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By: Jen Boyles | Posted: 06/27/2013
Launching into a wedding without a planner is like playing professional baseball without a coach. (Wow, did I just make a sports analogy?) You know what your end game is, and you have all the tools to get there, but ultimately you need someone to keep things flowing. I myself did not realize this fact until six months before my wedding, when I met a woman who highly recommended her planner friend Casey Bahl since I clearly seemed stressed by the upcoming event. I thought a wedding planner would be too expensive and perhaps want to make everything grandiose, but I was wrong. A few days later, I met Casey and knew instantly that she would be Ian and my saving grace.
Casey was just getting into wedding planning with her own business, Belle Noelle Events + Design (fun fact: she used to be a singer with the local band Leroy Smokes). It was immediately clear organization was her natural forte. At least 10 times throughout the next few months and even on the big day I found myself saying, "I could not have done this without Casey," and it's true. She helped me spruce up my wedding invites, complete all my printing last minute, keep the wedding party on task, and facilitate the long list of vendors (which was key). Outside her job description, she also helped keep me focused on what is important when I thought I was going to lose my mind or give up. There was actually a point where Ian and I thought about just eloping and leaving the idea of an actual wedding behind, but Casey kept positive and reminded us that all great things take hard work.
When it comes to wedding planning, hopefully future brides will come to the same conclusion I did that you can't play the game without a coach—and we found Casey to be the best kind. Here's my Q&A with her about her take on the wedding planning world.
Kara is a communications manager at U.S. Bank. See her engagement story.
Taylor is a magazine editor at MSP Communications. See her engagement story.
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