Q&A: Jillian + Patrick

My dear friend and former client/bride Jillian (whose wedding you can read about HERE) recently took time to answer my post-wedding questionnaire, which not only helps me with bettering my wedding planning skills, but also offers some insight to engaged couples everywhere! Here's what she and her husband Patrick had to say!

What was the best part of your wedding day?
Reading our “promises” to each other during our ceremony. It was important to us to make personal touches to our ceremony in addition to reciting traditional vows. By far our favorite part of the entire day. Second best: letting loose on the dance floor, of course.

What was unexpected that you loved?
Seeing so many important people in our lives mingling, dancing and having a blast together throughout the weekend. It was so fun seeing people so close to us – who had never met each other – celebrate together as if they had known each other for decades. And, completely unrelated, there was a rattlesnake that shocked everyone during the photo session, causing a few colorful pictures.

What (if anything) would you change?
We spent a ton of time trying to come up with an answer for this section and came up dry. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. ☺

Is there anything you wish you had spent more time or money on?
We might have considered adding a videographer to capture the moments we weren’t able to see, e.g. the bridal party processional, the grand entrance, the sunset at cocktail hour, etc. Our photographer did an amazing job of capturing the special moments, but seeing it live on video would have been an awesome keepsake.

Is there anything you wish you had spent less time or money on?
We’re really happy with how much we spent. We feel like we cut on things that weren’t absolutely necessary – menus, favors, etc – so we could provide our guests with transportation, great food and a rockin’ band.

How did you feel after the wedding?
Giddy. Relieved. Thankful.

What is your #1 tip for future brides and grooms?
Consider a “first look.” We struggled with whether to see each other before the ceremony – on one hand, we wanted to spend time with our guests immediately after the ceremony during the cocktail hour, but on the other hand we didn’t want to take away from our special moment by taking pictures ahead of time. Krista and our photographer, Diana, convinced us that we wouldn’t lose a thing by seeing each other before the ceremony – in fact, it could be a very intimate moment, and it was. Our photographer coordinated a secluded, beautiful place for us to see each other alone for the first time. It was an incredible, intimate moment AND we were able to capture a lot of the photos ahead of time, allowing us extra time to spend with our guests immediately after the ceremony.

What part of my service was the most important to you?
Uh, tough question. You were such an important part of our wedding that it’s hard to identify just one or two things. The first thing that comes to mind is vendor coordination. We researched and hired our vendors, but that was the easy part. As our month-of coordinator, you stepped in at the most stressful time and made it all come together. You created the most detailed timeline I’ve ever seen (seriously – EVER seen) and made sure everyone from the band, make-up artist, photographer— even FAMILY— knew exactly where to be and when. No one had to ask “where should I be” or “who is taking home the gifts” or the million other questions that pop up in the final hours of planning because you covered every detail. I also want to point out that you rescued me (Jill) from a mini-crisis just two weeks before our wedding day. The hair stylist I had hired from a random Google search needed to be replaced (long story) – no easy task given the extreme short notice AND the fact that I live in Chicago and don’t know any of the stylists where we were getting married in Scottsdale. While I was at work, Krista hit the phones and identified several options for me, finally nailing down an amazing stylist at the last minute.

How would you rate the quality of my service?
An 11 on a scale from 1 - 10. Krista is a consummate professional. She has the ability to instruct people and get things done while at the same time being completely fun and hilarious to work with. And, even though she is one of my lifelong best friends, she told me from day one she’d be treating me as a client when it came to the details. She kept me on track with worksheets that documented each vendor and piece of the wedding, and asked questions that I didn’t even know to think of.

Would you recommend me to another bride or groom?
Yes, and I’d be happy to talk to anyone who is considering working with you about the million reasons they need to bring Krista Malinin into the mix.