Maddy + Lucas’ Vail Wedding

When I first met with Maddy + Lucas at a cute little coffee shop on Pearl St, I knew we were going to hit it off!

Maddy + Lucas are the definition of love and their wedding was proof!  A group of fantastic vendors came together to put on a party of a lifetime for the happy couple and their family and friends! The rain cleared just in time for a beautiful (but cold) outdoor ceremony, but everyone was all smiles and (happy) tears.

Did I mention that the couples pups played as the ring bearer and flower girl? The proof is in the pictures!

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Wedding Planner Q & A!

Why hire a planner-

 

Hi there!

I was recently asked to give some insight on the importance of wedding planners for Aldabella Photography to blog about and to send to their current brides!  Of course, I jumped on it!

I wanted to share the questions and responses with y’all!  Enjoy!

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We are so excited to feature wedding planners and the importance of hiring a planner.  We’ve added questions that we felt are a good starting point, but please don’t hesitate to add a few more that we may have forgotten.  As soon as we have this information back, we’ll be featuring you on our blog!

 

Thank you for taking the time to give our clients and us a little more insight!  

  1.  So many locations have an onsite coordinator, what’s the big difference between an onsite coordinator and what you do as a wedding planner?

PWE:  This is a great question and is something that is constantly brought up.  As a wedding planner, we are with the bride from day one.  We act as the backbone of the whole wedding, where as the onsite coordinators are truly there to make sure the venue is taken care of, the food is coming out on time, to lock up once the event is over and make sure the venue is still standing, etc.!  The planners  are at every vendor meeting, we’re organizing transportation, organizing the guest list, etc.  We put out the fires before guest even smell the smoke!

 

    2.  What are the biggest misconceptions people have about wedding planners?

PWE:  We are worth what we charge.  Our time that we spend on each and every detail that goes towards every wedding is so valuable.

 

3.  With the number of weddings you’ve planned, what are some of the things you’ve handled “behind the scenes” that would’ve otherwise been dealt with by the mother of the bride or bride?

PWE:  Like I said earlier, we put out fires before guest even smell the smoke.  For instance, I had a shuttle bus scheduled to pick up 55 guests at the hotel to take to the ceremony.  When I got a call from the driver 5 minutes before the bus was suppose to arrive saying that they had broken down 20 minutes away in rush hour traffic, I handled it by calling my back up.  The back-up was there 5 minutes late…but he was there to take the happy guests (who had no clue what the dilemma was or that there even was a dilemma) to the ceremony!  If there had not been a planner there, the mother of the bride or the bride would have been dealing with this situation.  They would have been completely stressed out, wouldn’t know who to call, etc.  We are there to make sure every detail is executed seamlessly!

 

4.  When a bride hires you to help plan her wedding, how do you help keep them on budget while being able to add a planner to her wedding day?

PWE: When I first meet with a bride at our initial consultation, one of my first questions is about budget.  Once I know a number that they are absolutely 100% not willing to go over, I source out my vendors accordingly.  

 

5.  As a planner, you’re expected to bringing their day to life, how do you do accomplish this?

PWE:  When I first meet with my couples, I always ask how they want their guest to feel after they leave?  What is the lasting impression that you want your guest to leave with?  Once we have that open communication, I do everything I can to implement those answers into the wedding day.  By bringing the bride’s day to life, we’re bringing ideas and visions that the bride/parents/groom has been dreaming about for a long time.

 

6.  Why is it so important to hire a planner vs having a family member or close friend help plan the wedding or orchestrate the day of?

PWE:  Don’t you want your family members to enjoy the wedding?  If you have a planner, they can.  Your mother is not going to your wedding to work, they’re going to your wedding to watch their daughter marry the love of their life.   Family members and friends of the couple, shouldn’t have to lift a finger at any wedding.  They shouldn’t have to arrange for transportation or schedule all of your vendor meetings.  Weddings are a once in a lifetime experience that should be enjoyed!  

 

7.  Many people want to plan their own wedding and therefore don’t want a wedding planner.  How do you approach this topic?

PWE:  I can’t stress this enough, the bride shouldn’t be setting up tables and chairs.  She shouldn’t be queuing the DJ or band on when to play the first dance or when to play the processional music right before she’s about to walk down the aisle.  She should be relaxing, hanging out with her bridesmaids drinking mimosas and getting pampered and ready for her big day!  There are professionals to make sure your wedding goes according to plan.  We strive off of making every event look effortless.  Please hire a planner, even if it’s just day of coordination.  You don’t want to look back on your wedding day and remember it as a stressful experience.  You want to look back on the day and remember it as beautiful, magical, flawless and perfect.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer just a few questions about wedding planners and the common misconceptions.  If you have additional pieces you’d like to add, please feel free to add them!

 

xoxo Haley!

 

http://www.aldabellaphotography.com

http://www.myplatinumevent.com

 

Destination Weddings

Hi Platinum followers!

I hope everyone had a fabulous week!  It is bright and sunny with a high of 72 degrees in Denver, Colorado this Sunday.  With the weather be fantastic in the beginning of March, I’ve got my mind of destination weddings and traveling!

For all those brides out there that have been bit by the travel bug, this blog is for you!  For all those planners and vendors out there that would die to do a destination wedding, this blog is for you as well!  Enjoy. 🙂

 

  1. South Africa

Walker Bay Nature Reserve Walkway South Africa.I want to go see this place one d... #SouthAfrica - http://urbanangelza.com/2015/11/30/walker-bay-nature-reserve-walkway-south-africa-i-want-to-go-see-this-place-one-d-southafrica/?Urban+Angels http://www.urbanangelza.com:

www.urbanangelza.com

Johannesburg, South Africa. (My friend Tenique <3 who I met when I was an Au Pair in the US is from here & I've always promised to be at her wedding)

2.  Anguilla

Shoal Bay East, Anguilla:

www.cntraveler.com

The Viceroy Anguilla:

www.everafterhoneymoonsblog.com

3. Costa Rica

Come Away to This Enchanting Costa Rica Wedding:

www.popsugar.com

www.chloemurdochphotography.com  Brides: An Intimate Destination Wedding in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Casa Capitan:

www.brides.com

4. Hawaii

Hawaii, the Big Island Luxury Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai:

www.desitnationweddingmag.com

Tips on Eloping in Hawaii on Borrowed & Blue.  Photo Credit: Photography by MARIAH MILAN:

www.borrowedandblue.com

5. Ireland

The Most Amazing Castles in Ireland | Fascinating Places To Travel:

www.fascinating-places.blogspot.com

The ultimate Irish wedding - a wedding on the Cliffs of Moher - Happy St. Patrick's Day #ireland:

www.onefabday.com

6.  Fiji

Bula Bride - Fiji Destination Wedding Blog / Castaway Island Fiji Wedding – Sam & Ann captured by Shannon Stent Images

www.bulabride.com

7 Great Reasons To Have A Winter Wedding:

www.paperandlace.com

7. Greece

#Santorini, #Greece // An Interview with Lightedpixels Photography + A Giveaway:

www.theweddingscoop.com

Amazing Santorini with churches and sea view in Greece:

www.99traveltips.com

8.  New Zealand

I just want to go to New Zealand, take a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain, and have Jim Pollard come along and take photos of me and Shawn. IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK?!?!:

www.junebugweddings.com

Omanawa falls - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

9.  Turks + Caicos

Donna Karan’s amazing beach was the setting of our ceremony. Our chuppah was actually in the ocean.:

www.vogue.com

Front Street, the oldest street in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.:

www.flirckr.com

10.  Italy

Rebecca and Elijah' Destination Lake Como, Italy Wedding. Ceremony took place at Villa Del Balbianello. See more photos by The Goodness on www.intimateweddings.com/blog #destinationweddings

www.intimateweddings.com

Romance in the Amalfi Coast: http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/2015/04/15/elegant-amalfi-coast-dream-wedding-in-ravello-italy/ | Photography: Alicia Swedenborg - http://www.aliciaswedenborg.com/

www.stylemepretty.com

xox Haley

Ring In 2016 In Style!

2016 is right around the corner!  Will you be throwing a New Years Eve Party?  Here is some inspiration to help you ring in the new year!  Enjoy!

Xox Haley

Boozy New Year’s Eve “Party In A Glass” Parfait with Grand Marnier-Soaked Pound Cake, Raspberries and Chambord Whipped Cream, topped with Maraschino Cherries and Edible Silver Confetti:

Found on thecozyapron.com

Last-Minute New Year's Eve Party Ideas, New Year's champagne in 2014, 2014 New Years champagne:

Found on ribbons.com   5 Champagne Cocktails for New Year’s Eve:

Found on blog.potterybarn.com

Gold Rush New Years Eve Party | The Sweetest Occasion:

Found on thesweetestocassion.com

New Year’s Eve Bar Cart Party! » Apartment Living Blog » ForRent.com : Apartment Living:

Found on forrent.com

Smile! How to create a DIY New Year's Eve photo booth:

Found on today.com

A black and gold New Year's Eve party with chocolate covered strawberries and sparkly cake pops! See more party planning ideas at CatchMyParty.com!: Found on catchmyparty.com

Want To Know How To Become A Wedding Planner?

Almost every little girl dreams of their wedding day.  You either put on a wedding using your Barbies as the bride and groom or you marry your best friend, who you argue with on whose going to play the bride next.

All girls eventually grow out of that phase though.  I have yet to learn if it’s because we just grow up or because we know that at age 18 your considered a little desperate when your dressing up in wedding gowns and pretending to walk down the aisle to your price charming who is, in all reality, being played by your dog, Mr. Muffin. 🙂

At age 18, while everyone had summer and college on their minds, I was still trying to figure out what I was going to be doing after high school!  You see, I never had the desire to attend college.  I had just spent 12 long years in school and I can honestly say that the sound of four or more years of it did not excite me!  Keep in mind, that I was raised by a family of entrepreneurs, all who did not finish college!  They made it work so what made people think that I couldn’t?  I was ready to start my work life experience as soon as possible.  I figured I’d be missing out on awesome job opportunities and that if I wanted to go back to school, I could at any time.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying college isn’t necessary, it just wasn’t for me at the time!

On the day of my high school graduation, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue Culinary School.  I wanted to become a Pastry Chef specializing in wedding cakes!  What I failed to mention, was that both entrepreneur parents work in the wedding industry! My parents met in a band that my dad founded over 30 years ago and my dad owns his own entertainment booking agency, but we’ll come back to this 🙂

It turned out that my passion of becoming a Pastry Chef was short lived.  After a few school tours, open houses and a meeting with an adviser, we learned how much Culinary School would be costing for one semester…after seeing that number I realized I wasn’t to into becoming a Pastry Chef after all 🙂

As I was driving home, it really started to sink in that I didn’t have a game plan and it was starting to stress me out!  Now, remember my cool wedding industry parents?  Let me introduce you to my mom and dad, Jo Hyman, amazing artist by day, rock star diva by night. Floyd Hyman, one of the coolest, most laid back and humble guitar player’s I know.  On the drive back home from the culinary school open house, my Mom mentioned a wedding planning friend of her’s that teaches courses to young women like me on how to become a certified wedding planner!  The more I thought about this option, the more I liked it!  By the end of the week I was 100% on board and had registered for my two day course at the end of the month!

The course was held at an upscale venue overlooking Lake Travis in Austin, TX from 8:00 am- 8:00 pm.  We received a huge three ring binder that I now refer to as my wedding bible.  It consisted of 27 chapters and 27 chapter test that we would be taking online scoring an 80% or higher on each test.  The final project was a called the Essential Wedding Project.  The final project requires you to do all the work and preparation that one would do to plan a wedding for a client.  I will tell you right now,  Nuptial Essential Curriculum and Instruction was one of the best and most beneficial course I have ever taken.  I felt inspired, motivated and excited to kick start my career in the wedding industry!

Amy Mader, the President of Platinum Weddings and Events, Nuptial Essential Curriculum and Instruction and Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals was my instructor for the NECI course.  By the grace of god, Amy took me on as her intern after I finished my course.  I was being thrown into the mix of everything and receiving hands on experience with real brides and grooms.  After 8 months, I was brought on as an Assistant and from there became a Lead Planner and am now the Vice President of Platinum Weddings and Events.  I also just expanded Platinum and opened up our first branch in Denver, Colorado!  If someone were to tell me at 18 that I’d be the Vice President of a top Wedding and Event Planning company and that I’d be living in Denver managing my own branch at age 22, I would have laughed in their face!

I would not be where I am today with out the support and love from my parents and would definitely not be here without Amy Mader.  She took a chance on me and took me under her wing.  I knew nothing about planning a wedding, I didn’t realize how much went into the background of the planning process.  Amy spent time and money training me to be a top dog!  Her course, NECI was one of the best things that has ever happened to me!  That was the kind of schooling that I needed and that I looked forward to!  That was the kind of schooling that motivated and inspired me to be the best that I could be. I got into this industry because of my parents.  Whenever they didn’t have a babysitter, they were carting us off to weddings and we were sitting backstage with the rest of the band.

I have been surrounded by weddings my whole life and I’m so blessed that I discovered my passion at such a young age!   I’ve been working towards this dream for the past four years and I can happily say that every little mistake I made along the way, has led me to where I am today.

For more information on the NECI course taught by Amy Mader, please follow the link below!

http://www.nuptialessentials.com/

xoxo Haley

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