Say 'hello' to the dream (wedding) team
Whether you're envisioning an enormous celebration with hundreds of guests or an intimate to-do of just your nearest and dearest, planning a wedding can feel like a big undertaking. Of course, when you've got an experienced specialist working with you every step of the way to turn your unique vision of the perfect wedding into a reality, the planning process can be a lot more enjoyable. Enter: Erin Rose and Lindsey Yealy, our Wedding Specialists. They've got the expertise, the vendor connections and a passion for all things wedding-related from the big ideas to the littlest details, not to mention they're just fun to work with. Below you can get to know Erin and Lindsey a little with a short Q&A.
What is one thing that people forget while planning a wedding?
You've hired a hotel team and vendors who will fully plan your day—try to relax! Your morning will start with hair and makeup and photos before the ceremony. Once you're on site, we take care of you the rest of your evening.
Always ask for a full estimate—including service fees and taxes based on your estimated guest count.
My favorite part is when you're ceremony is on site. I love seeing our brides right before walking down the aisle. That moment of quiet and calm before your entrance always gives me goosebumps. My least favorite part is also right before the ceremony. Getting your entire wedding party lined up is always a challenge!
This is the first time you've planned an event like this—you don't know what you don't know. I take it one step at a time and plan your day based upon what is important to you! The best part about weddings these days, is that there really aren't any standard ‘must do's' anymore. We can customize your evening completely, including the timeline, setup and the food and beverage.
Think about a winter wedding! Not only are the prices more affordable but the entire hotel is really celebrating you. You can make it really easy and have everything on-site, from your rehearsal to your ceremony and reception to your send-off brunch the next morning. With our unique space, we can create a different feel for each of your events!
Really, the only time we would need you on-site is during the tasting! The rest of the planning, from the timeline to diagrams and setup, can all be done virtually—phone, email, Zoom, FaceTime...your choice! We have worked in the area for a long time, we're happy to connect you with our preferred vendors who we select based upon their reliability, quality execution and ease to work with.
Consider a first look. This is such a special time for the two of you to connect before the craziness really starts. It's so special to capture those moments together, alone or with your closest friends and family. It also really helps your timeline throughout the evening, giving you plenty of time for photos so you aren't rushing to get to the reception. You may even be able to join your cocktail hour!
Our Commoner fried chicken slider. It is just so good and has been one of our signature dishes since we opened the hotel!
I love adding a signature drink—it doesn't have to be something over the top, just what you like. Maybe it was something you drank on your first date or it's favorite drink to start the weekend. I love doing a bride's drink and a groom's drink and if you use simple ingredients, you can just use the bar package and it doesn't add any cost, just bring a sign for the bars!
Get back to your life—date nights, work, going out with friends and Netflix. And don't put off writing the thank you cards. Do a few the day after your wedding, you'll regret putting it off!
What is one thing that people forget while planning a wedding?
You hire professionals for a reason. Let us take care of the tiniest of details behind the scenes and make the magic happen! Relax and enjoy yourself! And remember to take it all in—it will go by in the blink of an eye!
Always ask what is included with the venue. For example, cake cutting and plating, cookie plating and service fees and taxes. These items can add up quickly if not included. Also ask about tear-down and set-up. The last thing you want is your family and friends setting up everything and breaking it down after a long day!
The tasting! Not only is this the most fun part of the planning process, but this is truly when we will go through all of the details (big and small) for your big day. In my experience, this is the moment our couples seem to enjoy the most from a planning aspect. The tasting makes you feel like we are close to your event and it feels “real”. On a personal note, I like the tasting because we spend the day getting to know one another!
My favorite part of the wedding day is when I sneak the bride & groom (and their parents) into the ballroom before dinner begins and guests are seated. At this point- champagne is poured, candles are lit and the lights are dimmed. I get emotional every single time! I love seeing their reactions and all of their dreams and visions coming to life!
One of my favorite photo spots is in our meeting room wing on the famous green couch. The couch is such a fun pop of color! I love this for brides and their bridal party or even for the happy couple—such a fun and unique spot, guaranteed to make you smile.
I think either a champagne toast or wine with dinner can completely change your wedding reception! This is such a small but mighty addition to your tablescape and guest experience.
I love a mix of both round tables and long rectangle tables! This set-up really helps give the ballroom some dimension and an alternative to just round tables. This also allows for your florist to get really creative and include some long greenery pieces and candles or tall centerpieces for rounds. The options are truly endless!
I once had a cake delivered to me that was not refrigerated and arrived damaged. The cake was unsalvageable. This was about three hours before receptions doors opened. We called every local bakery we could think of to get a replacement delivered on time. 15 minutes before we opened the doors for guests, the cake arrived. We put the original flowers on the new cake and let out the biggest sigh of relief.
I truly just love working with couples and their loved ones to make the most magical day of their lives happen. By the end of our time together, I feel like we are family. There is so much love and happiness that day, it is impossible not to enjoy yourself. I love meeting with couples to get their ideas and visions on paper and making that dream a reality. It is the most rewarding career I could ever ask for!
Yes! While I understand wanting to see each other for this first time walking down the aisle, this special one-on-one time is the only time that day where it will just be the two of you. This first look often ends up being couple’s favorite part of the day. It is very personal and intimate!