A question I get asked often when meeting with clients --- and one I don't mind answering
I married my college sweetheart in summer of 2008 in a small chapel in Kenosha, WI. At the time was a working full-time as a dental assistant. I know what a change! But it's true! When I started the planning process there was not may planners in the area. And I was (not happy to say it) a bride who was taken advantage of during the planning process.
It was hard to plan both a wedding, work a full tie job and take care of a newborn. I know people do it all the time --- but it is NOT easy! And lets be honest as a bride your head is spinning in so many directions you're not sure what way to turn. Vendors use works like "book soon because I can't guarantee the date". And I get why they tell couples this --- because it's TRUE! But as a bride your freaking out inside because you don't know if something better will come along or if this is as good as it gets!
I was not different.
So together we planned the most wonderful day! Surrounded by family and friends (and before pinterest....lol) I married the love of my life.
But then 6 weeks go by and you get your wedding photos! You rush home with a bottle of wine to sit on the couch and look at them. You want to see what you missed...what happened when you were not around.
And then you start to cry....and what should be happy tears are NOT! That's right folks! Our photographer (I felt) had let us done. As we looked thought over 1,000 we only seemed to like about a dozen! Which then just made me angry.
That's when something inside of me sort of snap! How many other couples would go through this as well?
Looking back I wish I would have found someone some to help with things...if not with the planning process at least with the Day Of.
Yes, I married my best friend. Yes, it was a beautiful day. But I was also the point person because there was not anyone there to take care of the little things so I could truly indulge in the day --- and be a bride.
The things I would say to my younger self...LOL. I am sure we have all been there. Would have, could have, should have.
I take my job as your planner to heart. Not just because you are my client but I never want anyone to feel the way I did. I want their day to be perfect. I want their planning process to be smooth and relaxing. And not worrying about how to go about finding the right vendors.
I want to be their point person so my clients can fulling indulge in their wedding day. If they planned it themselves I don't want them to have to worry about the DJ being late or the Cake topper went missing. I will take care of that.
So when clients asked "Why did you become a wedding planner"? I tell them...I want them to know that they will not go through what I went through as a bride. Because I will not let it.