June 2, 2017

Storybook Wedding

One important characteristic of a Wedding and Event Planner is to be able to source a group of vendors specific to the needs of each customer’s budget, style, size, location and even personality.  A Professional Planner spends much of their time networking with event vendors, business owners, and local community leaders. All of this “face time” is important to making professional contacts they can trust. Over time this allows a Planner to create an extensive vendor list for every possible request or requirement from a client.

Not only am I a member of BNI (a worldwide business networking group) and several local and regional networking groups for business owners, working professionals, and wedding vendors, I enjoy creatively collaborating with my vendors planning mock-events for marketing tools, portfolios, but mostly as a test run for hiring them to supply goods and services for a real client.

This is a recent, stylized photoshoot that I planned and coordinated. This one mock-wedding included more than a dozen vendors including a wedding venue, a photographer, a videographer, a florist, a baker, a décor rental company, a jewelry store owner, a stylist, a dress shop with tuxedo rental, and a printer. Most of the vendors had to interact with the models and each other. Even though this was not a real wedding, it gets stressful when different personalities and work styles have to come together for a successful outcome.  As a Professional Planner, it’s my job to ease the stress through planning a well-planned schedule and holding everyone to that timeline. I also observed the interactions and collaborations between vendors as they worked on this project noting those that work well together so that I can book them to work future weddings and events effectively and successfully! 

I strive to construct a dream team for very event I plan! Even though some vendors are personal friends, it doesn’t mean they are automatically going to be hired for the event. I have to take into consideration the event budget and style. I always give my couples two or more options and let them meet the vendors for themselves. My clients hire the vendors. I just make introductions between them and sources that 1) are available on their date, 2) can work within the budget and 3) have a similar aesthetic to the style of the event.

My goal is to assist my client in their planning helping them to realize the vision in their head can come true! Are you planning a wedding? Do you know if you’re getting the most from your money? Are you sticking to your budget? Are you struggling to find that “special” venue, dress, gift? Have you considered the logistics of delivery timing or guest wrangling? You want your wedding to be memorable. How are you personalizing it so that it will truly be an event uniquely customized to you?  Let’s sit down and talk about it. I will create a package that fits your needs! On your wedding day, I’ll be there keeping everything on schedule, handing any issue that arises, assisting the guests, managing the vendors and letting you stress less.  Consultations are free!

The wonder Vendors that made this event a success and fun:

Venue and Models- The Gathering House

Dress and Accessories - Your Big Day

Photography - Ray Lundrigan Photography and Shelly Fry Photography

Videography and Drone Video - Trevor Holland Films

Florist - Chickabloom Floral Studio

Paper Flower Artist - 14Keys Design

Decor items - Angel Wing Rentals and 1000 Stories

Cake - Mom and I Cakery

Make Up and Hair - Beauty By Bre

Rings - Rand Jeweler

Invitations and Signs - Avaric Letterpress

Planning - 1000 Stories Events

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