REAL ADVICE FROM A REAL INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL
We sat down with Misse Daniel of Honey Bee Weddings to get an expert's take on planning a beautiful, unique, and most importantly enjoyable modern-day wedding. Misse's sheer love for her trade radiates as she shares anecdotes about the special days she has planned over the years, beginning with her first wedding ever almost a decade ago at a remote bison ranch. (Talk about kicking things off with a challenge!) Misse has come a long way from that day, and now works along side a dream team of smart and scrappy fellow planners at Honey Bee, known for their versatility, hands-on approach, and knack for seamlessly weaving in contributions from Chicago's many amazing local vendors. Misse's background in non-profit event planning lends a sense of practicality to her naturally fanciful planning aesthetic, so she's sure to execute the vision you want with a photo finish every time.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background as an event planner, and how you got into working in weddings specifically?
After working as a non-profit event planner, I was thrilled to be asked by one of my co-workers to plan her wedding. After that experience, I knew I had found my calling, and shortly thereafter I launched Honey Bee Weddings.
Do you have an over-arching mantra or philosophy when it comes to how you approach your planning process?
I always try to work around the clients schedules and develop a good timeline. Sticking to a timeline is so important because in this day and age, there's no set list of rules for the “standard” wedding. We have so many resources at our fingertips, and this leaves us with hundreds of options for each and every decision we make, ranging from the décor to the cake. It's an amazing era with so many options, but at the same time, having boundless choices tends to make the decision making process much more difficult, so I really try to help guide my clients, and break down the entire experience into the key elements.
What kind of things should a couple in search of a planner be looking for in order to find the right fit for their overall style and personality?
I would say the first thing any couple should prioritize is a finding a planner they feel they have a great rapport with. Being able to communicate openly and positively with your planner is essential. As a planner, I am going to be working with you all the time throughout the planning process. Couples really need to feel like they've found someone they can trust and rely upon.
What advice can you give a couple that really wants to be able to enjoy their big day without getting too stressed out?
The last 4 months of the wedding are always going to be very busy no matter if you've planned your wedding over the course of 6 weeks or 24 months. The best thing I can suggest is to make sure all of the planning is DONE the Monday before the wedding. After that, you should only be working on minor tweaks and enjoy being in bride and groom mode. You won't enjoy your wedding if you aren't in the moment, so the best advice is to never be planning during the wedding.
Aside from working on the bison ranch, can you tell us a little bit about a really fun/memorable theme or concept that you implemented for a one of your client's weddings?
I would have to say the most unique event I've planned was a Day Of The Dead themed wedding. That one was a lot of fun!
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