Hiring a Wedding Coordinator Can Save You Money

I’ve always been involved in event planning. I love it: watching all the details come together, working with all the vendors to achieve something, tackling problems as they arrive, and oddly enough I love cleaning up and breaking everything down … Continue reading

We’ve been published!

We’re thrilled to be featured on two separate blogs! What a dream come true!

Check out our country glam/farmhouse wedding shoot on Borrowed & Blue and The Daily Wedding!

Amanda with Amanda May Photos (seriously one of my favorite photographers to work with!) came over last night so we could shoot a gorgeous tablescape. Hopefully I’ll have more publication news soon ūüôā

2015 Goals

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I can’t believe 2015 is here! This is going to be a big year for Z Studio Weddings as this is the year we transition to full-time coordinating! I’ve never been big on making resolutions, so I will call these our goals for 2015.

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Book at least 5 brides for full coordinating services and many more for other services.

Continue to grow Honey Creek Farms and expand services offered to brides there.

Attend one to two bridal shows or networking events.

I’m very excited about the people I’ve been talking to and the plans we have in place. I can’t wait to start spreading the word about Z Studio and all we have to offer. Be looking for some special deals in the upcoming months! Happy New Year!

30 Days to Plan


I stumbled upon an article on MSN about how to plan a wedding in 30 days. It walks you through from 30 days out to 5 days before, and it’s a pretty good list. Of course, I have an addition.

Their first step is to decide on a budget, guest list and the style wedding you’re wanting. This is a must. You really cannot move forward with making decisions until you know your budget and how you’re going to allocate it, how many people you’re expecting and what you’re wanting. This will narrow down some of your searches. After this step I would HIGHLY recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. No, I’m not just saying that because I am one, I’m saying it because planning a wedding in 1 year can be stressful. Trying to do it in one month can be overwhelming for¬†a bride. Below are a few reasons why you should consider hiring a coordinator if you’re planning in a short amount of time.

1. They have connections with vendors that can save you money. A month-of coordinator, depending on area and experience, will cost somewhere between $600-900. Well worth it when you consider how much you could save by using their connections!

2. They will save you time and stress. Planners know the process. They can keep you focused and help you cut out some of the anxiety that comes with planning a wedding, especially one happening so quickly.

3. If you’re working full-time, they will have more time to devote to planning. They can do most of the legwork when it comes to researching and calling vendors for availability and pricing. And again, this will take some of the stress off your plate.

4. They have great advice and can help guide you to your vision. There’s usually a period of time after an engagement¬†(whether it be 1 week or¬†6 months) where brides peruse magazines, attend bridal shows, and visit various websites like Pinterest and The Knot to get ideas for their wedding before they start calling vendors and making the big decisions. When you’re planning a wedding in such a short amount of time, you don’t necessarily have that luxury. Your planner will be able to take your ideas (that you haven’t had much time to research) and run with them.

Other than this one big addition, their list is pretty good! There are still a couple things I would switch in terms of order (registering doesn’t necessarily need to be the third thing you do, especially now that you can create registries most anywhere online) but all-in-all pretty good.

Now of course, if you’re in the Knoxville area and looking for a planner, send me an email. We’d love to work with you on your special day!

A Place of our Own

I’m so excited to get the blog rolling for Z Studio Weddings & Events! We are a Knoxville based event planning company that specializes in weddings. I’ve been blogging about weddings and the business on my personal blog, but decided it was time for Z Studio to have its own space. So here we are!

Check back frequently, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send an email if there’s something specific you want to hear from me. I can’t wait to share all the details of our weddings with you and talk about all things events.¬†Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and be looking for¬†us on other forms of social media¬†in the future!¬†Have a great weekend!