The day you say “I do” should be filled with smiles, laughter and maybe some happy tears. One way to veer off this joyful road is by experiencing wedding planning stress. Months and months of planning come together for one, magical day. One way to keep it magical and stress-free is by hiring the services of a day-of wedding coordinator. Let us introduce the Bayfield area’s very own, Emily of Lace & Brass Events, LLC..
1. Tell us about yourself and your company.
My name is Emily Jeffress and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Indiana University in 2012 to be a high school chemistry teacher. My husband and I moved to Bayfield County from Northwest Indiana two and a half years ago and absolutely fell in love with this area! Since then we have had a son and settled permanently in Cornucopia.
As a day-of coordinator, I create a day-of timeline and customized itineraries for the wedding party and vendors. I contact the vendors two weeks prior to the wedding to verify details and give them my contact information for day-of needs. I work with the officiate to choreograph the ceremony at the rehearsal. Not only will the bride and groom have unlimited contact with me prior to their wedding, but they will have me for their entire wedding day. On the wedding day I manage the wedding party, oversee vendor set-up, distribute all personal flowers, facilitate the ceremony and much more! I also offer a number of additional services for those who may need a little more help in the creating or planning department. I do not have to be booked as the day-of coordinator to perform any of the additional services and I am not limited to just weddings!
2. How did you get into wedding coordination?
After spending a year and a half planning, designing, and creating my entire vintage country wedding, I realized I not only loved doing this but I was really good at it! I then helped friends with some of their wedding planning and began hearing a lot, “You should do this for a living!” I decided to do just that. I found that there was a real need for a wedding coordinator in the area, seeing as Bayfield did not have any local wedding coordinators or planners before.
Images are from Emily’s own DIY wedding
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
I love seeing all of the bride and groom’s hard work come together beautifully on the wedding day. The most important part about a wedding is the couples’ marriage, but with all of the planning that goes into weddings it is so nice to see when the little details come together.
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your job?
Weddings take a lot of planning for couples and the last thing they want to do on their wedding day is worry and coordinate everything themselves. Couples should be able to fully enjoy their big day and leave the coordinating up to professionals! As a coordinator it is my job to keep the bride and groom happy!
5. Are there any trends you love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I absolutely love how unique and fun weddings are now! Photo booths, root beer floats, and sending off paper lanterns are just a few fun ideas that couples are now incorporating in their weddings. Thanks to Pinterest, beautiful and unique weddings are possible for every couple. I love how no two weddings are alike now!
6. What advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?
Pinterest can be such a great tool while wedding planning but it can also cause some struggles for couples. Sometimes there are too many fun, unique things you would like to include in your wedding, too many DIY projects you would like to do or too many decor pieces you want to squeeze in somewhere. Do yourself a favor and narrow down your wedding “board” to what you actually want to have at your wedding. If your wedding is quickly approaching and you still have a lot left to plan, design or make, get help! Don’t spend the weeks or few months before your wedding stressing.
Remember this is a beautiful time in your relationship and don’t let wedding stress ruin this happy time.