Last week I was playing around online, googling for wedding stuff and and getting ideas for new designs I’m working on. One thing lead to another, and I came across this cute face:
This is Gigi, from Not So Traditional Bride. She’s a wedding planner in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Central NC) and she’s pretty rad.
Gigi has been planning events for almost ten years, so she knows what’s what. She and I have been chatting back and forth and her experience planning her own wedding is very similar to mine. Here she is, in her own words:
“Years ago, I was planning my own wedding and I found that most wedding vendors did not want to deal with me because I had a small budget and a small guest count. It really put a damper on my wedding planning process and I wanted to give Brides the opportunity to not only save some serious money but have their wedding day turn out their way.”
That is so similar to my experience with wedding vendors when I was planning my wedding! I feel strongly that a wedding should reflect the couple and their personalities, not just be another cookie cutter run of the mill event, and Gigi’s approach to wedding planning matches that philosophy to a T.
Gigi has a background in floral arranging and event catering, two staples of the wedding industry. Her experience in these areas have given her the experience needed to assist with bouquets and boutonnieres and table top design, as well as act as a liaison between the couple and vendors. Her specialty is day of coordination and weddings on a budget – in fact, she loves DIY brides and can provide some crafty goodness as well as whatever else is needed. Gigi believes (as do I) that a wedding doesn’t need to cost the same as your college tuition to pull off. The sole purpose of her business is to help the bride – or groom – achieve her/his perfect day, her/his way.
If you are in the Triangle area, I strongly suggest you get in touch with Gigi. She’s easy to get along with, is really creative and knows this business inside out. Whatever your needs are, she can help. As she says,
“Weddings should be fun! I think more couples need to be reminded of that. So should the people working in the wedding industry!”
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