July 16, 2015
Marriage…what a great year to win Boston magazine’s Best of Boston ® 2015 -Best Wedding Coordinator. With the news of equality and marriage for all, this makes the honor of “Best of” even better!
I thought back on when I first began planning weddings…it was the 80’s! Weddings were so different then, in fact most of the planning was with the mother. However, it was in the 80’s that the wedding couple started to have a bigger part in the actual planning, since often they were paying for part of the wedding and wanted to break with some of the old traditions. During this time, I had the opportunity to work at The Great Hall in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. As I was spending so much time in this beautiful old building, I thought “what a great space for a wedding.” My sales team thought I was crazy, but within two years, we were hosting over 30 weddings a year. This was the start of designing weddings that were just a little different, and not always in a hotel.
I started to think about the trends then, and with the help of Google, decided to share the “wedding styles of the 1980’s.” When I googled 1980 Wedding Style, the word “vintage” came up, and I nearly choked! Really, I started doing weddings in a period that is now considered vintage! I toyed with the idea of tossing my own wedding photo from 1988 in this blog (Laura Ashley dress, large draping floral bouquet and all), but after I dusted off the wedding album and stopped laughing, I determined it might be best to put that picture back in the album where it belonged! I was a trendsetter in my day…my bridesmaids got their dresses off the racks at Neiman’s and each one was different. But just so you can create your own visual, these are some of the dresses I had to choose from.
Of course I was also attending many friends’ weddings at that time, and being a part of their wedding parties. I did have the opportunity to wear lots of chiffon and satin…more then anyone should ever have to wear. My favorite trend was the Rainbow Wedding Party (not to be confused with the first Same Sex wedding), in which each the bridesmaids wore a dress a different color of the rainbow. Somehow I always ended up in orange.
(This is a Google photo, not the actual wedding shot!)
Oh, and of course…we all wanted to be just like Diana!
There are so many great memories that I have from weddings from the 80’s through today. Styles change, trends change…but the purpose behind each wedding does not. It is about two people wanting to share their lives together, to build a foundation that they will recreate, grow and change for hopefully years to come. I look forward to planning many more memories for many more couples, and feel privileged to have this honor.