“I wish to offer a resounding endorsement of the service provided by Lisa Jones for my daughter’s wedding.
My first response to the idea of hiring Lisa was “why”? Why do we need someone to oversee the jobs that we’ve hired people to do? Why can’t we rely on people to show up and do what they’ve been paid to do?
In an ideal world, that would be true. But weddings are full of emotion and expectation. That energy alone infuses the day with surprise. Small fires pop up everywhere. And in the end the family will have a much smoother day if they don’t have to put on their fireman’s suit while attempting to enjoy the wedding. And there are so many things we simply don’t know we need to do.
Ours was a two-venue wedding. The ceremony was held outside at a private farm and the reception 25 minutes away at a country club. The forecast for the day was 80% chance of thunderstorms.
In the end, the day was beautiful, but it was full of issues. Ends up that is “wedding normal”. For example:
- The officiate left his notebook at the rehearsal venue. Lisa received the call and picked it up the morning of the wedding.
- The friend who was marking the property with balloons and putting up the signs arrived, as planned, about five hours before the wedding. But there was a mighty wind and the threat of rain. It was too soon to put up signs or balloons. So Lisa received the balloons and directed her helpers to put them out later.
- If the weather provided a break, we were going to have the front of the tent taken off, so that people would enjoy the beautiful view but that needed to be a fairly last minute call. Lisa managed this seamlessly,
- The wedding party was preparing in two separate places, but alas the sandwiches were mixed up. This was merely a five minute run each way to make a correction –but there was Lisa to bewitchingly twitch her nose and make the sandwiches right.
- People would disappear at the oddest times. Who is going to find them? Lisa was on it.
- The buses hired to bring 80 people to the wedding waited in one spot and the people in another. Odd that no one noticed for twenty minutes. Urrrrrgh…..But Lisa was there to smooth out this small wrinkle. The bus people were hustled in and the wedding begun immediately. All without the wedding party absorbing the tension.
- Endless Etc.
You get the idea. It is a day full of small, unpredictable stresses. And those little details can put an already emotional family on edge if left to make the calls, get the signs up, hustle people to the right place, manage late buses. The parents of the bride would then arrive whittled and weary instead of refreshed and confident.
In the end, Lisa managed every worry, made every call. She was gracious, positive, energetic, competent and reassuring. She has delightful management skills and the wedding day was perfection. She was the one to put out any fire. And that is on top of her go-to list that she provides in her materials.
Would I do it again? Suffice it to say that if I had another daughter and she became engaged, Lisa just might be our first booking phone call…….”