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Wedding Planners In Action On The Wedding Day…An Inside Look


It’s done! It’s here!! We are SO excited that we can hardly contain ourselves!

After months of planning, filming, and editing, our buddies at Ebb+Flow Productions have helped us create an inside look at the Emily Weddings team in action. We have looked high and low and haven’t been able to find anything like this before, which makes this even more exciting for us. Creatives, you get us, right? Doing something that hasn’t been done before makes you do a happy dance!

The inspiration for this video comes from the many stories we’ve heard about couples’ regrets over their wedding day. So much of what we hear could have been easily avoided by having an experienced, qualified wedding planning professional coordinate their dream wedding. Those same couples are the ones who told themselves, “We don’t need the added expense of a wedding planner. Let’s just do it ourselves. How hard can it be?

So we got to thinking… If those couples could have seen what it takes to execute a wedding well (like watching the Emily Weddings team in action), would they have chosen to hire a professional planning team and not put that pressure on their family, their friends, or themselves?

You know the saying “hindsight is 20/20”? It’s not until the day is done that these couples “get it.” The lightbulb goes off. They realize what mad chaos they took on in planning and executing what they hoped would be their dream wedding. Not only were their dreams unfulfilled, they didn’t get to enjoy it. Ugh…seriously hard for us to hear! You can even find reality wedding shows about doing the wedding over because, unfortunately, this is all too common. Some also confuse the venue coordinator as a day-of coordinator (a costly mistake), which we helped clear up in another post.

We can sit and share stories upon stories with you of why you need a planner or at least a day-of coordinator, but after much thought why not just show you in a video? Emily Weddings does everything we possibly can to give you FOREsight so as to avoid the dreaded “hindsight is 20/20” statement. We care about you, your wedding day, and your memories.

We hope this video will provide that foresight into what it takes to get it all done on your wedding day. You now have a firsthand look at the set-up, the tear-down, and everything that flows in between. No bad iPhone camera footage, no spiel behind a desk of us telling you how much there is to do on a wedding day, or us just sitting and telling crazy wedding stories. You get to see a first-hand look at the Emily Weddings Team busting it and having fun the entire time! You get to watch professionals work HARD to make your day the day you’ve always dreamed of.

You will see the village it takes to truly make your wedding flawless. You will see our team climbing ladders, connecting with vendors, handling grass stains on the wedding dress (you wouldn’t believe the unpredictable dilemmas we’ve encountered — and handled with grace and efficiency). You get glimpses of the team troubleshooting, directing, sending the bride down the aisle, and finding lost family members (yup; that happens, too).

This is our pulse, our heartbeat, our passion. Please don’t regret anything. Don’t be a possible candidate for a do-over wedding show. And please don’t allow the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” to become a part of your wedding day description.

Here is your foresight, here is our team…

Moving to a new home during wedding planning is stressful: Make sure to plan carefully

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Moving to a new home during wedding planning is stressful: Make sure to plan carefully

Planning a wedding is an exciting but stressful endeavor. You have to get everything done on a short timeline, and hope that it all falls into place and everyone is happy. If you’re buying a house in the middle of all that, your stress level can shoot way up: Not only do you have to find the perfect house and sign on the dotted line, you also have to move!


There are ways to get everything done without losing your mind, but you have to be pretty good at planning. Your weekends are probably going to be pretty busy for a while.


Consider your finances: Paying for a wedding and a new house can put a strain on your budget. Make sure you plan for both. Have a firm budget for your wedding and stick to it. If you use credit cards to pay for wedding items and services, make those payments on schedule to remain in good credit standing for your home purchase. Prioritize your wedding must-haves and keep within your budget or you may regret it later. Search Pinterest for ways you can add a DIY touch while knowing where you should spend your money on wedding professionals. Your long-term goal of home-ownership should be properly prioritized along with your wedding plans and budget.  With that said, put a firm cap on your home purchase, too. Know exactly what you can afford before you buy.


If you have a lot of work to do on the house, consider hiring a contractor. According to HomeAdvisor, the average price to remodel a kitchen is $11,951 to $25,009, with a project timeline of six to seven weeks. HomeAdvisor also has a helpful list of the highest-rated kitchen remodelers in Virginia Beach to help you get your money’s worth. It’s important to know what you can afford to do before you buy a fixer-upper. With that said, it can save you money buying a lower-priced home and slowly making renovations. You just have to know what you want before you buy. If you’re super-handy, you can save money by doing it yourself, but you don’t want to have to worry about it in the middle of planning for your big day.


Use your wedding registry: Consider your needs, and add them to your wedding registry. That will help you get what you need instead of too much of one thing. Remember that you might get money as a gift for your wedding, which might change the amount of your down payment for your home purchase. If you think you might get enough to make a difference, consider waiting until after the wedding to make your down payment.


Make sure you and your fiance have discussed your financial goals together. If only one of you wants an elaborate wedding and the other wants to focus on saving and buying a house, you’re likely to have some trouble down the line. Work out some compromises together, and then stick to the plan. Honor each other’s needs, and you’ll be more likely to drift into wedded bliss.


When it’s time to move, make sure you agree on where your items are going. If you haven’t lived together before, finding space for the items of two people can be a challenge. Make sure one of you isn’t losing all his or her stuff while the other takes over. That can cause one person to not feel at home in the new space. Be willing to compromise for the sake of your spouse’s happiness.


With a little advanced planning, you and your new spouse can make a smooth transition into your new home. Before long, you’ll be hosting cookouts and family gatherings in your space, and your friends and family will help you make beautiful memories.

Guest blogger,  Julie Morris


Meet the Team – Emily


Meet Emily

The original Emily and bosslady of the office. She’s sung her way to the top and doesn’t miss a beat when when the unexpected happens. She harkens back to her Disney World days to make sure that every wedding is as smooth as it is special, and is always available to support her clients or team when things crescendo out of control. Her life is a grand adventure, and she’s the kind of lady you want in your life. Michael Buble thinks so too–he even proposed to her once!

10 Fun Things About Emily
  1. My husband and I met and married in less than 9 months (set up by my identical twin sister). We have such an amazing story (just ask)!! We have been married for over 11 years. He is my strength, my support system, my joy, my love, and one pretty incredible dad to our 3 kiddos.
  2. I hate spiders…I mean HATE them. My husband thinks it’s a bit funny how much I hate them.
  3. I am NOT a morning person (I still force myself out of bed at 6am most mornings though). In fact, it’s probably best for me to have coffee before we chit chat.
  4. Michael Buble asked me to marry him one night while we were hanging out on his tour…this is a great story (again, just ask me about it).
  5. My twin sister and I beat the Los Lonely Boys in a televised singing competition in 2000. (we spent two weeks in Hawaii competing and filming.)
  6. I own the piano that Mandy Moore played in the movie “A Walk To Remember”. I LOVE playing my piano!! It was built in the early 1900s.
  7. I will get out of bed in the middle of the night to tuck the covers back in tightly. I can’t sleep if they come untucked….I know…this also makes my husband laugh.
  8. For some reason my family members are usually the first to the scene when accidents happen. We all function well with adrenaline. We have held someone’s head until Life Flight landed, we called 911 and stayed with two people in the middle of the interstate who crashed their motorcycle after going over 100 MPH (they both lived). We have broken a window out of an overturned vehicle to pull the driver out. We have chased a getaway car after they robbed a store and ran over a police officer then stayed with them until the police could catch up and taker over the chase. My family won an award from the city of Orlando for that last one. We have a bunch of stories like these. Crazy…I know!
  9. I got paid to play everyday for many years while singing at Walt Disney World. Made great friends and had tons of fun!
  10. Our family has been thrown some curveballs in life, but we keep tickin’. Our daughter, at 3 months of age, was diagnosed with infant botulism (no, she didn’t eat honey). Doctors say we will never know how she got it… and that most likely she swallowed a dust particle that contained the botulism spore. She was given the anti-toxin and after two weeks in the hospital and intubated, she made a full recovery. Exactly one year later, our then 8 year old son was diagnosed with kidney cancer (Wilm’s Tumor). He went through surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, and kicked cancer’s tail. Our family has been supported by our community every step of the way, and Emily Weddings, Inc never skipped a beat. To say we are blessed is an understatement. We are on an incredible journey!
Meet the Team – Andelyn


Meet Andelyn

Andelyn is an expert event planner and promises that she won’t book your wedding night in a Volkswagen Beetle (she knows from experience that it’s not the best night’s sleep). She’s a natural hostess and got her start by planning events for her Beanie Babies at the age of 5. She knows that the best part of a wedding is when the Bride and Groom see each other for the first time, so she always works to make that moment extra special.

10 Fun Things About Elaine
  1. When meeting people, I always say “My name is Andelyn and it rhymes with mandolin” to help them pronounce it correctly (I have found that a lot of people don’t actually know what a mandolin is).
  2. My name was actually taken from a family’s last name that owned a restaurant in Utah called “Andelin’s Gable House”.
  3. Growing up, my dad climbed the corporate ladder so we moved around a lot. I have lived in Utah, Nevada, California, Louisiana, Maryland, and now Virginia (by my own choosing).
  4. Every time I’ve moved to a new state, the former state got hit by a natural disaster shortly after. When I moved to California in 1997, Nevada experienced landslides. When I moved to Louisiana in 2008, the community I lived in California experienced severe wild fires. When I moved to Maryland in 2004, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Just recently I moved to Virginia and my hometown’s main street in Maryland was wiped out by a flood. Let’s hope that I stick around for awhile ????
  5. I was bitten by a kangaroo while visiting Australia and I still have the scar to prove it!
  6. I can do spiders, rodents, snakes, and pretty much any creepy crawly…but I LITERALLY CANNOT EVEN with frogs.
  7. I am known to be very spontaneous and in college, my two girlfriends and I went on a Spring Break road trip to Daytona Florida in my Volkswagen Beetle with the intentions of living in it for the week. Things ended differently and for the better and I have been a much better planner ever since.
  8. I am a donut enthusiast and I live one block from a Dunkin Donuts and eight blocks from a Duck Donuts but have been known to drive two hours for a “hot and ready” Krispy Kreme.
  9. I am a French Bulldog owner wannabe. I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to my future dog and lose all self control when I see a Frenchie in real life.
  10. Event planning for me began at the young age of five years old, putting on live concerts, filmed fashion shows, wedding ceremonies, baptisms, and lavish birthday parties for my beanie babies and pets. Hospitality has always been a passion of mine and working for Emily Weddings has fulfilled my childhood dreams.
Meet the Team – Elaine


Meet Elaine

It’s a sailor’s life for Elaine–she lives on a boat! On land or at sea, she can put even the most sea-sick guest at ease with her charm and smooth sailing skills. She’ll literally teach you how to tie the knot–just ask! She’s punctual and poised and keeps everyone and everything running smoothly for your big day.

10 Fun Things About Elaine
  1. My husband and I live on a boat. It is completely normal for me, as my parents have been living on a boat for 4 years now and I have grown up sailing since I was 12 years old. We love the simple and beach-y lifestyle
  2. I graduated second in my class. Virginia Tech Class of 2015; Public Relations.
  3. After graduating high school, unlike the typical summer before college, I moved to Ocracoke in the Outer Banks. I worked at a surf shop and learned how to surf.
  4. I have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, London, Mexico and over 35 states; mostly all before I was 12.
  5. I have never broken a bone…knock on wood!
  6. My dad was born in Alaska and adopted. His natives came over from Northern Europe. We are Finish, Swedish, and Norwegian.
  7. I was a ballerina growing up and performed in many Nutcracker productions.
  8. I am horrible at remembering song lyrics and movie quotes. I am great at remembering phone numbers, dates, and pretty much anything with numbers.
  9. I am a foodie and love to try different drinks. One day I would love to go on a trip solely based on eating and drinking, preferably in Europe.
  10. I love Netflix and Hulu. It’s what got me through college. If you need any recommendations on a good series to get into, just ask me!

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