Wedding Planning Tips

Why hire a wedding planner/designer?

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!

Photo Credit: Jerry Ghionis Photography

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!

Extras that make your guests feel at home

Kick of your heels

Kick of your heels

Whether guests have traveled across the country or across the street to celebrate with you, there a few things you can do to increase their comfort throughout the night or weekend. We've rounded up a few to make your guests enjoy your big day even more.

If parking can be a challenge at your selected venue, hire a valet. Your guests will be able to spend more time enjoying your time and won’t have to drive around worrying if they’ll find parking and how far they’ll have to walk in heels.

Make water readily available, especially towards the end of the night. After dancing and a few cocktails, they’ll be pleased to have easy access to water without waiting at the bar. A water dispenser is a great way to keep everyone hydrated. Another great way to supply water is having customized water bottles available as wedding favor as the guests leave.

For an outdoor venue, there are a number of things you can do to increase guest comfort. You can provide blankets to warm up colder guests. You can make sunglasses so that your friends and family don’t have to squint when your beautiful outdoor ceremony becomes a little brighter than they expected. Sunglasses can also come in handy for some fun, casual photos or in a photo booth. Whether indoors or out, a basket full of inexpensive flip flops will be a welcome relief for anyone who has been wearing her adorable yet painful heels while dancing the night away. They can be especially helpful if your venue has a softer surface, like grass, that would make heels stick.

As a special touch, you could setup baskets in the bathrooms should your guests need to freshen up. Items such as mints, tampons, sunscreen, deodorant, safety pins, and bug spray can help attendees enjoy the celebration.

Your guests will really appreciate if you take a little extra time to prepare these comfort items that they might not have considered. You want them to think of your special day and only have great memories. We want to hear from you! What have couples done at weddings you've attended recently that made you feel right at home? Please comment below to let us know.

Water station

Water station