As we have shared with you before The Special Day’s Biggest Fans are posts of real testimonials from our real clients. We want to bring you true and honest perspectives through their eyes… the couple, the bride, the groom, the family, the bridal party, the guest.. really, it can be anyone that considers themselves our biggest fans. Thank you Nicole & Matt for being our guest blogger and for being one of The Special Day’s biggest fans!
How did you find out about The Special Day?
The Special Day was recommended to us by The Langham Huntington Hotel. The Langham event manager, Cathy, said that Carolyn was one of her favorite people to work with from the list. I met with Carolyn once and never interviewed anyone else because I like her so much ☺ !
Did you already know the value of having a wedding planner prior to hiring one or you were somewhat skeptical? What changed your mind?
I was a little bit skeptical because I am a really opinionated person and had a very clear idea of what I wanted. However, I am so glad that we had Carolyn because she truly made the planning seamless. It also was so nice to have her the day of so I didn’t have to worry about vendors and making sure everything was coming along leading up to the ceremony.
What do you believe is the main purpose for hiring a wedding planner?
I think that the purpose for hiring a wedding planner is based on the individual couple. For me it was more about having someone who could help bring my ideas to life, as well as someone who could recommend trusted vendors and make sure all the contracts were taken care of. We also wanted someone who was going to be very efficient the day of since that is the most important day of the whole process ☺
What did you learn most about the planning process?
That things can get overwhelming pretty quickly so go with your first instinct.
What exceeded your expectations?
There were so many things that I was thrilled about in regards to the big day! Nisie at Enchanted Florist truly created the most beautiful arrangements and flower details I have ever seen! West Coast Music’s James Gang Encore was also unbelievable – everyone was raving about how they sounded exactly like the songs on the radio. The Same Day Edit from Elysium Productions was something that was really fun to watch with our guests- it was so impressive how quickly they were able to make such a great video! I also loved my photographer, Aaron Delesie (and his wife!)- they made everyone feel so comfortable and I loved how the photos turned out!
What was the most valuable piece of advice?
It’s only one day of the rest of your marriage so enjoy it!
What was the best memory you had?
The ceremony was one of my favorite parts for obvious reasons (finally a Mrs.!). Besides that I would say the first time we walked into the reception room, watching our Same Day Edit with guests and then dancing to “Shout” with everyone!
What was the toughest decision you had to make?
For the most part, I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted and Carolyn definitely helped me when I couldn’t decide on things, which was really helpful! I tend to over think things so I made things more difficult then they should be.
After the entire planning process, how did you feel after your event?
It was honestly the best day of my life. It exceeded my expectations and I feel so blessed that I got to share it with so many family members and friends who I love dearly.
What was most important to you in the planning process?
Since I’m a big planner and really into details, everything was important to me. I think it’s really important to have an overall vision from the beginning and try to do your best to make that come to life.
What did The Special Day help you with most?
Finding reliable vendors and making sure everything was moving forward the day of.
What stood out about The Special Day from others?
Carolyn was the only planner I met with- she made such a good impression that I didn’t need to meet with anyone else!
What did you want or need most when you came to The Special Day?
I really wanted someone who could help bring my ideas to life and someone that would be really proactive the day of.
Throughout the entire planning process, did you encounter any problems?
The hardest part was probably figuring out table seating assignments but that was mostly because of table # restrictions and outside opinions from family members about where people should sit.
Was attending meetings and appointments with you beneficial?
Yes-it was really nice to meet in person because emails/phone conversations can sometimes get a little overwhelming, especially when there are so many other wedding related emails going on during that time. It was really nice to be able to just talk in person and go over things together in the same room.
What are your overall feelings about the event?
Loved every moment of it. So happy and thankful for what a special day it was!
What part of the planning process was most enjoyable for you?
I love to plan things so it was all fun for me! I loved doing the little details the most because I think those are what really make an event stand out.
Why would you recommend The Special Day to others?
Of course- I already did!
If you were to list 5 reasons why to hire The Special Day over other competitors, what would they be?
Like I said before, I only met with Carolyn and didn’t feel the need to interview anyone else which I think says a lot about her and her company.