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Reflecting on 2020 - It's Challenges and Opportunities -

Updated: Dec 23, 2020

What a year its been for all of us! Lots of lows but many high points as well! Its been a huge growth year for us at Coastal Charm Weddings even during these most challenging times!

Of course our first wedding of the year was in March and was scheduled the week after the world around us went into lock down! Our sweet couple while devastated still wanted to be married and did not want to wait! So in a one week time span we recreated her big day from a big county club affair to an intimate family gathering at a relative’s home & they loved it, discovered that really was the wedding they were meant to have, and with the money they saved they have since bought their first home!!!

Here is what she had to say Shari is an absolute angel! From day one of my wedding planning, she brought to life all of the most perfect details that I would have never thought of. She helped with picking venues and vendors and beautiful decor. She is so creative and so sincere and passionate in her profession. She truly saved my wedding from total disaster after our plans needed to change due to the COVID-19 virus. Our wedding was originally supposed to be at a country club with tons of our family and friends but when that needed to change due to everything going on, she was able to completely change the original plans with less than a week until the wedding. She created the most beautiful intimate wedding for us by organizing our beach ceremony along with a lovely family reception at home. Every single detail was perfect. My family could not stop raving about how wonderfully she pulled it off for us! I don’t know what I would have done without her!”

As Spring moved on we got accustom to life in quarantine we took time to learn new things and make connections in this new virtual world. What a joy it was when summer arrived and we were able to reconnect in person (alibet with masks, sanitizer and 6 feet apart).

Our sweet couples continued to have hope as we made plan A, Plan B and Plan C for their special day!! So many weddings still happened with masks all around, zoom toasts, family only attendees, lower guest counts, moving outside and sanitizer stations as part the new normal – Love still conquers!!

I came to know so many sweet couples over this year and they will forever hold a place in my heart. Please see some of the amazing comments that came from my brides & their families-

“Shari and the Coastal Charm Weddings team are top notch professionals. Originally, I had planned to coordinate my sister’s wedding, but decided that I wanted to enjoy the day and not have to be concerned with all the details. Shari handled all the last minute items, coordinated with vendors, and then did an incredible job of bringing the vision my sister had for her special day come to life. She and her team are phenomenal! They made it possible for me to enjoy my sister’s special day knowing everything was taken care of. Coastal Charms Weddings is simply the best!”

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Shari Manning. Not only did she help with all details of my wedding but was also a sounding board and friend when I needed to vent about the stresses of planning a wedding. Shari was always upbeat and showed me the positives in every situation instead of dwelling on the challenges of planning a wedding amid COVID-19. Shari was available day or night for me and if I could not reach her, she would call me back as soon as she was free. I could not have asked for a better experience or a more beautiful wedding than Shari helped me plan. I am forever grateful.”

“Shari was great. She kept me on top of things. I literally could not have done it without her. I’m very indecisive, and she was able to help me make decisions without overstepping and knew what would work best for me. She’s in my top 3 of must haves for my wedding! If you don’t have a large budget and are thinking of skipping a wedding coordinator, DON’T DO IT!! do your own flowers or something but don’t skip a coordinator, especially this one!(: I also would say she’s inexpensive for the amount of work she puts in. I would recommend her to anyone!”

Its hard to believe we are already heading into 2021! Its going to be a crazy year with rescheduled weddings and weddings originally booked all going on! As wedding vendors we are going to be in overdrive, drinking lots of Red Bull and pulling double time trying to make it all happen!!! But this is where we will thrive and make sure that every bride and groom gets the best service & attention that each and every one of them so deserve!

A word of advice to brides for this coming year and the next, plan ahead and book early! Many vendors calendars are already full so if you find someone you connect with and know you want on your team get them booked so you don’t have any regrets! I have had the pleasure to work with some amazing vendors over these past years – Do you want help knowing who to hire? We are happy to provide vendor referrals so you know you are getting a quality team for your day! Give us a call & let us see how we can help!









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