For all our Brides and Grooms who are unsure about whether or not to hire a Wedding Planner, we have spoken with Lauren Schmitz, a well known Wedding Planner from Havertown, Pennsylvania. Lauren, who has been working in the Wedding Planning business for a few years, has shared with us some advice on when you should hire a Wedding Planner and how to have the ideal wedding ceremony and reception. It’s Lauren’s belief that as much time should be spent planning the ceremony, as is spent planning the reception.
Q: Hi Lauren, It’s a pleasure to get to know a bit more about you. On your website you say you “conjured up the vision” of your future wedding planning business Table 1 Events. Can you tell us a little about how you got to where you are today?
A: I have been dreaming of this business for the past 6 years. It started when I got engaged and fell in love with the wedding planning process. Over the past 6 years, I joked that I was a ‘professional wedding guest’, having traveled all over the country to attend dozens upon dozens of weddings. Finally I decided to turn my dreams into a reality. With a background in corporate event planning I felt confident enough in myself to start this business. I became a Certified Wedding Planner through the Wedding and Event Industry, joined several professional wedding organizations and took courses through the Small Business Administration.
During my first year of business I attended several bridal shows and did a lot of online marketing to find clients. Now, I can happily say, that most of my business comes from referrals and word-of-mouth.
Q: Since you planned your own wedding without a wedding planner, could you give us some insight on the benefits of having a wedding planner vs. no wedding planner?
A: This depends on what type of person you are, and what type of wedding you are having. I am a very organized person who knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding. I also got married at a country club where there was a large staff and not too many moving parts.
If you tend to get easily stressed, if you are a busy professional, if you don’t have a clear vision for your wedding or you aren’t the most organized person– get a wedding planner! Also, if you are getting married in a ‘blank canvas’ venue, I strongly recommend a planner. A planner will help you come up with a timeline for you as well as your vendors, and can handle all the little details that will come up.
Q: When it comes to hiring you as a wedding wedding planner what services do you offer to couples? Can you give some advice to our couples on how to decide what services best fit them?
A: I offer wedding planning services and day of coordination services. Wedding planning services means I am working with you for a longer period of time and am helping you with a lot of the decision making. Examples could be: helping you come up with a color scheme, picking your floral arrangements and help plan your menu.
Day of Coordination services mean you are hiring me to be an extra set of hands the day of your wedding. We start working together about 8 weeks before your wedding, so you should already have your vendors selected and all major decisions already made. I coordinate with your vendors on timelines and logistics. I work with the couple to develop a timeline for their wedding weekend and oversee the day to ensure nothing goes wrong!
Q: As a wedding planner you most certainly have a wealth of knowledge with everything wedding. Is there something that you’ve learned that you could share with brides who are starting to plan their special day?
A: My one biggest piece of advice to all brides is this: make sure to put in as much effort planning your ceremony as you do planning your reception. I see so many brides worry about every minor detail regarding their reception, but they have no clue how their ceremony is going to run. I often hear, “We just want a quick 20 minute ceremony”. And I follow up with, well what are you going to do during those twenty minutes? Your ceremony deserves just as much planning as the rest of your wedding.
Q: So far in your career you’ve definitely been highlighted as a very talented wedding planner. Where do you see this success taking you? Is there something you want to do that you haven’t accomplished yet?
A: I am definitely proud of the success of Table 1 Events, however there is still a lot I want to accomplish as a wedding planner and business owner. My long term goal is to write a book about wedding planning through a planner’s eyes. I want to share stories of what my vision is and that this book would offer advice to couples who are currently planning a wedding.
So for any of our lovely couples who were unsure about hiring a Wedding Planner or what services they might provides, we hope the Lauren’s interview will help you make up your mind. Until next time!