Wedding planning help is here!

We’re seeing so many 2018 and 2019 brides who are in all stages of the wedding planning process! We love helping our brides make the wedding planning go as smoothly as possible and with our wedding and event planning background we have lots of experience to step in and offer recommendations, tips and guidance where needed. Over the years we have worked with many clients to make their dream wedding come true while minimizing stress so they enjoy every minute of it. We want the same for all of you, so we’re excited to share our top six tips for a stress-free wedding!

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Merrimes Tips for a Stress Free Wedding



Albany Bridal Show Recap

On Sunday we had the pleasure of participating in such a fun event, the Albany Bridal Show! The show coordinators, FM Events Management, did a wonderful job in ramping up this year’s event to make it bigger and better than ever. The show had a record turn out, vendor booths nearly sold out on two floors, with new and exciting happenings all throughout the show. Merrime had the honor of sponsoring the show, along with The Natty Dresser, and we sure are glad we did! The show was a huge success, and so much fun all around. Thank you to all the brides, vendors, and volunteers who came out and spent the day with us!
For further information about the Albany Bridal Show, or to contact the show coordinators, please visit the Albany Bridal Show’s Facebook Page!


Albany Bridal Show // January 21st, 2018!

We are so excited to announce that Merrime will be one of the sponsors for the Albany Bridal Show on January 21st, along with Albany’s dapper menswear store The Natty Dresser. This is a smaller, more intimate bridal show aimed at providing brides with an opportunity to visit with wedding professionals in a relaxing and upbeat environment. Taking place in the gorgeous Albany Golf & Events Center, this show has a classy vibe and is designed to be an upscale boutique show. The Albany Bridal Show has worked hard to provide vendors for every aspect of the wedding planning process.

Admission is $6 and we expect to have quite a large list of brides coming to see all our wonderful vendors this year.  The first 125 brides get a free goodie bag and a free mimosa so get there when doors open at 1:00 pm. We can’t wait to meet you, brides!

Grab Your Ticket!

Show Schedule:

1:00 pm Doors Open
1:30 pm Hair and Makeup Demo
2:30 pm Bridal Fashion Show
3:30 pm Table Décor Demo
4:30 pm DIY Flowers Demo—Centerpieces




The Best Destination For A Wedding & Honeymoon – Ubud, Bali!

Hello! I’m Kelli and I run marketing for Merrime Bride & Soirée! I just recently took a vacation to Bali and had an INCREDIBLE time visiting 6 cities there in 14 days! There was one city, however, that could not have been more wedding and honeymoon worthy and I wanted to share everything about it with you…

Welcome to Ubud, Bali – only an hour north of their airport and home to one of Bali’s royal families known for its beautiful landscape and commitment to local artists. You may recognize Ubud when you see the rice fields that are often used to promote Bali as a ideal vacation destination but there is so much more that we experienced!

Ubud was the 3rd destination of our trip and although we are not engaged or married, when we experienced this city we understood why so many of our friends had come here for their ceremonies or honeymoons.

We each had our own motorbike to travel from city to city and upon entering Ubud we passed right by the Monkey Forest Sanctuary on the way to check in to our hotel. We didn’t expect that there would literally be monkeys on the streets as we drove through. What a surprise that was!

Blue Karma Resort – Overall Features

There are so many great things to say about Blue Karma Resort – Ubud. When we arrived we were greeted by all the staff who asked us where we were from, if we’d been to Bali before and expressed their joy that we were going to experience Ubud with them. As we waited for them to scan our passports (this is customary in foreign countries) we took a look around.

One of the most unique things about tropical locations is the openness – air conditioning is not usually needed and it gives the feeling of being outdoors at all times. There are no doorways to pass through, in fact most buildings don’t even have walls, they are simply held up by beams. This was the view directly behind the entrance building as we walked in.

The color scheme of this resort was gorgeous. Bright purple flowers, cobalt towels, blue-green water, coral umbrellas and of course the lime greens and evergreens that highlight the landscape. You’ll notice in the background of this photo is a small hut in the middle of the rice field used for packaging the rice.

Lucky for us, they provided large floaties in their infinity pool, you’ll notice I’m riding one as I took this video to give you a better view of what we could see.

After we checked in I also recorded a video for you all to see what our room looked like. This is a standard room – they had no idea I’d be writing a blog about them so we experienced it just as any walk-in would and we didn’t expect it to be so amazing.

They had a restaurant on-site and the ambience + food were both amazing. Check out the beautiful colors and the Nasi Goreng we ordered (every single day). Nasi Goreng translates to “fried rice” and is often accompanied with an egg and krupuks – traditional indonesian crackers.

The breakfast was included in the cost of our room and was accompanied by a buffet bar with homemade butter, jam and honey from local bee’s. We also had tea, coffee, fresh juices and filtered water.

Wedding & Ceremony Amenities + Cost

I asked specifically for all the wedding ceremony and honeymoon details so I could share them with you! Their wedding & reception package include ceremony & reception costs, accommodations, flowers & decorations, hair & makeup, entertainment, food, cake, photography and videography options all for about 13 million Indonesian rupiah – this comes to ONE THOUSAND US DOLLARS!!!

Wedding & Reception Package Details:

Accommodation & Reception

Includes accommodation & wedding reception for 10 persons at Bali Ethnic Villa

(5 Bedroom Villa Ka)


Western Ceremony – English speaking religious minister (Christian Protestant or Catholic)

Wedding liturgy/detailed wedding procession

Flowers & Decoration

2 Pillar Wooden/Bamboo Arch, wrap with fabric and some dripping from the garland with flower. Also come with Sign Table and flower vase

Pale Color bride bouquet and matching groom’s boutonnière

Long pot Flower arrangement

Hair & Makeup

Makeup and hairstyle trial before wedding day

Wedding day bridal makeup & hairstyle

One makeup & hairstyle touch-up after ceremony


2 Professional HDSLR video cameras for maximum 5 hours

HD format (resolution 1280×720 pixel)

1 hour and music illustration on DVD – Trailer video


Covers the Wedding Photo of Preparation, Wedding Procession, Photo Tour around Location & Reception

One exclusive 30 x 30 cm coffee table book (180 photos on 80 pages)

One 50 x 60 cm Canvas Print

USB Drive of all files

2 photographers for a maximum of 8 hours


Additional hour for Photography at USD 116 / hour

Additional hour for Videography at USD 116 / hour

Same day edit at USD 399

Next day edit USD 289


Fire dancing – 4 persons *10 minutes/session

Jazz band by Tourneville Antoine ( 2*45 min or 3* 30 min)

Jimmy Rougerie le musicien DJ

Food and Beverage

3 courses meals (Dinner)

Wedding Cake

Simple design with 2 tiers (30*30 cm)

Here are some photos from weddings they’ve at Blue Karma Ubud & their Seminyak location – both traditional and non-traditional:

Wedding at Blue Karma Ubud

Wedding at Bali Ethnic Villa

Honeymoon Packages

Blue Karma offers honeymoon packages called the Step Into Romance, Stairway To Heaven or Romantic Yoga Retreat.

Step Into Romance Honeymoon Package Details- USD $493

3 nights accommodation in a peaceful Superior Garden Suite at Blue Karma Ubud or in One Bedroom Suite at Blue Karma Seminyak

Lovers room special set up on arrival

Floating Candle Light Dinner in Romantic Pool

One time Touch White spa treatment for couple

One way airport transfer

Welcome drink and chilled purified napkins upon arrival

Daily buffet breakfast

Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Ubud centre (Blue Karma Ubud) Or Complimentary scheduled buggy drop off service to Seminyak Beach (Blue Karma Seminyak)

Complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel

Stairway To Heaven Honeymoon Package Details – USD $545.37

3 nights accommodation in a peaceful Superior Garden Suite at Blue Karma Ubud or in One Bedroom Suite at Blue Karma Seminyak

Lovers room special set up on arrival

Di Carik Romantic Dinner

Daily one hour spa treatment

One time rice paddy walk

Welcome drink and chilled purified napkins upon arrival

Daily buffet breakfast

Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Ubud centre (Blue Karma Ubud) Or Complimentary scheduled buggy drop off service to Seminyak Beach (Blue Karma Seminyak)

Complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel

Romantic Yoga Retreat Honeymoon Package – USD $574.42

3 nights accommodation in a peaceful Superior Garden Suite

Lovers room special set up on arrival

One time daily yoga class (3 sessions/stay)

Floating Candle Light Dinner in Romantic Pool

One time Touch White spa treatment for couple

One way airport transfer

Welcome drink and chilled purified napkins upon arrival

Daily buffet breakfast

Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Ubud centre

Complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel

To reach the location that we stayed at in Ubud:

Jalan Suweta Desa Bentuyung
Ubud, Bali,
 +62 361 335 0471

Blue Karma does offer another resort experience in Seminyak, Bali:

Jalan Raya Seminyak, Gang Bima
No.2 Seminyak, Kuta – Badung, Bali,
+62 361 737898
+62 361 734893








Winter Wedding Feature | Victoria & Blake

To get all of us in the holiday spirit we wanted to feature some of our favorite photos of our very own bride, Victoria and her husband Blake who were married last year in Brownsville, Oregon! Victoria donned our Sophia Tolli gown “Palila” style #Y11558. This hand-beaded frame and asymmetrically draped bodice could not have been worn more beautifully on any other bride.

Victoria & Blake both got ready in their families historic farmhouses just a few miles from each other surrounded by family and friends. They were married in December and chose bouquets and accent colors for their wedding party that reflected the joy of the season with bright reds and emerald greens.

Victoria wore an adorned antique bell locket that had been passed down and carried by over a dozen of the brides in her family through the years.

We are so happy for you both and look back on your special day with such joy and warmth. We wish you a wonderful 1 year anniversary and many more beautiful memories that you will make together!

Victoria & Blake Nightingale
Wedding date: December 10, 2016
Venue location: Brownsville, Oregon
Photographer: MyLyn Wood Photography @mylynwoodphoto
Dress Shop: Merrime Bride & Soiree
Dress designer: Sophia Tolli
Dress: Palila Y11558 in Ivory


5 DIY Last-Minute Thanksgiving Centerpieces!

There’s always those last-minute additions that bring your event together and we found some of our favorite quick and easy DIY centerpieces to spice your holiday up!

Pumpkin Vases

Transform a pumpkin into a vase with just a few easy steps. You can pick the size of pumpkin that best fits your table – several small ones or a mix of large and small – and then carve a hole in the top, just as you would for making a jack o’lantern. Pull out the seeds and fill it with water before adding your perfect mix of fall-colored flowers.

Apple Candleholders

Yes, this year we’re very into carving out fruits and veggies to bring that earthy feel to a holiday party. Again, pick a few apples that suit your color scheme. Cut a 1-inch deep hole into the top of the apples and slowly wedge the candle in until it feels secure. Add a few more uncut apples around for more ambiance.

Rustic Lantern Centerpieces

Don’t have one of these lanterns stored away somewhere? They can be easily found at any hardware store. Take some sandpaper to it, to give it that rusty look, add a candle and pick up some twigs from the local craft store and you’ve got yourself a warm little centerpiece.

Neutral Fall Colors

Although we all associate Fall with the red, orange and yellow of harvest veggies, a muted Thanksgiving centerpiece gives a modern vibe. You’ll find lighter yellows and oranges (skip the red) and even some lightly painted gold faux pumpkins at any craft store. Add a touch of cream and white to the mix in some muted vases or candleholders and this piece will bring a timeless feel to your tablescape.


Pops of Color

Stripes of copper tape adorn both the mini pumpkins and candle holders along this Thanksgiving table, while blooms from Trader Joe’s provide bright pops of color. Mix and match to find what you like and any leftover flowers can be placed around the house to tie in to your centerpieces.


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family, and if you end up using any of these DIY projects at home, please email us so we can post about them!




8 Wedding Dress Styles For Your Shape

We get so many questions from brides about the right dress style for their body shape and after all the gowns we’ve seen on women, we certainly agree with the data. Here are 8 body types and the best fit for their shape!

If You’re Pear-Shaped

A skirt that flares out above the hips to the floor, highlights the narrowness of the midsection and gives some illusion to the size of the thighs and waist. Choose a top that showcases the slender upper body with a spaghetti-strap or a V neckline.

If You’re Busty

A dress with a scooped neckline can take the focus away from the chest and up toward your décolletage and face. Strapless gowns with a sweetheart bodice is a better fit than a straight-line top that makes the chest appear more shelf-like.

If You’re Plus-Sized

An Empire dress with a skirt that begins just under the bust and flows into a gradual floor-length A-line. The dress should play up your shape; if it’s too loose, it could make your shape look more wide – make sure the dress is fit but comfortable.

If You’re Apple-Shaped

The best dress for this shape is one that cinches in at the smallest point on the waistline, then flares out into a gradual A shape and a deep v neck that draws the eyes vertically instead of horizontally.

If You’re Tall

The strategy for a taller bride is to emphasize your natural shape, so every aspect of the dress―the lower waistline, a floor-sweeping hem―needs to reflect your longer proportions. If you’re wearing long sleeves, they should go past the wrist.

If You’re Straight-Lined

A dress creates curves where you don’t have them and gives you a little more shape. Try a curving side seam that will give you a va-va-va-voom silhouette. Or look for a ball gown that cinches in at your natural waist and descends into a full, flowing floor-length skirt: It will capitalize on your slenderness and camouflage a lack of hips.

If You’re Petite

Find a style with a waistline above your natural waist, to make the lower half of the dress (and therefore you) appear longer. The fabric is up to you―you can pull off a high sheen. But the detailing should be small (no huge bows) and limited to the bodice, to draw the eye upward.

If You’re Small-Chested

Extra fabric up top will help fill out your upper body and create the illusion of curves. Lightly padded halter styles will also do the trick and there are always solutions to making your bust a little more voluptuous however, the small-chested bride can pull off some of the elegant and lightweight dresses!

Top 3 Dress Styles For 2018!

The latest and greatest in all things bridal wear was showcased during Chicago Bridal Market and this year, we were lucky enough to have Merrime attend! By attending fashion shows and designer sneak peeks, we gathered all of the information we need to know to stay on top of the trends for the coming year. As always, a few of those trends stood out in big ways, with several designers reflecting the styles we’re seeing in the fashion industry as a whole. Here’s what we believe to be the top 3 trends for 2018:


Sparkle & Shine

Some trends will always fizzle to the top and sparkling gowns are one of them. With soft layers of sparkle tulle or glittered fabric, as well as matte sequins and glimmering embroidery we think these delicate but glamorous looks will make the 2018 bride stand out – like a shimmering light!

Geometric Patterns

Out with the old and in with the new! Wedding dresses have officially gone modern this season and geometric styles and patterns are stealing the spotlight. Undeniably edgy and fresh, geometrics can be seen everywhere at the moment—from the perfect dress to the proper décor.

Shades of Blue

We’ve seen the colored gowns in years past, and even strong floral patterns to set brides apart but the gowns this year are headed for bluish tones. The saying “something blue” can be easily scratched off the list with this new trend!





10 Easy Fall Wedding Ideas

Totally Doable. Totally Affordable.

Hello, Autumn! We love you–with your muted landscape, copious comfort foods, aromatic spices, cooler temps, cozy flannels, backyard bonfires, and beautiful weddings. It’s an inspiring time of year! Are you getting married this fall or next and need a few ideas {that are easy AND beautiful} that are totally doable and totally affordable to fill in the decor gaps of your ceremony and/or reception? Great, cause we have a few simple ideas to inspire you with. Let us know in the comments which ones you like the most!

Your Fall Color Palette: For those getting married this fall, we’re sure you’ve already chosen a beautiful color combo! With fall, you could go in a myriad of ways–from rich and robust to low-key and neutral – there’s no wrong way to have a fall wedding!

Pumpkin Topiaries: The easiest addition to fall decor. These mini pumpkins can be added to any decor with any color scheme to tie back in to fall. If orange clashes with what you’re doing then these are very easily painted or even spray painted gold or silver!

Chalkboard Signage: All you need is some chalkboard paint and a fun frame and *voila* you can keep with the theme and add some decadence. Use them for seating, create menus, even table cards will work!

Pumpkin Pots: Pumpkins are wonderful fall decor and can be used for anything from drink coolers {so awesome!} to flower containers, votive, and hurricane holders as well as being carved with fun images or your monogram.

Wraps & Cardigan: Another easy way to tie in your color scheme is with colorful cardigans or wraps. Keep your girls warm for chilly photo shoots and they make super fun photo opps too!

Painted Cans: It doesn’t get any easier than painted soup cans for creating simple flower containers for your centerpieces. Super easy {and fabulous} that can be done with a gold spray paint.

Mason Jars: From glassware to vases sitting on tables, to hanging from trees and arbors, using mason jars is simple, tried and true–no matter where you live.

Wood Accent Pieces: Cut in a variety of shapes and wood types, wood rounds can bring unique textures and heights to any tablescape to create easy rustic touches for a fall event.

Unique Cake Table: In the spirit of your wedding theme, you can make a unique focal point for your cake {or drink station, candy buffet, bar, etc} that’s full of natural charm–and perfect for a fall event.

Fall Leaves: Last but not least are the fall leaves – it can’t be a true fall wedding without the most beautiful part of the season!

Featured Vendor | Peachy Keen Coordination

We’re honored and so lucky to be able to work alongside talented vendors in the wedding industry. This week we wanted to spotlight one of our favorites, Cindy Crowder owner of Peachy Keen Coordination! Cindy is the perfect blend of creativity and organization, which makes her a total gem to work with. We wanted to share Cindy’s advice, services and talent with all of you, so please enjoy getting to know this amazing lady!

What advice do you have to anyone who is interested in hiring a coordinator?

Well, first of all…I may seem biased but I do believe that everyone deserves and needs a logistics person on the day of their wedding. To anyone who is seeking a coordinator, planner, or some variation of that my main piece of advice is to ensure you select someone based on the potential friendship that you could have with that person. Your wedding is not a short term commitment; while I am there for the ‘day’ I’m there for much more as well. I’m there for the happy, sad, and frustrated tears (and as someone who is also engaged, I promise you’ll have all of these at some point!). Hire someone who can take a phone call late at night to vent about the bridesmaid dresses not matching the napkins; hire someone who can tell you the napkins and dress color variation will be beautiful and add more depth; and hire someone who will take charge and to find napkins elsewhere that WILL match. A coordinator’s greatest joy is a happy client.

What is your favorite element of wedding planning for other people?

I seriously feel like I have the greatest job in the world because it’s also my hobby, I look forward to it every single day. I have the opportunity to be innovative and pretty candid with my clients. I don’t love being the center of attention and while I appreciate praise, I feel like perhaps I don’t know how to take it. So I absolutely love that I have the privilege to help create something that’s beautiful, that logistically flows, that makes someone else beam…and do it all behind the scenes.

What makes you different from other coordinators?

I am very fortunate that most of my couples become long term friends of mine. I don’t know that this is unique, and it’s not even a business ‘goal’ per se, but I feel like it makes me love and want to do my job well. Frankly I am the last person to hug you and adjust your train before you walk down the aisle. I don’t take this honor lightly. You’re a special memory in my book and make my story all the more unique.

How would you describe your style?

All over the place! Truly! For better or worse, I’m pretty open minded to trying new looks. Variations of boho, modern, rustic, industrial, country, and man will you make me ever-so-tickled if you ask me to try to mesh any of them together! I have the incredible privilege as a coordinator and stylist to come up with crazy designs for ‘styled shoots’ — which is essentially a fake wedding for the benefit of photos to provide prospective clients with inspiration AND super fun networking with other vendors.

Peachy Keen Coordination and Merrime Bride & Soiree have worked on several collaborations together, what’s your favorite?

I have used a dozen of Merrime’s dresses so it’s challenging to pick one favorite. However, I think right now my absolute most favorite shoot was our most recent ‘Vibrant Vibes’ collaboration (shown below) which was shot at the quaint Butler Barn in Hillsboro. I had an itch to do something totally crazy and COLORFUL; after going into Merrime my eyes were drawn to the Alfred Angelo floral gown and I quickly dreamed up a vision. The shoot was styled as if preppy, modern Kate Spade picked up a ballroom wedding and set it into an old barn. It was fantastically feminine and robustly rustic.




Rumor has it that you (Cindy) are getting married? When is the big day?

Yes, I am still completely beside myself to be the future Mrs. Lindsley (many people have commented to me that Cindy Lindsley sounds like a fictional name and I love it)!

We are celebrating among an intimate group in February. As many understand, I will be taking February as a personal month to enjoy the final weeks of my engagement and my first few weeks as a wife 🙂



As a planner, how’s the planning going?

Planning has been everything I’ve ever dreamed and if I’m being honest a lot of that is with the help of my fiance. As someone who has the opportunity to work on so many weddings, it’s important to me that our wedding is just that…OURS. I advice all my couples to allow yourselves to continue to bond through the planning. Being engaged is a great opportunity to learn even more about one another’s values and emotions and then of course how to successfully communicate them. Try to ignore the stress and anxiety and have fun with it!

Engagement Shoot:
Makeup & Hair | Renee J. Beauty
Signage | Clink & Kiss 


If you would like to contact Cindy please follow the links below!