A Look Back on 2015 – 32 Weddings!

A Look Back on 2015It’s so hard to believe that 2016 is here already! Things were so fast-paced last year that this little blog didn’t get nearly the amount of attention that I had intended. Instead, my clients had all of my attention as I coordinated 32 weddings in 2015!

Looking back, I thought it would be nice to have a little run down of all of the venues I worked at last year!

In 2015, I coordinated ceremonies at:

After those ceremonies, I took care of the coordination details for receptions at:

Now that was a fun year! So many wonderful clients, great vendors, and awesome wedding memories! Here’s to 2016!

Wedding Season & a 2014 Wrap-Up

Greenville Wedding SeasonWhen I first started coordinating, wedding season, for me, was May & June and then October. Those are prime times in Greenville. Those are months when it’s best to make your vendor decisions far in advance, especially for photographers, officiants, and other vendors who can only do one wedding a day (maybe two for officiants depending on the ceremony times).

Nowadays, wedding season, for me, is pretty much all year (May, June, and October are just really busy). I’ll end up with small gaps in the winter when it is a less popular time to schedule a wedding (but I LOVE a January wedding, hello, Avett Brothers), and then I’ll have some gaps in the summer when it’s traditionally a bit hotter (but any summer weddings is still lovely, especially inside).

With all of that being said, February is an entire month off for me this year. It’s the only month this year when I don’t have a wedding or event, and I’m fully enjoying some downtime/recharge time on the weekends.

It’s also now the time that follows Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Prime engagement time! So, I have been meeting lots of new brides!

Since I hadn’t stopped yet to look back on 2014, I thought now would be a great time to reflect and to let everyone know what I was doing all of last year.

In 2014, I coordinated 29 weddings. All of those were in the Upstate, but I also traveled down to Folly Beach to help with my best friend from high school’s big day (my first on-the-beach wedding!). [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…]