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Vancity Vendor: Bailey’s Brides

July 13th, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Bailey's Brides

You may remember the feature I did last year on Bailey and Andrew’s wedding. Bailey planned such an elegant affair on a budget and enjoyed it so much that the bride turned into a wedding planner! Bailey says she was born to be a planner, as she is a creative at heart and naturally loves planning and organizing,,, sounds like the right career fell right into her lap! It’s been two years since she started Bailey’s Brides, a small wedding and event planning company, serving the Metro Vancouver area. Bailey knows firsthand the stresses that come on the wedding day and her purpose is to alleviate those in order for her couples to enjoy their big day as they should be.

Bailey offers services to suit every couple’s needs and budgets. Day of Coordination starts at $500, which will have Bailey oversee everything that goes on during the big day. If you need her to take charge from the early stages of planning until the finish, depending on the event, it starts at $1,000 and includes services like artistic direction, venue referrals, plus Day of Coordination. She also has a service called “Sleep Well” for DIY brides who want her to double check if anything has been missed, this costs $50 per consultation.

You should check out Bailey online on her website or be a fan on her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. She’s been quite active in the wedding community and has been posting up beautiful inspiration photos from photoshoots she’s styled.

A Few Words With Bailey…

How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“I love working with brides who have a lower budget. I myself was a budget bride. I honestly believe that every bride can have her dream day while on a budget; it’s simply a matter of sourcing and DIY. That is where I come in. I love to source alternatives for the couple or find what they need at the best available price. I have even done some of the DIY projects myself to help out!”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I am a stickler for a budget. It is so easy to get caught up in the must haves in the wedding world and I really try to encourage the couple to step back, relax and focus on themselves. I like to think that this separates me a little from others in my field. I usually try to encourage my couples to work on something DIY for the wedding so they can work on something together and have that memory from planning. Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful because the couple gets overwhelmed with what they should be doing. I always have the couple’s best interest in mind.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“The people! I love love love all the couples and families I get to meet. I am thrilled to say that at the end of the wedding I still get to be a part of the couple’s lives as friends! It is such an amazing thing to get to be a part of. Oh, and the speeches…I cry…every single time. (that’s a lot of tears!)”

Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to décor?
“I draw inspiration from the couple, when it comes to decor. I really want the couple to be reflected in the wedding, sometimes that’s a hard thing to do and sometimes it gets lost when the bride and groom start focusing on wedding trends. I like to draw off their personalities and make suggestions from there.”

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“Unexpected things always happen at a wedding, that’s the nature of weddings. As a wedding planner I have a backup of everything, contracts, seating charts and phone numbers, it’s a great way to make sure all the bases are covered. When something does go wrong, like all the buttons coming off the grooms jacket 10 minutes before the ceremony… it also helps to have a sewing kit.”

Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an unnecessary expense, what are your thoughts on that?
“I understand why some people think wedding planning and coordination is an unnecessary expense. A lot of people don’t know how much work actually goes on behind the scenes at a wedding. I myself am guilty of this. I did not have a DOC at my wedding, and I wish I had. I had never been a bride before and had no idea about all the details that would happen on the day. I look back now and think it’s a shame my father was running around picking up the flowers on the morning of the wedding or how my mother was panic stricken when some of the seating chart names blew away and she didn’t know where to seat people (don’t worry I had a backup seating chart). But the point is you cannot put a price on having your family and friends with you. My family and friends should have been enjoying the day as much as I was, not running around. I would get a DOC, not just for the brides’ sake, but for the family and friends as well.”

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“My favorite venue to decorate is a venue with windows. So simple right! You can never underestimate the power of nature and the sunshine beaming through some glass though….it…always…looks…stunning.”

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that?
“If I had to plan a wedding in three months, minus making the bride buy a dress immediately, I would recommend booking a venue that offers catering. Most places that offer catering also offer linens, chairs and dishes as well so you would be able to get majority of the heavier planning out of the way. Other than that I would hire a planner, even to just source something’s for the couple. The majority of wedding planning is spent googling and searching for something specific. Hire someone who is in the business, they will be able to find what you want and what you need in a heartbeat.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“My one piece of advice for a bride and groom would be to plan things slowly. I have seen way too many couples get engaged and start asking people to be in their party right away and start booking things. You are on an absolute high (that you will never experience again) when you first get engaged. PLEASE enjoy this for a bit. Once things settle down a bit, talk between the two of you on what YOU want (small wedding, big wedding, big party, small, elopement etc.) have a good, amazing and concrete idea of what you want before you start booking things….once you do everyone will have an opinion or a guest to invite and you do not want to lose the idea of your day.”

To contact Bailey, visit her website.
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Photographer Credits: Amber Hughes Photography (incl. Feature Photo), Carolyn Egerszegi Photography, Ophelia Photography, Royal Oak Weddings, & Stefanie de Best Photography

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  • July 16th, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    christina says:

    bailey is my wedding planner and she is amazing! i wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her :)


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