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 planner is so important on your wedding day. The planner helps create the backdrop of every moment, every picture, and every memory.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce this week’s venue spotlight, Lorraine Ellis of Get Married in Florida.
When people ask “what do you do?” how do you answer?
I am a destination wedding planner who plans small and intimate weddings. I have been a wedding planner for 16 years.
What did you do before you did this?
I worked in the travel industry.
When and how did you get into the wedding industry?
I saw a niche in the market and was already doing weddings for a UK tour operator. When I got laid off, I thought, “I can do this!”
How long would you say you’ve been doing what you do today?
How did your work evolve to get you to where you are today?
We started with a couple of venues and two packages and now offer a range of venues and many more packages to suit all budgets.
What is your favorite thing about what you do? What’s your WHY?
Seeing all the planning coming together and how happy the couples are.
What’s the best part of your job?
I love planning and putting the final details together.
What motivates you to do this every day?
Helping people with the knowledge and experience I have and guiding them through the process, which can seem daunting from so far away.
What is the best compliment you’ve received from your clients?
That the wedding was way more than they had expected.
How did you decide on the name of your company?
I was lucky. I was thinking of names for the company and “Get Married in Florida” just came to mind…and was available.
What is important for clients to know about your company before they book you?
I offer a personalized service. We are a small company and can be more detail-oriented and flexible with our service. Couples deal with us directly.
What types of events do you specialize in?
What makes your business stand out from others in your category?
I have been going for 16 years, am from the UK originally, and have an understanding of UK brides (as I was one)!!!
Why do couples hire you?
Because I am British and specialize in offering weddings to couples from the UK.
Why do you think your business is successful?
Because I saw that couples who wanted to get married in Florida have to go through a UK tour operator. With this, they had to fly with the operators and stay in accommodation with the operator to then get married in Florida.
With the internet, people wanted to have a choice of what they wanted in a holiday and wedding. We saw a gap in the market and advised couples we did not care how they got here or where they stayed. As long as they wanted to get married, we were happy to help.
What does your most popular package include?
Our most popular package includes the venue, minister, cake, champagne, photographer, and our day-of coordinator.
Tell us briefly about some of your package options. What is the price range for these packages?
We tailor-make our packages based on the locations. Our price range is $650 to $3,700.
Get Married in Florida shares some helpful information for engaged couples…..
What are the most common questions you get asked by brides and/or grooms?
“What does a coordinator actually do?”
What is your best piece of advice for brides or grooms?
Hire a coordinator for your wedding. They will prove invaluable. They will see that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy your day without worrying. Let someone else worry about whether the flowers and cake have arrived.
What current trends have you seen at weddings that you personally like the most?
I love the farmhouse/rustic elements that are coming into weddings.
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions that people have about your vendor category?
“We don’t need a wedding planner…we can do it ourselves.”
Name three unique venues that you enjoy working at and why.
Paradise Cove – It’s a great beach location. So relaxed for a wedding!
Cypress Grove – Full of Southern Charm…so Florida.
Leu Gardens – A beautiful, tropical garden setting and very Florida.
What some of their previous couples had to say….
“We would like to thank you for arranging a fantastic day for us to get married at the Orlando Eye. We had a fantastic time and we would again like to say thank you to your representative and the wonderful photographer. We have great pictures of the day! Thank you to Ron who officiated the ceremony. We would recommend your company to friends and family who would like to get married in Florida.” – Mr and Mrs. Loveridge, Cypress Grove
“Richard and I would just like to take the time to say thank you so much for making our wedding so special. Everyone was absolutely wonderful and the day itself couldn’t have been better. Working in the industry ourselves, we chose to take the control out of our hands, and we cannot commend you enough for how perfect everything and everyone was. Please please please pass on a special thanks to Doug our Limo driver; he is absolutely wonderful. He was the tip of the iceberg to a ‘magical’ day.” – Mr & Mrs. Bennett, Cypress Grove
“Just wanted to thank you and all your team for arranging our day on Thursday. The staff present were amazing and was so helpful with our little boy. It exceeded our expectations and we can’t thank you all enough.” – Mr & Mrs. Albrighton, Orlando Eye
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