Although Mindy coordinated many celebrity weddings before this one, Tristan and Ryan Sutter, who are consistently held up as proof that The Bachelor is indeed a path to love, brought Mindy to the mainstream.
What do you think about people who meet on television and get married?
When I meet them in person they act like they’ve known each other forever; just like my brides and grooms who come in and have been engaged for a long time. I just think it’s so hard to meet people right now. If this is the way they are going to meet the love of their life, and be on national television, I say why not?
What does your firm specialize in and how do you use social media for wedding planning?
We do everything from rustic to traditional to contemporary. I feel a good event planner, wedding planner, can really listen, listen, listen. You have to be able to listen. A lot of event planners are fighting Pinterest and fighting social but I’m going with it because it’s not going to change. It’s hard for some people to visualize or explain what they want. So, I take their Pinterest boards, scale it down and I take the consistent ideas and that’s how I design their wedding. I used to be as young as the bride when I was planning weddings; now I’m as old as the parents. I don’t fight with Millennials; I listen.
Do you allow brides to select their own vendors or do you insist they use yours?
A lot of vendors think I’m stuck (on the same vendors). I’m such a loyal person and I enjoy working with someone who outdoes themselves every week. Sometimes the client comes and says I want to use a certain vendor.I’m very open and with the Millennials; they come in and tell me exactly how it’s going to go down. I have met some really great vendors because of their research. I don’t have the time that they have to really dig deep.
Where do you find inspiration?
I shop vintage every Sunday. I may not buy anything but I’m completely inspired. Vintage will never, ever be gone but it’s definitely going out; it’s not a focal point. Remember when we were mixing all the vintage containers? Well, now we are mixing contemporary metallic, right? Now we are going rose gold, gold, silver, so it may not be vintage but it came from the vintage idea of mixing out of your grandmother’s cupboard.
What is your impression of Texas brides?
What I love about Texas is they (brides) do it in a big way. Southern girls are the kindest, ever. I learned about Southern Charm when I planned Jessica Simpson’s wedding in Austin. There’s nothing like it anywhere. There’s no fighting. Everyone wants to help. And it’s part of a community of helping. I think Southern weddings stay traditional and big.
What is trending in weddings?
I like when you walk into a ballroom and it looks like someone’s living room, it’s my favorite. Then people stay longer, I love a completely twinkled ceiling; people feel like they are dancing under the stars. Later in the evening, outdoor ceremonies are a big trend because they are more romantic. People want hundreds of candles and you can actually see the candles. So,they are doing hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour first and then right from the ceremony we go into dinner.
Veil or no veil?
I always want a bride to wear a veil. I love veils. It’s the only time you’ll ever wear one. You don’t even wear a veil when you are dead. I love them. And there are so many options it’s not like there’s only one veil. And you can take it right off after the ceremony if you want.
What traditions are important for brides?
I love traditions. I love the fact that we are not so ahead of ourselves that we don’t remember the past. And why we have a hanky and why we have all these little something blue. All that stuff is awesome and it’s great for the pictures too.
What was it like to plan your son Jordan’s wedding.
You know, doing your own, the expectations are so high. I am obsessed with my daughter-in-law. She loves vintage and she likes blue and green. We collected blue and green vintage glass and filled them with white flowers. We transformed a brick warehouse where they used to bind books for UC colleges (the kids love books). It was serendipitous how it came together. We brought in 18 magnolia trees I had built. My son wanted to walk down the aisle to rap music. I didn’t understand. We played (a rap song) with 24 strings. That was unique and personalized. Sometimes today when brides want suggestions from me and I say you know what my son did… We’ve done it more because it’s so cool.
What is your advice to brides?
If it’s possible, you’ve got to go into planning your wedding with the goal of getting married. The end goal is the “I do” and not all the minutia before the “I do.” Stay focused on the reason why you are doing all this stuff. Keep your sense of humor. I always say to the bride, you’re going to have a flip out. You’ll get to the point where someone had set you off.
Photography by Solaris Studios