As wedding bells get ready to ring, we chat with a locally-based wedding and event coordinator to hear more about what inspired her to get into the bridal biz and to learn what’s new this wedding season.
Are you a bride planning your dream day? Dana Renae Designs is a wedding and event planning and design company that offers a variety of services all under one roof.
“This allows clients to custom create a package that meets their unique vision, budget, and needs,” explains Dana Renae Designs Founder Dana Propes. “From planning, creating the florals, design with our custom decor line to coordinate the day; we have you covered. Our seamless process allows our clients to save time, stress, and money while planning the wedding or event of their dreams.”
The vision for Dana Renae Designs was inspired when Propes was working as a designer in a local flower shop. There, she noticed that she found significant enjoyment in working with couples.
“I didn’t mind their indecisiveness and all their questions,” she says. “I loved directing and educating them, I loved hearing their dreams and coming up with solutions. I noticed them buying a ton of items they would only use once, spending money on details that didn’t matter, and getting stressed out from just not knowing what to do next. So I took all my experiences as a florist, caterer, coordinator, and designer to create an easier, supportive way of creating the biggest occasions of our lives.”
From there, as a single mother of four at the time, Propes quit her three part-time jobs in the events industry and ventured out on her own and started Dana Renae Designs.
Currently, clients who turn to Dana Renae Designs can choose from floral design, decor package utilizing an extensive private line of decor, full planning for a VIP experience, partial planning to offer ongoing support, coordination/event management, and virtual planning.
Propes says that the services offered by her company as well as her extensive experience help her stand out from other wedding planning services in the region. She also offers all-inclusive packages that include flowers and decor, helping to create an affordable, easy way of planning your wedding day.
To help brides through the wedding season, Dana Renae Designs is hosting wedding open hours events in the months to come. “I love working with some of the most unique venues in the Tri-State area, that is why you will find me at BB Riverboats and The Prickel Barn in the coming weeks,” she says.
She will be at BB Riverboats Open House on March 15. There she will be decorating and designing the ballrooms on their boats and showcasing some designs in their brand new Riversedge room. “This is one of the most unique ways to celebrate your big day,” she says. “We have designed over 100 events at this one-of-a-kind venue and look forward to many more. You will meet a handful of fabulous vendors, try delicious food from Chef Jesus, and will be inspired by the gorgeous views.”
Then, on May 9, you can find Propes at the Prickel Barn. “This huge, elegant, family-owned barn will make you feel as if Chip and Joanna have designed it themselves,” she explains. “The Prickel family will make you feel like you are home, the spacious design and elegant chandeliers will create the most beautiful backdrop for your perfect day. You will meet many amazing wedding pros handpicked by the Prickel family at their open house and I will be featuring some of our new decor line, which is perfect for your elegant barn wedding.”
As far as weddings for 2020, Propes says she’s excited to see what’s to come for brides as they plan for their weddings. She says that one of the most exciting trends in the wedding industry this year is creating experiences for guests. “Recent weddings we have been a part of have had caricature artists, Kona Ice trucks, circus performers, and late night Skyline bars,” she says.
Other wedding trends for this year includes flowers. “For this coming season, I see more flowers than ever, from cascading bouquets to dramatic installations,” she says. “Our clients enjoy our program called the ‘Petals of Hope’ where we take your leftover flowers to local nursing homes so your investment is loved by others. We truly believe that everything you put into your wedding day is done with intention and purpose.”
Coordination is another big trend for the year and Propes says she’s seen a big surge in it. “Even when couples want to plan their own wedding, they don’t want them or their family to have to work it,” explains Propes. Back in the day it was expected that Aunt Betty was going to jump in and help but couples nowadays want everyone to enjoy the day and leave the work to us planners.”