Today’s wedding planner interview is with Claire Ady of Wed In Central Park, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’m British, I moved to New York in 2011, and I got married in Central Park. I’m mum to a two-year-old and a four-year-old and I run this business around their schedule. I love my two jobs of mother (full-time) and wedding planner (part-time).
Read the full interview after the cut!
I got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in Central Park. Planning my own wedding was what gave me the idea to start this business. I was a foreigner working out what paperwork I needed to get married, and who I wanted to be involved in my wedding, and it occurred to me that there might be others who wanted to get married in Central Park who needed a little help.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I feel very honored that I get to be such a big part of the first day of a couple’s married life. I enjoy hearing their stories and helping them to write their ceremonies and making sure that they get the wedding day that suits them. I also really like staying in touch with couples and seeing how their lives develop after they are married.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
Ask for feedback. Your couples will tell you what you’re doing well and what you’re doing not so well. Use the feedback to improve. Communicate well with everyone – be sure to ask the right questions of your couples and be clear on what they want. Make sure they’ve understood their responsibilities and your duties and pass on their requests to all involved. Don’t be afraid of telling people the same thing more than once, wedding stress can cause people to forget things. Have a process, or a checklist, this helps you be sure that you haven’t forgotten anything.
Doing stuff with my kids. My alone-time is usually spent running, or reading.
Any great stories from working with a client?
Not really. Some clients have been harder work than others, but most are an absolute pleasure to deal with. I think being a wedding planner might be the best job in the world because it’s such a nice thing to be involved in – everyone is happy when they’re getting married so they’re their best selves.
I’m liking the bouquets and arrangements which are very heavy on the greenery. Central Park has so much greenery and beautiful flowers during the summer that I don’t think an elaborate bouquet is necessary. I love metallics, so I love the green and gold combinations that are popular right now, actually gold and anything seems very popular this year – gold and burgundy, gold and navy, gold and black – all great combinations. We see lots of deep red roses in our bride’s bouquets, and I like that shade with a dusky grey-blue. And though my favorite color is purple, I’m not too keen on the shade that is the color of the year, ultra violet, I prefer a more muted shade.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I’m all about Microweddings. It has become a buzzword recently, but it’s a great way to describe what I’ve been doing for the past six years. Almost all of my weddings have between five and fifteen guests. I do some elopements and some bigger weddings. But so many of my events are these small, intimate weddings where the couple has really brought the focus inwards to themselves as a couple and to their closest friends and family.
I love the heavily beaded dresses that are in right now. I considered a beaded 20s style dress for my own wedding, but it was too heavy. I got married in July, so I chose a simple white linen dress, which was much easier to wear. I like seeing my brides in the kind of outfits that look practical and easy to walking around a park in. So, I like knee-length dresses, trousers, and clothing that is comfortable as well as beautiful.
Really try to envisage your wedding day, step by step. When you a trying on clothes or shoes or looking at bouquets, think about wearing or carrying them all day. When you are choosing where and what to eat, think about what you enjoy and what your guests will enjoy. And possibly the most important tip is to make a plan of timings. Think about when things might get rushed and when you might get stressed. Think about how much time you want to spend on the go and as the center of attention and how much time you want to be alone with your partner or your other nearest and dearest. That will help you to decide on what sort of wedding you want and where your priorities are.
Thanks, Claire! For more information about Wed in Central Park, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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