I’ve been doing onsite wedding hair consistently for three years now. It’s one of my favorite things to do as a hairstylist. I love seeing all of the venues, meeting different local photographers, videographers, make up artists, event planners, etc. So how did we choose our vendors?
Let’s talk venue! I’m so fortunate to have an uncle who is letting us do our ceremony and reception at his hotel in Superior, Wisconsin: Barker’s Island Inn. There’s a lot I want to do with the space which is coming to life with the expertise of my amazing wedding planner!
So after making a decision about a venue, I started be securing our Wedding Planner. In fact, I think I booked her first! Ashley of Ashley Skeie Events (www.ashleyskeieevents.com) was for me, a no brainer. I’ve known Ashley since I middle school, if not younger, and have watched her grow this amazing business. She’s so incredibly talented and organized, I knew I’d need her help with this wedding! She offers a variety of packages and has amazing inventory I can’t wait to use! When discussing which package to do, I honestly assumed Chase would choose the cheaper of the two we were looking at, Day of Planning. He surprised by saying we should hire Ashley to do it all. That she is worth it 100%!! Of course, I agreed with him but was still shocked! Another huge perk of hiring Ashley Skeie Events? She does floral designs!! And she does absolutely stunning work! When we sat down to talk flowers she really worked with our budget & had so many ideas!
The next vendor I knew I had to book was our photographer. I’ve shared a little about her before since she did Jaxon’s newborn photos, but guys... she’s AMAZING. April from Sophisticated Grace Photography (www.sophisticatedgracephoto.com) is so fun & sweet. She had us laughing our entire engagement session. Her photos are absolutely breathtaking. I love that she tells a story & captures the little moments throughout the day. The most important thing to me was that we both feel comfortable and April truly makes it a fun experience, capturing such genuine pictures!
A big thing we’ve been running into is paying the travel fees for vendors. And believe me, I get it! I’m a vendor myself! But being on the other side of it I’m finding that it can be overwhelming. I found a DJ up in the Duluth area that came recommended by our venue as well as a Duluth wedding page on Facebook I joined! Pro Sound & Light Show is up in that area and had an awesome package that we just couldn’t pass up! They’ve been excellent with communicating back and forth with me so I’m super excited to work with them!
I knew I wanted a videographer from the beginning. Some people have told me it’s a waste of money, but I want someone to capture it all on video. From the getting ready to walking down the aisle, I want it all! It’s something we want to invest in. I’m excited about this guy we found in the Duluth area. His name is Noah and he owns 218 Visuals. He’s been so great in answering all (and I mean ALL ) my questions. He’s at a great price point & offers all day coverage which was important to us.
This next vendor was a difficult one for me to book. Mostly because it’s the part of the wedding industry that I’m a part of. Hair and make up! I was looking to hire just a make up artist and will hopefully be doing my own hair. I’ve worked with SO many talented make up artists, I knew whoever I booked would be phenomenal. I was lucky enough to lock down Abbi, owner of Styled by Abbi. She does such beautiful work. I think it’s so important to find someone who can do the glam make up and someone who can do the soft and romantic look! I’m excited to work with her on the big day!
In early November, I got all of my bridesmaids together to go and look at dresses. I’d been looking online & had checked a few stores, but ultimately The Wedding Shoppe in St. Paul on Grand Ave had what I was looking for. I don’t want to give away too much, because I think some of our wedding should be a surprise, but we went with a dress by Kennedy Blue. They had an amazing selection & the exact color I was looking for! And the best part? They were on sale! Can I get a “Hallelujah!!” So happy my girls didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg!
And this is where we’re at! I’ll keep you all updated as we continue to plan! If you have any tips for wedding planning send them my way! You can always find me on Instagram: @simplydonebyallie or shoot me an email here!