I've been in the wedding game for a few years now. Running a wedding website, you think you've heard and seen everything. But it's not until I get around wedding planners who specialize in non-traditional weddings and hear their amazing stories that I realize this: Wedding planners either have one of the hardest jobs in the industry, or the most fun jobs in the industry. And good wedding planners, like Rebecca Iverson from Blush Celebrations, have both.
Rebecca is the Seattle-based wedding planner who would literally give you the shirt off her back if you needed it, or throw you a bachelor party, or geek out with you. In fact, she has so many awesome adventures in wedding planning stories, I thought I'd do a Q&A-style interview with her…
Let's talk about you first! How do you cater to our bad-ass offbeat couples?
Most people in the wedding community know me best when I wear my blue wig — it's my alter ego. I also usually carry this sign. I have tattoos. I'm all about what you WANT to do for your wedding, screw what you think you HAVE to do. I love the little happy hole I've carved for myself in the industry, bringing me couples who don't fit the traditional mold, peeps that just want to pledge their eternal love without all the pomp and circumstance. I don't always fit with the mainstream and feel like Offbeat Bride is my little home away from home when I need a sanity check.
Okay, tell us about your craziest experiences as an offbeat wedding planner.
At a wedding last March, a guest spilled his pomegranate martini down the front of the bride's dress, ruining it. The bride totally didn't want to go back to the reception in her ruined dress. So I changed back into my work prep clothes and gave her the dress I was wearing. This was the same wedding in which I got my most favorite warning from a bride: "The bridesmaids tend to take their clothes off the more they drink, so just be aware that may happen."
In May, two grooms flew out from Arkansas to get legally married in Seattle, and they found me online. Once on the West Coast, they didn't understand how accepting we are out here — that you could walk around in places and hold hands IN PUBLIC and it wasn't weird. So we threw them a bachelor party when they got to town (because one of the grooms didn't have a very supportive family and that just sucks). Also, one of the grooms was a huge Star Wars geek, so I hit up all my friends and collected tons of light sabers and made this happen.
Blush Celebrations' wedding planning packages start at $850 — that's not counting any of her special discounts…
I have three discounts right now…
- If, when you contact Rebecca, you say something totally goofy and random and make her laugh, she will give you 10% off.
- If you are getting hitched in 2013 and Rebecca has the date open, you'll get an extra special $200 off the day of coordination package.
- She likes to travel — and wants to do that more — so Rebecca will cut her fee in half if you cover all the travel expenses (and mention this post)!
I'd say her pricing + discounts are quite a bargin for a wedding planner as awesome as Rebecca. Head over to her website and start scheming all the ways Blush Celebrations can not only help you plan, but possibly SAVE your wedding day.