These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!
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Rebeccca will always have a special place in my heart - not because she was my first "unknown" client (we didn't know each other before she hired me as her wedding planner) but because she couldn't be any sweeter or kinder if she tried. She reached out to me after buying some decor from my sister's wedding from my mom, who insisted that she at least reach out to me once she realized she needed a coordinator, and I'm so glad she did!
I really want you to have the best wedding ever. I want you to trust everyone you've hired so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. I want you to know that everyone has your back and truly wants the best for you. Because of this, I actually get excited when I have a potential client tell me that they're talking to another planner or two. It doesn't scare me - it excites me. Because that means that I'm meeting with my ideal client.
Melissa and I met one afternoon in March, after many emails back and forth to plan a time to get together. She was looking for someone she could trust to plan her wedding day, that would be able to execute her vision to her standards. As we talked, we connected over her story about her romance with her husband, and how her little boy changed everything for her! I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her and make sure her day was everything she had dreamed. I was so excited when we officially started planning everything! Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful, personalized wedding day!
It is my firm belief that every wedding should have a wedding planner (or coordinator, at the very least). This isn't just because I am a wedding planner and want you to spend more money on your day (I actually don't, I believe you should be stress free both emotionally AND financially), but because I truly believe that you should be relaxing and enjoying your day - not stressing about the details (or stressing out your bridal party or family)! And, a wedding planner typically pays for themselves by helping to negotiate better rates with other vendors, offering more cost-effective solutions, and saving you tons of time!
I've always found it funny how the conversation about the wedding cake evokes such a complacent remark. Most of my clients couldn't care less about the cake for their wedding day, but the moms are insistent that they have a beautiful, giant cake for everyone!
As a small business owner, and one person team for everything - social media, networking, marketing, administration, finance, and all correspondence with clients, it can be hard to stay on the professional side of the line at all times. It can be a slippery slope and it can be hard to navigate the gray area! Here are my 5 steps to setting boundaries which will save you time and stress!
Sam and Ward met in the summer of 2010, as they were at orientation for their freshman year at college. While they connected those few days, it wasn't until their freshmen year actually started that they began to spend more time together. Their rooms were right down the hall from each other, and by the time the spring semester had started, they were officially together! And they've been together ever since! I was so proud to be a part of their wedding day, as these two were my residents when they were freshman - I got to see the beginning of their relationship and then the beginning of their marriage! It was an incredible feeling standing back on campus at CNU and reliving the beginning with them.
I first met Sherry and Tom a couple days before New Year's at our local Panera. They were 3 months away from their wedding and knew they needed someone to help with the final details. We talked about their vision, their plans, and what they were looking for, and I connected instantly to the way they just wanted their guests to have a good time and to not have to worry about anything the day of their wedding! I love when my couples want that, and think it helps make them focus on the big picture and not be too worried about the little details of the day. So I was thrilled when they decided to move forward with me!
I see it happen time and time again... the officiant has a flower, or doesn't. There's an extra flower for a hired vendor, but someone in the ceremony doesn't have one. Today I'm talking to the brides and those picking out the flowers for their wedding - make sure you don't leave anyone out!
The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?
Back in November, I started instagramming hints about an upcoming Chickadee announcement. Then I started posting regularly on Facebook, started encouraging my readers and audience to sign up for my newsletter, and then even launched my blog. All during that time, my goal was to launch my brand new website at the conclusion of my 20-week launch countdown! I figured that if I set a realistic goal with that much time to prepare, there was no way I could miss it. This was a strategic, smart, plan that would be hard to fail at.
It's a day you've been dreaming of for years, and possibly your whole life. You've looked through every magazine, every wedding-related pinterest board, and considered every detail of your perfect day. You've also likely considered what could go wrong, and have a bit of anxiety about the big day! All of which are perfectly normal.
Every wedding is different, but there are some things you can expect to happen no matter what.
When planning a dinner reception, many different little decisions have to be made to figure out how the dinner will flow perfectly. But the first thing you have to decide on is how dinner will be served! We discussed each option at length for our reception, and today I want to share the pros and cons for each of 3 options when planning a dinner reception.
Wedding registries are so. much. fun. When else can you ask people to buy you exactly what you want - from a kitchen aid mixer to wine glasses and fancy sheets and towels?! And people will get all of these wonderful things for you! But, how do you tell them where to shop?
Oh, to be a bride. It is truly one of the most exciting times in your life! I never spent a whole lot of time dreaming about weddings until after my little sister got engaged, so I didn't have anything that I was set on when Kevin proposed (except wearing my mom's dress, which is a story for another day!). We planned our wedding in 4 months while working full-time and living out of town from where our wedding was taking place. It was a total whirlwind, and today I want to share with you some of our favorite moments. Though we didn't have a ton of time to plan everything, we made sure that every detail was intentional, that it represented us, and that we didn't let it distract from the purpose of our wedding day - the beginning of our marriage.
Working with other people can be such a rewarding experience. I love getting to know new people, figuring out what gives them joy, and learning how they work! Perhaps that's the leadership nerd in me coming out :) While I love getting to work with new people, it can be really frustrating to work with people who don't communicate clearly.
Once you get engaged, the fun begins! You start looking through magazines, going crazy on pinterest, and reading everything you can about weddings. Maybe you even bought your own wedding journal/binder/planning guide! Then it becomes time to research vendors, make phone calls, set appointments, put deposits down.. and it gets a little scary, and a little bit more real.
I wrote this a year ago, shortly after I told my husband that one of my New Year's resolutions was to start my own event planning business. Since I haven't formally started a blog until now, it's been sitting in draft form until now!