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The Traveling Planner is a wedding planning service based in Portland, Oregon. Owner Vanessa McDowell offers inclusive services for wedding celebrations of all kinds. With over five years of experience, she has the knowledge and skills to bring your unique wedding dream to life. Whether you're in need of full-service, partial, or day-of coordination, Vanessa has got you covered.

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The Traveling Planner is a customer-focused service. Vanessa has a true passion for meeting couples from all walks of life and helping them execute their distinct wedding visions. She offers a number of different packages depending on the needs of your event, which you can choose from during a detailed consultation with her. Vanessa would be happy to assist with any aspect of your special day and provides an array of services that reflect this. Budget analysis, event design, and timeline management are just a few areas she can cover throughout the planning process.

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Elisa B. Sent on 11/28/2023
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We’re so thankful to have Vanessa coordinate our wedding

Vanessa is the greatest! She was our day of coordinator for our wedding. We obviesly had no idea about what we had to deal with when it came to wedding planning and organizing the day of. Having Vanessa made everything go smoothly and our day turned out so perfect because we had Vanessa orchestrating it. She’s quick on her feet when it comes to last minute details that needed to be dealt with. She was very thoughtful when it came to little things like bringing us a glass of wine right after the ceremony hehe and the placement of certain things at the reception. She was very kind to us and all of our family, guests and vendors. Extremely professional from the first moment we spoke, she makes sure to be available for any questions prior to your wedding and has the perfect suggestions based on her previous experiences. I love Vanessa and I’m so greatful for her services. BOOK HER NOW! You won’t regret it ♥️
Leah M. Sent on 09/26/2023
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Vanessa was amazing and helped us feel so at ease throughout the process 😌

My husband and I hired Vanessa for day of planning for our our wedding. We could not have done our wedding without Vanessa! We deeply appreciated her calm and kind energy. She was always a step ahead throughout the whole process. The day of the wedding went so smoothly and Vanessa took a huge weight off our shoulders the day of. We didn’t have to worry about anything and could really enjoy the day :) We highly recommend hiring Vanessa to plan your event !😊
Rachel C. Sent on 09/08/2023
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The best of the best!

Out of all of the people we worked with for our wedding, I feel compelled to write Vanessa a review ASAP because she truly was incredible. Couldn't have asked for a better day of coordinator. She was not only super kind and easy to work with but incredibly organized. Like, she considered every single little detail and never failed to offer suggestions & ideas when we were indecisive about things. We never had to worry about a thing, thanks to her very obvious expertise in the wedding industry. She was also patient, attentive to everybody's needs, and reliable. If you're looking for a Day of Coordinator who's not only professional but also genuinely a joy to work with, look no further! Highly recommend. - Rachel & Dylan
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My name is Vanessa and I am the owner & lead planner for The Traveling Planner! I have been in the wedding industry for 5 years and I've always had a passion for getting to help couple's plan & prepare for their special day. My favorite part of the wedding industry is getting to meet couples from all over the country and getting to learn about their wedding vision! I have experienced over 100 weddings and have seen many different cultures, traditons and themes & I love getting to throw in different ideas as well to the couples. And it's such a pleasure getting to create a friendship with each couple I cross paths with.

My goal for each couple is to make it as seamless & stress free so they don't have to worry about being the point person for the day of. That is where I come in and orchestrate the whole day, without them having to stress!

Aside from weddings, I love getting to travel and explore new places. That is also a big part of why I created this business- to be able to do what I love which is wedding planning & getting to travel to new places!


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