Alabama Weddings Magazine

2019

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111 Growing up in her grandmother's florist, Jan Gilmer learned about the wedding business at a young age. Now with over 37 years of experience, she owns The Cake Boutique and Events in Gadsden and has much more to offer brides than just cakes. Jan decided to become a wedding planner after owning a boutique that offered a bridal registry and realized how stressful the planning process was for the brides. Although she specializes in cakes, which she personally designs, bakes and decorates, what sets Jan apart from others is that she also offers full-service wedding and event planning, floral design, venue decorations and wedding coordinating. Jan feels it is important a bride has a wedding planner with the expertise to know what works and what does not. She takes away the inconvenience of searching for vendors to simplify the planning process. 2B|Photography The Cake Boutique works hard to help their clients save money. Jan searches for and hires vendors that can accommodate the ideas and desires of the couple. "I love seeing all the months of planning come together, but my favorite thing is when a bride and groom come to me with sincerely grateful hearts, give me a huge hug at the end of the day and thank me for making their wedding day dreams come true." As a special gift to the bride and groom that choose a full package, Jan provides the directing of the wedding free of charge. When coordinating different vendors to put together a wedding, Jan said it is important to have everyone on the same page and make it look effortless. This happens with well-thought-out planning, open and concise communication of what is expected and delivering those expectations. Jan wants brides to know that The Cake Boutique is more than just a business for her. She truly loves what she does and enjoys the privilege of serving couples. "Most women dream of their wedding day from early childhood," she said, "and I am blessed to be a part of making their dreams a reality."

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