Meet The Team: Cindy Barringer, Senior Planner

Today I get to introduce you to another fabulous member of The Barn Team! Last week, I told you all about Lea Canady, one of our planners. And now I'm thrilled to introduce you to Cindy Barringer!

Cindy is a Senior Planner at The Barn. She's been married to Bob for almost five years, and they have a daughter, Ava. Cindy is from Dardanelle, Arkansas (hometown of The Barn!), but she says she has always considered Northwest Ohio her home. She attended both Arkansas Tech University and The University of Toledo, where she studied Marketing.

Cindy said it was while she was planning her own wedding that she realized she was head over heels in love with weddings and all the little details. "I knew I wanted to learn more," she said. "I had been planning events for years but always just considered it a hobby."

She's been planning weddings, events and vacations for ten years now, and she's a member of the Event Planners Association. Cindy is super talented and amazing at what she does. She's organized and professional, but she's also fun to work with and makes her brides feel at ease. The Barn wouldn't be the same without this lady!

(The following photos are some of Cindy's favorite details from weddings at The Barn. "I'm not sure that I have just one favorite of anything," she said. "Each wedding is special to me.")

Cindy's favorite thing about working at The Barn: happy couples! :) "We work really hard to make sure that each and every couple gets their 'dream wedding,'" she said. "I love seeing their happy faces and knowing that I played a part in their happy day."

As I mentioned last week, our planners work their tails off, y'all. Wedding planning sounds fun and fancy, but it's not always pretty and glamorous... It's a heck of a lot of work, and it can be stressful to perfectly put together someone's wedding! But our team makes it look easy, and they plan flawless weddings week after week. Here is a little bit of what our planners do, in Cindy's own words!

"Just like all of the other wedding coodinators at The Barn, I assist the couple in developing their wedding 'style,' including table design, lighting, ceremony décor and all other visual details. I coordinate arrival and delivery activity of all vendors for wedding day, including florists, photographers, caterers and musicians. I also act as a liaison between the bride, groom, their family, vendors and our staff.  I schedule all tastings and follow up with our preferred vendors to ensure accuracy. I conduct wedding rehearsals. I also ensure that the wedding and the reception flow smoothly and according to timeline. In addition to the basic duties, I develop documents to make our consults more efficient.  I network to grow our preferred vendor list. I work with our junior planners and interns to make sure that they are well versed in The Barn way. Yes, there is a Barn Way to do things. The Barn Way is the only way." Amen to that! Whew...

One of Cindy's favorite hobbies: road tripping! (She's a girl after my own heart.) "I love a good road trip but I have to have the essentials: Vitamin Water, Beef Jerky, good tunes and good company," she said.

She also loves the Ohio State Buckeyes (and we love her anyway!), spending time with her family and traveling. She and her little family especially love Disney World, and she actually just became a dream vacation planner with Pixie and Pirate Destinations, LLC back in April! This lady has all the fun jobs. ;)

"I can plan any Disney vacation - Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, Adventures by Disney, and Disney Cruise lines," she said.  "I'm currently obtaining certifications for other destinations which will include Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, Universal Studios and Princess Cruise lines." Dream job!!!

Cindy is great at planning stunning weddings and events, and if you're lucky enough to be one of her brides, you're going to love her! She'll make your planning meetings productive and fun, and your wedding day is guaranteed to be a dream come true!