Name: Kaitlin Stammetti
Business Name: Rowan Lane Events
Industry Category: Wedding and Event Planning
What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Some common mistakes couples are making are actually some big ones - things like not setting or discussing a reasonable budget before booking vendors, or taking on a lot of DIY projects that looked easy on pinterest are things that may not seem like a big deal at first but can often lead to arguments or melt downs during what should be a happy and exciting time!
What's the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
It may sound self - serving but my number one tip is to hire a certified planner. Lots of friends and aunts have experience or are top notch organizers but weddings are a whole different breed of event. Hiring a planner can completely alter the experience of planning a wedding - for the better!
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
LOTS is done to help your event along prior to the day of and that means hours of phone calls, emails, and support. The expense of a wedding planner may seem like a good area to cut costs but a good planner is there to help you manage your budget, give you cost saving tips, and work closely with your vendors to avoid overlap in services and to make sure you get what you paid for. Ultimately the cost of a planner ensures the rest of your event is smooth sailing and well worth it!
What questions should couples be asking that they don't know to ask?: A big one is: How many hours are my vendors booked for?
This is one of the biggest things I used to see at weddings that didn't have planners and it usually doesn't get caught until it's too late. Perhaps your venue is an all day rental and you have your photographer for 10 hours but you only booked your DJ for a 4 hour reception. Looks like your party is over with out the music! Make sure your planner creates a timeline based on the contracts you've signed with each of your vendors so you can decide if you're going to 10 or 11 or event later before the night of the party!
What's your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
Hire great vendors and then trust them. These guys and gals have probably worked more weddings than you can imagine and they've seen it all. They are in this business because they love being a part of gorgeous flawless events and they can't wait to see yours come to life! I promise they have your best interest at heart!
What's the most unusual wedding you ever did?
Some of the most unique weddings I was a part of happened at the Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Lots of our couples were chemists or veterinarians or worked in other science related fields and their weddings were just as unique as the decor that surrounded them. From a periodic table style seating chart to raptors in a top hat and veil for wedding cake toppers - these were some of the most amazing and unusual events I helped create. It's a good reminder of how a great venue can be a reflection of a great couple!
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
One of the craziest events I had at a wedding was both awesome and unplanned. Frankie and I were at our first wedding of the season -- on St. Patrick's Day weekend and there was this amazing Irish bagpipes band outside the venue in downtown. The ceremony was at the same location as the reception so when I ran out to ask them not to play during the quiet of the ceremony they decided they would like to honor the couple during the reception. After a quick chat with the father of the bride and the bride, of course, we had a beautiful impromptu performance right on the dance floor! I can't imagine a cooler wedding surprise!