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When hiring professionals to help you have the best wedding ever, a planner is generally your first port of call. A planner will help you organize all the details and put together your schedule. They will also give you recommendations for other respected wedding vendors, like your videographer 😉 I recently caught up with esteemed Orlando wedding planner and friend Lisa Stoner, of Lisa Stoner Events. Get to know Lisa and read her fabulous insight on wedding planning!
“There was a lovely family from Toronto that I worked for 3 1/2 years ago. The wedding was extravagant in every way with all of their weekend events (5 in total) hosted at the Four Seasons. I was trusted implicitly with the design and was offered creative freedom, which was lovely, but the approach to planning was a bit different than what I was accustomed to with the mother of the bride. I wanted to be flexible, of course, and knew that I just had adjust my sails to make her feel more confident and comfortable. In doing this, she taught me so many invaluable lessons as a wedding planner, but also as a business owner. We remain friends (with visits to Disney World when she’s in town) and close to this day, and I will be planning her new granddaughter’s birthday in Orlando soon!”
“I know many of my wedding planner colleagues who are incredibly competent, caring and excellent at what they do. Because I don’t have a large firm or team of planners, I feel that mine is more intimate and very personal.”
“I lead my business and personal life in dealing with others with respect first and foremost. We are all equal, and I judge no one. Once a prospective client interviews me, and yes, I interview them, it is our mutual agreement to move forward with respect and integrity.”
“Too many people have seen “The Wedding Planner!” It’s not all visiting floral and sculpture gardens, etc. Those are highlights in the process, however, there are a lot of administrative details we have to stay on top of, as well. There are a minutiae of details to tend to such as looking over the language in all subcontractor’s contracts to assure all reads usual and customary, manage and coordinate all timelines for the event and vendor arrivals, oversee the budget set in place and be a good steward of the money, and the final production and execution of the wedding weekend can seem like finishing an Iron-Man. Oh, and let’s not forget about the event strike (taking it all down) and post-event follow-up and details.”
“Aesthetically, my ideal client would be open and allow me to be tastefully creative, (though I favor an etherial, classic, almost European look) be equally diligent about thoughtful gestures as they are about beautifully designed space, and enjoy camaraderie in our partnership, trust the process and my experience, and be JOYFUL!”
“It’s a lot more challenging than planning a local wedding, but so rewarding. Developing relationships through industry organizations is key so that you have “go-to” professionals you can call on wherever you are planning. They sure do make for the best photos and video!”
“To have confidence in their decision with whom they chose to work with, and to trust their team. True wedding professionals only want the best for their clients from start to finish. They will enjoy their engagement and planning time more with the best of memories this way!”
“I do not offer “coordination” services and work as a full-service planner only. This has me with my clients from start to finish, or sometimes they have the venue already and I jump in. This gives me a comprehensive understanding of their needs, wants and expectations. That’s not to say that coordinators do no offer a valuable service, because they do! For those clients who had to be more budget-conscience or more hands-on, this is ideal as they are excellent at task management.”
“I believe we will be more virtual in planning, especially with out of town clients, and this has already been tested during this Covid-19 crisis. I was planning during the recession of 2008-2010, and trust me, couples still wanted to get married! We will prevail!”
I want to thank Lisa for her valuable insight. The information she provided should give brides a great head start and allow them to understand the role of the planner better! If you haven’t yet selected an Orlando wedding planner, be sure to contact Lisa Stoner Events.
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