Top tips for the big day
Before you’re ready to say ‘yes’, there’s a list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ to remember â just ask. Danielle Leilani. The wedding planning extraordinaire is the go-to girl for celebrities, influencers, and everyday brides alike (just like We!) who ask for his help in planning the best day of their lives.
“Wedding planning is, for me, the most rewarding job there is,” Leilani shared exclusively with We Weekly. She accidentally discovered her passion for wedding planning after studying journalism and anthropology.
“To work so hard and put your heart and soul into creating something for 8, 10, 12 months and then seeing it all come to fruition on the biggest day of your life is an invaluable experience that you won’t find in any other career. .,â Leilani continued.
The Leilani Weddings The founder and her team go above and beyond to curate amazing experiences for their clients leading up to the walk down the aisle. His BachBox is a must for every bachelor’s journeyand the insightful advice she shares on social media builds community and trust among her clients, who range from Annoying alum Jillian Rose Reed, Cheer escape star Morgan Simianerfashion mogul Caroline Vazzanna and much more.
As fall wedding season going full throttle, Leilani took We throughout the process of planning a night worthy of a star.
We: What are 5 things brides should consider when planning a wedding?
1. If it’s the right time to get married. Weddings are very expensive when done well.
2. What size or size do you want? This will help you narrow down your location options!
3. What time of year do you like the most? This is probably the season you want to get married!
4. Your wedding party. I’ve seen small wedding parties of one person on each side to very large wedding parties of up to 16 (!) on each side. Very different atmospheres!
5. Who do they book as the planner! It is very unwise to try to plan such a big event on your own.
We: What is your best advice to a couple who feels overwhelmed by the idea of ââplanning a wedding?
LD: Hire a planner. Believe me, it’s worth 100,000% of the money and more. You think you can plan it yourself, but you won’t. There are so many moving parts, so many elements, so many decisions to make, and so much logistics and detail that you’re sure to miss out on if you don’t hire a professional. The day is too special (and too expensive!) to risk it being planned and executed to perfection. It’s not worth it. Recently, we consulted with a client, and he told us that we “relieve stress he didn’t even know he had”. That says it all.
We: What do you prefer in the organization of a wedding?
LD: Wedding planning is, to me, the most rewarding job there is. Working so hard and putting your heart and soul into creating something for 8, 10 or 12 months and then seeing it all come to fruition on the biggest day of your life is an invaluable experience you won’t find in any other career. I always say that wedding planning is like an art form and a science rolled into one. I love planning because I use both sides of my brain simultaneously to create one-of-a-kind living art that is carefully planned and masterfully executed.
We: How did you get into the industry?
LD: I was the first person in my family to go to university and I studied journalism and anthropology. After graduating, I got into fashion PR, and that’s where my passion for event planning began. I basically stumbled into wedding planning, and found out I loved it! Wedding planning uses all of my skills: creativity, leadership, organization and attention to detail – my former jobs coaching cheerleading, writing and even competing in pageants all lend themselves to what I do now as a wedding planner, but a business leader and boss.
We: Besides weddings, how can bridesmaids ensure a successful bachelorette party that the bride will love?
LD: My best advice to all bridesmaids planning their best friend’s bachelorette party is to PLAN! There are so many elements when it comes to planning any type of event, even a bachelorette party. Start with the basics: Chat with the bride about some of her do’s and don’ts, must-haves and must-haves, then circle the girls to brainstorm and plan. Delegate each girl to help with a certain item and keep all financial planning tight, so there are no surprises or drama around what everyone pays. I have seen everything! Ultimately, planning a bachelorette party is a LOT of work, so honestly, consider hiring a planner. My team and I at Leilani Weddings organizing bachelorette parties in partnership with my second company, the BachBox.
We: What are the most popular wedding themes you have seen in recent years?
LD: We’re not really big on wedding themes per se, but we are huge defenders of vibrations and aesthetics! Some of our favorites over the years are Boho Glam, Feminine and Whimsical and Modern Boho.
We: Do you have a favorite celebrity wedding and why?
LD: I had the pleasure of working with Jillian Rose Reed who was Tamara on MTV’s Awkward, and plan and design your wedding was literally a dream. She got married in Joshua Tree and had a vibrant yet earthy color palette. We incorporated fun and whimsical elements like mismatched candlesticks on vintage candelabras, personalized iridescent cactus keychains as guest escort cards (which doubled as favors!), and a vibrant, psychedelic weed bar . She and her mother were absolute gems to work with – such kind, grateful and good people in every way.
We: What are the wedding trends that we will see more (or less) in 2023?
LD: Sustainability (THE LOVE that couples are going in this direction!), 80s fashion (a personal favorite being an 80s babe!) and live entertainment (a staple here at Leilani Weddings).
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