I’m so excited to feature Lyons Events today as a part of the Wedding Wednesday series! Each Wednesday, we hear from a different wedding vendor about their stories, their tips & tricks for brides, and what they do!
Linda Lyons is the creative mind behind Lyons Events, a wedding planning & design service in Dallas, Texas. Linda helps brides navigate their way through the planning process & brings their wedding day visions to life! Read through her interview below to hear about her story, what she loves about helping brides plan their weddings, and her tips for brides on a budget. Check out the bottom the page for photo credit on the gorgeous images of weddings she’s planned, and be sure to visit her website & social media to see more of her amazing work.
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Oh, great question! I have to say – regardless of service level, I highly recommend having someone on the day to finish executing your vision! You’ve put so much work into your wedding, now you have to actually star in your own show so you need someone to hand the reigns over to.
I specialize in full service planning, which essentially means that I start working with you from whatever stage you’re at in your planning process. I create a pretty in-depth planning guide by vendor by month so that you can see the steps until the finish line. I help you source all vendors to meet your needs in design and budget, and help to manage all moving parts on your actual day. This means helping set up a timeline to coordinate arrival, set-up and teardown times, as well as managing all of the events of the actual wedding day. The design portion as I mentioned earlier is also included in this package, for me, and one of my favorite things to do in the planning process. Planners also save you a lot of time in terms of research as they have usually a great list of vendors by category so they can tell you average pricing, process and save hours of individual research. This is just a glimpse of what all a full service planner will do for you – but know that they will help you navigate these foreign waters, and be there for you on the wedding day!
I associate day-of and month-of services synonymously. Depending on the planner, they usually start to step in about 2-3 months out from your wedding date and take this time to start learning all the work you’ve done for the wedding. This would include gathering all vendor contracts you’ve signed, tying up any last minute details, and start compiling a timeline for all vendors and wedding party to follow. They will generally coordinate your ceremony rehearsal and be there to manage all vendors on the wedding day.
The difference between the two is essentially based on the legwork of the planner and how early in the process they start to be the point of contact. The reason I specialize in full service is that there are so many moving parts in a wedding, and I like to be involved as early as I can so that I can comfortably make the calls on behalf of my clients on the wedding day. There are so many decisions that have to be made then – and I can confidently make these for them since I’ve been part of their journey for so long.
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure that you have chemistry with your planner when making the decision to hire them. I spend upwards of 200+ hours working with my clients and it’s so important that they have a level of trust with me. It’s an honor that they would allow me to be part of their day, and hand off their wedding for me to run with. I go through the highest of highs and some lows with my clients as wedding planning can be a bit stressful and emotional, so it’s SO important that you jive with whoever will be with you on the journey.
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