Your Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning in St. Louis featuring Cosmopolitan Events
This week! We talk to the pro planners on all things wedding, details, the planning process and why they love wedding cake so much.
You are engaged and after celebrating the initial feeling of joy, you may get an itch of anxiousness when it comes to planning. If you start to feel overwhelmed by the amount of decisions needed to be made and the time commitment it takes to get all of these details in place, you may find a sense of relief in hiring a professional wedding planner.
There are many levels of involvement that planners offer when it comes to helping you get ready for the big day. Depending on your budget and desired role in planning, here are some options for contracting a wedding planner:
- Full-service wedding planning where you supply the vision and they make it a reality
- Full-service planning with design if you are lacking in the creative department
- Month of coordination for finalizing details and having a professional on site for your wedding day
There are many options depending on your needs, but the bottom line is, planners make your life EASY, ensuring that you can enjoy every moment of your big day, worry-free. We rounded up some of the top planners in St. Louis (and some of our favorites to work with!), to share some inside secrets with you about the wedding planning process.
Today’s featured planner is Josie Littlepage, of Cosmopolitan Events. As owner of the company, Josie boasts over two decades of planning experience and offers an elegant touch, unique perspectives and a stellar reputation industry wide, to deliver an unforgettable experience to her clients. Enjoy!
Company Name: Cosmopolitan Events
Name: Josie Littlepage, CSEP
How many years in industry: wow, 20 years in the industry and 15 years in this particular business
Specialty?: My personal specialty is corporate event planning, running a business and staff management, strategic planning, big picture thinking. But as a company, our specialty is wedding planning, details, design, logistics and organization.
What makes your company unique as a wedding planning service?
Our approach is very matter-of-fact. We make sure that all the boxes in our “to do” list have been checked off, the budget stays where our client would like to see it, and that everything is done efficiently. We take risk-management seriously, make sure that all the details have been discussed, and that plans are in place. Once we know we have a logistically sound event, then comes the beautiful part – making the event gorgeous and memorable for everyone. We are lucky to have a great team with diverse opinions so that our clients get a variety of perspectives on their event design.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Our team truly enjoys taking a bride’s style to the “next level.” Many of our brides have had basic color or design ideas, and we love helping them achieve and surpass their goals and vision. We get excited about the bride, and really get to know her and the people who love her. Personally, I enjoy running a business. My favorite part of the job is managing all the parts of the events that come across my desk. I am normally not assigned to a wedding or event on my own, so I get to have my hands involved in all of the events, and where they need me most.
A What is your favorite trend for 2017 and what do you want to leave behind?
We are hoping to see a comeback in color! We’re ready to leave behind blush pink and sparkle.
A How do you help couples select their “Dream Team” in a sea of vendors?
To select the best vendors, our biggest factors are usually budget and style. We want to make sure the vendor fits within the budget we set with the bride. We also want their personalities and style to be a match with the vendor. When there is more vendor love, there is a better chance of everything going smoothly.
Share a juicy tip with those just embarking on the adventures of wedding planning.
Trust the professionals. We work on weddings and events every weekend. We know what works and what doesn’t. Your vendors do the same, so trust their ideas and instincts – wedding design can be abstract but it does all come together beautifully. We have yet to see an ugly wedding.