter” wedding.
We believe that having an amazing team is one of the keys to a successful event. We have spent the past decade developing close relationships with some of the best wedding vendors in the Portland area. With our "little pink book", we provide our clients a customized list of vendor recommendations based on their unique needs, style and budget.
We believe in transparency. We know wedding planning can be confusing enough that you don't want to any vagueness
We've got your back! We put a lot of heart and love into our clients' weddings. You become a member of our family and we fight very hard to deliver the absolute best for you. We wear many hats thru the wedding process. We are your cheerleader, your idea generator, your team captain, your etiquette adviser, family mediator, stationery proofreader, your nerve calmer, your sanity checker your go-to listener and re-assurer. We’ll support you and advocate for you as we guide you thru the entire planning process. We will also manage the wedding day from set up to tear down to ensure every detail is just as you envisioned!
We had the BEST experience working with the YPB team. We had to postpone our original wedding date due to COVID, and the YPB team were excellent in helping us make that transition. They also had very useful resources on their website and social media to keep us updated on regulations and alternative routes to making a COVID wedding happen. We live in another state, so YPB was the perfect choice for making our destination wedding dreams come true. Now let’s get to the best part…our lead planner Emily was BEYOND AMAZING. She is very knowledgeable, an excellent communicator, and just great at what she does. She made us feel assured about our plans, had several meetings with us to make sure everything will go smoothly, and had great recommendations for vendors and decorations. Even though COVID restrictions had us worried 2 weeks before the wedding, Emily made us feel very calm and had plans B and C to accommodate. She went above and beyond on our wedding day to make sure everything was perfect, even executed our emergency rain plan beautifully. Emily’s energy and attitude was so refreshing to work with on the most important day of our lives. We cannot thank Emily enough for everything she did for us, before and during the wedding. We HIGHLY recommend Emily and the YBP team for all your wedding planning needs. We are so grateful!
We were lucky enough to have Katelyn as my wedding planner through YPB. Katelyn was my saving grace through the wedding planning process- from planning our original wedding, postponing because of covid, starting planning over again, managing the constantly changing covid protocols, responding to my many emails and texts, handling any vendor issues, and so much more… Katelyn was amazing. Now that I’ve bragged about how awesome she was during the wedding planning process…. It’s time to talk about the day of and the round of applause she deserves. Katelyn and her team showed up, got to work, and made all of my Pinterest wedding dreams come true. She also fixed numerous bridesmaids dresses that managed to break throughout the day. THEN our wedding cake and desserts didn’t get delivered and she found a bakery and got us cupcakes and other desserts- all in a moments notice! While I’m sure many other things went wrong- I truly have no idea because she handled everything so perfectly!!! Katelyn, our wedding day was absolutely perfect because of all of your hard work and we are forever grateful to have had you as our wedding planner. We could not have had a better day or better experience working with you! I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it again- hiring a wedding planner was the best thing we did. Thank you to everyone at your perfect bridesmaid- you are all outstanding!!!
When I first researched YPB, I wasn't sure if the cost of a coordinator was worth it. I feel like I'm a very organized person and have planned events in the past so a coordinator didn't feel necessary. I have never been happier to be wrong. I decided to go forward with YPB and the benefits were endless. Katelyn helped us find an incredible DJ (one who didn't come up in any of my google searches but was an incredible price with loads of experience!!!), helped with last minute details that I hadn't thought of, made sure extra food was sent home with us at the end of the night (hello to not cooking for a week afterwards!!!), stayed on top of the ever changing COVID restrictions, and ultimately became a friend in the process. Kim, the owner, also reached out to me personally to see how it was going. Their commitment to detail and dedication to our day was incredible. I went into the wedding week so incredibly relaxed and assured that everything would go smoothly. Even though I know Katelyn had other weddings on her plate, it seemed like all she did was eat, sleep, and breathe our special day. If your initial reaction to getting a wedding planner is on the fence like mine was, take the plunge and work with YPB.
Erika was the main coordinator for our wedding and she was great! I am still in awe that we pulled off my dream wedding despite COVID and Washington state restrictions. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day! I felt so relaxed and the timeline went so smoothly! Having Erika and the YPB team there made me feel at ease and comfortable throughout the day. Even during the planning stages of our wedding, Erika and Kim were very responsive and providing ideas and recommendations. We weren’t able to have a formal reception due to COVID restrictions so instead we rented an AirBnB to have dinner and the way the YPB team set it up was just perfect with such attention to detail. I highly recommend them!
The YPB team is absolutely AMAZING! I can't recommend them enough. From the start they were extremely responsive, helpful and just all around fun to work with. Planning a wedding can be stressful and overwhelming, but every time I spoke with our coordinator Kim, I instantly felt at ease and knew everything was going to be perfect (and it was!). She not only made our dream wedding happen, she made sure we enjoyed ourselves every step of the way. The YPB team really cares about their clients and wants to give them the best experience possible, and as stress free as possible. It genuinely felt like having a best friend with us every step of the way. I love Kim and the YPB team, and will be forever grateful for everything they did for us. 11/10 would recommend.
I hired Katelyn from YPB because my sister recommended the company after she got married. I knew I was going to want help on the day of - but little did I know how much I absolutely needed it. Everyone thinks of the necessities of a wedding - floral, photography, DJ, seating chart, etc - but a must on that list is a wedding planner. Throughout the entire year of planning Katelyn was always a text or email away to ease any worries away. She was calm, understanding, and knows the business so well that it made such a foreign process to me actually fun.
My wedding was in the middle of December - meaning it was the end of a crazy busy season for Katelyn, and right in the middle of the holidays. She did not waiver once. To give context, my wedding party consisted of 10 people on each side and we had a total of 155 guests. My husband and I are both known to have fun and this wedding was not an exception. It was a party, which for most started far before the ceremony. The chaos turned up real quick, but instead of me having to stress about anything Katelyn stepped in and got everything under control. At one point I went to the back room to touch up my makeup and the poor girl was sitting back there with her assistant Sam and both were sweating bullets while trying to rehydrate to get back into the crazy. They were relentless and so incredibly hard working.
I was truly on cloud nine. I made it my mission to be able to say hi to each guest that came in and dance with everyone, she made it her mission to always keep my wine glass full, make sure I ate, make sure I never heard of any of the drama, and make sure the timeline stuck on track. She is a God send.
In summary, no matter what your budget is, make sure you delegate some of it for a wedding planner from Your Perfect Bridesmaid. You will not regret it.