It’s Spotlight day, where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding vendors and share the stories behind these companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
Hiring the right wedding vendors is so important on your wedding day. The wedding coordinator helps everything run smoothly.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s vendor spotlight, Bonny Bailey-Finck of P.S. I Love You Productions.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
I am the Wedding Coordinator that comes on board when you are 2-3 months out and realize that you are in “oh crap” mode. I help you see all of your visions through and make life for your vendors substantially easier!
What did you do before you did this?
I have been event coordinating for 10-12 years. Before that, I was a performer in entertainment and entertainment management for the theme parks.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
There was a hotel I worked for that needed someone to do weddings. I figured I had done events for 36,000 people, so maxing out at 300 (which was what our hotel could do at a time) was relatively easy in theory.
How long would you say you’ve been doing what you do today?
I can honestly say I have probably been doing events even longer than 10-12 years. My mom used to cater for our church as well as small parties when I was younger. Who set the tables? And came up with fun napkin folds and added decor…? YEP, that was me! My mom still messages me when she wants help with her holiday tables. 🙂 Makes me feel good!
Tell us about your most memorable event so far and why it was.
I loved when a mother of the bride wanted to do something special for her daughter’s wedding, and we were able to pull off a special tribute/concert/performance of Dan & Shay (her favorite band) to perform their first dance (also their song). Also, of course, a meet-and-greet and amazing concert for everyone who attended the wedding.
What’s the best part of your job?
The part where couples get to enter their reception room for the first time without anyone else in it and really see their vision come to life. Those few moments are precious and special!
What motivates you to do this every day?
It is going to sound cliche… but I actually do LOVE people. Yes, they do drive me crazy from time to time, which is normal. But just seeing the sheer joy that families have for their loved ones on their big days melts my heart!
What fun fact would people be surprised to learn about you?
I used to be a professional Latin ballroom dancer. And yes, I still dance from time to time.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
When they say that I “get” them. I do try my best to basically take on the persona of every client during their day so I can make decisions on their behalf (and not on my preferences). It is their day…I just execute it!!!
How did you decide on the name of your company?
I am a movie geek and just always thought this name spoke to me! Originally I wanted my packages offered to be named after with my favorite romantic comedies, but for those that are not well-versed in movies, I felt the scope was a little too far so I dialed it back a bit.
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
Even though I am capable of full planning, predominately I shine with coordination and detailing towards the end of the planning process. Should you prefer a full-service planner, I actually work with several and would love to refer them. Should you wish to attack your wedding planning yourself, I am here to make sure you cross your “t’s” and dot your “i’s.” 😉
What is the most unique service/product you offer?
Most people do not know that my company also supplies entertainment & specialty acts per request (i.e. stilt walkers, animals, horse & carriages, etc.).
What types of events do you specialize in?
Weddings, birthday parties, bar & bat mitzvahs, showers (baby & bridal), themed entertainment and specialty acts.
What makes your business stand out from others in your category?
My ability to adapt my services to what the client OR vendor needs. I can be hired by BOTH!
Tell us about your favorite type of engaged couple.
Organized but open to new ideas and themes.
Why do couples hire you?
They relate to my personality and excitement about their event.
What does your most popular package include?
“The French Kiss”
Creation of Wedding Plan (Itinerary, Floor Plan, & Inventory Lists)
Ceremony & Reception Coordination
Management of ALL Setup & Teardown
Placement & Decor
Distribution of Final Payments & Gratuities
Wedding Emergency Kit Use
Final Details Meeting 4 Weeks Prior to the Wedding Day
Tell us briefly about some of your package options. What is the price range for these packages?
My packages are named after On-Screen Kisses:
They range from “The Peck” (ceremony and rehearsal ONLY – $150) through “The French Kiss” listed above.
Why do you think your business is successful?
I build packages for what vendors and clients need. Not just sell them a blanket sales pitch. It is ALL CUSTOM!
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions that people have about your vendor category?
“That anyone can just setup trinkets provided.” It is not about that. It is having the experience to adjust colors, styles, and setups on the fly if something does not work the way it should. And thinking all ideas through. Clients get caught up in the event as a whole, and sometimes forget batteries for a candle or wire for a floral. This is where coordination shines! And just making sure you can step away and look at the event without tunnel vision and make sure ALL guests, family, and bridal party are able to ENJOY the event! Plus, who likes seeing the family clean up at the end of the night? I mean, that just makes me sad! They should be able to leave the venue with just having enjoyed their event!
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“Such a professional. I would highly recommend Bonny to anyone looking to have a wedding where they can relax and enjoy their day.” – Shaye, The Highland Manor
“WOW is all I can say. Our original wedding venue canceled on us three months prior to our wedding date and we were left crushed. Highland Manor and Bonny really know how to execute a wedding from set-up to breakdown. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and we are so glad that this was where we ended up having our wedding. A true blessing in disguise!” – Tori, The Highland Manor
” I thought that I could plan my wedding without a wedding coordinator… but i was very wrong. When I found Bonny, she took everything I had envisioned for my wedding and turned it into a reality! She knows so many vendors in the area and I could literally describe what I was looking for and within the hour she’d send me an e-mail with three vendors and their quotes. She was amazing!!! She’s so fun to work with and takes care of everything!!! The day before the wedding, I called her freaking out that we just had a bunch of decorations and I had no idea how it would come together. She made it look better than I could’ve ever made it look. We tell all our friends getting married that they need Bonny!” Jessica, Cypress Grove Estate House