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Expert Advice: Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming!

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On Monday I introduced you to wedding planner and designer Lisa Vorce, of Oh, How Charming. As promised, we've got a great question and answer session with lots of helpful information from one of our industry's best. Plus, I've got a gallery of some of Lisa's favorite wedding details from her years in the business. The photos are courtesy of Aaron Delesie, Elizabeth Messina, Megan Sorel, and Beaux Arts Photographie.

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Shira Savada: What’s the first thing you ask a couple when you meet them? What should they bring to the meeting?

Lisa Vorce: I really want to know everything about them: where they're from, how they met, how he proposed, what they love to do in their free time, what kind of music they listen to, where they love to travel, what magazines they read, what kind of décor they have in their house, what restaurants they love, etc. Typically, brides are better communicators, so I really push my grooms to get information out of themThe faster I learn about who they are at their core, the better I can create, design, and customize an event that will truly speak to them. In terms of what to bring to the meeting, magazine tears are always great, especially tears from design, fashion, or architecture magazines, which are a bit more raw.

SS: How do you create an enjoyable party for the guests?

LV: Taking caring of guests is paramount to the success of an event. I always have a thematic “comfort essentials” table set up at all of our events for guests to enjoy. We include things like wraps for cooler days, parasols and sunscreen for sunny days, bug spray, flip flops, and all the info they'll need (this information is good to give guests before the event via a save the date, invitation, and/or wedding website). I also advise brides to make sure there's adequate seating (and that guests have enough room at their tables), music just loud enough to carry a comfortable conversation, and that the special needs of guests are met (say, suitable paths for guests in wheel chairs).

SS: What’s one thing you’re itching to do at a wedding, but just haven’t had the opportunity to do just yet?

LV: I’m itching to design an after-party or a lounge with teepees. Somebody PLEASE let me do a teepee lounge for them! How great would that be in an open field with bonfires?

SS: What are some trends you’re seeing this year that you love?

LV: Elopements! We’re getting calls from clients who just want us to produce a romantic, extraordinary wedding for two. We're also seeing lots of textiles and the use of more elaborate fabrics with a ton of body -- think 17th-century France. And I'm definitely seeing a trend towards traditionally classic elements -- less rustic farm tables, crystal chandeliers, and mercury glass!

SS: Is there a venue that’s typically easier to work with?

LV: There are advantages and disadvantages to all scenarios. A hotel, for example, has all the infrastructure we need (i.e. adequate power, restrooms, existing kitchen facilities, etc.) but typically requires us to bring in more décor elements. Private estates are amazing and such wonderful templates to work with but require a ton of infrastructure, which typically drives up the budget. Selecting the appropriate venue is critical to the success of an event, and to the success of a budget!

Comments (3)

  • Lisa Vorce is not only a consummate professional but a delightful person indeed ... I always look forward to working with her and her team. What fun to see my calligraphy here in this post today, too!

  • When I decided to start my own event/wedding planning & design business, there were two people that helped me; my husband and indirectly Lisa Vorce. I've never met her but her impeccable style, creativity, and sheer design genius inspired me and still does. Maybe one day I will meet her but unitl then I love reading about her and seeing her work. Thank you!

  • So many great ideas!!

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