Within a month of my engagement my now husband and I attended his cousin’s wedding. When we told her we were engaged the first words out of her mouth following “Congratulations” were “Hire a wedding planner, at the very least hire a wedding coordinator for the day of. I didn’t do that and it’s the one thing I regret because on your wedding day you want to be able to sit back and relax with your family and friends, you don’t want to be running around doing everything or have them running around doing everything.” With such a tight budget I didn’t think we’d be able to afford a wedding planner but the more I read into it the more I realized we couldn’t afford to not have a wedding planner.
I’m a very organized and type-A person so at first my husband didn’t think that we needed a wedding planner. We had almost two years to plan a wedding and he thought I could handle it on my own, however I knew I needed someone to pull my vision into a cohesive, beautiful event: that’s where Lorie and Teresa walk in. From our first meeting I know they were the people I wanted to trust with our wedding. They created a budget (which I adhered to religiously), they gave us suggestions for the vendors and the venues, and they were at every meeting we had from viewing the venue, to the cake tasting, to the florist appointment.
I sent them (an obsessive amount of) emails with pictures of weddings I wanted mine to look like, along with ideas, and any questions I had and they always responded promptly and figured out what a way to pull all the photos I sent them into one cohesive wedding. My husband even made a comment during the wedding process (an he was a very involved groom I might add) that everything was going so smoothly.
Our wedding day was perfect thanks to these ladies, I didn’t have to do a thing other than enjoy my day. They made sure everyone was where they needed to be, doing what they needed to do. The venue looked beautiful and since our wedding everyone has continued to talk about how wonderful it was. We’ve gotten multiple compliments about Lorie and Teresa being on top of things, as well as how beautiful our recpetion was. In fact, several people who know what our budget was were shocked at how wonderful everything turned out and said it looked like we spent much more than we did, which to me was the ultimate compliment. At the end of the day I know I couldn’t have done it without Lorie and Teresa and it was worth every penny. I highly recommend any bride use them regardless of how organized you may be, or if you think you can do it on your own, they will definitely pull your dream wedding together and take the stress off of you on your big day.
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Photos Courtesy of: Jamie Howell Photography
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