Planning and executing weddings is something makes me extremely happy. The look on the grooms face when he sees his bride for the first time, the look on the couples face when they see their reception venue and of course the magical moments of their first dance!!!! Those are some of the moments that I look forward to on wedding day. From a guests perspective, everything runs smoothly and they are able to dance and celebrate with the newest Mr and Mrs.
Have you ever thought to see things from the planner perspective on wedding day? Very few people get a glimpse behind the veil to see what the wedding day looks like from the perspective of the planner and staff. Well today you do…. Here we go!!!!
Typically my day begins 5 to 6 hours before the scheduled wedding ceremony start time. Checking in with the bride and groom and then I head to the venue. I also send off a quick text to the photo/video team with the bridal party room numbers so they can come and get prep shots. If we are working at two different locations for ceremony and reception, I typically go to the reception site first, have a quick meeting with my assistants and walkthrough the room. Once I have made sure all the vendors are in place, I hand it over to my assistant and she takes over setup, and I head to the ceremony site.
At the ceremony site, the process is the same, quick meeting with my onsite assistant, oversee the setup and items that need to be put out (sign in book, photo with frame, unity candle or sand…etc). One hour prior to the ceremony we walk through and do any final adjustments and make sure it is just right. Somewhere in between I get to eat some food or the granola bar that is typically in my bag. The wedding hasn’t officially started yet and we have already put in about 6 hrs of prep work while everyone is getting ready.
One of the things that is most important to me is the bridal part processional. My staff and I have a system in place that make our weddings unique from all the others (you will have to come and see exactly how we do it :)). I allow the bride and her father to have a moment and then it is time to walk down the aisle. When the doors close and the bride is down the aisle, we give each other a high five and know the first part is complete!!!!!!
For those of you who wonder the value of a wedding planner, you can clearly see that prior to the wedding ceremony, my team and I have already been hard at work behind the scenes making sure all the moving parts of your wedding are falling into place. My goal is to make sure that the first day of your married life is as beautiful as we plan out together.
Stay tuned for behind the scenes from the cocktail hour and reception!!!
-Make it Simple and Chic!