Owner and principal wedding planner of Truly You Events, Christiane Lehman believes that every couple deserves a wedding that is a reflection of their individual tastes and style. With over 10 years of experience, she creates weddings that are personal, polished and professional. Putting equal focus on personalized wedding details and managing event logistics is the hallmark of Truly You Events. Wedding Consultant Regina Lyons and Wedding Director Christine Melaugh are available for brides in need of “day of” coordination. Christiane works with brides interested in partial service and full service planning making sure every wedding detail is perfect!
We were able to get the inside scoop with some Q&A time with Christiane.
1. What do you love best about being a wedding planner?
CNL: I love to help people! Weddings involve a huge number of very small decisions. Many times, the process of planning a wedding can become stressful for couples and/or families who attempt to take on the planning journey alone. One of my favorite things is hearing a bride or a Mom talk about how calm she feels at the end of a planning session. Knowing that I am helping people to enjoy their wedding planning process, and of course- their wedding day, is hugely fulfilling for me.
2. Favorite wedding venue in Philly?
CNL: As a Philadelphia wedding planner, I work all over town and have many favorite wedding locations. Truly You Events is all about creating personalized, uniquely tailored weddings for each one of our couples. I like to recommend venues based on what I am hearing from our clients in terms of their wedding vision and personal preferences. For some brides, the goal is to find a dreamy, garden like location. For other brides, the focus is on about a achieving clean/chic look. Depending on what our couples have in mind for their special day, I can make venue recommendations that will be perfectly suited for their style.
3. Biggest wedding disaster you overcame as a planner?
CNL: This is an interesting question. Many interns who come to work for Truly You Events end up saying something like, “Well, nothing happened!” at the end of the day. We like to communicate with all wedding pros involved with a particular event at length before each and every event to be sure that all of the event details are coming together in a smooth, cohesive way. By communicating and planning ahead, we can usually prevent any major disasters. One wedding that I worked on back when I was in catering went down without the wedding rings, and that was a small disaster in my opinion. The best man ran up to me right before the ceremony and told me he had forgotten the rings! We quickly borrowed rings from family members and had the bride & groom down the aisle right on time. 🙂
4. In your opinion, what’s the most important wedding etiquette?
CNL: I think taking great care of your guests is really important. Although we are called Truly You, and we do like to spend lots of time focusing on our couples and their unique personalities, I think it’s equally important to think about what it would be like to be a guest at your own event. If you take great care of your guests by planning reasonably priced hotel room blocks, smooth transportation, delicious food & beverages, gorgeous decor and wonderful music, your guests will dance the night away and will be raving about how much fun they had at your wedding. In the end, everyone wants to have an amazing party, so I think it’s really important to think about the guest experience.
5. Must have items in day-of emergency kit?
CNL: On every Truly You wedding, our team is stocked with a small suitcase full of emergency situation items. We do what we can to be prepared for anything- and we mean anything! We also like to carry what we call “Fanny Packs of Fun” stocked with the most commonly requested items- like safety pins, mints, bobby pins, scissors and shout wipes. It was a miracle for us when fanny packs came back in style last year!
6. Final words of wisdom for wedding planning brides?
CNL: Keep your eyes on the big picture and remember that planning is meant to be a happy, inclusive time. Sometimes managing wedding tasks can be a drag, and drama can present itself, but if brides can keep thinking of the big picture, it will most definitely help them to take the hiccups in stride so that they end up enjoying the planning process- and most importantly- the wedding day! Not sweating the small stuff is an old adage- but it’s true. And, of course, I always recommend hiring a planner for help. We offer five different packages for brides and try to accommodate brides in need, no matter where they may find themselves along their planning journey. From day of to full service, we do it all and are happy to help in any capacity.