* What sets your service apart from other planners?
Not only do I offer Full Service Wedding Coordination, I also offer Day of Coordination, and I customize packages to meet my clients needs. I also offer various other decorative items to assist my brides and grooms in their decoration needs. I have a love for people and planning weddings and when I am hired by a bride; it’s as if that bride is one of my children. I want to make sure that they have the best wedding they can possibly have and will go above and beyond to bring their dreams to fruition.
* How did you get started in the wedding industry?
The first wedding that I planned and assisted with, was my sons wedding. What really got me going was when I was employed at Navy Federal Credit Union; I had a co-worker recommend me to another co-worker of whom was getting married. The employee that recommended me sang my praises to our fellow co-worker and she decided to give me a try. I’m so very glad that she did give me a chance because I can’t imagine not planning weddings.
* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?
I planned various types of events while employed at Navy Federal Credit Union; whether it was a going away function for an employee, a manager’s birthday breakfast, local branch Christmas Events and Halloween Party at the local branch, baby showers and numerous fundraiser’s for Relay For Life. I have planned a few bridal showers, anniversary party, baby showers, graduation party, military retirement party and several birthday parties.
* Words of advice.
Always remember that this is your special day and that you will have moments of anxiety and stress leading up to your special day. Try to stay calm and take some moments to unwind and de-stress. You and the groom need to set time aside for just the two of you to enjoy each others company. Wedding planning is a major task and can cause some stress and frustration for the two of you but it’s important to remember that it’s your special day and that you will need some alone time to just simply reflect on the two of you and nothing else. Take a long hike, walk on the beach, a nice bike ride together or have a couples massage and simply reconnect with one another and enjoy your day without any distractions. Planning will keep you so very busy and will sometimes drive you crazy but if you have a wedding coordinator; they will take so much of that stress off of the two of you so that you can enjoy each others company and the wedding planning process all the way through to the final exit from the reception.
* Why is having a planner a must?
We have some of the best contacts in the area with vendors and venues. We will make sure that your wedding day will be so relaxing and stress free so that the bride, groom and their family can enjoy every single moment of the special day. We will keep the bride and groom on track with their budget and offer assistance with creative ideas and colors to help the bride and groom plan and stay organized.
* Add any additional information you would like.
This is not a job for me; this is the best career I could have ever asked for and it’s a way of life that gives me so much pleasure. I really enjoy meeting new and interesting people and I have worked with so many different brides and grooms and even after the wedding I am still in contact with the majority of them. Out of all of this wedding planning I have one regret, and that regret is that I didn’t start planning weddings sooner! I Received WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award 2012, WeddingWire Rated 2012 & 2011. I was also a Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards Finalist “Best Wedding Planner” and was Ranked 2nd in Virginia and 39 out of 100 in the United States.
Sandra Baxter, Owner
Baxter’s Creative Events
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Received WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award 2012
WeddingWire Rated 2012 & 2011
ISES Member, 757 Wedding Professionals Member
Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards Finalist “Best Wedding Planner”
Ranked 2nd in Virginia and 39 out of 100 in the United States