Weddings don’t just plan themselves!
Read about all of my Crazy/Beautiful wedding planning & business adventures.
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!’
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!
I hate burlap.
There! I said it!
I have been holding that in for years.
Hey hey! Check out my NEW last name y’all, woohoo! I married my partner in crime last month, and all I can say is: IT’S WORTH IT! We had a blast, and I have a new perspective on my job.
Duuuuuuude. I’m. Getting. Married. In. ELEVEN. DAYS. Guess what y’all? Planning your wedding is stressful. Even when you’re a wedding planner. Instead of transforming into the dog meme surrounded by fire (this is fine!!!), I decided to do a little self care with the help of some past Day of Pgh brides.
So you booked your wedding at a venue you love. Congratulations!…Who sold you on it?
The amazing people who give tours, share space hacks (there’s a secret bathroom on the lower level y’all!), and help couples visualize the most crucial element of their day—the location!—are called venue coordinators, and are rare gems in this world. Keep scrolling to meet my favorite venue coordinators in the ‘Burgh!
On wedding days, the 10 minutes before the ceremony is always the most stressful for me. Whether you’re the planner or the one getting hitched, here are some life hacks to ensure a smooth and memorable ceremony.
I just had an impromptu consult with a bride over the phone, and she asked me a question I find myself answering a lot these days: “How did you get into wedding planning?”
I went to my first vendor mixer last August, and was not prepared at all. Networking did not come naturally to me, and it didn’t take long to realized I was pretty bad at it. I breezed into the venue and all of my worst high school fears immediately came true.
SO! Like I mentioned earlier, I booked Elizabeth Craig Photography for a personal branding session to help me define what/who Day of Pittsburgh is. The women in her photographs looked confident, empowered, and 100% sure of who they were. I’m trying to feel that!
After my 2018 season came to a close, I had a crazy few months trying to answer a huge question about my business.
Directing this shoot transformed how I think about weddings, and how I think about my business. Months later, it’s still teaching me things! More on that soon.
Where did I leave off? Yes, I was en route to see The Venue!
It was even cooler inside than I remembered! Not only were the owners completely on board with my idea, one of them is a very talented and well known floral designer.
What’s a wedding without a laugh or two? Here’s some highlights of the funniest wedding moments I got to coordinate.
Between meeting newly engaged couples for coffee consults and planning with my 2019 brides and grooms, I’ve made some big progress on the styled shoot!
As my 2018 wedding season comes to a close, follow along as I accomplish my goal this winter: Plan and direct a styled shoot! Part I coming at ya!
When Erin and Blake asked me to plan their engagement party turned surprise wedding, I reacted like many of their guests did: Excited, impressed, and honored to be included.
Last June, I—along with some very amazing bridesmaids—planned our dear friend Katie’s bachelorette party. What follows is how a chill weekend in the Hamptons transformed into The Best Bach EVA!
This weather reminded me of a long-overdue story from Amanda and Jason’s wedding in November 2018, my first wedding with rain in the forecast.
Although Pittsburgh boasts a tight-knit wedding planning community, I'm constantly meeting new people in the industry.
My first-ever ‘room flip,’ aka transitioning the ceremony space into the reception...In less than an hour.
Lori was my first client. She lived in D.C. with her fiance Drew, and their wedding plans were Grand with a capital G.