A day in the life of a wedding planner

A day in the life of a wedding planner

A Day in the Life of Your Wedding Planner

 

So I get asked this alot (including by my husband and family) “so what do you do all day?” I wish it was just netlfix and chill all day long in my pjs but the fact is alot goes into running a business, especially a wedding planning business. We normally take 20-25 clients a year. For us, that is what we feel we can do and serve our clients with the experience we want to deliver. So normally we have at least one wedding a month but depends on the time of year–April-June and September-November tend to be our busier times. I also wish my life looked as glamours as J.Lo made it seem in “The Wedding Planner” but sadly McConHottie isn’t knocking at my door. BUT my job is awesome and my days can be really fun! We help make a once in a lifetime day happen for people–it is pretty cool.

So I thought I would share what an average day looks like(schedule taken right out of my She Plans Planner)

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Photo: J.Woodbery Photography

7am wake up–full disclosure I normally scroll on my phone for a few

7:30am Workout

8am feed pups, get ready, put meal together

9am Head out the door

9:30am Check email

10am Create Studio partners meeting

12pm Facebook Live

12:30pm Meeting

1pm Client to dos–this is block time I schedule for completing client tasks–I do this every day depending on the amount of things we need to accomplish the block can be longer or shorter. Some days the entire day is devoted to client tasks, others I might not have as much to get done.

4pm Afternoon email check

5pm Head Home

6pm Make dinner, play with dogs, feed dogs, talk to husband (ya know he’s pretty important 😉

7pm Volunteer work to dos

8pm Pick up, laundry, get ready for the next day
Some days I do get to stay in PJS or yoga pants which is awesome. Some days I am working on the content you read here, researching new ideas for clients, sourcing items for clients, running errands, boring accounting stuff, learning about business and a billion other things. My days are full but so is my heart. I hope this gives you a little insight into what a day in the life is like!

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Photo: Eric & Jamie Photography

 

Warm Rustic Chic Winter Wedding: Emily + Nick

Warm Rustic Chic Winter Wedding: Emily + Nick

Warm, rustic chic, winter wedding

Emily & Nick were the most laid back, chill couple I ever met. They literally just wanted to get married and all the other stuff was the cherry on top. They wanted to be sure their friends and family were well taken care of and had a great time. Emily & I were introduced by my sorority little sister so we automatically hit off the bat having a friend in common. We planned Emily & Nick’s wedding pretty quickly which is actually my favorite–there is no lag time, there is no down planning time, we just knock it all out! I adored Emily’s dress and the light airy look of it. You know it is a rockin’ party when the bride gets on the mic and kills some Adele. It may have been a winter wedding but we were lucky to get the most beautiful, sun-shiny day. One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the wedding favor. Nick is a dentist with a new practice & so all of the guests were given Dr. Nick Brown toothbrushes! Emily & Nick, it was a pleasure to work with you & your families to plan your special day. We wish you nothing but happiness in the years to come!

 

Creative Vendor Partners:

Venue: Barn at Shady lane

Catering: Happy Catering Company

Photography: Eric & Jamie Photography

Florals: Lillie Jane

Rentals: Decor to Adore

Cake: Cakes by Kim

Band: Teenage Daddy

Real Wedding: Rustic Chic Meredith + Dan

Real Wedding: Rustic Chic Meredith + Dan

Happy video Thursday friends! Today we are sharing a behind the scenes video from Meredith & Dan’s wedding day! We can’t wait to be share their images on our blog in the coming weeks. For now, check out the video below–be sure to hop over to YouTube to subscribe!

Classic Neutral Greenery Wedding: Kayla + Morgan

Classic Neutral Greenery Wedding: Kayla + Morgan

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Classic Neutral Greenery Wedding: Kayla & Morgan

I am so excited to share this one with all of you. Kayla and I met through a mutual sorority sister of ours who was Kayla’s maid of honor. Karley connected Kayla & I and we hit it off right away. I knew planning for her would be so fun because I knew most of the girls, her and Morgan were so sweet, and after Kayla telling me her vision I knew it was going to be a beautiful day. Kayla was one of my most organized brides which brings pure joy to this wedding planner’s heart. With her living out of state, she really utilized the online management system we give our clients access to which made me feel in the loop the entire time. Since Kayla was very organized and had many of the tasks of wedding planning covered, we decided wedding day management was the best service for them.So we were able to make some vendor referrals, tracked her progress online, and then we stepped in at the time for her site visit, logistics meeting, finalizing all the details of the day and then of course running the day itself. It was a ball to get to spend the day with my friends and sisters, but really serve this special friend and be able to give her peace of mind on her wedding day that everything would run smoothly–which it did!

Details:

Kayla did such a great job with her amazing details. We incorporated her P & wreath throughout the design of the event. I loved her shoes–wedges are a great choice because they are more comfortable, her fur was to DIE for, & the bible was her grandmothers. I love when our brides incorporate special family heirlooms into their day as they start their own new family.

Bride & Groom & Wedding Party

First of all the details of Kayla’s dress are beyond amazing! All the lace and buttons–insert emoji heart eyes here please! My favorites are the ones of her & the girls in their fur wraps. There is something so classic & elegant about a bride in a fur. We were so lucky with the amazing weather & Linn Park was still full of leaves and color in December. Can we also talk about this sweet flower girl?! She was precious & ready to tackle her flower girl duties!

Ceremony & Reception

No shortage of fun happened here that is for sure. We boogied on the dance floor all night. What I loved most was the love you could see between Kayla & Morgan. They were just so so happy which brought me great joy not only as their wedding planner but friend. We brought their P & wreath motif to life as a feature wall with hanging glass orbs with candles. By far one of my favorite design elements ever. Saovie Catering killed it with the yummy food everywhere–those candied bacon deviled eggs are from Heaven itself. And of course my friends at GoPro Events were sure to get in on the fun!

 

Thank you to our amazing vendor partners for making the day a success and all the beauty you brought to it!

 

Photography: Leslie Hollingsworth Photography

Venue: Bridgestreet Gallery & Loft

Catering: Savoie Catering

Cake: Magic Muffin

Floral: HotHouse Design Studio

Lighting, Draping & DJ Services: On Site Productions

Getting ready location: The Tutwiler Hotel

Birmingham Alabama Wedding Venues

Birmingham Alabama Wedding Venues

We know many of you are in the selection process for your wedding venue. You might be trying to decide budget, style, capacity for your guest count, and many more things. Having the right venue for your wedding is very critical. Today we wanted to share our Birmingham Alabama Venue Guide with you!

Warehouse/Industrial Style

Screen shot 2017-02-28 at 12.04.29 PMHaven. Haven is a new industrial style space in Downtown Birmingham. They feature a beautiful parlor area with a bar, which is large enough to feature a lounge or the bride’s cake as well. Photo from Haven Website

13198480_10154084964180520_7662954765458316290_oB&A Warehouse. B&A features 4 rooms which can be rented together or separately, a beautiful built in bar, and some of the best catering in Birmingham! Photo Credit: Rebecca Long Photography

magen-davis-photography_i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-17BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft. BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft is one of our favorite venues in downtown Birmingham! The white palate allows clients to really design the space how they want it. They feature two floors, chavari chairs, and beautiful brick white washed walls. Photo Credit: Magen Davis Photography

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Iron City. Iron City is one of the coolest venues in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. As a concert venue, it features a stage bands dream of. If you are looking for a good time, amazing food & pastries, Iron City is the place for you! Photo Credit: AL Weddings

Hotels & Ballrooms We Love

stacy-richardson-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-ross-bridge_0001Renaissance Ross Bridge. Affectionately known as “the castle”, Ross Bridge offers a true resort experience for guests, and couples alike. They have beautiful ballroom spaces to accommodate anywhere from small to very large groups, as well as a beautiful terrace for ceremony and/or reception. Photo Credit: Stacy Richardson Photography

stacy-richardson-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning_0036Westin Hotel. In the heart of the Uptown district of downtown Birmingham, The Westin Hotel is a modern, sleek look with a ballroom that can accommodate around 175-200 guests. They have a fantastic chef, and you and your guests would be walking distance to many downtown Birmingham, Alabama attractions which is attractive for guests traveling! Photo Credit: Stacy Richardson Photography

 

jett-walker-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-the-club_0073The Tutwiler Hotel. The historic Tutwiler Hotel features two ballroom spaces. It is one of our favorite getting ready location options for clients because of the historic charm! Photo Credit: Jett Walker Photography

kelli-daniel-taylor-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning_0057The Grand Bohemian Hotel. The Grand Bohemain Hotel is a boutique hotel in the heart of Mountain Brook, Alabama. The ballroom is elegant, and opulent–perfect for the client looking to deliver an upscale, over the top, grand experience for their guests! Photo Credit: Kelli & Daniel Taylor Photography

jett-walker-photography-i-do-i-do-wedding-planning-the-club_0024The Club. A Birmingham, Alabama classic. The Club is a private membership dinning club with several ballroom options for events. Even if you are not a member, you can have a sponsor for your wedding! Photo Credit: Jett Walker Photography

abbyThe City Club of Birmingham. Overlooking the downtown Birmingham, Alabama city skyline, The City Club of Birmingham features three ballroom spaces that can be used together or individually. Guests will love coming to this Birmingham staple! Photo Credit: Love Behind the Lens

Beautiful Barns & Outdoor Gardens

simple-color-at-barn-at-shady-lane_0024The Barn at Shady Lane. One of our favorite Birmingham venues! We love that the barn feels rustic and warm, but classic and elegant at the same time. The porches on the front and back of the venue allow for additional space for guests to mix and mingle. Photo Credit: Simple Color Photography

 

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claire windwood 3Windwood Weddings. A true working horse barn that features world renowned horses on rolling hills and beautiful scenery in Pelham, Alabama. There are so many location options for ceremony and reception, although our favorite is under the string lights on the patio while your band or DJ kicks it up on stage. Give me this venue in the fall ANY DAY! Photo Credit: Arden Photography

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Aldridge Gardens. Beautiful acres of meticulously kept gardens in the heart of Hoover, Alabama makes this venue a favorite of ours. The feature lakeside, house and pavilion options for your event. Photo Credit: Andrea Mabry Photography

 

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite Birmingham, Alabama wedding venues! We are so lucky to have so many great properties to work with!