Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I am one of the few wedding planners in the bay area that will do "day-of" packages. It is a very difficult job to walk in for one day, and many companies don't want to do it. I love it, and thrive on challenge. I usually do "day-of" or "month-of" planning. A lot of brides are on a budget and I love to be able to give the support they need.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Recently, I've had a wedding at Coyote Creek Golf Course- Blue, Silver and White were the colors, with chandeliers and crystals everywhere. Everyone had a blast!
I have also had a wedding in Palo Alto, with a simple, modern, but glamorous decor. The colors were Navy, Cream and White. This wedding is set to be featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Magazine.
I also did a graduation party, and set up/designed a fun candy/s'mores bar.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Sit down with planners for consultations. Most wedding planners offer this for free. You should feel very comfortable with everyone you hire, and your wedding planner should feel like an old friend. A great connection is important.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. DIY saves you money, but is VERY time consuming & stressful when it gets close to your big day.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have been to culinary school and done catering- with my inside knowledge of these other fields, I work with other vendors to make your event spectacular.
I am also very down to earth. This can be a hard quality to find in the industry.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Meeting new people every day from different walks of life. And listening to toasts & speeches at events- it makes me remember why I am who I am today, and very grateful for my family.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Why hire a wedding planner?
-First of all, you want to ENJOY your event. Not spend your day being stressed about details. Secondly, with my connections in the industry I can pass along discounts directly to you, essentially covering my own costs.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I had a bride who wanted to change the flowers on her cake 6 days before her wedding. She said, "If we can't do it, its okay." I wanted her to have the cake of her dreams, so when the bakery couldn't get the new flowers for her cake, I went out and found some. The cake was perfect and the bride was thrilled.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A couple hired me for my month of package. About 2 months before the wedding, the bride let me know she was feeling very nervous about the florist. Communication was at a stand still. Unfortunately, she had a consultation with the owner, and then was handed off to assistants who were not following up well. I got her in touch with a florist I knew and trusted, and we were able to book with the new florist and relieve the bride's stress & save money.