Happy #WeddingWednesday, Planner Friends! Its that time of week again! Today on The Bridal Society’s blog we have our first Society Planner Spotlight of 2019, and you’re not going to want to miss it! This week’s spotlight is featuring Carolyn Hall of Notably Yours Events. Get to know her and her business in today’s interview below.
When asked to share a little bit about herself and her business, Carolyn said, “I launched my company in the fall of 2016, but I have been planning and coordinating weddings for the last five years in the Houston area. I have been married for 3 1/2 years to the best man ever, and it’s amazing how much being married has helped me in relating to couples. My company’s name Notably Yours comes from a desire to make each wedding showcase that couple’s love and personality in even the smallest of detail.
Notably – (adv.) Especially worthy of notice in particular; Distinguished in a way that is striking or remarkable.
It seemed the most fitting because I feel that every wedding should reflect that couple’s unique love and personality in even the smallest of detail. It should be distinguished, noticed and definitely THEIRS. A day that has their “imprint”.
Get to Know Carolyn
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
I have always loved weddings, and I grew up in a community that was very involved and helped each other out every time someone had and event or was getting married. When I was 16, I began working at an event park that did smaller events like bridal showers, company picnics, etc., and I handled a lot of the planning and coordination for those events. Every day at work there was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to focus more on weddings one day and start my own business.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I love being the problem solver, the person that these couples entrust the most special day of their lives with, and the one that makes their wedding exactly what they always wanted.
How has your certification and membership with The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
Thanks to The Bridal Society, I feel more empowered to be a success from the fact that I now have an entire support group behind me. I’m no longer just figuring things out on my own, I have been given resources and tools to build my business!
What does your average week look like?
- Monday: Day off if the wedding was on a Sunday. If not, then replying to emails from the weekend and writing out my to-do list for the week.
- Tuesday: Catch up on emails and begin prepping for the weekend
- Wednesday: Meetings & Consultations or networking events
- Thursday: Emails and follow ups from meetings, double checking wedding details, updating emergency kits, printing off timelines
- Friday: Emails, more meetings, rehearsals
- Saturdays: Wedding days generally
- Sundays: Day off if wedding was Saturday
What is one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
Other than my timeline, my watch! My emergency kit would then come in at a close second.
What type of client do you attract?
Recently I have finally begun getting more higher end brides with more classy and trendy tastes.
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
My favorite moment has to be listening to their vows. Also, the 1st dance gets me every time!
What advice can you give and/or have you received that you can pass on to new/existing planners?
Wear comfortable shoes (but always be professional looking!) Think like a customer and always, always, always do more than you say you will. You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
Enjoy being engaged! It’s a special time of excitement that is such a different stage than being married. Meanwhile, as you are planning your wedding, try not to not bicker about little details. I tell my couples to think about if they will remember that item after the wedding or if that item will affect their marriage after their wedding. If not, let it go. You want to have a beautiful marriage, not just a beautiful wedding!