As my sixth season in the wedding industry begins, I thought it’d be fun to do a blog series on the best wedding planners in Minnesota. The Minnesota wedding planners included in my round up are the definition of professional: time-tested, talented, organized, creative. Their skills and expertise are worth far more than the price of their services. If you have the chance to work with one of these planners, do it!
So what’s the purpose of a wedding planner? Great question!
The purpose of a wedding planner, or day-of coordinator, is to make your wedding planning experience and wedding day as easy and stress-free as possible. Without a planner, all of the planning, set up, tear down, and vendor communication falls on your or your family’s shoulders. And who needs that?! No one…no one needs that.
Now that we’ve defined the role, let’s start meeting our planners!
I’m so in awe of Events By Melody’s talent and prestige, that I still get butterflies each and every time I work with Melody and it’s my hope that my work does their work justice! I don’t know what it is but there’s something about Melody and her team that makes me want to do better than my best.
The motivation I feel has influenced me to raise my own expectations of myself which, in truth, has made me a better photographer.
It’s crazy to think that Events By Melody is only going on their 5th wedding season this year. I honestly would have believed it if Melody said she had been a planner her whole adult life. Melody and her team have won several awards over the years and are awaiting the results from Minnesota Bride’s 2021 Best Of awards. They will be announced later this summer.
One of the most important aspects of Melody’s job is to help her couples stay within their budget. From my own experience planning a wedding, that is easier said than done. The fact that Melody keeps her couples within their budgets is incredible!
In my opinion, wedding planning is one of the most involved, complicated roles you can have in the wedding industry. So much goes into planning, designing, and bringing that design to life. Melody and her team is there to help make the entire experience an enjoyable one for her couples.
From the very first planning meeting to the end of the wedding day, Melody and her team care for each of their couples in a gentle, assertive way that only a true professional can. And they do it with grace and joy!
If you want to work with Events By Melody, she recommends booking her at least a year in advance, if not 18 months, especially if you want to take advantage of her full planning services.
For wedding day management (aka day of coordination), 6-12 months in advance is adequate. Though, Melody predicts that 2022 will be extremely busy with the wedding industry starting to open back up. With that in mind it’d be a good idea to reach out sooner rather than later.
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!