It’s Wedding Time! A How To Planning Series

Congratulations are in order for my younger sister, Catrina and her new fiancee, Ryan. I am just thrilled for them to say the least! Look how adorable and in love they are! I am excited to start the wedding planning… and I’m sure she is too!

Weddings were a big part of my life before I had my daughters. Events and weddings were my job. I still love them to this very day. I knew in college I wanted to work with weddings somehow. They are such a happy occasion that bring families together. It’s where new beginnings start, new friendships form and the memories made, last a lifetime.

I went to college at Johnson & Wales University in Denver and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management. Shortly after, I started at a prestigious winery in Napa Valley as an intern and worked my way up to the Director of Weddings and Special Events. It was fun and such an awesome experience that I am so blessed to have had. At peak season it wasn’t uncommon to host a wedding Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and possibly “petite weddings” (elopements) throughout the rest of the week.

This winery is where I got married as well! Such an awesome place! With all the weddings I worked on – I knew exactly what I wanted. By the time my wedding rolled around, I could answer any question thrown at me. I had a huge advantage by working there and getting to experience many others’. I had the best vendors and people to work with. If I had to do it over again I would not change a single thing!

A few years later, my husband and I picked up and moved to Aspen, CO where I landed a job at the newest hotel in town. Here, I worked on a lot more corporate events and different social events, but weddings were not completely out of the mix. There were just fewer than I was used to and a different environment. Nothing to complain about though – it was a wonderful job in a beautiful place as well! When I look back at what jobs and places I got to work, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have had these experiences!

That’s a little bit about me and my experiences with weddings. I learned so much about these special events and with my sister newly engaged, I am excited to share what I know with you and bring you along on the planning process of my sister’s wedding. I want to provide you with helpful tips and questions – big and small because when the big day comes, every detail matters!

My family and I live in Colorado as well as my sister that is to tie the knot soon. However, she has chosen a destination wedding which can even be a little more tricky. It takes more attention to detail and trust because of the distance. She has decided Florida, May 2019 – Destin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach area – is where she wants her marriage to take place. Definitely a ceremony on the beach and a reception space that has a view of the water. She partly picked this area too because she wants bonfires on the beach later in the reception. Just one of those non-negotiable things she’s been dreaming about!

I have been chosen (or maybe just told her I was because I was so excited) to be her wedding planner and I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Planning a wedding is a big task any way you look at it. It is one of the most important, life changing events in your life. I mean, It a big day – a HUGE day! There are a lot of details that have to align with the couple’s vision and different people to work with that must come together to create one fantastic day for the books. I know a wedding is and means so much more than an event and all the stuff that comes with it, but to me, it is a momentous day that marks a start of a journey. It’s not just another day, it’s the start of a life that started with a bang! It’s a big day that deserves an event to spotlight the one and only bride and groom!

An event though doesn’t have to mean stressful. With proper planning and asking the right questions you really can sail through the process. Just like anything else in life, communication is key and organization doesn’t hurt at all!

I am excited to take to on this journey with me over the next year. I want to provide you with helpful questions and tools for planning a wedding, but really any kind of event.

Keep an eye out for my next wedding related post with a list of good questions to ask yourself at the very start of planning your event or wedding. These will help you see what your vision is and you’ll be able to relay it over easily to those working with you.

See you back here soon!

Courtney

Here’s to love and laughter and happily ever after! 

 

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7 Replies to “It’s Wedding Time! A How To Planning Series”

  1. Your wedding looked so beautiful . Im sure your sister’s wedding will look stunning too especially since you’re planning it! Looking forward to reading the rest of this series 😀

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