Welcome back, friends! This week I interviewed Liz Northrop, owner and lead designer and planner at Bespoken Details, which is a boutique wedding planning service based in Northwest Arkansas. Liz is such an intentional and values-driven planner and she really cares for her couples. She works cohesively with the couple, their vendors and venue to create a one of a kind vision that is unique to them while providing expert info and helping the couple save money. She also offers gorgeous custom rental pieces through her business as well.
Q: What do you do currently ?
I am the owner and lead designer/planner at Bespoken Details. We are a small full service wedding planning team that specializes in values-based planning, modern design, and stress-free coordinating.
Q: How did you get involved in working in the wedding industry?
I moved to Arkansas in August of 2019 and worked full time for a venue learning the ropes (everything from venue management, to day of coordinating, to florals, to client experience etc.). In July of 2019 I made the leap to taking a few weddings on my own and Bespoken was born! We have slowly been growing and evolving since then and are so thankful to be here.
Q: What’s the most important thing a couple should consider when choosing their wedding coordinator?
Are they taking the time to learn your values? Are they inspiring confidence in you that they can create a stress-free environment during this process? Do you love the design work you have seen from them?
A lot of people are well organized or love throwing parties. But few people are going to take the time to get to know you and your story and craft an experience that shares that intentionally. Make sure you love their past work, find reviews on people’s experience working with them, attend an initial consultation and go with your gut!
Q: What advice do you have for couples who are considering eloping or having a smaller, more intimate wedding? Do you feel like it is still beneficial for them to have a coordinator? Why or why not?
DO IT! You will never regret making decisions about your big day that excite and inspire you. But, YES a coordinator is still insanely beneficial. Very few people truly know how much work, planning, and money goes into even intimate weddings and elopements. From travel to vendors to thinking through contingency plans for every tiny instance that could arise- your stress levels, budget, and wanderlust will thank you later for asking for help along the way!
Q: What tips do you have for couples who just aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to selecting their wedding coordinator?
Ask your other vendors who they recommend! You loved your photographer for a reason and chances are that you will love her vendor friends as well. Your vendors have spent their careers making like minded relationships they believe will serve their clients in the long run. They know your personality, your story, and your budget so if they suggest you someone, you are bound to love them!
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your work?
I think the most rewarding part of my work is getting to design meaningful events that tell a story. For me, a tablescape is so much more than a pretty table. It’s an invitation to a night of respite and celebration for many that might never find themselves in a room together again. Marriage is amazing and brings so many beautiful, messy, fun, challenging stories together. Your wedding day is a huge representation of that and that will always be the story I am excited to tell.
Q: Any other tips for couples who are planning their wedding for 2021 or 2022?
Book early!! If you’re at all interested in working with a vendor- reach out asap! Schedule a free consultation and ask every question you can think of. Especially when booking a planner/coordinator, you will gain the most value from them the earlier you book out. I would make sure your planner is one of the very first people you book so that you can have their support and expertise throughout your entire journey!