Today I am highlighting one of my favorite event coordinator and design/ decor planner. Taylor, owner of The Perfect Touch is seriously one of the sweetest people I’ve met. She always greets you with a warm smile and really takes the time to listen and understand your vision for your big day.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would those be?
I would describe myself as: Personable, Problem Solver, Collaborative
Personable—Even when we work on a business level, I want to get to know exactly who you are & also show who I am. I’m not one to hold my personality back—you’ll get the bubbly & friendly side mixed in with the professional!
Problem Solver—Most of my clients don’t know this, but I actually have a Bachelor’s of Mathematics! How big of a problem solver can you get on your side?! I also have a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (that probably means nothing to you but essentially it makes me even more of a certified problem solver!). This is where my logical side kicks in—always ensuring numbers align, all the pieces are organized, and we are working smarter & not harder.
Collaborative—Even though I may be the professional, your vision & dreams matter the most to me! I work closely with all my clients in-person at my studio, over coffee, through FaceTime, email, or text.
We’ll combine your Pinterest boards with my experience & you’ve got yourself a dream team!
How many weddings have you coordinated or decorated for?
I just got into weddings last year—2019 & have 7 now under my belt, a little less than planned due to COVID. I currently have 19 booked for future 2020 and 2021 dates. However, I started with smaller events—bridal showers, baby showers, date nights—and have done over 30 of those!
What services do you offer?
My most popular services are day-of-coordination, decorating, rental decor, and print designs. But I also do full event planning, date night setups, business logos, and make other custom decor/signs. I like to be a one-stop-shop for my clients, so anything event related—I’m your girl!
What do you feel makes a wedding successful?
I wasn’t a Boy Scout…but my motto is always, “Be prepared!” My job for the day—especially as a coordinator—is to ensure I’ve got ALL the details organized, Plans A-Z drawn out, and a clear understanding of the client’s most important desires. This is the same motto I follow for more intimate events & all the way to mega celebrations! You deserve to feel stress-free on the happiest day of your life—and knowing that I’m standing behind you prepared & ready for anything & everything will help make that dream a reality!
How many clients do you take on per year?
24 brides a year (usually 2 a month) makes a full schedule for me! I don’t like to be too overbooked to where I can’t dedicate individual time to each client. I want to know your proposal story, your parents names, your dog’s names, the way you want to feel on your wedding day—and everything in between!
How do you plan to get to know us better as a couple?
This is my favorite part of working with you!! Getting to know your relationship story, your silly quirks & nicknames for each other, your dog’s names—I love it all! I commit extra time to all of my couples, making sure we are meeting in-person or over FaceTime at least three times before your big day…not to mention the countless texts and emails back and forth! I’m genuinely interested in your lives & often have lasting relationships with my couples even after their wedding!
Do you have a list of preferred vendors to help us with planning?
I do have a preferred vendor list! I take pride in all referrals & only provide them of vendors that I’ve personally worked with before. I tell you everything—from their personality, to pricing structures, to what makes them different!
Did you hire a coordinator or decorator for your own wedding?
Why or why not?
I did not—and MAN! What a regret! I tell everyone that if there was one thing I would’ve changed about my wedding day, it would’ve been to hand the reins over to a day-of-coordinator so I could’ve just kicked back with a mimosa and enjoyed all the work I had done planning! Instead, I thought I could handle it (much like most brides in the beginning of the planning stages!). However, it was crazy hectic & I didn’t feel like I got to celebrate with my bridal party at all. I felt rushed all day & even through the reception felt pressure to make sure everything was on schedule and my vendors were in the right place at the right time. There was no way I could both coordinate my own wedding & enjoy it—which lead to disappointment & also some small issues such as the videographer not capturing my father/daughter dance. I’m not just saying this because I’m now a wedding coordinator either—my BEST advice to any bride is to hire a day-of-coordinator! Whether that is me, or someone else, DO IT!
Can you give me an example of a time a wedding didn’t go as planned? What did you do?
As much as we plan and plan and plan, something is always bound to happen. Rain, guests showing up late & the ceremony having to be pushed back, running out of dessert—it happens! That’s why it’s my job to make sure we’ve got one (or two or three) backup plans! If it rains the day of, I already know the exact inside ceremony layout without needing to stress you out—because we’ve prepared and talked about it beforehand! When guests are arriving late & we need to push the ceremony start time back, it’s no problem! I am there making sure you are comfortable & that all the other vendors are updated on the new start time. Remember what I said about being prepared? That’s how we make it through when things don’t go as planned!
What was the most unique wedding you’ve ever planned?
Holiday weddings are always so fun & unique! I recently planned a 4th of July wedding—which was not the original date, but due to COVID-19 it’s where we landed! It’s always fun to be able to incorporate other celebrations—especially when it’s fireworks—at your wedding!
What are some reasons we should hire you over other wedding coordinators & decorators in the area?
The easy answer here is—I make it easy on YOU! With being both a professional coordinator & decorator, you can eliminate 2 birds with 1 stone by hiring me & my team. Not to mention, I also make most of my clients print designs (invitations, programs, etc) and custom signs and decor. You’ve got so many vendor roles to hire, and I help you consolidate those roles just a bit—making it more budget-friendly & less time and work on your end! My role as coordinator & decorator goes hand-in-hand and truly helps us focus on the design & feel of your wedding all at once. That’s what adding The Perfect Touch to your wedding is all about!
Venue: Longview Mansion Wedding Planner: Cake and Champagne Events HMU: Kayla Borum Beauty Dresses/suits: Bridal Extroadinaire Cake: Cakes by Chanin Design and Decor: The Perfect Touch Jeweler: Diamonds Direct Invitation: MadeByRaeDesignsUK Car: Brandi Dringman - Audi
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