A good wedding planner is worth his/her weight in gold so finding the right planner is worth a bit of your time and research. As you know, this is the person who is going to handle the details, big and small, of your entire wedding day and you don’t want to make a snap decision. Today we’re introducing you to Tucson wedding planner and Elite Circle member Lindsay Bishop of Lindsay Bishop Events! Lindsay has a passion for planning and organization that you need in a planner plus, you can trust that she will work hard so you can enjoy your day!
We caught up with Lindsay to ask a few questions and of course, glean some planning advice for you!
Where does your inspiration for planning events come from?
My greatest inspiration comes from the people that I work with! I love nothing more than learning about people and finding little ways to incorporate their personalities into an event. I also spend much more time than I’d like to admit online and I read a lot of wedding blogs to keep up with trends and see what people across the country are doing. Tucson is so different, so it’s always fun to think about how you might incorporate trends here.
What do you think makes your services and talents unique to the wedding industry?
The most unique thing about me is my background. I had a very successful career in the financial industry before starting an event planning business. My past experiences really help me relate to my brides on a different level. I planned my own wedding while working full time, 8am-6pm, so I understand how hard it is not only to meet with vendors, but to stay productive at work. That’s the reason that I go above and beyond for my working brides. I get that they can’t always make it to Hobby Lobby for the latest sale on fabric…but I can!
What is your favorite aspect of event planning?
My favorite part about event planning is helping my clients truly enjoy themselves. Their wedding is the one day that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, and I think that too many people spend the day stressed out, answering phone calls, and putting out fires. I find so much joy in watching them relax and soak in every minute of that day.
What are your strengths as an event planner?
I am a perfectionist with an obsessive eye for details. I can’t stand looking at a table if even one thing is out of place. I have a complete obsession with Excel and make lists every day. I learned to be very organized during my time in the financial industry, and it has been a huge asset when planning events. My background as a relationship manager also means that I’m no stranger to conflicts and problem solving. Most importantly, I’m a great listener! Because, when it comes down to it, I think that one of the most important jobs of wedding planning is listening to the wants and needs of my brides, and helping their dreams come true!
What wedding trends are you looking forward to using at your events this year?
I am in love with the farm to table trend! I’m a huge foodie, and I think that it’s so great that we’re finally getting away from the dry chicken and overcooked steak that weddings are known for. You can make such a huge statement with food, and it’s been overlooked for so long! If your wedding inspiration is Paris, why not have a huge display of Artisan cheeses? Between cocktail hour, dinner, the late night snack trend, and even edible favors, you’re bound to spend a sizeable chunk of your budget on food. So, why not have some fun with it?
What do you want couples to know BEFORE they meet with you to get the most out of your initial consultation?
That a wedding planner isn’t necessarily as expensive as you think! So many people have a preconceived notion that you only need a wedding planner if you’re having an enormous, expensive wedding, but that’s just not true. Every bride can benefit from hiring a wedding planner, whether your schedule is too packed to meet with wedding vendors, or you just need some help figuring out how to incorporate your colors in a gorgeous way. Day of coordination is so important. Even if your venue has a coordinator, they don’t always take on all of the responsibilities, like creating a timeline from the moment that you wake up or answering the phone when your hairstylist gets lost on the way!
What do you think is the key to a fabulous wedding?
The key to a fabulous wedding is making it your own! Your guests are all there to celebrate you, and they’ll love anything that speaks to you as a couple. The personal touches that bring them into your world are the things that you’ll look back at and smile in 30 years. When it comes down to it, do what makes you happy, and enjoy every second of it!
All images: Smile Lines Photography
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