The Hostess Style to Planning Weddings

Whenever you hire an event planner, making sure they work well with not only the vision you have for your wedding, but with you as a client is so incredibly important. You and your planner will have a relationship that is a mix of therapist, banker, Pinterest, wedding encyclopedia and friend,  the entire year or so you spend planning your wedding. Making sure that you work well with someone who will know so much about your relationship and wedding, as well as everything that goes into it (costs, payment schedules, stress from family and friends) is of the utmost importance when you go to hire your wedding planner.

What is equally important in the style in which they plan and coordinate, so I thought to share with you how the planners and stylists of Poppy Lane Events work in order to pull of wedding days and fanciful soirees.

My mother is the greatest hostess I know – place settings may not be fancy, the dinner may not be multiple courses, and the house may not have been decorated with specialized floral and artwork to compliment the event, but Mom was able to make get-togethers be about family and connecting with others. She L O V E S how big of a role food plays into bringing folks together, and knew how to create a balanced menu that everyone would love, and has always been able to make conversation with anyone. She  made sure that there were little details that made the event special, like having certain china or folding napkins just so. What stuck with me most though about the way she planned and coordinated events in her home was the absolute grace and humility she had when others would complement her work.

I sincerely believe that it was because of my mother’s travels to Louisiana that shaped her style of hostessing and being an entertainer. When I came to LSU and met more of her side of the family that lived here, I realized that they all had the very same style: a focus on the family, making sure everyone was taken care of, and then taking care of themselves and enjoying the party later. The attention to detail and the adding of personal touches to make events special was apparent at every Easter and Christmas party, and every crawfish boil I’ve attended in the last five years.  The level of kindness, graciousness, and overall feeling that you get whenever you’re attending one of their get-togethers could only be described as the epitome of Southern Hospitality.

When I realized that wedding planning was my calling, I knew I was going to take this same approach my mother and family did when it came to wedding days. I wanted to plan with the intention that a wedding is a gathering of loved ones, that everyone attending should feel special and important, and that this moment will never happen again. Partnering this kind of magic with a passion for logistics and ensuring no detail is overlooked is the style of planning that the planners, coordinators, and stylists of Poppy Lane Events pride themselves on having for our clients.  

You may encounter planners of many different styles and passions and see it in their work, most particularly on a wedding day when they are in full force and in their element. But take care to notice the planners that work quietly in the background, and the bride and groom always have a drink in their hand and wonderful things to say about the food (because they actually got a chance to eat it), it is because of a planner or coordinator with a Hostess Style of Planning.

Happy planning,

Randi