The Design Process – Interview with a Pro

Whitney Hewitt is a certified international event and wedding planner with Erica Weddings in Tulsa. In addition to having an impressive title, she also has an amazing eye for design and when you marry that design acumen to your wedding (did you catch that pun?), you get incredible results.

Erica Weddings-Gilcrease Wedding


Check out this post for more groovy photos from this event – Green with Envy 

I caught up with Whitney for a quick little interview on her process and some behind the scenes details on a recent wedding at Gilcrease Museum.

PP: How do you start the design process with a client? Do they have a vision or do you help them find one?

WH: If my client doesn’t already have a vision, I start the design process by asking a little bit about their home décor. It may seem strange to some but you’ll learn about if someone is a bit edgy, eclectic, classic, or vintage in style. Next, we typically talk about color palettes. If I have a bride that’s unsure on pairing colors, sometimes we hit up the paint sample swatch section of a local hardware store. (By the way, this works wonders for mismatching bridesmaid’s dresses!)

PP: This wedding at Gilcrease this Spring was like bringing the beauty of the Gilcrease garden indoors. How did that come about?

WH: The bride was really inspired by the beautiful tree line views from the wall of windows. She wanted to find a way to bring the outside in without being rustic. She mentioned to me that she wanted table design beyond just the flowers so we brought in the shades of green with the table runners and glassware from Party Pro Rents.

PP: What’s the biggest challenge for the brides who think they can “Pinterest” their way to the perfect wedding?

WH: Many brides have a difficult time envisioning more than one table on a room or the multiples of place settings. Pinterest can be great tool to see design played out on a small scale, however, a challenges I typically see is pulling all those details they like together in one large cohesive design and knowing where to find that cute candlestick or who can create a bouquet similar to that style.

PP: What’s your best advice to brides who are planning their wedding?

WH: Research your wedding pros before you book them. Check out their reviews online and ask around before booking someone. It seems simple but choosing the wrong vendor could really put a hiccup in your day. We might be biased but hiring a wedding planner that can alleviate your wedding planning stress should also be on the list.

Would you like to chat with Whitney some more and perhaps her plan your next soiree? Give her a shout by visiting Erica Weddings at Erica-Weddings.com or if you’d prefer to chat, 918-284-6974 or whitney@erica-weddings.com

Don’t forget to see the post with more photos from this event – Green with Envy 


So you think you can’t have a tent?

I know, you’re probably like me and thinking, “I can’t have a tent in my backyard, it’s sloped and it’ll never be level…or safe.” But then I personally went out and saw this tent in this big backyard and my opinion changed completely. This yard was anything but level and it had huge hill (we’re talking sled-riding hill), but did that stop the engineering geniuses at Party Pro? Nope, they had this baby perfectly level and rock solid (I went inside and jumped to test it).

If you’re considering a tent but didn’t think it was possible, time to call the pros at Party Pro Rents & Events…& Tents and they’ll take good care of you! Here, allow me to help you out , 918-622-8102 or Toll Free 877-622-8102 (do people still charge tolls?)

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Kaleigh and Owen at Spain Ranch

Amanda Bringham of Picturesque Photos by Amanda fame celebrates the fantastically country wedding of Kaleigh and Owen at the marvelously country Spain Ranch.

We we would also like to give a shout out to Daniel Weir Design for the gorgeous florals, drapes and design. Our cowboy hat is off to you!

Have you considered adding a little country to your event? Give us a call or check us out online and we’ll set you up with everything except the hat and boots…or let us know and we can find those too!