Interview with Invision Events’ Birmingham Planner, Courtney Wolf, featured in Borrowed & Blue


Invision Events recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to give couples everything they need to know about our event planning services.

“Want to know the secret behind why Birmingham weddings are always so gorgeous? The answer is rockstar event planners and designers like Invision Events. To help you get a look into how this kind of wedding beauty is born, we’re asking them all about what it takes to be the best wedding planner in Birmingham.” Stephanie, Borrowed & Blue’s Market Specialist.

Here’s Borrowed & Blue’s Q&A with Courtney Wolf of Invision Events:

BB: If you could possibly narrow it down, what would be your favorite moment of a wedding day?
CW: There are so many, but my all time favorite is probably when the newlyweds are coming up the aisle after just being pronounced man and wife. Such a joyful moment!

BB: Describe your event aesthetic in three words.
CW: Classic. Refined. Romantic.

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BB: The first thing you ask when you sit down with a couple?
CW: I really enjoy getting to know our couples and developing personal relationships with them and their families. At our first meeting, I just like to break the ice by finding out where they are from, how they met, what is unique about their relationship and important to them as a couple and how they enjoy spending their time together.  It becomes a great basis for our future design elements and being able to bring the details to life and tell their story. Additionally, I’ll discuss their wants, needs, and expectations surrounding their wedding day. Having an honest and open conversation about these elements is one of the most important things a couple can do during wedding planning.

BB: Top three pieces of advice for couples who just got engaged?
CW: First, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy this chapter! It’s such a special time and no matter how long your engagement, it will fly by. I also recommend nailing down a solid guest list that you, your fiance and your families feel comfortable with before pursuing anything else. Lastly, like I mentioned before, it’s so crucial to have open lines of communication about the expectations of the wedding with your fiance, but also your families, so that everyone is on the same page as you move forward in the journey alongside your planner.

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BB: What’s your favorite thing about your job?
CW: I absolutely love the opportunity to serve couples and their families during such a special season of their lives. The professional guidance and peace of mind I’m able to share with them is fulfilling and I am humbled that our clients place such a great amount of trust in our team.
BB: What’s the best thing about having your wedding in Birmingham?
CW: The variety of talent! We have such an incredible community of creative professionals who we work alongside here in Birmingham and the vendor teams we’re able to assemble can literally do anything and everything a couple (or we) could ever imagine! No matter the style, budget, background or aesthetic, Birmingham has the industry foundation to make it happen.

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BB: Most important detail of wedding decor?
CW: No one single piece is more important than the other, in my opinion. What is important is that it’s all cohesive and that it tells your story. Your wedding is probably the largest and most exciting party you’ll ever throw, so making sure the details are well thought out and purposeful is key. If I had to pick, I’d say the bride’s bouquet. It’s a direct reflection of her style and taste (other than her wedding dress) and usually foreshadows the design and decor as a whole.

BB: The celebrity wedding you wished you planned?
CW: Kate Middleton.


BB: What would your ideal tablescape look like?
CW: I’m really loving estate style tables right now that seat upwards of twenty, thirty or forty guests. While I am obsessed with all things neutral (grays, beiges, ivories, champagnes, blushes) I do love to play up a tablescape by adding a textured linen and statement chairs. I also love a full and formal table setting that includes chargers, linen napkins, flatware and stemware with florals that are low and lush. Adding in varying heights, widths and styles of candlelight gives it an extra romantic touch.

BB: What has been your most unique request from a client?
CW: Shhh, I don’t tell my clients’ secrets!

BB: Your favorite of all the Birmingham wedding venues?
CW: The Birmingham Museum of Art in downtown Birmingham. It’s a wonderful mix of classic elegance meets trendy, eclectic hipster with both indoor and outdoor spaces that can comfortably accommodate an intimate group of guests or up to 400 of your closest family and friends.


BB: Tell the story of the biggest day-of disaster and how you swooped in to save the day.
CW: We once had a client on Lake Martin who had a bridesmaid realize the morning of the wedding she had left her dress at her home back in Atlanta. We sent one of our staff to get it and she arrived at the church just minutes before photos began. It was crazy!

BB: The most important part of wedding planning?
CW: Learning how to set priorities, make decisions and communicate as a couple.

BB: Describe your dream wedding.
CW: I was lucky enough to experience my own dream wedding on September 8, 2012 when I married my best friend, Greg. It was a semi-intimate formal, black tie affair with 140 of our favorite family and friends. We were married at Auburn United Methodist Church and then had a dreamy, candlelit reception at Fountainview Mansion complete with three tents, passed champagne upon arrival and a frying station!
Book Invision Events for your wedding and sit back to watch the magic happen! And check out Borrowed & Blue for booking the rest of your Birmingham wedding vendors.

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