Riverside, Golden Sunset Wedding Ceremony

Riverside Ceremony in West Columbia, SC. Photo by A Russtic Touch Photography.
Welcome Entrance by Stone River Pavilion. Photo by A Russtic Touch Photography.
Floral Centerpiece By Design florist. Photo by A Russtic Touch Photography.

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Sparkler Send-off at the entrance of Stone River. Photo by A Russtic Touch Photography.

2021… It’s a New Year! Joan Day Weddings Introduces an Online Wedding Planning Resource for DIY Couples

As we approach our personal goals and objectives for 2021, we must dig deep to discover how to make it in this new world. And yes, I am referring to the global pandemic. Where do we begin in an era of uncertainty and unprecedented circumstance? We begin at home, with ourselves, our outlook, and our own household.

When I began thinking about how to best serve clients amidst COVID-19, I began to see that I had neglected an opportunity to share my experiences with the many, instead of the few. I had always been a one-on-one, practice of working with clients, in-person, on-site or day-of. What I began to realize is there are many couples out there that have the hope and dream of getting married, but the resources to do so are widely varied. My business model had inadvertently cut out a huge number of couples.

Elopement Mini – Savannah Sirois Photography

This realization birthed into Joan Day’s Wedding Thread School; an online, easy to use, events planning resource center for Do It Yourself couples that need guidance, insight and a place to check in during their planning process. By gaining the perspective of a seasoned professional, without committing thousands of dollars for access, this school can help anyone, anywhere, regardless of limited resources.

For $39.99 per month, couples can become members of The Wedding Thread Club. The membership provides access to a 20+ year professional wedding planner, and a wealth of information, available 24/7, through their desktop or smart phone. Everything from how to create a wedding timeline, to photography schedule, to downloadable spreadsheets for managing guests seating and developing a realistic budget. We host private group chats where couples can jump online with me to ask pertinent questions on their respective wedding or event. Live Events will go on, exclusively for this group, as well as significant bulk-purchasing opportunities with invitations and specialty gifts.

Joan Day’s Wedding Thread School is housed on Teachable.com. There are two free offers, or I like to say an introduction to what the school offers. We would love to have you visit our school and enroll in these Freebies! Check it out!

Welcome to The Wedding Thread

2020 has been an unpredictable year filled with many obstacles beyond our control. My approach to challenges is to “get to work,” and turn all of my attention to the things that I can influence. My business has been the point of my focus and it’s amazing all that has been accomplished.

My vision is for 2021 to be the best year ever! It’s time for Joan Day Weddings to think BIG! We’ve been planning custom curated events since 2007, and as the single-owner, female entrepreneur, I have 20+ years in the hospitality and tourism industry to share. Knowledge is an invaluable commodity. It’s helpful tips to navigating contracts, how to select great vendors and avoiding the not such great ones, handpicking awesome templates and not losing time on those that hiccup when printing, and many other tried and true methods that come with this length of experience.

I want to broaden our influence and scope. Where does one begin? With the global pandemic closing down shops, stores, hair salons, and day-to-day business in general, everyone was scrambling to become a virtual resource. Fortunately, we’ve been planning and working remotely for years. Most of our clients live out of state, and need a home-based organization to assist with their wedding or event planning. Our mindset has always been custom, personalized services, delivered in-person, for day-of wedding or corporate events management, assisting with event decor, event flow, day-of setup, entertainment, and overall esthetics. Well … not anymore! It’s time to grow online and in a significant way.

Today, we’ve decided to broaden our scope, and cast a much larger net. We have established an online school, Joan Day’s Wedding Thread School hosted through Teachable.com. I am taking my business and experience to the next level. JD has jumped into the virtual world with both feet! Now offering exclusive membership to the Joan Day Wedding Thread School; an online informational and instructional school for DIY couples that wish to save funds on their wedding, but still have access to an expert at a small fraction of the cost. This is an option that a bride or groom can afford, no matter what their wedding budget or their location.

Also, we have established our own online store. We can now assist our clients with specialty items, such as groom’s gift and bridesmaids’ matching accessories, household goods, and a multitude of other options for couples. We have invested in a Cricut Maker and will be offering even greater design options for welcome baskets, custom favors, and detailed programs, or invitation ensembles.

I am excited to be launching our new journal, The Wedding Thread and coach others on how to host an event with style and grace. Hospitality is at the cornerstone of everything good. If you’ve got that one thing covered, the rest will follow. From my home to yours, welcome to The Wedding Thread.

Join the Club – Wedding Thread Membership Exclusive

For less than a dollar per day, you’ll have access to Joan Day Weddings’ expertise 24/7 all year long! You’re in the Club! By joining JDW’s Wedding Thread, via Membership, you’ll have access to a 20+ year seasoned event planner during the course of your planning activities. Online, on-demand, as you feel the desire to engage the Joan Day Weddings’ team, we will be there for you. We are offering Two Options: by the Month Membership and Annual Membership.

The process is seamless, on-line, monthly DIY sessions and guidance, as you go, all accomplished with electronic communications. While based in South Carolina, JDW’s ability to help couples is limitless. Virtual planning, web-resources, Live Chats, Group Shares, YouTube tutorials, and other great resources will help you navigate your event planning season! With a well-planned, assortment of engagement tools like Zoom, Calendly, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and others, you will have your own HoneyBook JDW Client portal to lead the way. You will receive a login to Teachable.com where the Joan Day’s Wedding Thread School is housed. You’ll have virtual access to a wedding planner at a fraction of the cost, but 100% of the convenience and knowledge!

The Wedding Thread Annual Membership

Membership Exclusives* – Annual Membership option is $359.99 – 40% off of JDW’s consultation rate of $150 at a discounted to $90 per Private Session – Private Sessions may be purchased as Private Chat Bundles for an even greater savings! – Virtual Q + A Live Sessions (driven by member topic submissions) – Access to JDW’s PDF Library: PlanningPro Tips; Planning Logistics; Day-of Timeline; Professional Vendors – Monthly idea exchanges and submissions – Guidance on Covid-19 social distancing and hosting precautions – Live Events hosted by Joan Day Weddings – Referrals to Joan Day Weddings’ exclusive preferred professionals (primarily for SC residents) – Minted Wedding Planning Program (savings 25% invitation suites and wedding decor; 35% Save the Dates, custom design options)* – 10% savings towards planning service offered by Joan Day Weddings* (primarily for SC residents or Destination SC Weddings) Joan Day Weddings will facilitate private and group sessions based on a Member’s personal requests or a collection of content requests. Forms will be shared and collected electronically prior to Club Chats. For Private Sessions submissions will be shared prior to the call for better management of the hour session.


The Wedding Thread by the Month

Same great benefits as the Annual Membership, however a slightly less discounted version for specific benefits. You’re in control of what month you join in and participate.


It’s on my desk

My office has always been remote. Yes, even before COVID-19, I could claim myself as a virtual wedding planner. The beauty of event planning and design is that most of the efforts can be accomplished on a desktop, email, or over the phone. I spend a great deal of my day at the office managing and editing social media content and web promotions.

Items that all desk require is a good daily organizer – calendar. I keep both an electronic calendar and a paper calendar. It may be old-fashioned, but it really helps me keep appointments and due dates at front of mind. I am one for visual learning. That’s how things sink in best for me, personally. Everyone is different, but when it comes to weddings and complex events, the more details you can share in writing truly benefits all parties involved.

Cost-saving Wedding Tips

It’s the budget, silly! And it’s necessary to keep it in check. There are many ways to approach a wedding. Most weddings in the US cost an average of $28,000 – $32,000. That’s an average, not a rule. Depending on where weddings are held has a huge impact on the budget. Fifty percent of a wedding budget is always reserved for the reception venue, catering, bar and beverages, dessert bar and ceremony venue (if held in different locations).

Budgeting is a core concept to manage how much you’ll spend on each category and serves as a guideline for your priorities. Prioritizing your budget will help you determine where you want the biggest bang for your buck. Is it an awesome band to dance the night away? Are you a foodie, and want to offer fabulous cuisine? Every couple has their “thing” and it’s important to let your planner or wedding vendor know what it is prior to making commitments in a contractual way. The fun part of budgeting is replenishing one category that in affect bolsters another category, where a family member covers, say your wedding dress or other item.

One method for controlling costs is selecting a venue that offers a vast array of tables, chairs, and other benefits (options for rain plan, extra space for storage, full catering kitchen, etc.). If your venue has multiple locations onsite that offers an outdoor garden and a backup rain plan option, that will prevent you from renting a tent. Tents and labor for setup get up in price, by the thousands. If the venue has 100 chairs and 10 60 inch round tables, that’s a great start to supporting your hosting needs.

It’s nice to uncover a location that truly works for you, your family and guests. If it offers an in-house catering service, that’s fantastic so long as. you’ve experienced their food product. It may not be something you like and how can you make that decision without a tasting?Once you’ve locked yourself into that venue, it limits what vendors you can select.

All venues are not equal. That’s a fact. If it’s a beautiful location, but hard to get to and/or has no parking, then you’ll be dealing with providing transportation for your guests or valet parking. Both are easy to arrange, but they come at a cost and that includes tipping the service providers.

Get Organized

Yes… you have to be organized in order to reduce anxiety and stress. Weddings, like most events, have many moving parts. On game-day, you’ll need to have your decor items labeled, someone in charge of seating, an aunt to cut the cake, and staff to serve your guests. Having these details in a spreadsheet and/or notebook is critical.

Organize your event, and the rest will follow. These are the tools we like to use most: AllSeated.com; WeddingWire.com; Honeybook.com; and Google Suite.