Vendor Spotlight: The Finer Points

Let’s face it. This wedding planning time in your life is chaotic, frenzied, stressful, and at times may seem like a marathon more than a sprint to the aisle. Some couples handle it better than others, but to be honest, in over 9 years in the business, I have yet to see a bride that wasn’t thankful she hired a wedding planner to help her out. A good planner is a great resource in your wedding tool kit. They give you sound advice, check your contracts, help you sort out pros & cons, come up with fantastic themes, schemes, and ideas, and help you pull it all off with as little stress as humanly possible on the day of the wedding!

It’s a tall order, but freeing all those burdens from your shoulders alone (or from your mother’s or maid of honor’s shoulders alone) can be truly integral to pulling off a successful event that you, your family, and friends will be remembering for a lifetime. Which is why you should do your research on planners who rock.

“But Lisa! I don’t have TIME to do all that research!”

Fear not my engaged friends! I’ve done the looking for you! This week’s vendor spotlight is on Lynn of The Finer Points. Every wedding I’ve worked with Lynn has been spot on, perfection! She plans with grace, elegance, and style and on top of that, she’s a pretty awesome & kind person! Check out what she had to say below and then check out some photos of her work from a wedding we did together!

Q: How did you get your start in weddings?
A: I began coordinating weddings at Westfields Marriott and then continued on to Lansdowne Resort as a Senior Catering Manager.


Q: Why did you want to be involved in Weddings?
A: I love working with brides, grooms and their families to create a most memorable, stress-free day.

Q: What is one unique thing that your business brings to the table?
A: We build a team of wedding professionals that work together to make your day a huge success! Working together toward the same goal in any situation is always the best. Also, I have a background working at venues so can easily put myself in the shoes of the venue/caterer and make the best possible choice for the bride and groom.

Q: Describe your favorite client?
A: Brides and Grooms that are excited about their wedding; whether they have a vision or not – we help create one! Also, Brides and Grooms that know they’ve hired professionals so they don’t worry and totally enjoy their wedding.

Q: What wedding, that you’ve done, stands out the most to you and why?
A: A New Year’s Wedding that we had at the Willard a couple of years ago where they had a great band, lots of great food and best of all a confetti canon. There was such energy about this wedding!

Q: What inspires you?
A: Helping people and making clients happy.

Q: What are the top services that your business provides?
A: Wedding Day Coordination, Partial Wedding Planning and Total Wedding Planning. We can also prepare Amenity boxes for your out of town guests.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for couples?
A: Relax and let go of all the details on the day of your wedding. You’ve hired professionals and they will take care of everything!

Q: What is your most frequently asked question?
A: Do you have a back up in case you are sick the day of the wedding? And our answer is YES!

Q: What is a realistic budget for your services?
A: Our packages range from Wedding Day Coordination to Total Wedding Planning. Our prices range from $1,800 to $6,000.

Q: In regard to your vendor category, what it the most importatnt piece of information you wished all couples knew?
A: A planner can really take a lot of stress off of a bride and groom and their parents as well, before and during their special day! I’ve never heard any client say they wish they hadn’t hired a planner but have definitely heard brides that are already married say that they wish they had hired a planner.

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Kirsten & Phil: Fall Mountain Top Destination Wedding

Words cannot adequately express how much I LOVED working with Kirsten & Phil for their Liberty Mountain Resort wedding last Fall. These two love birds tied the knot among family and friends in a idyllic Fall setting in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Kirsten chose very simple touches that were executed with such elegance they shone! Her love of lavender made for not just a beautiful visual for her bouquets and centerpieces, but a heavenly scent as well. Even her family got in on the love and helped make the custom apple butter & pumpkin butter favors (which were a deeeeelicious hit)! One of the sweetest touches of the day was the vintage cake topper that was Kirsten’s grandparents!

Probably the most amazing thing about Kirsten & Phil is their love story. Phil knew early on Kirsten was the only girl for him and even their friends (who by the way, several couples of which we’ve photographed their weddings & they were present at this wedding, too!) knew they’d end up together! Kirsten eventually realized Phil was Mr. Right and you can see how her love for him just radiates. Between their looks to eachother, hearing their heartfelt, personal vows during the ceremony, and witnessing their shared joy with their friends & family at the reception, I was moved to tears! If every couple could be so lucky, the world would be a much better place! So go ahead and sprinkle a little “Kirsten & Phil” fairy dust on you by checking out their photos!

Lessons Learned: A Bride's Perspective from Katie

 Our second installment of Lessons Learned: A Bride’s Perspective from Katie. Katie married her sweetheart Hans in an elegant Fall, garden wedding at Raspberry Plain in Leesburg, VA. Here are her thoughts:

Describe your wedding.

A: It was a day dedicated to celbrating our love, with the people we love & care about the most. It was the most beautiful day of our lives (so far)!

Q: What was your favorite part of the day?

A: Walking down the aisle to my groom.

Q:  What was Hans’ favorite part?

A: He tells me “seeing my bride walk down the aisle”. (Swoon!)

Q: What was the hardest part about planning your wedding?

A: The hardest part for me was being able to visualize something in my head and making it come to live on the day of. I am a very visual person, so I needed people like my florist & hairstylist to physically show me what I would see on the big day.

Q: What did you learn that you wished you had known?

A: Don’t rush any decisions. Take your time. Make sure the decisions you make are coming from you and your partner. Don’t allow friends and family to make decisions for you. It’s your day!

Q: What was the most unexpected part of your day?

A: How quickly it went!

Any other wisdom to share?

A: Take time to eat. This is something we didn’t do. When we got back to the hotel afterwards we were both exhausted and starving. Not a good combination to kick off the wedding night!

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