Today’s wedding planner interview is with Michele of The Perfect Fairytale, based in Roanoke, Virginia. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
The Perfect Fairytale was started by Michele M. Robb in hopes to make every bride’s dream wedding turn into a reality. Michele knows that planning a wedding can be quite a handful for most brides and grooms. We are here to alleviate your stress completely by guiding you through the planning process using our expertise and dedication. There are countless wedding planners out there, but The Perfect Fairytale truly offers something special. We give 110% of ourselves to our brides and grooms, not only from the beginning to the end of the planning process, but well into your married life as well. We consider our brides and grooms to be close friends that are near and dear to our hearts. We want you to know that we are always here for you and always treat your day as if it were our own. We offer full wedding planning services, partial planning, and day of wedding planning services.
How did you get into wedding planning?
I’ve had a passion and love for weddings since I was a teenager. There was always something that I couldn’t seem to get enough of. I started my career five years ago as a day-of assistant wedding planner and then decided to start my own business in early 2010. Holding a wedding planning certification from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton, I have taken my education and coordinated various events with my eye for perfection and attention to detail.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is the feeling that I have the greatest career in the world because I am able to do what I love and share it with two special people on one of their most memorable days. As soon as the bride and groom see each other for the first time, my heart melts! I feel so happy for the couple and feel so blessed to have been a part of their day.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can never be too prepared! A few ways to be prepared would be to have the most detailed timeline to outline the wedding day, arrive early to allow extra time for set-up and to always bring an ‘emergency kit’ with you on the day of the wedding. My emergency kit has at least 75 different items in it, some including: superglue, tide sticks, 3 colors of bobby pins, 5 types of tape, nail polish, etc. I use at least 10 different items throughout the course of each wedding – and in many cases – my emergency kit has helped me save the day!
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Outside of the world of weddings, I love fashion, traveling, country and pop music, country line dancing, trying new restaurants, spending time with my puppy, my loving husband and wonderful family!
Any great stories from working with a client?
You wouldn’t believe how amazing one of my DIY brides was last year who was married in June 2012 in Fincastle, Virginia. My bride was extremely DIY and detail oriented for her wedding. She designed and made all of her bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnières, corsages, ceremony décor, designed and hand cut personalized grey cupcake holders, designed jewelry for herself and the bridesmaids, made over 150 bird seed feeders, crafted extra large paper flowers as props, and she put together over five hours of music on her iPod specifically geared for the wedding timeline of events. There were so many other unique details that she thought of including personalized vows, personalized Chuck Taylor shoes with the wedding date embroidered, yellow and grey argyle socks for the groom and groomsmen, love rocks with reasons why she loves her groom and why her groom loves her, multiple chalkboard signs, “Leaf your thumbprint on a tree” guestbook idea, and so much more. The best part about this bride is that we have truly become best friends since the wedding and will continue to be great friends forever!
What is your current favorite color combination?
I am completely obsessed with country vintage weddings! Everything from the lace bridal gown, blush pink and champagne colored mismatched bridesmaid dresses, cowgirl boots, all white flowers with a touch of blush and gold accents, vintage bottles and picture frames, ruffled chair covers, bunting flag signs and so much more! I could go on forever!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
A trend that I absolutely love would be fashion forward weddings! I would love to see a bride in a gorgeous lace and tulle ballgown with a cathedral veil, a formal updo hairstyle, a big chunky pearl necklace and earrings and stunning high heels! Your bridal gown is one of the most memorable parts of your wedding that guests will remember, so you might as well, go big and beautiful! The more lace and tulle the better!
On the other hand, if I had to pick a trend that I would like to see brides leave behind, it would be a themed wedding. You do not need a theme other than a color scheme. There are some brides out there that feel that they need a specific theme. I just don’t get it!
Thanks Michele! For more about The Perfect Fairytale, check out her WeddingPlannerLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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