Vendor Spotlight : Wedding Coordinator & Event Design | Something Blue Decor Co. - Ophelie | Brampton
It’s time for a little vendor spotlight again! Up on the blog today is Ophelie, co-owner of Something Blue Decor Co. They offer a wide range of coordination services, which includes: full event planning, partial planning, consultations, day of coordination, styling and custom decor rentals.
Ophelie has been planning events for her family, friends and companies since 2008. She finally took the plunge and started Something Blue Decor Co in 2017. Over the years they’ve really worked to develop their aesthetic , focusing on all things pretty with fun, fresh, & no-fuss looks. Ophelie and the team have mastered the art of running in heels while putting out multiple 'fires'. They love to eat, laugh, and have fun and they feel that’s what weddings and events should be about!
1. Why do you feel hiring an event coordinator is essential for every wedding ?
No matter how organized a couple may be, there will likely be a few bumps that arise on a wedding day and the last thing a couple should have to worry about is having to deal with the situation themselves. A wedding coordinator has the skill and ability to quickly resolve any issues or stresses that arise. Having a coordinator to set up or be the liaison between other vendors, also allows for the wedding party and guests to be free from any added responsibilities. They are there to enjoy your special moments with you!
2. How soon should couples book an event coordinator?
Couples should look into booking a coordinator around the same time that they book a venue. It also helps to book a coordinator before or at the same time the florists or decor is booked so that everyone can discuss the overall vision and ensure that it can be executed. If your wedding date falls within the busier wedding season months, it would be beneficial to book a coordinator sooner rather than later.
3. What are some of the differences between full planning, partial planning and day of coordination ?
Full planning involves having a wedding coordinator’s assistance from the very first step ( ie. securing a venue, setting up meetings with potential vendors, making sure the couple stays on budget and in line with the planning schedule) to assisting up until the very end of the wedding. Partial planning depends on each planner but typically is for any couple who needs assistance or take-over with planning at the 6-8 month mark and sometimes even at the 1-3 month mark. Day of Coordination most often involves schedule management, vendor management, assistance with ceremony/reception set up and making sure the order of events runs on a timely manner on the day of the wedding.
4. What attributes make for a great wedding coordinator? What should couples look for when hiring one ?
Great wedding coordinators are organized, able to multi-task and aren't afraid of tackling problems head on. They must also be great communicators as they are required to liaison with other vendors, delegate tasks and most importantly get to know the bride and groom's vision. It is so important for couples to feel 100% comfortable and confident with their coordinator. So when searching for a coordinator, it’s important to choose someone who is easy to get along with as well as someone who completely understands the vision for the day.
5. Which achievement are you most proud of over the course of your career ?
An achievement I am most proud of is having the opportunity to collaborate on a styled shoot that got published on Elegant Wedding's online blog. It was a ton of work and there were so many talented vendors involved. The idea that our shoot stood out from hundreds of submissions to a leading wedding magazine is something I will always look back on and be excited about.
6. If you were to give wedding couples one bit of advice - What would it be ?
If I could give one bit of advice to wedding couples it would be to make sure you set limits. Making decisions will be 100 times easier when you have limits on things like spending, guest numbers and a theme or colour scheme. With so many ideas floating around Pinterest and wedding boards, it is so easy to wander and over-think things.