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Getting Married? Don’t forget the Save The Date!

It’s an exciting time to be engaged – from the proposal, to the big “yes!”, to getting the opportunity to pick a date with the love of your life. Often, the couple may forget that before actually sending out invitations, there are Save The Dates to be sent to the people they may want to share that special day with. Luckily, that’s where we can come in – with Save The Dates that match exactly to our invitations, a whole suite can be created directly with us.

There are so many Save The Date options to choose from, and each have their own special spin to it. From having personal photos of the couple during an engagement photo shoot or a personal photo they may want to share, to just having personalized coasters – we can do it all!

A few of our favorite ones are:


Our Save The Date coaster is an adorable alternative. This one featured is our ‘Sittin In A Tree‘ coaster.


Our Cherry Bloom Save The Date is perfect for weddings taking place in the Spring, or for those couples that want to incorporate a beautiful floral element.


For those that want a sophisticated and modern touch to their Save The Dates, this gorgeous Luxe Elegance Save The Date is perfect for it.

We’re more than happy to customize any Save The Date, and of course, are always open to creating the one of your dreams! If you would like to see more Save The Date options, feel free to click here.

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Our Most Popular Wedding Product of 2014…

A wedding truly isn’t a wedding without celebrating it with people that you love – and that love you back. Some of the best memories that a wedding can have aside from the love that the couple share, is the guests that get to share in that special moment with them.

Depending on where the wedding is held – whether it’s a local wedding, or a destination trip – brides and grooms often forget the Welcome bag. When guests are coming from out of town or you’re celebrating it far from home, the perfect way to kick off the wedding is with one of our signature out-of-town-guest bag sets. Available in both paper and canvas, the bag features some amazing details your guests will surely enjoy and most of all, will remember for a lifetime. With two great options to choose from, and six different themes, you’ll be able to show your guests your appreciation for their presence.

Our welcome bag in canvas is a beautiful way to spoil your wedding guests. Completely customizable to go with your wedding, the contents and high quality canvas bags will be perfect with some of your own favorite local items for your guests.




Our paper welcome bag is not only an economical, but will have the same contents as that in the canvas print welcome bag.

We have six styles to choose from, each fully customizable should you have any ideas of your own. Don’t be a stranger and shoot Janice an e-mail with anything you can think of, or visit our website to place your order for these gorgeous bags!

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Our Favorite Portland Wedding Locations


We love being based in Portland, Oregon. Depending on where we want to go, we’re only a car ride away from it – from snowboarding or skiing up at Mount Hood in the Winter, to doing some crabbing and fishing on the Oregon Coast, to going wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. Lucky for brides-to-be in Portland, they have a wide selection as to what venue to choose and where to have it – and that goes with invitations and every little detail.

As Portlanders, there are so many amazing Portland-only landmarks worth taking pictures at or even near when it comes to having some wedding photos done o n the big day. Here are our top ten favorites located in and around the Portland area, with all photos by our friend, Bryan Aulick, in no particular order:

1. Powell’s Books: 1005 W Burnside St.


We love this location because of its colorful array of books, along with different rooms of such amazing colors.

2. Voodoo Donuts: 22 SW 3rd Avenue (Downtown) and 1501 NE Davis St (NE). With not just one but TWO locations to choose from, you can get your wedding… and donuts, too!

3. The International Rose Test Garden: 400 SW Kingston Ave. The garden looks amazing during the summer months, and especially in the middle of the Summer/beginning of Fall, when all the roses are in full bloom.

4. Stumptown Coffee: 128 SW 3rd Ave, 1026 SW Stark St, 100 SE Salmon St, 4525 SE Division Street, 3356 SE Belmont Street


With five locations to choose from, it’s no wonder that Portland is known for our Stumptown coffee!

5. ‘Made In Oregon’ sign: Burnside bridge heading into Old Town. This historic sign has changed several times, but now has become an icon in Portland.

6. Cathedral Park: Located in St.John’s, N Edison Street and Pittsburg Avenue

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Cathedral Park is beautifully captured with not only an amazing view of the water and hills, but of St.John’s bridge.

7. Pittock Mansion: 3229 NW Pittock Dr. The views of Portland from this incredible mansion is breathtaking. No shot will be wasted when taking photos at this beautiful location.

8. Forest Park: 4099 NW Thurman Street

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Who would’ve known that just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Portland, you can get in touch with nature? This beautiful park boasts some great hiking paths and views.

9. Portland Japanese Garden in Washington Park. With an array of flowers, and according to their website, ‘the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan’, this garden will have you wanting to take some home for yourself!

10. Union Pine: 525 SE Pine Street


A versatile and beautiful space, Union Pine will definitely turn your wedding into a party all your guests will be talking about – not to mention their aesthetic is pleasing to the eyes.

As always, we’re more than happy to customize your invitations to your colors, and most importantly, your location. Click here to see how you can create the invitations and so much more for your big day. Unsure of where to begin? Shoot Janice an e-mail, and she’ll be more than happy to help you begin this exciting and fun design process!

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Introducing Our New BFF :: Janice Pimentel!

Janice_Pimentel_Details_Manager_Portland_Oregon_Wedding_InvitationsHello, lovelies and greetings from Portland, Oregon!

My name is Janice, and I’m the newest member of the Tie That Binds team! With my love for all things Stationery, and my previous background working with one in Canada, I’d like to believe that fate brought me here. Like Monica from Friends, I take joy in the smallest details which include organizing – and please, don’t get me started on my endless obsession with Post-It notes and notebooks! You’ll often find me with my little Shih Tzu, Gemma (she’s the one I’m holding in this photo!), taking strolls around Portland, flipping through the latest fashion magazine, ducking into a thrift shop looking for a new knick knack, or driving out to the Coast with my husband on sunny weekends.

During my time here and working with Tie That Binds, I’ll be the wedding detail coordinator. Think of me as the best friend in all things wedding details – from save the dates, invitations, and coordinating thank-you cards, to reception menus, signage, and favors. I’ll be more than happy to keep you organized, scheduled, and most importantly – on time for the big day!

On this lovely blog, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite wedding inspiration, giving amazing how-to’s, tips and tricks on wedding details, and some helpful and hopefully useful information. I’ll also be sharing what we’re doing in the studio to make you, and all our clients, happy.

If you have any suggestions on a blog topic, any of our products, or just want to say hello, feel free to give me a shout! I would love to hear everything and anything about your big day.

Till then!


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Top 5 Reception Details that Brides Forget…

If there is one thing we excel at here at Tie That Binds, it’s working under a tight deadline. In the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding many things can fall by the wayside and be forgotten until the last minute. Not to worry, we are here for you!
I’ve compiled a list of the most common things that we overnight in the coming wedding season. If you’re anything like me, you prefer to have everything lined up BEFORE the last moment…

It’s common for brides to plan their reception decor and completely overlook the fact that guests will still need direction. Where you have spent HOURS picturing and planning what will go where, who will do what, and when it will happen, the wedding day will come and your guests will be looking for the bathroom, sitting at tables you intended for family, and forgetting to sign the guestbook.
How we can help: We have a vast signage collection that can include your custom wording. Our most commonly requested signage includes:
“Reserved Seating” – Bridal Party, Family of the Groom, Family of the Bride
“Sign Our Guestbook”
“Please Enjoy a Favor on Us!”
“The Couple’s Signature Cocktail…”
We also suggest that you ask your venue’s event coordinator about the problems they have seen, and what has worked best in the past. Try to view your venue and wedding day with “fresh eyes” and anticipate what your guests will need.

Although it seems they will come together quickly, assembling mass amounts of guest gifts is no easy task. (Trust me.) I often see brides work late into the night the week before the wedding putting finishing touches on their favors. It’s a problem for a few reasons- 1. It cuts into much-needed beauty sleep, 2. It’s stressful and compromises the fun factor of planning your wedding day, and 3. Rushing and late nights usually mean lower quality and less-thoughtful gifts.
How we can help: We offer custom favor design – which means anything you can dream up, we want to create for you. Consider your love story and what sets you aside as a couple. Do you have a favorite sports team? Family recipe? Unique wedding destination? We want to help create a meaningful favor for your guests.
Of course if you waited too long and need a quick and thoughtful favor, reach out to us! We offer many favor tags and stickers that can be adhered to any item, making even the most last-minute favor thoughtful and classy.


This is a little unfair because the guest list fluctuates a lot between the RSVP date and the big day. No matter how reliable your guests may seem, many of them will need to change their response in the weeks before the wedding. If you’re doing a formal seating arrangement, this can add mayhem to a constantly changing spreadsheet.
How we can help: If you’re ordering place or escort cards with table numbers, let us know ahead of time. We can start on the design for both, and leave plenty of room for design adjustments and tweaks. When the design is completely perfect, send us your list of attending guests on the RSVP deadline.  We will fill in the table number and straggler guests quickly before the wedding day.


So easy yet so hard. Menus, whether they be large signage or at each place setting are a stunning and memorable detail for your wedding reception. However, caterers don’t typically need the final food decisions until 2-4 weeks before the wedding, which creates a perfect storm of procrastination for brides and grooms.
How we can help: In the same way as table numbers, ask us to start the design before you’ve settled on your menu. The content can be changed as needed, making the last-minute addition completely stress-free.
If you’ve decided you prefer the large signage style menu, plan ahead for how you will display your board or banner. We can accommodate much more with a little heads-up and pre-ordering of supplies.


Oh the dreaded thank-you cards. After the honeymoon and vacation bliss, you return to a to-do list of more addressing! To avoid confusion and frustration, assign someone to keep a list of who-gave-what when you open your gifts, making it much easier to thank each guest for their gift by name.
How we can help: We now offer guest-address printing services with your invitation order. In addition to creating thank-you cards that match your exact wedding suite and colors, we will print your thank-you addresses at a discount the second time around.
*Another helpful hint: If you intend to tip the vendors on the wedding day (which is very-much encouraged!) make a trip to the bank a few days in advance. Put each vendors cash tip in their own envelope with a thank-you card, and label their name on the front. On the morning of, give the bundle to a trusted bridal party member to handle when each vendor comes into play on the wedding day. Your thoughtfulness will be very appreciated!


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