Thursday, June 16, 2011

Planner vs No Planner

Weddings are scary, especially to someone who has never planned one or been to one.  Sometimes the planning process can even be painful to the experienced bride who has watched every single one of her friends take the plunge.  Some people have a knack for organization but have no vision on how to create the perfect atmosphere for their guests. Others are so creative that they simply lose track of their budget and their minds!  The best advice that I can give to someone getting married is the same advice I would give to someone building a new home: get to the planner/coordinator/designer first! You may only need their help for a day or you may want them to help you with each step you take all the way to your honeymoon get- a- away car.  The thing that is the most important about meeting with them first is that they have done this countless numbers of times so their knowledge and experience will be the most helpful to you.  Maybe you already have the color palette you want but you have no idea where to get the linens you want to rent for the reception space?  Well we can help you select the right textures and lengths to convey your theme.  Maybe you know you want calla lily’s and orchids in your bouquet but you do not know the best florist to get that really cool tree centerpiece you saw in a bridal magazine, we can help you with that too!   Most people think it costs a fortune to hire someone to help coordinate everything when in reality a good coordinator can save you time, money and heartache.  We can help you create a realistic budget, organize and help you select your vendors and set up everything for your big day.  We can even carry around your mother’s purse and your lip gloss for touch ups during the wedding day.  Most all the coordinators, including us, will customize a package that will work for your budget, style and needs.  Do not be afraid to call and have a consult, I promise whether you choose us or anyone else in the business you will not regret it.  Do we make mistakes? Does everything always run perfect?  Well, no it doesn’t. But I bet that it would be so much easier to handle a crisis with a friend than by yourself on your wedding day.  You never get to relive this day again, why not make it as stress free and as perfect as it can be by hiring someone who can take it there.  Do not let your wedding day slip away without being touched by someone to can truly show the world who you are as a couple.

Texas is coming to Alabama!

Tis Tis Tis!  I know we have been very behind on our blog updates, we are very sorry for the tardiness.  We have had so many wonderful things going on that it has been hard to find the time to update.  The last few months have been full of weddings, after rehearsal dinners, custom baby nurseries, and renovations.  We have been working on moving our rental inventory to Birmingham to our new office which we are sharing with Concept Construction in Helena, Al.  It will be open by appointment only here in the next few weeks (we hope :)
Now on to other news!  Please be sure and check out our ad in the newest issue of the Perfect Wedding guide Summer 2011!  We are so excited to be a part of a network of Birmingham professionals!
I also wanted to share with you a little bit about our beautiful intern Haleigh Hickerson who will be joining us this fall!  I asked her to send in a short clip about herself and some photos and here is what she wrote:

 " I am in the last semester of my junior year at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. I am going to graduate with a degree in RHIM (restaurant, hotel institutional management) with a focus on catering and event planning. Unsure of direction for studies, I started "Just Let Me Cook, Catering the summer of 2009. Started for fun and has now become a passion in my life. I'm currently following that passion in Florence, Italy studying event planning and culinary arts. After graduation, I am hoping to continue event planning and some private catering.
Most important to me are my family and friends. They mean the world to me and have had a huge impact on where I am today. I also love all sports, working out, cooking, and traveling. I'm obsessed with being busy, and trying to get the most out of everyday! I am so excited to be moving out to Alabama this summer and can not wait to start learning! "
She is now home from her travels and we are looking forward to having her join our staff this fall!