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Featured Designer: Leslie Herring Events

Posted 8/24/2018 by 35.
Filed under: Featured Vendor | Wedding Planning |

This month we're excited to feature event designer and planner Leslie Herring of Leslie Herring Events. We've had the privilege of working with Leslie since the early days of Leslie Herring Events and have cheered on her inevitable success along the way! We have to say, this is a wedding planner with not only an excellent eye for design but also a very unique perspective. She's 100% a client advocate and works tirelessly to make sure the couple's vision is a tasteful reality. Her events are consistently beautiful and well thought out. 

Here are some things she had to share with us about working in the event industry:

What do you love about working in the event industry?

I love how dynamic wedding planning can be. The managerial responsibilities that come with running a company paired with the creative opportunities of designing couples' weddings is the perfect balance for me. But, what I love most of all is the people I get to know. Our vendors have become our friends, and it’s such a joy to be a part of our couples lives and watch their families grow. It’s a dream!

 

Describe your relationship with Marianne’s Rentals.

I consider Marianne’s Rentals to be not just a vendor, but a partner in our events. Since I started planning events in 2012, they have been a trusted, reliable source for our event design needs. I love how each time I walk in into their gorgeously designed showroom, I see new items that excite me. I appreciate the enthusiastic support I’ve received from Marianne and her team, and look forward to continuing to work with them on creating meaningful, and of course, stunning events.

Aww, thanks Leslie! We love you too! 

 Photographer: Amanda Watson Photography | Venue: Coles Garden | Florist: Poppy Lane Design

Custom Ceiling Lighting and Draping by our full-service lighting team!

 

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

From the moment we receive an inquiry from a couple, our desire is to make them feel excited about their wedding day, understood, and relieved from all of their current wedding anxieties. The pressure of making dozens of decisions for the biggest day of your life is overwhelming! Our team is constantly behind-the-scenes, guiding our clients each step of the way. Over the past several years, we have developed a seamless and enjoyable planning process. From creating design boards that reflect our couples’ styles and personalities to coordinating each moment of the wedding weekend, we take care of every planning detail so that our couples are free to enjoy their engagement season.

Photographer: Peyton Rainey Photography | Florist: Poppy Lane Design

 

What is a favorite event you produced with products or services from Marianne’s? Why was Marianne’s important to that event’s success?

It’s hard to choose just one event, but perhaps the first tented event I planned and designed independently will always be special to me. Our client wanted her reception to reflect a midnight summer’s dream atmosphere. Marianne’s lit tables, luxe linens, dreamy draping and of course tables, chairs, and much more helped me create a one-of-a-kind event.

 

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

Budget is one of our most discussed topics throughout the planning process. One of our main goals is to honor our client’s investment. After all, it’s the marriage that we’re celebrating, so we never lose track of what matters most. We’ve had multiple mothers of brides tell us that our services were worth every penny. At the end of our process, my expertise and experience saves our clients major bucks. Wouldn’t you rather have a planner than spend money in the wrong areas with the wrong people?

 

How did you get started in this business?

I’m asked this question all the time! I did not set out to be a wedding planner; I was actually never really into weddings. I was supposed to end up in the magazine industry, and after a few internships with wedding-specific magazines like The Knot and Brides of Oklahoma, I thought I’d give planning a try, and discovered my passion for entrepreneurship. I’ve always been a creative person, so wedding planning was an exciting blend of business and creativity. It was meant to be!

 

Describe a recent event you are fond of and why. 

Three years ago we partnered with Marianne’s on a unique wedding at the top of Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. I still love all of the unique elements we incorporated in their rehearsal dinner and reception. Ice chandelier wall, chair adornments, sparkle linens, custom lighting...it was a night to remember!

 

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

First, hire a professional. After all, you’re trusting someone or a team to plan and execute the biggest day of your life. Set up consultations and ask questions. We want couples to book with us because they trust us, connect with us and are on board with our process. Second, not all planning information you find on wedding blogs is accurate, especially costs. That’s where an expert comes in handy! Finally, I recommend hiring a planner before you make any big decisions or hire other vendors. I promise you won’t regret it!

 

Top photo by Josh McCullock | Bottom left photo by Magnolia Adams Photography | Bottom right photo by Tara Lokey Photography

 

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

Here at LH Events, we put our hearts and souls into our couples’ wedding planning experience. As a team of professional celebrators, we partner with the best in the wedding industry and tackle not only planning needs, but overall design concepts for our events. We love what we do and are always looking for ways to go above and beyond. 

 

Photographer: Kristen Edwards Photography | Florist: The Fleuriste