#174 Heart-Centered Wedding Planning

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December 18th, 2019

1 hr 9 mins 3 secs

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About this Episode

Neillie Butler is a three-time cancer survivor. In 2009, she decided to start her own business, so she could serve people with her whole heart and do work that rewarded her in a meaningful way.

Today, Neillie Butler, the founder and Lead Planner of Mariée Ami is joining us to chat about bringing a heart-centered approach to weddings as well as her experience planning exquisite southern soirees. Mariée Ami is a premier full-service wedding planning and design studio in Birmingham, Alabama serving clients worldwide. Mariée Ami has been recognized as one of the nation’s premier event planning and design firms by notable media including BRIDES Magazine and Southern Weddings Magazine.
Big Takeaways

Weddings that feel like an extension of home-entertaining, with that same level of warmth and intimacy are on the rise. More attention than ever is being paid towards the guest experience - and really ‘wowing’ friends and family in a way that feels genuine and thoughtful. Multi-day events will always be popular because it affords everyone time to truly reunite in a relaxed and inclusive environment.
Mariée Ami feels that their role is to advocate on their clients behalf, to protect and maximize their investment while alleviating any unnecessary ‘overwhelm’ that can come with planning an event of this significance and magnitude. They believe their job is not to dictate what the couple should focus on, but rather understand their priorities as a couple and translate that into a celebration that feels deeply personal.
People want to be involved, and want to help! So if you have family you want to include, like a step-parent, just find a task that feel good about delegating. It will make them feel better, and take the ease off of one of the many tasks you have to think about.
Communicate along the way with anyone that is involved in the wedding. Email check ins, etc. are immensely helpful.

Quotes
“By the time the wedding is all said and done, they see us a friend, and we see them as a friend. And it’s just this great relationship of respect.” - Neillie
“I am a big believer in ‘you can’t love somebody else until you love yourself.’” - Neillie
“The fear of giving up control, I have found, is one of the hardest things for humans. And I’m a control freak, I’m a wedding planner, so I get it!” - Neillie
“I think life is just worth celebrating.” - Neillie

Links We Referenced
https://www.marieeami.com/
https://www.instagram.com/mariee_ami/
https://www.marieeami.com/ami-a-vie
https://www.hellonoemie.com
https://hismileteeth.com/ - 20% off with CODE: BIGWEDDING

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