Are you and your partner seriously thinking about eloping but the idea of getting married in a courthouse is holding you back? Or perhaps you and your fiancé aren’t into big bridal nuptials and the idea of turning the next beach vacation into your dream wedding seems too good to pass. Well, La Bride is here to help. We tapped the renowned Portland wedding planner Whitney Werts from Whitney Werts Events on elopements and here’s what she has to say:
Q: Hi Whitney, Can you tell us about your journey on how you got to where you are today? Is there a particular reason you chose to become a wedding planner?
A: I fell into this industry almost by chance! The Summer after graduating college with a degree in Marketing, a coworker of mine asked if I would do their “day-of” wedding coordination. At the time I was still figuring out my first steps after college, and thought that it sounded like a fun new challenge. By the end of the wedding I realized that this potential career path was a great fit for my strengths as it combined high level organization, creativity & design, people management, and customer service. From that point I ended up getting my official start in the event industry as the San Francisco showroom manager at La Tavola Fine Linen Rental. And then after several years of assisting and learning from some of the best designers and planners in San Francisco and Napa Valley, I officially launched Whitney Werts Events in 2012.
Q: You list elopements as a service you offer couples. Will you go into detail of what what a wedding planner can do for a couple who wants to elope instead of plan a big wedding?
A: Elopements are becoming very popular these days! A big wedding is not the right fit for everyone, and an elopement gives the opportunity to have a commemorative, and memorable celebration without the costs and large checklist of a wedding. While the event is much smaller and simpler, there are still several vendors and logistics involved and a wedding planner can still be a great asset to make sure the day is unique, thoughtful, and seamless. I also see many elopements taking place in a destination locations where the couple may not be as familiar with the area and a wedding planner would be able to recommend local vendors and locations that would fit the couple’s unique style and personality.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your process as a wedding planner? How do you keep everything organized?
A: That is a great question! To be honest, I think my flow and processes adjust constantly as I am always trying to come up with ways to become more effective and efficient. Most recently I implemented a new planning platform called Aisle Planner into my system. It has become a great asset to my team and our clients. With features such as a checklist, vendor & guest list management, and shared notes, it enables us to keep everything streamlined, organized, and all in one place.
Q: You’ve probably worked with a variety of different personalities over the time you’ve been planning weddings. And they probably all have their challenges and advantages. Could you offer our couples some personal insight on what makes a couple easy to work with?
A: I think what makes a client easy and fun to work with, is when they know what they want, they want to get creative, and most importantly have fun with the planning process! Yes, there are some aspects such as budgeting, and the guest list which can be daunting, but overall it should be FUN! One of the big benefits that we as planners hope to bring to your planning experience is by having us there to guide you through the process we can ease the stress so you can enjoy the moment. It goes by so fast!
Q: From your start in planning your co-workers wedding until now you’ve made some great strides. Where do you see yourself in the future? Is there anything you’d like to do that you haven’t accomplished already?
A: I would love to see my company producing more destination weddings (outside of the west coast of the US) in the future. I love any excuse to travel, and it is always fun getting out of my comfort zone and having the opportunity to collaborate with other creatives. One of my other big goals is to have a wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. I am excited to check that off the list someday!
We hope you found the insights shared by Whitney Werts useful. If you still have any queries before getting hitched on the sly, just get in touch.