As a wedding planner, I get asked a lot of questions about my work – from couples, family and even complete strangers (hello Lyft driver!). What’s it like? What’s your favorite part? How do we even begin planning our wedding? So when I was approached by Borrowed & Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to answer some of these basic questions and give couples everything they need to know about our event planning services, I said yes!
Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:
Describe your event aesthetic in three words. Timeless, Romantic, Whimsical
The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple? I want to know their story: how they met, the proposal, etc. It helps create a comfortable and relaxed environment right off the bat, and it gives me a glimpse into their personalities and relationship. I also ask for their top 3 priorities for their wedding day. Knowing their vision and expectation allows me to create a proposal that fits.
Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged? Allow yourself to enjoy the moment and take it all in after the proposal. This is such a special moment, give it some attention! After you celebrate, but before you begin to plan, set your parameters (budget, location, time of year, guest count). Then hire a planner, and let us manage all the nitty-gritty details.
Most important detail of wedding decor? This depends on what was most important to the client. Details are important and where I add those personalized details that make each wedding unique to it’s couple, from paper goods to the selection of flatware and china. The most important part of these details though, is how I then put them all the details together to facilitate the overall experience. It should all add up to reflect the couple.
Your thoughts on DIY weddings? Sadly, most DIYs on Pinterest don’t work out when clients try them in real life, so it can actually end up being more costly and time-consuming than hiring a professional. Not to mention the added stress.
What would your ideal tablescape look like? Lush flowers of fluffy blooms and foliage spilling onto a long table, layered table top pieces curated with clean lines so it’s not overly cluttered. I almost always include a natural element, like wood. And a beautiful charger to anchor the place settings.
Your favorite of all the San Francisco wedding venues? Getting to work in the Bay Area, I am privy to some of the most stunning venues in the world, so it’s difficult to choose just one. I do love a Private Estate and working in Sonoma/Napa is always special to me, since I grew up there.
The most important part of wedding planning? Trust your planner. It’s soooo important. Before hiring your planner, ask yourself if you trust that person. It will make your life so much easier throughout the planning process and allow your planner to be successful.
Describe your dream wedding. An outdoor affair at a Private Estate with lush flowers, locally sourced cuisine, and an amazing dance party. Oh wait! That was my wedding… and I’d do it again!
Photos by Edyta Szyszlo Photography from Kate + Brian’s wedding.