SWC Consultants Q&A with Borrowed and Blue
SWC Consultants recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to give couples everything they need to know about our event planning service
Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:
1. **If you could possibly narrow it down, what would be your favorite moment of a wedding day? **Don’t know if this really counts but hands down the pictures from the photographer after the wedding. The day of the wedding goes by extremely fast and you will be surprised how much you miss until you see the photos. The photographer captures the entire day from getting ready until the couple leaves and I personally love looking back on the entire day and see how it all unfolded. The photos don’t just focus on one moment; it tells the whole story of the wedding day. This is the probably the only chance you get to truly appreciate all the hard work and planning that went into making that day happen.
2. **Describe your event aesthetic in three words. **Classic, simple, elegant.
3. **The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple? **The first thing I say is tell me everything about your wedding. I want to know what the couple is thinking, what they have done. Though it is not really a question I want to see those gears clicking because that tells me everything. I love it because it is story time with the couple. In talking about the planning I am learning about them as a couple, I am learning about their vendors and why they choose them, why they chose the venue, it answers so many questions organically. I also choose this direction because I don’t want anything to feel forced. I want you to know that when we talk you are a special couple to me not just another client in my portfolio.
4. **Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged? **First, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PLANNER! As much as we love our family members they are not wedding planners. Like with any job it takes years of practice to perfect your craft, and unless your sister does it every weekend there’s just no way they can understand all the ins and outs of the wedding day. I have been doing this for 8 years now and I still am constantly learning and adjusting my style to keep up with the latest trends and needs for the current bride. I know a lot of people believe they don’t have the money in their budget or don’t need one but I am here to tell you that is false. Even if it is just “day of” put in in your budget first. There is no way of expressing to couples, because you can’t know until the day of the wedding, how many fires we put out on the wedding day. Ask any couple and they will tell you their one regret is not hiring a “day of” planner. The amount of detail, planning, and preparation for a wedding is a full time second job. The amount of communication with everyone once the month of the wedding hits alone takes a lot of time, patience and persistence. The planner is there to ensure that not only are the vendors getting the appropriate materials to ensure they have everything ready for the big day, but to also make sure nothing has been missed in those tiny details that make the day of the wedding flow smoothly. As much as I love wedding planning sites they just can’t prepare you for all the things that can and will happen wedding day.
Second, Remember the whole reason you are doing this. Yes, all of those details I was talking about above are important but in the end it is about you two standing up there and making someone a wife or husband in front of all your family and friends. No matter how stressful the planning may get, because it will, remember the reason you are doing this.
Third, research your vendors! Look at their past work, ask them lots of questions, Verify and then verify again what is included in the package. Trust your gut when it comes to booking vendors. Yes, having a wedding is expensive, but quality always wins in this business. Have all your ducks in a row because that makes the relationship with the vendors successful.
5. **Most important detail of wedding decor? **I can’t say it is just one detail. It is a lot of tiny details coming together to make the wedding day happen. Think of your wedding day as a puzzle. Yes, at first the pieces are everywhere but as you begin to match all the pieces together you get a beautiful image at the end of it.
6. **Your thoughts on DIY weddings?** Hum, can I pass. Just kidding. I will say this Pinterest will be your best friend and enemy during the wedding planning process. If you have the skill, time, and patience to do it I say go for it. If you have never done a floral arrangement before it is probably not a good idea to do all your own centerpieces. Be realistic if you choose the DIY wedding route. If you know you can’t do something correctly pass it on to a professional or someone who can do correctly. It is all about presentation the day of the wedding so be smart when it comes to how much you do. Also remember, wedding week is going to be crazy busy so don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. This is the fastest way to burn yourself out. I will say this, I have had some incredibly creative brides who have just nailed it.
7. **What would your ideal tablescape look like?** I love the idea of a long table with light colored roses all across the tables connected together with no spaces with candlescapes in between them.
8. **Your favorite of all the **[**San Francisco wedding venues**](http://www.borrowedandblue.com/san-francisco/wedding-venues)**?** I have two and I say this because I always go outside the venue during sunset and enjoy the beauty that is mother nature. I am in love with any venue in the bay area that gives a view of the ocean or bay. I will also say some of those venues in the wine country provide some of the most gorgeous views I have ever seen. I am literally left breathless with the beauty of the Bay area. The pictures I have seen post wedding are beyond phenomenal.
9. **The most important part of wedding planning? **Communication, Communication, Communication. During the planning process be open and direct (politely) about what you want and expect the wedding day. Vendors have so much experience in this industry that we can tell you what works and what doesn’t work whether it be with your budget or wedding day details.
10. **Describe your dream wedding.**
It would take place on a clean beach surrounded by crystal clear water. Just a few family and friends surrounding us. TONS of roses surrounding us, with an arch covered in full bloom roses connected by a thick rose petal aisle runner. After that just a simple reception at a high end restaurant, somewhere like the French Laundry, where I can sit for a couple of hours and just enjoy being married and celebrate with my close family and friends. I really want the focus to be on us and take in every single moment of the wedding day. I would definitely incorporate my ideal tablescape (from above) into this vision because how much more romantic can you get than roses and candlelight.
I invite you to view our gallery to view all the beautiful weddings I have had the honor of being apart of. To view some videos of past wedding visit our youtube page here. To learn more or Book SWC Consultants for your wedding today make sure to visit the rest of our website and reach out to us for more information! Thanks again to Borrowed & Blue for the Q&A.