In one of our busiest wedding seasons yet...We continue with more from our intern, Maeve!
Once upon a time, on a sunny, ninety degree day on Cape Cod, there was a wedding…and for weeks there had been towers of boxes full of favors, stationary, and Christmas decorations stored away in the office (yes, Christmas in the summer). We were all excited, a little nervous, but still counting down the days til we could see it all come together. What I learned from this experience is it truly takes a village.
We were working in the strongest sun, alongside our team as well as the catering staff, florists, and we were all juggling a million tasks. My biggest takeaway from this experience is knowing what tools will help you be the most successful. There were so many moving parts to this wedding, and in order to keep track of every event and every item, there had to be a way to catalog and organize. I am so grateful for the organization because being able to complete tasks as soon as possible was great for the entire team. Not only were there detailed write-ups of each day, but production schedules mapped out on excel, along with lists of decorations with what they were for, where they were, where they needed to go and if they were to be used again. Utilizing what we already had for different days was a challenge to keep in order. Whether it was frames for signature drinks that changed from day to day, banners with the wedding crest, or lanterns, it was important to re-incorporate decorations and get more than one use out of all these great purchases.
Another learning experience: heat is a challenge. After a while of moving tables, setting up ceremony chairs, and setting decorations - dehydration is easily achieved. Keeping a clear head can be a major problem when you’re working in such intense heat. I definitely was trying to keep track of who was doing what, making sure I was on task and helping to the best of my capabilities. Shout out to Jamie, who a couple hours in to the heat stroke brought a cooler full of Gatorade. That truly felt like Christmas in the summer.
I think it’s important to know what your strengths are, but even more so what your weaknesses are so that you can acknowledge them and hopefully grow. So far, my biggest challenges have been small, tedious projects such as setting up an escort card table: Alphabetizing, the shaky hands pinning them into place, it’s something I didn’t expect to struggle with, but always do. I’m going to set the goal for myself to specifically work on time management and efficiency. I have noticed that with the women I’ve been lucky enough to work with and learn from there is no ego, there is only competence, strength, intelligence, kindness, and a real spirit for wanting to do their job justice. I am so grateful to be working with a team of incredible women. They problem solve calmly and logically, they support one another, they take care of each other. It was truly all hands on deck for this event, making sure that our lead planner, Stephanie, knew she had our full support and could depend on each of us. By watching the women who make up Cape Cod Celebrations, I’m learning how to be a supportive and effective team member, multitask efficiently, and also how to keep a calm, cool, and collected presence when I’m working through the motions of a wedding.
"Cape Cod Couples Tell All" series is back at it again! We took a trip down memory lane with Kate & Nick in June. Now we reminisce with Hannah & Joe who were married August 18, 2012 at Family Tabor Academy/family home in Mattapoisett, MA- 7 years ago this month!!
1. What made you choose Cape Cod for your wedding?
I grew up in Mattapoisett and spent my childhood exploring the shoreline and ocean, and knew that I’d want to get married close to home. I also attended Tabor Academy for high school and wanted to honor that special time in my life by getting married in their chapel.
2. Why would you tell future brides and grooms to get married on Cape Cod?
It is such a beautiful place and has such a cute, quaint feel that is perfect for weddings
1. In a three words, how would you describe your wedding?
Detailed, classy & fun!
2. Was your wedding exactly what you had envisioned?
Even better than I imagined!
3. What was your biggest concern in planning your wedding?
Putting all of my ideas together in a clear, concise and organized way. I had the vision, but wasn’t sure how to pull it all together
4. What was your favorite part of the planning process? What was the most difficult part?
I loved finding special little details to add to the wedding decor to make it really personal, as well as putting together the actual wedding ceremony together myself. The most difficult part was sticking to a budget haha!
5. What was your favorite part of the wedding?
6. Looking back, would you change anything about your wedding? If so, what and why?
I wouldn’t change anything!
7. Who was your favorite vendor?
Our photographer Alanna Scully, who perfectly captured our day with her beautiful photo-journalistic style and candids!
8. What do you think your guests would say their favorite part of your wedding was?
We have heard it time and time again that it was one of the best weddings theyve been to! They loved the food and the dancing!
9. How would you title your wedding? (e.g. The wedding with the best food and dancing!)
The wedding with incredible food, lots of dancing and personalized attention to detail
1. Why did you decide to hire a wedding planner?
I wanted support and help to organize my vision for my special day
2.How did having a planner contribute to the success of your wedding?
Having a planner really helped to pull everything together, I loved also bouncing ideas off of each other, getting an experienced perspective on how different ideas would work, and to help me to save money on most things!
3. For upcoming brides, why do you think it is important for them to consider hiring a
Planning a wedding is so much work and two heads are better than one, and planners help to put our fires that may come up on your wedding day when you should be completely immersed in the day rather than worrying about anything!
4. What was it like working with a planner? What was your overall experience like?
It was excellent! Jamie was incredible from start to finish- she was professional, organized, and incredibly helpful with everything from tracking down our caterer to buying more bottles of vodka the night of the wedding when we were running low, to holding my veil and hiding behind my dress for photos (it was windy), and setting up all the details on the morning of the wedding! She also ran our wedding rehearsal which was incredibly helpful!!
5. Why would you recommend Cape Cod Celebrations over other companies?
Their experience and reputation are a cut above the rest!
1. What advice would you give other brides about planning a wedding?
Hire a planner- for real. Also, have fun through the process and remember the core of why you’re planning a wedding in the first place- to celebrate your partnership and commitment to each other. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in seating charts and opinions of others, but ultimately it is about the two of you!
2.What was most helpful to you in the planning process?
I loved being able to email/communicate with Jamie whenever I needed to throughout the planning process- it made it easy to tackle things without getting overwhelmed
3. What do you wish you would have known before planning your wedding?
Weddings are more expensive than you think haha! But hiring a planner helped us to save money!
1. What do you think will be the next big trend for weddings? What do you think weddings will be like 20 years from now?
Drones will film it? Or maybe that’s already happening?
2. How’s married life!?
Married life is wonderful and hard and fun and boring and everything in between. We have had some incredible highs and heartbreaking lows, but have grown together through everything.
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
At Cape Cod Celebrations, your vision is our brand. Learn more about how we can help you pull together your beautiful Cape Cod Wedding.