As a perfectionist bride with recent first-hand experience of planning a destination wedding, I sincerely present to you two tips on how to have a successful and stress-free wedding:
1. Hiring a wedding coordinator is absolutely mandatory for...
a destination wedding.
2. Hire Easley Designs.
I’ll admit, I’m kind of a control freak, also mildly obsessive-compulsive. The thought of winging a destination wedding somewhere I’ve never been, with vendors I’ve not met in person, was slightly mind-boggling. On top of that, we had a budget to stick to. Keywords: value and efficiency. Was this even possible for a dream boutique destination wedding? Yes, with Easley Designs, it is!
When I first came across Easley Designs on review sites, I was confused by the single $ sign. There was no way a coordinator and florist could be inexpensive! Well, with Easley Designs, anything is possible. Brides on a budget, look no further!
The beauty about Easley Designs is that they are willing to work with your budget, no matter what it is. I had set a strict budget for florals, and was rejected by 3 other florists. Harsh, I know. Alex and Jill warmly welcomed me into their embrace and offered alternative ideas that would help us meet our goal. Alex was so nice and warm, she could be the human definition of “aloha.” She kept up the communication and made sure every demand was met, as well as keeping all the vendors in check. This is why hiring a local coordinator is an absolute must.
On top of that, they offered day-of coordination for just a bit more. What’s more, all the equipment rentals are free. That’s right. Chargers, runners, signs, arbor, linens, all FREE. Let’s do some simple math here, the rentals would’ve run me over a thousand dollars, with day-of coordination, this is all free. To put things in perspective, for the price I was quoted by another florist (for just florals), I was able to get florals + day-of coordination + rentals, for thousands less. This is starting to sound like a bad late-night infomercial that’s too good to be true, but it is, and it’s all FREEEE.
Leading up to the big day, I was getting a bit worried. Would the florals turn out okay? Would they skim and cheap out on the bouquet because of my budget? All sorts of worrying ended when I finally met Alex in person. If I could read aura, she’d have a warm sunshine-like glow behind her. She was like a powerpuff girl, sugar spice and everything nice. I was so glad to have her there the whole time! She made sure everything ran like clockwork up until the end of the night. Jill and the rest of the team did an amazing job setting up the venue, they were highly efficient, on-the-ball, and awesome.
On to the florals, ohhhh myyyyy gooodnessss…. When Alex brought my bouquet to my room, everyone’s jaws dropped. I had requested for a cascading bouquet by sending her a pinterest photo. Jill went above and beyond, the bouquet amazingly turned out even better than the photo! It was mind-blowingly beautiful. The ceremony florals were just as amazing, Jill provided extras that exceeded my expectations! I was able to see the ceremony venue from my room, and couldn’t believe my ecstatic eyes when I saw her decorating the arbor with flowers I had to forgo in order to meet our budget. It was just ridiculously gorgeous, I was prancing around like a sugar-high unicorn in my bridal suite.
Thank you Jill and Alex for making our special day so much more special! You gals are the best!