Knoxville & Smoky Mountain Wedding Planner: Custom Love Gifts, Events and Prints

Smoky Mountain wedding planner


Knoxville & Smoky Mountain Wedding Planner:

Custom Love Gifts, Events and Prints

We're very excited to chat with an incredible Smoky Mountain wedding planner, Lindsay Ruggieri, owner at Custom Love Gifts, Events and Prints! This Knoxville, TN based wedding planner and her team are not only creative and professional but also one of the most resourceful coordinators in the area. They coordinate Smoky Mountain weddings, destination weddings in TN, as well as events in Knoxville, TN.

Custom Love Gifts is such a joy to work with through stressful situations, long days, and all the ups and downs of planning a wedding. She comes highly recommended and is excellent for making a bride's wedding planning fun and easy!

Tell us about Custom Love Gifts and Events!

"We offer wedding favors, basic wedding décor, wedding design, and planning for all our clients," says Lindsay. All our favors are entirely customizable based on a bride's color and style. Our team of experienced coordinators is knowledgeable and detailed oriented. The goal of our coordinating services at Custom Love Gifts is to make a bride's wedding planning process fun, relaxed, and completely stress-free. We work hard to cater to a variety of budgets with packages that range from day-of-coordination to full wedding planning services. A bride can have all her designs, favors, invitations, and wedding planning needs met in one place! We're also a corporate event planner and we absolutely love coordinationg for them too!"

"Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints have a team of event planners as well as a custom print shop and a gourmet kitchen specializing in edible wedding favors. We've specialized in weddings in the Smoky Mountains and Knoxville for almost ten years!  Each wedding client gets an assigned Lead Coordinator to manage the event and oversee event logistics. Our office is fully staffed with a planning team that is available Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 pm to answer any questions a couple may have. Custom Love's team follows specific guidelines and has thorough training to ensure all couple's needs are met with the best experience possible! In addition to effective planning, our team offers suggestions that compliment local venues, including pre-screened accommodations in the area, rehearsal dinner spots that provide a private room, and attractions for guest entertainment."

Tell us how your passion for weddings started? 

"I've always loved to design things and be crafty, and I especially love to make beautiful things out of things you wouldn't expect. I can say it started with a passion for making things pretty!"

How did you turn your passion into a business? 

"I started a hobby business on Etsy, making mini mason jar wedding favors filled with honey and jam. In the past three years, my favors have served over 1,000 events, which turned my little hobby into a full-time job! After designing multiple styled shoots and numerous real weddings, I decided it was time to launch Custom Love Gifts' new wedding coordination services. Almost seven years later, our team is on track to coordinate over 100 events for the 2020 season in both Smoky Mountains and The Smokey Mountains!

What makes you unique?

"I feel that I have a unique talent for visualizing what a bride wants for her wedding and offering ideas that will make her vision come to life. We have a knack for creating something elegant with unusual materials (this comes in handy when a bride has a limited budget!) My favorite example of this is this fall tablescape I designed with The Bride Link and JoPhoto below. We used wooden candlesticks, pumpkins, spray paint, and a limited amount of floral to create a stunning tablescape that featured on Style Me Pretty!"

What is your favorite part about working with brides/couples?

"Every bride has a different personality, style, and budget, which makes my job so much fun! Every bride challenges my design skills differently. No matter what their style or theme, I love working with brides to make their vision come to life!"

What advice would you give brides?

"Whether it's me or not, hire a day-of wedding planner! Hands down the best advice I give! I did not have a day-of wedding planner for my wedding, and I was so stressed out throughout the entire day. I remember during my first dance, thinking about a million things. Simple things that most brides shouldn't worry about on their wedding day. Who was going to cut my cake? When am I supposed to throw the bouquet? And a million other things! I didn't get to be just a bride at my wedding; I was the wedding coordinator. By hiring a professional to take on all of the responsibilities of your wedding day, gives you the chance to enjoy your day simply because you don't need to worry about a single thing except getting married.

Custom Love Gifts would love to chat! If you're currently planning your wedding or have general questions about services or packages, feel free to contact them directly! Starting your wedding planning process by first considering a full or partial planner or Day-of coordinators is a step in the right direction!


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Photo Credits: WINX Photo, Stephany Marie Photography, Leah Moyers Photography, JoPhoto, and Danielle Evans Photography


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