Just Dandy Events | Vendor Spotlight on Let's Wed Hampton RoadsToday’s Vendor Spotlight is on Holly, owner of Just Dandy Events! Just Dandy Events is a wedding coordination company that has been operating for 5 years and enjoys traveling, working at new venues and serving the most incredible couples! Keep reading to learn more about Holly and her amazing business!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Henson Photos

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What led you to planning weddings, and what is the inspiration behind your business?
I’ve always been interested in weddings. As a kid, anytime I had to accompany my mom to the grocery store, I would lose myself in wedding magazines, planning out every detail of hundreds of weddings. Fast forward to my early twenties, and I found myself engaged and planning my own real wedding.  While that relationship was not the right one for me and I eventually ended the engagement, I really did enjoy planning out all the details and watching it start to come together.  I went on to help a few friends plan their weddings and also watched a few friends plan their weddings without any help at all.  I hated the conversations following weddings where these new brides would say something along the lines of “I love being married, but planning the wedding was a total nightmare.”  I would cringe and sort of tear up for each of them.  How sad to feel that way about a time in your life that should be filled with excitement and anticipation and all the happy feels!

I don’t remember who it was that I was talking to, but one day I just let it all out.  “I can’t stomach hearing another bride-to-be tell me how ready she is to just run off and elope because wedding planning is so unbearably hard.  I can’t keep listening to newlyweds say they wish they had skipped the whole wedding and just gone to City Hall.  It just breaks my heart.  I really think I can make a difference in that season of their lives.  I want to make them look back and smile over the memories of dress shopping, vendor meetings, and all the tastings.  I think I can do this.  I want to do this.”  And so, Just Dandy Events was born!
Just Dandy Events | Vendor Spotlight on Let's Wed Hampton Roads
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Henson Photos

What do you love most about Hampton Roads weddings?
Hampton Roads is such a fun area!  We have so many talented and unique vendors to help make our couples’ days everything they’ve dreamed of.  There are so many amazing venues to appeal to every type of couple.  I’ve never felt like I’ve coordinated the same wedding twice….which is a huge blessing.

Describe your ideal couple!

The ideal JDE couple is down-to-earth and head-over-heels in love.  They know how to have fun, have the most loyal and loving bridal party, and we usually leave their wedding days feeling like we have made new friends for life.

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Photo Credit: Shannon Moffit Photography

What is your favorite moment during the wedding and how does it feel to have planned it?
My favorite moment during a wedding is actually one that I don’t orchestrate at all.  I absolutely without a doubt love the best man & maid of honor speeches.  There’s something about hearing sweet, funny, and sometimes embarrassing stories about the bride & groom from their two closest friends that just gets me.  I love getting a little peek into the loyalty & support behind their friendships.  I usually end up borderline sobbing by the end of the speeches.

Share with us why wedding planners are so important!
Your wedding planner will be such a valuable resource to you throughout your whole planning journey.  They will link you with the best vendors in the area and then work tirelessly with them to bring your vision for your wedding to life.  They will also take all the stress and hard work off your plate so that you can really enjoy your day with your friends and family!  Investing in a wedding planner is one of the smartest things you can do to really make sure that your wedding will be everything you’ve hoped for.

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Photo Credit: Angie McPherson Photography

 

What is your absolute favorite Hampton Roads venue to work at and why?
This is such a difficult question to answer!  I’ve been lucky enough to work at some of the most amazing venues in the area.  The Founders Inn, Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club, and Lesner Inn to name a few.  And I love each of them for such different reasons!  But some of my very favorite weddings have been the backyard weddings! I have a soft spot for couples that get married in places that have meaning to them.
What do you love to do in your free time?
When I’m not planning beautiful wedding days for my amazing couples, I’m usually spending time with my handsome boyfriend and our lovable puppy.  We watch football, drink wine, and listen to lots of country music.  I also like to spend a lot of time with my closest friends, either finding new wineries or making big plans for our small businesses!

Just Dandy Events | Vendor Spotlight on Let's Wed Hampton Roads

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Henson Photos

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple who is searching for a wedding planner?
Find a planner that understands the priorities you have for your wedding day.  If you are on a tight budget, make sure that your planner is fully aware of this budget and able to work within its parameters.  When meeting with potential planners, ask questions.  Let them educate you on why they do things the way they do and how it will impact your day.  Keep looking and meeting with them until you find the right one and you feel a connection.  You’ll be spending so much time with this person over the next year or so!

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