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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Acupuncture

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Kendra Dale, LAc. (Licensed Acupuncturist)

 

Acupuncture Needles are Really Small

People who haven’t tried acupuncture might recall memories of childhood injections and hesitate to try a therapy that involves getting poked with needles. However, the average size of an acupuncture needle is .25 mm which is 20 times smaller than the average hypodermic needle used for injections. That is just over twice the size of a human hair. Depending on where the needles are inserted, it’s often a painless procedure. There can be unusual sensations as the body’s bio-electric energy or qi is being mobilized; however, they don’t last long and aren’t painful. For very sensitive people, the tiniest needles of just .18 mm can be used, and acupuncture needles don’t have to be inserted deeply to be effective.

Acupuncture Treats More Than Just Pain

Acupuncture is gaining wider acceptance as an effective treatment for pain of all kinds, and many people know about this. But did you know that acupuncture can treat a lot more than low back pain? Acupuncture can treat many different types of problems; there isn’t space to list them all. A few common conditions are early stage colds, seasonal allergies and hay fever, nausea, anxiety and depression, infertility, and many neurological disorders.

One key area acupuncture can make a huge difference is with a stroke patient. If a patient can be treated with acupuncture within the first three weeks of a stroke occurring, there can be a considerable improvement. After 3-4 weeks, acupuncture is still effective, but recovery is slower. The documentary 9,000 Needles tells the story of a competitive bodybuilder who recovered from a stroke using acupuncture.

Some acupuncturists focus on treating vision issues, emotional health, or PTSD. An acupuncturist I am currently studying with treats patients with Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis and cerebellar atrophy among many other conditions.

Your Acupuncturist Doesn’t Just Do Acupuncture

Most licensed acupuncturists (LAc.) have gone through at least four years of post-graduate training before they get their licenses. These days, some are studying for 5 years and are graduating with doctorates in Oriental or East Asian Medicine. During that time, in addition to acupuncture, they likely studied traditional herbology, tuina, or Chinese medical massage, cupping, guasha scraping, moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), nutritional counseling and exercise (Taiji and qigong) to help patients find health and balance. Acupuncture is just one modality under the umbrella or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), also referred to East Asian Medicine (EAM).

In China, the most commonly sought out traditional therapy is herbal medicine. These customized herbal formulas treat everything from colds to cancer. When I was living in Guangzhou China during the SARS outbreak, the teaching hospital of the TCM university where I was studying, successfully treated all their admitted cases of SARS. Not one of the patients treated with herbal formulas died, in contrast with the many deaths that occurred with standard medical treatment.

Herbal medicine has some practical limitations in the US due to lack of familiarity with herbal medicine and cost. However, if you are someone doesn’t feel well, and standard medicine cannot find anything wrong or simply doesn’t have a treatment, look into Chinese herbal medicine for a more personalized approach.

There are a lot of Different Styles of Acupuncture.

The traditional style of medicine practiced throughout East Asia started developing in China over 5,000 years ago. Just over 2,000 years ago the standard original medical text, called the Yellow Emperors Classic, (which many including myself still read today), was well established and spread to countries like Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Over time, acupuncture developed, and different countries started having their own styles. Within China, medical knowledge was often passed down through families, and families developed their own styles as well.

Your acupuncturist may have decided to focus on any number of styles that are still being taught today. Japanese style acupuncture is known for being very gentle and be better for the very sensitive. TCM style acupuncture tends to focus on using points on the traditional acupuncture channels and can have a stronger stimulation. Newer systems of acupuncture focus on the use of the ear or the scalp for treatment and work well for anxiety and neurological conditions. Tung style acupuncture is a popular style that falls under the family lineage category and is known for immediate pain relief. And there are many more.

The point is that the field of acupuncture is very broad, and each style has its own techniques. If you’ve tried acupuncture once and it didn’t work for you, it may have had to do with the practitioner’s individual style and experience. Try a different style, and you may get the results you are hoping for.

Acupuncture Research is Growing

Though very ancient, acupuncture is a relatively new field in the US, with the first acupuncturists appearing in the late ’70s. In the ’80s and ’90s, there was very little research on acupuncture. Because mainstream medicine didn’t understand it, acupuncture was often dismissed as superstitious. However, for the last 15-20 years, research has been pouring out of China on all aspects of Chinese medicine including acupuncture, and there is growing amount research from the US and Europe giving evidence for its effectiveness.

Just in Portland, OHSU and Providence are using acupuncture as part of their cancer treatments, and acupuncture is becoming more established in California hospitals as well. As the US is moving through the opioid crisis, more and more doctors are suggesting acupuncture as an alternative to pain killers.

For those who are a little more skeptical and need evidence before they are willing to try something as unfamiliar as acupuncture, there are resources that can direct you to the research on acupuncture. Check out the Acupuncture Now Foundation and the Society for Acupuncture Research for information on acupuncture research.

 

For more info on this topic contact Kendra Dale, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner at Heartwood Healing Center.  Website http://kendradale.com | Phone 503-388-6583 | 29781 SW Town Center Loop West, Suite 800 Wilsonville, OR 97070 |

 

Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update….

The Wilsonville Chamber advocates for business-friendly legislation at the local and state levels of government. We monitor public policy issues, so you can focus on your business, not government regulation.

The WACC Legislative Blog Report was created to serve as an important, bipartisan resource during the current Legislative Session. The Chamber’s goal is to report to our members with timely information to enable you to be well-informed and effectively involved in the legislative process.

2019 Legislative Report – Week 8

This is the week that Senate President Peter Courtney is slated to return to the legislature from his 10-day ‘medical leave.’ Many have speculated that President Courtney will take the opportunity to step away from leadership and the legislature, but we have no reason to believe this is the case. We expect him to return.

We continue to be amazed that every major revenue-raising proposal is still on the front-burner so far this session. There continues to be a full court press by legislative leadership to pass a major business tax increase and a carbon pricing bill (cap and trade) and a paid family leave system, and another round of Medicaid taxes. The cumulative tax impact of all of these measures could easily approach $5 billion per bennium!

Finally, the flood of new 2019 legislation has ended. New bills are now coming out in a trickle. As of this today, about 2,500 pieces of legislation have been introduced for the 2019 legislative session. This represents approximately 90% – 95% of all the legislation we expect to see in 2019.

From this point forward, every legislator has five (5) priority bills that they can introduce. This means we could potentially see another 450 bills introduced, but it is more likely that we’ll see just a fraction of that amount.

The next few weeks will be intense due to looming deadlines. Bills need to be posted for committee votes by the end of Friday, March 29th in order to receive further consideration. By Tuesday, April 9th, all bills need to be voted out of their original committee in order to survive.

Activity on Major Issues

  • Cap & Trade. (HB 2020) On Monday, the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction heard from the Oregon Department of Forestry about sequestration on Oregon forestland. The report explained that Oregon forests sequester half of all carbon that we emit annually (31 million metric tons of carbon). The presentation was eye-opening, particularly since Oregon’s carbon reduction goals that were set in the early 2000s were developed without acknowledgment of the sequestration potential from Oregon’s farms, forestlands, or even urban tree stands. In light of this new information, the state is already well-on-its-way to meeting the carbon reduction goals established by the bill. The Joint Committee is still working on amendments to HB 2020, which should be available at the end of the week.

We are expecting to brand new amendments, and perhaps a total re-write of the bill, to be unveiled this week. We are not anticipating major improvements to the bill, but because the amendments are being closely guarded, we really have no idea what the new amendments will include. There are currently not enough votes to pass this bill, but we believe a bill will pass. It will likely undergo numerous re-writes over the next few months to accommodate concerns from OSCC and others who represent businesses that will be impacted.

  • Kicker. (HB 2975) OSCC missed this bill, as did every other business group, but House Republicans found out at the 11th hour that HB 2975 included an accounting change that reduced the upcoming kicker by over $100 million by transferring this money into the next biennium. HB 2975 has the effect of adding an additional $100 million of revenue into the 2019-21 budget by taking it out of the $748 million personal income kicker due to taxpayers next year.
  • Corporate Tax Increases. We still believe the committee is leaning toward selecting a Commercial Activity Tax, which is a pure gross receipts tax, as the basis for implementing a new business tax. The debate here is how much the legislature wants to raise. House Democratic leadership wants to raise business taxes by $3.4 billion per biennium. Senate Democratic leadership wants to raise business taxes by $2 billion. We want all chambers and businesses to understand that the Commercial Activity Tax is being discussed ‘in addition to’ current business income taxes, not ‘in lieu of.’
  • Age Discrimination. (HB 2818) On Wednesday, House Business & Labor Committee held a hearing on HB 2818, which makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to seek the age of an applicant or to include certain words or phrases in recruitment that suggest age preference. The most problematic part of HB 2818 is the penalty structure. Under this bill, a court may award liquidated damages equal to twice the economic compensatory damages awarded or $25,000, whichever is greater. OSCC has joined a coalition business group to oppose HB 2818.

Other Key Issues Coming up This Week

  • Lawsuit Damages. (HB 2014) We were very surprised to see this bill posted for a committee vote on Monday afternoon in House Judiciary. OSCC testified alongside local physicians and health care providers against HB 2014 in testimony that far outweighed the trial lawyer proponents. HB 2014 would repeal Oregon’s legal limit of $500,000 on non-economic damages in personal injury and negligence lawsuit claims. OSCC, health care groups, and business organizations are opposing this legislation because it is a significant factor in driving up health care costs and general liability costs for employers.
  • Lodging Taxes. (SB 595) We continue to be amazed at the movement of SB 595, which allows local government to use 30% of all new local lodging taxes to fund “affordable, workforce housing.” It passed the Senate Housing Committee two weeks ago and now gets consideration in the Senate Finance & Revenue Committee this week.
  • OregonSaves. (SB 164) OSCC has been working with the Treasury on an amendment to SB 164, which is scheduled to pass out of committee next week. As a reminder, SB 164 would assess civil penalties to businesses that fail to comply with the Oregon Retirement Savings Program requirements. OSCC joined other employer groups in supporting the -3 amendment to SB 164:
  1. Gives all businesses, regardless of size, two years to get into compliance;
  2. Caps civil penalties, so businesses are not on the hook for unknown costs; and
  3. Ensures that training and education are the first steps toward compliance.
  • 2% Kicker. (SJR 23) The Senate Finance & Revenue Committee will be considering the referral of a ballot measure that would put all 2% personal kicker monies into an account to fund education.

ACTION ALERT

  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for HB 2498 (Independent Contractors) for the House of Representatives. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT RESPONSES. OSCC is literally changing the outcome on this legislation! Let’s continue to pour it on! To date, OSCC has generated 201 letters to legislators on this bill.
  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for HB 2020 (Cap & Trade) for all legislators. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP WITH YOUR MESSAGE. To date, OSCC has generated 208 letters to legislators on this bill. Our goal is 1,000.

Save the Date for Family Leave Hearing!

On Monday, March 25 at 6 pm, the House Business & Labor Committee and Senate Workforce Committee plan to host a joint public hearing on paid family & medical leave bills that would SIGNIFICANTLY alter Oregon’s business climate.  We need local Chambers to show up that evening to speak out about the impact of this extreme legislation!  An action alert will follow later this week.

What do the bills do?

HB 3031 (requires 3/5 vote)

  • Applies to employers with 1+ employees
  • Mandates 32 weeks of paid and protected family and medical leave each year
  • Establishes new payroll tax of up to 1%:

o             0.5% paid by employers

o             0.5% paid by employees

o             Creates a state-run family insurance program

o             Doesn’t allow employers to provide substantially similar plans/ currently existing plans

HB 3140 / SB 947 (don’t require 3/5 vote)

  • Expands OFLA eligibility to 1+ employees
  • Expands family member definition
  • Mandates 24 weeks of paid and protected leave AND an additional 24 weeks of unpaid family and medical leave each year
  • Requires 100% of employee wages to be paid 100% by employers while an employee is on leave

2019 Legislative Report – Week 7

First off, Senate President Peter Courtney takes a 10-day ‘medical leave’ to deal with the stress of the session and its impact on his Grave’s Disease. There is wide speculation that he may not return. We aren’t able to separate fact from fiction at this point, so our assumption is that he will return. If he does not return, the trajectory of the session and the Democrats’ ability to pass major progressive legislative priorities is certainly imperiled.

The second major event of the week was the release of the Ways & Means Co-Chairs’ 2019-21 budget blueprint. The budget proposal only left K-12 and Medicaid harmless. All other state programs, including early education, higher education, and CTE were cut short of ‘current service levels.’ The hue and cry that ensued, primarily from the government employee unions and higher education advocates, added more fuel and momentum for additional business taxes.

Finally, we have grown increasingly concerned that SAIF Corporation will indeed be targeted for a raid of its workers’ compensation claims reserves to buy down PERS rates for K-12. We have reached this conclusion as it has become clear that any increase in business taxes will be absorbed almost totally by increased PERS costs within two short years. This would make it much less likely that business and/or voters would approve of any additional taxes.

We are getting the distinct impression that Democratic leadership will try and force a choice to buy down PERS rates: either suspend the $748 million personal ‘kicker’ and divert it to paying down PERS rates for K-12 schools or face the prospect of taking a similar amount out of SAIF’s reserves.

Activity on Major Issues

Cap & Trade. (HB 2020) We are expecting brand new amendments, and perhaps a total re-write of the bill, to be unveiled the week of March 18th. We are not anticipating major improvements to the bill, but because the amendments are being closely guarded, we are unsure of what the new amendments will include.

Independent Contractors. (HB 2498) OSCC was very successful in getting quick grassroots feedback into the House Rules Committee in opposition to HB 2498. As a quick reminder, HB 2498 would have turned Oregon’s independent contracting laws upside down, jeopardizing thousands of jobs. OSCC joined several other business organizations to testify last Monday. We were joined by Keizer Chamber’s Dan Kohler, who spoke about the detrimental impacts to insurance, funeral home, and salon contractors. The Committee is weighing options as it considers a different path forward. Thank you to Bend Chamber and all who weighed in!

Corporate Tax Increases. It is becoming clearer that the Revenue Subcommittee of the Joint Student Success Committee is starting to hone in on a new Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) as the basis for adding new revenue to the state’s K-12 system. There is an outside chance the committee may support a Business Activity Tax (which allows deductions for capital expenditures), but early indications are that Democratic leadership is favoring the CAT, which in its current modeling, would be a straight 0.48% tax against a company’s topline sales. This would be in addition to Oregon’s corporate income tax. The subcommittee is clearly trying to raise a net $1 billion extra per year from Oregon companies.

Lawsuit Damages. (HB 2014) OSCC testified alongside local physicians and health care providers against HB 2014 in the House Committee on Judiciary. HB 2014 would repeal Oregon’s legal limit of $500,000 on non-economic damages in personal injury and negligence lawsuit claims. OSCC, health care groups, and business organizations are opposing this legislation because it is a significant factor in driving up health care costs and general liability costs for employers.

Other Key Issues Coming up This Week

  • Employment contracts. (HB 2489) OSCC is closely watching HB 2489, which would substantially shift the relationship between employers and employees in Oregon. The bill eliminates an employer’s ability to enforce agreements if they aren’t written and disallows employment contracts of longer than two years. A preliminary hearing is scheduled this week in House Business and Labor.
  • OregonSaves penalties. (SB 164) This bill is tentatively scheduled for a work session on Thursday. SB 164 would add penalties to the Oregon Retirement Savings Program, which passed in 2015. OSCC worked with the Treasury and other business stakeholders to address our concerns with the initial bill, and these changes will be reflected in a -3 amendment.
  • Age discrimination. (HB 2818) The House Committee on Business and Labor is planning to host a hearing on HB 2818 on Wednesday. This bill makes it clear that employers may not screen job applicants based on age and adds new and substantial penalties to violation of age discrimination laws.

ACTION ALERTS

  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for HB 2498 (Independent Contractors) for the House of Representatives.
  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for HB 2020 (Cap & Trade) for all legislators.
  • PLEASE RESPOND ASAP WITH YOUR MESSAGE. To date, OSCC has generated 202 letters to legislators on this bill. Our goal is 1,000.

2019 Oregon State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report – Week 6

Activity on Major Issues

Cap & Trade hearings provided a dose of reality.  Hearings in the past week in Newport, Baker City, The Dalles, and Bend provided lawmakers with the stark reality that not all Oregonians are clamoring to pay more for their gasoline, natural gas or electricity to put only a very minuscule dent in Oregon’s greenhouse gas reductions. In what was expected to be a showcase for the organizing strength of the environmental activists, something else happened….regular working Oregonians showed up and voiced their displeasure with HB 2020 and its associated costs.

Medicaid taxes passed. Final passage of the first major Medicaid funding bill, HB 2010, happened this past week. The bill raised over $500 million and will go a long way to closing the state’s $623 million budget gap. OSCC issued a floor letter on HB 2010. Our intention was to make sure that legislators understood that HB 2010 will raise over $291 million per biennium from local businesses. It was the first major business cost increase from the 2019 session.

Rent control passed. The statewide rent control bill, SB 608, also passed the House and became law as Governor Brown quickly signed the bill. It is the first statewide rent control bill in the nation and limits annual rent increases to 7% plus CPI on buildings over 15 years old.

OSCC opposed HB 3022 which overturns Oregon’s landmark workers’ compensation reforms. OSCC testified against HB 3022 last week, a bill that would have reversed many key, cost-saving provisions in Oregon’s workers’ compensation system. Before 1990, Oregon had the highest frequency of workplace injury claims, third highest medical costs, and the sixth highest premium costs. Today, we have some of the lowest rates in the country and safety programs that help reduce workplace injuries. Oregon’s workers’ compensation insurance system is one of the last remaining competitive advantages for Oregon companies and OSCC will vigilantly safeguard the system from being compromised.

Oregon revenue forecast added another $67 million to state coffers for the upcoming 2019-21 budget cycle. The state is experiencing a rush of short-term revenue that will slightly ease the budget crunch for the upcoming budget cycle. The “kicker” rebate projection was also increased to a whopping $748 million.

Other Key Issues Coming up This Week

Independent Contractors. (HB 2498) On Monday afternoon, the House Rules Committee will consider importing California’s troubled Dynamex decision. In April 2018, the California Supreme Court determined that independent contractors must meet a new strict “ABC” test in order to maintain their status. That decision impacted 2 million independent contractors in California, making them employees! Now Oregon is looking to follow suit. HB 2498 would add a new test to Oregon’s independent contractors: “Do you provide a service different from the business you are working for?” If the answer is “no,” HB 2498 would reclassify you as an employee of the business. Implications are broad-doctors, hairstylists, insurance agents, realtors, and many others will be impacted if HB 2498 passes.

Lawsuit Damages. (HB 2014) This bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary this Tuesday. HB 2014 would repeal Oregon’s legal limit of $500,000 on non-economic damages in personal injury and negligence lawsuit claims. OSCC, health care groups, and business organizations have traditionally opposed this legislation because it is a significant factor in driving up health care costs and general liability costs for employers.

Transient Lodging Taxes for workforce housing. (SB 595) This may clear its first hurdle this week in the Senate Housing Committee. SB 595 would allow local governments to use previously dedicated TLT funds and apply them to local workforce housing development. Currently, 70% of these revenues are statutorily dedicated to tourism and tourism promotion. If the committee approves the bill, it will be forwarded to the Senate Finance & Revenue Committee.

OregonSaves penalties. (SB 164) This bill is scheduled for a work session on Thursday. SB 164 would add penalties to the Oregon Retirement Savings Program, which passed in 2015. OSCC worked with the Treasury and other business stakeholders to address our concerns with the initial bill, and these changes will be reflected in a -2 amendment.

ACTION ALERT

  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for HB 2498 (Independent Contractors) for the House Rules Committee.
  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for HB 2020 (Cap & Trade) for all legislators. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP WITH YOUR MESSAGE. To date, OSCC has generated 174 letters to legislators on this bill, well short of our goal of 1,000.
  • OSCC has issued an ACTION ALERT for SB 379 (Workplace Marijuana Accommodation) in the Senate. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP WITH YOUR MESSAGE TO SENATORS! (Senators only) To date, OSCC has generated 72 letters to Senators on this legislation, well short of our goal of 250.

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WACC 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Seeking Sponsors

Besides being part of an exclusive networking event and a premiere round of golf, this event is filled with great opportunities to promote your business. This is a tournament you won’t want to miss!

 

This year’s tournament will be held on June 19, 2019, at Langdon Farms Golf Club, one of Oregon’s premier award-winning golf courses. We are expecting over 100 business professionals for this fun day on the course that includes networking, golf, food, and drink.

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10 Essential Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Kindred Spirits Planning & Design

 

You’re Engaged!!  

Now is the time you start thinking about telling everyone and planning your perfect day! This process can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but no worries we are here to help! Here are our 10 Essential Wedding Planning Tips & Tricks to help make this time a bit easier and a lot more fun!

  1. Celebrate, enjoy the moment and tell your parents before posting on social media!! (Brought to you by a mother.)

Telling your friends and family is one of the most exciting tasks after becoming engaged. You’ll want to make it public, as soon as possible, that you are making this huge commitment with the love of your life! Celebrate this time and enjoy with your new fiancé (yes let that word sink in.)

When it comes to the announcement, you have so many options to choose from. We encourage you to decide together and do something that fits you as a couple, especially for social media! However, remember that there are people that are going to want to hear this amazing news in person (like your parents). Make sure to have your close family and friends in the loop before you put up that super adorable pic of you with your ring!

Fun ways to share the news:

Host a gathering. (Dinner or a little party.)

  • Have a reveal. (Tell them in a way that fits you as a couple uniquely.)
  • Tell them in private one on one.
  1. Pick a season, narrow it down to a date

You may think this is a weird way to start…” Why a season?” One of the first vendors that you will choose for your big day will be the venue. In most cases, venues book a year out and may only have a limited amount of dates for you to pick from. You want to be open to finding your dream venue and securing a date within a season that you love!

Factors to consider when choosing a season:

  • Weather
  • Flowers in season
  • Outdoor or Indoor
  • Seasons that you love together
  1. Decide on a budget

Budget is always a hard topic. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing your budget. The biggest factor to consider, by far, is the funding (who is paying for the wedding?) We suggest that you ask these hard questions first so that you have a realistic budget when you start planning. Whatever your budget is your wedding is going to be absolutely amazing!

Factors to consider when deciding upon a budget:

  • Who is paying for the wedding?
  • Will there be financial support for some portion of the wedding?
  • How much do you really want to spend?
  • How much can you comfortably afford?
  1. What type of wedding would you like to have?

Gone is the day of traditions, and we are not mad about it!! There are tons of ways to tie the knot now, and like everything else, this should perfectly fit your style.

Types of weddings

  • Elopements
  • Intimate Weddings
  • Traditional Weddings
  • Outdoor Wedding
  • Themed Wedding
  1. Pick a theme

This day is a reflection of you, your relationship and your personal style! Consider what story you would like to tell on your day and choose a theme. Themes could be something as simple as “rustic,” or you can have a more in-depth theme such as “Game of Thrones,” whatever it is, make sure it represents you!

Theme examples:

  • Greenery
  • Rustic
  • Glam
  • Shabby Chic
  • Bookworm
  • Harry Potter

The stars are the limit!!

  1. Choose your venue

Your venue is setting the stage for your entire day. You’ll want to look at venues that work within your budget, theme and season. We encourage you to look at multiple venues, in person, before choosing the right one for your big day!

Venues to think about:

  • Vineyards
  • Breweries
  • Parks
  • Urban
  • Barns
  1. Pick your perfect wedding team

Your wedding team (photographer, videographer, planner, florist, etc.) are crucial to making your day flow seamlessly. You want to ensure that each of your vendors has as much invested in your wedding day as you do, that you are not just a number. To do this, we recommend interviewing up to three in each category on the phone or in person and hiring the one that you click with!

Check out our highly preferred vendor list by clicking here.

  1. Find your “yes person” for the day of

Now this person may not always say yes. However, they should know your vision as well as you do. On the day of you want to be sipping mimosas and dreaming about walking down the aisle, not answering a billion questions. A yes person will be there to answer those questions for you so that you can enjoy.

Examples:

  • Mom(s)
  • Maid of Honor
  • Best Friend
  • Aunt(s)
  • Your planning partner!
  1. Set up takes longer than expected

Setting up wedding decor is no simple task, and you do not want to be caught off guard on the day of with things still left to do! Our team requires six hours to set ceremony and reception decor on the day of (anywhere from 2-10 people total.) A good rule of thumb is to plan for a bit of extra time on the day of for set up and to have someone else run the show. This is a great task for a family member that is wanting to help or your day of coordinator (since they are paid to help!)

  1. This day is about you two and only you!

This is the day you have been planning for, for probably most of your life. Your family has probably been planning for just as long and WILL have opinions, which is awesome. However, it is YOUR day. This day should be all about you as a couple, and you definitely should feel good making executive decisions based on that.  You’ve got this!!

Happy planning!   The Kindred Spirits Planning & Design Team

For more info on this topic contact Jess at  (971) 267-3638 | https://www.ksplanninganddesign.com