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Celebrating National Wedding Planning Day

Brides of OK

It’s National Wedding Planning Day! To celebrate, I spent a relaxing morning flipping through my favorite bridal magazine and sipping some hot tea. It was glorious. I absolutely love what I do!

While perusing the magazine, I couldn’t help reflecting on my wedding planning entrepreneurial journey.

The first 3.5 Years

I can hardly believe it’s been 3.5 years since I started my wedding planning business! This summer will be my fourth serving the brides and grooms in my community. The best part? This year, I have an entire team by my side. Between my lovely new wedding consultant and my amazing interns,  we’re going to pull together some gorgeous weddings!

The Interns

Speaking of interns, taking on interns has radically changed the trajectory of my life. My journey toward creating online courses started with my very first intern. I wanted to teach her everything about starting her own wedding planning business when she graduated from college, but I didn’t have a curriculum in place.

I started making notes so I could have an organized, cohesive program to put my interns through. Thus, “How to Start a Wedding Planning Business” was born.

The Wedding Consultant

In addition to my interns, I now have a staff member. She’s amazing! Her strengths perfectly complement mine. I love logistics, but design isn’t my strong point. She has such an eye for aesthetics. I can’t wait to dive into wedding season with her on board.

The Office

Staffing hasn’t been the only change this past year. I also have an office space downtown now. A few other vendors already had a space and invited me to join them. I love it!

National Wedding Planning Day Celebration

The Connections

But the absolute best part about being a wedding planner is the connections. My clients have been so lovely and such a joy to work with. It’s also been fantastic getting to know my fellow wedding vendors and other small business owners in the process. So many beautiful humans. I’m truly blessed.

I hope everyone else enjoyed their National Wedding Planning Day as much as I did! And for the brides and grooms out there, don’t forget to #enjoythejourney.

7 Essentials for Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Every couple dreams of having the perfect wedding day. To help ensure that happens wedding planners, like myself, bring wedding day emergency kits. While I pack dozens of “just-in-case” items, I have seven absolute essentials I recommend to everyone making their own kit.

Safety Pins

From fixing wardrobe malfunctions to pinning together backdrops, safety pins have you covered. I recommend keeping a variety of sizes on hand.


I usually keep two or three pairs of scissors in my wedding day kit. From cutting flowers and fabric for centerpieces, or snipping spare threads on bridesmaid dresses, scissors always come in handy.

Kleenex Go Anywhere Packs

Kleenex Go Anywhere with Wedding Dress

Kleenex are a truly indispensable part of my wedding day emergency kit. There are so many uses for tissues at weddings like drying happy tears, makeup touch ups,  blotting perspiration, drying small spills, and helping with allergies at outdoor weddings.

The Go Anywhere pack is flexible, yet durable enough to fit into my kit, or with the convenient clip on strap, I can attach it to my purse.

I buy mine at Walmart and, as always, use my Ibotta app. To get yours follow this link  to save $.50 on your Kleenex Go Anywhere pack.

Adhesive Bandages

Wedding days aren’t immune to nicks and cuts. Not to mention blisters from formal shoes. I keep a small first-aid kit in my go-bag with lots of extra bandages.


I keep both brown and black twine in my kit, and I can’t count how many ways I’ve used them. One of my favorite usages was a last-minute wrapping for a make-shift toss bouquet.


Pens and felt tip markers are always useful. From time-to-time, even the most organized and prepared of couples forget their guest book pens or markers. Plus I always keep a pen on me for signing invoices and for the couple to sign the marriage license.

Shipping Tape

Most venues have rules forbidding the use of nails or any permanent means of adhering decorations to their walls or tables. Clear shipping tape usually does the trick for light jobs. It’s also useful for picking up bits of debris that may have fallen on the table linens during decoration.

Have fun assembling your wedding day kit, and most of all, enjoy the wedding. Happy planning!