Heather Perrin: Macon, GA Wedding Planner
Heather Perrin Weddings
Wedding Coordinator in Macon, GA
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What is a wedding coordinator? This service can go by many names (Day-of Coordinator, Wedding Management, Month-of Coordinator) but it is essentially this: a wedding coordinator takes the plans you have worked tirelessly on, and makes sure they happen smoothly and that you have a fun, stress-free day.

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Why I Don't Blog

Ok, so you’re probably confused. That’s understandable. You are in fact reading a post titled “Why I Don’t Blog” on a page titled “Blog.” Confusing indeed.

Well I’d like to shed some light on that for you, dear reader. I hate to be confused, and I’m sure it’s rather uncomfortable for you too.

You see, every blog expert on the internet (and there are a bunch) will tell you the #1 rule of blogging:

If you’re going to blog, you have to be consistent.

Whether it’s once a day, once a week, or once a month, you absolutely definitely certainly MUST do it with consistency. If you’re not going to post consistently, you will be better off taking the whole thing down.

I get it. I hear you, internet. OK.

And it makes sense! With my very limited understanding of the Google, algorithms, and SEO, regular content drives readers to your website, increases your likelihood of being found, and proves to visitors that you have a pulse and something valuable to contribute to the world. Sure.

Well, I had some changes in the summer of 2018 that shifted my priorities and drastically reduced the time I could spend blogging.

Yes, she is in fact the most precious thing you’ve ever seen.

We had our sweet baby girl, Sarah, on June 8, 2018, and life has not looked the same since. She is the most amazing, undeserved gift and I am so grateful to be her mom.

When I started coordinating weddings in 2016, I was considering leaving my full time job as an event planner for a University in pursuit of entrepreneurship. It was terrifying, but it had a goal: I wanted to stay home when we eventually had kids, and I wanted a way to earn an income as I did. So I tried it, loved it, and never looked back (ok, so I’ve looked back lots. But no regrets).

Flash forward to 2018 when that little bundle of joy actually arrived, and my workflow changed dramatically. I went from having no boss to being subject to the whims of this tiny person. (Not really, she’s super chill as far as babies go). But the reality was that my time was limited! So I had to make some choices.

One of those choices was to focus solely on wedding coordinating and remove planning and consulting from my offerings. I wanted to streamline as much as I could and really hone in on the part I am passionate about: making things run smoothly so my clients get to enjoy the day. Narrowing my focus was (and is) scary as a business decision because it limits the types of weddings I can take on, but I am learning that limits are good things. They are healthy things. Now I spend my work hours on the things I love most.

The other choice was to cut back on social media and to cut out blogging. These are important parts of running a business, but they are not the business itself. If I had to choose between taking care of my people and writing a blog post, the choice was clear. So I decided to limit what I had to say and spend the time I have on the work itself.

My work hours are shrinking because of this giggly, wiggly, beautiful girl, so I want to spend them well. I want to use my time to work diligently for my clients, making sure that their plans go off without a hitch, that they don’t forget anything, that their vendors have everything they need to do their best work, and that everyone has a great time.

So, I don’t blog. Right now at least. Motherhood has proved to be ever-changing process, and I have to hold my plans with an open hand. Maybe I’ll come back to it and make the blog experts happy. Who knows?

Why then don’t I take it down? Well, y’all, I put a lot of time into those posts! I tried to craft things that would add value to the people who read it, and contribute to their day - whether planning a wedding, or just enjoying beautiful celebrations. If you want to access that information, I don’t want to hide it! My SEO can handle it (I think).

So feel free to peruse at your pleasure, read about past weddings and personal tips, and have a good ole time. Just don’t be disappointed if you don’t hear from me for a while. I’ve got clients to serve and a cute baby to play with.

Much love.

Heather

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Reflections on 2017

The new year always brings us to reflect on another year past. To consider the highs, the lows, triumphs, and struggles of the year that has come to an end, and to hope, plan, and prepare for a new year ahead. I think this is a good thing. There is definitely a danger of too much reflection, of dwelling on things that didn't go well, or becoming consumed with what has passed. But there is also something to be said for taking stock, being grateful for the beautiful things and the hard things that came our way this year. So a couple days late, here is my look back.

Photo:  A. Thomas Photography  |  Sarah + Bryan  | Love these two.

Photo: A. Thomas Photography | Sarah + Bryan | Love these two.

2017 started with a dream

I dipped my toe in the waters of wedding coordinating in 2016, serving three couples that were also friends while I tried to figure out if this was for me (spoiler alert: I loved it). These sweet friends were my first clients, and they gave me the courage to take a risk and start something new. So the beginning of 2017 was full of goal-setting, planning, researching, and preparing for risk taking. I got a business license, visited the zoning office, and paid for bookkeeping software. Some of these seemingly boring steps were insanely exciting to me because 1. I love the nerdy business side of things and 2. they made it so real! [See Kaitlin + Chris, Kathlyn + Andrew, and Sarah + Bryan]

 

Spring was a season of change

This dream I was building also meant leaving a place that I loved. I was so blessed to work at my alma mater for three years, and I attribute so much of my skill set to the things I learned there. Mercer will always have a special place in my heart, and saying goodbye was far from easy. I spend January-June preparing to leave well, to set the person who would come in after me up for as much success as I could, and to soak it all in. It was a bittersweet season. With my incredible team of student leaders, I executed some of the largest and most complex events of my career. Each "last" I walked through was a milestone and a precious memory.

During this season, I was absolutely floored to be able to coordinate one of the most beautiful weddings with some incredible vendors. I am still grateful for that Instagram message from a fellow wedding vendor and soon-to-be bride and the fun I had coordinating her elegant Dublin wedding!

Summer was a season for building

With the momentum from Mindy and Jake's wedding, and support from friends and fellow vendors, I launched into this full-time entrepreneurship thing! I launched a blog, kicked up my social media game, and learned as much as I could. I also fell into a surprising but awesome part-time position at New City, learning and growing into something else unexpected. (Lord, I still don't know what you're doing, but I'm enjoying it!) I grew in friendships, in leadership, and in time management (y'all, working from home can be a struggle).

I got to meet the sweetest family and work at the Hay House for the first time [Kelby + Patrick]. Then an incredible lakeside wedding with two lovebirds who just wanted to have fun [Victoria + Jess].

I also made some amazing relationships with other wedding professionals that have been absolute game-changers in this business! I am so so grateful for our chapter of the Rising Tide Society's Tuesdays Together and all that the group has taught me!

 

Fall was a season of harvesting

Macon GA Wedding

Ok, the harvesting image is a little fuzzy for me, but fall was so FULL! I had two sweet couples that I was over the moon to work with (one of which is now in our small group and have become great friends!), and met some incredible vendors. [Blogs on these sweeties are to come]

Fall was full of learning, growing, and doing the work. I also got to help welcome two precious babies and see their new mamas absolutely shine. Fall was full to the brim. So much so that the blog took a backseat, and that's OK with me. Fall was also about learning to be OK with things that don't go exactly according to plan.

December brought two more weddings, one at New City and another in Tavares, FL, and my first partial planning client. Also, I had my first non-Georgia wedding, so I'm officially regional ;) A styled shoot with some new vendor friends, and plans for an exciting new project: a bridal show at the Grand Magnolia House!

What's ahead in 2018

I am immensely grateful for this past year. I took a risk, felt like I jumped off a cliff, and it has been so rewarding. But I am also thrilled for what is next!

I have several sweet couples on the calendar for 2018, and I've been blown away by the way this business has grown so far. I am solely focusing on coordinating this year and not taking any new partial planning clients, because our family is also expecting some changes...

Bowden is very excited to be a big brother :) Or maybe it was the milkbone I had in my hand that has him grinning.

Bowden is very excited to be a big brother :) Or maybe it was the milkbone I had in my hand that has him grinning.

Baby Perrin due June 2018! (No, we're not getting another dog. This one's human). Talk about adventures, huh?

Thank you all for going with me on this journey. It has been a blast, and I can't wait to see what is next! Let's go 2018!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wedding Coordinator

Welcome! 

I am so thrilled that you're here. This journey of mine keeps growing and evolving, and I am grateful for all of you who are along for the ride! Today I am PUMPED to kick off the next development for HPW: the blog! (Blog is a weird word. I don't like the way it sounds so much like "blah." And the g certainly doesn't help either. I'm gonna work on another word for blog.)

As we go on, you can expect stories of real weddings, planning tips and advice, and a little bit of the things that fire me up, but to get things started, I wanted to share a few things you may not know about your friendly neighborhood wedding coordinator (that's me!).

Enjoy!

 
All About Animals Macon GA

1. I am obsessed with my dog.

OK, so if you've spent any time around me (or on my Instagram), you probably already knew this. But people who are obsessed with their dogs do not miss opportunities to talk about their dogs. Especially on the internet.

Bowden is a three(ish) year old rescue that we have had since February 2016. He is the best dog in the world (completely objective of course) and we are so lucky we found him. When we rescued him, he had just arrived at All About Animals Rescue in Macon when he ESCAPED into the wilderness--with fresh stitches from being neutered no less--and was lost for several days. When they found him he was exhausted, dirty, and sick, but we knew immediately he was the one for us. 

He only barks at the mailman and the doorbell, sheds all over everything I own, and loves belly rubs. 

See? Obsessed.

 
Plus it's just beautiful. Historic homes like  the Hay House  just kill me!

Plus it's just beautiful. Historic homes like the Hay House just kill me!

2. I am a proud Maconite.

When I first moved to Macon in 2010, I was a bit skeptical. I moved here for college, so it never occurred to me that this would become my home. It didn't take long for the city's sweet soul to win me over and for me to fall in love with this place. The pace suits me better than a big city, and there is always more going on than my introverted-extrovert self can handle. Live music, amazing food, parks and walking trails, and some really cool people make this place home.

Macon is a place that you can be proud to be a part of for so many reasons. One of the things that first made me realize this could be home was the fact that change in Macon was happening from the ground up. People who live and work here are investing time, money, and energy to make this city a great place to live. We're still getting folks on board, but it is so exciting to see neighbors coming together and creating something beautiful. I am proud to live in a city like that.

 

3. I like to take care of people.

For better or for worse, I am a bit of a momma bear. I want to gather you up, make you some brownies, and wrap you in a blanket. I don't do this perfectly, but my nature is to nurture (haha. see what I did there? I'm also really good at corny jokes). I think this is part of the reason I love coordinating weddings. I love looking at a worn out bride-to-be and telling her, hey, I've got this. You go have some champagne. Or talking to her mom and telling her not to worry about lighting the candles at the reception, it's already done. That relief that lets their shoulders relax and their brows un-furrow is what gives me so much joy.

What does that look like? Read here to learn a little more about what a wedding coordinator does! Or here to hear from some sweet brides and moms.

And of course, I couldn't do it without the one who takes such good care of me. This is Tanner. You'll likely hear a lot about him. He is my supporter, encourager, and best friend, and has already been an amazing partner in this crazy ride. I'm thankful for him.

This adventure has already been such a gift, and I am having the time of my life! Thank you for coming alongside and celebrating each step of the way with me.

Much love,

Heather