You’ve met the man or woman of your dreams, you’ve decided to get married, and now it’s time to plan your dream wedding. With an average wedding costing around $20,000 these days, there will be questions about everything from the budget and ceremony to the food and DJ. Organizing an entire wedding alone can be quite an undertaking, which is why it’s important to choose a wedding planner who understands your vision of your perfect day whether it be traditional or Doctor Who themed. Laura, owner of Rebel Belle Weddings based in Los Angeles, California is just that kind of planner. She describes herself as “creative, organized and proudly geekish,” and if you need proof of her geek creed just checkout her Pinterest page.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company? What makes you a geek?
My name is Laura Guerrie and I am the owner of Rebel Belle Weddings, a Los Angeles based wedding planning and coordination service specializing in unconventional/non-traditional weddings.
I’m a geek because I love bad-ass female comic book art, I’ll eagerly discuss the paradoxal qualities of time travel (be it in a DeLorean, TARDIS or slingshot-around-the-sun) and I’m reasonably confident that Star Trek foretold many of our current great pieces of technology which means it’s only a matter of time before I get my replicator. There. I said it.
2. How did you get into wedding planning?
When my (now) husband and I decided to plan our intimate, musical-theater themed wedding in a karaoke bar and wedding vendors we came in contact with tried to talk us out of it, suffice to say we were both floored and deeply frustrated. It was shocking how many vendors were (and still are) steadfastly resistant to anything that messed with “how things are done.” As we went through our planning, we had to work extra hard to seek out and build a team of people who were willing to come completely on board with our vision. During that process, it dawned on me that we couldn’t possibly be the only ones who wanted to do things a little differently. That thought, combined with a desire to help change how unconventional weddings are viewed and supported, became Rebel Belle Weddings.
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
Taking someone’s imaginative vision and helping make it a reality is the best part of my job, hands-down. Typically, my clients tend to be very creative and come to me with detailed, grand, colorful ideas but are more than a bit fuzzy on how to execute them. After all the work, when they’re finally married and enjoying their reception and thrilled that everything is exactly as (or even better than) they had envisioned – that’s my payoff.
On a personal note though, I have to confess that I get a HUGE kick out of “Yeah, I just said that” moments like calling out over a walkie “Boba Fett is on site and needs an escort to his dressing room please.” Not gonna lie – those days at the office make me very happy.
4. What advice would you give couples wanting a geek themed wedding?
I would advise couples to answer these questions:
- What level of geek theme? Dramatic or subtle?
- Where would you like to incorporate geeky touches?
- Will anyone freak out? If so, can you ease them into it slowly? Or would you prefer to hit them with it on the wedding day and hope for the best?
If you’re going full-blown, top to bottom wedding theme you may want to give some thought to that third question. I’m a strong believer that you can’t please everyone all the time and that if the couple is having a blast, so will a vast majority of their guests. Every family is different, though, so this is ultimately a personal decision on how to handle the situation.
5. What are some geek weddings that you have planned?
Not all my weddings are fully geeked out, but there’s often a little somethin’ in even the most elegant of events. Star Wars is huge and has been in many of my weddings, incorporated via fantasy cakes, table names, Lightsaber cake knives, cufflinks and the aforementioned appearance of a Bounty Hunter. TARDIS-es (?) both large and small have found their way in, and Muppets have also appeared on multiple occasions including a wedding right on the Jim Henson lot. There have been dinosaurs, roller derby, theater & improv, steampunk, books/literary, gamer (both video and board) – and this year I’m excited to be helping out with my first Disneyland wedding. The list of things people get geeky about goes on and on.
6. What is an important thing to look for when hiring a wedding planner?
With any wedding vendor, that vendor’s ability to see and support your vision is absolutely key. Even if they don’t personally “get” what you’re geeking out about, they need to be enthusiastic about the fact that you are. This is especially important with your wedding planner as they will be involved with nearly every element of your wedding day. It’s OK if they don’t know exactly what a TARDIS is (or that it’s bigger on the inside) as long as when you explain it to them they say “All right then, let’s get started!”
Rebel Belle Weddings Twitter @RebelBelleWed Facebook Rebel Belle Weddings Pinterest Rebel Belle