Top 5 Reasons Hire a Wedding Planner

Victoria, our summer intern has been kicking booty the few shorts weeks she has been with us and we couldn’t be more grateful. I’ve already asked her if she is interested in working with us after her internship is up. She’s just that fantastic y’all! This past week I gave her the small task of coming up with the Top 5 reasons why You should hire a wedding planner. Here’s what she had to say.

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If there is one thing I’ve heard from my married friends, it’s that “a wedding planner was quite possibly be the best money we’ve ever spent”. Now that I am several weddings in with Evan and Company, I’ve learned so much and there still much to be learned. I picked up on a few reasons as to why it was a good idea to hire a wedding planner. Here are my Top 5:

You Work A Full Time Job and Cannot Let Wedding Planning Take Over Your Life.

  • A lot of time and effort go into planning a wedding, time you might not have if you work a full-time job. Having a wedding planner is like having a personal assistant whose sole purpose and responsibility is to make sure your wedding day is everything you dreamed about and more.

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcndp You Do Not Know What Amount To Budget For Things

  • Money is one of the hardest aspects of the wedding process. Its hard to know who’ s paying what, how much do I spend, or when do I pay and to who.  A wedding planner knows all the answers to these questions; they are like a financial advisor specializing in weddings.

2015-09-03_0001 You Might be Planning a Wedding Somewhere Other Than Where You or Your Helpful Family Members Live.

  • It’s hard to plan a wedding, but it is even more difficult when it is in a different city then where you or your happy-to-help family members live. When you hire a wedding planner, he or she is there to make sure no appointments, tastings, or walkthroughs are missed because you couldn’t make it that day or got stuck in traffic on your way there. Wedding planners are also there to lend a hand when family members are unable to provide the necessary opinions, traveling, or assistance required.

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcndp You’re Venue Coordinator is Not Your Wedding Planner

  • Venue coordinators take care of all of the logistics for the venue, but that about as far as he or she’s services extend. A wedding planner goes above and beyond those tasks to help plan your special day.

2015-09-03_0002 You Might Not Have Time to Put in The Required Research to Make Your Dream Wedding a Reality.

  • Researching for weddings can be intimidating and can add unnecessary stress to the planning process. Lucky for you though, if you hire a wedding planner, he or she already has a list of trustworthy vendors and suppliers they have used for previous weddings and will recommend ones that are a perfect fit for your wedding.

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Meet Victoria

Summer is here. We’re are in full wedding mode and couldn’t be busier. When summer arrives it usually means one thing…. INTERNS. Meet Victoria, one of our adorable summer interns. She wrote a little about her journey with Evan and Company thus far.  2015-06-12_0001 I contacted Evan back in early spring about an internship opportunity for the summer; I am a Public Relations major and wanted more experience in my field and also a better idea of what I might want to do in the future.

Coming in I had some experience with event planning; my sorority’s formals/socials and with Auburn Donor Relations events, but compares to my first weekend as an intern for a wedding planner.

With the wedding being on a Sunday, prepping flowers started Friday morning. Walking in to the office full of big beautiful flowers certainly made me smile, but my love for these flowers faded after the first hour of clipping, stripping, and green fingers. It took a full day to prepare the flowers and create arrangements the bride was sure to love.  2015-06-12_0005 2015-06-12_0002 Saturday was neither hectic nor stressful. Although we were crunched for time, the wedding party knew their cues and positions within the hour time slot we were allotted.

For me, the night before the wedding was like the night before a big test I studied really hard for, I was full of anxiety, excitement and dreams of being late (being late to a test is one of my biggest fears and I guess being late to wedding setup is on that list now too.) I arrived to the office on time and ready to load up the van only to unload it 20 minutes later at the venue.

Because of Evan’s vision and Laura’s guidance, setup, from my point of view, was stress free and fast paced. The worst part about set up was definitely the heat and the bugs. (Note to self: do not have my wedding outdoors between the months of May and September because I burn, sweat and lots of bugs bite).   2015-06-12_0003 The wedding was fabulous and the bride and groom seemed truly pleased with how everything turned out, but I expected nothing less from Evan and Company. There might have been a few hiccups throughout the day, but that’s normal and nothing that couldn’t be fixed.  2015-06-12_0004 I know not all weddings/brides will be as laid back and easy going as this one, but I am excited to gain experience in the hectic world of event planning as well as to work for and learn from the master himself, Evan G. Cooper.

Intern Diaries

2014-03-25_0001 When Evan contacted me about his interest in hiring me as an intern, I had no idea what kind of adventures lay ahead of me. Granted, I did plan my own wedding. Almost completely on my own (not to dismiss the huge help my bridal party and family was, THANK YOU GUYS). But, my budget was small– I kept it simple. There was no elaborate lighting and fancy food or huge bouquets, it was very traditional and most importantly budget friendly. I had an idea of the work that goes into a wedding but, I will be honest and say what I experienced during my wedding was nothing in comparison to this past weekend with Evan.

The first realization I had was, there’s no crying in wedding planning… (unless you’re the bride). It takes no prisoners. You’ve got to get it done! No ands, ifs, or buts about it. The bride has entrusted the most important day of her life to you. It’s all in your hands. I thought my job as a server was demanding. Always being on my toes, looking out for someone who needed a refill and dodging small children. In wedding planning, it’s all in the details.

Our 3 day weekend started on Thursday with Flower Prep. Dear Mother of Pearl, flower prep. The two words make me cringe. Buckets and buckets and buckets and buckets of beautiful flowers show up at the doorstep waiting to be clipped, stripped, unbundled, and organized. In my opinion, this was the most taxing task of the weekend. We prepped from 9 AM to 6 PM. Your hands are stained green and you have holes in your fingers from thorns. But, in the end it is somewhat satisfying seeing all of the buckets full and fluffy with the flowers you just spent hours on. And that night I dreamt of dancing roses.

2014-03-26_0001 2014-03-26_0003 2014-03-26_0002 The day before the wedding was bit more fast paced. It began with going out to the venue and meeting the rental company. After you get tables and chairs set up and move them around seven times (hehe love you Evan!), you head back to the venue. More flower prep ensues. Centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, wreaths, focal arrangements and depending on what the bride wants, the list can go on and on. The night ends with making a final check list to make sure we have everything made ready to load the morning of the wedding.  2014-03-26_0006 2014-03-26_0007 (Oh and the only food you might get all day is when you have to stop at a sketchy gas station for some chicken fingers served in a place you would never dream of eating at). 2014-03-26_0004 Wedding day is the really the most exciting day. You see everything come together from what seems like an eternity of planning and organizing. On our end, it’s just another day at the office– loading cars, “Can you go pick this up”, “Don’t forget this”, hotel runs to drop bridal party flowers and then we finally head to the venue. There, we start to put together all the details together and it begins to take shape. Table linens and runners go onto tables, arrangements get final touches, every tea light, candle, and vase has to go out; chair cushions get tied onto the chairs (tedious task, I tell you). When all of this very, very hard work is finished, you get to relax for a few hours. And the caterer even gives you food! After a long day, cheesy potato bake, bacon wrapped chicken skewers, and a big glass of cold sweet tea was pure bliss (the caterer even made us a to-go baggy of the bacon wrapped chicken! And, no, I am not at liberty to discuss how many we ate on the ride home). The real work begins when the bride and groom say their farewell– clean up!! To be quite frank, at that point, you just want to be at home and asleep in your own bed so you just shove everything into the car. 2014-03-26_0008 I say all of this to say, not only is it our job to plan your day, it is also our job to fix your day. Evan says, “Wedding planners are really problem solvers”. Everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Things happen. Vendors are unreliable, people are late, vases shatter in the back of cars, anything can go wrong. It is our job to scoop up the pieces and make the day as perfect as we promised the bride it would be. At any other internship, I would be licking envelopes and being sent to get coffee. With Evan, he gives me responsibility. I’m learning things, and I feel prepared for whatever crazy task he throws at me. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with someone so talented. Needless to say, invest in him. He is the best money you could spend on a wedding. He really is remarkable. #doyouwanttotakeaselfie?  2014-03-26_0005