Hello! My name is Alex and I'm a wedding and event manager and designer living in northwest #Arkansas. I first started planning events about 6 years ago. I kind of stumbled into it, as I've found is how most event planners get their start. I was working with a nonprofit and one day my boss asked me if I would feel comfortable helping plan an annual conference. I was nervous and excited all at the same time but abruptly said yes without even thinking twice. And thus it all began.
I remember being young and always planning my own birthday party (a lot of the time without my parents knowledge, haha) so, I began the planning process. I was so good at planning the annual conference, making sure every detail, registration and moment was planned to perfection... I sort of became addicted. Yep, I'm not afraid to say that now. I got totally addicted to the adrenaline rush you get when you cross the finish line for a marathon or win a dance competition (two things I'm not good at.) I knew I wanted more and wanted to plan events full-time. I stayed with that job for a while until I got enough experience to branch off and get a full-time event planning gig.
It took me a while but it was the best. decision. ever. To this day, I absolutely love planning events of all types but my main focus, going forward, is wedding planning. I have planned several weddings, one being my own and I want to take a moment and let you know why I believe it is SO IMPORTANT to hire a wedding planner.
First off, I planned my own wedding, which was great for me, mainly because I am a type A personality and it is very, very hard for me to trust someone to bring my vision to life. It was also terrible. Yep, absolutely terrible. I just want to be honest af with you, my friends. Planning weddings for other people is SO MUCH FUN. I get a thrill out of it. But, for about 99% of people (including myself) planning your own wedding is one of the hardest and most stressful things you can take on. Why? Because you are 100% emotionally tied to every single aspect. If one thing goes wrong, it is your responsibility to handle it.
So, my friend, why put that stress on yourself?
You shouldn't and let me give you some really specific reasons why:
Hiring a wedding planner will actually SAVE you money.
A wedding planner will alleviate the majority of the stress that comes with planning a wedding. (I'm gonna keep it real though, I wish I could take away 100% of your stress away but that's. not. possible. But, I'll take away every bit that I can!)
Planning a wedding should be FUN. Planning it with no help will wreak havoc on your engagement to your beau and stress you out rather than keep you focused on the most important thing, marrying your best friend and love of your life!
Wedding planners know other wedding vendors... you probably don't. This can save you precious time and most importantly $MONEY$.
I know money is mentioned twice on this list, that's because I know you don't want to waste money on things... #amiright?
Timeline, budget, venue visits, photographer, scheduling appointments with all the vendors like a/v, rentals, reading contracts all. the. way. through... the list goes on... (I could keep going but I'm just bullet-pointing for you people! Does any of this sound fun? No... because wedding planners take care of the nitty gritty, the details that are not glamorous because we are experts in reading contracts to make sure you're wedding day is perfect.)
The week before the wedding, the wedding planner will double check to make sure every single thing is ready to go and in place for the big day. You don't have time to do this because you have a full time job and have much, much bigger things to worry about... like walking down the aisle and marrying the #love of your life. :)
I could keep going but these are really the high-points and I don't want to overwhelm you with all the things that go into #weddingplanning. Basically, hiring a wedding planner to help you plan your dream wedding is one of the best investments you can make. A great wedding planner will work for you and make sure everything is planned to perfection, so that you can enjoy one of the most exciting and best days of your life!
I also want to debunk something I have heard so many times over the past few years...
"I can't afford a wedding planner, so my best friend and mom can do it."
No. Just NO. Let me just break this down for you... when your best friend is walking down the aisle and your mom has already taken her seat... who is going to make sure the music is cued for you? NO ONE. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make... they forget that their bestie and mom have a super important role in the wedding like...I don't know, being IN the wedding so that it will be everything you have dreamed of!
Let a skilled #weddingprofessional help you on your big day, that way it can be the most perfectly planned day and your memories will be filled with joy rather than wishing you had someone to help you cut a three tier cake because you didn't know that the venue doesn't offer assistance with that as part of their package. (Yes, that has happened to a friend of mine and it was tragic when half of the cake fell over because her mom cut into it wrong since she wasn't a wedding professional.)
I've been in your shoes because I've been married... luckily, I hired help for the day of my wedding and made sure that every thing was planned perfectly. And that is exactly how I remember my wedding day, perfect.
I am just now starting my official business as a wedding planner so I hope you will tag along as I share about my experiences, successes, failures (which I actually call opportunities ;), and more... it's going to be F U N. I hope you'll share this and I would love to answer any questions you might have about wedding or event planning.
It's kind of my JAM.
Bye for now my friends!