Your Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning in St. Louis featuring Coda’s Events
Engaged in St. Louis! Today, we speak with Charl’ess (Charley) Coldon with Coda’s Events, one of St. Louis’ newest and most energetic wedding planners. Here’s a little bit about her:
Since before I can remember, I’ve loved to plan. From outings with my friends to color coding my entire life. My love for planning events came from my mom. She has always made a big deal out of every event. All of my birthday’s have been over the top & extraordinary. When given the opportunity to plan events for my friends & family, I jumped on it! I never planned to start a business, let alone start a wedding + event planning biz. Originally, I started off planning barkdays (dog birthday parties). I had a fiesta for my pup (@kodathegermanaussie) & got a lot of inquiries about planning barkdays for other local pups & ran with it! A few months into barkday planning, a friend of my mine asked me to plan her wedding. I’d never planned a wedding alone before but I’m always up for the challenge. Throughout the planning process, I immediately fell in love with every detail.
Company: Coda’s Events
Name: Charley Coldon
Position: Owner & Lead Coordinator
Years in the Industry: 2
Tell us what makes you and your company unique?
Coda’s is entirely catered to the client. Whatever the client wants is what we’ll do to the best of our capability. We make sure our clients are apart of every aspect of the planning, from initial meetings to the final minute of the party. We make sure every detail is curated to their liking. We also try our best to use mainly local, small wedding vendors. So not only do we support local businesses but we create memories that last a lifetime.
Weddings are nothing if not memorable, so what’s your favorite client memory?
My favorite client memory thus far would have to be my wedding right before everything shut down because of COVID-19. She booked my day-of services, we started coordinating one month before their big day… but then the government started to announce lockdowns. They knew they wanted to get married but with everything going on, everyone as extremely overwhelmed. I proposed they have an intimate elopement with just immediate family before things shut down. The next day we found out St. Louis County was shutting down in 48 hours & the bride decided to move forward with an intimate elopement. I had to work at BJC the night before so I had to plan this elopement, decor, coordinate food & all of the vendors in 48 hours. My adrenaline was RUSHING. But oh my gosh, that was the best feeling in the world. Watching everything come together in such a short amount of time was so satisfying.
What wedding trend would you love to see?
I’ve always been a fan of candles, LOTS OF CANDLES. But I’d like to see more bright colors incorporated into weddings & women in suits. Women in suits look so powerful & there’s so many ways to jazz up a suit for your wedding day, just like a dress!
Share a juicy tip for someone planning their wedding!
Hire a day-of coordinator. You might think you don’t need one, but trust me…. you do. Having a designated family member to take care of details can put a strain on your relationship, hire a professional to take care of all of the behind the scenes for a smooth & memorable day.
Why is St. Louis an amazing place to have a wedding?
One thing I’ve learned in my short time as an STL Wedding Vendor is we’re all one big family & when you hire us… we want to make you feel apart of our big happy family.
Any tips for someone looking to pop the question?
Hire a photographer or videographer to capture the moment! This is a moment that you’re going want to remember for the rest of your life.