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30 May Why We Love What We Do!

For almost 17 years I have had the privilege of sharing one of the most special days in a couple’s relationship.  We have successfully executed hundreds of weddings and have memories to last a lifetime.  However, we recently experienced a first.  We received a review from a guest at one of our weddings.  Our commitment to each event has always gone beyond our client.  We strive for each guest and vendor to have an enjoyable experience.  How awesome is it that this guest noticed and took the time to share her thoughts on WeddingWire!

 

Suzan said…
I was a guest for my best friend’s daughters wedding on May 21st, 2017 and was able to watch how Shawn and her team created such a stress free wedding day for Erica. They took care of all the little and big details, made sure everything was just perfect and set a tone for the entire day that allowed the bride and her family to enjoy the day without feeling rushed or stressed whatsoever. I would highly recommend Shawn Schindler Events to anyone who wants to enjoy their day and be assured that it will be everything they imagined and more!

You can read more reviews about Shawn Schindler Events on WeddingWire.com!
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30 May Meet Meredith!

 

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We are excited about our 2017 summer intern.

 

Meredith Teasdale is a Senior at East Carolina University and is studying Hospitality Management, with a concentration in Conventions and Special Events, along with a minor in Business Administration. Meredith is involved on campus as being apart of the ECU Pirate Planners and managing the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. She is very detail oriented and organized and has a list for just about anything and everything. While she is not in school or working, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. Meredith went on to say to me, “I needed reassurance that this is exactly what I wanted to do, and I received that reassurance when I cried after the first wedding I assisted!” She is super excited to put her passion to work with Shawn Schindler Events this summer and meet some awesome clients and vendors!

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19 Sep Kristen & Mike

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Kristen & Mike

June 18th, 2016

Bennett Place & Bay 7

Durham, North Carolina

Kristen and Mike were married at the historic battleground, Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina on a beautiful Saturday evening. This venue created a very peaceful and intimate setting for family and friends to witness the celebration of the couple’s love for one another. The reception at Bay 7, carried on the rustic tone of the wedding with high-end signature food and drinks, scotch tasting, and a night full of dancing under string lights. Shawn Schindler Events with the help of prodigious vendors were able to facilitate every last detail to ensure this event ran smoothly and joyously. This wedding brought together a loving couple that both share a carefree and wanderlust personality. With each table number at the reception, came a different country in which the couple has traveled to together. May their everlasting love bring them many more adventures together!

Vendors:

Shawn Schindler Events

Bay 7

Sugarland

Band: The Outliers

Vox DJ Company

Expressions of Love Florist

CE Rental

The Make Up Team

Neil Boyd Photography

Academy

Ecostyle

White Horse

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25 Feb Pinterest Problems and DIY Drama: The Reason a Professional Makes A Difference

Pinterest Problems Blog

When Pinterest began in 2010, brides to be took to the internet in a fury to pin their wedding desires and DIY dreams in hopes of a hands-on wedding process full of customized decor and a personalized touch.

While the idea of a bride creating their own decor, substituting the professionals for a more “Pinspirational” approach seems cost-efficient and simplistic, the outcomes are not nearly as “Pinspiring” as hoped.

With the website, She Finds elaborating on the 10 Reasons Not to Plan Your Wedding On Pinterest, the Pinterest goggles (#10) come off in this blog post and reality is openly displayed. For those of you reading, this isn’t our way of telling you the DIY details you’ve added to your wedding plans are bad, actually quite opposite. Its important to know more about when and where to apply the “Pinteresting” idea’s you have for your wedding!

Here are some professional inputs (or reasons) as to why Pinterest Problems and DIY Drama occurs and why an event specialist makes the difference:

  • You wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix something you need an electrician for.
    It is the same with wedding planning. Those of us in events are professionals that have experience, knowledge and connections in the event industry which you, your “best friend that planned her sisters wedding” or anyone else may not have. A team is essential to any line of work and that goes true to your wedded ideals. A florist is a florist because they know flowers, a caterer is a caterer because they know what it takes to cater an event, not a work luncheon of drop-off delivery and ditch.
    While Pinterest seems like a good place to get DIY floral arrangements and “I could do this cheaper than…” thoughts, it ends in disarray. You pay for a fantastic photographer, why would you have the design of your event (which they capture on film) displaying anything other than the perfection you witnessed on Pinterest, which more than likely is not an actual image of what it REALLY would look like.

 

  • How much do you REALLY know about planning a wedding?
    Do you know the standard industry catering fee? Do you know the proper order of processional? Do you know how many chiavari chairs fit at a 60 inch round table, with or without charger plates? Didn’t think so… That is why you hire a professional! All of us in the event industry know what it takes to make an event happen and it is with that knowledge that we pass on to you (the bride) that makes not only your life easier, but more cost-efficient than you think.
    The 20 dollar store votives you (may have) purchased for your centerpiece floating candles fueled your “Pinning” process plans. However, now you find the task of delegation for a friend or family member to clean, fill (equally) and properly put in a floating candle during the reception set-up time, which is during your ceremony, for 15 or more tables. Now, wouldn’t a couple extra dollars have saved you and anyone you’ve delegated, the time, stress and effort of simply putting out candle votives, which doesn’t even include any other flowers or decor? Not to mention, a wedding professional does pick-up and drop-off which means someone else doesn’t have to bring everything and take it with them when they leave. Again, these are the small things that a wedding professional can help you with!

 

  • The “It’ll Be So Original!” thought process.
    Unless Katherine Hiegle makes your wedding dress 28 of her “27 Dresses” we can guarantee that no one else knows of the wedding trends more than an event professional. We know all our clients (and our industry friends’ clients) linens, decor and wedding idea’s far more than you or anyone else may. While Pinterest seems like a hub of originality, the current number of users exceeds any number of original idea’s you could implement in your special day.
    Your wedding is meant to be your day and thus, serve it as a guide not a design book that looks like every other big day posted on someones board. Last thing you want at your next holiday party is all of your newlywed friends commenting on how “I did the same thing when WE got married!” on all your wedding pictures displayed around your house.

Now, these are just three small notes we have made in regards to our professional experiences in the Pinterest Problems and DIY Drama’s but there are obviously more we could share. However, this blog isn’t meant to be a sass-filled elaboration on whats wrong with brides who DIY their Pinsperations, actually, its meant to explain how to be smart with your Pinned plans and Michael’s coupons when it comes to your special day.

We at Shawn Schindler Events know you deserve a wonderful, memorable and unique wedding to serve as the perfect reflection of you. Let us help you do just that!

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02 Nov Shawn Schindler…..Celebrating 15 Years!!

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Shawn Schindler, Owner and Lead Consultant of Shawn Schindler Events is celebrating 15 years in the event industry and we feel the best way to celebrate such a momentous milestone, is to give back!

 

Shawn shares, “I have been so blessed by my career!  I deeply value the relationships with the event professionals I have the privilege of working with each week and our amazing staff, past and present, that have contributed greatly to our success.   Most importantly, my life has been so enriched by the hundreds of couples and families I have worked with during my 15 years.  Giving back seems small compared to how full my life is as a professional event planner.”

 

During our anniversary month of November, for every client that books our Spectacular event package, Shawn Schindler Events will donate $150 to one of our team selected charities. In addition to this, for any client who books our Timeless package, we will donate $50.

 
Our team thought long and hard about how we should celebrate the accomplishments and success of Shawn Schindler Events. After realizing how passionate we are about our community and all of those within it that help make every event we do so special, we realized giving back that very same community is the best way to celebrate.

 
We have been so blessed to be able to have been a part of so many individuals’ lives and to be a part of so many more as the years continue. It truly is a huge accomplishment for the Shawn Schindler Events team to have made it 15 years in the hands with growing success, of Shawn Schindler.

 
Each one of us came together to think of our own local nonprofits to which we would charitably contribute and our choices are as follows. Every single one of these amazing organizations have provided our community with resources, help and so much more. Follow the links to learn more about each of our selections and all that they have provided for our Triangle Area and beyond.

 

Thank you all so much for helping us get to where we are, in a field we not only love but are passionate about and for helping us celebrate 15 years!

Raleigh Rescue Mission

North Carolina Troopers Association

Wake County SPCA

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Community of Hope – Garner, North Carolina

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10 Aug Courtney & Chris

Courtney & Chris
July 25th, 2015
The Carolina Inn
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This fun-loving Carolina couple celebrated their love at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina among family and friends with an outdoor ceremony and unique ballroom reception. The live band and outgoing DJ kept the entertainment going all night for a vivacious crowd. Shawn Schindler Events planned this wedding with Courtney, bringing to life each and every one of her visions and dreams for her special day!

 

Vendors:
Shawn Schindler Events
The Carolina Inn
The Embers
Ginny Corbett Photography
SPIN
Simpsound
Expressions of Love
Ashley Cake’s
Ben Palmer Guitarist
Twenty-One Films
CE Rental
AFR Furniture Rental

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10 Aug Ashley & Christopher

Ashley & Christopher
July 11th, 2015
The Rand-Bryan House
Garner, North Carolina

Absolutely stunning wedding under a Southern July sky for Ashley and Christopher at the Rand-Bryan House in Garner, North Carolina. The intimate morning wedding brought together the love of two amazing individuals with personal touches throughout every wedding element. Shawn Schindler Events planned the event with both Ashley and Christopher, creating a wedding of their dreams!

Vendors:
Shawn Schindler Events
The Rand-Bryan House
Expressions of Love
Island Sound
Allie Miller Photography
CE Rental
Unforgettable Food Affairs
Confectionate Cakes

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10 Aug Alyssa & Ryan

Alyssa & Ryan
June 12th, 2015
The Stockroom at 230
Raleigh, North Carolina

This intimate wedding gathered friends and family from all over together in celebration of the marriage of Alyssa and Ryan. This couple added intricate details into their overall decor and design, personalizing every aspect throughout the entire wedding. It came together flawlessly on a beautiful June day in Raleigh with the help of Shawn Schindler Events and all the spectacular vendors involved. We loved working this wedding and with such a kind-hearted couple every step of the way!

Pictures of this fabulous event, taken by Imago Photography can be found at:
Alyssa & Ryan’s Wedding 

Vendors:
Shawn Schindler Events
The Stockroom at 230
Ashley Cakes
Expressions of Love
SPIN
Donovan’s Dish
CE Rental
ThemeWorks
Shutterbooth
Imago Photography

 

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03 Nov Caroline and Jason: Wedding Review and Reflection

One of the best parts of being a wedding planner that may be overlooked is the relationships we form with our clients. The wedding planning process can be lengthy and require many hours spent together. It’s no wonder so many of our clients feel like family in the end! We love reading wedding reviews from our clients; it always feels good to know that we had a hand in making so many wedding days unforgettable. Caroline and Jason recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and took a moment to reflect on our role in their special day. Here’s what Caroline had to say:

“We have been married for a year & our anniversary incited discussions about the joy of our wedding weekend. We can attribute a lot of this joy to Shawn Schindler Events- with these experts in control, we were able to fully enjoy our wedding & allow them to handle the details! Shawn’s team enables you/your family to be completely immersed in the moment, without worrying about any of the ‘behind the scenes’ execution. This alone made her services worth every penny- the wedding goes by in the blink of an eye & it was so imperative to us that we spend each of those minutes with our guests, not vendors. Shawn had a special gift for transforming the many designs, pictures, & concepts we presented her into a unified, executable vision. Her team assisted with the Rehearsal Dinner as well & guaranteed that all wedding weekend activities, from start to finish, went off without a hitch (or at least unknown to us). We decided to work with Shawn as a Full Service Client & adored planning with her during our engagement. Her recommendations saved us tremendous amounts of time, yet when it came time for a final decision she always encouraged us to go with the selection we were most comfortable with & supported that decision fully (i.e. listening to our style, suggesting a narrowed down list of photographers that best aligned with those preferences, accompanying us to meetings, prompting questions we may not have thought to ask & helping us gain all the info needed to make the best decision). Shawn is very respected amongst wedding vendors; being introduced as her client immediately excited others to work with us. In addition to her experience, she is an incredibly genuine person with a wonderful heart. By teaming up with her you can ensure you will have a positive experience full of laughter & fun! We consider her a friend that we feel blessed to know! We are thankful she came into our lives for such a joyous occasion & credit her with helping our wedding dream come true!”

Reading reviews like that definitely give our job meaning! Look how cute Caroline and Jason were before their ceremony. Choosing to see each other the first time during the ceremony can be very special!

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What makes our job even better is that we not only get to know our couples, but their families as well. We love knowing that Ann, Caroline’s mother, had such a positive experience working with us.

“It’s been said that people come into your life for a reason and sometimes they change it for the better. That was surely the case for us when we were fortunate enough to meet Shawn. She is uniquely gifted with the ability to bring a sense of calm and control to any situation. Her sweet smile put us at ease when we first met as she immediately gave us the feeling that we were talking with an old friend. Her outstanding reputation and numerous accolades proceeded our meeting and she exceeded all of our expectations. Her many years of experience have given her extensive knowledge of vendors in the area which proved to be a big time saver for us. We trusted her experience and had complete confidence in her advice. We worked with Shawn for more than a year and we knew our vision for the wedding day would become reality due to her masterful orchestration. During the process she scheduled and attended meetings with us with all vendors. The day of the wedding she managed the transportation services; functionality of the ceremony ; entertainment during cocktail hour; band for the reception; delivery & set up of tables, chairs, linens, food service & florals; facilitated arrangements for requested personal touches during the ceremony & reception; served as liaison with the reception venue; and along with her fabulous team, managed any issues that presented with 400 guests. We were so thankful for many extra and unexpected things she did for us. As the mother of the bride I was able to approach the year of planning and the weekend of the wedding as a time of making many happy memories with my daughter, knowing that Shawn was taking care of all the details. She is the consummate professional who can be trusted to manage any situation in the best possible way. We appreciated her professionalism, competence, experience, initiative, and sound judgment. However, the most remarkable thing about her is the genuine joy she shares with you for this most cherished occasion.”

It is always nice to be able step away from the planning for a moment and read about the impact Shawn Schindler Events has had on so many couples. Caroline and Jason’s wedding was a day we will never forget!

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To read more wedding reviews, visit our WeddingWire page! And to see more of Caroline and Jason’s beautiful day, check out their video here!

 

Written by Kirsti Zickefoose

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