Planning a wedding is a journey, and as a wedding planner, Linda from Odyssey Events helps couples navigate the choices, challenges, and excitement along the way. Linda is an experienced event planner, offering comprehensive planning services, partial packages, and day-of coordination. Read on to learn more about Linda and how she helps turn clients’ visions into their parties!

How did you get into wedding planning?

It was a natural evolution from being a restaurateur and hosting small weddings at Hemingway’s, then overseeing barn art-dinners at Newhall Farm for the Hall Art Foundation. Also there was a family wedding – my first big event at the farm. This piece of the puzzle fit and felt just right.

How would you describe your style? 
I have no one “style” because I love and appreciate all art and design from the simple lines of Shaker to the curly cues of Rococo. I have the experience to carry out classical rules, and the artistic bent to bring off whimsy or abstract. 

What inspires your work? 
Each couple! I try to capture what they are looking for, and give them what they want. I do make suggestions throughout the process, but ultimately, it’s their call.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 
The challenge of making a scene look as beautiful as possible within a given budget. 

Any special tips for couples getting married? 
After being married for a long time, and working alongside my husband for a long time … we suggest couples divide responsibilities, and trust the other to complete a well-done job. 

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 
A romantic and heartfelt exchange of vows. 

What song gets you on the dance floor at a wedding? 
It doesn’t take much to get me on the dance floor! Anything with a good beat will do. But if I have to pick just one, I’ll choose “Without Love” by The Doobie Brothers.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Vermont?
Summer nights in a field eating and dancing. (Feast & Field in Barnard to name one!)

If you weren’t a wedding planner what would you do?
If I could, I would write fiction, but that’s harder then planning! With planning I know where I’m going. I’m also a do-er and planning is constant doing. I’ve also thought about floral arrangement, and I’ll sometimes do flowers if the wedding is small and at our home/venue.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? 
My husband thinks it’s that I keep a pack of sugarless gum near the cookie jar – and sometimes in it!

Thanks, Linda! Learn more about Odyssey Events in the vendor guide.