You may recall that we recently worked with Leah from Color Pop Events on an amazing Jackson Pollock-inspired shoot. Well, she can do so much more than that! Allow us to formally introduce her to you! An attorney-turned-event planner, Leah founded Color Pop Events – a New York City-based full-service event planning company specializing in vibrant, charming, and bold events – and has been crafting beautiful events since then! Read on to see what she has to share about wedding planning!
1. What inspired your decision to go into wedding planning?
Before starting Color Pop Events, I had always wanted to own my own business and was constantly brainstorming ideas. Wedding planning was something that kept popping up over and over as a potential business venture because I loved the combination of serious organizational skills and creativity that it takes to plan weddings. After planning my own wedding in 2012 (though I did hire a month-of coordinator because I knew better!), I started taking steps to get my business off the ground.
2. What is your favorite part of the planning process?
I love assisting couples in finding their venue. It’s one of the first steps in the planning process and also the most critical. Nothing else can be booked until you pick a venue and set the wedding date, and also the wedding venue sets the entire tone for the wedding style.
3. What advice do you have for couples in the initial stages of wedding planning?
Stay organized. The best way to fight overwhelm and stress is to always maintain a strong handle on what you have left to do. At the beginning of the planning process, make a list of everything you need to accomplish over the next however many months. Check off things as you complete them and add new items as they arise. Trust me, having everything written down will help you stay calm and focused in tackling those action items. Also, hire a planner!
4. What’s the number one reason you recommend hiring a wedding planner?
In most cases, couples have never planned a wedding before, so why wouldn’t you hire a professional to guide you through that process? You will be less stressed and more organized. And all of your vendors will love you for it. (Not to mention that you’ll be referred to some of the best vendors in your area because planners have a solid network of fellow professionals that they know and trust.) Most couples view hiring a planner as a “luxury,” but a planner should be considered a fundamental wedding vendor, like a caterer or photographer. A planner will bring his or her experience and expertise to your wedding and will make sure everything goes perfectly.
5. Where do you pull your inspiration from when you help plan a wedding?
Because I focus more on the logistics than the design of a wedding, what keeps me motivated is looking at each wedding like a challenge or a puzzle I have to solve. I’ve got to put all of the vendor pieces together and then craft a day-of schedule that covers the dozens of moving parts that I’m tasked with coordinating. I’m motivated to make sure everything is executed flawlessly, and there’s nothing more rewarding than having a happy couple at the end of the day.