Photo courtesy of Shutterbird Photography
Every wedding is so unique to me, each couple and their personalities, what is important to them and what they could not care less about. Their ideas, colours, themes and details all are so intriguing to me. I chose Deb and Barrett's wedding to showcase what exactly being a wedding planner entails, as all so often people tell me they are envious of the job, which I love! But...and yes, there is always a but, it has it's pitfalls as well. Things such as time away from your family and friends, being hired for a friends wedding and no longer being able to enjoy yourself as a guest, and then there are the lists and countless details, the sleepless nights that you worry about something, or, completely the opposite, you are so excited about an idea you cannot turn your brain off.
Guest book created on Snapfish
Deb in her Mrs. Hemsing Canucks shirt and veil!
A wedding planner sandwich! And yes, Barrett is wearing 7 year old girls pajamas.
Ash enjoying one of Melrose's famous fishbowls!
To cut on costs, I ordered flowers online to create the centerpieces and a few accent bouquets for the guestbook table and the throw-away bouquet. This was a huge amount of manual labor, organizing the timing of deliveries, and riving buckets of flowers to my house. There is also major risk involved in this, as I wanted a particular look to the room and that was fully opened roses, so I received the roses, irises and alstromeria to be delivered two days ahead. My kitchen and dining room looked like a hurricane had ripped through a flower bed. All together these flowers cost less than $300, so yes saved money but the labor involved was intense. After cutting, arranging and putting back in rubbermaids with water, and popping them in my car they were ready for the golf course the next day, again, several trips of huge buckets full of flowers and water. Good news? The flowers were STUNNING. They opened into these huge bright pink blooms.
The throwaway bouquet - hey, I never claimed I was a florist!
Right before the wedding, usually one or two days in advance I attend the rehearsal. I don't usually get involved at this point, but am there to support the bride and groom and ensure they are comfortable with everything, meet the family and the bridal party and just become familiar with the program of the wedding day.
Deb and Barrett must be professionals - they seem a bit bored at the rehearsal, ha ha!