Meet Lead Planner Sarah!
When hiring a wedding planner, we here at Grace & Gold Events believe that having chemistry with our clients is one of the most important things. You are intending to trust us with planning and putting together one of the most important days of your life, so let's make sure you love the planner you are working with! Here is an in-depth interview with Lead Planner and Co-Owner, Sarah Bond, with some insights about how she plans weddings and her own life:
Any wedding rules or philosophies when it comes to planning?
You have to feel 100% comfortable with your vendors. If you are booking someone just to save money or to "help a friend out," you might find yourself very unsatisfied. You need to have chemistry and a connection to nearly everyone single vendor you book so you can build trust and a great relationship. When there is trust, you know that the vendor won't let you down on your big day.
Who is your ideal client?
I love working with couples you just want to have a fun wedding and have lots of ideas that are personal to them. I want them to feel that wedding planning is exciting, and not stressful, so they can trust me to make sure the fun happens!
Favorite part of the wedding day?
When the bride and groom come down the aisle for the first time as Mr. and Mrs! The excitement on their faces is just the best feeling! I work with many brides and grooms nearly one year out from their wedding date, so seeing those smiles is worth all the hard work we put into their big day!
Least favorite part of the wedding day?
At the end of the wedding night when you have to say goodbye to your couple! It's always the hardest for me because I know that we will remain friends and still talk, but now it's not as often!
Best piece of advice?
I know it's not in everyone budget, but hire a videographer if you can. It's my biggest regret from my own wedding! If you can't hire a videographer then spend a little more on photography. It's important that someone captures every moment from your big day!
One thing a bride worries too much about...
MONEY. But this is why you create a budget at the beginning of the wedding planning process. It's important to find out how much money you have saved or have received from your parents/other sources, and to plan from there. Yes, we all want that big dream wedding that's in all the big magazines, but at the end of the day you just want people to dance, drink and have a great time! It's important when you are working with a budget to let your vendors know how much money you can really spend. Similarly to the advice about not trying a wedding dress that is out of your budget, don't get fixated on that photographer or DJ that isn't in yours!
Biggest misconception when it comes to being a planner...
I'm not JLo, as much as I would like to be. I won't be in heels at your wedding and I won't always have the answers to your questions. But I do promise to make your planning and wedding day as smooth as possible!
What would you be doing if you weren't a wedding planner?
I have absolutely no idea. I have dreamed of being a wedding planner since I was a young girl! If I had to choose I would say some type of traveler or an airline stewardess.
If you weren't a wedding planner, but stayed in the industry, what would you do?
I would probably work at a venue that is unique. I love venues that aren't hotels but a place you can simply transform.
Strengths and weaknesses as planner?
My strength would be my confidence and my organization. I work hard making sure that all my brides are up to date with the monthly planning. My weakness as a planner would be working too hard. I forget that I need to take time out for myself and my family.
Your own proposal story?
We had made reservations at one of Rhett and I's favorite restaurants called the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove on November 1st, 2014. We decided to head down there early and watch the sunset on the beach before dinner like we had done many times before. That evening he handed me a shutterfly book full of pictures of places we had been that year. The last page said "Will you marry me?" and when I looked up he was on one knee. I was in complete shock and instead of saying "Yes! " quickly my response was, "Are you sure?" I did say "yes" eventually and he put this beautiful ring on my ring finger. It was so romantic and my version or perfection, I was marrying my best friend!
Favorite thing about your own wedding?
I didn't do a First Look with my husband and I am so glad I didn't! I have the perfect picture in a frame that shows his face when he first sees me coming down the aisle with my dad. I wouldn't change it for the world.
Best piece of marital advice?
Always say "I love you". Rhett and I have been together for 6 years and we say this to each other about 6 or 7 times a day. It will never get old.
Graduating from the University of Kentucky and moving across the nation to fulfil my dream as a wedding planner. It wasn't always easy in the beginning to be far from family and friends but I worked hard getting where I am today and I couldn't be more proud of myself.
If you aren't planning/coordinating a wedding on a weekend, what are you doing?
Enjoying time with my husband and our family! We love to travel, try new restaurants and catch up on some of our favorite shows!
Cocktail or coffee?
Champagne all day long! However, I am a huge coffee lover as well!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself as a reputable wedding planner who is giving my couples the wedding of their dreams. I also see myself also traveling a little bit and exploring the world. I would love to go to Iceland and Australia! I would also love to give back whether it's planning a wedding for Wish Upon a Wedding or working with the Special Olympics.
Where do you see Grace & Gold in 5 years?
I see Grace and Gold as a strong wedding planning company. I see us doing not only weddings in Southern California but nationally and internationally. Italy would be my dream destination wedding! I also hope at this time we have added on associate coordinators so that we never have to say no to a wedding!
Curious to get to know Sarah a little more and how she could be your dream wedding planner? Email her today at firstname.lastname@example.org