Meet Lynda Barness, Author of “I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales”
Lynda Barness, Philadelphia wedding planner & Author of “I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales” will be the guest of honor at Barnes & Noble located in Rittenhouse Square, February 6th for an exclusive book signing + meet & greet! Lynda is the Owner of I Do Wedding Consulting, and her debut book is a tell all about her most cherished realities as a master wedding planner. We took a moment to chat with Lynda about her book, and we asked her a few questions to get a bit of insight into her memoirs. See what Lynda had to say, and make sure you grab your copy of I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales!
What inspired you to compose “I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales”? & What are your ambitions for your writing career?
After every wedding that I have done, I have taken time to “debrief” myself. I keep notes of the items I have used from my emergency kit, and I have always recorded some of the things that I have done and some of the interesting stories associated with each wedding. About a year ago, I bumped into a woman I know. She told me that she was hosting a seminar about writing a book. She knew I was a wedding planner but had no idea that I have so much copy already written. I attended the seminar… and that was the spark that made me put my tales in the form of a book. I don’t have any other ambitions for a writing career, but I still keep notes after every wedding…
Your book is mainly geared towards couples who are engaged. What would you consider to be the most valuable knowledge that they can obtain from reading your book?
[This] book is not [only] geared towards couples who are engaged. “Anyone who has ever planned a wedding, been in a wedding, or even attended a wedding will smile in recognition.” EVERYONE seems to have a wedding story… people tell me their favorite tales all the time! Here is more from the back cover:” In this delightful memoir, Lynda Barness takes you behind the scenes and shares her favorite anecdotes from 10 years of wedding planning- the joys, the emotions, the crazy OMG moments, and the surprises that make each wedding memorable and unique. Her observations show that while no wedding is ever “perfect,” the road to wedded bliss is always an adventure.”
What draws you to wedding planning, and guiding couples on their journey to their wedding?
I love being part of someone’s special day, and I am privileged to help!
As a wedding planner, what is the easiest part of your work, and what is the most difficult?
I am very detail-oriented, so the planning part is a pleasure for me. The most difficult part happens when I am asked- directly or indirectly- to be the family’s therapist. I can help navigate some things but am certainly not trained to go beyond a certain point!
What advice can you give to couples who have just begun planning their wedding in the greater Philadelphia region?
Hire a wedding planner! That’s a serious answer. I always say that I am the official worrier, and I mean it. I handle all of the details and coordination and certainly am able to alleviate stress for the couple and their families. And I am lucky to be in an area where I have terrific colleagues in the wedding industry.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
www.idoplan.com Please visit the website, view the Gallery, and read the blog!