Today’s planner interview is with Valerie Pritt of Fleur de Lis Event Consulting based in Pensacola, FL! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’m a proud military spouse, an “early bird catches the worm” kind of gal, who has two lovable dogs and a total Law and Order junkie. I love all things that sparkle, have a hint of chic, a dash of elegance and a whole lot of classy. I also strive to be a leader in the wedding industry. In 2011 I started my own company, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, a premiere wedding and event consulting company located in the greater Pensacola, FL area. As a highly rated wedding and event consulting company, FDL is passionate about creating weddings that inspire and capture my client’s unique essence. Whether it’s a classic, beach, military, non-traditional or destination wedding, I love assisting clients in their wedding day dream.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding planning?
Like most wedding planners, I got the wedding planning bug when I married my love of my life in 2009. I loved planning my wedding so much that I became obsessed with the thought of someday owning my own wedding and event planning business. At the time I was a trained dental assistant and although it was a good career, it lacked the creative thinking or inspiration I so craved in a career. In 2011, this ever enduring thought finally became a reality in which I am so proud of today. This is the year I graduated from Florida State College with a Bachelor of Science in Supervision and Management and shortly afterwards decided to take a leap of faith to start my own business.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
The best part of my job is seeing my bride and groom at the end of the night with a face of jubilance and relaxation. When I see these things I know I did my job well! Don’t get me wrong I love the creative side of things, like assisting with themes and color pallets, but they have come to me looking for more than just inspiration. I mean, inspiration can be found easily enough on Pinterst and wedding blogs. They want me to be there for them, to assist them in the overall view and guiding them along the way to make the experience as stress free as possible. They want someone on their big day who understands the whole picture so they don’t have to be in the background worrying about all the little details.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
The two biggest lessons I’ve learned since owning my own business is 1) have a thorough contract and 2) make sure your clients pay you for what your worth. Having a thorough contract not only protects you, it also protects your client. If or when a situation arises regarding certain responsibilities and expectations, a well constructed contract will cut down on any confusion. It’s rough starting out as a newbie in this industry and so you might be tempted to sell your services for the low low price of nothing. However, this is a great way to wear yourself out and it might just leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Make sure you can live with what you’re charging because you won’t be doing your client any good if you’re feeling used and abused.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
My husband and I love to travel. Once a year we try to explore some new city or country that has peaked our interest one way or another. I also love reading a good book or going hiking with my two fun loving dogs.
Any great stories from working with a client?
I feel so blessed to have worked with so many wonderful clients. Each wedding that I’ve done has a special place in my heart for some reason or another. I love working with all types of styles and personalities but if I can help a fellow military couple or destination bride I feel overjoyed assisting in any way I can. I understand just how difficult it can be for these brides to plan a wedding without the proper help.
Photo Credits: The Wedding Veil Photography, Brittney K Photography, Once Like A Spark Photography and Ashley Steeby Photography
What is your current favorite color combination?
As of late, I love anything with the color mint in it. Mint is the perfect color for the trendy bride who wants a soft romantic feminine style. Mint is such a playful hue and goes well with so many different colors like coral, gray, lavender, pink- the list can go on and on. It makes a fun color for a bridesmaid dress or wedding shoes. And paired with gray suits for the groomsmen – just to die for!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I love it when a bride and groom incorporate something that represents their relationship or love in their wedding somehow. Right now I’m currently working with a couple who loves strawberry cheesecake and we’re thinking of a special way to include it. When a couple does this it adds a little something to the event and makes it more than just pretty decorations and nicely coordinated colors.
Thanks Valerie! For more about Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to her website.
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