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Featured Planner: Aisle Be With You

Posted 1/26/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Ariana Simms, of Aisle Be with You, is an absolute joy to work with. Her attention to details create seamlessly organized and executed events that are beautiful and full of personalized attention to her client’s individual style and personality. Marianne’s Rentals is honored to be one of her trusted partners and has been privileged to be a part of her significant growth and success in the Oklahoma market over the last several years.

Here are a few things she had to say to us about her business along with some photos showcasing her versatile design abilities!

 

What do you love about working in the event industry?

As a wedding designer and planner, I love being able to take my clients’ vision and turn it into reality. Also, when you are working on such a personal event, you truly create amazing bonds with the families and vendors involved in the process.  

 

Describe your relationship with Marianne’s Rentals.

Marianne’s Rentals has been a key element to our success in the wedding industry because they have been at all our large productions. I know that I never have to worry about the small details because they have us covered. Also, they are great with communication in regards to set up, layouts, tear down, etc. I have formed amazing relationships with their staff members, and they always go above and beyond to help find a solution to any challenges we may come across. I feel strongly about working with vendors who support your success, and I believe they are at the top of the list for this.

 

Photo taken by Jessica Elle Photography

 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am certified as an International Wedding Planning Professional and my degree is in Interior Design which has been a huge benefit for doing sketches, color theory, layouts, etc.

 

Client’s always want to know about the budget, what would you tell them about the cost and value of booking your service?

It is very important to let the client know the level of your experience in the wedding industry. My goal is to make sure they “value” the quality of the service versus the quantity. There are several wonderful wedding planners in the wedding industry, but depending on the event you want to host for your guest to experience, please make sure you have done your research in advance. Is that planner equipped with the knowledge for the event you are wanting to have? Do they know the extra fees involved in some of those elements. Education is huge in knowing all of those elements and being able to be successful and confident in the work you are putting out to attract the ideal clients. Another major point we try to tell our clients is that we work very closely with our vendors that we have great relationships with. We will work the extra mile for those that go the extra mile for our clients.

 

 

Top photo taken by Anna Lee Photography

Bottom photos taken by Amanda Watson Photography

 

 

How did you get started in this business?

I began my company in November of 2010. The first few years I spent time grasping the planning and coordinating side to wedding planning. Now the last several years, I have thoroughly enjoyed defining the “Aisle Be With You” brand and getting to be more design involved with the weddings we produce. We never want our weddings to be one specific look. As designers we want to show our clients that we can bring any vision to life, however we are a huge fan of details and flowers ☺ A pretty napkin can go a long way!

 

 

 Photo taken by Jessica Elle Photography

 

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

I would love for readers to know that at Aisle Be With You, our clients are not just another bride that comes and goes, they become family. We value every single one whether their wedding has smaller budget or endless. We love walking away knowing that they had the best day ever, and we are honored to have been a part of the most important day of their lives. We care so much about the small things that we want them to know it is 100% fully handled from start to finish. At Aisle Be With You, we aim to make you feel like our only one and we want to have an enjoyable process while we plan the most magical day! We are educated, confident, and professional in all aspects of our field. You never have to worry about a thing, because I can promise, we have you covered!

 

Top photo taken by Randy Coleman Photography

Bottom photo taken by Sheradee Hurst Photography


Featured Planner: The Wedding Belle

Posted 1/4/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

We’re excited to introduce our new series featuring talented professionals we are privileged to call our partners. What a better way to launch than with an interview with Robyn Martin, principal and owner of The Wedding Belle. Robyn is retiring this year and deserves well earned recognition as a paragon of etiquette and style in the Oklahoma Wedding industry for many years. We’ve loved working with Robyn and are excited to see her legacy continue with the new owner of The Wedding Belle, Stephanie Hill, who has worked closely with Robyn for many years.  

Here are some things Robyn had to say to us, along with some inspiring images of some of our favorite events together!

 

What did you love about working in the event industry?

I loved taking a bride’s ideas and expectations and turning them into even more than she envisioned.

 

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I was very hands-on, invested, and made every little detail a priority. 

 

What were some of your favorite things about working with Marianne’s Rentals over the years?  

[Our relationship] was a partnership. We powered through together with all challenges we faced over the years, whether it was a difficult location, weather or logistics. We always figured it out!  I love a challenge. Put me in a space that you can’t imagine how it can be transformed and I couldn’t be happier! Marianne’s gave me the tools and products to make that happen. Their inventory allowed me to design on a level I did not dream of early on in my career. What a ride!

 

 Photographs taken by Traina Photography

 

Client’s always want to know about the budget, what would you tell them about the cost and value of booking your service? 

Professional Planners/Designers are trained to “recoup” their fee for their clients through the strong relationships they have with vendors which benefit the clients in perks, discounts and consideration as well as “saving” them from costly mistakes!

 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise? 

PLEASE hire a wedding planner/designer who is professional, has training, ethics, experience, and vision.  You need someone who is unflappable, who has great relationships with vendors in the local industry and who knows how to run a business like a business. 

 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs? 

Are they insured?  How much experience do they have?  More importantly, industry professionals should be asked their opinion of the planner/designer.  They are the ones on the front lines with them and they know who performs and who doesn’t.  A great planner makes everyone’s experience better!  Client and Vendor alike! 

 

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

I want to thank every client who ever hired me! You either allowed me to have fun or you taught me a lesson! I want to thank every vendor I ever worked with! You either allowed me to have fun or you taught me a lesson! I paid my dues, I reaped many rewards and I was incredibly blessed by amazing clients and wedding professionals. I had the best time of my professional life and I wouldn’t change a thing!  But, now, I am going to rock grandbabies who are still young enough to rock, I am going to enjoy all six grandchildren as they grow and blossom as well as the rest of my family who have been so gracious and patient over the years. I am going to read, walk and/or swim every day and I am going to cook! But, mostly, I am going to be thankful to God for all He has given me. 

 

 Photographs from left to right taken by Candi CoffmanJosh McCullockSherry Lynch

 

Click here to see more of Robyn's work with Marianne's Rentals!  Although she is retiring from actively planning events, she is sharing her experience and wisdom in the event industry in her new business, Belle Savvy.  Her services include business coaching and consultation for the event industry and other entrepreneurs.  She is available both hourly and by contract and for lecture series for small groups. We want to extend her a heartfelt "Thank You" from Marianne's Rentals for her amazing work and contribution to our industry and our shared portfolio over the years. Thank you Robyn!


Happy New Year with Jada and Dax!

Posted 1/2/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

It’s been an amazing journey working Aisle Be With You Weddings on Jada and Dax's huge New Year’s Eve wedding at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than showing off some of the fun things we took to this event. Be kind, these are our own in-house pictures. We are looking forward to showcasing the good ones later, but for now - here are some of our favorite pre-event scenes!

Guests were greeted with an impressive entry featuring our velvet drape and sequin linens. Check out the custom seamless vinyl dance floor with Gold monogram behind the sign in table. We are sure they danced their way into the new year on that beauty!

Our hard working tablescapes crew placed almost 100 linens and 500 napkins and the club staff set beautiful place settings with our flatware! Our Gold Chiavari chairs helped open up the room and The Fleuriste decked the room in hundreds and hundreds of roses. We particularly loved the head table with our ghost chairs, china, flatwareglassware and chargers.

Some of our favorite items featured at the wedding include: Rose Gold UplightingGhost Chairs | Gold Chiavari Chairs Windsor Glassware CollectionAlpine Gold ChargersGoldplate FlatwarePandora Rose Linen | Western Ivory Linen Ivory Satin Linen | Rosalie Sheer Sequin Linen | Rose Gold Baby Sequin LinenRuffle Satin Blush Linen 

Late night teardown with our crew was a great way to ring in the New Year. The whole event went up and down in less than 18 hours! We couldn’t pull off these fabulous events without our dedicated team and we're all looking forward to being a part of your special events in 2018!


Come see us at the show!

Posted 1/2/2018 by Mariannes Rentals

Marianne's Rentals will be at the Perfect Wedding Guide Show as a presenting sponsor on Sunday January 14th from 1PM-4PM. Come check out a few inspiring displays and ask our staff any questions you may have about rentals and how they can help fulfill the wedding of your dreams. Now through Saturday the 13th, stop by our showroom for complimentary tickets! You can also get BoGo resgistration online here:  https://www.perfectweddingguide.com/events/perfect-wedding-guide-bridal-show-17224/.

Below are a few pictures taken by Traina Photography at last years Perfect Wedding Guide Show! You can expect to see more inspiring displays this year!