Today, my friend, Bethann, wedding specialist with Pepper Moon Catering, is sharing his thoughts on the perks of a wedding planner. Bethann is such an amazing professional and creative partner to work with. It is so nice to work with someone who is just as organized as I am!
You know that you work in weddings when your nightmares consist of the wrong chair covers and linens being ordered for a reception. You awake in a panic wondering which event that could be for and what date it’s taking place, hoping that you have time to fix it before you realize that it was only a dream. As a Wedding Sales Manager in Catering, there are so many aspects that go into the final event, not just the food and beverages that many think about when they hear the word “Caterer.” My job has morphed from someone who provides the expected menu and staff to someone who also details timelines and diagrams, works on color schemes, themes, and specialty items that will create the atmosphere that the bride and groom are looking for on their wedding day. Luckily, this is something that I do not have to worry about when I know that my bride has hired a professional planner.
When I use the word “professional,” I do not simply mean someone who has their own business cards stating that they “plan weddings.” I mean someone who truly knows the ins and outs of the industry, someone who cares about the minute details that can make or break someone’s special day, someone who will communicate with the other vendors as well as their own clients. In saying this, I know that not everyone uses a planner. Some of my brides are so well organized or so laid back that there is just not a great need for one, knowing that I’ll be happy to step in and assist with some of these details. Some of my brides have personal family or friends dying to help out in any way possible, so they step in to the role themselves. Then, there are the brides who have never planned anything like this before, who do not have the abundance of knowledgeable family members, who seem completely lost and feel that they are drowning in the details. These are the brides in need of the guidance and wisdom of an experienced planner.
Over the last decade, I’ve worked with all of the types of brides mentioned above (and several who fit into their own categories of what help they may need). There was a time when a bride would mention that they had a planner, and I was temporarily filled with a sense of dread- wondering if this planner would truly be a help or a hindrance. I’ve worked with the “planners” who I’ve had to follow behind, making suggestions and changes and ultimately planning out the details with the bride. However, I’ve also had the pleasure to work with true professionals who take pride in their work, who my brides have loved working with, and who I love working with, knowing that all of the details will be well taken care of. Leigh Pearce is one of these planners. When I have brides who tell me that they are working with her, I can immediately sigh in relief knowing that my job has instantly gotten that much easier simply because she and I will BOTH be there to guide along the way as well as execute the perfect event.
Jessica and Jonathan tied the knot at their church then moved over to her mother’s home for the reception. We created a rustic, upbeat look in the barn for cocktails and dancing and a fun yet elegant look in the dinner tent. So how do you get this look? Typically vibrant green and navy lends well to a preppy color palette but we put a country twist on it with fresh apples, some DIY projects by the bride, assorted Southern desserts, and a family style dinner. The result was understated but still with a rustic twist. So what do you think of this look?
I am so excited to finally be sharing this beautiful summer wedding with y’all. This definitely not your typical outdoor ceremony and barn reception with mason jars and burlap. Jessica LOVES bright hues and sparkle everything but also wanted to pay homage to Matthew’s country roots (he grew up on a farm in Canada). I think we blended all of the ideas and styles perfectly to create the ultimate #rusticcolorfulglitz wedding! Perry captured the moments and details so beautifully (as she always does!) and we were thrilled to have them featured on Every Last Detail yesterday. Enjoy!!
And I just have to share J+M’s super fun slo-mo video booth!!!!
Planning, Coordination, Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Venue: The Barn at Summerfield Farms | Catering: Fresh.Local.Good Food Group | Florist: Just Priceless | Linens: La Tavola | Music + Sound: K2 Productions | Lighting: Sound Illusions | Rentals: Party Reflections | Hair + Makeup: Carla White | Videography + Slo Mo Video Booth: Iron Kite Films | Bakery: Sweet Meg’s | Ice Cream Cart: Baker & The Bean | Invitations: Minted
Wahoo! I am so excited to share Jessica and Matthew’s Summerfield Farms wedding (and Perry Vaile Photography’s beautiful work) featured on Every Last Detail today! I absolutely loved planning and designing this #rusticcolorfulglitz wedding. Pop over to Every Last Detail to see the full feature and stay tuned for my full recap on the blog tomorrow!!
Whitebox Photography | Amanda and Evan’s Belmont Estate Wedding in Reidsville, NC
Today, my dear friend, Julie, the creator of all things sweet and owner of Simply Scrumptious, is sharing her thoughts on the perks of a wedding planner. Julie is absolutely a delight to work with and makes the BEST desserts from cakes to truffles and everything in between. I live for her lemon bars and bourbon chocolate pecan pie .. yummmm!
Details, details, details. They are what makes a wedding. With all of the inspiration out there on the internet and in magazines, it can be very difficult to have a clear vision of what you want your wedding day to look like. Normally brides go through several different ideas for every aspect of their wedding. Leigh has a knack for being able to take all of your ideas, as well as all of those from your family, to create a customized wedding that is all yours. As a bride, it is easy to get lost in internet world looking at gorgeous weddings (trust me, I know). Leigh keeps you focused on what needs to be done as well as makes you feel confident that your wedding will be just perfect.
As a baker, couples come to me expecting to decide on the cake flavor and design. They are always surprised at all of the other decisions that come along with the cake. From the cake topper, to the stand, to the table decorations, to remembering to bring a pretty cake knife for the photo, and everything in between…let’s just say that there is a lot to take care of, just for the cake! Having a planner to help keep track of all of these decisions is key to a stress free wedding day.
From a vendor perspective, an organized bride is essential. The organized bride without a planner are few and far between. Each vendor needs decisions made, contracts signed, payments made, and wedding day logistics. I cannot stress organization enough. I have worked with many planners over the past 7 years and Leigh is, by far, the most organized. Wedding day timelines make your wedding day run like clockwork. They have to be realistic. Leigh has a ton of experience and knows what each vendor needs to happen, before it needs to be done. When I deliver a cake to one of Leigh’s weddings, all that I have to do is wish her to have a happy wedding night as I am leaving. There isn’t a mad dash for a table, linen, cake topper, table decorations…it’s all there, ready to go.
Your wedding day is all about you and the love of your life. It is a once in a lifetime event that goes by oh so quickly. Enjoy it. Make the most of it. And leave the stress to a detail oriented, organized, and fun planner like Leigh!!
As everyone knows by now, I am a summer girl. But a classic winter wedding is always one of my favorites! I loved planning and designing this day for Carol Anne and Brad. I am absolutely head over heels with the results. So how do you get this look? We wanted a winter and holiday feel but with a non-traditional color palette. We mixed silver, varying shades of purple, and bright winter white. We mixed traditional elements like monograms, satin ribbons, dapper tuxedos with holiday inspired items like silver brushed baby’s breath, mixed ornaments and baubles, custom ornament favors, and thousands of twinkling lights. The end result was stunning! What do you think of this wintery look?