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…]

Interested in meeting with a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator in Greenville, SC?

Meet the Coordinator in Greenville, SC

Are you planning your wedding in Greenville, SC and thinking about using a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator? Not sure if it’s what you need or want to learn a little more about the services offered? Maybe you just want to meet and chat with the person who could potentially become a major part of your wedding team?

I completely understand where you are coming from! That’s why I’ve decided start scheduling introductory meeting times each month so that I can set aside a time to meet with couples (or brides, brides and their mothers, brides and their friends) who haven’t booked me yet but just want to meet me and see what this day-of coordination stuff is all about. [Read more…]

Wedding Workday in Greenville, SC: Cliffs Chapel & Old Cigar Warehouse

I really liked being able to write a post last week before I headed off to the wedding, so I decided that I’d like to make it something I would try to do before each of the weddings I day-of coordinate. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t have time because today’s going to be a pretty long workday, but I’ve been up since 5:30AM, so I’m not going to have to worry about that. ;)

Today’s wedding is going to be beautiful and incredible to work. At the rehearsal last night (which was above On The Roxx, it’s an awesome space) the couple was so sweet and so ridiculously excited about what will be going on today. I was brought on as their coordinator fairly recently, so I didn’t have anything to do with this, but I also have get an opportunity to work with some of my favorite vendors! [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

What is the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Day of Wedding Coordinator?

What's the Difference Between a Wedding Planner and a Day-of CoordinatorWhen you begin planning your wedding, you’ll start looking for vendors, checking out Pinterest for ideas, and making mental notes about all of the things you want to make sure are perfect on your wedding day.

Mostly likely, with all of those beautiful ideas and detailed check lists, you will soon come to the realization that you will not be able to do it all on your own. Even though you could plan everything to be just the way that you always imagined, in order for you to be able to enjoy and be fully present for your wedding, you’re going to need a little help.

That help could come in the form of an incredible friend (preferably not a part of your wedding party, they’ll be a bit tied up), but sometimes you’ll seek assistance from a wedding professional.

In this post I’ll go over what the differences are between a wedding planner, a day of coordinator, a wedding director, a venue coordinator, and an event designer. This will help you determine who you will need to seek out for your wedding team based on what you need as a bride.

What does a Wedding Planner do? [Read more…]

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Love This Little City is a wedding blog created with Greenville, SC brides in mind. Are you looking for a perfect wedding venue or the best caterer in town? How about advice on how to create your wedding timeline, make sure all of your decor is taken care of, or have the perfect sparkler send off? Those are all examples of topics that I’ll cover on LoveThisLittleCity.com. Keep checking back in while you work through the planning for your big day, new posts are added weekly. Oh, and have a specific question in mind? Email it over, and it might just be the next topic I cover!

In case you would like to learn more about me and the Day of Wedding Coordination services that I offer, you can check out my About Page or my Services Page.

Happy Wedding Planning!