Get Polished Events + Borrowed and Blue
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09 August 2016
By Get Polished Events
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Get Polished Events Q&A Collaboration

I’m always excited to share the knowledge that I’ve gained over the past 10 years with those who are in the planning phase so of course I agreed when Helen at Borrowed and Blue reached out to interview me. One of my passions as a planner is educating couples and helping to equip them to make decisions that will help create their perfect day~Emily

“The moment you get engaged, the advice begins to fly at a couple. Everyone has their own bit of wisdom to share, but the piece of advice I hear the most working at Borrowed & Blue—from both vendors and past couples!—is, “Hire a planner!” And oh my goodness, we just have to agree. When you’re planning a New Orleans Wedding, it is so helpful to have a savvy, thoughtful person to guide you through the process. Folks like Emily at Get Polished are invaluable when it comes to navigating the ins and outs of the industry, helping you design your dream day, and knowing what’s what in this big town. I’m thrilled that Emily was able to answer some fun questions about her life as a wedding planner!” - Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s New Orleans Market Specialist


1. Emily! Tell us five words that you’d use to describe your personality.
According to my team...Passionate, Generous, Creative, Master Problem Solver and Go-getter!

2. What are your favorite trends that you’re seeing this wedding season?
On the design end, I’m excited about seeing some color again this season. After a couple years of neutrals and soft colors, I’m looking forward to “POP” colors being worked into color palettes. I also love the new looks mixing metals. When it’s done correctly, it can be really beautiful.

What I concentrate on every season is customizing events to be reflections of my clients. I think it’s important to make every aspect a reflection of them as a couple and their personalities. So my advice it to think about things that are unique to you as a couple and incorporate them as much as possible. What’s your favorite cocktail? Late night snack? First date? Your culture and family histories?

3. What is the first question you like to ask a couple when you meet with them?
The first question that I always ask my clients is “What’s most important to you about your wedding day?” This gives me an idea of their personalities right away and helps with the overall vision of the event. It’s also a big help when it comes to allocating funds, establishing priorities and setting the overall budget.

4. Do you have a favorite moment of a wedding day?
Without a doubt, my favorite part of the day is sending the bride down the aisle. After ten years in the business, it still never gets old. There is a moment of calm that takes place as we are waiting for the wedding party processional to end and for her to make her grand entrance. It’s very intimate and special, and I’m honored to be a part of it.


Photo by Ariel Renae Photography


5. What is something you wish every couple knew before planning their wedding?

Don't sweat the little things! Problems will arise over the course of planning but don't let it affect your relationship with your future spouse or your families. I always tell my new brides that the planning process should be FUN so if it isn't maybe take time to reevaluate your priorities and expectations.

6. What’s your favorite NOLA wedding venue and why?
I don’t think it would be possible to choose “a favorite” because there are just too many amazing venues here. From the French Quarter to the Garden District and plantations on River Road, there are so many different to choose from, each with it’s own history and special qualities. Some of my faves are Maison Montegut with it’s quaint courtyard, the New Marche` with its amazing views of the Mississippi River and the stately Elms Mansion on St. Charles Avenue.

7. Share a treasured memory of a wedding you worked (happy, funny, or poignant)!
Last year, my Bride’s mother was faced with cancer throughout the planning process. By the time we made it to the event, she was very ill. One of the hardest conversations I’ve ever had was with her two weeks prior to the wedding, when she called to tell me that she might not live until the wedding and that we needed to go ahead and take care of all of the financial loose ends if needed. She did make it, looked beautiful and was so full of life for the whole weekend. Virginia and her mom were able to share many special moments that weekend and I received the most thoughtful note from her following the event. Unfortunately, she passed away only a few weeks later but I’ll never forget special moments between the two of them that I was able to be a part of.


Photo by Marroquin Photo

8. What are your top tips for people who just got engaged?
Just take it one step at a time, instead of letting the big picture overwhelm you. Most importantly, keep it in perspective. This is the biggest celebration most will ever host and the process should be fun. While the little details make it fun and memorable, remember that it’s all ultimately leading towards the wedding ceremony and marriage which is what’s most important.

9. What would your ideal day in New Orleans look like?
Goodness! New Orleans is a place that you can just get lost (in a good way!) My day would start by spending time with my 2 boys and might include visiting the Audubon Zoo or City Park and stopping for a snoball. It would definitely end with a group of friends having cocktails and eating dinner at one of the local restaurants (too many favorites to list but just think shrimp and grits, fresh gulf crab, and the world’s best fried chicken). Of course, any good day in NOLA ends with music!

10. What makes a NOLA wedding different from a wedding in another city?
A NOLA wedding is about more than just the ceremony and reception itself. It about an experience! From the food and music to the overall ambiance, everything is a reflection of this city. Since my speciality is Destination NOLA events, I love giving guests a taste of New Orleans with a full weekend of experiences including things like a crawfish boil welcome party, a swamp tour, seated dinner at one of our world class restaurants, and of course… A Second Line Parade!


Photo by Maile Lani Photography

Thanks, Helen! Make sure you check out Borrowed & Blue; they’re a great resource for finding New Orleans Wedding Vendors!



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