Whether you are planning a small intimate wedding or big bridal bash, stress is inevitable unless you hire a professional to take the burden off of your shoulders. Today, we are featuring an interview with Las Vegas wedding planner Emily Reno from Weddings and Events by Emily and she shared with us how she organizes wedding day itineraries while keeping the stress at bay. Read on to gather some inspiration:
Q: Hi Emily, thanks for taking the time to share a little about you! To get started will you tell us how you got your start in wedding planning? What is it about planning weddings that made you leave your career in public relations and marketing after you graduated from college?
A: I got started in wedding planning after I moved to Miami, FL after graduating college in Southern California where I grew up. Although I have my degree in public relations and marketing I had always had an interest and obsession with weddings and events. During my time in Miami I ended up working for a celebrity event planner and sort of learned the ropes from her. I fell in love with the profession and knew eventually I would start my own business. My heart was always on the West Coast so a few years later I moved to Las Vegas to start my business.
Q: Las Vegas is a hub for international and destination weddings alike. Tell us about your process in handling this type of wedding. What are the challenges of planning a wedding with a couple who don’t live close by? Is it necessary for a couple to visit before their wedding?
A: I love my destination couples! I would actually say about 40% of my couples are either from out of state or out of the country. Some couples I don’t even meet in person until the day before their wedding. The planning process usually begins with a Skype or FaceTime consultation so we can get to know each other and put faces to the names. One of the hardest things for the couple to deal with is not seeing their venue sometimes until right before the wedding. In order to help with this I will take videos or Skype them while I am on a venue tour. I find lots of photos and videos go a long way ! Communication and trust is also key when you are planning from afar, I highly recommend any couple hiring a wedding planner prior to meeting them in person really put all their trust in the planner and their abilities.
Q: Weddings are always a happy time but can also bring a lot of stress. How do you help your couples relax and enjoy their special day and the planning process? And what has been one of your favorite moments as a wedding planner?
A: I try to break my wedding planning process into phases. I think breaking the planning up into manageable chunks helps the couple truly enjoy the process and it helps relieve stress. I often give them weekly or monthly to-do’s that they can check off. Trying to do everything at once is stressful and certainly not enjoyable! My favorite moments are always when the couple and I have a moment at their wedding reception and they pull me aside to express how the wedding turned out better than they could have imagined. I love seeing my couples dreams come to life!
Q: After a couple gets engaged when is the best time for a couple to seek out a wedding planner? Then once they find you what are the the services you provide? Are you able to provide customized services?
A: Don’t jump into full on wedding planning mode the day after he gets down on one knee. I suggest taking a week or two to soak it all in and savor the moment. This way you go into the wedding planning with a clear head and are not jumping to conclusions too quickly from all the excitement. After the excitement has died down decide on a budget and a few potential wedding dates. It is a good idea to reach out to a wedding planner right after you have this information. A good wedding planner will have plenty of venues in mind for you and that by far is the first step in the wedding planning process. We specialize in full service wedding planning but also offer partial planning and wedding day management.
Q: With the success you’ve had so far as a wedding planner where do you see your talents taking you? Any ambitions for the future?
A: This year we just launched a sister company which focuses more on corporate events and destination management services. You can check out here: http://www.eventplanninglv.com
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