Wedding planners are a special breed of people- they help couples make their wedding days the very best they can be all while positioning themselves to take the fall if anything goes wrong. Sounds super dreamy, right? Well, if you’re engaged and planning your wedding, you know you can use all the help you can get and a wedding planner is the person you want by your side- they get in the trenches with you like no well-meaning maid of honor or best man can.
So without further delay, today we’re introducing you to one of Tucson’s most dynamic wedding planners- Skylar Norris of Skylight Events. She’s been in the wedding industry for over 7 years and is a certified Professional Wedding Consultant through the Nuptials Association of Wedding Professionals. She’s also actively involved in the Tucson Association of Wedding Planners, the first of it’s kind in Tucson.
(Pure in Art Photography)
Get to know Skylar and find out why you absolutely need to meet her:
Where does your inspiration for planning events come from?
I have always been an organized individual – which is an absolute necessity in this industry – and often found myself taking the lead on small events here and there, but I did not develop a true passion for weddings, specifically, until college. I was so fortunate to train and learn about the wedding industry under the supervision of a nationally recognized planner and it was her guidance that really shaped my passion for creating beautiful events. I look at each wedding as an opportunity to create something utterly unique and very specific to the couple so that they can really feel like the event was theirs.
What is your favorite aspect of event planning?
I absolutely love to see a group of individual vendors come together and create a team. Part of my job is putting my clients in touch with those vendors that not only fit their budget and vision, but their personality and style as well. When I hear a bride or groom say, “I am in love with my photographer!” that puts a smile on my face. Ultimately, every couple as a vision for their wedding day and if I can make that dream a reality then I have done my job.
(Misty Sims Photography)
What are your strengths as an event planner?
Every event planner has a few key strengths: obsessive organization, a passion for the industry and an unusually high tolerance for stressful situations. I consider myself to have all of those qualities but with a few other key points. Because I did not begin my career in Tucson, I have had the fortunate opportunity to experience several other wedding industries. Wedding trends, styles, budgets and traditions can vary drastically from one city – or state – to the next and because Tucson is such a destination wedding hub, it really benefits both the couple and myself to have a national understanding of weddings, rather than just local.
What do you think is the key to a fabulous wedding?
Three things: flawless execution on the day of the event, an experienced vendor team and a decorative flare that speaks to the personality of the couple. Fabulous events require more than just gorgeous décor and delicious food (although that helps!); they need consistent flow throughout the evening in order to keep guests entertained and they need a stress-free bride and groom who can enjoy their evening as the guests of honor.
(Misty Sims Photography)
What top 3 trends are you most excited about for 2015 weddings?
1. Bold colors. Pantone’s Color of the Year really set the stage for bold shades in 2015 and I am really excited to see couples incorporating more and more of that in to their décor. Gone are the days of soft blush hues; vibrant reds and deep emeralds are replacing the formerly ‘shabby chic’ look with a much bolder statement.
2. Naked tables (i.e: farm tables). In the past, couples have chosen to adorn their tables with specialty linen, overlays and table runners. Now, they are choosing to use the natural beauty of wood to compliment their décor, rather than take away from it. I love this because it really brings the focus of the tables on to the other décor aspects such as the table arrangements and floral accents.
3. Floral accents. While I love a stunning centerpiece or noteworthy bouquet, the popularization of floral chandeliers and crawling vines has my heart beaming. This particular trend might be my favorite simply because of its versatility. Whether it is a formal ballroom reception or a lovely outdoor garden wedding, greenery still makes a statement.
Anything else we should know about Skylight Events?
One thing that I think is important, specifically, about my company is that we have an entire team dedicated to every client that includes a Senior wedding planner, an Assistant wedding planner, and a Senior Design Consultant.
Just like any wedding vendor, each planner has their own style so you may need to meet with a few planners to find “The One” but once you meet him/her, you know it. Your ideas flow freely, you instantly feel trust and connection, and most importantly, you feel at ease. You get to enjoy wedding planning because you’ve decided to hire an experienced planning partner. It’s bliss!
For more information and to set up an initial consultation with Skylar, visit Skylight Events online or call 520.780.6780
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