A few years ago Derek and I were attending a WeddingWire conference in Los Angeles. During the lunch break between sessions we were fortunate to sit at the same table with wedding planner Rachael and her husband Tim. Over the last couple of years we’ve been seeing them at conferences, communicating with and social following Rachael Custom Events. I thought they would be an awesome addition to our Wedding Pro’s Interviews.
TSF: Tell us about yourself.
My husband and I have been married for almost 36 years and we love weddings. I previously worked in the corporate world and my husband, Tim, has been a professional musician and audio technician. From the time I was a teenager, my dream was to plan weddings. Our children are grown, so now after setting them off on their life journeys, I get to live my dream as a wedding planner.
TSF: Tell us about Rachael’s Custom Events.
Rachael’s Custom Events provides full-service wedding and event planning. We are a family business.
TSF: What’s your artistic approach to weddings?
We get our inspiration from our clients. Whether they want “shabby -chic” or “traditional” or whatever, we help them create their look. Our job is keep it clean, crisp, and smart, (we love Gordon Ramsay) – highly efficient and professional. Our motto is “Your Day, Your Way, Our Talent”
TSF: What’s been your favorite part of being a wedding planner?
The best part of our job has been making a difference in someone’s life by being a part of their day and helping create lasting memories.
TSF: What best piece of advice would you give couples planning their wedding?
Hire a wedding planner FIRST. If that is not possible, hire a wedding planner ASAP. Our specialty is “calm under fire”. Most crises can be handled easily when your wedding planner is a calming influence.
TSF: What is the most unique destination wedding you’ve planned?
We had a wedding on a mountaintop (8500 ft.) in Utah that included 7 events over four days.
TSF: What inspires you professionally?
I am inspired by open-minded, cooperative clients. It is so much easier to do a great job for people who want to enjoy the journey, not control it.
TSF: Give us 3 questions all couples should ask before hiring.
- “How many meetings can we have?” (correct answer is unlimited)
- “Do you mark up services from your preferred vendors?” (correct answer is no)
- “Do you stay for my entire event?” (correct answer is yes)
TSF: How about 3 questions every couple should ask their wedding planner after hiring.
- “What do you think?”
- “Is this possible within our budget?”
- “What is plan B?”
TSF: What is your biggest pet peeve as a wedding planner with modern technology?
Pinterest. Couples should understand that Pinterest is great for inspiration but not for duplication. Second biggest pet peeve – bad sound.
TSF: Weddings can be stressful. As a busy wedding planner how do you keep yourself relaxed and energized?
To stay relaxed and energized – Jack Daniels – no, seriously – The most important thing is being rested and nourished and HYDRATED in front of an event. The relaxed part is easy – it is a part of who we are and how we operate.
TSF: What one wedding planner superpower would you want?
Our most wanted superpower would be CLONING. If we could clone ourselves, we wouldn’t have to say no if we are already contracted.
TSF: Tell us about your core values.
- i. Be Inclusive
- ii. Over Deliver
- iii. Always Be Courteous
- iv. Think Out Of The Box
- v. No Cookie-Cutter Anything
- We will travel for events. Many of our weddings are outside Nevada (CA, CO, UT, AZ)
- We have a lot of decor items available – some we provide at no cost, some we will rent for a reasonable fee – which is another aspect of how we work to save money for our couples.
Rachael and Tim work hard and are committed to excellence. Derek and I believe in showcasing talent, not just for talent sake, but also for the quality of service, professionalism and kindness. If you want to know more about Rachael’s Custom Events we’ve included links to their website, WeddingWire and Knot reviews below. Take a moment to Like and Share them as well.
We always love hearing from you so let us know what you think in the comments below. Thank you Rachael and Tim.
Rachael’s Custom Events Website
Full service wedding planner and event designer. Serving the western United States – based in Las Vegas, NV. Licensed and insured. Wedding Wire Rated 2018-19 and The Knot Best Of 2019-19.
Rachael and Tim took the worry out of what is often a hectic day for a Mother of The Bride. They truly are the best at what they do! – Suzi Hummer – 5 Stars! Read The Full Review