We got to know Annie with Elizabeth Events over the last few months and we are so grateful to get to work with her! Her attention to detail, planning, and design are so amazing, we had to share more about Elizabeth Events! Annie and her team at Elizabeth Events planned this beautiful styled shoot at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, TN.
The Beginning of Elizabeth Events
“Growing up I always thought I would be a teacher and never dreamed I would be an event planner. In high school, I got roped into planning some big events for my school and that’s when I fell in love with it. I was able to shadow a few wedding planners and that’s when I knew for sure I wanted to be an event planner. I got a business management degree in college and actually started my business in my junior year.”
The Elizabeth Events Wedding Week
“My wedding weeks start with confirming all arrival times and small details with all of the wedding vendors. I am constantly updating the timeline with small changes, sending out updates, and creating a wedding game plan of what needs to be done and who will be doing it. I also make a sheet outlining each vendor and their day of point of contact. The day before the wedding I make sure I have my wedding emergency bag packed and my personal bag packed along with my timelines and other templates printed.
On the wedding day, I’m up bright and early. A large coffee is a must and I try to eat something before I am heading out the door. Once I arrive at the venue to the moment I leave I am running around all day long. I am juggling from setting up, answering questions from the family, communicating with the vendors, to situating vendors upon arrival. The two hours before the ceremony are typically the most stressful because that’s when all the little details pile up, guests start arriving, and I am getting the wedding party ready to go. After I get the bride down the aisle, I am making sure everything is ready to go for cocktail hour.
While the cocktail hour is going on I am finishing the remaining touches of the reception, if they are in two different locations. Once the bride + groom have their grand entrance and first dance I get to take my first deep breath during dinner. For the rest of the night, I am reminding the DJ & bride + groom of the next items on the timeline and making sure everything is running smoothly. After the bride + groom have their send-off and all the guests leave then I normally have about an hour or two to get the whole space cleaned up. On average, I walk about 25,000-30,000 steps on a wedding day. “
“My favorite part of the day is seeing my bride & grooms enjoying their wedding. I love when all of the design aspects and logistics come together and my couples get to see their dreams and plans turn into reality.”
Epic Destination Wedding Location?
This is such a hard one! I would love to have a tropical wedding, a dessert wedding, and a wedding in the mountains
What makes Elizabeth Events unique?
This is a hard one too! I feel like what sets me apart is the relationships that I build with my clients. It is really important for me to develop a strong trusting relationship so they feel comfortable working with me. I give my clients a lot more access to me and I always try to make them feel like a guest on their wedding day.
What is your favorite wedding venue you have worked at in Nashville?
So far, my favorite venue is The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon!
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
Assuming everyone is healthy and there is not a pandemic, I would love to go to Greece
Featured Image: Billi Cate Photography