January 4, 2017
Wedding Wednesdays allow us to spotlight creatives, local and not-so-local, whose work we love! These wedding vendors, artists, and small businesses are all doing amazing things and we think that our couples should know about them! We invite you to come along with us to learn more about these businesses that will help you make your day as meaningful as possible (and, if you’re a Radian Bride/Groom, that we would love to work with)!
This week, we’re talking with Amy Plant-Perdue, the owner and designer behind Plume Events. We met Amy, and her husband, Thomas, while on vacation at the beach last summer, and since then, have had several opportunities to work with both of them, including on this shoot seen below, featured on Belle Lumiere, that took place at The Bradford! Not to mention, we take any excuse we can get to hang out with their adorable son, Graham! Read more about Amy’s heart behind Plume Events below!
RP: Tell us about Plume Events and who you love to serve!
Amy: Plume Events is a mother-daughter team that specializes in event coordination, vintage rentals, and floral design. We named our company Plume because we love the symbolism behind feathers and birds. In literature, they represent flight, freedom, and independence, especially from things and people that could potentially hold us back from our goals and dreams. Plume as a verb means to decorate, adorn, or arrange, so it couldn’t have been a more perfect name for our business! We love shopping for new, interesting pieces for our inventory and styling them for weddings and parties. We also enjoy meeting and working with couples who are truly in love and who have an appreciation for meaningful details (especially vintage, of course!) and helping them bring their ideas to life for their dream weddings.
RP: What do you wish brides and grooms knew when thinking about hiring an event designer or wedding planner for their wedding?
Amy: Of course, a planner can help you by suggesting vendors and overseeing your budget, but to me, the most important thing a planner can do for you is make sure your wedding day runs smoothly.
You shouldn’t have to worry on your wedding day…and neither should your mom or your bridesmaids. Picture the morning of your wedding…what do you imagine? You probably imagine yourself surrounded by your best friends and closest family, getting pampered, eating brunch, and just being happy. It is really hard to do all of that when you are setting up chairs, calling to find out where the florist is with all your bouquets, and re-organizing the place cards that your bridesmaid dropped while she was trying to help you put them all out. And the last thing you want is people coming up to you right before your ceremony or during your reception with last-minute problems. Your wedding coordinator will take care of all the set-up the morning of and make sure that any issues that arise are handled—quietly and without drama. In fact, you should never even know about the things that could have or did go wrong on your wedding day, and you can be sure there will be a few!
RP: What resources or advice do you suggest for brides and grooms who are thinking about their dream wedding?
Amy: Utilize a wedding planner! 🙂 But besides that, my best advice is to talk to each other about your dreams and your expectations for your wedding day before you talk to anyone else. Be honest and upfront from the beginning about what is important to you and don’t lose sight of that as the planning process becomes more complicated and more people begin to share their opinions about your big day.
RP: What are you working on right now that’s keeping you happy and energized?
Amy: We are very excited to finally have a storefront where we have space that is both functional and beautiful! We are hard at work at displaying all our beautiful pieces and setting up areas to work on floral design and to meet with our couples. It has been so much fun to unpack pieces that we’ve had in storage and to be able to put them out where we can enjoy them. Some pieces have been boxed up for so long that we had forgotten about them–it’s been like getting presents on Christmas morning! We have also enjoyed the design aspect of setting up our little shop and planning all the decor details!
RP: When you planned your wedding, what is one unforgettable thing that you did to make sure your day and marriage were intentionally crafted?
Amy: When Thomas and I got married, we incorporated little details that were nods to our personalities and our relationship. On the tables, we incorporated vintage books because I am an English teacher and we both love to read. We also used vintage dog figurines because we are dog-lovers and have three! For our ceremony, we each chose a poem about love that reflected our feelings toward the other person and had a friend or family member read them. Thomas’ cufflinks were sterling silver wolves–his tribute to the NCSU Wolfpack. Instead of a traditional cake, we asked our family members to make desserts that are their specialties. We had my grandmother’s pecan pie, my aunt’s coconut whoopie pies, and my stepmom’s toffee. We cut our sister-in-law’s Reese cake! We also made sure that anything that was a part of our day was something important to us, and not just something we felt we had to do because other people did. We cut out some traditions that just didn’t fit us as a couple, like a traditional bridal party and the bouquet and garter toss.
RP: Where can we see more of your work and learn more about you?
Check out more of our work at our website!