Rebecca Dick, one of several extraordinary planners at Blue Canary Events, is not just a fantastic wedding pro, but she’s also a great friend! She’s smart, savvy, and always tells it like it is – and our clients who’ve worked with her have always been overjoyed! We were so happy that Rebecca shared with us her thoughts on weddings, music and more…
How did you get started in the wedding business?I was helping a friend do research for her wedding, and got sucked into the world of wedding blogs. I discovered Blue Canary Events (which at the time was Soiree Special Events) and emailed Laura [the owner]. We became friends immediately, and I started as a volunteer assistant. Soon after, I started taking my own clients, and I've been doing this for six years now.
What do you do when you are not working?I love going to pub trivia or going out to dinner with friends, cooking new recipes, watching TV and going to movies.
How would you describe your approach to weddings?I'm a firm believer that there is no "right" and "wrong" way to have your wedding. Want to do dinner first, and then your ceremony? Sounds great! Want five food trucks for dinner? Awesome! I'm there to help couples achieve their dream wedding, and to guide them along the way.
What inspires you in your work?Learning from other vendors. Working with great ones really gets me excited about a wedding, and assembling an awesome team of vendors for a couple and having the couple love them as much as I do makes it all worthwhile!
What do you find the most rewarding about your job?Having a couple come to me during a wedding and say how happy they are, that's really all I can ask for. Seeing tears in eyes, laughing families and friends and all of the love -- it doesn't get any better than that.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?It is NOT like you see on TV! I could never dress like J. Lo in The Wedding Planner or like Mindy Weiss is at the televised "Bachelor" weddings! I have LITERALLY had to run down the hill and put out a fire before. An ACTUAL fire. I'm not doing that in 3 inch heels and a cocktail dress, I can assure you!
What do you think sets your company apart from other planners?That we cover such a wide range, both geographically speaking (we have planners from north of Baltimore to Leesburg) and experience-wise (I've done weddings from a 18-person lesbian wedding to a 400-person Indian wedding...and everything in between!)
What do you love about weddings?Ha...everything. I love flowers, music, string quartets, people dancing. I love the food, the clothing, the DIY projects. But most of all, I love the love. After all these years, I'm still a total sucker for a touching father of the bride dance or meaningful toast by a dear friend of the groom. Our assistants and other planners joke that I cry at least once a wedding, and it's true. I'm a total sap for the love.
What do you hate about weddings?The arguments they can cause among family members, and parents who don't realize that it's not about them, it's about the couple getting married, and how different things are now than they were, not just when they got married, but from 10 years ago when, perhaps, a sibling or cousin got married.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding?It was actually something involving MyDeejay! A few of the bridesmaids from one of my weddings got together and, without the knowledge of the bride and groom, crafted an entire dance for a flash mob, created a private YouTube video, and emailed it around to all of the guests -- even the parents of the couple! Then they emailed me and asked me to coordinate with Devin, who was the DJ for the wedding. We got it all coordinated, and by the time the groomsmen started to join in, the couple realized what was happening, and the bride was crying serious tears of joy. Now every time I hear "Love Today" by Mika, it makes me smile.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?HIRE A PLANNER! Seriously, even if you just have a day of or month of coordinator, you really need someone to manage those last minute and day of details!
Who is your favorite artist or band?Oh, jeez. It depends on what kind of mood I'm in. Who would I not miss a concert of? Billy Joel (I know, I'm such a dork). Who do I want to dance to at weddings? Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna. Who do I love for cocktail/dinner music? Sam Cooke, Otis Redding -- any great old school soul.
What is the worst song of all time?Oh, God. It's probably a tie between the Cupid Shuffle or the Cha Cha Slide. The only acceptable line dance song? The Wobble. I love the Wobble.