and we thought it would be fun to share with you
“a day in the life of a wedding planner”…
Based in Washington, DC, SoCo Events services luxury bridal and special event clients worldwide.
From creating sophisticated romance to iconic glamour
and managing every awe-inspiring detail in between,
SoCo Events is a leading boutique luxury wedding and event management firm on the east coast.
(That’s Jen on the right!)
In any given week, a few days are spent attending various client meetings.
Going to a dress fitting, meeting with stationary experts to design invitations, or tasting menu options with the caterer can all be in a day’s work.
Days and nights are filled with excel spreadsheets, and keeping budgets and time lines on track. Guest lists are formatted with proper etiquette and invitations are stuffed, sealed, stamped and hand delivered (I have my favorite post offices throughout the DC area that will let me camp out and stamp away!).
This will help us gain a little insight into your wedding and help steer you in the right direction of venues and vendors.
Do not worry that you have to find the perfect images, this is just a starting point to begin the creation of your wedding look.
It is also very helpful to have an idea of the size of the guest list.
You do not want to run into problems down the road by looking at venues that are too small or even too large for your guest list.
It is a topic that no one really wants to tackle, but it is important to face this head on.
Having the budget discussion early ensures that we can make the right decisions and avoid trouble down the road.
It is such a special and intimate moment before her grand entrance.
It is usually myself, the bride and her father.
It is such an honor to be the last person with the bride, primping her dress, adjusting her veil and doing a lipstick check.
I love how the dads always ask if they are holding their daughter’s arm correctly, how fast to walk as well as a last minute refresher on how to lift the veil.
I have seen the most touching and often funny moments between a father and daughter, and it is amazing to be the one to share these special moments filled with excitement.
As I cue my bride to go, I always hug her and say,
“Go get married!!”
What are some of your favorite weddings you have worked on?
Yes, the framework is often the same, but each couple, family and details set their day apart. One of my favorites was a wedding that was originally meant to be for almost 300 guests.
As the couple worked on the guests list, we changed course.
What resulted was an intimate New York City trip of a lifetime for 60 of the bride and groom’s closest family and friends.
We decided to treat these guests to a weekend they would never forget.
The couple graciously took care of every detail from travel, hotels, a Broadway show; even an evening horse and carriage ride through Central Park.
It was nice to be able to spoil the guests to such an extreme.
Ultimately, my favorite weddings are those where the couple and I concentrate on the details to truly make the wedding unique and special.
No matter how big or small, when we pay attention to the details, guests feel special and enjoy the entire evening to the fullest.
What trends are you seeing in the bridal industry?
Rustic and vintage are still big, but people are making room for glam and luxury in a big way. Nudes, blushes and sparkle are all over the red carpet this season, and I cannot wait to translate that into tablescapes and décor.
I also foresee flower girls making a big comeback en masse.
There is nothing like a mini
entourage dressed in lace and bows. Need inspiration, just channel Kate Moss’ recent
You can contact Jen and her amazing staff at SoCo Events.
Thank you Jen!
The CBA Girls