Top 10 Things Brides Forget For Wedding Day

Top 10 Things Brides Forget For Wedding Day

Hey yall! Today we are chatting about the top 10 things brides forget for wedding day and we want to be sure you don’t make those same mistakes. We see clients leave things to the very end that could be taken care of so much sooner. Watch the video above and then grab your own little workbook & checklist here!

 

Thanks for watching friends!

Southern Glam Wedding Ashley & Aaron

Southern Glam Wedding Ashley & Aaron

Oh I am SO excited that this wedding is on the blog today! Ashley & Aaron are a treasured couple for me. They are two people who just make you feel like you’ve been friends for 100 years from the moment you meet them. They are also super special because they are our second ever create clients–meaning they used all of our create vendor partners for their big day! Being our second create couple, we really enjoyed having the experience of working with all our studio partners and we brought this southern glam vision to life!

 

Ashley & her mom Sherry came to me with a specific vision but were struggling with how it was all going to be pieced together and be cohesive. For them, full wedding planning was the way to go due to Ashley’s busy work schedule and their desire for us to design & produce the entire event. We loved bringing in Ashley’s love for moroccan patterns into this southern glam wedding, and her love of all the spring colors. We really wanted some wow factor for the wedding and the hanging gold floral installations CeCe Designs created gave us that wow! Friends and family gathered, they hugged, they kissed & they said I do! Ashley & Aaron, you know you are one special couple to us & we can’t wait for dinner and game night friends!

 

Vendor Friends:

Venue Coordinator vs Wedding Planner–And Why You Need Both!

Hey yall! Happy Tuesday–hope you are having a great start to your week! Today we are chatting about the difference between a venue coordinator, and a wedding planner & actually why you need both.

 

A venue coordinator is typically someone who works for or owns the venue exclusively. Their job is to ensure the venue performs at top notch abilities, things are clean, and anything related to the venue runs super smooth. If your venue includes catering as well, this could fall on their shoulders as well. Sometimes I have heard brides or have had other vendors tell me their brides have said “ well I have a venue coordinator, I don’t need a wedding planner”. Let me be clear–a great venue coordinator is critical to my success as a wedding planner. They need to be just on top of their game as I am on mine. They are an integral part of our vendor team for the wedding day. But I would encourage you to think about all the things a wedding planner provides that your venue coordinator probably does not do or wouldn’t be able to do on wedding day as they may be tending to other things. As a wedding planner, our alliance will always be with you—we will always be acting in your best interest & acting on your behalf. This may include insuring the set up is accurate, that vendors are loading in the correct items–your vendor coordinator won’t know what you ordered from your other vendors. If there is a crisis they need to tend to, and a crisis you may need them for or another vendor, who will tend to that if you don’t have a planner? More than likely it will be up to you solve. They are not going to create a master timeline for all your vendors to follow for the day. Again, they are going to have their own duties to worry about when it comes to their venue–being sure it is in tip top shape for your big day! A planner is going to connect you to vendors that we know fit your budget, style, personality and taste. We are going to stay on top of you on planning tasks and oversee the entire process. Again, a great venue coordinator is critical to my job but just a warning—a venue coordinator is not a replacement for a wedding planner or event coordinator for your big day!

Hopefully today you have learned not only do you need a great venue coordinator who is going to know ALL the ins and outs of your venue but also a great wedding planner that is going to be in your go to planning resource & naviagtor of all things planning.

Thanks for reading today friends! See you next time!

 

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