Wedding Workday in Greenville, SC: Holy Trinity & Larkin’s Cabaret Room

So, I decided to write a quick Saturday post before I head off to do some day-of wedding coordination. Since it would be nice to do a little stream of consciousness writing, that’s what we’re going with here!

Wedding Workday Morning – Website Submissions

My wedding workday morning is obviously very different from my bride’s wedding morning! Today I was able to get up early and knock out some emails.

One of my favorite things is receiving emails from my website! I love questions and, of course, requests for more information about my services. If you have something you want to ask, email away! [Read more…]

What is it Like to Work With a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator?

What is it like to work with a day-of wedding coordinator?One of the first questions I tend to get from potential clients is, “What exactly do you offer?” Since it comes up so often, I’ve decided that I’d also write a post about it.

Instead of just listing out what’s included in my day-of wedding coordination service, which is great for contract purposes but doesn’t provide the amount of explanation that some people would like, I’ve decided that I would write about what typically happens through the process of working with a couple.

Of course, I can only speak for what I do. Below is what has come to work really well for me and my clients, but all day-of coordinators probably approach things a bit differently. This should give you a good idea of what to expect though! [Read more…]

One Way to Celebrate Valentine’s in Greenville

Dahlia Valentine's Red RosesThis year, Jon and I celebrated Valentine’s in a pretty typical way, with roses and a dinner out. This beautiful Valentine’s arrangement came from Dahlia, which just happens to be at the end of our street. They always do awesome arrangements (including incredible wedding flowers, too!).

We also went to The Lazy Goat, which is always a good idea. I didn’t bother to take any pics then because it would have looked pretty much like this. I love fried goat cheese almost as much as I love Jon. ;)

Since I know that there were definitely some ladies who received some new engagement bling for Valentine’s, I’ll be hopping back into wedding writing starting this weekend!

One other thing to look out for will be my posts featuring specific wedding vendors in the area. They’ll give you their best wedding advice for their area of expertise in the industry. The first post up will feature Justin at Uptown Entertainment. There’s definitely more to consider when hiring your wedding DJ than most people realize!

I’ll leave you with some more Dahlia photos. If you look closely you can even see the signature dew drop that they put on all of their arrangements.

Calhoun and FrankOh, and of course I have show you a picture of the pups. Calhoun and Frank were taking advantage of the fact that I opened the front door for more natural lighting while photographing my Valentine’s flowers, and they snuck into the foyer to check out what was going on in the neighborhood.

Check back soon for more wedding posts, and have a great weekend!

Happy (one day after) Valentine’s!

A Review of the Top Wedding Caterers in Greenville, SC

Review of Top Wedding Caterers Greenville SCNow that you’ve picked your wedding date and the perfect venue, what’s next on your wedding planning to do list? Well, typically the next thing that my brides tend to focus on is the caterer.

Food is always such an important aspect at celebrations, and your wedding is going to be the biggest celebration you ever plan. So, of course, you’re going to be very particular about who you choose!

There are many great companies that provide catering in Greenville, SC, but I’ve compiled of list of the most popular (and wonderful) wedding caterers that I work with. Here they are, in alphabetical order: [Read more…]

Date Night: Supper Club with a Southern Summer Themed Dinner

I am a firm believer that when a bride is planning a wedding that she should work hard to make sure that she doesn’t focus too much energy on the wedding itself. Instead, she should try to remember to focus on the relationship that is the reason for the wedding and the basis for her future marriage.

In the spirit of encouraging my brides to do something fun with their fiance and keep the wedding planning stress down, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Supper Club that my friends and I started last year. It’s a fun way for us to get together and relax with friends, and they’re really good dinners!

How Our Supper Club Works

Our Supper Club consists of three couples, with other friends joining us for some of the evenings. We rotate houses each month and take off some time for the holidays and summer, when scheduling would be too difficult. The hosting couple takes care of everything (but the others typically show up with wine or other theme-appropriate beverages).

Past Supper Club Themes

Last fall we had an absolute blast with the Supper Club dinners. I started things off with a French-inspired meal, and I learned how to make creme brulee for it! The next couple did a southern themed evening, complete with collard greens and homemade apple pie. The third dinner was a German meal of goulash and spaetzle. Then, everything was wrapped up in November with a Spanish-inspired meal with a grand finale of coffee-infused flan (so good!).

This Year’s Kick-Off

I thought that it was really interesting that it was actually one of the guys who asked if we were going to keep things going this year! Well, of course we are! [Read more…]

How do I create a timeline for my wedding day?

How to Create a Timeline for Your Wedding DaySo, you have everything planned for your wedding day. The bridesmaids have their altered dresses, you’ve finalized your contracts with your vendors, and you’re making your final wedding check list. What is left to do?

Well, whenever I am doing day-of wedding coordination for a couple, one of the most important things that I do prior to their wedding day is create a timeline. This is a comprehensive, one-pager that is the guide to the who, what, when, and where for their big day.

Once I’ve created the wedding time line and all of the details are ironed out, I’ll distribute copies to the couple, their wedding vendors, and the wedding party. It helps to make sure that everyone is on the same page, and it helps me to do a much better job because I just need to fold up that one piece of paper and stick it in my dress pocket. (I keep all of the detailed wedding documents handy in a folder, but this way I don’t have to carry it with me everywhere.)

Up until a few months ago, I had always written out the wedding timeline by hand while I was at my initial meeting with my couple. Then, duh, I realized it would be so much easier for me to turn it into a form. That would have to be one of the best things I ever did! And, I’m going to share my Wedding Timeline Worksheet with you! [Read more…]

ABCs for a Wedding Ceremony With Children

ABCs for Ceremony with ChildrenAre you planning to have children in your wedding ceremony? If so, this post is for you! Earlier this week, I had written about my Best Tips for Having Children in You Wedding, which covered things to consider when deciding which children will be in your wedding and how to best prepare for the wedding day. In this post, we’ll talk about the actual plan for the ceremony itself.

Whenever I am doing day-of wedding coordination for a bride who will have a flower girl or ring bearer, I always ask them to come up with their ABC Plan for the ceremony. This is actual a series of plans, A through C (and also D). This way the bride and groom, wedding party, and parents of the children in the wedding party all know what will happen depending on different situations with the little ones.

Plan A

This is the ideal plan for the wedding ceremony. With this plan, the child who is a member of the wedding party is having a wonderful day and is excited about doing their part. They are cool with lining up with the wedding party, they walk down the aisle nicely, and they stand up at the front the whole time. This is the plan that you go over during the wedding rehearsal and prep the child for prior to the rehearsal. [Read more…]

A Review of the Best Wedding Planners in Greenville, SC

Review of Best Wedding Planners Greenville SCAre you interested in finding a wedding planner to help you take care of planning all of the details for your wedding in Greenville, SC? As a day-of wedding coordinator, I totally understand that some brides desire to have a full-out wedding planner to assist them with their big day. Since I prefer to focus on day-of coordination, I have no problem referring them to the right person.

(Wondering what the difference is between a planner and a day-of coordinator? Check out this post.)

Below is my list for the best wedding planners in Greenville, SC. Please note that this may not be an exhaustive list (there could be someone who is a great planner that I just haven’t met yet), but if you were to ask wedding professionals all over Upstate South Carolina what their recommendations would be, I can guarantee that this list would pretty much sum up the results. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

So, who are the Best Wedding Planners in Greenville, SC? [Read more…]

Best Tips for Having Children in Your Wedding

Tips for Children in WeddingMany brides, when they picture their ideal ceremony, have a mental image of a precious flower girl and/or ring bearer walking down the aisle ahead of them. Or, sometimes, they just have family members who expect their children to be a part of the wedding. ;) Either way, if you are planning a ceremony that children will be a part of, I have some tips for making it a good experience for everyone.

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Selection

That section title makes it sound like you have a wide variety of options when choosing who will be a flower girl or ring bearer, but typically it ends up being based on who you or your fiance is related to under the age of eight. I understand that this decision, along with any others made regarding your wedding party, is based on what you have in mind for your ceremony, family and friend expectations, and, typically, an effort to make everyone happy.

Most of the time, whoever you pick to play these parts in your ceremony will be a perfect fit for the job, but there are a few things you need to take into consideration: [Read more…]

Top 5 Awkward (But Totally Normal) Moments at Recent Weddings

Wedding HumorHappy Friday everyone! In the spirit of sticking to my Birthday Resolution, I’m making sure that I’m keeping up with my blog posts on here. Things have been a bit busier this week that expected (I’ve book three brides in the past few days!), but I’m certainly not complaining. However, I am going to save my wedding tips post for this weekend when I have more time to fully explain it. Instead I present to you:

My Top 5 Slightly Awkward (But Totally Normal for a Wedding Coordinator) Moments from Recent Weddings

#5 – A few months ago I had the sweetest ring bearer ever in a wedding that I was coordinating. I’m thinking one of the reasons he was so sweet is that he was full of sugar! He had learned quickly that the Old Cigar Warehouse keeps bowls of mints on all of their restroom counters, and he was hooked! Just before sending him out for the ceremony, I decided to ask him if he had any mints that I could hold on to for later. He proceeded to empty about 10 from his pockets. Then the little dude handed me the one from his mouth. Haha. Better than having him walk down the aisle with it! [Read more…]