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Real Bride Chat: Ann

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Real Bride: Ann F.
Wedding Date: June 18
Ceremony and Reception Location: Zanesville Country Club

How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
Surprisingly, not much different! I wanted my wedding to be a celebration and that it was! Luckily, I had a great wedding planner to help me make my ideas a reality!


What surprised you most about the planning process?
What surprised me most about the planning process was how many little things you don’t think of until the week of your wedding! I feel like that week flew by the fastest and I wish I would’ve been a little more organized with what I needed to do.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
I loved EVERYTHING! I had such a great time planning my wedding. Yes, there were stressful times but overall, it was great!


What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
How fast time flies by! Everyone told me that it would go soo fast and I kind of just blew them off. Let me tell me you—stop and take a few deep breaths and look around! Cherish every moment and have fun!

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
Seeing everyone at the reception having a blast! I wanted my reception to be like a big party and it was!

Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
Make sure you know what pictures you want taken. Although the photographer asked, he did not get all the pictures I wanted. I would ask your planner to have a list and mark them off as they are being taken. Your wedding day is only one day and your pictures are so important!!!!!!

Thank you Ann for sharing – xoxo!

Real Bride Chat: Megan

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Real Bride: Megan S.
Wedding Date: May 15
Ceremony and Reception Location: Darby House

How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
I honestly didn’t have the picture of what my wedding would be. I grew up picturing life with a family, but I never had the “down the aisle fantasy” or a specific vision for my wedding. When we began planning, I had random ideas of what I wanted, but still no set idea. The end result was infinitely better – a combination of everything and everyone I love in one space.

What surprised you most about the planning process?
How many details are involved! I truly didn’t realize how many decisions you have to make (and trust me, I hate decisions!). Throughout the process, Emilie would remind me of things I needed to consider that I never thought would come into play.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
My favorite part of the planning process was the cake tasting – not going to lie!

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
I didn’t stress out very much the week of the wedding, so that morning I woke up worried about how things would flow, especially since rain forced us out of the original outdoor site. But, everything flowed so smoothly and went so quickly. Everyone will tell you that your wedding day flies, but it truly moves faster than you could ever imagine.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
I had two favorite moments. Michael and I chose to do a “first look” before the ceremony. I am very traditional, so I was pretty hesitant to do this. However, I am also a huge bawler! I wanted to get any crying out of the way before walking down the aisle, so that I could actually get my vows out. Having the few minutes with him to get pictures out of the way and spend time with my soon-to-be husband before the ceremony is something I wouldn’t take back. It was so nice to see the look on his face and be able to share that moment alone before everything got into full swing.

My other favorite part was getting to pray with him during the ceremony. We were married by a friend that is a pastor, so we spent time with him customizing our ceremony to fit our vision. We asked him for a moment to pray together after we were pronounced husband and wife. It was so special having that moment built into the ceremony.

What would you do differently?
I think, looking back, I would have started out with a planner before going to pick a venue. We started looking before we were engaged, and it was a bit overwhelming. We didn’t know what to ask and were a bit lost. Having someone that knew the ropes would have been so helpful.

Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
My best tip is to form a team approach at the beginning. In getting our planner, my fiance, and our families onto the same team, things flowed so much more smoothly than I think they otherwise would. Emilie was knowledgeable as to what vendors had good reputations and produced high quality work, and that took a lot of stress away from us throughout the process. Do not try to take everything on yourself. Otherwise, you take away some of the fun of the actual process. Learn to TRUST other people to help make everything a reality.

Thank you Megan for sharing – xoxo!

Real Bride Chat: Rachel

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Real Bride: Rachel W.
Wedding Date: July 29
Ceremony and Reception Location: Northbank Park

How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?
I was not one of those children who wore a curtain as a veil and walked down the aisle.  I never thought I would want to be married so I never considered what my wedding would look like.  Even by the time I changed my mind and decided to marry my partner, we each only had vague ideas about what we wanted: outside, delicious food, as stress-free as possible.  While a thunderstorm put the kibosh on the outside portion of our vision (although we were lucky enough to make it through the ceremony outside), the rest was pretty much spot on.

What surprised you most about the planning process?
The details!  There were so many small decisions that did not matter to either one of us but still had to be made.  At times my husband and I both felt inundated by questions we hadn’t considered and information that needed to be taken in.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
My favorite part of the planning process was also at times my least favorite: discussing all the bits and pieces with my partner who was as involved as I was.  It was so much fun brainstorming all the different facets of the day and wondering what it would be like the last few months leading up to the wedding!  This occasionally led us to wonder what we might talk about once we were married since The Wedding made up the bulk of our conversations, but we made it out alive. 🙂  (Note: I asked my husband this question and, without hesitation, he said, “trying all the food!”  So, maybe that, too.)

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
Except for the intense thunderstorm, which was quite beautiful from inside our venue, we weren’t really surprised by anything.  We had a fantastic day with our friends and family, and took in every minute.  Of course it wasn’t perfect, but we remember and cherish the imperfections and spontaneous moments the most.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
My husband and I spent the night before the wedding together in a hotel suite and my favorite part of the wedding day was spending the next morning with him.  We relaxed for a few hours, splurged on breakfast in our room, and talked about how excited we were.  Life was so calm even though the wedding was imminent!

What would you do differently?
We hired someone else to take care of all of the major wedding day things: day-of coordination, flowers, cake, food, music, photos… Unfortunately, we never considered for a second that we should hire someone to take care of creating our invitations (we have Adobe!  And Vistaprint! And Etsy!), or deal with the RSVP nightmare.  Some folks didn’t get the no kids hints we flashed them, and I was surprised at how many people we had to harass to find out if they were coming- and our wedding had fewer than 100 guests.

Finally, what is your best tip for future brides?
This won’t work for everyone, but if you are able to be somewhat detached from the details, my best tip is to hire people you trust to do the work and then let them.  Once we hired a florist, I took that as my cue that I could stop thinking about flowers.  When we hired a DJ, I stopped stressing over songs.  It was so freeing to have big chunks of the wedding taken care of by people who were valued professionals in their field, whose personalities matched ours, and who understood that we trusted them to make good decisions on our behalf.  And then we had Emilie to make sure it all came together perfectly.

Thank you Rachel for sharing – xoxo!

Real Bride Chat: Lindsay

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Real Bride: Lindsay G.
Wedding Date: May 21
Ceremony and Reception Location: Darby House


How different was your original wedding vision from your actual wedding?

It actually was almost exactly what I envisioned except so much more. There were things that Emilie, my Mom and I found throughout the entire planning process that took the vision I had for my wedding to the next level. It really was the perfect day – which I still can’t quite believe 🙂 So being open to new ideas makes a huge impact at the end of it all…you never really know how it will turn out!

What surprised you most about the planning process?
For me, the planning process was in two big chunks. The first was when you have to make all of the big decisions – like where you will have the ceremony and reception, who your photographer will be, buying your dress…of course! And then comes the second piece later on when you have to make all of the small decisions – what color font do you want on your seating cards, what color napkins should you pick to match the table cloths, what color nail polish you will wear, etc. What most surprised me was how easy it was to make those big decisions and how easy it was to overlook all of the little ones until someone points them out to you (cough, cough…Emilie…cough 🙂 )

What was your favorite part of the planning process?
For me it was the very beginning and the very end. When you first get started, and you are tearing out all of those pages from the millions of magazines you purchase or receive from others, it is so exciting to just sit and imagine what the day will be like. And then when you get done with it all, and it is the night before your wedding, you can hardly believe it has all happened. After you wake up in the morning on the big day, there are so many emotions and you get moving with getting yourself ready, but once you step onsite for the first time and you see that it has all come together, that feeling is absolutely wonderful. Pause…and take it all in that the day is here!

What surprised you the most about the wedding day?
How fast it went! People always tell you, “It will be gone in the blink of an eye”. And you think the whole time, “Sure” but you’re not sure you really believe that. But it really does. The day flies by so you have to make sure you soak it all in, every minute, because it is gone before you know it. That’s not a bad thing though – Just something to keep in mind. In the middle of our reception, after all of the big events were done, I grabbed my new hubby and made him take a quick walk with me outside away from it all so we could just stop for a second and absorb what was happening to us. We walked on the outside of our venue and just watched the whole scene for a few minutes (not too long though!) and I’m so glad we did because I’ll never forget how happy I was to walk with him and have a moment to celebrate what just happened while we were still there.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?
First, let me say that there was nothing I disliked about the day. I enjoyed every second of it! So, if I had to pick a favorite moment….well I have two. The first one was at the very beginning of the ceremony. I arrived onsite first and was both extremely excited, happy and a bit nervous. Then, Emilie came in and told me Kevin was coming down the driveway – so I had to hide in the dressing room until the ceremony. And then she came back and told me he had arrived. Knowing that he was finally here was one of my favorite moments. Everything seemed to slow down a bit and I felt calm knowing he was close by – we were going to be married within the hour – such a great feeling! And the second moment was just before the doors opened to our reception. Knowing all of our friends and family were here to celebrate with us was so special. Once the doors opened – time to celebrate!

What would you do differently?
There are definitely things that I look back on and say, oh I wish it didn’t happen that way, but I don’t think I would change anything that I did. If anything, just try to be a bit more ahead of the game in my planning. But at the same time, I’m glad I had to make some last minute decisions because the lack of time didn’t allow for wavering on decisions or over analyzing the details. So, it worked out in the end!

Finally, what is your best best tip for future brides?
A wedding is about marrying the man you love with the support of all of those closest to you – don’t forget that when you’re trying to plan “your perfect day”. It’s not worth it to get so caught up in the details that you forget why you are there in the first place. You can have a perfect day without losing yourself in the process. Remember that all of those people who are part of your day (the cake decorator, the florist, the seamstress, the wait staff, your wedding planner, etc.) are all there to help you make it special – appreciate them because you couldn’t do it without their help. Kindness goes a lot farther when trying to achieve your dream wedding.

Thanks Lindsay for answering our questions!  You can see more pictures from Lindsay and Kevin’s beautiful wedding in the gallery section of our new website!

New Series: Real Bride Chat

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I am so excited to introduce our new blog series – Real Bride Chat. From time to time, we’ll be talking with some of Emilie Duncan Event Planning’s past brides about what surprised them and what they liked and didn’t like about planning and the wedding day itself!  They’ve got some great insight and tips for future brides so listen up!

First up tomorrow is Lindsay G.  Hope you enjoy!

If there are any past Emilie Duncan Event Planning brides I haven’t contacted who want to answer some questions and share their advice with future brides, feel free to email me!