What does it take to plan a wedding in America's most diverse city? What should brides know when choosing a wedding planner? We talked with LA Wedding Planner Beverly Harris of Leave It To Me Events to get an inside perceptive.
What are some unique features that Los Angeles Wedding Planners need to know?
Most of the brides are not native Angelenos; therefore, most of their guest will be from out of town. To most people, Los Angeles is very exciting. So brides want to give their guest what they expect, the celebrity touch.
On the other hand, for brides that are original Angelenos, I find that they want to add the touch of their home town into their wedding theme. Either way, the brides usually know what they want when they come to you. My job is to either provide them with ideas or enhance the vision they already have.
In addition LA Brides have some unique venue options. First, Hollywood studios have begun to open up their facilities for wedding events giving brides some amazing options. Second, it is common for the owners of mansions in the Hollywood Hills to make their homes available for wedding events - again creating a wealth of unbelievable vistas. Last, LA's west coast beach provides the perfect venue for a casual, bare foot wedding as the sun sinks into the ocean.
What are some of the special challenges of Wedding Planning in Los Angeles?
Los Angeles is such a diverse place to live. You need to be familiar with a wide variety of cultures. For example, during a Mexican wedding ceremony, a lasso, a large rosary, is draped around the bride and groom while they're kneeling at the Alter to symbolize their everlasting love. A planner in Los Angeles you should be very knowledgeable about the needs of all groups. You never know what to expect. That's what makes it sooooo exciting!
In the spring, summer and fall our weather is consistent and beautiful but the winter months are a different story. Some years it rains and other years it there's no rain. Some years it is too cold to enjoy an outdoor event and other years it is pleasant. So when a wedding is planned in the winter months, we must have a backup plan if the wedding is taking place outside. This makes it a little more difficult because you must have two plans of action.
What are 3 Things Every Bride Should Know about Los Angeles Wedding Planning?
1. For the most part, Los Angeles place the highest value on the environment they create for their guests. The décor plays a big part in what brides want their guest to see.
2. No limits on season. Because Los Angeles has summer weather almost year round, there is more flexibility in style.
3. Use a wedding planner, even if it's only for the "Day-Of". Los Angeles is a huge state and you can get lost looking for venues and bombarded with numerous vendors offering their services. A planner can help you chose vendors and schedule your appointments. Because of our vendor relationships, we can also save you lots of money.