A sweet hello from all three of your LA coordinators!
We are so giddy to share some insight into our day at The Big Fake Wedding // Atlanta.
| The Big Fake Wedding (BFW) |
"The Big Fake Wedding® is a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. "Wedding guests" are brides- and grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action."
Teamwork makes the dreamwork | written by Kaley, Tallahassee
One is often confused that the three of us coach/coordinate weddings together. I have actually only done one wedding with Elena and the same goes for Michaela. Unless there is a specific need, we all do our own weddings. Lending a (virtual) helping hand to one another when needed.
So, you can imagine...the T H R E E of us coordinating The Big Fake Wedding was candid! We kept saying, "So this is kind of what it would be like?!"
I was pretty impressed with my ladies. Although, mainly for doing things people would never witness a coordinator doing. Including, giving a mini speech at the end of the ceremony (shoutout to M!) and making the exit favors (copper colored flags + confetti bombs).
Wanna know the secret for our team? Flexibility, snacks, honesty, and prayer. Truthfully, these four things have bonded our team incessantly.
Vendors | written by Michaela, Nashville
One of my favorite aspects of the Big Fake Wedding was definitely the vendor relations. Being a coordinator I am normally used to connecting all the dots, and making sure everyone is communicating with one another. So, for me to not know everyone's schedule throughly was a bit different! This provided the opportunity to get to know others involved, and who doesn't love getting to know others in the wedding world?
I loved being there for other vendors. I felt so cherished by others there and loved making those connections! It will be fun to see how the connections made that day will intertwine further down the road with real weddings!
A letter to brides | written by Elena, Milledgeville
Hey, I want you to imagine that a friend is headed to explore a city that you've been to many times. Everything in you is suddenly scanning your memory catalogues to tell the friend, "Pack this, eat here, see this sight, meet this person, stay in this hotel, and avoid this crazy road, and walk in this hidden park!" We all do it, right? With movies we've seen or restaurants we love or places we've been - we want to share what went GREAT and what didn't to those following in our footsteps. This is exactly how I felt standing in the Big Fake Wedding's tunnel of love. Golly, I guess this is a good time for me to admit that I wanted to stuff every couple inside a teddy bear and squeeze them, but this is also probably a good time for me to admit that I wished I could stop time and sit down for coffee with each one to say, "Your wedding is going to be incredible! Here are some easy pit-falls to avoid, and here are some easy things to add that will make all the difference in the world."
As a coordinator, I have walked through many weddings with many brides and have seen first-hand what works really well and what doesn't work so well under specific circumstances, and what it takes to make even the most unrealistic things work! You CAN have the wedding you want and it DOESN'T have to cost an arm and a leg, and you CAN feel unrushed and PEACEFUL on your big day, if you just seek guidance early and often. But then, I know I'm preaching to the choir here because, the couples at the BFW were wise to be researching some of the best vendors around, and you - well, you're reading a wedding coordinator blog, so you get several gold stars.
We're so thankful for each of the brides and grooms we get to walk with, bring clarity to, and celebrate alongside. So thankful for the chance to be there, doing what we love!
Elena + Kaley + Michaela