Category Archives: Personal Thoughts

What I’ve been up to lately

Hi Everyone!

Love Marks the Spot has been undergoing some VERY exciting changes lately, so I thought I’d take a moment to catch up and let you all know what has been going on. Being a San Diego wedding planner is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and I’m really looking forward to taking Love Marks the Spot to the next level. So here are some of the changes ahead:

(1) I am in the process of becoming a certified Wedding Planner through WEI (Wedding Event Institute). I take wedding planning very seriously, and I want my clients to know that. Becoming certified is a great way for me to add to my existing wedding knowledge and show both current and potential clients that I’m fully invested in the wedding industry.

(2) We are now offering wedding rentals inclusive in ALL of our planning packages! This one is HUGE for me! Couples invest thousands of dollars into executing their wedding, and near the end of the planning process, all of these “extra” costs seem to pop up. Purchasing a card box, table numbers, etc. – it all adds up. Our rental program offers some of these smaller items to couples at no additional costs. For now, you can view a select number of items on our Facebook Page. I’m hoping to have more photos available within the next month.

(3) We are now featured on The Knot as a featured vendor! Check us out! I’m SO excited and happy that we’re on The Knot. I used them to help plan my own wedding, so in a way I kind of feel like I’m coming full circle.

 

Those are the main 3 things going on with Love Marks the Spot for the time being. You’ll probably being seeing us in an event or two before the year’s end as well. I’ll make sure to keep everyone in the loop!

 

Cheers!

N

 

Hot Wedding Trends You’re Sure to See More of

Hello, My Friends! It seems like I have had the pleasure of focusing more on the wedding design aspect of wedding planning lately! I’ve found some really awesome trends that are catching on that I wanted to share with you all, and a couple I’m hoping will catch.

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Here are my thoughts on above, starting at the upper left corner and moving clockwise:

(1) New and improved photobooth props – just when you didn’t think a photobooth experience could get any more fun. Don’t get me wrong – mustaches and giant lips are loads of fun…but so is being a princess or villain! I also love the fact that you can purchase chalkboard signs and personalize a message.

(2) Personalized escort cards – they’re fun, they’re cute…enough said:)

(3) Wedding games. Couples are starting to think outside of the box when it comes to keeping their guests entertained. Wedding games are a fabulous idea because not only are they fun, but they can also be used as an ice breaker to get guests who might not necessarily know each other mingling with one another.

(4) Sequin table clothes on accent tables. You really don’t need much decor – the sequins impress enough on their own! Worried about sequin scratch syndrome (okay, I totally made that up)? You can place a piece of glass over the table top to keep the surface smooth!

(5) A personalized take on the guest book. At all of the weddings I’ve done this past year, I have not once seen a guest book for guests to fill in their names. I’ve seen signable photo mattes, DIY balloon art (think the movie UP), photobooks, etc. Couples have started to veer towards options they can potential use as home decor instead of a book that gets put away for safe keeping.

(6) Favors your guests will actually use and enjoy. This includes candy buffets, wine glasses, etc. I especially am loving the idea of a Hangover Kit as shown in the photo above.

 

What do you guys think? I love to hear feedback or thoughts, as always.

 

XO – Love Marks the Spot San Diego Wedding Planner – Nicole

How a Wedding Planner Can Help Your Wedding Run More Smoothly

San Diego Wedding PlannerAs a wedding planner, I wear many, many hats. I’ve done the expected tasks, including site visits, vendor referrals, running back to the bride’s hotel to retrieve her garter, etc. But I’ve also done other tasks that are not necessarily as wedding planner-esque, including Costco runs, directing guests to the bathroom and picking up trash. I think that some people may have the misconception that being a wedding planner is all glamour and glitz, and I’m hoping this blog can shed some light on some of the lesser known tasks we handle, and why we’re awesome at alleviating some of the stress leading up to your wedding, as well as on the big day.

(1)  Vendor confirmations. A few weeks prior to my client’s weddings, I introduce myself as a point of contact for my clients. I also confirm the time they are planning on showing up on-site the day-of. I typically have two wedding timelines. My client’s day-of timeline, as well as the vendor schedule timeline. It extremely helpful in ensuring that the day runs smoothly and on schedule (or at least as close to on schedule as possible).

(2)  Wedding rehearsal. A wedding planner is well versed in running wedding rehearsals. We know the processional/recessional order, the amount of time you should allow after each person/couple walks, as well as how to space people. Best of all, a good wedding planner can get through a rehearsal quickly and efficiently, allowing extra time for you and your family and friends to get to your rehearsal dinner!

(3)  Set up of small details. Escort cards, the gift table, guestbook table, etc. – I do it all. Having a planner set up details is always nice, because it truly allows your family members and friends to relax and enjoy your wedding as they should.

(4)  Gift delivery. My response on this is very similar to above. After your wedding, both you and your guests should be able to either (a) relax or (b) keep the party going! Having your planner deliver your gifts to your hotel or home (or even just load them in your car) is a stress saver.

(5)  Rental pickups. Generally speaking, most rental companies require a person to stay with wedding rentals and sign for them at the time of pick up. This can be especially important when your ceremony and reception are in different locations and your guests want to head over to enjoy cocktail hour. Who better to stay back than your planner or their assistant?

(6)  Last minute questions. I have yet to attend a wedding where there are no last minute questions from vendors. Occasionally a detail can get skipped over or miscommunicated, which is where I step in. As a wedding planner, I know my clients, and I know what they want.

(7) Creating a Wedding Day Timeline. Believe it or not, but even your reception will run on a timeline. Your wedding planner will not only help keep everything on schedule, but can also help you adjust to time delays (they always happen, trust me) and help ensure that everything is sequenced in a logical order.

Love Marks the Spot – Why I don’t offer a Day-of Coordination Package

Today I’ve decided to blog about a common question I get asked by many brides.

“Do you offer a day-of wedding coordination package?”

My simple response is no, I do not. Now let’s talk about why… 

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Ideally, I’d like for my clients to trust me because they know me, and feel comfortable with me – not just because I’m their wedding planner.

As a wedding planner, it is my job to ensure that your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible. Couples entrust their wedding planner with a multitude of responsibilities ranging from keeping the wedding day on schedule, to showing the groom how to pin his boutonniere on. I personally want each of my clients to achieve their dream wedding day – or even better, help make your wedding day even better than anything you’ve ever dreamed possible.

Getting to know my clients helps me personalize your wedding, and truly capitalize on the things that are special to you. That’s right. I want to know each and every one of you. I want to know how you met, how you got engaged, how you spend your free time and your dislikes. Getting a good understanding of how you think as a couple (and on an individual level) is the foundation to making sure your wedding day runs smoothly. I genuinely like spending time with my clients, and getting to know each other is a process that “day-of” coordination does not allow time for.

That being said, the closest thing that I have to a “day-of” package is my Conclude Package. The Conclude Package is the equivalent to a “month-of” package. This package includes 2-3 face-to-face meetings  (excluding our initial consultation)+ the coordination of your wedding rehearsal. We’ll use these meetings to go over wedding logistics, but also as a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level. If you’d like to read more about Love Marks the Spot’s Conclude Package, you can check out our Packages & Pricing page.

In the meantime – if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

XOXO Nicole – Love Marks the Spot San Diego Wedding Planner

What Marriage Means to Me

photoI’ve been very reflective the past few weeks, so I wanted to share a piece of what is on my mind with all of you:)

When I was a little girl, Disney gave me the perception that love and marriage were synonymous with happily ever after. While there are fairytale moments in marriage, Disney conveniently left out that there are also days where your husband doesn’t do the laundry (even when you’ve asked THREE times), and that women don’t always wake up with flawless makeup and a size 2 waist. Long story short – marriage is hard work.

My husband and I have been together for going on 8 years. When we met each other, I was just shy of 19, and his 20th birthday was a few weeks away (we are both Virgos:). We don’t have some sort of crazy romantic love story…our story is quite boring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being young, we didn’t know whether we wanted a relationship, so things went a little like this: he asked me to be his girlfriend, I told him no that I wasn’t ready. I decided I was ready and asked him to get serious…he told me no, that now he wasn’t ready. Repeat that cycle two more times, and we eventually became a couple. Cute, right?

Fast forward over the years, we move in together, go through two deployments, move out of state together, experience college/graduations, career changes, purchasing our first home, financial setbacks, my new business venture and more together.  Some of those days were all difficult.

When it comes down to it – this is what I have realized about love and marriage. More than anything, both concepts should be about accepting the person your partner is, and doing everything in your power to love and support them. Accept that they are not perfect, that they will never be perfect, and that it is not fair/realistic to expect that anyone be perfect 100% of the time.  On the other hand, I also think that it is important to recognize that in order to succeed as a couple, there are things that we need to change or compromise in order to evolve together.  Marriage isn’t a happily ever after – it is a journey there, together.

I think, that like love, marriage is a verb. Live, love, grow together.  And when you think you’ve accomplished that much, start the cycle over again.

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