A Wedding Planner, To Have or Not Have?

With my wedding being hundreds of miles away from home in a different state, I knew that a wedding planner would be a great asset for us. I also knew that my wedding planner would have to be someone who had amazing talent, yet a warm and welcoming personality. An added bonus to my wedding planner, Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events, is that she has the most bubbly personality and emits nothing but southern charm. While I knew a wedding planner would be of great help to me, I did question whether or not it was a good decision budget wise and I was also afraid of losing control of our wedding. I didn’t want decisions being made for me and I didn’t want to lose the experience of making decisions with my mom and sister. I can honestly say that from the very beginning my wedding planner has taken the time to get to know us as a couple, things we like and don’t like, and has really listened to what I envision. She has let the decisions up to us and is there when I need her for advice. I highly suggest having a wedding planner, if you feel you don’t need one with all of the planning, I would definitely suggest having one for the day of. It is nice to know that everything is in the hands of a professional wedding planner on the big day. This way your family gets to sit back and enjoy the day with you and not have to worry about moving flower arrangements from point A to B, making sure everything and everyone are in their places, etc. I think the most important thing is to choose a wedding planner that fits you and someone who is a very good listener and does not design your big day but rather emphasizes it and allows the bride and groom to shine through.

For any bride who is planning a wedding in the Lowcountry I highly recommend contacting Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events: http://spencerspecialevents.com/

Be sure to do your research before hiring any wedding planner. You can usually get a good feel from their website and photos from previous weddings, but also review testimonials on Wedding Wire: http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-planners

I say To Have to a wedding planner! Happy planning!

I’m Engaged, Now What?

The year prior to the proposal, while we were vacationing on HHI we saw a small wedding taking place on the beach. Dave said to me, that’s what we should do, get married on the beach. Surprisingly, I agreed! There was something about that moment that changed my wish of wanting a big wedding in my hometown. Maybe because we were together for so long, maybe because I was getting older and didn’t need a huge wedding, or maybe because there was something so romantic about that moment that I couldn’t imagine having it any other way. From that point on, I was determined to make a wedding over 700 miles away from home happen. When we returned from our vacation that year, I began researching wedding planners. I knew the first wedding planning service I found was not right for us, because it lacked the personal appeal and some of the packages seemed to produce a cookie cutter wedding. Then I found Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events, who had the personal appeal I was looking for. I knew then that I had to contact her even though we weren’t engaged yet. I reached out to Amanda via email and she quickly responded. Amanda suggested a phone call and I was very surprised because she knew I was not actually engaged. We had almost an hour phone call and I was so excited. Nine months went by and we were off to HHI again and I had plans to meet up with Amanda, even though there was still no ring on my finger. Then that all changed the day before I had plans to meet Amanda. Dave proposed and I was so excited to be able to finally tell this wedding planner that it was official! My mom and I went and met Amanda. She was so friendly and welcoming with wonderful ideas, I knew then that she was my wedding planner that was going to make our dream wedding a reality! In my next blog, I’ll discuss to have or to not have a wedding planner.

The Proposal

After an 8 1/2 year courtship, Dave finally asked me to marry him! I was well ready and said “yes” without hesitation. We were vacationing in Hilton Head Island, SC, one of the best places in the Lowcountry in my book, when the moment I had been waiting for finally took place. Dave purchased a few scratch-off lottery tickets our first night there. Then we got busy and I completely forgot about them, which is unusual because I have a love for scratch-off lottery tickets. Several days later and thinking that no proposal was going to happen once again (remember I was waiting patiently everyday of our 8 1/2 year courtship so I was always hoping in the back of my mind), that all changed on July 18, 2011. That afternoon we were sitting outside on the deck and Dave went inside and got the tickets. Sitting there scratching he kept asking me if I was feeling lucky. He said any one of these tickets could change our lives forever. Sure enough the last ticket said “Get 3 diamonds and win,” which I gave him the ticket to do and he gave it back to me and told me to go ahead and do it. I scratched and at first it wasn’t scratching off very easy. I had clue this was the moment. Dave even went inside and got a different coin. He took the ticket and tried scratching (all the while he was sweating bullets that it wasn’t going to work) and got it going and told me to finish it and I saw 3 diamonds and the words “Will You Marry Me?” I still had no idea, at this point and my brother-in-law comes out to join us (not knowing what was taking place) and he takes the ticket from me and realizes then what was going on. He immediately leaves and Dave stands up with the ring and got down on his knee, I knew then it was finally happening!! The moment I felt like I waited an eternity for finally happened!! That ticket was a winner!!!