We had a chance to chat with Melissa from Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design . For the many of you with small children and other careers, she might be an inspiration for you! Thank you so much for your time Melissa! We know it’s valuable. ;)

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’m Melissa Nemitz, the owner of Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design. I’m the mom of a very busy toddler and the wife of a fantastic man and father. As the owner of the company, I take pride in our concierge style service and I truly believe that a wedding planner is there to enhance and realize the true vision of brides and grooms alike.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

After graduating from Culinary School in 2007, I was a personal chef and I worked in catering. I did all of the hands on cooking and serving, and I also managed client relations and event planning. I got married in 2009, and although I knew I could handle it myself, I chose to work with a wedding planner of my own. Our wedding day was fantastic, but I hit some bumps along the way with my planner and I knew there had to be a kinder, gentler way. About a year after my wedding, our daughter came along and I stayed home with her exclusively for 14 months, all the while thinking about and researching the process of becoming a planner and business owner. When that 14 month mark hit, I called my husband and said “I’m starting the business today!” and I haven’t looked back.

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I truly love being immersed in every aspect, but my favorite part is seeing a bride’s eyes light up when I suggest something she hadn’t thought of before. I love bringing fresh ideas into the mix, and seeing them grow into a flowing theme throughout the wedding day. Also, people ask me “isn’t it hard to work so many weekends?” Before I found my passion, that was an issue for me, but now, I honestly get giddy about going out on a Saturday or Sunday to be a part of the excitement, whether it’s a planning day or the day of an event.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

It takes time, and it’s ok to say no. You won’t plan the wedding of every couple you meet with, and that’s ok. As much as it’s an interview for the couple who’s meeting you, it’s an interview for you as well. A planner-client relationship really needs to “click”. You’ll be a big part of these peoples’ lives for an average of 9 months or more, and it needs to feel good for everyone involved.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I love to cook and explore new recipes, and I love to just have quality time with my family, no matter what we’re doing.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I have a bride who couldn’t believe that every vendor we met with in one day mainly looked at her during their conversations, even though I was there, as well as her fiancé. It was cute to see her discover that the bride really does get all the attention!

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I’m working on a style shoot right now with a tangerine and turquoise inspiration, and I’m also loving the combination of pale yellow and pale blue together.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I’m really enjoying the “DIY” look, even if you really didn’t DIY! It’s nice to see things being repurposed for a more elegant purpose, without looking gaudy or over-the-top.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

Check out more of Melissa’s work on WeddingPlannerLove or on Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design’s site.

Melody from Innove Events takes the stage for today’s interview! Not only did she share some great insight and a sprinkling of beautiful work with us, she even threw in an adorable family photo. Thanks Melody!

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Innove Events + Paper has been bringing affordable, stylish design to couples in Philadelphia and the Princeton, NJ areas for almost a decade. Our goal is to help clients implement an inspiring concept that can be carried from the save-the-date to the final detail at each wedding.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Cliff Mautner

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I was trained as an interior designer. During the planning of my own wedding in 2003, I blogged about it and shared photos of my ideas & designs.  Soon, other brides started asking me for help. I did a few weddings that first year just for fun, and officially launched Innove Events + Paper in 2004. By that Fall we had been published and had full bookings for the following wedding season, so I was able to resign from my full-time job.


Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love getting to know each family, and working through the dynamics of planning a wedding with so many opinions, preferences, and ideas. The best, is on the wedding day, when it all comes together, and I get to see a memorable celebration take shape.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Alison Conklin Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

When you are doing something you love, it is easy to let it completely take over your life. I was working 24/7, always made myself available to clients, and didn’t prioritize time for myself or my husband. This can lead to burn-out and can also be detrimental to your personal relationships. It took me a few years, but now I have the work-life balance that makes sense for my clients AND for me.

Innove Paper + Events WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Annie Hosfeld Photography

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I have two sweet little girls and an amazing husband- we to stay active. Yoga has been a passion for quite some time, and I am currently getting certified to teach.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Alison Conklin Photography

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I have been lucky to meet so many great people through my work. I have stayed in touch with many on facebook, and love to see their families grow.  There is one family, with whom I have had the opportunity of working with 3 sisters. It has been such a rewarding experience for me to get to know each personality and style. I relate it to my own family, and wonder how my 2 little girls will blossom as they grow-up.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Alison Conklin Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

After years, of uber-coordinated color schemes, I am totally loving a more neutral, non-matching combo- playing with textures, and interesting materials. I am always a sucker for a classic white wedding.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Cliff Mautner

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I think the key here is to make it personal, and it will last rather than feeling trendy. I would hate to think that my designs will feel dated at some point, so I always aim to get to know each client and create designs based on their history and passions. I love to mix modern, classic, and vintage elements to create a unique and personal story.

Check out Innove Events on WeddingPlannerLove or visit Melody’s site here!

Today’s interview is with WeddingPlannerLove vendor Shelly of Signature Events by Shelly! My goodness does she offer a lot of services! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of our questions and for showing us your great work. :)

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Della Vita Photography

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am passionate about design! And, I love weddings. My philosophy is that every couple is unique so your wedding should be also. I don’t do cookie-cutter designs, for my invitations or weddings  I try to get a couple to really think about their interests and bring these things out in their wedding celebration. From Save-the-dates to the final returns of the rental items we are available as much, or as little, as our clients need. Signature Events by Shelly offers a number of packages, including invitations and other stationery, but will always work with a couple to get them exactly what they need.  I am a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. I am also a Certified Sandals Specialist and can help couples arrange a wonderful destination wedding or honeymoon at any of the Sandals resorts.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I had a friend that was getting married a few years ago. She was procrastinating on her planning and as the months were winding down she still didn’t have some important things done {like the venue booked or her wedding dress chosen, for example}.  One day she called me and said the wedding date had changed. My thoughts were “super!”  They’re moving it back so we’ll have more time”  But, they decided to move it up – to 3 months from then. I immediately put a list together, delegated responsibilities and went to her house. We had put together an elegant, romantic, candle-lit evening ceremony with a live band, buffet food and lots of dancing for the reception. The entire evening was exactly fitting of their personalities {I had been good friends of both for years before this}. From that point on I decided I would love to help couples make their wedding day totally about them and to allow them and their families be guests and enjoy every aspect of the celebration.

Signature Events by Shelly

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

Seeing how happy everyone is. I like taking care of things so I probably do more than I should, but at least the couple and their families don’t have to worry about anything!  I also like adding little surprises for the couple.  Just a little “something more” to help make their day unforgettable.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Don’t underestimate yourself. If you are confident in your abilities, this will show through to your clients and they will have complete confidence in you. If you’re not sure about something, don’t let it show.  Just figure it out and get it done. David Tutera once told me “Don’t ever say No. Just figure out how to do it… then do it”.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I really like hockey. Playing, watching {I used to coach and manage also}.  Music, cooking {I LOVE cooking}, trying new wines, hanging out with my family and friends.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Anne Wojtalewicz Photography

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Honestly, I think all of my couple’s provide me with some great stories.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Anne Wojtalewicz Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

Sky blue and chocolate.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I just hope brides continue to keep their weddings personal. In the past, too many couples  got caught up on how everything “needs” to be and forget that it is really just about them getting married. I am really enjoying all of my couples that have personal touches throughout the entire day. Right now I have a bride that is Norwegian. Her entire family is baking desserts for favors, late-night snacks, and the dessert table {which continues to grow}. I love that!

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

Thank you Shelly! Learn more about her on WeddingPlannerLove or her site.

Happy Tuesday everyone! You know what that means, it’s time for a Wedding Planner interview. Today we met with Amanda from Cherishable Weddings and Events. I just love the story on how she got started. :)

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I absolutely love to plan weddings and other events that truly represent my clients. I love to sit with them in our first consultation and hear about their big visions and dreams. I love getting to know them throughout the planning process, and at the end of it all, we get to see their vision come to life. My company, Cherishable Weddings and Events, is based in Delaware. It is a really great location because I am able to plan weddings at the beach, Philadelphia, Maryland, and New Jersey!

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Alexandra Orgera Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

My dad comes from a huge family! He is one of nine so I have over twenty cousins just on his side of the family. A couple of them got married in one summer (as well as one of my friends). I went to all of these weddings and just fell in love. I wanted to know all of the background information of how it was planned and designed. I almost immediately got my certifications and began working with planners in my area. As soon as I started seeing what really goes into planning, I knew this was my true passion.

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Ferrara Photography

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is definitely seeing it all come together on the wedding day! I love watching all of the pieces come together, and I absolutely love when I get a huge “thank you” at the end of the day from my client!

Cherishable Weddings and Events

Photo by Ferrara Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

The biggest lesson that I learned actually comes from the marketing standpoint – just be you! When I opened my business I was very young when I started and felt like I needed to come off as more professional to try to compensate. I quickly realized that just being myself was going to get me so much farther. I was able to connect with everyone during my client and vendor meetings. Planning a wedding is such an emotional process that you want to be able to truly connect with your clients. The only way to do that is to let your true personality shine!

Cherishable Weddings and Events

Photo by Ferrara Photography

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I am a huge sports fan! I love all of the Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Phillies and the Eagles. I spend most of my free time watching these teams! I play soccer and volleyball. I have played soccer since I was 4 years old, so that is something that I am really passionate about.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I had a couple that I felt I really connected with from day one. The bride and groom both came to all of the meetings and many times brought their daughter. The bride would send me inspiration photos all the time. The groom just went along with it, but was always extremely supportive. She had this fabulous vision in her mind that I was just so excited about bringing to life! I ended up becoming friends with her and her daughter was always asking about me (which really touches my heart). I ended up going to all of her meetings with her including dress shopping and dress fitting and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Alexandra Orgera Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I really love grey and yellow. They are soft, soothing colors but you can still really make a dramatic impact with them!

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I love the trend of the first look being before the ceremony! There are so many advantages: the couple is able to have a private meeting that your photographer and videographer may also attend. They’re able to speak to each other and calm their future spouse before the ceremony. This also allows them to be able to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with their guests. Many of my couples say that the hour they have for photos is the most stressful hour of the day! You can avoid this by doing all of your formals beforehand! I hope this trend continues to grow!

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Photo by Alexandra Orgera Photography

Thank you Amanda! Check out Cherishable Events on WeddingPlannerLove or visit her site for more information!

Today’s interview is with Dallas based WeddingPlannerLove vendor, Wendy from Each & Every Detail. We just love her work and her giving spirit. :)

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Katie Cassidy Photography

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Each & Every Detail is a small wedding planning firm in McKinney, Texas, that focuses on finding that particular niche that their clients love and expanding on it.  I started this business in 2006 and have focused on wedding planning from the beginning, offering couples everything from month of coordination to full service wedding planning and design help. Our mission is to be the key resource for our clients and champion them throughout the wedding planning process, while making sure they have fun and get to enjoy this special time in their lives. We love working with engaged couples that want to focus on having a great time and making the event special to them and their guests.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Fairy Tale Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

In 2005, I became the event manager at a local venue. This was my first job in the industry and it was an amazing experience. I absolutely fell in the love with the weddings, as those were the clients I ended up spending so much time with. After seeing the brides and grooms struggle through the planning process, I was determined to become a resource for them. I took my first certification course in 2006 and that’s how Each & Every Detail was born. Since then, I’ve continued my education with more certification training and I received my Certified Master Wedding Planner status just last year. All the planners who work in my firm are trained wedding planners, including our wedding day assistants.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by F8 Studio

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is meeting new and interesting people, learning about their lives, how their personalities “click” and pulling from that knowledge to customize their special day. I adore getting to know these couples and spending so much time working with them to create an amazing day simply to celebrate their love.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Fairy Tale Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Focus on developing your education, your ideas and your methods on how to serve your clients best, instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. The more you stay true to yourself and take care of your clients, the more you will attract the right clients for you and your past clients will advocate for you.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by F8 Studio

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

My three favorite things to do in the world are spend time with my husband, read sci-fi/fantasy books and to storm chase. Living in Texas means I’m lucky enough to witness a lot of crazy weather, and when there’s a great storm, sometimes there’s nothing better than watching it from beginning to end. Kind of like a wedding.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Katie Cassidy Photography  (Wish Upon a Wedding Couple)

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I just finished up a wedding where myself and my team donated their services to Wish Upon a Wedding. This organization grants free weddings for couples where one or both of them are terminally ill through donations of products and services from wedding vendors. It was humbling to work for this couple, knowing that the wedding planning part of their day was usually the best part, considering the rest of it was dealing with illness, doctor visits, medication and just a daily struggle to live. We were honored to help them and were amazed at the generosity of the other wish granters. Wish Upon a Wedding is a national organization and I am now the Co-Volunteer Coordinator for the Houston Chapter. If you know anyone who could benefit from Wish Upon a Wedding’s services, or if someone wants to donate their time, products or services, please visit www.wishuponawedding.org.

Thank you Wendy. You can see her on WeddingPlannerLove or visit her site for more. We love your work and willingness to give back. :)

 

Beyond Events Atlanta brings us today’s interview. We sat down with Amber and got the scoop on what she does, plus some extra tidbits that you’re gonna love! Thanks Amber!

Beyond Events Atlanta WeddingPlannerLove

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company:

I love planning events of all kinds! I think it’s the social aspect that appeals to me the most. There are few things in life as satisfying as seeing an event that you’ve worked on for 12-18 months come to life. You actually get to witness the joy and special memories that people are creating, and know that you’ve helped bring them to reality. My company, Beyond Events has creating and organizing special events in Atlanta (and the southeast) since 2005. We specialize in weddings, but plan all types of social and corporate events as well.

Beyond Events Atlanta WeddingPlannerLove

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

After college I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I majored in Psychology, so I knew I wanted a career that involved working with people. Coincidentally, I had a few close friends that were involved in event planning. After speaking with them and doing a little research, I knew this was the perfect field for me. I get the opportunity to work with great people, use my creativity, help people plan events that they will remember for the rest of their lives, and have fun while I’m doing it!

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

It’s hard to say. There are so many aspects of event planning that I enjoy. If I had to narrow it down to two things I would say creating relationships and the strategy of planning. I love getting to know people, being a part of planning someone’s wedding is incredibly intimate. You get to see parts of their family and relationship that most of other people don’t see. There are many of my past clients have become friends that I still keep in touch with.  As for strategic planning; problem solving and getting a good deal are my passions. Figuring out how all of the moving parts of an event are going to come together is often a challenge, but one that I truly enjoy. It’s like working on a big, beautiful puzzle. And getting a good deal, is a personal value, I’m a closet bargain hunter! I strive to get the most value for my brides. I would never encourage some one to cheap out on their wedding, but I always urge my brides to get the most from the money they’re spending.

Beyond Events Atlanta WeddingPlannerLove

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Patience and Persistence. Getting into the wedding industry can take a long time. When I first got started it was hard to figure out how to get things rolling. Starting any business takes time, but beginning in the wedding planning industry takes even longer. Planning one wedding often takes 12-18 months. This means many months or possibly years of pouring money, energy and time into building your business before you ever see a dime of profit. You will need an alternative source of income, a second job or a spouse’s salary, for at least the first 2-3 years. Becoming an established wedding planner is a long-term process.

Beyond Events Atlanta WeddingPlannerLove

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I love spending time with my friends and family. It sounds a little cliche’, but it’s the truth. Much like the relationships I value with my clients, the personal relationships in my life are the most important thing to me. My favorite weekly ritual is to have glass of Cabernet with my husband in front of the fire in our fireplace (during Winter). It is so relaxing and a great chance to reconnect.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Last September I worked with a bride that was super organized and had a real eye for design. She selected all of the decor for her wedding, and it had tons of originality. After coordinating her wedding and seeing the pictures a few months later I realized how impressed I was with her natural talents and abilities. As my business grew I realized I was in need of another planner. It was kinda serendipitous, really. I recently decided to bring her on as an event planner for Beyond Events and she continues to wow me each day. My former client is now an irreplaceable team member.

Beyond Events Atlanta WeddingPlannerLove

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

We are loving gray and aquamarine for Spring. It’s such a feminine and elegant palette. The combination is soft, but striking. Most weddings have white or black as part of their color scheme. Choosing gray instead can be bold and different. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, gray and aquamarine are a great option that are sure to get noticed.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

Love it: mix-matched bridesmaids dresses & jewelry. Allowing your bridesmaids to have different dresses has many advantages. First, everybody has a different body type. Letting your maids choose a style or cut that is flattering to their figure will be appreciated by them. It also helps reduce the bride’s stress from trying to pick a dress that fits everyone’s wallet and preference. The dresses should have some type of overall theme/color scheme, but letting each girl dress as herself is a wonderful way to let them express themselves and do something outside of the box. It really gives an extra pop for pictures, too!

Find Beyond Events Atlanta on WeddingPlannerLove, or visit Amber and her team on their site!

Does Cloud Nove sound familiar? You might remember them from a stationer interview we shared earlier this month. Aside from their beautiful stationery, Cloud Nove offers wedding planning as well. Talk about a one-stop-shop! A big thank you to Regina, who answered all of our questions.

 Cloud Nove Events WeddingPlannerlovePhoto by Lightful Photography

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company:

Cloud Nove Events offers Wedding Planning and Coordination services, custom invitation and paper coordinate design and printing, favors and decor, and honeymoon/destination wedding planning in the New York Tri-State area. Nove (pronounced NO-veh) is the Italian word for “nine.” Our name is a little twist on the American term “cloud nine,” meaning to be blissfully happy and perfectly content. That is exactly how I want you to feel when celebrating your wedding!

Cloud Nove WeddingPlannerLove
Photo by JoVon Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I started Cloud Nove Events in 2009 with one goal in mind: to help as many couples as possible be stress free throughout their engagement, and most importantly, on their big day. I’ve worked with nonprofit events for over 12 years, and have experience in fine dining, directing and stage managing theater, and budget management. I knew I had a talent for pulling things together efficiently and with the most impact, and coming from a huge family I am no stranger to drama and complex relationship dynamics.  Wedding planning is a natural fit for me.

Photo by Indigo Foto

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

There is a moment, usually during or after the first dance, where the couple looks at each other and smiles. The nerves of the day are gone, everything has gone perfectly (or near perfectly!), and here they are breathing a sigh of relief and just happy to be in one another’s arms. That’s a great moment. And I’m always proud to have helped in some small way to make that moment happen.

Cloud Nove Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Black Rock Weddings

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Be yourself. Put pieces of yourself into your business. Couples will hire you because they trust you can bring their vision to reality, but also because they like YOU. Don’t try to copy another planner’s style, or services. There is only one you – be proud and market your strengths.

Cloud Nove WeddingPhotoLovePhoto by Doug McGoldrick Photography

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Spending time with my husband, family and friends. I live in such a great area – I can take advantage of the rich cultural scene of NYC but I’m also really close to Long Island Wine Country. I love to travel, bake, entertain, read, watch scary movies, and play with my two tiny cats, Nita and Micah.

Cloud Nove Events WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by J’Adore Love Photography

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Of course! Doesn’t every wedding planner say they should write a book? I’ve seen everything from a groom putting his fist through a wall to a bride and her estranged father reconciling during their dance. Weddings are replete with the full range of emotions. I try to add a little dose of humor throughout the process to keep my clients happy and smiling!

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I have to confess, I’m not in love with this year’s tangerine tango, however I have worked with the color before and liked the results. I gravitate more towards earth based natural tones – warm beiges and browns, greens, greys, and ochres.

Cloud Nove Events WeddingPlannerLove
Janelle Brooke Photography

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I don’t think this qualifies as a trend, but I see a lot of couples who have seen things at other weddings and then think they need to have them at their own. They ask me, “What do you think? Do I have to have a slipper basket/cry packs/petal cones/pashmina basket/garter toss/symmetrical bridal party/etc” and I always answer “You don’t have to have anything. Is this important to you? Is this something you envision will make your day more special and more unique to you as a couple? If not, it’s superfluous. Keep it simple and authentic to you.

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Photo by Thomas Paul Photography

Thank you Regina, for giving us a double-dose of Cloud Nove! Want more? Visit their site.

Today’s interview is with WeddingPlannerLove’s Panache Event Group. First off, I just love that Stacey (the beautiful woman below!) has the title of “Celebration Specialist.” It sure does make Panache sound fun to work with! Thanks Stacey!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Panache Event Group is a small boutique firm in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in event planning and production. We do probably about 70% weddings and the rest is corporate and private events.   

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

Actually, it wasn’t a wedding that struck my fancy, but a corporate event that lured me into this business.  I was working at Dell and attended one of those big pep rally type shindigs.  I was in awe of everything; the pyrotechnics, the massive projection screens, the tiny blimp hovering overhead dropping prizes, the explosion of applause as Michael Dell entered the stage like a rock star.  I knew then I was in the wrong business.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I had to make a career change.  So I went to work for an event rental company (The best place to start, in my opinion).  I also moonlighted for a catering company on the weekends.  I learned the basics – linen sizes, which glass to use for which beverage, how to set a table.  Then I tackled the harder things such as how to install a level tent on unlevel ground, how to properly use electricity, and how to lay out a scaled model of the event space using PartyCAD.  It was brilliant experience.  I would have floundered on my own without it.  After the birth of my first child and with years of experience under my belt, I knew I was ready to jump out on my own. So Panache Event Group was born.

Panache Weddings Events WeddingPlannerLove

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love meeting new people and taking new clients.  They are so sweet (usually) and when there is an instant rapport it’s an awesome feeling.  Strange as it may sound, my favorite part of the actual event set-up is sound check.  I can’t explain it, but when the band starts checking their equipment I always get chills.  I also cry during the father-daughter dance.  I have to leave the room when it starts.  It’s so embarrassing. 

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Get proper experience first, before you open up shop.  So many girls get married and think they can now plan anyone’s wedding because they had so much fun planning their own.  That kind of thinking does a huge disservice to the entire event industry.  It is fine to fall in love with this business after planning your wedding.  But go to work first for an established company in the industry and soak in every bit of knowledge that you can.  That will give you a solid foundation for when you do make the leap to business ownership.  Also, a big part of the business is sales.  If you hate sales, you may have a hard time.

Panache Wedding Events PlannerLove

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I am currently studying calligraphy.  You wouldn’t believe how therapeutic and relaxing it is.  I also Irish dance.  I LOVE to Irish dance.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I am so blessed to have some amazing past clients that I am so proud of.  A favorite client of mine had recently beat lymphoma before she contacted me to plan her wedding.  When I met her she just had an aura about her that drew you to her like a moth to a flame.  She was loving, caring, funny and saw the best in everybody and everything.  A month after her wedding I participated in a half-marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I ran in honor of her.  When I got tired and thought I couldn’t make it, I thought of her and what she had endured and accomplished.  I would smile and keep on going.

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7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I’m kind of on a white kick right now.  I’ve redecorated my office in all shades of whites.  I redid our bed in all white, which we now refer to as the marshmallow.  I’d love to do an eclectic all white wedding.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I love weddings that truly show the couple’s personality and originality.  And I love weddings where the couple incorporates their culture.  One bride introduced me to Nigerian chin chin and puff puff.  Yum yum!

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We sat down with Sapphire Celebrations for a great interview. Based out of Denver, Colorado, Angela and her crew provide brides with consultation and coordination services that remove the stress of planning a Colorado wedding and event. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? But wait…there’s more! Thanks Angela for taking time out of your busy schedule for us today!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company:

Founded by a mother and daughter team, Sapphire Celebrations reflects their Colorado heritage. Pamela and Angela are proud of the high level of service for which Sapphire Celebrations has come to be known. Four Full Service coordinators, two Day Of coordinators, and twelve assistants take pride in exceeding the expectations of couples who entrust us with their wedding day.

Sapphire Celebrations provides assistance in finding the ideal location for your event, identifying suitable vendors, designing custom creations that match your vision, and much more. Most importantly, we will ensure that on your wedding day everything runs smoothly. You, your family, and your friends will enjoy every minute of the wedding celebration.

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2. How did you get into wedding planning?

We planned Angie’s wedding in 2004 and even her Day of Wedding Coordinator could tell that this was her calling. Having planned corporate and philanthropic events and some weddings for friends, this was the catalyst to starting the business. After research the business was officially formed in July of 2004. Using both of our business and sales backgrounds we’ve been able to take Sapphire Celebrations to the top!

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3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

Working with clients to unearth their true wedding vision that reflects the style of the couple is one of my favorite parts of my job. There is nothing more satisfying than to have a client walk into the reception space just before the guests and say, “This is exactly what I envisioned!”

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4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Set work/life boundaries and stick to them. As a business owner it is easy to slip into working excessive hours on your business. It is important to step away from your business and spend time with your friends and family.

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5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

We both love to read and can always be found with a book or two going at one time. Another “hobby” we have is spoiling Angie’s two son’s (Pam’s grandsons)!

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6. Any great stories from working with a client?

There are so many great moments from all the couples we have worked with – it would be hard to list just a handful!

Sapphire Celebrations WeddingPlannerLove Thanks ladies! You can check out Sapphire Celebrations on WeddingPlannerLove or head over to their site for more information.

Today’s post kind of marries a planner interview and a venue walkthrough. Glacier Park Weddings is listed in both our WeddingPlannerLove and WeddingVenueLove directories. So, because of that you are going to get a double dose of planning and venue info  – how cool is that?

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1. Tell us a bit about Glacier Park Weddings & Events.

We are an outdoor wedding venue in the mountains of Montana. In addition to our ceremony and reception locations, we offer event design and coordination services, lodging, activities, rentals– basically everything you’d need for a totally fabulous outdoor affair!


2. Do you target any particular niche?

Yes: couples who want to get married in a natural setting, but don’t want the logistical headaches that often go along with outdoor events. The philosophy behind Glacier Park Weddings actually began to take shape while I was planning my own wedding four years ago. Living in the midst of Montana’s stunning country, I thought it would be easy to find a place to have an outdoor wedding with beautiful scenery. I also wanted a venue that felt like I could make it my own, where I wouldn’t have to work with (or against) a predetermined style. Instead I discovered the opposite: the few outdoor venues I found were notably inflexible, had strict limitations on vendors, could not accommodate our 175 guests, and were often drenched in a kind of cliche ranch style that didn’t fit with my vision. When we finally did find a venue, we ended up having to truck in water, electricity, restrooms and more, in order to throw our party! It was a little insane. So now we are thrilled to be offering couples the kind of venue I had searched for: grassy clearings, trees and wildflowers, mountain views, charming paths through the woods, and in general a natural space that feels good— but that also has access to basic amenities and services to make the bride’s life a little easier. And we can accommodate 200 guests!


3. What makes your business unique?

We believe in the rock star combination of a full-service atmosphere that is also supremely flexible. Our on-site chalet lodging becomes a kind of base-camp for guests, where they can gather, play volleyball or croquet, sit by the fire pit, or barbecue. Our in-house activities like whitewater rafting are perfect for big groups (imagine all of your guests, grandma included, floating down a gorgeous river in the sunshine the day before your wedding!). Between our lodging, activities and coordination services, couples can have a totally fun and stress-free wedding weekend, enjoying the company of their guests and leaving the details to us. And the best part is that everyone feels like they’re on vacation!

4. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love working with brides and grooms, of course, assembling all the details and executing their fabulous plans (my mother is an artist and my father an accountant, so I am a rather Type-A creative person). I love meeting new people and collaborating with great vendors, but I must admit: there is often a moment during the reception, maybe after the toasts when things have settled down, when I can look over and see the bride and groom and their families totally at ease, enjoying their food and drinks, not worrying about the band or the seating chart or whether there’s enough ice behind the bar, just completely loving their party. That sight is definitely the best part of my job. (I also have a soft spot for beaming fathers-of-the-brides, especially when they find me at some point in the night and say, ‘good work,’ which always makes me smile.)

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5. How do you help couples customize their weddings?

Because couples are welcome to work with the vendors of their choice at our venue, the possibility for customization is almost infinite. I always start with photos and a good long conversation to get a sense of what the couple is envisioning. Then, based on their budget, I recommend the vendors that I think will work best with their style. I create a file or Pinterest board for each of my brides to keep track of unique ideas. I also love a challenge: we’ve had custom burlap linens made for a bride that loved that look, and a birch arbor made from scratch when a couple decided they wanted one for their ceremony but couldn’t find an existing one of the right size.  One couple wanted their Saint Bernard as their ring-bearer, which involved crafting a beautiful leash and arranging for a shady spot with a water dish in the ceremony meadow.  I like to find resourceful, unique ways to get couples what they’re looking for.

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6. Do you have any funny stories about a past wedding or event?

Toward the end of one reception last summer, the bride, whom I had worked with quite closely, invited me out on the dance floor to celebrate with her. Because I can’t resist a good 80’s song, I got right out there, and then suddenly the entire wedding party started cheering and gathering around… which of course didn’t keep me from belting out the lyrics to “Freedom 90.” A few weeks later, I ran into one of the wedding guests at the gym, who said she had never been to a more fun wedding– and she couldn’t believe that even the wedding planner was having such a good time!

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7. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

I believe that people don’t necessarily want to get married in a ‘wedding venue’ per se, but in a special place, a place that reflects their personalities and priorities. So I’ve learned to remind myself that, although we are in the ‘wedding business,’ which comes with its own sets of trends and rules and concerns, our couples are not exactly in the business of putting on a wedding so much as simply looking for the right setting and atmosphere in which to celebrate their most important day.

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