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Welcome to The Proper Planner – A Wedding Planner’s Perspective!

My name is Kelly Sherlock and I am a wedding and event planner in New Orleans.  I started my business in 2007 and have been growing and learning every day since.  This is an industry that relies on change and the “next best thing” in order to keep each event fresh and better than the last wedding each guest attended.  While the wedding world is ever changing, there is also a certain semblance of tradition or an “outline” in which to follow.  It is my job to help each bride and groom decide where the lines are drawn and where the lines are blurred.  It is also my job to stay up to date with the fads, learn the new trends and stay abreast of what’s coming next.  Most importantly, it is important for me to know and be able to explain the traditions of our past and how to update them in a way that works for each bride’s individual situation and circumstance.  Where would one find the answers for such traditions of the past with an updated twist?  Now you see where this blog originated!

A year or so into the business, as I worked with more diverse clients with different backgrounds, budgets and beliefs, I realized that the only advice out there for brides or hosts of any party was coming from outdated versions of etiquette that pertained to life 100 years ago.  Everywhere I looked I saw the same books with the same tired thoughts of how weddings “should” work, how an invitation “should” be written and who “should” pay for what.  The problem is, the etiquette of our grandmothers’ came to life before bride’s were dealing with divorced parents, paying for their own weddings and blurred lines between men and women.  Today, things are not so black and white and it was my mission to create something more useful for today’s bride and something to cover even more than just the grey areas.

Since creating the original “Proper Planner” on blogspot four years ago, I’ve grown and learned and realized that we are in the midst of a wedding frenzy that no other generation has experienced before.  I’ve seen that the years of “reality” tv and Pinterest and everything else wedding-related has created the same problem that all social media creates; a monster and an unrealistic idea of the process, the vendors and the wedding itself.  So I’d like to use social media to turn the tables and show you what really happens behind the scenes, what really works and how professional vendors excel in a world where digital cameras make everyone a photographer, Pinterest makes everyone a designer, and a flip cam paired with IMOVIE makes everyone a videographer.

Also, my experiences of planning specifically in New Orleans, a city consistently listed as a top destination for weddings in the country, has also shown me that there’s so much more to the wedding than even just the details themselves.  Here, it’s about the entire experience starting when the guests step off the plane and it’s about the entire weekend for the clients, the guests and the vendors. Everything is about so much more than just a finer details.

So I’ve decided to turn my original “sounding board” into an entire site dedicated to weddings, social standards, new trends and of course, all things New Orleans. This blog will serve as an updated version of etiquette – a discussion of new traditions that have come along as well as old traditions that are still with us (all according to my experiences).  This will also be an outlet for situations that occur throughout my day-to-day planning with my brides, vendors, venues, and my city!  Last, but not least, this will be a site for beautiful weddings, all things fabulous, and what’s trending according to my clients, my vendors, myself and anyone else who chooses to write in and share!

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