When two friends realize they share the same passion in life, the reaction can be everlasting!
Joanne Doll and Katie Hitchman met in 2011 when they began working as teachers at a local elementary school. In 2017, Joanne and Katie realized that there was something missing from their lives, something really creative and rewarding. After sharing what their dreams were with each other, they joyfully realized that they shared the same one—owning a successful wedding planning business. They were so passionate about their common dream that they started living it soon after its discovery. Thus, Lasting Impressions by Design was born.
“I love planning because it not only allows me to be my own boss, but it allows me to make people happy,” said Joanne. “It also has allowed me to build relationships with, not only clients, but with other industry experts in the field. My goal, in any event, is to make sure that the client is happy, that their expectations have been exceeded and that their event is a success!”
Lasting Impressions by Design offers three main packages, ranging from full-service planning to day-of coordination. The Lavish Impressions Package is the most inclusive of the three, and allows couples to enjoy the decision making that comes with planning a wedding minus having to do any of the footwork of the planning process. The Lovely Impressions Package is the middle package, letting couples do some of, but not all of, the work involved with planning. If a couple has already found some of their vendors, but doesn’t want to do all of the scheduling, then this package is the way to go. The smallest package offered is the Logistical Impressions Package. For the couple that has already found all of their vendors and booked them, but needs someone to coordinate the vendors and venue on the day of the wedding, this package is the one for you! In addition, Lasting Impressions by Design provides paper floral and small, table décor rental items.
Joanne said that she always makes sure to give their clients no less than two event specialists at any event. This provides as much help that is needed and can really put the bride and groom’s minds at ease. So sit back, relax and let the professionals handle it!
“We want our clients to be as stress free as possible, regardless of the package they choose,” said Joanne. “We also want their vision to come to fruition, so they can finally see what all the planning and tiny details do when they come together. It's the ability to take the design and make it a reality. Thus, giving them an event that will leave lasting impressions!”
We asked Joanne to describe one of the most memorable weddings of her career and she told of a heart-warming story. “Back in July 2017, we planned and coordinated a wedding on a private ranch,” she reminisced. “Our groom was/is terminally ill and we wanted to give them the wedding of their dreams! It was almost 100 degrees and the hot wind didn't help. The ceremony and the reception were outside. The couple did a first-look and the moment the groom turned around to see his bride, all of the emotions bubbled to the surface and they were both extremely happy!” For Joanne, it’s memories like this one that make her heart full and leave her looking forward to the next amazing couple that she gets to help plan a wedding with.
Intrigued by her expertise, we inquired of Joanne a list of wedding planning Dos and Don’ts for brides, and here are the oh-so-helpful tips that she offered.
Do: Hire a planner/coordinator! Regardless of who you hire, it’s beneficial to at least get the coordination and the vendor management covered by someone who is not invested on a personal/emotional level.
Do: Meet with potential planners. Just like life, there are people you mesh well with and others you don't. If you are hiring someone, make sure they fit you and you fit them.
Don't: Stress over the little things. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the small hiccups that happen on your day. Just remember, you hired us to take care of them for you, so just go with it. You are marrying the love of your life and sharing this moment with your loved ones and the people you care most about. In the end, that is what matters.
Joanne and Katie are living their passion of planning weddings and have their arms extended to brides with visions of all calibers. They have years of experience doing what they love, and are ready to make your wedding dreams an unforgettable reality!
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