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Have you considered that your ‘Virtual Wedding Planner’ is not in your pocket on your wedding day?

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I am a wedding planner. And as a wedding planner, I believe that a big part of my job is to help educate couples through their wedding planning process so that they have an enjoyable engagement and an amazing wedding. And right now I am seeing a frightening trend that I feel compelled to warn you about. It is a trend that you may believe will be convenient and save you money, but in fact, it will cost you more and leave you frustrated and disappointed on your wedding day.

There are a number of industry leading resource and inspiration websites that are claiming that they can be your wedding planner. They say that they are all you need, you are being mislead. Now you may think that I am biased because I am a wedding planner. You may think I’m just afraid they will steal business away from our company. That is not true and I want to share why I don’t believe a website or an app would be a good wedding planner.

Meet Jackie (not her real name), who moments before she is about to walk down the aisle has an officer of the court show up to her wedding to serve her soon to be husband papers from his ex girlfriend. Jackie made it down the aisle without stress because her real human wedding planner stepped in, handled the officer and made him sit through a 2 hour catholic ceremony before talking to my bride and groom on their special day…she didn’t even know he was there, thanks to my team and the groom handled it gracefully after the ceremony was complete.

Poor Mandy (not her real name), her brother was officiating her wedding and was so nervous that he started the ceremony before Mandy had even come down the aisle. Had it not been for our team waiving our arms in the background to get his attention, he might not have realized it until it was time to “kiss the bride”!

Here is a story about Sarah (not her real name) who’s actual human wedding planner showed up to start setting up for her dream day only to discover that the rental company had sent the wrong number of linens and there were not enough to cover all the tables that she wanted displayed. With a lot of creativity and actual human strength our team was able to redesign the space with what we had and she never knew the difference and most importantly never experienced an ounce of stress over because we handled it.

Meet Lucy (not her real name), who had always dreamed of an outdoor lakeside wedding but half an hour before her ceremony a mighty storm blew in and her real life wedding planner, along with a few strong men, picked up her fully decorated iron gazebo and moved it inside, through two small doors, so that she could have her garden feel sheltered from the storm…and no, there was no time to disassemble, move it appropriately and then reassemble. Lucy sent me a picture of our team moving this beast after her wedding say, “I had no idea what you all had to go through to make this happen for me, thank you!”

I could go on for days…and in fact I think I’m going to write a book of all the hilarious and yet almost catastrophic events that were dodged because a real human wedding planner was there, ready and equipped to save the day and eliminate any chance of stress on behalf of the couple or their families.

How can an app or a website even pretend to stand in and offer that same level of service? Will your app provide your vendors with a full electrical diagram for your private estate wedding? Will

your app call your chair rental company to say you have 10 last minute guest cancelations and get you a refund? Will your app alphabetize all of your escort cards when you run of of time?

A great wedding planner is not just a resource for finding vendors. Although we will help you do that. A great wedding planner is a person that you trust to come along side you as a couple to help you navigate the wild adventure of engagement. Your wedding planner is there to eliminate the stress of the unknown and uncover the joy of celebrating your new life together. And as he or she grows to understand your vision for your wedding, will assemble a team of vendors to execute your vision flawlessly, stepping in to handle any potential missteps so you never have to think or worry about it.

Until Dr. Ford leaves Westworld to create wedding planning robots, I really don’t see there being any substitute for the real thing!

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Our Charlotte Wedding Planner, Sarah Beth Thie, is here to share some insight on some of her favorite Uptown Charlotte Wedding Venues…

Charlotte Wedding Venue

Metropolitan. Chic. Dynamic.

The Charlotte, North Carolina skyline is one of my absolute favorites…and it’s not just because I live in this awesome city! Charlotte natives and transplants…am-I-right? I fall in love with this city more and more every day and I know so many of you feel the same way. Charlotte is a juxtaposition of modern yet traditional and chic yet classic–much like many of our fabulous WTTK clients. When venue scouting, many of our clients want to incorporate this uptown style and design into their most important day. We want to share some of our favorite uptown venues and wedding designs with you!

220 North Tryon at Foundation For The Carolinas

Fun Fact: Foundation For The Carolinas is one of the largest charitable community foundations in the United States and features an extensive art collection. As guests enter, they walk into the beautiful Knight Tier/Luski Gallery. The Silverman Pavilion and Kearney Solarium on the 4th floor are the perfect spots for the ceremony as well as dinner & dancing! The floor to ceiling glass windows create the perfect modern backdrop by day and night. This Charlotte wedding venue is also home to one of my favorite spots in uptown Charlotte: the vertical garden on the Rodgers Sculpture Terrace. The Charlotte skyline + a lush wall of greenery gets an A+ in our book. This garden wall, created by French environmental artist Patrick Blanc, is one of the many highlights for our couples (and their guests!).

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Mint Museum Uptown

The Mint Museum Uptown is a private non-profit institution that houses the internationally renowned Craft+Design collection as well as other outstanding collections of American, contemporary, and European art. The modern architecture of this museum is a favorite of our brides who book this versatile venue. The museum offers some amazing spaces including the terrace, entryway, atrium, and Silverman Grand Room. The Level 5 Trustees Terrace is one of our favorites…it gives the grand room space a great outdoor option and we’re suckers for al fresco apps and cocktails! Oh, and the cityscape view is simply stunning. We had the opportunity to host an intimate wedding ceremony in the Carroll Entryway and it was the sweetest!

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Founders Hall

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Founders Hall is a unique wedding venue located in the Bank of America Corporate Center, the tallest building in the city. For those clients looking for a large venue in the heart of uptown Charlotte, Founders Hall has you covered! The marble floors, granite fountain, and live trees are the perfect additions to the space. The vaulted glass atrium ceiling and large multifaceted windows at Founders Hall are amazing. One of our sweet couples snuck away some remarkable nighttime window shots (taken by Love Shutter) and they turned out incredible!

Our Charlotte Wedding Planning team is ready to serve you and help you find the perfect venue!!

CHEERS!

Sarah Beth | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Venues:

Foundation For The Carolinas | Mint Museum Uptown | Founders Hall

Photography:

The Schultzes | Cathy Durig Photography | Love Shutter

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