Planning a wedding is literally a full-time job. If your busy career leaves you with zero down time, or your particular skill set doesn't serve you well in the wedding realm (you're better with numbers than napkin selections), it makes sense to call in an expert for back-up. Good wedding planners spend their 9-5s (or more like 6-midnights!) obsessing over your "vision" as fervently as you do, and they come with a wealth of experience and acquired knowledge from working in the industry. The only downside to enlisting them to help you execute your big day? They're usually hella expensive.
That's where Teissia Treynet and Alia Wilson of Firefly Events come in with their newly launched "Firefly Method," an online wedding planning program that mimics the exact experience you'd get from hiring an actual planner, at a fraction of the cost. (Package prices start at just $255!)
"When it comes to planning a wedding, you're not doing it wrong if you need help," says Wilson. "That's normal." To which Treynet adds, "And it's just not fair if you can't afford it."
1) Supporting brides by assuring them they're not alone in their challenges. ("Every bride at some point will want and need help" — especially if she's planning her own wedding)
2) Sharing their own wedding planning prowess in the most straightforward, and inclusive way possible.
"There are two things that every bride wants more of — time and money," says Wilson. "We've spent 10 years figuring things out and learning from our mistakes to make sure this program helps you save both."
The Firefly Method covers everything from calculating your budget, to figuring out your signature wedding style, to finding the vendors who can make it all happen. And, Treynet and Wilson have consciously streamlined and formatted their downloadable materials and tutorial videos (you're welcome to those of you who hate reading) to appeal to couples, not just brides.
The "Your Wedding, Planned" package (recommended if you're anywhere from 4 months to 1.5 years out) comes with access to live Q&A sessions with Treynet and Wilson once a week and an invitation to a private Facebook group community for anecdotal advice and venting sessions.
"You still have that human element," says Treynet, an extremely important component to the two women whose planning philosophy is focused on joy as much as efficiency.
As Wilson puts it, "Our approach to wedding planning was inspired by this idea of marrying your best friend— the one who makes you feel calm and warm and centered. We feel really passionate about giving couples a planning process that feels that way too. It's all about what works best for you guys; that's our only agenda."
See more: The Ultimate Wedding-Planning Checklist