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Planner in Portland, OR,
(760) 694-2028
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 28 Reviews


    Stephanie Bononi

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  • We can’t say enough great things about Kara’s help on our day. We hired her a little late in the planning process after thinking we’d be able to manage everything ourselves. During our first conversation with Kara, we knew instantly that she was knowledgeable, professional, and organized. She helped us tie up a few loose ends (and find the last few vendors for things), took over with the vendors we had booked, confirmed everything, and helped us figure out a lot of details. On the day of the wedding, every little detail was accounted for - from managing family dynamics to making sure we had a plate of food to cleaning everything up afterward. Throughout the process Kara was incredibly responsive to emails and texts. She’s like a human xanax and immediately takes all the stress away. If you’re looking for a day-of coordinator, we can’t recommend Kara highly enough.

    Karlie A Sanchez

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  • Where would we be without Kara? For our wedding, she was the the most helpful, thoughtful person we could have asked for. Her innate sense of style along with her ability to bring a requested look and feel to life is absolutely amazing. She was perfectly organized during the planning process, and so easy to work with. On our wedding day, she made the whole affair run smoothly and elegantly! She managed all of our vendors and kept our guests feeling happy and welcome. We feel as if we barely saw her during the reception, but we know she was behind the scenes pulling every string into place in order to create a day that exceeded our expectations. I would absolutely recommend Kara! She's a fantastic coordinator!

    Kenzie

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  • We hired Kara of Yours, Always because she understood our needs, explained her mindset towards the big day of and her responsibilities, and totally reassured us we were in good hands with her so we can enjoy our day!

    Chelsea

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  • Kara was INCREDIBLE! I had so many guests talk about her throughout the evening, they just couldn't believe what a one woman powerhouse she was. Not only did she interpret my very vague instructions and transform them into such a beautifully styled day, she had everything running so smoothly, got our room flipped for dinner after the ceremony and made sure everything was perfect so we were totally present. I wanted to cry when I walked in because it was exactly like how I had envisioned. She is so ridiculously detail oriented, I mean she even coordinated her earrings to our wedding colors! She even cut me a piece of every single dessert we had and reminded me to slow down and eat. She stayed late into the evening and helped our clean up crew. She did all of this on just the day of coordination package. Seriously, you need to stop looking at other planners and hire her ASAP!

    LeAnna

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  • Working with Kara from Yours, Always turned out to be one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She's an amazing planner and coordinator. She's responsive and helpful and kind and got everyone on the same page so that our wedding day was flawless. If there were any issues, we didn't know about it. She's invaluable and I'm not sure how we would have made it through the last month of planning without her. She easily handled everything the day of, kept us on schedule, had food and drinks for us immediately after the ceremony and as soon as we walked into dinner. She's the perfect mix of personal and professional - in hindsight hiring her to do more of the planning aspects would have saved us much stress. She made our day extra wonderful and stress free. We can't recommend her highly enough!

    Jessie Sight

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  • I can't even explain how much Kara did to make our wedding day so perfect. We were having a destination wedding in Oregon wine country, and she helped make everything so easy by recommending local vendors that all turned out to be amazing as well. She took our ideas and suggestions and expanded upon them and brought them to life. She was so calm and prepared for every circumstance. She helped us deal with some awkward guest situations, helped my parents plan a surprise dance, and kept checking on us throughout the night to see if there was anything we needed. I'm sure she did a ton of other things behind the scenes as well that we don't even know about! Do not hesitate to hire Kara! She is amazing!

    Katy

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  • There are no words for how amazing Kara was throughout the entire planning process, and especially on the day. We hired her very early in our engagement and it was the best decision we made, hands down. Having her on board created a domino effect of awesomeness because she hooked us up with the very best vendors, all within our budget (and some well under!). She picked up on our vision immediately and knit our vague idea into this cohesive experience that just flowed so naturally. My photographer told me he’s never been to a wedding that ran so on time—despite having multiple locations, a huge wedding party, and a lot of moving parts, we were early to the ceremony (when does that happen??). The rest of the night was just exactly on the dot for every event. And I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the spaces were—she had fantastic ideas that she executed at a VERY reasonable cost. We’ve gotten so many compliments on every aspect of the day, and it really comes down ... Read more

    Lauren Marschall

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  • ...but I'll do my best to try. To echo others who said this about Kara, she really is an absolute dream. She kept my husband and I sane throughout the entire planning process, and truly went above and beyond for us. She is so professional, attentive to detail, organized, and respectful. Many times, she spoke with our venue and sorted out issues and details when there was confusion. She was amazingly communicative and responsive (especially when I would send her several late-night emails in a row with questions!), and helped me stay calm with her confidence, organization, and experience. Kara helped make the day go so smoothly and was always there when we needed her, but she somehow respectfully stayed behind the scenes. She facilitated a quick turn around/set up between the ceremony and reception beautifully, and the final product was absolute perfection. My husband and I are SO grateful for everything that Kara did for us, and I can't imagine planning a wedding without her. I cannot r... Read more

    Sarah Holdeman

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  • I honestly don't know what I would have done without Kara. My wedding went off without a hitch and was (in the words of my step mother) "absolute perfection" and honestly, this was 99% due to Kara and the work she put in (I have to take at least a little bit of credit!). When I told her I wanted a "hipster-y, moody vibe" she somehow took that vague description and created exactly what I didn't even know I wanted. Her eye for design, while keeping within my budget, was fantastic. She was communicative, professional, and supportive leading up to the wedding, and day of she was an absolute dream. Kara was somehow capable of having a hand in every single detail while maintaining some kind of ninja life distance from the action. I never really saw her, but every time I needed her she was there. If you're looking for someone to help you realize your wedding dream, while staying in budget, and also being just a generally DELIGHTFUL person to spend time with, get Kara on your team ASAP.

    Charity McAdams Bailey

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  • The only regret that I will ever have about my wedding is not hiring Kara at Yours, Always sooner. She was the coordinator for my wedding, which essentially means that it was her job to take my mass of disorganized bookings and vague wedding fantasies and make them somehow seamlessly real. The reviewer who describes Kara as a 'human Xanax' is so on point. It was the first thing my husband said when he met her, and one of the most striking elements of her personality. She's funny, professional, and on top of everything, being next to her is a little like being given a weighted blanket and a cup of honeyed tea. Whether or not you know it yet, it's exactly what you need on your wedding day. She coordinated bus rides for 130 people to two different locations, dueling pianos, floral installations, bakery deliveries, winery timelines, and ... well ... everything, and everything ran smooth as silk. More than that, she knows so much about the art of designing an event, as well as food and w... Read more

    Jazzminn

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  • Kara helped to make my wedding a truly incredible experience. She is so thorough and thoughtful. She made planning such a breeze. When I walked into the venue I couldn’t get over how perfect everything looked. It was really a dream come true. She made everything run so smoothly the day of. She is talented beyond measure, it’s very rare you come across someone who is not only creative but also organized and focused. The fact that she handled doing our beautiful florals and signage but also was able to have everything go off without a hitch is a testament to how amazing she is.

    responded with the following comments.

    Jazzminn & Joshua: Your wedding was such a special project for me, and one I will cherish for a very, very long time! You gave me so much freedom to put together all of your details and design--and it was amazing to be able to put everything together and work on making all the pretty things! Your wedding was an absolute gorgeous blast, full of such kind and happy people, and I can't wait to see the photos from Ellie! I truly miss you guys already now that it's all over... I'll be heading over to the coast for lunch to see you! :)

    Ryan Love

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    5 out of 5
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  • I worked with Kara for a beautiful wedding at the Evergreen in Portland. I had never worked at that venue before and as a DJ it was great to get diagrams, timeline and helpful load in and set up tips well ahead of time from Kara via email. I found out from her that the venue was upstairs, and that the elevator was slow, and got crowded before the wedding. This was critical information because my role as the DJ is so important for the ceremony to be set up properly and on-time. On her recommendation I showed up extra early, and was glad I did for so many reasons. During the event Kara was an absolute joy to work with. She has a very calm and smooth demeanor with a positive attitude which makes her a great leader for a wedding day. I have worked as a wedding DJ since 2006 performing at hundreds of weddings. I recommend Kara in the Top 5 wedding planners I have ever worked with based not only on her knowledge and professionalism, but her great communication skills and supportiv... Read more

    Chantelle

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  • Kara was amazing and made our day go so smooth and stress free! As soon as we met her, we knew we had made the right decision for a day of coordinator. All of our vendors loved Kara and she was so easy to communicate with. We will recommend her to everyone looking for a wedding coordinator. I honestly don't know what we would have done without her!

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    Hi Chantelle & Matt! Thank you for your kind words! I had such a great time with you and your families on your wedding day. I'm hoping you guys got some honeymoon camping/outdoorsy-ing in! :) Congratulations to you grade school sweethearts!

    Lauren

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  • Kara was a dream come true! I tell everyone: I couldn't have gotten married without my husband AND Kara of Yours, Always. She was incredibly responsive and was creative in meeting my budget. Her skills in sign-making, other wedding tools, and designing (and making) all our floral arrangements was unlike anything I imagined when we initially booked. Book Yours, Always and get the wedding dream team you need!!

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    Hi Lauren & Kevin! Here's to the most incredible first dance performance I've ever seen! The two of you were and are incredibly kind hearted, sweet, enthusiastic and fun-loving. You were so, so supportive of me throughout our planning process and during the Rocked event, and I can't thank you enough for taking the time for that. Thank you for hosting such a special event, and for your generosity and kindness throughout. Wishing you the absolute best times ahead!

    CHRISTEEN

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  • This women is a joke. She did not do her job at my wedding and had my family and friends do her job. She was not dressed professionally and made my special day a nightmare. She told me to my face she would have a helper the day of my wedding possibly 2. Then had the nerve to tell me on my wedding day that she did not say that and if I wanted more help it would cost more. I hope she never fucks up another persons wedding like she did mine.

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    Hi Christeen, Thank you for your very candid thoughts. Unfortunately, it may have been my failure to communicate to you, but you hired me as a day of coordinator--as I have always said, any set up needs to be communicated before hand. As your coordinator, I am not solely responsible for setting your entire venue. I had called, texted and emailed you to gather these details from you in the weeks leading up to your wedding day and I had very little information and often no response at all. When I arrived at the venue, I went inside to check in and gift you a bottle of wine. There was no thank you, no response, as indication of how the day would progress. My directions on day of were a hand-written note and a pile of boxes. All of your decor was housed in a garage, which I alone lifted and carried to your reception space. This took over an hour of time and was not something I was responsible for. I also had to help with catering, making beverages, cut and served your cake, and cleaned up your entire buffet line. I was calm, kind and as helpful among a group of people who clearly didn't want me there. I was within ear shot of multiple occasions of guests and family members teasing and saying nasty things about me as I was lifting your boxes and doing all that I could to get your long list of items complete. I have never worked in an environment like this, or been met with such sharp and hurtful comments. I spent extra time cleaning up with the venue owners, and packing your items up, bagging all of your linens (not something I needed to do, but I did). I spent time picking up the fake flower petals on the lawn used in your ceremony since they were not allowed at the venue and could have resulted in a security deposit fine. I spent extra time drawing floor plans (Again, not something I was paid to do) so we at least had an idea of how we would lay out the tables. If I had not done so, your linens would not have fit the venues tables. This is just one example of how little of a defined plan there was for this event. The night ended with your refusal to leave until you took the tip money from the bartenders jar as "the bride's tips". I felt awful the night ended that way. I worked incredibly hard on your day, and I did all that I could to help your family and friends in various roles. I did all that I could to contact you and hold a details meeting. There were guests and wedding party members who thanked me at the end of the night and apologized to me for the tension and behavior they had seen. Again, I apologize for any miscommunication. I wish you and Robin all the best, and again, if I did not meet your expectations--I accept my failure gracefully. Kindly, Kara

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