May 2014 Archive

My Most FAQ…

I wanted to take some time to address one of my most frequently asked questions to date! I get so many emails and facebook messages on this topic that I thought it would be easiest to just post about it so everyone would know the answer!

Are you ready? My most frequently asked question is…

“How did you get started in event planning and what is your job like? Can you give me any advice?” 

Seriously, if I had a dime for every email I've ever received about this I think I could retire (maybe–probably not)! So here goes…

One of my first jobs after graduating from Siena College with a degree in Marketing Management was with the Office of Special Events for the City of Albany. I worked there for a few years and gained a tremendous amount of experience. I ended up as a wedding planner almost by accident! A friend I knew from working for the city was opening a wedding venue and asked me to help get them up and running. While I no longer work for the city or my friend (obviously), I fell in love with wedding planning!

To be completely honest, it wasn't love at first sight. I was really nervous that wedding planning / coordinating would be too intense; that the emotions and inevitable stress of the day (for me, not the clients) would be overwhelming. As it turns out, this is the aspect of my job that I love–I really rise to the occasion and thrive in this environment. Some might say I sparkle…

For a short period of time I worked as a wedding an event planner for a firm, but I really couldn't ignore the urge to open my own shop. This fall Katie O' Weddings and Events will be celebrating our 5th anniversary!

To answer the second part of the question, “what is my job like?” I think the most succinct answer would be: ridiculously busy. I'm sure you're not surprised by that response. But to elaborate, in addition to busy, my job is very organized and I live by my calendar. I have to schedule everything because I'm always trying to meet the needs of my clients and their busy schedules. I like that every day differs from the next–there's no monotony here! Some days I'm doing a site visit with a client in the morning and then I'll have meetings all afternoon. Some days I'm tied to my desk making phone calls, writing emails, and organizing.

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And, most weeekends, I'm working. This is not easy work and I'm thankful to have an understanding and supportive spouse who helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel. That light would be Sunday!

Last, I really love the relationship that I (and my team) have with our clients come wedding day. By the time the big day has arrived, we've had some real moments with our clients (because we feel all the feelings, too) and ride those ups and downs with them. For example, the venue they desperately wanted and was initially unavailable, but now, by some miracle, it is–YES! And, more often than not, we see our clients as our friends and we couldn't be happier or more excited for them.

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My advice…

If you're seriously interested in wedding/event planning, you should apply for an internship and gain some real world experience. Or if you have a family member or friend who is planning a wedding or event, ask if you can help them out and observe the process. You'll at least gain a better understanding of all of the parts that must come together to create a whole on the day of the wedding or event.

And the best part of having an internship or helping a friend? You'll know pretty quickly if it's the right fit for you.

While I jumped into wedding and event planning with two feet, I recognize that there are training and certifications programs for event planning. In my experience “hands-on” has been my saving grace. Each event I plan teaches me more and more. That being said, I look forward to learning something new with each and every event.

I hope you found this post to be helpful! Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments and I'll do my best to respond in a timely fashion!

Keep sparkling–

Simple, Elegant Bridal Gowns We Love

Less is more–that's how the saying goes, right? And, for some brides, it's even true for wedding gowns! We've started to get into the thick of wedding season here at Katie O' Weddings and Events and we were inspired by one of our recent brides for this post!

More often than not, wedding gowns are really over-the-top. And I totally understand and appreciate why some brides gravitate to that look; I mean, most of us are only going to get married once and you want to really do it up.

But, as you know, there are a million options when it comes to everything these days and this is especially true of wedding gowns. I know aspects of the dress shopping experience made my head spin because there were just so many choices–how I agreed to only one is incredible!

Even with a slew of choices, some brides take a more discerning approach; simple, yet elegant. And that's what we're highlighting today…

First up, from Brooklyn based (but with strong ties to Albany) photographer, Amanda Gentile of ADG Photography, this photo of Noelle in her Nicole Miller gown (and husband, Nate).

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Second, our inspiration for this post, KOWE and Elario Photography bride, Emily (and Craig, too) in her bespoke Narciso Rodriguez gown!

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Last, 2011 KOWE / Elario bride Natalia killed it with her mermaid gown with just a hint of lace at the bottom. Loved it.

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Did you go for an elaborate gown, a simple gown, or something in between? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–

Inspired by…Spring!

Are you on Pinterest? I am and when I get a few free minutes I often open up my page and start pinning. There are so many amazing photographers, floral designers, event designers, stationers, cake designers…I could go on and there's no shortage of incredible eye candy on Pinterest!

Feeling inspired (pinspired?), I decided to take a look through the KOWE vault and pulled some of my favorite floral images to share with you today. They're all gorgeous!

First up, some serious spring color from Tabitha and Peter's April 2013 wedding in downtown Albany. Kris Ann and the Fleurts (aka Fleurtacious Designs) really nailed this one!

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Next, a March 2012 wedding that fell on St. Patrick's Day weekend. Again, our friends at Fleurtacious did an incredible job. I love the green fluffy plant!Emily Blog 010

How lovely are these bouquets from Brooke and Mark's March wedding? Party With Mia was spot on! Crooked Lake House Wedding Photos141

Oh, and I'm smitten with this image (via Green Wedding Shoes) from Jen Fariello Photography and the bouquet by Janie Medley Flora Design. Wow!

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 What inspired your floral choices? The season? Sentiment? Or something else? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–