Bridal Panel: Answering Wedding Planning Questions

On Tuesday November 12, the Lord Baltimore Hotel hosted a bridal panel with five local wedding planning experts who answered numerous questions about the process of planning a wedding.

The five experts were Rachel Hoffberger (Plan It Perfect), DJ Flounder (FM Entertainment), Kim Tyson (My Flower Box Events), Lauri Dixon (Party Plus), and Cate Buscher (Lord Baltimore Hotel, Venues and Catering).

Several of the experts noted reasons for paying for a professional, full-time wedding planner, explaining that the value received for the expense is worth having less to worry about when planning an important occasion like a wedding.

Some of the best advice of the night came from Rachel, who when asked about what to take care of earliest in the planning process, said, “Take care of everything early in the process!”

She explained that waiting until the end for the budget to be certain is not a good idea, as the inevitable result will be a frantic scramble to make some arrangement or another.

Cate also pointed out the importance of being clear about the actual budget for the event, rather than wasting everyone’s time with an aspirational budget, saying that planners have a hard time giving clients what they want if the planners have no idea what resources they’re working with.

All of the panelists agreed that weddings are becoming more unique than they were ten, or even five, years ago, and that this is exciting. People are feeling more free to move away from the strict traditional wedding script and making their weddings their own.

And this is even more reason to make sure you have expert help, said Cate, specifically citing “the sparkler exit”: “Don’t underestimate what it takes to get 150 people to do something all at once!”

Also in attendance was Carolyn Rafferty, a consultant with Premier Designs Jewelry, who was displaying some of her wedding jewelry and really enjoys doing shows for bridal parties.

The hotel served complimentary drinks, appetizers and dinner. About 40 brides and their guests attended the event.

The next bridal panel at the Lord Baltimore Hotel is scheduled for February 2014. For more information, please contact Cate Buscher at

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