Hi Style Me Pretty friends! It’s Chloe here visiting from Boxwood Avenue, and today I get to share one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process with you (design!), plus some great tips to keep in mind during the wedding planning process. We’ll be talking planners – and why you need one! – plus a fun Q&A with the pros at A Savvy Event.
Immediately after getting engaged, I knew I needed to find someone I could trust with my vision, but after ‘shopping’ around, I was taken aback by how much a wedding planner cost. I couldn’t believe that they’d be worth it. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. If you’re on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, take my word for it: they will be one of the best investments you make in your wedding. With that said. Don’t hire any ol’ planner! I think it’s incredibly important to find someone who has experience designing and executing weddings that showcase the style you’re going for. If you’re not having a ballroom wedding, don’t hire someone whose portfolio showcases mostly ballroom weddings. Keep looking until you find someone who blends well with your tastes!
After interviewing and selecting your perfect planner, you can begin to share the vision you have for your wedding. This can get a little tricky if you’re not sure of the exact direction you want to go! Selecting a coherent design direction can be very nerve wracking in this day in age because Pinterest fills all of us brides with So. Many. Ideas. To narrow my vision down, I created a secret wedding board which I shared with my florist and planner, and stuck to 20 key inspiration images. Sticking to those key images helped me show my planner, Jamie of A Savvy Event, exactly what I had in mind.
Two months out from my wedding, I had the opportunity to meet with Jamie at the La Tavola Fine Linens showroom in Napa, where she was able to arrange to have a set of the flatware, chargers, and other tabletop rentals I had selected for our wedding delivered. We spent the afternoon talking about my wedding’s design plan, and fine tuning every little detail. While we played at La Tavola, I was also able to ask her a few questions about the design process. I am happy to be able to share the amazing advice she gave me with all of you!
CM: What is the biggest mistake you see brides make during the planning process?
A Savvy Event: Pinterest. There are so many things brides want, and either it doesn’t fit in the budget, or doesn’t match their overall look. All too often, I see brides forgo on important things because they start focusing too much on a single image they saw on Pinterest. It’s better for a couple to allocate their budget to achieve an overall look and feel, than to focus too much on a single aspect of the design. My best advice? Never skimp on a great DJ, lighting, or flowers just to get that Pinterest project done.
What do you think is the most helpful resource for brides during the planning process?
A Savvy Event: Their wedding planner, of course, (and I’m not just saying that because I am one)! A wedding planner has the background, the contacts, and the resources to help their clients get everything they need, and at the best price.
How do you work with brides to align your visions?
A Savvy Event: Wedding planners always want the couple to have what they envision for their wedding, but it’s our job to educate them on being realistic about their budget. I will typically ask about the overall look and feel they’re going for, and if needed, offer alternative solutions that will fit within their budget. Sometimes alternatives aren’t as grand as first envisioned, but they will still accomplish the overall look, and leave the couple feeling happy about the outcome of their special day.
Where do you think it’s worth it to splurge, and where is it okay to cut back?
A Savvy Event: I often see couples cut back on lighting, but I don’t think that’s always the best option. In my opinion, lighting and entertainment brings the biggest bang for the buck! If a bride is looking to cut back, she can always scale back on rentals or repurpose florals to save a little money.
What makes for a happy and helpful bride?
A Savvy Event: I think, it always goes back to the planner making sure the bride is on schedule, and informed of where she needs to be, and when she needs to be there. Also, it’s always nice when a bride can make quick decisions. One of the hardest things for a planner is indecisiveness; once a design plan is made up, it’s very hard to change, and takes a lot of time, plus it can cost a lot of money!
What can brides do to translate their vision to you?
A Savvy Event: Pictures are always great, but there are so many pictures out there, so having a consistent Pinterest board with a cohesive look is probably the best way to communicate what she wants her wedding day to look like. I like it when a bride uses descriptive words or images such as art pieces or fabrics which can translate what they are passionate about as a couple; this helps put their personality into the wedding.
Isn’t that great advice!? Do you have any tips of your own to share? I can’t wait until the next time I see you guys, because I’ll be sharing my wedding!! See you then!
Follow Chloe’s Journey:
Photography: Kayla F Photography | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Poppystone Floral Design | Concept + Design : Boxwood Avenue | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Rentals: Frances Lane | Show Room: La Tavola