Confessions of a wedding planner
Vicky Anderson's baking skills actually kickstarted her career as a wedding planner. She began creating wedding cakes for friends and relatives and gradually took on more responsibilities for each event.
"Then I thought, 'Why not make a living at what I love to do?'" Anderson started her business Blushing Bride and hasn't looked back since.
What's something most people don't know about your profession?
"Most wedding planners are really event planners and will do special events as well, because they like planning receptions. Most wedding planners help you go to different places to set up and take you to run errands to get what you need. I make what you need. I believe in a one-stop shop, because most clients have a limited budget."
From start to finish, how many times should a wedding party see you?
"Five times. First to originate business, second to do purchasing, third for approval, fourth for rehearsal and finally for the wedding day."
WHO WE TALKED TO
Vicky Anderson, owner
What's the least amount of time you've had to prepare for a wedding?
"Three days, and believe me, it was a challenge. Thankfully, it was a relative, and the wedding ended up being at my house. I did everything from making bouquets, getting flowers and making sure my house was ready to making the cake and getting the food. I had to pull out my own china, crystal and silverware. The wedding turned out absolutely gorgeous, though."
What do brides and grooms worry about the most?
"Cost and people's feelings. People have to realize, you may only want to spend a certain amount of money, but you may have to curtail your dream list. My job is to juggle with your budget. If you show me what you want, I can show you what I can make to resemble that. If you can get to me a year in advance and tell me what you need to spend and give me the money to spend, I'm hitting every clearance sale to get everything you need all year long. I had one wedding that would have cost $30,000 for everything the bride wanted and ended up costing $11,000."
Tell about the most unusual bride or groom you've helped.
"A very contemporary bride who didn't like anything traditional. This was an outdoor ceremony, and she didn't want any tulle anywhere because she thought it looked too old-fashioned. She had rhythm and blues playing at the wedding."
What's the funniest thing you've ever seen on the job?
"A wedding where semi-formal, formal and business-casual were all in the same wedding. This was an older bride with her first marriage. She had six sisters, I think four brothers and plenty of nieces and nephews. She wanted everyone to be in the wedding and her colors were peach, mint green and cream. By the time we got to the wedding, they didn't like the peach-colored dresses. They ended up wearing dresses of all different colors. Then, her maid of honor couldn't find her dress, so she came in a business suit. To pull all the different colors together, I made cones from cardstock and covered them with wildflowers of all the different colors in the dresses."
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