Recommended Vendors in Walla Walla
Planning a wedding can be stressful for many reasons, and one of the major reasons can be finding the right vendors to fulfill your needs. You can read reviews, of course, but sometimes there aren’t many, or they are mixed, so how do you know who’s going to be amazing and who might leave something to be desired? I’ve worked with a lot of people in the Walla Walla area and have experienced the good and the bad, so I’ve put together a list of recommended vendors to help you in the decision making process.
People often underestimate the importance of hiring a planner. I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve been to that have, on one extreme, gone beautifully smooth, and on the other extreme, were painfully chaotic. Many of the chaotic or, at least, off schedule weddings I’ve experienced have not had a planner. I always recommend that you hire a planner, and there’s no one better in Walla Walla than Carrie from Without a Hitch. [She will guide you through planning and will be present on the day of your wedding to make sure your big event goes as planned]
The venue you choose can dramatically affect the mood of your wedding. I don’t have a single favorite venue, so I’ll list my favorites. Mill Creek Gardens is nice for several reasons: they have reasonably nice spaces for both the guys and girls to get ready in and all the room you need for both the ceremony and reception. This way, everyone doesn’t have to do as much driving around, and communication and coordination is easier. Also, your vendors such as your photographer, videographer, makeup and hair specialists, and florists don’t have to attempt to make it to and from the various locations in a timely manner. Similarly, Basel Cellars, Creekstone Gardens, The Marcus Whitman, Winn Homestead, and Walla Walla River Estate provide on-site facilities. Doing everything at one facility also adds a cohesive quality to the photos and video.
Another factor that can be instrumental in helping your wedding run smoothly is a friendly, competent DJ. They aren’t just there to play music after all. Not only can they make sure that you’ve got reliable sound and a tailored music selection for your ceremony and reception, they can smooth the transitions between ‘activities’. A lot can go wrong without a professional DJ running things. My favorite DJ services in the area are Platinum Entertainment and Loney Tunes (Jon Loney). In my experience, they’ve always been professional, prompt, and on point.
I’m finding it difficult to choose a favorite caterer, so here are my favorites: Graze, The Olive, The Marcus Whitman, Bon Appétit, and A Chef’s Creation
Here’s a list: The Olive, Frosted, Colville St Patisserie, Hidden Valley Bakery
Details of interest: Frosted specializes in cupcakes and has some gluten-free options. The Colville St Patisserie is amazing and can provide you with a truly unique wedding cake that tastes unlike any other. They can also provide you with other delicious pastries like macarons (also gluten free). Hidden Valley Bakery is an excellent place to get a delicious, beautiful cake, and if you’re looking for gluten-free options, they are fantastic.
Tables, Chairs, Etc.
There are other places to rent tables, chairs, and other decorations, but I don’t think that Walla Walla has anyone better than Fleurissant Event Rentals and Design. They provide unique options that set them apart. From the solid wood tables to the Belgian linen sofas, their offerings exude quality and class.
Hair and Makeup
I’ve had good experiences with many of the hair and makeup artists around town. A few of note are Megan at Impress Salon, the staff at City Slickers, and Sara Beko. At one wedding, Sara Beko didn’t just do what I expected from a makeup artist, she stuck around for the family portraits and made sure that not just the bride, but everyone looked their best.
My absolute favorite florist in Walla Walla is Anne at Amoré Floral Designs. She has decades of experience, talent, and craftsmanship that shows when she creates her beautiful arrangements.
Transportation & Limo
I’ve worked with Dream Ride Charters on many occasions, and they’ve always been friendly and professional. I also recently had the chance to see D’lux Limousine in action and they were great, too.
Dresses and Tuxes
I don’t have a lot to say in this category, but I’ve heard good things about Mann’s House of Brides in Walla Walla and Amy’s Bridal in Tri-Cities.
I feel I can confidently recommend one officiant in particular: Cecilia McKean
Here's a quote from her: "I am an ordained minister offering creative wedding services written with the beliefs and values of each couple in mind. In addition to weddings for same-gender and opposite-gender couples I also offer rituals to mark life events including house blessings, baby blessings and ceremonies honoring the ending of relationships." You can email here at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (509) 240 2494
Photo, Video, and Photobooth
Because I provide these options, I’ll be leaving this section empty :) but if I’m unable to help you with one of these offerings, feel free to send me an email, and I’ll provide you with names of people who I trust to fill those needs.