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Today’s planner interview is with Sarah of Without a Hitch Boston! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Without A Hitch was founded on the idea that couples should be able to enjoy their wedding day without worrying about all of the details. While there are many organizations doing wedding planning, Without A Hitch focuses on what we do best: day-of coordination.
Couples spend months (years, or even decades!) planning and thinking about the big day, and then too often rely on family and friends to carry out the plans. Without A Hitch’s services include pre-wedding planning sessions and overall event production: vendor coordination, ceremony supervision, and reception management. The Without A Hitch team consists of me and Nicole as well as our marketing and events associate. Nicole and I manage events together and on our own, and as a team we keep our social media updated with great content.
Read the full interview after the cut!
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How did you get into wedding planning?
I have been planning fundraising and community events for more than ten years, and simultaneously have always been a bit wedding obsessed. I reached a point where friends were getting married, and I saw a niche market, a need that wasn’t being filled: a reasonably-priced, highly-competent wedding coordinator solely focused on day-of services. I resisted the idea for a while (I already have a full-time job! And I’m in school! And there are lots of wedding planning companies in Boston!), until I came up with the name. The next day, I had built the website and social media profiles, and Without A Hitch was born.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bradford Photography
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I live for the adrenaline on the day of an event. The minutes fly by during set-up, working with vendors, making the couple’s dreams a reality. Suddenly, it’s time to line up for the processional, and I get the true honor of being the person to say: “Take a deep breath, smile, walk slowly, and take it all in.”
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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
Get ready to work really hard, for many long hours. There is nothing easy about this job. It can be emotionally taxing; juggling a couple’s extended family dynamics takes a certain finesse. It is definitely physically challenging; we’re down on our knees to clean up and up on ladders to set up. At the end of a 12-hour day on your feet, you’ll appreciate this advice: invest in a good pair of orthopedic shoes.
Photo Credit: William Mann Photography
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I’m an avid reader, and have been my whole life. I remember staying up late as a kid, hiding my flashlight and book under the covers after bedtime. I especially love fiction bestsellers.
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Any great stories from working with a client?
As a day-of coordinator, I’m often hired 2-3 months out from the big day, when a couple realizes they just can’t (or don’t want to) do it all themselves. I love heading to an initial client meeting or venue walkthrough, when I do a lot of listening and responding to the client’s needs. I recently was hired by a couple just 6 weeks out from their wedding day. They were fairly quiet on the walkthrough as we talked about the different options, and I shared my experiences and recommendations. As we were departing, not to see each other in person again until the wedding day, the bride turned and threw her arms around me, exclaiming “I am just so glad you’re here!!”
Photo Credit: Paul Robert Berman Photography
What is your current favorite color combination?
I’m seeing a lot of charcoal gray, which looks great with a zing of color: cobalt blue, lime green, or hot pink.
Photo Credit: Paul Robert Berman Photography
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I’m not super into trends. I see them go in and out of fashion but, in the end, I’m always looking for what’s best for each individual client.
Thanks Sarah! For more information about Without a Hitch Boston, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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