Vendor Spotlight | Georgia Grace Weddings

For Brides

April 27, 2019

Congrats on your engagement and upcoming wedding! I’m so thrilled you’ve found your way here.

I know first hand how much work goes into planning and preparing for a wedding day. The planning process can be stressful if you LET it be that way, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s my goal to help you have the most peace-filled and joyful wedding day possible, so I’m compiling the best resources to help make that happen!

So Welcome to my Saturday Vendor Spotlights! These spotlights feature all the wonderful wedding vendors that have made my brides and grooms wedding days flow seamlessly. This interview series will help give you a glimpse into what these great vendors offer.

So today I bring you Mary Ellen with Georgia Grace Weddings! Read below to learn all about what Georgia Grace Weddings offer their couples.

Mary Ellen of Georgia Grace Weddings and her family. Image Credit: Melissa Pepin

Introduce Yourself. Who are you? Who is Georgia Grace Weddings?

Hello!  I am Mary Ellen, owner of Georgia Grace Weddings.  Describing myself seems like such a challenge, but I’m really quite simple.  I am a tiny person pleaser (aka mom) to two adorable redheads, Ella Reese (7), and Colin (3).  My partner in crime, finder of my keys, and my calm in all storms (aka husband) is Jason. I love organization (give me all the colored coded labels), over-documenting every aspect of my life through pictures, enjoying endless Chick fil A & sweet tea, and cheering on my Georgia Bulldogs.  I thrive when I am busy; therefore I live my life to the fullest and enjoy giving 110% of myself to everything I do.

Georgia Grace Weddings is my passion and my dream job!  GGW started due to my desire to treat brides the way they deserved.  I grew so frustrated hearing stories of nightmare coordinators and witnessing vendors that didn’t return emails or phone calls.  I simply didn’t understand the lack of customer service, and I decided to make a difference. GGW has grown quickly. We have 3 full time coordinators and several assistants.  We consider ourselves coordinators on overdrive. We do not want to dominate your wedding day, but we do want to handle all aspects the bride may consider stress-full. Our role is to walk our brides, grooms, and their families through each step of the planning process…from invitations and florals to sparklers, we help with it all!

What services do you offer?

Georgia Grace Weddings offers partial planning and day-of coordination.  We believe each wedding should be as unique as each of our couples, so we start by discovering where our clients are in the planning process.  Then we want to know your vision for your dream wedding (don’t worry, we can help with that part too). From there, we refer vendors that fit your style & budget, create a personalized timeline, organize your ceremony and direct your rehearsal, as well as ensure every aspect of your wedding day is planned to perfection.  Although we don’t consider ourselves designers, we can help you take your ideas and visions and turn them into a cohesive, beautifully planned wedding. Finally, on your wedding day, we take care of YOU. We set up all your personal decor items, communicate with all your vendors, and ensure the entire day goes as planned.  We are even there after the event is over loading presents, packing up your guest book, and mailing your marriage license.

Can you break down some of the differences in the services you offer?

We offer three custom packages as well as A la Carte services.  The packages are based on our bride & groom’s needs. Our Classic package focuses just on day-of coordination while our Plus package includes planning aspects.  The Ultimate package is just as it sounds…inclusive of ALL our services as well as decor rentals.

How do you help ease the stress of brides/grooms on a wedding day?

You can never be too prepared.  Our documents and custom timelines put our brides & families at ease well before the wedding day.  The bride will know everything is planned and that all her vendors have been kept up-to-date. Through constant communication, our brides know they can trust their coordinator to carry out all their plans.  The greatest compliment is from our brides & grooms telling us that they didn’t worry about a thing all day because they knew they were in good hands. Our philosophy is to handle any issues before anyone ever knows there was an issue.

What makes Georgia Grace Weddings stand out?

I truly believe I have the hardest working, most organized, creative, and thoughtful coordinators in the world.  We are all so dedicated to the families that we are serving. At every wedding, our mission is to go above and beyond.  We offer to fix plates for elderly that may have trouble walking, we bustle the wedding dress, we help clear tables…our resume is quite extensive.  But most importantly, we form connections, and your happiness stays at the forefront of all we do. Brides often comment on how we are “everywhere” and never stop.  Honestly, that’s how we like it. We are there to make sure that every guest has an incredible experience, and that our brides’ every need is not only meet but exceeded.  

What’s your favorite part of a wedding day?

So many parts give me chills, but my favorite part is being the first person the bride & groom see as they finish walking down the aisle as husband and wife.  The pure joy on their faces is worth it all. It is truly an honor to be a part of each bride & groom’s wedding day.

What advice would you give a newly engaged bride/groom just starting the planning process?

Deep breaths…use Pinterest with caution…and hire a coordinator 🙂  Honestly, every couple needs to take time to think about what makes them unique as a couple.  This is the time in your life when you have the right to be selfish. Serve the food you enjoy, play the music that makes you happy, and personalize the whole wedding so that every guest knows they attended YOUR wedding.

What questions should a newly engaged bride/groom ask a potential wedding planner and coordinator when trying to decide who would be the right fit for her/his wedding day?

I think it is important to ensure you will have open & timely communication with your coordinator/planner.  Ask how you can get in touch with your planner and how quickly you can expect a response. Will the person you communicate with throughout the planning process be there with you on the actual wedding day, or will the company send a different coordinator on the day-of?  Also, I suggest doing research to ensure the planner has a good reputation with other vendors as well as clients. You want someone friendly that you can relate to and enjoy being with (trust me, you’ll spend a lot of time with your coordinator). Finally, if you are only interested in day-of coordination, make sure the coordinator is going to do their homework well before the wedding day.

What’s one piece of marriage advice you’d give to a newly wed couple?

Remember why you fell in love and don’t expect marriage to be easy.  It won’t be. Great marriages require respect, patience, and two partners willing to choose each other every day!  

Feel free to add any additional information you would like potential brides and grooms to know about you!

I love meeting brides & hearing all about their love story.  It would be a pleasure to talk to any future brides to see if Georgia Grace Weddings is a good fit for your wedding day!  

To learn more about Georgia Grace Weddings and the services they offer, head here!

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