We are so excited to have you, Lindsey! Tell us a little about yourself and Bello & Blue
Well, that's a great way to start! I'm 34, a Colorado native, an eternal optimist, and I am completely in love with love! I am a certified planner, and hold a degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Having produced over 500 occasions and celebrations throughout my career, I have worked with award-winning venues and catering & event planning companies throughout Colorado and beyond. I realized a life-long dream with the launch of Bello & Blue Events in December 2013. With a fresh take on events, over a decade of industry experience, and an undying love for throwing memorable celebrations, I quickly grew Bello & Blue into the well-recognized, award-winning company it is today. I'm proud to have four talented Event Designers that work with me to allow us to do a high volume of events each year, and we all have a blast doing something we enjoy! We're not afraid to roll up our sleeves, and love every minute of designing and producing events and happily ever afters! While I loves all types of parties, I am wedding-obsessed and have been known to shed tears during first looks, vows, and father/daughter dances.
How did you get into the business? What drew you to weddings?
One of my first jobs out of college was in sales for a brand new Country Club. As with many start ups, when the doors opened, we all wore many hats. So when they needed assistance planning themed parties for the members, and the first few weddings in the new clubhouse, I jumped at the opportunity, and caught my first glimpse of my dream job! I never looked back, and since, I've been fortunate to work with award-winning catering, event design and planning companies throughout Colorado which has provided me invaluable experience in owning a business, and running my own event planning company. While we offer event planning services for non profits, corporate, and social affairs as well, weddings are the ultimate celebration in my book- what better reason to throw a fabulous party than LOVE?
We couldn’t agree more! What do you love most about the job?
Sharing in the joy and love with our couples and their families. Did I mention I love LOVE? Love is one of the best parts of humanity, and it's just so special to get to have that be the basis of my career. To see the overflowing love and adoration between a couple, their families, and their closest friends, is overwhelmingly gratifying. We get to experience the best day of peoples lives, and make dreams come true- how cool is that?!
There truly is nothing like a wedding and all of the emotions you feel/witness from the people surrounding the bride and groom! What does the job entail? What does a typical day look like from morning to night?
One of the things I love most about the job, is no two days are ever the same! This role is ever changing, the couples, the events, the locations, the trends! It's a lot to keep track of, and lot to manage, so I aim to find work/life balance every day. I always begin my day with a meditation, followed by a nice walk or jog with my dog, before diving into emails and phone calls with coffee and a smoothie if I don't have a breakfast or coffee meeting on the book. We're often meeting with clients or vendors, and/or attending industry networking events in the evenings, and usually producing weddings or events on Saturdays. Sundays are ideally a day of rest, and often consist of our favorite, mimosa brunches!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and what advice would you give to new wedding planners in the industry?
Know your worth. Ask for help. & perhaps most important, do the best you can with what you've got from where you are. When I first started, I was charging very little for my planning services even though I was an expert in the industry with nearly a decade of pertinent experience. I thought I needed to place myself on sale to get bookings. It took me a minute to realize I was well worth a more substantial fee, and that my clients recognized my value and had no problem paying higher rates. Receiving a higher fee will allow you to hire talented helpers. Running a business isn't easy, so don't be afraid to ask for assistance, and delegate responsibilities so you can focus on what's most important while there's a lot on your plate. When operating a business that is based on personal service, it's easy to take things personally, and to compare yourself to others. I find comfort in knowing as long as I am always doing the best I can with what I have from where I am, I know that I am enough, and getting better every day. And that helps me sleep at night.
That is great advice that I think people can apply to anything in life. So, what do you do outside of work?
I've always been a creative, part of why this job is perfect for me! So I love interior design, painting, and cooking. Beyond that, I'm a true Colorado girl! I maintain my wedding endurance with skiing in the winter, and golf and hiking in the summer. I love sipping and savoring delicious food and bevvys year round, and I absolutely love to travel! Working for myself with this type of business allows me to work from anywhere, so I relish any opportunity to take in a new experience in a new place!
Do you have any crazy stories from a wedding?
Ohh the stories are countless! I joke that one of these days, when I have some spare time, I'm going to compile them all into a best-selling book! To name a few, I've had to jump in a lake, been belted by sprinklers, hail, snow, and torrential downpour at the top of a mountain. I've been hit on by grooms and groomsmen, dragged onto the dance floor by tipsy & friendly uncles, and politely turned away unwelcomed guests like wedding crashers, and even hungry black bears! Suffice to say, in this job, there's never a dull moment. Stay tuned for the novel- it's sure to be a page turner!
I can’t even begin imagine all of the stories that you could tell! What color comobos are you obsessing over right now?
Well it's no secret we love the color blue (our namesake)... all shades! But currently, midnight blue is a real obsession. It just pairs well with so many colors! We recently did a midnight blue, berry, blush, and gold wedding on Lake Tahoe, and it was SO dreamy! The perfect complement to that blue water and the time of year. In general, I love the juxtaposition of a bold hue paired with a pastel. It feels unexpected, and rich, and gives us so much event design freedom to add interest, and play with floral and fabrics!
What trends do you love and which ones do you wish would go away and never come back?
LOVE- Metalics. Rose gold is so hot right now, and it's fab. But really, we love all different metallic shades and textures! Sequin linens? Yes please. A little shimmer and shine adds a certain elegance and sparkle to any palette and celebration.
Leave Behind- Lawn games. Don't get me wrong, I think the concept is super cute! But as we schlep Giant Jenga (essentially just a load of 2x4s), Corn Hole (large-scale wooden boxes and bean bags), and Bocce Ball (weighted balls), to each wedding, we curse the trend and pray for it to pass. We spend so much extra time and energy transferring, setting up and breaking down just so guests can enjoy 20-30 minutes of recreational activity during cocktail hour, while they often go completely untouched or unnoticed!
What are some important questions for couples to ask when choosing their wedding planner?
Hiring a planner is a very personal decision, so there are lots of questions to ask! Perhaps most important are details on their approach to planning, philosophy on weddings or celebrations in general, and references from clients and vendors alike. At the end of the day, you should feel a personal connection, and 100% comfortable with your planner knowing you will be entrusting them with such a pivotal role in the success of your big day. Understanding exactly who you are working with, and what that process looks like from the very beginning is the best way to enter into a beautiful working collaboration through to the wedding.
How far should couples start planning for their wedding?
It really depends. When working with a competent planner, really any schedule is doable as long as you keep up momentum. We have some couples that prefer to take their time planning for 12- 18 months, while others choose to knock it out in six months of less! I've planned a wedding in 90 days, and while the process was fast and furious, the end result was just as fabulous as if we'd had a year or more!
When in the planning process should a couple book a planner and why?
A good planner will book up on key dates during peak season, so to have your choice, the sooner the better! Especially if you are looking for Full Service Planning, (ie: budget creation, venue selection, event design), we recommend hiring someone soon after the question and champagne bottles are popped so you can hit the ground running and begin checking things off!
What advice would you give to couples in the middle of planning their wedding?
You do you! Honestly, when planning your dream wedding, it's paramount to remember to stay true to you. There's lots of beautiful weddings out there, but what makes each one unique is the couple, and their personal style and vibe. The wedding celebration should be a true reflection of who you are as as a pair. Also, enjoy the journey. As you navigate the process, it's important to select wedding professionals that complement your personality, style and budget, so you can be sure your wedding is an authentic reflection of who you are together, and that you've created the perfect celebration to begin your lives together. Our best advice? Don't stress. Enjoy the journey! And if your budget allows, hire a talented planner, it's the best gift you can give yourself!