Reason #135 why I love my job: I get to share information from the top wedding excerpts with all of my couples.
Melody, owner and lead planner of Events by Melody, is an award-winning wedding and event planner based in Minneapolis. Her work is sublime and always full of personality, which is fitting because her motto is “PLAN. PARTY. PERFECTION.”
Aside from her being an awesome #girlboss, what makes Melody’s work stand out to me is her attention to detail. Not just the details like center pieces and invites, though she does stress their importance, but rather the details that often get overlooked when planning a wedding.
Melody has graciously let me share her spectacular blog post about commonly overlooked wedding day details. To read the entire blog article, please visit Events by Melody.
My favorite detail Melody talks about is #5 “Plan B for bad weather.” You’re probably familiar with my article “How to prepare for rain on your wedding day.” If you’re not, go read it now…I’ll wait…
In my article, I talk about having a plan B for your photos. It’s just as important have a plan B for your outdoor ceremony! Especially since our MN summers and falls seem to be getting rainier.
Another of my faves is #7: Emergency kit. If you hire Lauren Baker Photography for your wedding, I’ll provide you with a cute emergency kit so you don’t have to spend money on one. 😉
The only detail I’d like to add to Melody’s list is parking for vendors.
Parking fees mostly pertain to couples getting married in Downtown Minneapolis, Downtown St. Paul, or any other venue that doesn’t have free onsite parking. Some venues have a way to offer complimentary parking (or discounted parking) to your vendors. Inquire with your venue to see if that’s something they offer and if they don’t, plan to budget a few hours of parking for your hair & makeup vendors and all day parking for your photographer, videographer, planner, and other vendors who will be in attendance for most of the day.
Thanks Melody and everyone at Events by Melody for sharing your amazing wisdom with us!
How do we even start to say thank you for all the work and effort you put into our wedding day?
- Josie and Scott
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
Lauren made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable!
- Amy and Luke
We just wanted to say thank you again so much for your amazing work. You were seriously incredible to work with and we loved the locations you suggested for both our engagement shoot and the spots in Stillwater. We were very worried about getting professional photos done since we had never done it before, but you made the process so easy and made us feel so comfortable. Thank you!
Working with Lauren was easy breezy and FUN! She gave us our most treasured photos ever!
- GRACE AND NICK
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren's enthusiasm and passion make the photo-taking process so fun – she made me feel like a star!
- Alisa AND Adam
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
Lauren was pivotal in making our wedding day perfect!
- Emma AND Erik
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
Not only is Lauren an amazing human being, but she is an awesome photographer!
- Haley AND Erick
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!