As many of you know, I began planning / designing weddings and special events in 2013, following our own wedding in 2012. Over the past four years, I have been grateful to work with so many incredible clients and colleagues, even meeting my nearest and dearest, Cambria Grace. Fate for sure! My work has been published both online and in print, and it has been recognized by a number of publications. Being featured in an issue of Martha Stewart and winning the 2016 Best of Boston award are the two event-related achievements I am most proud of, and it was my work with weddings that allowed me to finally leave the corporate world.
Moving into 2017, I will be offering slightly different event services, reshaped to make room for the travel partnerships and brand projects I am so excited about. This company continues to grow and evolve, and it is the constant progression that keeps me on my toes and consistently inspired. So thank you for following along, whether from the very first wedding, or if we are meeting today!
Moving forward, I will be accepting e-design clients and providing event consultations – which means I will not be on-site executing the design or running the show. Rather, I would work with you to create a full design plan, as well as give you a list of recommended vendors (florist, caterer, invitations, lighting, etc.) to bring it all to life. Typically, on the day of, e-design clients have amazing hands-on coordination via the venue/caterer. As a Boston-based example, Longwood Venues provides the most buttoned up coordinators for every bride and groom, who would be fully capable of managing the day. If the venue does not have a dedicated coordinator, I would recommend one – or even a full service planner. But I will stress how much the venues do these days, and how accustomed they are to this Pinterest-heavy wedding world.
To summarize the e-design process: we would have a kick off meeting at the venue(s), where we would discuss the entire day from start to finish, and you would walk me through how you envision the entire event flowing. We would also discuss a whole bunch of important factors, and I would have you put together a pin board with no more than 10 images. Using all of that information, I would create an extremely detailed design plan for you in pdf format with images and descriptions for the entire event, ceremony through reception. I would provide sources for all major decor items, rental items as well as where to rent from, and I would also provide a list of recommended local vendors to bring the vision to life. Additional requests for design elements or subsequent decor ideas would be offered at my hourly rate.
In addition to the full e-design, I will also continue to offer design consulting. This is at my hourly rate (please inquire for all pricing), and is really tailored to your needs. Vendor recs, timelines, basic pin boards, more detailed pin boards, welcome bag ideas… the list goes on.
In closing, I did want to take a moment to share some of my New England-based friendors with you, in case you are newly engaged or in the midst of planning your own wedding. This is certainly not inclusive of everyone wonderful, and is certainly personal opinion – and very much personal experience. The colleagues below not only made my job easy and enjoyable, but are filled with all of the qualities you want when entrusting someone with your big day: professionalism, reliability, honesty, creativity, flexibility, positivity and all around good vibes.
Cake / Desserts: Mayflour Confections
Coordination: Margaret Cally
*Not all local, but these items are simple to work on remotely
If you are open to hiring a destination planner / designer and want full service (or you are not based in New England), these companies are insanely talented as well: Firefly Events (NY, California), Gather Events (West Coast), Bash Please (LA), Jacin Fitzgerald (Georgia), Knot & Pop (London), The Style Co. (Australia)