The one vendor a bride should always hire, besides me

Photo Alante Photography Design and coordination by Erika Hernandez with New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

Photo Alante Photography

Design and coordination by Erika Hernandez with New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

When booking a client one of the first things things I do is to send over a little Q&A to get a better idea of what their styling needs will be. Its a quick 10-12 set of questions covering the basics like venue, total number of people who will need makeup and hair, the photographer they are working with and who will be paying for all the bridesmaids. All of this information helps me to get an understanding of the bride, her organization and the vendors she has chosen to make her day perfect!

So, that was my old questionnaire... Let me take a step back, a couple of years ago I was on Orcas Island styling a wedding. It was a gorgeous summer day for a cute little wedding at a small private vineyard. Upon arriving I was ushered into a tiny room with my assistant where we had to move every piece of furniture around to even find space to set up. Really no biggie, I can handle most situations with ease.. The bride finally arrives late, completely overwhelmed already at 9 am with table settings, the lunches she needed to order for everyone, the seating arrangements to balance a delicate dysfunctional family (no judgement, we all have them), who had the marriage license?, did grandma make the ferry?, and why the tasting room at the venue was open when it wasn't suppose to be!?.. the frustration wore on her face like a bad contour, it was heavy

One thing to know about me is that I pride myself in my timelines, I get you can't control time but I am not one of those makeup artists that gets everyone out late but here I was trying to wrangle my bride and get her to sit down, get her bridesmaids to show up because we were now running 30 minutes behind schedule. I could go on and on with all the craziness of the day, like the time the bride had to get out of my chair (one of 12 times) to find the bologna for the groomsmen sandwiches or when two family members got in to a screaming match over the seating chart...

But I wont, I will say I left that day adding one more question to my list, WHO is your wedding planner? Because this is exactly the kind of stuff that happens when you don't have one and let me explain the stress level of the bridal suite, it can be high! I mean reeeeeeally high! From 'momzillas' to 'bridesmaidzillas' things can go astray but when you have your own hollywood director who comes with their entire production team all of that just melts like butter! So now, I always ask WHO is your planner? It doesn't mean I won't work with a client who didn't hire one but it does give me a heads up to plan extra time, to understand that they will need a little more hand holding and things just might go off the path at some point. It tells me I need to book more time in the schedule for the unknown, and to get some extra sleep. When a client doesn't have a planner, I always suggest hiring one of our many talented pros even if it is for just the day of. I work with some incredibly skilled planners, these women are the masters of time management and just make magic happen. I reached out to some of my favs and asked what is it that you do that makes such a difference?

 

 

"I don’t like to generalize, but I have many a groom not understand why hiring a coordinator is so important. Which is why it was an incredible complement when one of my 2016 grooms pulled me aside before their grand entrance and said “I didn’t know how much we needed you until today and I thought my wife was crazy for wanting to spend the money. You were the best money we spent on this whole wedding. I still don’t know what exactly you did, but everything just magically happened how it was supposed to and I know you are the reason.” Alex Chalk with Taylor'd Events Group 

Photo Clane Gessel Photography 

"The biggest difference that coordinators make in a day is building the trust with their client that their day will be handled with the love and care that went into creating it. Becoming someone's "best friend through the process" is actually I title that I gained once and it was one of the most flattering things anyone could have said. That means I did my job right. They trusted me to take over one of the biggest days of their lives and guide them through those last hurdles leading up to it. The last two weeks of wedding planning is known to be the most difficult. Having someone to hold together the team of professionals (make-up, hair, entertainment, photography, catering, florals, etc) and be there for those last minute decisions and questions that come up is essential. The couples are always busy dealing with last minute family details so having someone to back you up is priceless" Angela Schoening with Love + Lemons Events Photo Kelly Lemon Photography

"The biggest difference that coordinators make in a day is building the trust with their client that their day will be handled with the love and care that went into creating it. Becoming someone's "best friend through the process" is actually I title that I gained once and it was one of the most flattering things anyone could have said. That means I did my job right. They trusted me to take over one of the biggest days of their lives and guide them through those last hurdles leading up to it. The last two weeks of wedding planning is known to be the most difficult. Having someone to hold together the team of professionals (make-up, hair, entertainment, photography, catering, florals, etc) and be there for those last minute decisions and questions that come up is essential. The couples are always busy dealing with last minute family details so having someone to back you up is priceless" Angela Schoening with Love + Lemons Events

Photo Kelly Lemon Photography

"For most people, you're only married once (or YOMO as we say), so you don't necessarily know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. That's where we come in. Not only do we help you with the logistical side of things, we help design a day that is authentic to your love story. No two weddings are the same, so we are on a mission to create a design concept tailored to you and your significant other...You give us the go-ahead and we work to finalize those vendor deals. We handle the logistics so all you have to do is sign on the dotted line and do a little happy dance that it's all coming together so perfectly. Think of us as your hype girls, your margarita drinking, bachelor watching girlfriends—we’re here for you." Bixby + Pine Photography Tonie Christine 

"For most people, you're only married once (or YOMO as we say), so you don't necessarily know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. That's where we come in. Not only do we help you with the logistical side of things, we help design a day that is authentic to your love story. No two weddings are the same, so we are on a mission to create a design concept tailored to you and your significant other...You give us the go-ahead and we work to finalize those vendor deals. We handle the logistics so all you have to do is sign on the dotted line and do a little happy dance that it's all coming together so perfectly. Think of us as your hype girls, your margarita drinking, bachelor watching girlfriends—we’re here for you." Bixby + Pine

Photography Tonie Christine 

 

but, seriously ladies and gents hire the planner if even just for the day because this should be the best day of your life, to celebrate with family and friends and not to worry about where someone hid the lunchmeat ;)

 

XOXO

Anne