Throughout the years I’ve been a wedding photographer, I’ve had the honor of working alongside some incredible people. Before I refer my couples to other vendors, I make sure they’ve met my high standards. What I mean by that is that I wholeheartedly trust them. I wanted to take it a step further to brag about them on my blog. Here is San Antonio wedding planner, Katy, of Scarlet Rose Planning! Take it away Katy!
Hey guys! My name is Katy Padilla and I’m the Founder + Creative Director behind Scarlet Rose Wedding & Event Co. I grew up in the mitten (Michigan), graduated from Michigan State University with a ridiculously expensive degree that just sits on my wall (throwback to those pre-med days) and I love all things related to college football, travel, game nights, and a strong margarita. When it’s not a wedding weekend, you’ll probably find me out to dinner with my husband and little bean (and business namesake!), consuming said strong margaritas and making memories however we can!
What got you interested in starting your own business?
I ran a very successful wedding planning company for over three years and loved it. Prior to getting in the wedding industry, I worked in retail management for nearly a decade, which proved my love of organization, people, and chaos – I’m looking at you Black Friday! The uncertainty in the last few months and all of the postponed weddings gave me the time I needed to take the leap and start my own biz.
What are your best tips for choosing a wedding planner?
I tell everyone that I chat with, whether you book with me or not, just book someone! It really comes down to personality match, comfortability, and confidence in their ability to do the job. Do your research, ask some of your already booked vendors for recommendations. If you trust and value them as a hired vendor, then you should value their opinion and suggestions as well.
What are two mistakes should couples avoid?
Price does not determine value. While it may seem like a great deal or good idea to hire the cheapest planner (or other vendor), I truly believe you get what you pay for. While it is important to respect your budget – no one needs to go into debt for their wedding – still realize the value of a professional vendor who also values themselves.
Secondly, I think couples need to maintain open lines of communication with their vendors. Tell them exactly what services you need. Are you the type-A bride that wants to be super hands-on? Great! We know the package that works best for you. It’s important to ensure your planner is knowledgeable on your strengths and opportunities in the wedding planning process so that we can do our job to its full potential.
What is a misconception most couples have?
Honestly lately the biggest misconception and most frustrating term I come across is a ‘day of coordinator.’ Yes, I understand that you read about it on The Knot or in a wedding planning magazine, but this concept DOES. NOT. EXIST. I repeat, it’s a unicorn. Anyone you hire for the most important day of your life (thus far) should absolutely be there on the day of your wedding, but in all reality, they should be there at a minimum of one month before! Even more so, at times. It’s important to continue the dialogue and culture to the term ‘wedding management,’ in my opinion.
What do you feel sets you apart from others?
I have a long and extensive hospitality background, and really my entire adult life and careers have been centered on serving others. I am overly communicative (sometimes to a fault – ask my husband about my late-night email replies), and I truly give 110% to all of my couples, whether they have our Management or Planning & Design collection. Also, I think I’m pretty fun to be around, and if you want to have a planning sesh over a cocktail, I’m your girl!
Anything else you’d like to say?
Umm well first off thank you to Anthony for giving me this little corner in your blog to talk about my favorite thing of all time – weddings! If you are one of Anthony’s clients, it’s basically guaranteed that we’ll totally get along and be in for a super cool journey together. I was lucky enough to work with him on a wedding a couple of years back, and am so pumped we have another event coming up together this fall! You’re in great hands with this one!