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Lovely Day Events is a boutique wedding planning company serving Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Napa + Sonoma, California. Founded by Lindsey Nickel, the company provides services for all wedding styles from elopements to galas. Lovely Day Events specializes in working with stylish, hands-on couples. Their friendly, professional and attentive planning approach enables couples to relax, have fun and enjoy the wedding day. Lovely Day Events is a winner in The Knot Best of Weddings since 2014 and has been published extensively, including Style Me Pretty, Brides, The Knot and CNN.com

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Kate & Phil's Wedding Featured on Carats & Cake

Lindsey Nickel

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Kate & Phil’s summer wedding was filled with love and set in the stunning backdrops of Jackson Hole, WY. The soft hued whites and pinks were classic and elegant while the the decor had a charming and down home feel. They blended rustic with romantic beautifully in every single detail! Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club was the perfect location to take their vision and make into a reality and we are thrilled to have been a part of such a lovely day.

For more on Kate and Phil's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.

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Tanya & Richie's Wedding Featured on Brides.com

Lindsey Nickel

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Tanya & Richie’s fall western inspired wedding was low-key elegant with hints of their love of down-home aesthetics. This day was all about family from the family-style buffet dinner to them inviting three couples in different stages of married life (5 years, 38 years, and 56 years) to do readings where they shared their thoughts and advice on marriage, you can tell this amazing day was more about the people who surrounded Tanya and Richie and not just about them. They also beautifully brought the fall season indoors with the gorgeous floral arrangements including the bouquet, blush ballgown, and feathered shawl that Tanya wore. The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole made for the perfect backdrop to this extraordinary event and I am so happy to have been a part of it all.

For more on Tanya & Richie’s wedding, visit Brides.com

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Venue: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole || Day-of Coordinator: Lovely Day Events || Bridal Gown: Legends by Romona Keveza, purchased at La Jeune Mariee || Bride's Shawl: Linda Richards || Bride's Veil: Toni Federici || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame & Partners || Bride's Hair: Mandi Hartman || Groom's Attire: Threadwell ClothiersTom Ford || Groomsmen Attire: Menguin || Flower Girl Attire: US Angels || Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Floral Design: Lily and Company || Paper Products: Ink & Ivory || Calligraphy: BP Invites & Calligraphy || Ceremony Entertainment: Kate Skinner || Reception Entertainment: Steady Jake || Rentals: Montana Party Rentals || Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen || Production: Hughes Productions || Photography: Pen Carlson

Loreley and DJ's Wedding Featured on Carats & Cake

Lindsey Nickel

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Loreley & DJ's spring wedding was gorgeous from start to finish. The soft hued whites, creams, and pinks were classic and elegant while the huckleberry smoothies on offer were fun and unique. They blended rustic with romantic beautifully in both the alter, trays, and cake stand and let's not forget the stunning photographs in front of the barn. Moose Creek Ranch & Magnolia Ranch were the perfect locations to make their dream wedding into a reality and we are thrilled to have been a part of such a lovely day.

For more on Loreley and DJ's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Wedding Venue: Moose Creek Ranch | Photographer: Carrie Patterson Photography | Catering: Bistro Catering | Invitations: XOWYO Paper and Press

Tanya and Richie's Old Glamour Meets Rustic Charm Wedding Featured on the Four Seasons Jackson Hole

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Tanya and Richie's wedding was a celebration of everything that they love which is why they chose Jackson Hole, WY, and the Four Seasons Resort to be the backdrop. From the details dotted throughout the decor, to both the rich and pastel colors that were displayed in the bouquets, this wedding was truly old glamour meets rustic charm.

For more beautiful photos and details, see the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole's post featuring this gorgeous couple's special day.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Lily and Co | Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole | Photography: Pen Carlson | Catering: Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole | Gown: Legends Romona Keveža

Kate & Erik's Wedding at Snake River Ranch Featured on Carats & Cake

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Kate and Erik are two of the kindest and most photogenic people around. Their Jackson Hole wedding was the perfect blend of fun, beauty and celebration. The Snake River Ranch provided a the perfect backdrop for photos and dancing the night away. A fun update about Kate and Erik since they got married is that they now have a puppy! Thank you Kate and Erik for sharing your wedding day with us!

For more on Kate and Erik's wedding, visit Carats & Cake.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Briar Rose Flowers | Wedding Venue: Snake River Ranch | Rings: Anna Sheffield | Photographer: Anna Meyer Photo | Catering: Bistro Catering | Cakes & Dessert: Jackson Cake Company | Band: Union Grey | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride's Gown: Modern Trousseau

Erica & Andrew's Orange & White Fall Wedding at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club

Lindsey Nickel

Erica and Andrew's wedding was an intimate gathering on the deck of one of our favorite venues, Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club. It was a beautiful fall day complimented by the use of an autumn color scheme including burnt orange accents. Personal touches such as name tags from Etsy gave the event a warm and intimate feel. For more beautiful photos and details, see Borrowed & Blue's article featuring this lovely couple's special day.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Magnolia Ranch | Wedding Venue: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club | Photography: Hannah Hardaway Photography | Hair & Makeup: Tanya Crocker | Catering: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club | Cakes & Dessert: Jackson Cake Company | DJ: SteadyJake DJ | Invitations: Etsy | Celebrant & Officiant: Tom Jordan

Rachel and Chris's Jackson Hole Celebration Featured on Borrowed & Blue

Lindsey Nickel

Rachel and Chris's wedding was a long time in the making! It was almost exactly two years from when Rachel first called Lindsey to talk about planning her wedding, to the day Rachel got married. Rachel and Chris chose Jackson Hole for their wedding because Rachel's family goes there each summer for vacation and it is one of their favorite places to be together. Rachel loves to ride horses and Chris loves to be outside (and underwater SCUBA diving).

Their ceremony was at the historic Grey Barn followed by a reception with loads of dancing late into the night at Hotel Terra! For more about this fantastic Jackson Hole wedding, visit Borrowed & Blue's recent feature.

Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: The Bouqs Co | Wedding Venue: Hotel Terra | Photography: Jamye Chrisman Photography | Hair & Makeup: Tanya Crocker | Catering: Hotel Terra | Cakes & Dessert: Jackson Whole Grocer | Ceremony Musicians: Miller Sisters | Band: Judd Grossman Music | DJ: SteadyJake DJ

3 best tips for planning a Jackson Hole Wedding

Lindsey Nickel

Congratulations, you're getting married! Jackson Hole quickly became one of the most popular destination wedding locations thanks to the stunning Teton mountain range, endless outdoor recreation and western atmosphere. Summer weddings are starting in a few months, so be sure that you have thought of everything. Since Jackson Hole is such a unique part of the country, it has some unique things to remember when planning a Jackson Hole wedding.

1. Have a rain plan

The rain comes in every day like clockwork, well a slightly broken clock. Typically, on a beautiful sunny day there is an afternoon thundershower for about 20 minutes. After this, the clouds clear and the sky is sunny again. It is possible that the clouds stay all day and it is too wet to get married outside. Be sure to have a Plan B if the weather is too wet and cold for an outdoor ceremony.

2. Hire a wedding planner

It's never too late to hire someone to help you out. The last three to six months is when a lot of the details get ironed out. During this time, your wedding planner can put together a timeline for the day so that nothing is overlooked, liaison with your vendors so that they have everything needed for the wedding day (did you know that the musicians need chairs provided for them?). On the wedding day, your wedding planner will be an extension of you, making sure everything is set up and ready to go as if you were doing it yourself. Your planner will greet vendors and make sure they all know what's happening, how and when so that the vendors don't come to you with question. With the help of an experienced wedding planner, you will spend your wedding day enjoying champagne and celebrating!

3. Be prepared for nature

There are two things that I see guests unprepared for year after year in Jackson Hole: bugs and sun. Mosquitoes love sunset and the calm hot days that are perfect for wedding ceremonies. Few things are more uncomfortable for guests than trying to sit still during the ceremony or dinner while mosquitoes munch on their legs. The sun is also far more intense at the Jackson Hole elevation of 6,200 feet than visitors expect. Help guests to enjoy your wedding day by providing bug repellent and sunscreen. You can place these in bathrooms or at a welcome table so that people can easily find them.

Our Styled Shoot "A Beautiful Ride" is Featured in Rocky Mountain Bride's January Print

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We were checking our email every day waiting for this shoot to arrive and we are so excited to show it to you now! This is a styled shoot we worked on in July with a very talented group of vendors in Jackson Hole for Rocky Mountain Bride! The red barn at Snake River Ranch was the inspiration for the red pops of color. It was truly a honor to be a part of such a wonderful team! Can't wait to see this in our mailbox in person!

Flip through our feature below or click HERE to see the full magazine online version. 

Beauty: Tori |  Catering: Bistro Catering |  Dress: Blue Bridal Boutique |  Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters |  Floral & Rentals: Lily and Co. |  Menswear: Banana Republic | ModelsL J’lene & Payne Paper with Aprés ink |  Photography: Ashley Merrit | Planner: Lovely Day Events | Venue: Snake River Ranch 

Alexs & Tom's Gorgeous Summer Wedding at Jackson Hole

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Alexs and Tom were introduced by mutual friends at a concert and instantly bonded over their love of country music. It didn’t take long for them to realize their relationship was something special, and we agree!

Tom’s grandfather built a cabin in Grand Teton National Park about sixty years ago, and his parents were married there thirty-five years ago. Tom spent many summers and holidays with his family at the cabin. They looked forward to visiting Jackson each summer on their annual vacation. From Tom’s family cabin, there is a perfect view of Rendezvous Mountain and about halfway through a hike down, Tom got down on one knee and they knew they had to have their wedding at Grand Teton National Park!

They chose Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club for its perfect backdrop. We loved that they chose natural blues and grays that mimicked the mountains. Alexs and her mom worked to create all the decorations, which were beautiful! Their wedding day itself was perfect with a celebration that was small and relaxed where guests enjoyed amazing views of the mountains, and soaked up the atmosphere. We loved all of their family and friends who were all so kind, and had a fantastic time working with them!

Read more about Alexs and Tom's wedding on A Grand Wedding here!

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Photography: Jamye Chrisman Photography | Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Wedding Venue: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club | Officiant: Tom Jordan | Hair and Makeup: Kelly Rene | Florist: Albertsons | Entertainment: Jackson Hole DJ | Caterer: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club | Transportation: Altrans

Claire and Simon's Fall Elopement at Jackson Hole

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We love this adventurous couple from the UK! Simon and Claire met at university in Bath where they were both studying languages. They share a love of travel and learning about other cultures. Simon and Claire have visited every continent together and keep finding more places to explore! They both love nature and travel, and an outdoor wedding seemed ideal. However, you cannot get married outside in England and the weather is far from predictable!

After watching an episode of Modern Family where they go to a Dude Ranch, Claire and Simon decided they needed a backdrop just like it and their planning began. However, they did not know the area or anything about getting married in the US until they found us here at Lovely Day Events, and we're glad they did!

Despite a downpour in the night and a cloudy morning, the clouds lifted and created a pretty much perfect setting for their ceremony and the pictures after! We love the pops of red that make this wedding stand out! 

You can find more about Claire and Simon's wedding on Borrowed & Blue!

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Photography: Jamye Chrisman Photography | Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Wedding Venue: Schwabacher's Landing at Jackson Hole | Officiant: Tom Jordan

Natalie and Brad's Classic and Timeless Wedding

Lindsey Nickel

Natalie and Brad will always stand out as a wedding we loved and will never forget. They are a very sweet couple who loves the outdoors and adventures. Skiing is one of their favorite activities. When they first started dating they would book ski trips on Friday to the newest snow for the weekend and off they went. The ski town of Jackson Hole was the perfect fit for their summer wedding and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club was the perfect venue. The cloudy day didn't stop this wedding from being beautiful and tons of fun! From the arch, to the garlands, to the antler wedding logo, no detail was overlooked. Natalie and Brad recently welcomed a baby boy into their adventures as well!

You can read more about Natalie & Brad's wedding by visiting Carats & Cake

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Photography: Ashley Merritt Photography | Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Jolly Edition | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Hair & Makeup: Champu Salon | Band: Phil Round Band | Groom's Attire: D. Jones | Groomsmen Attire: D. Jones  | Wedding Venue: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Dessert: Jackson Hole Golf And Tennis Club | Photobooth: Teton Photobooth

Kim and Dom's Vibrant Wyoming Affair Featured on Borrowed & Blue!

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Kim and Dom's June wedding had all the summer details that we love. They were married at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club on a bluebird sky day with clear views of the Tetons behind them.

The bright blue pops of color in the water goblets, flowers and napkins made everything feel cheerful and celebratory. Many children attended (including the couple's two adorable sons) and they were thrilled with the kids' activity table, filled with coloring books and toys. A blue and white candy bar was a huge success for both young and adult guests. Everyone danced the night away with music provided by Jackson Hole DJ

For more about this couple's vibrant summer wedding visit Borrowed & Blue!

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Magnolia Ranch | Wedding Venue: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis | Catering & Desserts: Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis | Photography: Heather Erson Photography | Music: Jackson Hole DJ | Photobooth: Teton Photo Booth

Kelly & Shane’s Mountaintop Wedding Featured on Rocky Mountain Bride

Lindsey Nickel

We had sun, rain, hail, thunder and lightning on Kelly and Shane's wedding day making it extra memorable. Somehow this weather seemed fitting for a couple who loves adventures! Kelly and Shane met at a Crossfit gym in 2012 and from that day forward, it was obvious they were destined to be together.

Couloir Restaurant was the perfect venue for their special day with its amazing mountaintop views and delicious cuisine. Guests sipped huckleberry champagne as they rode up the gondola to the ceremony. A family member officiated the heartfelt wedding where there was not a dry eye in the house!

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio followed by a buffet dinner, speeches and dancing.  As always, Jackson Hole DJ brought down the house.

For more on Kelly and Shane's Mountain top wedding, check out this recently featured article on Rocky Mountain Bride

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Heide's | Wedding Venue: Couloir at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort  | Photography: Jamye Chrisman | Hair & Makeup: Tanya Crocker | DJ: Jackson Hole DJ | Videography: KGB Productions | Invitation Designer: Megan Kelso

Erin and Garrison's Winter Wonderland Wedding at Spring Creek Ranch featured in Rocky Mountain Bride

Lindsey Nickel

Erin and Garrison's winter wonderland wedding at Spring Creek Ranch was nothing short of spectacular. We were delighted to be a part of this couple's snowy, romantic day and are pleased to announce their wedding has been featured in Rocky Mountain Bride's 2016 Wyoming Issue!

Some of the details of Erin and Garrison's wedding included the bride's beautiful boho chic dress by Rue De Seine. The dress was perfectly completed by a fur wrap which went along with their neutral color palette.

One of our favorite details of the day were the stunning flowers by Jackson Hole Flower Company which included a delicate floral crown for the bride made of champagne roses. Guests were seated at tables adorned with antlers and horseshoes, making for the perfect place settings.

The night ended with petit fours from Jackson Hole's own Atelier Ortega and dancing to the beat of local band Major Zephyr.

For more about this dreamy winter wedding, read about the details in RMB's 2016 Wyoming Issue.

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Wedding Planner: Lovely Day Events | Flowers: Jackson Hole Flower Company | Wedding Venue: Spring Creek Ranch | Photography: Hannah Hardaway | Sweets: Atelier Ortega | Beauty: Champu Salon | Rentals: Canvas Unlimited & Montana Party Rental | Music: Major Zephyr | Invitations: Bird & Buffalo

Lovely Day Events Featured on The Huffington Post

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“Congratulations to Kelly and Shane! We had sun, rain, hail, thunder and lightning on their wedding day yesterday to make it extra memorable. Somehow it seems fitting for a couple that loves adventures. You two rock!” -Lovely Day Events

We recently were featured in the article 20 Real Wedding Photos That Really Stand Out on The Huffington Post. This stunning Jackson Hole Wedding was truly a dream!

If you or anyone you know is planning a wedding in Jackson Hole, please contact us. We'd love to turn your wedding day dreams into a reality.

3 Stunning Weddings Featured in A Grand Wedding Magazine 2016

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It is always an honor to be featured in any type of publication but having three of our weddings published in A Grand Wedding 2016 was the ultimate compliment. Each of these weddings was a unique and unforgettable event. It was a pleasure getting to know these brides and grooms and as always, working in one of our favorite spots, Jackson Hole.

If you or anyone you know is planning a wedding in Jackson Hole and searching for the perfect wedding planner, don't hesitate to contact Lovely Day Events. We'd love to be a part of your wedding day!

Lindsay and Matt's Jackson Hole Wedding at Trail Creek Ranch Featured on Rocky Mountain Bride

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When it came to planning this couple's perfect wedding, being unique was at the forefront of their minds! They had decided to host the wedding in the bride's hometown of Jackson Hole, which meant they had a lot of familiarity with the area. Trail Creek Ranch offered the perfect backdrop to their vision and it turned out absolutely breathtaking! If a low-key wedding in the mountains is in your future, than you HAVE to take a minute to check out Lindsay and Matt's rustic wedding! We were so honored to have this wedding be featured on Rocky Mountain Bride. Head on over to the full feature, where you can read about all of the great details this wedding had! 8

While they had been to many beautiful weddings, their goal was to create the ultimate low-key and relaxing event that everyone would enjoy and remember. Trail Creek Ranch provided the perfect western experience they were looking for and by having friends and family participate in every aspect of the wedding (from the wedding officient, to the caterer, to the bartenders!), they were able to pull of the low-key and laid back vibe they were hoping for!

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And what about this amazing vintage-style, teardrop trailer that the bride's father handmade?! It was converted into an open-air bar for the reception and was a huge hit with all of the guests!

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Photography: Treasures I Seek  |  Venue: Trail Creek Ranch  |  Planning + Design: Lovely Day Events  |  Floral Design: Lisa Gingery  |  Rentals (linens, glassware, flatware): Teton Rental  |  Rentals (tent, tables, chairs, dance floor): Canvas Unlimited  |  Catering: Keith + Jennifer Scharff  |  Beverages: Bud’s Eastside Liquors  |  Shuttle: Mountain Resort Services  |  Restrooms: Macy’s Services  |  Accommodations: 49er Inn + Suites + Elk Country Inn  |  Ceremony Music: Dan Thomasma  |  Reception Music: DJ Levi Huckeby |  Menswear: Ted Baker  |  Rings: Brilliant Earth  |  Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal  |  Hair: Jenny B. Artistry  |  Makeup: Ryan Randall Brost

What Does a Wedding Planner Do on the Wedding Day?

Lindsey Nickel

A common question that we get from brides and grooms-to-be is, "Why do you need to be at the wedding location for 12-16 hours, when my wedding and reception is only six hours long?" Fair enough, that might not seem to add up at first glance. The answer is it takes a lot of preparation to get the day ready for you and your guests. We arrive in the morning because it takes many hours to prepare and set up the ceremony and reception sites. Vendors start to arrive throughout the day and immediately look for the wedding planner because they have questions. Much of the job throughout the day is answering questions from vendors to ensure everyone is on the same page and handling last minute "surprises". No less than one hour before the ceremony begins, we want the ceremony site and dinner/dancing areas to be ready for the photographer, along with being fully prepared just in case any guests arrive early. Once ceremony time approaches we greet guests, get the ceremony happening, ensure a smooth reception and then clean up everything after the guests depart.  Our main job is to worry about your wedding so that you don't have to. Of course, we do this all with a smile!

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Here is a  general timeline of the day:

  • 9:00 am - We (the wedding planner and assistant) arrive at the venue prior to other vendors. First we check in with a site contact to discuss any last minute changes and updates. We spend the next few hours setting up items provided by the client, handle last minute "surprises," oversee the rental delivery and set-up, answering questions from vendors, applying final touches to decor and tending to the bridal party. The list of responsibilities is really long and varies from wedding to wedding, but here are a few that are pretty common:
    • A storm is blowing in and everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) on the dinner tables is getting knocked over and blowing away. We run over with the catering staff and secure all the items.
    • The ceremony musician arrived and can't find the ceremony site, s/he calls for directions.
    • The groomsmen are covered in lint, this is no good for photos! We grab our lint roller and clean them up.
    • Two guests brought dates that you just found out about last night, yikes! We tell the caterer and make sure they have a seat at at table.
    • Someone must do the daunting task of pinning boutineers to the groom and groomsmen. We are pros at that! For some reason the wedding party and family are always terrified of this task.
    • Set up all the personal items that the client brought: table numbers, escort cards on welcome table, cute signs directing people around the venue, party favors at each seat, guest book, pen for guest book, basket for cards, family photos in frames (but the client forgot to take off the stickers from the front so we do that too) on the welcome table, place specialty drink signs on bars and more!
    • Answer a stream of questions via text, along with calls from the vendors to keep everyone on schedule and the event rolling smoothly. Do you see a theme yet? Being the point of contact for vendors and keep the day on schedule are large parts of our job.
  • 3:00 pm  - The ceremony and reception areas are set and ready for guest arrival and for your photographer to capture all those details you worked hard planning for the last year.
  • 3:30 pm - Guests start to arrive. We greet guests, assist with questions and check on the wedding party.
  • 4:00 pm - Ceremony - We invite guests to their seats, line up wedding party for their entrance, cue musicians and cue bridal party entrances. The bride goes down the aisle and we can finally take a deep breath and enjoy how beautiful this day is and how grateful we are to be a part of it.
  • 4:30 pm - Cocktail hour - Invite guests from ceremony to cocktails. Make sure that the wedding party and families have water during photos. Many guests ask where to find the bathroom and we point them in the right direction. We also collect the bridesmaids flowers and put them in vases, usually at the dessert/cake table, which saves you money on extra flowers.
  • 5:30 pm - Dinner - Time to eat! We invite guests into dinner area for dinner. This takes a while, because guests always go straight to the bar rather than their seat. Next, we line up the bridal party for the grand entrance and make sure the MC has the correct entrance order and name pronunciation. Finally, dinner starts to be served, and five guests find the wedding planner because they have food allergies that they did not mark on their RSVP cards. We find out what they can/can not eat and work with the caterer to make sure they are appropriately fed. Don't forget about the toasts! We make sure each of the toast givers knows when the toasts are happening and who they are going after.
  • 7:15 pm - Dance party - Let the fun begin! We coordinate first dance, father-daughter dance and mother-son dance. Later in the evening we cue the cake cutting , locate the toss bouquet for the bouquet toss and a chair for garter toss. These items are brought to the DJ so s/he doesn't have to run around locating the items. One person gets way too drunk and needs to go home early, we call the shuttle bus to come pick him/her up. While people are dancing we move the gifts and cards to a pre-determined location for going home at the end of the night.
  • 10:00 pm - Event ends - Time for your guests to go to the after party, but no one ever wants to leave. I call this herding the drunk cats. We get guests onto transportation or direct them to their cars or assist people in calling taxi cabs. There is no Uber in Jackson Hole and it is sparse in Sonoma+Napa late at night.  Clean up starts once all the guests have departed.
  • 10:30 pm - Vendors strike/clean up/break-down - We clean up the client's personal items and decor, supervise vendor clean up and make sure the the venue is looking as good as when we arrived.
  • 12:00 am - When the venue is cleaned up and everything is quiet, it is hard to believe that there was a huge dance party going on just three hours ago! Time to head home for a good night of sleep.

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And just like that all of our hard work is over. We absolutely love what we do and are so lucky to be able to participate in all of these lovely weddings with these amazing couples!