Here at Mustard Seed Hill, we realize a wedding is a perfect harmony of professionals joining together to play a small part in your BIG day. So we’ve decided to feature some of the amazing wedding professionals that we have the opportunity to work with. Enjoy this blog from Laura Butler.
…the faith needed to do great things is very small indeed…
So, you’re engaged! How exciting. After he pops the question, there are always a million thoughts flying around any bride’s head. “What should our date be? What wedding colors would look the best? Sweetheart or A-line? Indoors or outdoors?” Like I said, a million thoughts.
However, to ensure that the big day runs smoothly, the first question any newly-engaged woman should be asking herself is, “Is a wedding coordinator right for me? Do I really need one for my wedding?”. The answer should always be yes. Here’s why:
#1 All the Details
The last thing you want to be doing on the day of your wedding is worrying about the details. If you are getting married in the same space that you are having your reception and your venue only has 150 chairs included in your rental, who is going to move the chairs from Point A to Point B? Who is going to cue your bridal party down the aisle at the appropriate time? Who is going to remember to double check with the Best Man that the rings are in his pocket before it’s too late? Having a wedding coordinator on your team guarantees that all of these potential wedding day disasters are thwarted before they are ever even a problem.
#2 Budget Experts
Full service wedding planners (and even some month-of or day-of coordinators) assist in budgeting to make sure that the most special day of your life doesn’t also become the most outrageously expensive. The last thing anyone needs is starting the rest of your life in crazy debt with their new spouse! It’s important to have a clear idea of how much money you are willing and able to spend, as well as also having a clear idea of what areas of the budget are most important to you. Some brides have a crazy sweet-tooth, so a large section of the budget gets devoted to desserts. Some prefer having a high-end photographer because photos are the best way to remember that happiest day of your life. Some would rather spend a large chunk of change on the venue they’ve always dreamed of getting married in. Once you’ve decided which spending areas are most important, identify which areas aren’t so important so that the budget can be evened out. Your wedding coordinator most likely has extensive experience when it comes to budgeting, so trust him/her to help guide you.
#3 Who You Know
More often than not, your coordinator already has established themselves in the industry well enough to have connections, and even friendships, with other top-notch vendors. Ever heard the saying, “It’s all about who you know”? Well, that may not be everything, but it certainly is helpful. Sometimes other vendors may offer a preferred rate to your coordinator that you might not be able to get otherwise. Let your coordinator use their connections to help you!
#4 Creative Curators
It’s easy to become confused and frustrated when planning an event as huge as a wedding! Your coordinator will serve as a fresh pair of eyes when you feel like you have no more creative juices left in you. And, let’s be honest, you also don’t want to have a wedding exactly like one you’ve seen on TLC on any given Sunday afternoon.
#5 Ending the Evening
At the end of your big night, you’ll be able to leave when the party is over because your coordinator will have already packed your car with all of your personal décor, leftover food, gifts, and cake to eat on your one-year anniversary. We understand it’s been a long day, we want you to be able to leave when you want to!
#6 Communication is Key
Communication is key. We’re sure you don’t want to spend all of your time answering phone calls from a wide range of vendors, so we’ll do that for you. From your florist to your venue, we’ve got you covered! It’s also easier when we’ve established good working relationships with these people already, like the team over at Mustard Seed Hill for example.
When my team and I at LexEffect were given the opportunity by Meredith and her fiancé Corey to coordinate their wedding at Mustard Seed Hill, we quickly jumped. Not only were we so excited to be able to create the very first wedding that Mustard Seed Hill had seen, we were excited to work with their Director of Special Events to make Meredith and Corey’s wedding dreams come true. I personally first met the couple at a styled shoot at Mustard Seed Hill some months ago and was elated when I got to officially work with them. Most of the team of vendors that worked on that shoot were also brought back for the Cave/Moran wedding and what a top-notch team it was! We all worked very diligently to ensure that Meredith and Corey’s wedding vision was never overshadowed by our own personal preferences; it’s important to have people who are unfailingly on your side.
Luckily, Meredith had a pretty good sense of what she wanted to see on her big day, so she was a joy to work with! Simple, classy, elegant; everything that she was. The colors she chose so beautifully complimented the gorgeous interior of the Allen House at Mustard Seed Hill. Beige linens with pops of green and ivory were beautiful and understated. It is so easy to overwhelm a venue when there’s “too much going on” in terms of colors or decoration. Mustard Seed Hill luckily has already been decorated so elegantly that any bride who comes into the space won’t need much more to make it beautiful.
Being the first in this space meant that any number of things could have gone wrong on Meredith and Corey’s day. No one knew quite yet how having such a large campus would affect the flow from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception, or how not having a catering kitchen (yet!) would suit the caterer, or even how a rain plan would work (trust me, we worked creatively with Meredith and her mother, along with Victoria Benson at Mustard Seed Hill to create one, should we have needed it). However, luckily with copious amounts of teamwork, well-wishes, and professionalism, the Moran’s day went off without a hitch (except for them, of course)! Mustard Seed Hill has a lot of bright things in its future. Hopefully, a lot more blushing brides (and their coordinators) who are as impressed with the space as I was. Although I can’t see the future, I’m sure that Mustard Seed Hill is going to quickly become one of the most sough-after wedding venues in Central Kentucky. I feel so fortunate to have been the first coordinator in this space.
Laura Butler is the Events Manager for LexEffect Events. LexEffect is an Event Management Company based in Lexington, Kentucky with a fresh take on entertainment driven events. For more information visit www.lexeffectky.com.
All photos by Keith & Melissa Photography.
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