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Before we dive into Emily’s Q&A, I want you to know I get it. Planning a wedding is both exciting and at times a little stressful. Because well, most of you have never planned a wedding before! I want you to enjoy this amazing time in your life and since your photographer is one of the first vendors you book, I want to help guide you along the way! One of the best things you can do to make your wedding planning and day go extremely smooth, carefree, and fun is to hire a wedding planner! Even hiring a Knoxville wedding planner for day-of coordination will make a huge difference in how the flow of the day will go. Contact Emily to learn more about what services she offers.
A: Hello! My name is Emily. I’m a wedding and event planner working in Knoxville, but originally from a small town west of Nashville where a lot of my family still lives. I am married to my college sweetheart and I have two little boys who keep my days very exciting. We are living in our altered reality of 2020, so I’m homeschooling this year and it’s a whole new adventure! A lot of my days are spent teaching handwriting and all about beetles while also taking calls from clients and making timelines. It’s a busy life, but I feel so blessed to be busy.
A: This question is so tough! I love so many moments of a wedding day. I love the moment when the couple has made their way down the aisle and they take each other’s hands for the first time during the ceremony. Sometimes it seems like one person is reaching out for something stable to hold in the midst of this huge, emotional moment and they find their person waiting right there. It feels like a real metaphor for marriage. I’m often surprised how often the fellas are the ones who need an extra squeeze and a deep breath. I love the first dances too. The ceremony is done, the pressure is off, and it’s such a romantic moment. I love it when couples just embrace that moment and give each other their full attention and adoration.
A: I think that it can be really challenging to get through the decision fatigue that often comes with wedding planning. There are so many choices to be made and the options are endless! It’s really important to take it in small pieces. Tackle one task at a time and work as consistently as you can to keep making steady progress.
A: This is tough, but I would go with either of the “shoulder seasons” Spring or Fall. It’s a pretty popular answer, but you can’t beat fall weather and color in East Tennessee and spring is so lush, dewy, and beautiful without being quite so hot.
A: I think that my friends and family would describe me as being warm, friendly, and definitely goofy. I do my best to show the people in my life that I really care for them and try to be there for them when they need me. I want my clients to feel the same way. I do my absolute best to have their backs during this important and special (albeit stressful) season. But yes, I am also goofy and not great at being serious in my personal life.
A: Remember what’s most important to you. You can’t make every area of your wedding a top priority. You have to choose the things that matter the most to you and your fiancé and prioritize those in terms of your time and your budget. Then, tackle those choices first.
A: Second tip, keep realistic expectations. You might not become a world-class ballroom dancer in time for your first dance, but you could learn to waltz. You might not have floral installations like the ones on Pinterest, but your flowers will be perfect and gorgeous. Being realistic helps you feel content with your wedding. Every single wedding no matter how elaborate or simple is beautiful.
A: On average, I recommend giving yourself a year to plan. So, for most couples, it means finding a planner in the first 3-6 months of being engaged. It can be done in less time, of course! But you and your planner will be chatting A LOT!
A: My family and I love to travel and explore, go hiking as long as the kids can hang, and just spend time together at home. My husband and I never turn down a chance to try a new restaurant or enjoy a local brewery.
A: I am a person with cross dominance. Basically I don’t have a dominant hand. I do things with my right and left hands pretty interchangeably. It’s a little weird and makes me a very awkward tennis player, but I love being able to change hands when the other one gets tired!
I love so much of this interview. One thing I take away is that Emily is super relatable and caring. I always say you have to find vendors you actually like being around. I know that seems silly, but it will make your wedding day experience over the top amazing!