In today’s Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Sarah Duckworth of Chancey Charm Charlotte is chatting with Lauren Taylor of Creative Solutions Special Events. Lauren is sharing how she got her start in the industry, tips for new brides + more below. Plus, we’re sharing some of our favorite photos from a styled shoot that Chancey Charm and Creative Solutions Special Events collaborated on, that was featured on Bustld. Cheers!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Lauren Taylor of Creative Solutions Special Events
Gastonia, North Carolina
What’s your area of expertise?
Understanding the personal style of each client and executing their vision to best suit their taste and budget.
First job you ever landed
My first “big girl” job was in fashion, during my stint living in New York City. I worked for a small jewelry company as a Sales Analyst where I worked closely with buyers to curate their seasonal product assortment.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
In school, where I studied Brand Management and Marketing, my favorite part of projects was to create special events that showcased the brand that I was studying. I loved grasping what the brand was trying to say to their consumer and finding a way to implement that into an event. I LOVE a good theme.
After working very briefly in the fashion world, and realizing it was not for me, I knew that my next step was going to be in the event world. I have always loved weddings (I cry at every one I’ve ever been to – or worked. Such a sap!) and I knew that I would be able to use my skills to deeply understand the wants and needs of a bride. Once I moved back to North Carolina, I quickly found my place at Creative Solutions, where I hope to learn and grow for many years!
Photo: Christian Reyes Photography
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
You must never assume anything. Clients do not know what they do not know. It is easier to ask too many questions and over educate than it is forget an essential part of someone’s event.
Oh, and not everyone will like you – and that’s okay! Just send them to your colleague and brush it off.
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
My motto: the only reason to wear real clothes on a Sunday is church. The rest of the day should be spent in your comfiest pj’s, with a big breakfast, multiple cups of coffee, and cheesy Hallmark movies.
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
You are not going to be perfect with your first event or even your 100th. Paying attention to even the smallest mistakes and learning from them each time is how you become great. And always bring a survival kit for day of (bobby pins, hair spray, sewing kit, clothes pins, etc.) it never fails that you will need something!
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
Don’t try to copy everything from Pinterest. Pick special things that emulate you and your fiance. Your guests should walk away thinking “Wow, that was so *insert your name*!” And don’t stress! Your guests are there to celebrate you. I promise, they will not be thinking about the little details that are keeping you up at night.
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Some words you live by
Everything is better with coffee.
Best tip for balancing work + home life
As a planner you must be very organized, and somewhat of a perfectionist, because your client expects that of their day. The stress related to that level of perfection can sometimes be overwhelming. To help me through these times, I mutter to myself a phrase that my boss, and creator of Creative Solutions, says: “Just remember, we are not saving lives.”
We must try our best and do our best, but we have to remind ourselves that at the end of the day this is not life or death and everything will be okay!
Best moment of your career
Honestly each time I hug my clients goodbye at the end of their wedding, I feel such gratitude and pride. Nothing beats that at the end of a long weekend.
The Bachelor, Sundrop (a North Carolina soda), and anything s’mores related.
Favorite Instagram account
One of my favorites is Junebug Weddings!
What’s your favorite aesthetic?
Oh man how do I choose just one?! I love moody colors + masculine details paired with soft dainty ones. Leather jackets and wedding dresses anyone?
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?
When you look back at your wedding in 30 years, who are the people you want to remember celebrating with you? If it is 200 people, great! If it’s 10 of your closest, that’s okay too!
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Discuss the wedding date, guest list, and budget. These three things will help determine your vendor list and venue!