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We have said it a million times and we'll say it again - we have amazing vendors! And knowledgable ones. So when our readers come to us with their burning wedding planning questions, it's easy for us to find a local professional that can better address the topic.
Today we have a special guest post from Event Solutions
. The owner, Ashley Fuentes, gives some insight into the importance of hiring a coordinator for the day of your wedding.
Hiring a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator
On your wedding day, you should sit back, relax, and enjoy the day. So that means allowing a professional Day-Of Wedding Coordinator to handle all of the details for you. Your mom, wedding party, and other family and friends should also be able to enjoy your wedding; after all this is a special occasion and one to remember for a lifetime!
Hiring a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator is such an important part of planning your wedding because this coordinator should understand your vision and ideas for your wedding. Your coordinator will be there on the day of to ensure that all your hard work of planning your wedding pays off with having a stress free, seamless ceremony and reception.
The most important part of hiring a Day-Of Coordinator is ensuring that your coordinator is involved in more than just the "day-of." A Day-Of Coordinator should meet with you at least two to three times prior to the wedding to go over your needs, wishes, and ideas for your wedding, during the last few weeks before your wedding. They will also need to visit your ceremony and reception site to have a clear understanding of what you want on your wedding day.
This is especially important because on your wedding day, your Day-Of Coordinator should have all the information needed to produce and coordinate your wedding seamlessly! The only way to do this is collect all the details the last few weeks prior to the wedding.
Another important factor to hiring a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator is ensuring that they are from a professional event planning company. Professional event planners and coordinators will have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to handle any and all issues that may arise on your wedding day. This will give you peace of mind that everything will be handled appropriately and in a timely manner!
Many brides don't know the difference between a Wedding Coordinator and a Venue Coordinator; and there is a BIG difference! A Venue Coordinator is there to handle all the things associated with the venue - catering, bar service, room setup, etc. However, they are not involved in the "nitty gritty" of the details of your wedding planning. They also may not work directly with your MC, Photographer, Videographer, or other vendors on the day-of to ensure that the detailed itinerary is followed perfectly. Additionally, most Venue Coordinators do not stay the entire length of your wedding. They may leave right after dinner service.
That is when having a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator is so essential. Your Coordinator will work hand in hand with your Venue Coordinator to ensure all aspects of the day are perfect; plus your Day-Of Coordinator will be there throughout your entire wedding!
About the Guest Author/Event Solutions
My name is Ashley Fuentes and I am the owner of Event Solutions. After years of planning parties and events for family and friends, I decided that wedding and event planning was truly my calling! I wanted to create a company that would include all the things I love about planning weddings and events - being creative, interacting with others, putting my best skills to work, and producing amazing weddings and events for couples just like you! So, in 2007, I created Event Solutions. I have 6+ years experience in the wedding planning industry, plus 10+ years experience working in a bakery, and 15 combined years of experience in customer service.
Event Solutions is a Full-Service event planning company, located right here in Houston, Texas. We service all of The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and more. Our services include Full-Service and Partial Wedding & Event Planning, Final Month and Day-Of Wedding Coordination, Stationery, Rentals & Decor, and Accessories.
Check out our website or call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation! 281-781-7676 EventSolutionsOnline.com
The reception was perfectly decorated with turquoise and deep purple details and gorgeous tall centerpieces created by Keisha's Kreations
Woodlands Bride Booth at Dream Weddings Bridal Show
We were honored to have been a part of the Dream Weddings Bridal Show and enjoyed meeting new brides and vendors alike. What a turnout! We always feel inspired after a big event like yesterday's bridal show and we would like to welcome new fans to Woodlands Bride! Our goal is to inspire you.
Where to start? The bridal show was filled - we mean filled - with every wedding vendor under the sun. There were amazingly talented photographers and fun photo booths, every kind of caterer, venues galore, chic gift shops + event designers and the best cake you've ever tasted!
Top Left: College Park Flowers, Bottom Left: Carter's Florist, Top Right: The Blooming Idea, Bottom Right: Rainforest Flowers
We were in wedding heaven as we perused all the floral design booths from College Park Flowers
to Rainforest Flowers
. We had a little floral perfection in our own booth: Carter's Florist
graciously designed a centerpiece for us which brides simply adored. Thanks, Jessica!
Top Left: SpringHill Suites, Bottom Left: Buca di Beppo, Top Right: Buca di Beppo, Bottom Right: Rico's Grill
We grabbed a meatball (ok, 2 or 3!) from the Buca di Beppo
booth perfectly decorated in Italian vintage. Rico's Grill
, our favorite Mexican restaurant, was serving up some samples of their catering for brides. We also chatted it up with SpringHill Suites
and learned a fun fact: Did you know the hotel chain in The Woodlands is their number one location for the U.S.? We love this hotel and its modern decor!
Left: Gigi's Cupcakes, Top Middle: Gigi's Cupcakes, Bottom Middle: Kiss The Cook Cakes, Top Right: Huddell and Hudson, Bottom Right: Dream Cakes
Left: ShutterBooth, Top Middle: LA Photography, Bottom Middle: Signature EvenTx, Top Right: Signature EvenTx, Bottom Right: The Traveling Photo Booth
production gave brides and guests a chance to let loose and enjoy themselves. These guys are totally entertaining and there's no doubt the receptions they host are a ton
and The Traveling Photo Booth
, among many other photo booths, gave brides a chance to act silly with poses and props. We indulged in the fun, too... We couldn't resist!
Top Left: Waterpoint, Top Right: Olde Dobbin Station, Bottom Left: Ashelynn Manor, Bottom Middle: Burkeshire Plantation, Bottom Right: Pine Lake Ranch
The selection of venues at the show is exactly why we love promoting this area. Brides could choose from the beautiful oak tree at Oak Tree Manor
in Spring, the country-style venue of Amber Springs
in Montgomery, resort-style venues like The Woodlands Resort
, one of our featured vendors, as well as venues on the water like Bentwater
on Lake Conroe and Waterpoint - a venue brides will be able to tour at our very first Venue Toast and Tour
on March 28.
Photos of A Memorable Event
Top Left: A Posh Affair, Bottom Left: Zulee's, Top Right: HEB Blooms, Bottom Right: Sugar Bunch Creations
We were so inspired by the event design talent of the ladies at A Memorable Event
. This vendor had a few tables set up with different styles for different brides.
We are also inspired by vendors that do it all like A Posh Affair
- your one-stop shop for wedding planning! Specialty shops like Zulee's
gift shop + invitation design and Sugar Bunch Creations
- a candy buffet and fun food catering company - were unique finds at the bridal show.
Memories by MaryAnne Photography
Left: Fleurish Imagery, Top Right: Civic Photos, Bottom Right: Singing Hearts Photography
Then came the bridal fashion show featuring wedding gowns by David Tutera. Check out the photo gallery below for a preview of the fashion show + booths at the Dream Weddings Bridal Show. Thank you Gail McGroder for letting us be a part of such a successful event!
A special thanks to Nikki Lee and Jessica Coleman for their crafty skills and all the time they put into making sure we had the cutest giveaways at the bridal show!
We are so excited about our new contributor! Haley of En Vogue Events will be sharing all of her amazing insight about wedding planning on the blog! Do you have a question for Haley? Email us
you question and Haley can answer it right here on the blog.
Are you wondering if hiring a wedding planner is right for you? Read on...WB: What are the main benefits for hiring a wedding planner?
Haley: Keeping your sanity! Wedding Planners tend to get better pricing from vendors, and we know which vendors are the best for our clients budgets and taste. So instead of the bride having to interview 12 photographers and not really knowing the
types of questions they should be asking – we already have all that information.WB: What are the questions a bride should ask a wedding planner before hiring them?
Haley: How do you select your vendors?
How many weddings do you do per weekend?
Are you certified?
originally hails from Bryan, Texas. When she isn't working, she is spending time with her pride and joy, Frankie, her adorable dog and Drew Connor – one of the most wonderful men she says she has ever met!
Check out her website
or connect with her on
Haley Hughes of En Vogue Events took a break from planning fabulous upcoming weddings and events to share with us a little about her business, and some of the wedding trends we can expect to see this year. WB: Tell us a little about yourself and your business.
Haley: En Vogue Events is going into our eighth year of business, which is
very exciting. We have had some great clients and then we have some
stories as well.
I have been very fortunate to have my team, everyone
brings their own qualities to our company and that is the secret to our
growth. We have been honored with several awards – the inaugural Best of
Weddings award from the Knot as well as 2011 and 2012, Brides.com Best of, Talk
of the town for best customer service, Texas Star Award are some of them.WB: How did you get started planning weddings?
Haley: My college major was Public Relations which led me into event planning. I
started with an internship for Austin Parks and Recreation in their events
department and never looked back. I went into TV sales for ABC in San
Antonio for about six months and found out I am horrible at sales!
Ran right back to event planning. I worked for a national magazine as their
in-house planner, planning events all over the nation. But I was missing the
personal relationships that you can get on local events. Which was what led me
to wedding planning, WB: What do you love the most about planning weddings?
Haley: I absolutely love seeing the finished product! The moment when I sneak the bride into the ballroom and she says it’s better than she imagined – nothing can give me more fulfillment.WB: Okay, give us the scoop! What are the trends you predict for 2012 weddings?
Haley: European Vintage is going to take off big time! Modern is slowly making its way out, and vintage and eclectic décor are going to take over. WB: Describe yourself in 3 words.
Haley: Reliable, Ethical, FUN!WB: Describe your dream wedding.
Haley: This is a little hard – I have two!
I know I just said that European Vintage is in style – but I still love modern even if it’s not the trend. I don’t mean in over kill mode – I love lighting and crisp lines. One of my favorite weddings on TV- Phoebe’s wedding on Friends, or Ross’ wedding in London on Friends. Both were somewhat outdoors, and both went through a ton of changes at
the last minute but ended up even more beautiful!
And two, I have a secret desire to get married in Las Vegas…. I know it’s over done and I would have to plan it, I can’t just jump on a plane and go. But the destination Wedding Gowns are so gorgeous and the casinos actually have some really amazing ballrooms – tall ceilings, huge chandeliers.Haley originally hails from Bryan Texas. When she isn't working, she is spending time with her pride and joy, Frankie, her adorable dog and Drew Connor – one of the most wonderful men she says she has ever met!
Check out her website or connect with her on Twitter @envogueevents.