As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a planner. I have the best of intentions, I get all the adorable Erin Condren planners and Maybooks, write things out, but then ultimately get distracted by another project and never finish what I set out to do (#GeminiProblems.)
If you are blessed in the focus department (help me, please) and have no problem getting your ish done, this post may not be for you. If you’re like me, then read on.
I had a wedding planner for my big day. We were blessed to be able to fit that into our budget, and I am SO THANKFUL I did. My amazing right-hand woman, Darla Patterson, saved me from so many catastrophes, many I probably wasn’t even aware of. And that’s exactly what a wedding planner should do—keep the bride in the dark about stuff she doesn’t need to stress about so she can get hitched.
External wedding planners are a dime a dozen – and yes they can step in and make things happen – but here’s how I lucked out: My wedding planner, Darla, works at the exact property I got married at: Castleton Farms.
That brings me to my next piece of advice – ask your venue if they have an on-site planner for hire. Some spaces have several options, you can hire a full-time planner with the location to do everything for you, or you can just hire someone who knows the property and has helped with weddings there before to be your day-of coordinator. The latter option, of course, is much cheaper. If you are like me, however, and you are planning a wedding long-distance, I would encourage you to have someone you can either go to all the time for help, or a full-time planner. If this means cutting something out of the budget, it may be worth it.
During the year leading up to my wedding, I was living in Washington, D.C. and planning a wedding in Knoxville. Yeah, not really that easy to do. Thankfully, I had Darla, who works at Castleton Farms and helped me in so many ways. I could email Darla my random Instagram pictures for inspiration, my Pinterest board, my tiny idea I just HAD to make happen, my bridesmaid drama, my stress and my excitement – she was there for it all. And to top it all off – there was apparently a bit of an issue on my wedding day that was resolved BEFORE it came to a head – and guess what – I never knew about it. That’s simple invaluable to a bride.