HEY Y`ALL, WE'RE
Mel & Jim
Growing up in Alabama, my parent’s loved to host family and friends with dinner parties, holiday get-togethers, and festive celebrations. I grew up to love planning, decorating, and entertaining. One day, after helping my niece plan her wedding and continuing with this new second job, I decided to make my passion my main career. Thus, Lemon Drops was born! My husband and I started the business in the garage of our home but have grown and expanded into the brick and mortar storefront our clients know today.
Studying everything from floral arranging and timeline creation, we dedicated ourselves to knowing the business and being able to adapt to the demanding world of weddings. While I brought the background in event planning and decorating, Jim brought in his ingenuity and craftsmanship; using problem solving skills and his knowledge in construction to build custom arches and figure out the “how to” whenever a bride comes in with a specific dream.
Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you allow us to be a part of your day and join the Lemon Drops Family!
A zest of elegance. A splash of sophistication. A twist of southern charm.
Coordinators of Chaos
MEET THE MAIN
BORN/ RAISED: TAMPA, FLORIDA
FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB: EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT FOR ME. ONE DAY I'M LEARNING TO BUILD A WEBSITE, THE NEXT, I'M SHOPPING FOR SPECIALTY GLASSWARE TO BE USED AT OUR NEXT EVENT ALL WHILE BEING KRISTINE’S EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HUMAN.
FAVORITE ASPECT OF A WEDDING: THE END OF THE EVENT WHEN I SEE THE NEWLYWEDS WITH THE BIGGEST SMILES ON THEIR FACES AND THEY CAN’T SEEM TO STOP. THAT'S THE KIND OF HAPPINESS I WISH FOR THEM FOR YEARS TO COME.
FAVORITE AESTHETIC FOR A WEDDING: GIVE ME A THEMED WEDDING ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! I LOVE FIGURING OUT HOW TO TIE IT IN WITH SMALL DETAILS TO FIT THE WEDDING.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME AT A WEDDING: BY THE DESSERTS. I HAVE A SWEET TOOTH TO FEED.
WHEN I’M NOT PLANNING EVENTS: READING, 3D PRINTING MODELS, PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, GOING TO METAL CONCERTS, AND CHASING AFTER MY TWO BENGALS; MARVEL AND ZERO.
MOST USED PHRASE IN THE OFFICE: “ON IT. GOT IT. WORKING ON IT.”
STARBUCKS ORDER: ICED CHAI LATTE WITH OAT MILK, & ONE EXTRA PUMP OF CHAI IN A NEW STARBUCKS CUP.
BORN/ RAISED: BUSHNELL, FLORIDA
FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB: BRINGING A COUPLE'S VISION TO LIFE.
FAVORITE ASPECT OF A WEDDING: THE FEELING OF LOVE EVERYWHERE! I LOVE LOVE.
FAVORITE AESTHETIC FOR A WEDDING: MAXIMALIST. MORE IS MORE! THE OVERGROWN WILD GARDEN FEEL IS MY FAVORITE!
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME AT A WEDDING: BUSTLING THE BRIDE’S DRESS BEFORE HER FIRST DANCE.
WHEN I’M NOT PLANNING EVENTS: GOING TO SCHOOL FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY, HANGING OUT WITH MY CAT, CJ, AND SEEING FRIENDS!
MOST USED PHRASE IN THE OFFICE: *GASP* “LOVE IT.”
STARBUCKS ORDER: STRAWBERRY ACAI REFRESHER LEMONADE
BORN/ RAISED: OMAHA, NEBRASKA
FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB: COMING UP WITH A PERSONALIZED TIMELINE FOR EACH COUPLE BASED ON HOW THEY WANT THEIR SPECIAL DAY TO GO.
FAVORITE ASPECT OF A WEDDING: WHEN THE BRIDAL SONG STARTS AND EVERYONE GETS EXCITED. YOU CAN FEEL EVERYONE’S ANTICIPATION. IT IS THE MOMENT OF THE WEDDING.
FAVORITE AESTHETIC FOR A WEDDING: TROPICAL/ BEACH. I MOVED TO FLORIDA FOR A REASON.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME AT A WEDDING: YOU CAN ANSWER THAT BY ASKING YOURSELF “WHERE IS THE FOOD?” I AM ALWAYS NEAR THE CHARCUTERIE BOARD. NOTHING HITS BETTER THAN MAC AND CHEESE FROM A WEDDING.
WHEN I’M NOT PLANNING EVENTS: YOU CAN FIND ME EMBROIDERING, ATTEMPTING TO GARDEN, READING, BUT MOST LIKELY, HAVING A NAP WITH MY CATS, SHRIMP AND SESAME.
MOST USED PHRASE IN THE OFFICE: “HYDRATE OR DIEDRATE.”
STARBUCKS ORDER: THE BIGGEST (ICED OR HOT DEPENDING ON THE SEASON) CHAI LATTE WITH OAT MILK
IS THERE REALLY A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PLANNER & COORDINATOR?We know there's a lot of wedding terminology in the industry that can get confusing but, there definitely is a difference between the two! A Wedding/ Event Planner helps in the process of putting everything together BEFORE things have been booked. They can help with finding/booking venues and vendors like photography, catering, and Dj. They can also help with such tasks like creating a seating chart, following a budget, and helping with invitations. A coordinator, on the other hand, comes in AFTER all the details have been booked and thought out. Their job is to gather all of the information and create a cohesive plan for the day. They're not involved in the original scouting of vendors but, will contact them a few weeks before the wedding to exchange information and get everyone on the same page. Think of it this way: A PLANNER is the musician who writes the music while a COORDINATOR is the conductor who brings all the instruments together for the symphony. And we can help with both!
DO I NEED A WEDDING COORDINATOR?This is a loaded question and honestly, the answer varies for everyone. It all comes down to asking yourself if you have the time, knowledge, and patience to do what needs to be done. A coordinator contacts ALL of your vendors and figures out the nit picky details that can easily get forgotten. Whose taking the rings to the ceremony? When do the photographers arrive? How long will hair and make up take for your bridal party and what time do you need to be ready by? There are a lot of logistics that go into coordinating. Will you be okay with not only taking this on but, accepting if something is missed and be flexible enough to over come it? Take into account that everyone (and we mean EVERYONE) will be coming to you and asking questions on every subject of your wedding. It can be a lot of extra stress not only leading up to your big day but, on the day itself. We believe you deserve to enjoy every minute of your wedding so, let us sweat the small stuff while you bask in one of the best days of your life!
BUT I HAVE A VENUE COORDINATOR, WHY DO I NEED TO HIRE A WEDDING COORDINATOR TOO?It can be easy to confuse your Venue Coordinator for a Wedding Coordinator without knowing what makes them different and what their jobs entail. Venue Coordinators are NOT Wedding Coordinators though. The Venue Coordinator's main job is to make sure everything runs smoothly within the entity of the venue. When will meals be served? How many tables are needed? What is the layout for the floorplan? They aren't responsible for the "Wedding" aspect of the event like figuring out the processional order or making sure the Dj knows that set-up starts at 2:00pm. These are all responsibilities of the Wedding Coordinator. Your Venue Coordinator knows the venue and its procedures like the back of their hand while your Wedding Coordinator will have the same prowess about your wedding day. The two work together to ensure everything runs smoothly but, they do not take on the role of the other. Most Venue Coordinators leave the event once dinner is served and the venue is then represented by the Banquet Manager for the duration of the time. This varies for each venue but, we will be there the entire day. More and more venues are requiring Wedding Coordinators because the two jobs are so different and it isn't feasible for them to act as both. Double check your venue's policy on this and be aware that you cannot lean on your Venue Coordinator to do what Wedding Coordinator would!
IF I HIRE YOU AS MY COORDINATOR (LEMONADE PACKAGE), WHEN DO I HEAR FROM YOU?Since we are not involved in the overall planning process, we reach out about 6 - 8 weeks before your event. At that point all vendors should be booked and the majority of the details planned. We will send an email with some extra information to keep in mind and a timeline questionnaire that will help us construct a base for when you have your timeline meeting. Of course we are always here for you so, if you have any questions, we're only an email away. We can refer some of our favorite vendors or give insight on what we recommend but we aren't thoroughly involved in the planning process. If there's an aspect of the wedding you need a little extra help on, additional meetings can always be added onto your package to help get over these hurdles!
WE’RE GETTING MARRIED IN FLORIDA BUT DON'T LIVE THERE. CAN YOU STILL HELP US?ABSOLUTELY! We love our destination couples and understand the appeal of getting married in our beautiful sunshine state! Knowing our community through and through means we have helped many out-of-state couples plan their event from thousands of miles away. We can do all of our meetings over the phone or on zoom and can facetime you in for walkthroughs of your venue. Distance is never an issue!
DO YOU TAKE CARE OF 'EVERYTHING' WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING? HOW INVOLVED AM I?While we help take some of the grunt work off you, that doesn't mean you won't have homework of your own. Final decisions that need to be made, contracts that need signing, and payments that must be taken care of are always done by our clients. We can help narrow down and hone in on your vision, but nothing gets booked or set until you give the okay. We can help recommend the best vendors we think would be the right fit for you but, which one you go with will always be your choice. We're here to help assist with our knowledge of the industry and past experiences so think of us like your field guide for weddings!
AS MY COORDINATORS, WILL YOU SET UP MY PERSONAL ITEMS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?There is a list of items, like guest book, seating chart, etc. that as your coordinators, we will definitely help set-up the day of your event! But, this doesn't include everything. Items like DIY centerpieces , hedge walls, and tablespaces (linens, napkins, chargers, etc. not rented from our company) are items that will need additional team members to assist with and will incur an additional charge for labor. As your coordinators we can help set-up some items but please remember we are also the main contact for all vendors and will be assisting with a myriad of things during set-up. A list of items that is included in set-up is provided when you inquire about our coordination/ planning packages.
DO YOU OFFER WEDDING FLORAL PACKAGES?To better cater to our clients and their floral needs, our services are a-la- carte and priced per the items needed for your vision. This allows us to create custom invoices with your dream décor in mind. It also means you're not paying for anything that you don't necessarily need or want. It gives not only us flexibility, but you as well. Your invoice is unique and curated just for you. You're not a carbon copy and neither is your invoice!
CAN YOU REPLICATE AN INSPO PIC?Inspiration pictures are a great tool for seeing your dreams visually. It helps us grasp your concept and is a great platform to jump off of when diving into floral design. If you see a picture and love everything about it; down to the greenery used and the shape of arrangement, we can certainly try to replicate it. Just remember that every replication has to have wiggle room for creative liberties and our artists have their own design style that will be reflected in every piece they create. Pinterest can be an amazing tool for inspiration but be aware, it never includes a price tag! Your quote given, if you ask for a replica, will reflect the amount needed to get as close as possible. Sometimes it's surprising to find out how much a fully covered arch really is! Keep this in mind but know that we can help come up with a realistic solution to meet your budgeting needs.
I WANT TO SEE MY ARRANGEMENT BEFORE MY WEDDING. DO YOU PROVIDE MACH-UPS?Not being able to see your arrangements or florals before the big day can be a little nerve wrecking, we get it! We can provide Mach-ups, at a cost, and they must be ordered in advance to allow proper time to procure the flowers. If you have a specific date in mind that you'd like to see a Mach-up, we will need advanced notice and full payment for the Mach-up at least 30-days before this date. Of course, the Mach-up is yours to take home and enjoy once complete. If you're a very visual person, this can be a great tool to help get the overall design zeroed in.
AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING UP MY OWN FLORALS AND DECOR?Thinking of logistics for a wedding can be a real nightmare (we know first hand) so we try to make the process as easy as possible. When you receive your initial invoice you'll see a section labeled "Labor". This is the charge to have the appropriate number of team members/ vans set-up, flip (if needed), and teardown your florals and décor within the timespan we have at the venue. This takes into account any and all logistics and ensures we have enough staff there for you on your big day! If you would prefer to pick-up your florals from our shop or have family members teardown your event, that's perfectly fine too. Please keep in mind that once the flowers leave the shop or we leave the site, the condition/ responsibility of the arrangements are no longer ours.
DO YOU CHARGE TRAVEL FEES?In order to cover fuel charges and maintenance on our vehicles, travel fees are included in your invoice according to distance, number of vehicles needed, etc. These fees will be added to the labor section of your invoice.
I JUST HAD MY INITIAL CONSULTATION, HOW LONG WILL MY CUSTOMIZED INVOICE TAKE TO CREATE?The anticipation of waiting for your invoice can be hard to stomach when you're ready to start locking in vendors and designs! We do our best to try to get your initial invoice out to you as quickly as possible, but sometimes, especially during our busy season, this can take a little longer. Remember, the clearer the vision, the faster we can get an invoice out to you. If you're unsure about what you need and require help with narrowing down your options, this can elongate the invoice creation process. We typically get your invoice out to you within a week of your initial consultation but, it can take up to two depending on the influx of consultations that come in. We appreciate your patience and know that we are taking great care in making this custom invoice for you!
WE LOVE THE SERVICES YOU OFFER AND YOUR GALLERY ! SO, CAN YOU TELL ME HOW YOU’RE DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHER WEDDING PLANNERS OUT THERE?Here at Lemon Drops, we have individuals from diverse walks of life who have a unified goal: to make your special day as amazing as it can be. Whether your personality is type A or B, this is your first or fifth marriage, or if you're still in college or have been around the block a few times, your story is important. And we recognize that. Your wedding day is the next chapter in your tale and we want to make it an epic one!
WE HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS BEFORE GETTING STARTED. CAN WE CALL OR EMAIL YOU TO DISCUSS THIS FURTHER?Due to the hectic nature of wedding planning, we're usually not free to take a call unless an appointment has been made but you're always free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our wedding team shares this email and there are usually always a pair of eyes checking and answering. We pride ourselves on replying back ASAP and are happy to answer any questions you still might have. Keep in mind most questions are answered during the initial consultation, but don't be afraid to reach out! Our office hours are 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday so if you email us over the weekend, please give us some time to reach back out on Monday. We appreciate your interest in our company and hope to hear from you soon!
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