the right planner for you; pt. 1

Updated: Dec 28, 2018

Chelsea Matson Photography

The relationship you’ll have with your wedding planner will be incredibly unique; generally smooth and on the surface-type communications, and then fabulously saturated come wedding day. You’ll be at your most excited, stressed, anxious and blissful in front of your Planner. They’ll see your good side, bad side, mean side, happy side and, most likely, your backside (while you’re getting dressed, going to the bathroom etc.). Needless to say, we’re not kidding when we encourage you to find the right Planner for you.

What kind of person can you be completely honest with? Trust with big decisions? Discuss money with? Depend on, professionally and emotionally? These are all good questions to ask yourself when seeking out the right planner for you. Your search for a Planner should encompass all of your wedding planning needs (which I'll touch on in pt. 2 of this blog); as well as, all of your emotional needs: a good match, personably.

With that, and because I don’t typically write about myself, I’m going to answer a few general & personal questions that I’m often asked during consultations. Hopefully, these answers will aid in your search for the right planner for you:

Where do you live?

Originally, I’m from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I lived there until moving to Milwaukee for college at Marquette. I’ve stayed in Milwaukee since college, and now live in Fox Point, which is a northern suburb.

Are you married?

I married this fella named Paul back in March 2014. We got married at the Osthoff Lake Resort in Elkhart Lake. Our Wedding Photographers were TJ & Shannon Uttke. They’re incredible people, and very talented. Reach out to them if you haven’t already!

Paul and I have two babies, Emma Rose, who is 3 years old, and Hank-the-tank who is 1 year old. They’re really, really cute and make us very happy (and crazy).

How did you become a Wedding Planner?

Way, way back when I was in Elementary School, I was invited to my Mom’s Cousin’s wedding. It was at the only event hall in Kenosha (at the time); there was a lot of food, a giant white cake, a beautiful bride and even the dollar dance – very Italian. From there, I became obsessed with weddings. In High School, I asked for a subscription to The Knot magazine for continual research. It wasn’t until The Wedding Planner movie came out with J-Lo that my dreams of being a Planner really disappeared. The career of a Planner kind of blew up and it got pretty cliché.

After college, I worked in the non-profit sector for a bit, then a marketing agency, and then landed a really great job working as an Event Planner for a downtown Milwaukee law firm. That job gave me a ton of real-life experience, and I was introduced to a lot of people in the Milwaukee event industry. At that time I was also blogging and falling back in love with weddings.

After having Emma, I was looking for something a bit less rigid and more flexible. A friend who owned her own wedding planning business offered me a job, and I began working for her as a Planner. After working for Midwestern Bride for some time, I was preparing for the birth of my second baby. My son, Hank, was really the catalyst for my decision to start Rosewood Weddings. It was a scary & exciting decision, but I was ready for more challenge and the complete freedom to run a business my own way. It’s still scary, by the way; but so, so fulfilling & fun!

What do you do for fun?

I’m so fortunate to have a lot of things that I find ‘fun’ overlap with my job. But completely aside from wedding planning, I like to play outside with my kids, read, take care of my plants, eat, watch Netflix, go to farmer’s markets, do yoga, cook, visit my family, have friends over, go for a walk, craft, snuggle my dog, and drink (wine or beer or vodka or tequila or coffee).

What’s your favorite…

Wedding trend – when the couple’s personality shows through

Dress designer - Amsale

Coffee – Stone Creek

MovieThe Breakfast Club, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Stepbrothers

Store – Target, ModGen, Anthropologie, H&M

Color – black, white, ivory, pink

Restaurant – whichever one my brother’s cooking at

Ice cream flavor – salted caramel, Purple Door

Band – Celine Dion, Ray LaMontagne, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Adele, Bright Eyes

TV showThe Office, My So Called Life, Sex and the City, Grey’s Anatomy (the early ones)

Drink – any wine my Dad shares with me, Spotted Cow, 1800

How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as hating being asked this question. But, hardworking, warm, friendly, sarcastic, approachable, honest, trusting, loyal, silly, and thoughtful. I'm always barefoot, optimistic and down for an adventure.

Okay, now you know a little more about me, personally. The second part of this blog post will be 10 key questions to ask on your search for the right wedding planner. I’ll provide and answer those; then hopefully you’ll have all of the tools you need to make the best decision for you & your partner! Happy shopping :)


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