May 20th marked a joyous day in the LUX family, as our own Danielle went from a Ms. to Mrs! We all teared up with joy watching the blushing bride walk down the aisle and commit herself to the man of her dreams. The intimate celebration wonderfully showcased the love Steve and Danielle felt for one another and left us feeling a renewed sense of faith in the power of love.
But the journey down the aisle isn't always cake testing and dress shopping, so we decided to get the wedding-planning skinny from two brides and a wedding expert.
The Newly Engaged: Amelia
How is wedding planning going?
It went from having a wedding in Arizona, to a small dinner to really considering what we wanted (less stress) and could afford and are now planning to elope. We want to elope somewhere warm (we love Arizona or maybe Drumheller as it's so beautiful).
Since you're planning to elope are there any wedding traditions you're still planning to follow?
We just don’t really have anything we’re to tied to, I want flowers, but apart from that I'm definitely planning on having a non-traditional wedding. I'm not even sure if I want a wedding dress!
What are you the most excited about for your wedding?
I’m the most excited to just be married!
The Newly Married: Danielle
When planning what was something you weren't willing to compromise?
I really wanted lots of food and lots of cocktails. We have signature drinks (Steve's is a Dark and Stormy, and mine is a Paloma and we're also doing a build-your-own caesar bar). To eat there will be traditional New Zealand meat pies plus we’re having a very large charcuterie table and we’re having a big three tier cake.
What helped you get through the challenge of planning a wedding?
Some good advice that I was given and I think of it during every stage of planning “is that if something isn’t perfect or doesn’t turn out the way you want it to be, you’re the only person who knows that something has gone wrong, so step back and know that it’ll work out!Best moment of your wedding day?
Photo of Maggie taken by Mat Simpson Photography Co
The Wedding Planner: Maggie Baird
If you could give one piece of advice to newly engaged couples what would it be?
Hire a Wedding Planner! I know it may seem biased but it is such a valuable investment for your wedding. Every single wedding I work on, I have guests telling me about how much they regret not hiring a planner. Planners can help make the most of your budget, and create the ease and calmness that every couple wants for their big day.
What are the three biggest factors when planning a wedding?
1. The couple’s personality:
It is the whole point of the wedding– to celebrate the couple. Their energy, personalities, passions and style will dictate the look and feel of the entire day.
2. The number of guests:
The number of people you choose to celebrate with will determine your options for venues, use of budget, intimacy of the wedding and the overall flow of the day.
3. The budget:
The dollars you have to spend will determine how you create the day.
What's your favourite moment in weddings (if you had to pick one)?
I love the first look! I always make sure that the first look only has the couple, the photographer and me. Creating that intimate and quiet moment is really important for the couple to start the day together and I am always honoured to be a witness to it. It’s by far the most genuine, honest and beautiful moment between couples on their wedding day.
What's your favourite wedding tradition / do you have one / do you think they matter?
I am not big into forcing traditions on couples. Though I appreciate many of them and understand where most of them come from, I believe they put undue stress on couples. Any couple that I work with I encourage to ditch any tradition that does not feel genuinely and authentically them.
What's the best part of being a wedding planner?
There is a really special intimacy that is created between a planner and the couple over the months, and sometimes years of planning a wedding. I really enjoy being alongside two people who are excited about their future and celebrating their love. There is nothing quite like surrounding yourself with happy, excited and in love people. It’s a pretty wonderful work environment.