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June 1, 2014

Local wedding planner celebrates 20 years in business By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS MANAGING EDITOR sottney@toledofreepress.com

Whether it’s a last-minute vendor cancellation, a broken-down limo, the guest who brings an unexpected plusone or red wine stain on a white dress, Bee for the Day owner Brooke LauberCobb and her team of 16 “bees” have the solution to any wedding emergency. The Archbold native has been in the wedding coordinating business for 20 years. “I like the anonymity of being the person who takes care of problems behind the scenes,” Lauber-Cobb said. “The feeling of accomplishment you get when you solve a problem and no one else even knows you’ve done it. It’s such a rush.” For most of her career, LauberCobb did wedding planning on the side, but about four years ago, she started operating Bee for the Day full time, drawing on her past experiences in political and nonprofit fundraising, 911 operations, catering, waitressing, event planning and the criminal justice field.

“I’ve always been in problemsolving positions and in the service industry,” she said. “We really try to stay ahead of any problem that’s going to come up. We want to be your problem-solving people.” Bee for the Day is the only local company that specializes solely in wedding planning, Lauber-Cobb said. Day-of coordination is the most popular service. Bees can also accompany clients to vendor meetings, offer vendor recommendations, help decipher contracts, tweak invitation wording and more. Bee for the Day also collects information from each vendor and organizes all the schedules into one master schedule. The average cost of Bee for the Day services is $1,500 to $2,500, said Lauber-Cobb, who bills by the hour. “The biggest false statement about wedding planners is that you can’t afford it,” Lauber-Cobb said. “Honestly, I think you can’t afford not to.” Coordinator Heather Bertz, who has been with Bee for the Day for seven years, said it’s satisfying when a client — often the father of a bride trying to rein in the budget — decides the expense was worth it.

“My favorite part of the night is when dad comes up to me and says, ‘I thought my wife was crazy for hiring you, but I am so glad you were here to spend the day with us. You were the best money I ever spent,’” Bertz said. Bee for the Day is based in Perrysburg, but coordinators will

travel anywhere. The company has done weddings in Columbus, Chicago, Las Vegas, Hawaii and more. Bee for the Day coordinated 75 weddings in 2013 and 50 in 2012. On the recommendation of a family friend, Marybeth Monaghan Hughes of San Diego and her mom

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Randi Monaghan of Toledo hired Bee for the Day to help coordinate Hughes’ December wedding in Toledo. The three bees who worked the event were unobtrusive yet helpful, Hughes said. n BEE CONTINUES ON 15

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