Day in the Life of a Wedding & Event Planner with Libby Sarver
Welcome to our “Day in the Life” series! We feature wedding and event planners from around the world with many different levels of experience. If you would like to be featured, download our questionnaire here and email your responses and photos to email@example.com. We are excited to feature Libby Sarver of Details Wedding Planning today!
Name: Libby Sarver
Business Name & Location: Details Wedding Planning, Charlotte, NC
I have two young kids, so I wake up and get them ready and off to school, then jump immediately into work at 7:45am. I typically start with answering emails and doing computer work (creating layouts, editing design boards, etc.) When it’s a wedding week, depending on the day, I print out all timelines, seating charts, and spend some time reviewing everything to make sure we haven’t missed anything. On other days, I have meetings with clients scheduled, final walkthroughs, vendor confirmation calls, among other things.
Midday, I pick up my kids from school, bring them home, and continue working during their nap/rest times. In the evenings, my husband and I tag team the kids, and I often hold evening zoom planning meetings with clients.
How did you get started in the industry?
I’ve planned and executed events since high school- always just for fun. Throughout the years, friends and family have asked me to help with their weddings, and since I’ve always LOVED them, I would gladly help.
Then, when a career change was in order, a former colleague asked about helping out with her wedding. I put together a proposal, and after our meeting, they convinced me that I should open up a business. I took some classes, created a website, and now it’s been 7 years!
What inspires you?
I take inspiration from everyday life more than anything else. I believe in taking ordinary life events, interests, and moments and creating something based around them. If a couple loves a certain sport, does a particular activity together, etc, I want to use the things that bring them joy to create weddings that feel like a celebration of them and their love.
What are your favorite online resources for your business?
I love Google Docs, Gmail templates, and benable.com!
Aside from wedding and event planning, how do you spend your time?
I spend almost all of my time outside of work with my family. We love to go on “adventures,” which could be anything from visiting a new ice cream spot, to going away for the weekend to a lake or beach we’ve never been to. I love sports in general, but specifically football and tailgating (I’m a Clemson alum), so getting tickets to any kind of football game on a weekend off in the fall tops the list for me! And I will never turn down going to a vineyard or a brewery with friends.
Libby, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story and a day in your life. If you are an event planner and would like to be featured, download our questionnaire today and email it to us along with a photo. If you aren’t sure about being featured, take a few minutes to read how it can help your business.