Let’s get down to business! You already know my Top 5 Engagement Tips but I wanted to expand on one of those tips today and tell you all about Bridal Expos. This is one of the best ways to start your wedding planning journey, and lemme tell you why.Read More
Congrats, you’re engaged!!! I’m sure you are over the moon about your engagement and so excited to start planning your wedding, and I’m here for it! But before we do that, let’s have a cup of coffee and take a look at these 5 helpful tips on what to do after you get engaged.Read More
We get about two or three inquiries a week asking if we do “day of” coordination. With each one, we have to spend the next 5 emails going back and forth explaining that it does not exist. In a perfect world, you have a very cute wedding binder (hopefully with gold accents, lol) that you have been placing every detail for your wedding in (or, for my tech-savvy brides, a Google Drive with Excel sheets to track budgets and save copies of vendor contracts). These binders have tips on how to plan your wedding following along with a checklist and calendar. But let me honest: real life is not a cute binder. It NEVER goes according to plan. Those binders don’t have advice on how to deal with wanting to honor your biological dad who passed when you were 5 and include your stepdad who has raised you since. Or the fact that you are tired of seeing flower centerpieces but don’t know if you can afford your alternate vision. You need a fairy GOLD mother to bounce ideas off of who can make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.
Now at this point, you may be wondering “how is this not just a day of coordinator?” Well, let me tell you how!
With all my Wedding Planning clients, I am involved in every decision. I assist them in finding their venue, choosing ALL VENDORS, and especially helping them brainstorm how we will give their guests an unforgettable experience. I negotiate with each vendor on their behalf to help them save money and protect the security of their email inboxes, so they are not receiving emails from vendors that don’t fit their wedding day vision.
My Wedding Management couples go find their own venue and ask me if it will work with the vision they have given me. They are the ones clicking through 100’s of Instagram hashtags, the black hole that is Pinterest, finding their photographer, cake designer, stationa, and whatever other vendors to create their dream wedding day. From my cloud up above, I review each contract to make sure they are right and that there are no freak-out days before the wedding. I attend the rehearsal and am on site the ENTIRE WEDDING DAY. I reach out to all the vendors so they feel comfortable contacting me, and most importantly, I make sure my couple is living in the moment and actually experiencing their wedding day.
Okay, I know you’re probably still thinking “how is this not a day of coordinator!?” Calm down, I’m getting to that! By definition, a D.O.C. shows up the day of the wedding, is handed a timeline created by the couple, a list of vendors, and told to make it happen. Some coordinators offer “month of” services, but by that 4-week mark, it is so hard to correct any issues that are now arriving and get up to speed with the wedding vision. You need someone who has read your catering contract to know that you ordered a champagne pass and not just champagne at the bar. Or someone who knows the quickest way from the ceremony to the reception and can easily assist guests. With our Wedding Management Package, you have access to us from the day you sign the contract until the moment we get you out of the venue at the end of the night. We also take on just 12 wedding management clients a year, so we make sure each couple feels loved and knows they will have the best experience.
Now that you know the difference between Day of Coordinators, Wedding Planners, and Wedding Managers, which will you choose? HINT: it’s me!
"You need a real woman in your life (That's a good look)
Taking care of home and still fly (That's a good look)
I'mma help you build up your account"
- Beyonce, Upgrade U
In the 1920’s Macy's created the gift registry as a way to ensure that couples got exactly what they wanted at their weddings. The concept is simple a couple goes to store, *pew* *pew* *pew*, scans everything they want and their guests don’t have to stress about purchasing a gift the couple will never use. Before the registry became such a common practice in the industry guest would show up to weddings with WHATEVER they thought their beloved couple would deem a “good gift”. You know what I’m talking about. That weird serving bowl that has been passed down in your family for years? The lime green one you've always hated but your mother insisted on using cause Aunt Mildred gave it to them as a wedding gift. Vintage is totally in right?!
The concept of a registry was more popular back in the day when it was common practice for the couple to wait until marriage to shack up. A couple would essentially be decorating their new house with their spouse with the weddings gifts from their loved ones. Fast forward to 2018, 54% of couples live together before tying the knot, so they already have all the essential house furniture, appliances, and decor. This has led to a decrease in the use of registry within the industry due to the thought process of “I don’t need a registry since I already have everything in my home” . As a planner, a common phrase I’ve been hearing is “We don’t want gifts, we would rather receive money” from my couples. It’s an opportunity to upgrade your current living areas with the furniture, appliances, and decor you’ve been wanting but haven’t brought yourself to splurge on. If you and the husband are into baking as a pastime, get a Kitchen Aid Mixer. Say you and hubby are into gardening this is the chance to get that fancy gardening tool set you’ve had your eye on for years. Other ideas are 1,000 thread count sheets, starting a movie collection, or a nice knife set. You may already be living together but you’re entering a new era of your relationship and that new era should come with new home elements.
You’re loved ones are looking for a way to show their support and contribute to the happiness of your new journey with your boo thang. Let them help upgrade you into a different era of living together.
Pick a number between 1 and 9, okay it's 6, go to google, type in wedding planner near me pick the 6th name down, and hire them. Okay, am I the only one who decided what they want to eat that way?
Awkward, anyways you will be spending a lot of time with your wedding planner they are you mentor through this process you must be able to trust them. In order to do that you need to interview them at your consultation. Here is a free list of questions to ask your wedding planner, I answered 3 questions off the list to give you a little taste of how we operate. We even made a printable version below, you can take it to your consultations so you don't forget what to ask them.
1. Do you typically work with the same team of vendors at every wedding?
I have a preferred vendors list of wonderful people in the industry that I've worked with before, I trust them to do a great job, and they are genuinely great people. I believe every wedding is a unique experience and needs a skill set of vendors that bring in their own style. I cannot wait for the couple that allows me to contract a ferris wheel and we create a mini amusement park in their backyard (a girl can only dream)!
2. How many hours are included in each package?
We do not have a “set” number of hours allowed for your wedding planning needs, instead, we work on a task-based system. We make sure we handle the tasks you have asked us to cover for your wedding. We feel that this system works better for us because some things at your wedding will take us a little longer than others and we do not want you to to be negatively affected because we are perfectionists.
3. Do you attend the rehearsal?
Hell Yeah! We love the rehearsal more than the wedding… when we meet for a consultation ask me why. Seriously, we attend the rehearsals so that the wedding party and family get to see our face and ask us questions. It really helps the wedding day go smoother and its one of the last chances to make sure that our couples are enjoying the moments leading up to their big day.
We can answer the other questions on the list at our in-person consultation. Click here to schedule some time with us preferably during happy hour!
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