Behind the Veil Featuring Rae Culver (That's Me!)

Ok y'all, normally each week you get to hear from another fabulous wedding planner, but this week I thought I'd change things up a little bit and let you get to interview ME!

I hope you enjoy (and maybe even learn a thing or two!)


Tell us a little about yourself! Are you married? Kids? How many years have you been in business? What location do you serve? What is your specialty? Any other fun facts about you?

I have been married to my hot hubby, Kelly, for almost 19 years. We have 2 biological sons (ages 13 and 17) and a 17 year old that lives with us.

I have been doing weddings for longer than I can remember, but started my business officially in 2010, serving central and south Alabama.

My specialty….hmmmmmm. Thinking outside of the box, maybe. I love creating unique floral arrangements and food displays.  

Fun facts - I am obsessed with all things white and queso dip!

What made you want to get into wedding planning?

After helping a few friends with their wedding, I was hooked!

What did you do before wedding planning?

I was a nurse for over 10 years, the last 7 being an ER nurse.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice when you were starting out, what would it be?

Do your thang! Don’t worry about everybody else. God has gifted you with amazing talents and abilities, so you've got this!

What are your strengths as a wedding planner?

I can dream up some pretty cool design ideas and I work well under pressure.

What are your struggles as a wedding planner?

The ability to create grand and unique ideas can sometimes be a struggle as much as it is a strength. It may be totally out of reach for a bride because of her budget, but I will want to do it anyway. From a business standpoint this just isn’t smart.

Tell us about your favorite wedding you’ve ever been a part of.

That is a tough one. There are SO many! The very first wedding at my wedding venue will always be special. It POURED rain and I poured tears.

I remember giving the bride my rain boots so we could walk down to where the ceremony was supposed to be. She was too cute in her Monique Lhuillier gown and rain boots.

It was too wet and we had to move everything inside. I remember praying with my team before the wedding and just crying like a baby. It was a special and emotional day for me.

Where do you go for inspiration in your business?

Everywhere! I have been walking through a mall and snapped a picture of a certain storefront that inspired me. I also have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. It's a great place to organize ideas, but far too often brides will want to replicate something for their own wedding. I’m cool with being inspired by a picture and making it your own, but I’m not cool with trying to do the exact same thing. My goal as a designer/planner is that no two weddings I do will look the same.

Who do you admire and look up to, personally and professionally?

As cliche as it sounds, my mom would be one. She literally is the hardest working person I know and probably the most giving.

I’m also kind of crushing on Jenna Kutcher right now. Her business model makes me giddy and I adore her podcast.

What is your #1 piece of advice for both seasoned or aspiring wedding planners?

BE YOU - and be original!

Where can we find more information about you? Website, social media handles, email address, etc.

Le Rae Events and Wedding Day Academy (and here's a little secret: RaeCulver.com is coming soon!)

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