Hi y’all –
Last week was a crazy busy week but as always I try and fit in some fun! One of my favorite things was being able to attend my local TuesdaysTogether! I have never been an extrovert so going to a networking event alone was terrifying BUT I had a great time! I know it’s crazy that I’m a wedding planner meeting all these couples and I’m very introverted but it’s so true. One of my goals this year was to get out of my comfort zone and get out there and network.
TuesdaysTogether was started to promote community over competition which is missing a lot in the world of event planning. I was able to meet and mingle with fellow wedding planners, photographer and make up artists. It was a non networky (yes I made that word up!) network event. I can’t wait to see all the ladies and gents again next month! I have been needing head shots and I am so elated that our next meeting is a head shot party, whoop whoop! I can’t even tell you how much I’m paying because it’s really nothing, so thankful for Amalie for putting it all together!
As always I had vendor meetings fill up my schedule because I have 5 weddings for October, yes 5. I have an event every weekend and I’m beyond happy for that! I love the busyness that comes along with being a wedding planner…my other favorite part is speaking with new potential YLE couples. This week I had the opportunity to speak with two couples for two totally different reasons. One of my potential couples I really believe we will mesh well! She is getting married next year October (I’m telling you it’s a popular month) and even though she’s a Seminole her future husband is a Gator lol…I love my Gators! My other couple I had a consult with is planning a destination 40th birthday down here in Orlando and they want a planner, I’m so excited about their color combo and the FOOD!!
Family wise this week was hard because I was out and about a lot and didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them. To make up for it all we went to Sea World yesterday. I actually have annual passes and I haven’t gone a single time, SMH don’t judge me! Yesterday was so HOT and we only lasted an hour. Next time around I will plan better and check the show times. We weren’t able to see any shows and really felt like there was nothing for my daughter to do. In the end we still had fun and ended up at Bento’s for some sushi (I love my sushi!) so we ended the weekend on a good note.
This week I am living out my dream because it is my two year anniversary since I made Young Love Events official. I have been an Orlando Wedding Coordinator for 2 years and I’ve had the pleasure of working with 28 brides from everywhere. It has been amazing how many destinations brides I’ve been able to work with from California, Maryland and even England! Corporate event planning was so different and I’ve loved every minute of it!
Well guys I will chat with you all on Wednesday for a Wedding Wednesdays post!
Be sure to check in on our Instagram for all of our celebrating this week! @youngloveevents #yleturns2
xo (this so reminds me of xoxo Gossip Girl lol)
I’m so happy to be doing this weekly wrap up as it will be my last before I am out on maternity leave. I am expecting a baby very soon and I will be going on maternity leave beginning on Monday, June 29th and will return on Monday, August 3rd. Enough of that and now onto last week’s events!
Last week was a wedding week so in tradition it consisted of a lot of last minute details and phone calls. Saturday’s wedding was a long time coming as the Bride’s mom hired us last year. I’ve been working with her for close to a year prepping for Saturday and all of our hard work paid off. Some things were easier than others but like always things turned out excellent. As a coordinator I always remind my clients that I will make sure everything goes smoothly, whether it’s according to plan or not. We had rehearsal on Thursday and we were able to finalize everything. Unfortunately the forecast was saying rain which we were worried would affect the pictures but God was looking out. Our amazing photographer was able to do all the pictures before the ceremony and we did not even have to worry about outdoor pictures in the rain (she did take an amazing shot of the couple with the rainbow…be on the lookout for when those pro pics are posted on the blog. The wedding was at Ocoee Lakeshore which is a beautiful fairly new venue. One of my favorite parts of the wedding, besides the grooms amazing grandparents dance moves was the cookie bar, which is a Pittsburg tradition. I can’t say I enjoyed the couples entrance song as it was the FSU fight song LOL…Go Gators! The wedding was full of personal touches and was a DIY wedding gone RIGHT! It was family oriented and focused and I loved that aspect. Here’s a couple phone shots for you all to enjoy!
I’ll stop by and post a weekly wrap up every now and then while I’m on leave but until then enjoy the Real Wedding posts that are coming up!
Couple: Kelvin + Nicadia
Wedding Date: April 25, 2015
Wedding Venue: The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne
Floral: Lee Forrest Design
Photographer: Picture This by Ansa
Wedding Coordination: Young Love Events
We’ve all heard the phrase “time is of the essence” right? Well when it comes to your wedding day that phrase is very true! Planning a wedding begins with sticking to a timeline, making sure you’ve booked various vendors, sent out invitations and created a table layout for the venue. But what about the timeline for the day of the wedding? A lot of couples forget this important detail (that’s why if you’re in Orlando (or Central Florida) you hire us!) and are stuck on their wedding day not knowing what is next or how much time they have for each activity.
Creating a timeline includes making it realistic and actually sticking to it because what good is it if you don’t follow it. With all of our packages we create a detailed timeline for our couples and the vendors. It is important for the couple and the vendors to know where they should be and what they should be doing. We are sticklers about sticking to the timeline (of course there are certain times when things are out of our control…that’s the part about being realistic!) because time is of the essence.
When you book a venue you usually choose a block time for your wedding, whether it;s 4 or 6 hours. As your planner or coordinator we have to make sure you get the full wedding experience in these hours. We have to account for the ceremony, bridal party/family pictures, cocktail hour, toasts and the final dance, to name a few. We also have to be mindful of events running over and being able to have wiggle room. As basic as it may sound timelines can be very time consuming to create and need to be created by someone who has experience in what should be included.
If you are unable to hire a planner or coordinator consider hiring them to create your timeline as an a la carte service! I promise you that you will not regret it and your vendors will be thankful for it!