Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events is a team of women led by lead consultant Shawn Schindler, who was born and raised in North Carolina – a true Southern girl! Shawn has more than 11 years of experience planning weddings in the Triangle and throughout the Carolinas. We pride ourselves on caring deeply about our clients…about their families, their marriages and about what they want on this most important day. We know that planning a wedding is an overwhelming job to do on your own, even with all the resources out there today – sometimes this actually makes it harder! We help brides navigate the waters of resource overload. The outstanding vendors, with whom we have developed strong relationships over the years, is a great place to start. This is one of the most helpful assets we offer to our brides. When planning with us, you can be as involved or as hands-off as you want. We can take care of every detail of planning, down to the not-so-glamorous paperwork and RSVPs, or you can manage it all yourself and turn it over to us the week of your wedding. Either way, you will not have to think about a single logistical detail on your special day!
Where you call home: I’ve called Raleigh home for many years and started raising my family here, but it always feels good to cross the Davidson County line where I grew up!
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: I was very excited to share with Momma that we were nominated for an ISES Esprit award last year. She was so proud of Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events. Also, I always love letting her know when we book a new client!
Location/coverage: We love having the opportunity to travel and are available for destination weddings, but a large portion of our clients are in the Triangle and surrounding counties.
How I got into weddings: When my brother got married 12 years ago, he asked me to direct his wedding. I had no idea how to direct a wedding at the time, so I consulted my mother’s old edition of Emily Post’s “Wedding Etiquette!” Afterward, a friend of mine suggested I talk to her aunt, who had started her own wedding planning business. I ended up working with her aunt full time. Six years and a lot of experience later, I started Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events.
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The Southern hospitality! I work with so many vendors who really do understand the meaning of hospitality. They are warm and welcoming, they listen to their clients and they truly care about them and go above and beyond for them.
Favorite part of a wedding day? My favorite moment is when I have a minute to step back and watch my clients enjoy everything. I love to see all our hard work come together and watch my clients and their families relish the moments rather than worry about any of the details.
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Relax and focus on each other! Let your professionals handle the details, so you can focus on what’s really important, which is the commitment you’re making in marriage. The day will go by so fast, so you have to be free from thinking about the small stuff.
Dream travel destination? Italy. I’m going there before I die!
Favorite Southern city? Atlanta. Can you say GWTW??
Early bird or night owl? Definitely a night owl!
Pie bar or red velvet cake? Pie bar. My favorites are pecan and lemon meringue!
Pottery Barn or Anthropologie? Pottery Barn.
Succulents or peonies? Peonies, hands-down. I’m looking forward to the peonies coming to my garden soon, transplanted from my great-uncle’s yard!