A local wedding planner announces the launch of her new online lifestyle publication for brides-to-be, and a healthy living blog as well. Keep reading for all the details.
Kathy Piech-Lukas, owner of Your Dream Day, has been planning events for more than 20 years and specifically focusing on weddings for the past 12. So, it’s safe to say she knows how to plan a great wedding, and has connections with the right people to make it all happen.
“While finalizing the details for my own wedding, I had five vendors ask me if I had ever considered being a professional wedding planner,” Piech-Lukas recalls. “My first response was ‘What is a wedding planner?’ I had no idea it was a career. My husband and I decided to give it a year, and 12 years and more than 200 weddings later, I am still standing! So those vendors must have saw special something in me and I am so thankful they did.”
That something special, in addition to being honest and genuine with her clients, is what Piech-Lukas says makes her different.
“I have a philosophy that wedding planning should be fun, Piech-Lukas says. “People get so bogged down in all of the details like flowers, colors, guests lists and seating charts. My goal is to keep couples focused on the reason why they’re planning the wedding in the first place. We also offer an honest referral for each individual client about who is best for their specific needs, style and budget. No vendors pay to be on my list and I don’t accept kickbacks. Most of my couples think of me like the big sister who keeps them – and their parents – sane and in check!”
Over the years, Your Dream Day has earned several accolades, including The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” four times, Bride’s Choice, and recognition from Cincinnati Wedding Magazine.
“For me, the award that means the most to me was when we were inducted into the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame,” Piech-Lukas says. “It is an exclusive club that requires four wins. Those wins are determined by reviews left by our couples. I consider myself a professional people pleaser, and knowing that I made such a positive impact on their day touches my heart.”
In fact, making a positive impact is what inspired Piech-Lukas to launch a new online lifestyle publication for brides-to-be. Going live this week, YourDreamDay.com will now feature a variety of wedding-related lifestyle topics, vendor interviews, and behind-the-scenes spotlights on local weddings.
“Inspired by Cincy Chic, this new e-zine will feature real local wedding professionals, real local weddings and wonderful content,” Piech-Lukas says. “My goal is to create a blog and newsletter that couples can read that is informative, gives readers a chance to know why specific wedding professionals are experts at what they do and that the content is strictly editorial.”
That’s not all. Piech-Lukas is also launching a healthy living blog, PeachyKeenLife.com, inspired by her wellness journey where she lost 40 pounds and transitioned to an organic diet, all while battling an autoimmune disease. “I wanted a place that gives insight into my life — not just my wedding planner life, but everything else,” she explains. “ I enjoy speaking to groups and inspiring people to live their lives to the fullest despite any obstacles that may come your way. That’s what PeachyKeenLife.com is all about.”