First of all, you should know that if you’re “Type A,” that doesn’t mean you don’t need a planner. In fact, you probably need one *more* than most brides because you are! As soon as I was engaged, I knew that I would work with Maura: a local, s...
mall business entrepreneur who had glowing reviews from the brides she worked with – seemed obvious! I also knew that on the day of the wedding, I didn’t want to be in control of anything. Seems crazy, right? But I didn’t want to be the go-to, and I didn’t want any of my friends or family to be the go-to, either. I wanted us all to be able to celebrate!
I shared ideas of what my husband and I envisioned, our budget, our anticipated number of guests and thought to myself: spreadsheets. A budget, a venue comparison, etc. Two days later, she sent over just that – and more. A budget – our budget - including a breakdown of where to allocate funds based on what was important to us, and a spreadsheet comparing suggested venues based on what we’re looking for, that included what’s factored in, what’s not, what it all normally costs…. Really, a dream for any Type A personality. It made jump-starting the process so much easier, and so much faster. Eventually I would feel the need for a day-of schedule, then boom. There it was again. A perfectly compiled scheduled – to the minute – of the day of: when vendors arrive, all contacts organized in a list, a checklist of everything that should be everywhere, a breakdown of hair and make up times, when the limo will pick us up – you know, the details that are often painful to coordinate because so many people and vendors are dependent on them.
Her excellence goes beyond the detailed planning: Maura’s day of execution was a dream. She coordinated all of the small things: picked up the items we had for the ceremony and took them to the venue, pre-ordered and delivered lunches for the bridal and groom suites - and delivered those too, and even grabbed and dropped off the beverages we needed for the limo. Again, how would this all happen without her team? Oh, what was that word? Team! She had incredible team members who were also there for day-of support. Even when I lost my wedding lipstick, and needed it before we got to the ceremony: one of them not only found it, but she brought it to us at a one of our photo locations. How much more above and beyond can you get?
But then we walked in and saw the venue, and my breath was taken away. Everything was set up as we imagined. Vendors were approaching her with all of the questions, and we got to sit back and have a coffee as her team calmly, collectively, and efficiently orchestrated everything to perfection. Her team was there for us if we needed anything: including a cocktail right after the ceremony, during photos – because, cheers! Hours later, we would be partied out and ready to go home with a sudden concern of: how do we get everything together? And we didn’t have to, because it was all set for us. In bins and boxes, including cards and gifts. Zero clean up required. The cherry on top of the perfect evening.
If you’re a Cincinnati bride, hire Maura. This is the most special day of your life. You will see people you haven’t seen a in a while, everyone who’s important to you will all be in one place together. Enjoy the people and the celebration, and let her and her team handle the details. You will not regret it.