This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
Ramona from Simple Country Weddings offers advice to couples who want to personalize their wedding day.
How do you recommend a couple personalize their wedding day?
A wedding day should reflect the couple’s personality. We will typically meet in person, review Pinterest boards, and then offer creative ways to decorate and personalize their wedding to truly make it theirs.
Favorite wedding trends?
I love blush, champagnes, gold, and fresh greenery. An Urban Chic with elegant vibes. Mixing touches of vintage décor with over the top elegant pieces. I love the fresh garland as well as the open, airy floral centerpieces. I adore the fresh green hanging floral centerpieces, adorned with soft florals. I don’t think I will ever tire of the mismatched mercury pieces mixed with vintage wood.
Any trends you would like to see end?
I really do not like the fabric hanging from the tree branch as the ceremony backdrop. Unless you have the perfect space, with the perfect tree and the perfect climate, the fabric tends to blow in the wind and looks awful in images. It’s too hard to control the outcome of this look.
How did you find your career path in event design?
I have always thrown my own personal events/parties. It wasn’t until after my own wedding that I really started planning events for others. I felt I could be useful in helping others stay within a budget while keeping their vision.
Advantages of hiring a wedding planner/rental company?
I really feel that it was stated very well in the 2004 edition of Martha Stewart Magazine As any couple knows, planning a wedding can be a huge amount of work. There are countless decisions to make, and they’re all the more daunting for brides and grooms who are inexperienced with putting together such a big event. Sometimes one of the best steps a couple can take is to hire a wedding planner.”
Today, even couples with more limited resources are hiring wedding planners as soon as they get engaged. Wedding planners handle all the details, an asset especially to couples with demanding jobs who have little time to manages all the details that need attention with a wedding, especially if you are getting married in a city other than the one where you live or it you are overwhelmed by the details.
A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely. Besides keeping your schedule on track, a planner will also create a wedding-day timeline and make sure that it gets carried out — down to the smallest detail. As Martha Stewart Magazine continues, “A good planner will analyze what you are looking to do, help you find the resources to get it done, and take you every step of the way.”
Advice for bride and groom planning a wedding?
Set a budget and stick to it. PLEASE do not go into a new marriage with a huge debt over your head. Choose the things that are important to you and let the rest go. Your family and friends are here to celebrate your special day with you. You do not have to compete with others. Your wedding should reflect your love for each other. It should be a day filled with fun and excitement.
What sets you apart or makes you unique in the industry?
I think when you walk into my office you get the feeling that you are home. My two Boston terriers stand guard at the entrance waiting to greet each client as they come in. If I don’t charm you, they will for sure!!! I am down to earth, very relaxed, and I feel that I send out welcoming vibes. I am very upfront, and allow you to be very open and honest with the goal that you are wanting to achieve. I am extremely budget conscious, and every aspect of our design, whether rustic or glam, has a feel of elegance and romance to it. Don’t be fooled¦ Just because my business name has the word COUNTRY in it, does not mean we are not capable of designing an elegant, over the top affair. Country to me is a feeling rather than a look. It’s LOVE. It’s FAMILY. It’s WELCOME. We love the opportunity to welcome your guests to the wedding you have dreamed about.
What does a typical day at the office look like?
Dogs snoring while I answer emails, Dogs playing ball with my clients while we choose rental items, and lots of music and laughter. We are pretty relaxed while we work. And the dogs sure keep things interesting for us around the office.
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Bio: Simply Country Weddings is dedicated to helping you achieve your vision while working within your budget. We also rent vintage and country decor for weddings and events. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/simplecountryweddings/.