There are so many decisions that a bride, groom, and their families have to make when planning a wedding. I think one of the best decisions we made, if not the best, was choosing Cherished Events by Liz for our planning needs. Liz was referred to me by a good friend, and once Liz and I chatted over Skype I felt incredibly comfortable with her and confident in her abilities.
My husband and I wanted to have a fun, well-organized, and beautiful series of events for our wedding which reflected us and our families coming together, while also incorporating his family, and with plenty of explanations for our friends and families who were attending either a South Asian or South Asian Fusion wedding for the first time. My Husband is American, and I’m Indian American. We wanted to cater to my huge Indian family yet keep it open and inviting to our other guests from all over the place. We knew this would be no easy task, but Liz was more than up to this challenge.
Liz was all over this from day one. She was always accessible via email, phone, and text, understood the need for things to run timely, and helped with the details that would make our families more comfortable with the mix of traditions. She made sure that we had final meetings not only with major vendors, but with our officiants, an incredibly detailed timeline, and touch points with everyone involved. At our final vendor meetings, Liz was an advocate for us, ensuring that we were putting things in place with, as she says, a WOW FACTOR! She also made sure we had a walkthrough of the wedding ceremony with our families and wedding party so that everyone knew where to go and what to do during the baraat and entry into the ballroom, which was a key factor in making sure the morning of our wedding ceremony flowed smoothly.
Furthermore, Liz went the extra mile and came to my house the day of the Puja and pithi to meet my in-laws and my extended family to make sure they knew who she was and to feel comfortable asking her any questions. This is already beyond the scope of her duties. On top of this, Liz happily took things off my plate when things got hectic – this included proofreading the final seating chart, printing out my vows for the civil ceremony, and making sure my bridesmaid created “Reserved” sign in with the color, fonts and design we had incorporated everywhere else.
During the actual events, it felt like Liz was an extension of our family. She was completely running the show and making sure everything was moving forward, but always with a smile on her face. I think she has some secret superpower because there were a few times I thought she must have been three places at once!
Above all, the events were all perfect. We continue to receive loads of compliments on the décor, the food, and just well everything flowed. Some of our guests even said that our wedding was one of the best organized weddings they have been to! Additionally, many of our vendors, even those who have worked with her previously, complimented us on what a pleasure she is to work with. These are the synergies that truly make an event come together: when all folks involved are able to be happy and do the best they can do. Liz made sure to harness this energy from everyone involved.
Above all, Liz singlehandedly tied together all the different pieces: our different cultures, our mixed ceremony, our families, along with our vendors , and made sure it was the best weekend of our lives. Working with Liz is like working with a super detail-oriented cousin or a sister whose sole job it is to make sure you have the best wedding possible. I adore her, and would recommend her to anyone needing a wedding planner!