Wait a second, isn’t a personal assistant something that powerful CEOs have to help run their days? A person that only business owners need, I mean really. The answer is no. First lets take a second and be honest, wouldn’t you want a personal assistant to help you now in your every day life? I know I would. Add to that the normal stress load of a wedding planning and then the craziness that is the wedding day. That is prime time for a Personal Assistant.
I have a wedding party that will help me with everything I need. That’s great news, but let’s talk for a second. As a wedding planner I have had the experience of seeing a lot of wedding parties in action. Not to say they are all alike, but I tend to see a lot of wedding parties being more interested in themselves and having fun, then the couple they are standing for. Many times they’re busy getting themselves ready, or having a few too many drinks. More often then not it is just the wedding party not really knowing what they are supposed to do or what is happening throughout the day.
That’s where hiring a personal assistant for your wedding is such an added bonus. When you hire a personal assistant through Eventistry, you get someone that knows weddings in and out. More importantly, they know YOUR wedding. I handle the assignment of your assistant and give them all the information that they need for the day. The have a copy of your wedding timeline in hand. They know how to tie a corset and bustle a dress. The know that you’re not focused on eating or drinking, so they make sure you do. You want them to bring breakfast to you and your attendants? They can do that. They also come prepared with emergency snacks and drinks just in case there is nothing to be found nearby. They make sure you are running on time and that you don’t leave your emergency kit in the hotel room.
A lot of couples just hire a personal assistant for the morning, since that’s really the only time that I could potentially not be near you to help and answer questions. Plus your personal assistant is a direct line to me. They know how to communicate with me and they know the right questions to ask to get you the answers they don’t already have. Some couples find that they want a personal assistant throughout the entire day. As I am working with your vendors to keep things running, checking in on you to make sure you are comfortable, your personal assistant is right by your side for everything you need. They can keep track of your personal belongings and making sure they are packed in your get away car.
Now I should also mention that a personal assistant is an a la carte item that I offer to couples. What this means is that even if you don’t wish to use my wedding planning services, you could still utilize one of my assistants to get you through the day. Prices are based on distance and travel needed and the general scope of responsibilities that you need them to perform. So please let me know during your consultation if you are interested in having an assistant, or send me a message to get more information.
I met Deanna when we were both vendors at the Debonne Vineyard Bridal Show. It’s so hard on show days to really stop and get to know the other vendors you don’t know yet, so all I was able to do was stop by her booth, grab a card and a delicious cookie. I am so glad i did!! The cookie was not only adorable but delicious. That is the story of how I found Dee Bakes.
What is it that you do?
I am a custom in-home bakery. I bake from scratch and can accommodate most dietary restrictions.
Tell my readers a little about yourself and your history as a baker.
I am a self taught baker and cook. I took a couple Wilton classes 20 years ago, and from then have just experimented and researched methods and techniques to learn and grow. I am not intimidated by out of the ordinary requests, or large orders.
Why did you choose to do what you do within the wedding industry?
I really enjoy providing beautiful and delicious cakes, and/or cookies, etc. for one of the biggest events in life.
What trends in the wedding industry are you loving right now?
I love the simple elegance of the more rustic look in today’s cakes.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Learning new skills and creating new and different cakes & cookies that you can’t find on the shelf at a bakery.
What would be the most common mistake couples make when it comes to your business?
(i.e. booking late,etc.)
The biggest issue I run in to is people waiting to book a date for their cake. I accommodate as best I can, but being an in-home baker, I can’t take on more than I can handle at the last minute.
What is your ideal day at work?
I love a nice relaxed pace to baking and decorating. But, I’m also very good under pressure and get things done.
What is your ideal day off?
My ideal day off is being able to pick up and go do something spur of the moment, and have a leisurely day off.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Happy, positive, creative
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by people who know who they are and are confident in pushing through to make a name for themselves.
What are three things you cannot live without? (Not including humans and pets)
Cell phone, coffee and a nice stiff drink! 🙂
What are you reading, listening to or binge watching right now?
Chris Stapleton is on repeat most all the time. I am just loving all of his music at the moment!
What is your favorite thing to do, or place to go, in the Northeast Ohio area?
I love exploring new food related stores and bakery supply shops, I’m always looking for new ideas or places to find things that I need for baking.
What would you tell your 16 year old self if you could?
Don’t be afraid of change or doing something that is new or different from the norm.
What is your favorite dessert?
What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or non)?
Thank you so much to Deanna for taking the time to answer some questions. Also for all of her hard work that she does for me and for my clients.
If you would like to reach out to Deanna to talk about her delicious cookies, cakes and desserts please do so at:
Wedding planning entails a lot of pieces and parts that are put together over a course of time. Things that are discussed in length before making a decision on. Things that are thought about over and over again. Here’s something that tends to fall to the wayside: the pieces and parts that are specifically needed on the day. I’m not talking about your flowers, or dessert or even your transportation. (Though sometimes that is overlooked as well.) No, I’m talking about the small things that couples will want to have on the big day, but won’t unless they pack an emergency kit. It doesn’t have to be very big, especially if you have hired me as your wedding planner. I bring my own very large rolling suitcase turned emergency kit. Within it I hold some tricks up my sleeve to help in all those moments of crisis. For instance, I have white chalk to remove stains from wedding dresses. Pluck that nugget if you will.
So here is a small list of items that I recommend couples pack in their emergency kit for their wedding day.
- Gum/breath mints
- Clear nail polish- for runners and touch ups
- Bobby pins
- Safety pins
- Small first aid kit- bandaids at a minimum
- Nail file
- Q-tips- great for cleaning and mascara runs
- Hand sanitizer
- Fashion tape
- Dental floss
- Granola bars (or protein filled snacks)
- Water, water and more water
- Suntan lotion (if outdoors)
- Bug spray (if outdoors)
- Mini bottle of favorite liquor – you know you want to.