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Melissa from Beautiful Memories Wedding and Event Planning

One of the best parts about working in the wedding industry is meeting amazing people who love helping couples! Melissa always has a smile and loves being organized. It was so much fun following her in the Reading Bridal District to get a few photos of her in action! A big thank you to BoChic Bridal Boutique for letting us come into her store on her day off. Thanks to Melissa for answering our questions so we could get to know her better.
 
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
My favorite part of a wedding day is probably the calm before the storm. I love the quiet moments just before the ceremony when everyone is full of nervous energy. I’m a people watcher, so I love to watch that dynamic.


If you could give one piece of advice to couples what would it be?
My advice to couples planning their weddings is in two parts: 1. Hire a wedding planner! I assure you it will be the best money you will spend and it will save your sanity ten-fold! 2. Have the wedding you can afford! I love gorgeous, lavish weddings as much as the next girl, but please don’t go into debt over your wedding. Your guests will still have a great time, and you won’t start off your marriage financially stressed.

What is something you are looking forward to with your weddings this year?
This year, I have several weddings at new-to-me venues, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I just finished one on May 5 that we had been working on since February of last year at Memorial Hall, and it was stunning. The couple was beautiful, and their families were fantastic. I was also at The Transept in June, and will be at Wetherington Golf & Country Club in October; both fun and beautiful venues. I’m most excited for the “unicorn” of all wedding weekends that I have scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Two weddings that weekend at THE SAME VENUE! This is such a unique opportunity because both couples’ decor ideas were so similar that we were able to overlap quite a bit and let them share in the cost, saving them both some money from their budgets!
 

How many animals do you have and what are their names and type?
I have two sweet chihuahua girls named Lilly Belle and Sasha Lu. They are 7 1/2, and I adore them!
 

What is the best way for couples to find your info?
Best way for couples to find my info is on my website, www.BeautifulMemoriesWedding.com, or they can shoot me an email at Melissa@BeautifulMemoriesWedding.com if they have any questions.

What is the number one reason that couples should book you as their planner?
When couples book me, they always get me. I don’t pass them off to anyone else. I work with them one-on-one to help them create their perfect wedding within the budget they have set. They have access to me throughout the process, and I don’t set a certain number of hours they can use me. I’m in the business of calm, happy couples, so I do what it takes to accomplish that!


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