Real & Honest

Hey guys!  It's been a while, and I'm sorry about that.  Truth is, I've been distant from my business - sometimes too distant.  It's easy to let things, like living, get in the way of work, and it's far to easy to get burnt out in the wedding & event industry.  I'm here to tell you it's a real thing. 

So after a year or so of scaling back, testing the waters with new things, and trying to find my passion in the industry again – it happened.  And now, not only am I back in the swing of things, but I'm incredibly motivated to take Always Planned, and myself, to new places, and on new adventures.  

Cheers to finding your true passion - and having the courage to keep finding it!

xoxo, Rayna


5 Wedding Planning Tips From The Experts!

5 Wedding Planning Tips:

1.  Book your major vendors first.  Start with your venue and/or planner.  Then secure your photographer, catering and band or DJ.  These vendors can often do only one wedding per weekend. 

2.  Be sure to select a dress and venue that go well together.  Both of these items play a huge part in the overall style of your wedding and reception. 

3.  Give yourself plenty of time to plan.  A great planner is invaluable, especially when time is an issue.  More time to secure the details will also make for a more relaxing planning period. 

4.  Don't forget your honey!  He/She is the very reason you're celebrating – make time to date without wedding talk.  Trust us, it will be good to take your mind off of the planning!

5.  Discuss the budget upfront & often.  Weddings are expensive!  Typically much more than most people initially expect.  It's ok to not know what things cost, but you will eventually need to know what the max you can spend is.  Hiring a good planner is well worth the cost, if they can help guide your budget.

What Your Wedding Means to Us

As wedding planners, we have pretty cool jobs, or we like to say so. Planning a wedding is not just planning an event for 200+ people, or about finding you the perfect cake (though we will), or an excuse to throw just any party; but it's really you giving us a chance to be a part of your life.

A wedding marks the start of two people's two lives just beginning and boy do we take such pride in that thought! We take our jobs very seriously because we want your every dream to become a reality.  And throughout all the wedding talk, cake and catering tastings, bridal consultations, scheduling, venue walk throughs and design expos, we forget to say two important words to you; thank you.

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Thank you for your confidence in us.

Thank you for letting us be apart of your new life.

Thank you for picking us to be apart of one of the biggest days of your life.

We are so honored to be your wedding planners and your faith in us will not soon be forgotten!

Plan Your Perfect Tailgate!

Tailgates and How To’s...

Whether it’s in a movie, on Pinterest or from seeing the people enjoying game day around you; you see it’s possible to have the perfect tailgate experience. But how, because when you think about what goes into it, how can one not be overwhelmed?

Well here are just a few simple steps to make your tailgate one to remember!

  • Tents - they may take some time to set up but this is one item that will define the space of your tailgate. It may be a bit of an investment but it will surely pay for itself over and over again. Plus, what’s better than a tent to be under come rain, shine or even snow?
  • Seating - chances are, if you are putting on a great tailgate, people will want to stay awhile. But, people may not want to stand for five hours straight so bring some cool seating. Folding chairs, camping chairs, big bean bags, barstools, whatever you can get your hands on. Your guests will appreciate the relaxation and want to keep the party going a little longer!
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  • A wide-variety of food- hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and bratwursts are all great for game days. But, how many hot dogs can one eat in a day? Add some variety to the line-up! Tell your guests their welcome to bring some goodies, chances are they’d love to. It’s a great way to take some of the pressure and expense off you but also an even better way to spark conversation and hospitality. “Hey Michelle that dip is amazing, how’d you do it?,” moments like that are great for camaraderie and learning. So send out a fun text or quick email to your fellow tailgaters and get the party started with all sorts of yummy dishes!


  • Drink of the day - now this is really fun, you get to play bartender! Experiment with some different alcohols and juices at home before gameday. Come up with some new ones and then title them accordingly; The Linebacker, QB Sneak, etc. Have some fun while you entertain your guests with your skills!
The "Big Blue Martini!"

The "Big Blue Martini!"

  • Details, details, details - last but not least, pay attention to the little details of the tailgate! What is it about these dream tailgates that make them so great…the details! Add a little fun and flare to your setup. Put some decorative labels or magnets on the coolers, get your team’s line of paper products, find some lights to line the inside of your tent, get fun markers to write name’s on cups, get a small chalkboard stand to write the menu on, throw some outdoor rugs down, provide face tattoos, the options are endless! The key to finding these details is trying to personalize your tailgate to your style, you’ll be surprised what you can think of.

Now of course there are millions of things we could list to provide you with a kickbutt tailgate, but now that we put you in the game, get to playing!! Remember, the best part about tailgating; you have all season long to perfect it!

New Addition To Our Team - Meet Meredith

Hi y'all, I’m Meredith!

Here at Always Planned we are all about making things personal whether it’s a design you always imagined or having a hand in your wedding day; we’re here to make it all about you!

But in order for us to do that, you must know a little about us first.  So let me tell you a little about myself…

My name is Meredith Alexandra Trent and I am one of Always Planned’s newest interns.  Saying I am thrilled to be a part of this team of women would be the understatement of the year.  Ever since I came to college I knew I wanted to major in Integrated Strategic Communication, hoping to pursue a degree in Event Planning and Public Relations. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (go Steelers, Pirates and Penguins), and am now starting my third year at the University of Kentucky.  Now some people always ask me, “how in the world did you end up at UK then,” and I tell them all the same thing. My two older sisters, Caitlyn and Cassandra, both went to UK and after coming down multiple times to visit them my heart slowly yet surely fell in love with the city of Lexington that I so proudly get to call home now. 

Although I am far from home, I am huge on family! My dad was so blessed to have been given four (yes, four), daughters and I couldn’t be happier to have the three sisters I do.  Now Lord help him when we are just a little too much to handle at time. Sometimes too much talk about fashion, coffee, weddings, sparkle and all the other crazy things that frequently come out of our mouths sway him to go golf for the day. As they say in the south, “bless his heart!”

Leaving the city I had always known to come to college seven hours from home had its bumps and bruises. But boy oh boy have I been blessed by the state and company of Kentucky.  I have met amazing people, who may drink way too much sweet tea and Ale-8, but have forever impacted my life. Kentucky gave me the opportunities to make life my own and a future that holds everything I ever thought I’d wanted. 

I could go on for days about everything I’m interested in, what I’ve done, what I hope to do and so on and so forth; but there’s a great big world out there waiting for us to explore it. So here’s a couple things that will clear up who I am and what makes me who I am:

~ My best friend’s name is Coffee
~ I can draw no more than a stick figure
~ Chipotle has changed my life more than once

~ I bleed blue and white, go CATS!
~ I was a dancer for 12 years
~ Burpees are my frenemy

~ I plan my wedding every time I get on Pinterest
~ My puppy looks like a cotton ball
~ The word “no” and I don’t get along

~ Organization and planning have always run my life
~ My heart has turned Southern
~ I am grateful for every opportunity I am given

Find out a little bit more about my life as I go through it, follow me on social media!

Instagram: @meredith_a_trent
Twitter: @meredithtrent

New Kid on the Block

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Hey there! My name is Sarah Martin and I am one of the new interns for Always Planned. Let me introduce myself so y’all can learn a little bit about me!

I am currently finishing up my senior year at The University of Kentucky with a major in Hospitality Management and Tourism. As a native from Vail, Colorado growing up in a resort town sparked my desire to become a wedding planner/event coordinator. Being surrounded by a naturally beautiful back drop made it a popular destination for breath taking events and I always knew I wanted to have a part in them.

With that being said, I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team and cannot wait to learn and experience all that this internship has to offer! We are all getting excited for the big launch of She Takes Flight happening at the end of January, so keep your eyes out for some awesome events leading up to the big day!

Now Hiring!!

Here at Always Planned we believe in getting things done, having fun, and planning some pretty awesome parties.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining us we are now accepting applications to add to our outstanding team.  When applying, please note which position you are applying for.  

Corporate Event Sales Manager

While, Always Planned started with weddings, we have mastered corporate and social events.  Let's be real, we just know how to party!  But planning the party is actually the second step.  First, we need to find the clients.  The person filling this position must be a Rock star at sales, organized, ambitious and have the follow through that really wows the client.  Let's work together to make their competition envious.

Here are the requirements:

The hours are flexible for this position.  Can be part-time or full-time.

  • Experience in Direct Sales is a must, event sales is a major plus!
  • Great Personality with a Can Do Attitude is REQUIRED
  • Creative Initiative is a must
  • Organized
  • Ambitious
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.

*Commission based pay, Benefits package available.

2015 Fall/Winter Intern

Make no mistake about it, this is a real job, with real experience in real situations. You will be involved in every aspect of the event planning industry, running and operating a successful business as well as marketing and design. In this position, you will learn as much as you are willing to take in.  Must be a self starter!

Here are the requirements:

  • 20 Hours Per Week
  • Must be available to work 3 events during your internship; can be weddings, corporate and networking related events
  • Great Personality with a Can Do Attitude is REQUIRED.
  • Creative Initiative is a must
  • Being Organized is a Major Plus!
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.

*This is an unpaid internship. College credit given when applicable. We are accredited through UK internship program.


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