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Maximizing Your Wedding Experience: The Value of Hiring Me as Your Wedding Planner

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How I Show Up For You and Your Partner As A Wedding Planner

Wedding planner Kari Smith of Feathered Arrow Studio; a Los Angeles based boutique wedding planning company
Photo by: Rachel Stelter Photography

If you’re engaged, you have probably already heard that hiring a wedding planner is very crucial. Or maybe you’ve already dove into the wedding planning process and are starting to feel overwhelmed, or stuck on how to proceed? I’ve discussed the importance of hiring a wedding planner before, but I wanted to share what sets Feathered Arrow Studio apart and why hiring us will be the best decision for your wedding planning journey. 

Experience At All The Venues

Union Station in Los Angeles Wedding ceremony, gold chiavari chairs, colorful floral ceremony arch
Photo by: Brett Loie Photography

There are very few venues across California that I am unfamiliar with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always scouting new spots for weddings. However, I’ve been fortunate enough to plan weddings at some of the best venues around. Logistics change from venue to venue so knowing the ins and outs is vital to a smooth wedding day. I also love to travel, so my area of expertise expands beyond Los Angeles venues. And we can easily learn any new venue and their logistics, so working somewhere new is not an issue.  

If your venue has a coordinator, that’s awesome! However, a venue coordinator is different than a wedding planner. The coordinator’s focus is on the venue, not necessarily you, the couple. While still incredibly helpful and a great part of the vendor team, you want someone who is there to represent you and your partner and has your best interests at heart. 

Keeping You On Track and Stress-Free

bride and groom kiss during wedding reception
Photo by: The Shalom Imaginative

Throughout the wedding planning process, I help you and your partner through every step. As a recent bride myself, I know firsthand how overwhelming the planning process can be. From vendor research, design, logistics, contracts, budgets, timelines, etc…I’m your right-hand girl! I provide my couples with tons of helpful guides as well as your own account with Aisle Planner, one of the best planning tools around. This helps to keep everyone on the same page and organized. 

However, the planning process is just one element of the wedding. The day-of is a whole other ball game. I often joke that my team and I are the first ones to arrive and last ones to leave (because honestly, it’s true). During your wedding, you don’t want to be thinking about anything else except simply getting married. My job is to make the day as seamless as possible so you are fully in the moment. Which is also why I recommend not using all family and friends to help you with the set-up/tear down of the wedding. I want your guests to be just as present and not worried about the details. Plus, none of your friends and family really want to do it, they want to have fun too.  

Top- Notch Vendors

twin peacock chairs with disco balls and brightly colored florals
Photo by: Parallel33 Photography

I’m so grateful that my career as a wedding planner has connected me to so many talented people. When you hire me as your wedding planner, I’ll send a vendor recommendation list as part of the on-boarding process. This is a list of people we love to work with and know they’re the A-team! And while they aren’t required to hire, I consider most vendors as “friend-ors”. Because I truly love the relationships we’ve created together and the magic we bring to each event. If there’s a specific design, detail or vendor you want at your wedding, my team and I will research the best one within your budget to make your dream ideas a reality. 

Creative Designs and Epic Parties

tropical inspired wedding reception table with colorful glassware, pink napkins and rattan table chargers, Feathered Arrow Studio Los Angeles wedding planner
Photo by: The Justin Jay

Designing weddings is truly a passion of mine! I love the seeing the changing trends and classic elements that make each wedding so unique and special. Working with my couples to incorporate their personalities into the day is extremely important to me. I love it when my couples have bold ideas and break away from stuffy traditional wedding “must haves” in favor of a customized celebration that showcases who you are. There is no idea to “out there” for us. Want a multi-cultural ceremony? We love it! Want a tattoo artist at your wedding? Say no more! We’ve done it all. 

Stress-Free Wedding Planning

bride and groom first kiss during wedding ceremony with baby's breath floral arrangements
Photo by: Kari Tello Photography

I truly believe wedding planning can be a stress-free experience focused on love and celebration. This chapter of your life should be enjoyable instead of you wishing it was over with already because you’re so stressed out. Your wedding day is one of the biggest, most exciting days you’ll have in your life! I want you and your partner to be fully immersed in the day without having to worry about anything. I often get remarks about how calm my team and I are on wedding days. And I believe it’s because we’ve put in so much work beforehand to ensure that everything runs smoothly the day of. Additionally, we pride ourselves on the strong vendor relationships we’ve fostered to create beautiful events for our couples. It takes a village to make an event come to life, and we have some of the best around. (To see what some of my other clients are saying, you can check out reviews on GoogleYelp, ZolaWedding Wire, and The Knot.) And if you’re a recent client and haven’t left a review, we’d love one!

Everyone Is Welcome

rainbow hanging floral installation for LGBTQ+ wedding, Feathered Arrow Studio Los Angeles wedding planner
Photo by: Weddings By Mika

At Feathered Arrow Studio, we love all love! Regardless of your race, gender, orientation, religion, culture, background…your love is special and worth celebrating! We champion the LGBTQ+ community and think that everyone deserves a seat at the table. Additionally, the vendors we love share our vision and passion for the wedding industry. You’re welcome here!

If you’re ready to start planning your epic wedding, contact me here and let’s start planning! I can’t wait to get this party started! 

Feathered Arrow Signature Kari Dirksen

LATTE OBSESSED, CHRONIC OVERACHIEVER, OUTDOOR GIRL, SUCKER FOR LIVE MUSIC, DONUT FANATIC, LIFE LONG GREY'S ANATOMY FAN + DOG MOM. 

Expert Party Planner, Podcaster, and Creative Entrepreneur.

I'm a creative entrepreneur at heart and have been running my business for over 10 years and have planned and executed over 150+ weddings. I'm an expert in this industry and care deeply about my clients and making sure they have the best experience. I just launched a podcast with my work wife, Gabby Pinkerton of Cause We Can Events, called Just Another Biz Podcast! Go check it out!

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