If there's anything I learned about having a wedding, it's how invaluable having a planner can be.
After proposing to me in July, my husband and I planned to get married the following January. While I was all for a shorter engagement period, I was not excited about the prospect of trying to plan the entire wedding by myself. It also didn't help that I knew nothing about the nitty gritty details of what goes into a wedding. And that's where Helen came in to save the day.
I was referred to her by a mutual contact, so after doing my research (re: stalking her blog and familiarizing myself with her 3 adorable kids and entire life), we arranged an initial meeting. What I thought would be a quick chat turned into a 3-hour girl talk, where I basically told her my life story and we ended up sitting in her car for an hour because the cafe was closing. It was great, LOL.
From that point on, the entire process was smooth sailing. Every time anyone would ask me how planning was going, I would genuinely answer that I felt very minimal stress because I knew Helen was taking care of everything. As an extremely type A, hands-on kind of person, I thought I would have a lot of trouble letting someone else take the reins on such an important day, but Helen had no problem letting me be as involved or removed as I wanted.
Helen liaised with all my vendors, kept me on track with a to-do list, scheduled monthly in-person or FaceTime meetings, and communicated with me frequently via email and text. In the two weeks leading up to the wedding, she sent detailed emails to everyone who was going to play a part (vendors, family, bridesmaids, groomsmen, emcees, officiants, etc.), making sure that everyone knew where they were supposed to be and when for the rehearsal and wedding day.
When it finally came to the big day, everything was perfect. I really tried to chill out and just be a bride, but it was impossible for me not to panic a little bit. But every time I asked Helen a question about anything, she spoke to me in such a reassuring and calming way. I had so many people come up to me that day and tell me how beautiful our wedding was. While I can't give Helen credit for the intricate floral arrangements, the delicious dinner, or the architectural details of our venue, I can give her credit for taking a bunch of small moving pieces and bringing them together to create a memory that my husband and I will never forget. Helen did something that I thought was an impossible task - she took my vision and made it come to fruition in a way that surpassed my own expectations.
If anyone is a real-life Wonder Woman, it's Helen. She is organized, detail-oriented while still keeping the big picture in mind, prompt, and transparent. And while all those skills are essential when planning a wedding, I think the most important quality about her is her joyfulness. No matter how bad of a day you have, it's hard not to feel immediately uplifted when you talk to Helen. The last few months of planning were hectic and emotionally taxing on me because of a combination of the wedding, an impending move from California to Texas, trying to wrap up work before quitting, and the idea of entering this brand new season of life as someone's spouse. But every time Helen and I spoke, whether it was face-to-face or over a computer screen, she always made sure to end our meetings by praying for my husband and me and speaking life and encouragement over us.
Not only did I have a great wedding planner, but I also have a lifelong friend.
*cue me weeping in the corner because I love Helen so much*
TL;DR: Helen is the best. You should 1000000000% have her plan your wedding.
When Helen said "yes" when I asked her to be my coordinator for my wedding, I immediately knew I had made the right decision. She is professional, prompt, diligent, adaptable, meticulous, and above all--ENTHUSIASTIC! Every time I emailed, texted, or spoke with her in person, I felt like she added an extra "oomph" to all the excitement.
Helen was so patient with my indecisiveness, asked me helpful questions, provided tons of solid, Christian encouragement, and allowed me to have a certain, steady sense of assurance that everything would go well on the wedding day. And it totally did!
I was so thankful for the amount of time, love, and effort she put in her already-super-busy schedule to make everything before, during, and after my wedding go smoothly.
If you are looking for a wedding coordinator, Helen is definitely your gal. Seriously. Talk to her and you'll see what I mean. If you've got a tight budget, PLEASE talk to her anyway! She is not a Scrooge looking to steal your money--she genuinely cares for every couple she coordinates for--and my now-husband and I are no exception.
THANK YOU HELEN!!!
We hired Helen and her team to help coordinate a wedding for about 275 guests. Throughout the planning, I had my worries and stresses, but when addressing these concerns to Helen, she not only responded with a listening ear, but would address all our concerns with confidence and ease. She really made us feel taken care of!
Not only from a bride + groom perspective, I heard from a few of our wedding vendors how much they enjoyed working with Helen and her team. Helen and her team are kind, communicative, and really make every vendor feel part of the event as a whole, and not just a vendor who's there to serve and to leave. I especially appreciated that Helen continues to extend her kindness to all those she works with, not just the bride + groom, by making them feel part of a community.
Our wedding was one of the best days of our life, and we couldn't be more grateful to Helen for coordinating this best day for us! Highly recommend!