We are thrilled to introduce New England Based (and Beyond) event planner Lauren Wells, of Lauren Wells Events. We were lucky to meet Lauren a few years ago while we worked with her on her own wedding stationery. Lauren is not only a joy to work with but is full of energy and creative ideas. From photo shoots to event designs to weddings, any lucky person or couple who works with Lauren and her team will be in awe as they help bring your details to life.
Find out more from this wonderful event planner in our Q&A with her and enjoy getting to know a little more about Lauren Wells Events!
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN WEDDING PLANNING?
While planning our own wedding in 2012, I fell in love with the entire process. Having 6 years of experience in client management/media planning in the ad agency world, much of my professional experience still proved useful, with the addition of an amazing creative outlet.
WHAT TYPES OF LOCATIONS OR SETTINGS ARE VERY POPULAR NOW?
In New England, there is definitely a trend towards the more rustic, barn and camp type venues, although the beach will never go out of style here. Boston has great potential for really neat, brick and beam industrial spaces, and I would love to see a push towards more of those!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLOR COMBOS?
On a personal level, I am drawn to neutrals and soft grays. Clean, with lots of light. On an event level, I love playing with color, and really can't pick a favorite combo!
WHAT ARE SOME WEDDING DETAILS YOU ÛÏINSISTÛ COUPLES INCLUDE OR TRY TO AVOID IN THEIR WEDDING?
I insist on meaningful details - I try to understand which details will truly highlight the couple and bring smiles to each of their guests, and really mean something. In terms of details I try to avoid, that is a trick question! There can never be too much attention to detail.
IS THERE A WEDDING FAVOR YOUÛªVE SEEN THATÛªS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE?
I am going to sound incredibly biased, but I would have to say the favors my husband created for his groomsmen. He handmade survival kits out of cedar, with a hatchet, matches and engraved lighter inside.
WHAT IS ONE DETAIL YOU CHERISH AT A WEDDING?
The moment the ceremony starts, the excitement is silent and palpable, and the bride begins to walk towards her groom - my heart literally melts, and I cry every time.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU TELL BRIDES?
Relax, and have fun. Remember what it is all about: you and the love of your life, celebrating this incredible relationship you have built with one another. The second you lose sight of that, and begin to focus more on Pinterest than the person sitting beside you, you are in it for all the wrong reasons.
WHEN SOMEONE IS LOOKING FOR A PLANNER, WHAT ARE SOME GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK AT THE MEETING?
I think it is important to ask personal questions, to see if you connect with the planner. You don't have to be best friends with whomever you hire, but you do want to like that person enough that you are excited to spend the biggest weekend of your life with them. I would definitely ask to see past client reviews, as well as past events. I would also ask for an understanding of the entire process, and how things generally work. More than anything, I would recommend you ask whatever questions you may have - that is what we are here for!
YOUR TOP TIPS FOR BRIDES AND GROOMS PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?
Focus in on what is most important to you, in order, and prioritize those wants. Budgets are real, and they matter, so having a list of what means the most to you will make it easier to stick within that budget and still have the perfect day.