When I started wedding planning, I was so interested in the tipping process for such a huge, expensive, and demanding day. Many of my couples would ask ME for advice on which vendors to tip and how much, and we’d have a conversation that went like this:
If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll probably need to hire some vendors. If you care about your wedding—which, by the way, you should, or you shouldn’t have one—you should also care about the people responsible for creating it.
My guilty pleasure is Taylor Swift, and all of my neighbors are painfully aware as I’ve been blasting her new album, Lover, from my office all week. I am not ashamed. Sure, her Red album was better as a whole, but I’ll take it.
Here’s something about me I never thought I’d open a blog post with: I used to hate my body! On January 1, 2015 my boyfriend (now husband) and I decided enough was enough. Over the course of two years, we slowly learned what it took to maintain a healthier day to day, and I lost 50 pounds. When I was near the end of my ~JoUrNeY~ (whatever the hell that meant), a older female acquaintance otherwise known as my boss said something I’ll never forget: Go get your photos taken!
Being a wedding planner is hard sometimes. I work like…every weekend. My weekday planning meetings are typically around dinner time. I have to buy the most hideous but functional shoes to last through the season. If something goes wrong, or there any conflict/issue on the wedding day, it is on YOU to fix it. But…for every pit, there’s a perk! Read on and then change your career.
The Westin and I go waaaay back, like from before I started wedding planning!
This hotel is very centrally located, very big, and very GOOD at what they do. While I haven’t coordinated a wedding here—yet!—-I have stayed overnight on many occasions, and have directed four 500-person black tie galas in their ballroom, so that definitely counts for something!
Part II is coming at ya, and I’m extra excited for this one! When I was planning my wedding, I knew a hotel block was a must. Almost all of our 120 guests were driving and flying in from New York, and it was important to us that they got to experience the Pittsburgh we fell in love with. After poking around and sending emails to a few contenders, one stood out to us.
Dear future couples,
When you send me an inquiry, you literally make my day. Reading about your vision and vibe (and your favorite TV show! Mine? Euphoria. All day.) gets me super pumped, and I’ll reply back as soon as I can with more information about how Day of Pgh works. I typically end this email with: ‘Let me know if you want to meet up for coffee or schedule a phone chat to talk more!’
As your day of coordinator, I’m on call while you rise and shine, and I get a unique perspective of where these wedding mornings happen: The hotel! None have left more of an impression on me than Hotel Monaco.
I don’t know what’s in the water right now, but many of my 2020 couples have emailed me asking for guidance on how to tackle a major step in the planning process: Hotel room blocks!