What common mistakes do you see couples making?
Couples often get so overwhelmed by the details of planning the wedding that they don't enjoy it by the time it comes. The planning process can become stressful for many, involving family dynamics and trying to make everyone happy. With so much stress, couples often forget WHY they are planning a wedding in the first place.
What's the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?
This is a HAPPY occasion. The planning should not be stressful. This is a day you always want to remember, so don't let it be full of negativity and stress. Remember WHY you are getting married, and enjoy every part of the process of planning your wedding. Keep your priority on each other.
What don't couples know about your business category that they need to know?
Couples often think that hiring a wedding planner is too expensive or something they don't need. They think their moms or aunts or special friend will be able to handle the details of the day. I believe their family and friends should enjoy the celebration as well, and let someone else handle the details. Wedding planners can often save couples money, and can make your wedding run so smoothly that you are not even aware of any hiccups behind the scenes. It's your BIG day! You want to celebrate it — let someone else stress about the details!
What questions should couples be asking that they don't know to ask?
Most couples have not planned a wedding before. I don't expect them to know about first looks, or when to have the first dance, what send off they may want, or who will take their gifts and personal items at the end of the night. That's why I am here — to help them think through all of those things. To give them food for thought and discuss their preferences. I can help them navigate vendors, fees, etiquette, and more. They don't have to be the experts, because they have me! :)
What is the best piece of advice you have for a couple planning their wedding?
Enjoy it! Keep your priorities straight. Don't get upset if every detail does not go as planned. At the end of the day, if you still got married, that is what counts. That is what will last. And hire a GREAT photographer! Those memories will mean the world to you years from now!
What's the most unusual wedding you ever did?
A Harry Potter Themed wedding. We made the venue look like The Great Hall, with floating candles hanging from the ceiling, long tables with brass and copper candlesticks lining the center. The rabbi and the band members wore scarves of the various houses of Hogwarts. Specialty cocktails included love potion and Butterbeer in copper mugs. Guests found their wands with names attached to find their table assignments, and well wishes were thrown into a goblet of fire. It was definitely one of a kind.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?
There are a few to consider for "most" memorable, but one of my favorites included a reception that took an industrial venue and turned it into a warm, welcoming space, as if they bride and groom invited everyone over to their house for dinner. Mix-matched blue china place settings adorned long farm tables. Vintage lounge furniture was tucked in corners for casual conversations. Soft candle light and warm market lights kept the mood inviting and cozy. Dinner was followed by the most amazing dance party, including fun props for guests to play and dress up in. Krispy Kreme donuts and homemade cookies were served in lieu of traditional cake. It was a "close-knit" party for 200 guests.