What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I read a ton, browse all the major wedding websites regularly, and participate in seminars offered by wedding experts.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was in the wine business and planning a lot of wine tastings and trade shows, etc. and at the same time a lot of my friends were getting married and I was helping with their weddings. And I was organizing fundraisers and parties for several community groups. I had always wanted to own my own business, so I studied up on it, and soon a business came up for sale that was a wedding shop with a wedding planning service, and with the help of my dad, I bought it. I closed the shop after a while, but I kept the planning business and I have been doing that ever since.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Day of Coordinating: It's called "day of" but the coordinating really goes on throughout the process. It starts with some planning and consultation in the months leading up to the wedding, with the client doing most of the legwork, and me following up and helping out when needed. Then it really gears up the month of the event, maintaining close communication between the bride, the wedding party, the family, and all the vendors involved. And the coordinating comes to fruition with the Big Event itself, doing anything and everything the bride needs to have a wonderful, happy, stress-free weekend.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm equally proud of all my events!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't be fooled by a fancy presentation in person or on a website. You will find that the best event planners are simple, organized, and straightforward, and their presentation should reflect that. On the other hand, if you are looking for more of a "designer" than a planner, look for one whose offices, website, and advertising materials indicate they might share your sense of style.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There are a lot of people out there who plan their own weddings and have such a good experience that they decide to start a wedding planning business. Well, that is great experience but that is not enough experience to start planning weddings for others!