This week we wanted to share the reasons that it's beneficial having a wedding planner helping you to coordinate, manage, and even design your special day. But instead of just us telling you, we thought you'd like to hear what a fellow bride has to say. Meet Marie who just tied the knot on October 11, 2014 at The Ballroom at Park Lane. She had an old Hollywood theme including their first dance choreographed to Singing in the Rain. Read how her wedding dreams turned into reality. Why you should hire a wedding design-planner. No, not just a planner, but a designer too!
Hi! My name is Marie and I’m your typical 31 year old “Type A” control freak. Ever since I can
remember, I have designed and directed every school project (grade school through my bachelors) to
projects around the house. I’ve been showered with compliments in the past on how wonderful my
organizational skills are and what great vision I have. I’ve always gone out of my way to decorate an
event whether it is a birthday party, a friend’s bridal shower, a gift, or baby shower with not your run of
the mill party favors or grocery store wrapping paper. Instead, I gravitate toward brilliant colors, and
luscious textures. Frankly, I am a self-professed “planner and designer”. I’d like to think that I have my
“crap” together. Even in the early stages of planning our wedding, my moto was “I’ve done it before, I
can do it again” and how would it be any different than any other event or shindig that I’ve organized
before?!? Does this sound like you? Read on.
Our vision was simple. Old Hollywood. I could envision in my head exactly what we wanted. Elegance,
class, sophistication, with accents of rich lavish colors and fabrics brought together by consistency and
simplicity. After months of planning, gathering supplies from all of the local craft stores, slowly creating
my own store in the basement and over-running every inch of free space we had in our duplex, I began
to wonder if this was too big of a project for me to handle. I found myself doubting decisions and
finding it hard to make a verdict on a color palette. My husband was more help than most men, being a
wedding photographer, but he still is in all sense of the word, “a man” so it was difficult to expound
upon an idea I had without him looking at me like I was bat-shit crazy!
In February my prayers were answered: Melanie Tindell of Oak and Honey Events! Although I was
ashamed to admit I needed help with my wedding, Melanie and I hit it off right from the get-go. First of
all she is control freak, just like me!! However, her collegiate education in interior design definitely
makes her a standout amongst her peers. What I have discovered in this journey is that many
individuals who have a hobby or like to do something will order some business cards, throw together a
website and call it a legit business. But how do clients like you and I decipher the difference between
the bogus vendors and the real-deals?! Investigation and referrals. For me it was the peace of mind
knowing that she was professionally trained in the design industry. From the moment we spoke about
our vision, I knew we made the right decision. Not once did she bat an eye at our ideas, instead she
made them happen. As soon as I relinquished control and allowed Melanie to work her magic,
everything started falling into place.
Anyone can plan and some have design intuition but not all have both (that was evident in meeting with
potential vendors). When those two qualities are married; Voila! You now have THE perfect wedding
design planner! I cannot emphasize how important it is to NOT do everything yourself but to sit back,
let the magic unfold, allow Oak and Honey to astonish you in their abilities to design and plan while they
take all of the strain off of you, your family and your bridal party. And when I say “THE”, I mean single
vendor. Don’t be the bride that is a victim of wedding planning pitfalls. You do not need multiple
vendors due to pricing or simply the vendors’ abilities. You want, you need, one planner.
Melanie handled everything from logistics of coordinating to fabric selections and color palettes. She
created for us the most simply amazing day complete with perfection. Because of this, my husband and
I were able to enjoy the entire day without a worry or care. We were able to soak up all of the love and
support instead of fretting about setting up or executing certain timeline events. And because you get
one go at your wedding, one day, one chance…no words could ever be sufficient enough to express our
gratitude for such a fabulous company and a marvelous owner. Our day was truly an Affair to
Remember, compliments of Melanie Tindell.
So yes, if you are getting married and in particular, if you are strong willed such as myself, you NEED a
wedding design planner. One of the most important days of your life is worth perfection. Remember,
sit back and let Oak and Honey Events carry the burden so you’re your memories are bursting with
enchantment and bliss and you are able to embrace the day fully!
Thanks Marie for sharing your experience with us. We're so glad you had an affair to remember!