Destination wedding planner, travel agent
Dec 11, 2014
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Will you be my bridesmaid?

It is truly one of the sweetest honors a gal could be asked to do these days…

Kristi & I

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I might take the role as bridesmaid a little more serious than most because I have had the chance to see the behind the scenes at weddings for so long.  I have seen how important the role can be to the bride.

When I was asked to be a bridesmaid I wanted to make sure I supported in anyway that I could, as much as I could. When I was asked to buy a dress in specific shade of blush, I did just that. Kristi (bride) was extra sweet in letting us buy the dress from wherever we wanted so I wasn’t stuck buying some super expensive dress.  I of course gave the bride full veto power just in case she hated the style of the dress I chose.

When the wedding day came it was so interesting to see the wedding from that point of view.  My assistant, Kaitlin coordinated the wedding while I got to kick back, drink champagne and just have fun being a bridesmaid!  Kaitlin had done all of the due diligence to make sure she had all of the details/vendors relationships/timelines perfected.  We all discussed a plan B for rain and I trusted her 100% to get the job done like she has so many times before for our other clients.

On the wedding day, the bride was exactly where she should be.  Blissfully happy on her wedding day knowing Kaitlin has this whole operation under control.  Maybe it is the wedding planner in me, but it was still my friend’s wedding and I wanted it to go perfectly for her.  I had to stop myself from keeping a third eye on everything and stop looking at my watch.  Kaitlin did great of course.  The day went perfect and she handled me and the bride very well. :)  I eventually was able to let go and have fun “being on the other side.”

Kaitlin and I at the reception

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As a wedding coordinator, I get questioned by anyone and everyone about everything on the wedding day. I am happy to answer and confirm all of the details on a need-to-know basis, but now I have a little more insight as to why so many questions are asked by the bridesmaids, family, guests, etc.  Sometimes they really have no clue and just need to be informed, sometimes they are nosy, while other times they just want to make sure the day is 100% perfect for the couple. It is such a special day and it is supposed to be a fun celebration…but there is a lot of pressure on that day for it to go well.

I get to work with people from all walks of life, all different cultures and with people that have all kinds of expectations for the wedding at large…that aren’t necessarily the two people getting married. I am hired by the couple to pretty much do the same thing at the end of the day: be that person that they can trust to spearhead the details and make their wedding day flow smoothly so they can enjoy celebrating with their friends and family. But I now understand that while the couple is my main priority on a wedding day, I also need to be extra aware of the people around them that are just trying to support, that also need to be supported in some little way too!

Thanks for reading~

-Erin

Photos by Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.