At Life:Styled, we’re of the firm conviction that hiring wedding professionals such as wedding coordinators/designers/concierge companies are THE difference between simply experiencing your wedding and ENJOYING your wedding. As full-time working professionals, having wedding experts to handle your event and the myriad of details that inevitably develop is key to making it through your big day with little to no stress.
Our wedding concierge services are a truly affordable luxury, and take care of such things like room block negotiations, flights, accommodations, rehearsal dinner restaurant reservations, honeymoons, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and more. These are just some of the big and little elements involved in the wedding planning process that can drive any couple mad. We take care of them…so you don’t have to!
We’ve found nothing that explains the benefits of hiring wedding professionals more clearly than in a post we recently discovered on Constance Curtis Events’s blog. It’s the first hand account of one bride that uncovered just how invaluable hiring wedding professionals was to the enjoyment and sanity of her own wedding. Here’s a small excerpt of what she had to say:
“Eleven months ago, my husband and I got engaged and began the journey of planning our wedding. As we listed out all that needed to be done, we became overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin. That’s when a good friend of mine referred me to Constance Curtis Events. Within minutes of our first phone conversation I was at ease as she made wedding planning sound completely manageable. One of the most valuable aspects…was having someone to locate venues and vendors…and narrow them down to the best options. Since my husband and I both work full time, this was monumental! [And] we found it tremendously helpful having someone [to] navigate and compare [our] many contracts. My husband is a businessman, so he could have easily taken on this task, but what we didn’t know…was what we didn’t know! For example, how many weddings does the venue allow per day? Will there be a coordinator that the venue provides on the day? Does the venue refuse or require outside vendors for certain things?
After sorting out the venue and the main vendors, it was time to start tackling some tricky projects. When I let her know about my challenge finding the perfect bridesmaid dress, she sent me several links to bridesmaid dress designers I had never heard of before which helped expand my search. When we faced transportation issues in getting our guests from the airport to the resort and from the resort to both the welcome and rehearsal dinners, Constance arranged for a concierge company to set up a private website for us so guests could arrange their own transportation from the airport to the resort and we could arrange buses to the dinners. These were just a few of the countless situations in which we were able to rely on our coordinator to find the best solutions.
Once the wedding weekend arrived, we were not surprised to find that every detail was taken care of. When we arrived at the rehearsal, Constance handed out printed out instructions for each person to follow, including a detailed timeline of the wedding day, locations and times for family and bridal party photos, the ceremony outline, seating and standing charts, and reception outline including speeches and dances. Our family and friends held onto these like road maps for the next 24 hours, which saved me from hunting guests down and answering their many questions.
On the wedding day, she spent the entire day monitoring the vendors and making sure they followed the specific instructions for the table arrangements, reception setup, placement of décor items, specific lighting instructions, and so on. In between all of that, she was checking on my bridesmaids and I in the bridal suite, making sure we had lunch, advising me on what to tip the hair stylists and make-up artists, coordinating with the photographer, passing off payments to vendors, and making sure that everyone kept on schedule.
Of the million decisions we made surrounding our wedding, the best decision, hands down, was hiring a wedding coordinator. [And] after the last eleven months…, I would recommend to any friend of mine going through the wedding planning process to hire a coordinator right from the start. Having Constance allowed us to relax and enjoy our engagement and provided us with a great sense of security that we were making educated decisions…and making our dream wedding come to life.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Thanks Rebecca…and thanks to Aaron Young Photography for capturing Rebecca’s wedding and the stellar event styling of Constance Curtis! For the complete post, be sure to visit Constance’s blog here. For more information on our wedding concierge services, visit our website or contact us directly, today.