Today we’re here with Bonnie of Bliss Events, based in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Take it away, Bonnie:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Bliss Events has evolved tremendously over the last 5 years from a small event planning operation in Los Cabos, Mexico, to an international planning and design firm, executing luxury weddings and events in other destinations in Mexico and around the world. While our company continues to grow, and we have a talented team of professionals supporting our events, I still stay personally involved in all of them.
See the rest of the interview after the cut!
Part of my love for this business is the personal connection I have with my clients, many of whom eventually become friends. For that reason, it’s important to me to leverage the support of our team in a way that allows growth, and for me to interact with every client on some level.
I’m also very much drawn to the creative design portion of events. I often dream of places I’ve never been, and wake up inspired to recreate some element of that place for an event. Whenever possible, we try to innovate something totally unique at every wedding, so that couples have something that’s only theirs.
When we aren’t planning and designing events, I enjoy traveling above all else. It helps me to decompress and unplug, but also inspires me in my work. I’m very grateful that many of my events also involve travel. It enriches my life to experience new cultures, look out over new views, taste new foods, and above all, to meet new people.
How did you get into wedding planning?
My background is in event driven marketing, so I had a lot of experience in events already. After moving to Cabo, a friend of mine peaked my interest in weddings and I soon realized that it’s exactly what I was meant to do. I feel lucky and very grateful that my company grew so quickly, and that we have had so many successes, with many more to come.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
I’m not sure that there is a “biggest lesson”, but many small lessons. The small lessons are the powerful ones because they keep us growing, and they make us better and better. I close every event not only by celebrating another success, but also by asking myself and my team what we learned from it. If I was giving advice to a new planner, I would say to be confident that everything is going to be OK. It’s easy in this business, when you’re responsible for someone’s most important day, to feel stressed and nervous. But no good comes from that. Your positive energy and positive attitude and critical.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
In my personal time, I love to travel, visit with friends and family, eat delicious food, and sip tequila. I love skiing in the winter, boating in the summer, and card games no matter the season.
I love to read, and will take any chance I can for some sunshine and the ocean.
Most of all, when I’m not working I look forward to spending time with my husband Matt, and our two sweet dogs, Mollie and Koa.
Any great stories from working with a client?
I have many amazing stories from working with clients (stay tuned for my book). My best memories are of smart, hilarious toasts, secret gifts that I helped to plan, surprise special guest attendees, top secret flash mobs, surprise musical performances by an a-list celeb. Couples spend their entire engagement planning every detail of their wedding day with me, so I love when I get an opportunity to surprise them with something special.
What is your current favorite color combination?
I can’t seem to get enough color these days. I’ve found myself especially drawn to heavily saturated color palettes. Red, orange, coral, deep eggplant. The richer the better!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
In the last year beautiful lounges have been a major trend. I can see that evolving even more, to the point where some couples will skip the banquet tables and have only lounge seating for their reception. This could be a fun opportunity from a design standpoint, and we’re certainly up for the challenge.
I think I’m ready for the doughnut trendy to be over. I don’t know when doughnuts became so popular that they somehow took the spotlight as both a design focal point and a dessert option, but I’m ready to bid farewell to them.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?
First, do yourself a favor and hire a planner. If you already have one, trust that you chose someone who is capable and experienced so you can stop worrying. Your engagement is part of the process, so make sure to enjoy it. It’s going to go by unbelievably fast, and in a blink you’ll be getting ready to walk down the aisle. Savor this time, and celebrate. The planning doesn’t need to be stressful. Finally, focus on the big picture and what’s most important; you’re getting married to your favorite person. The details are important, but they aren’t why we’re doing this. The two of you are why we’re doing this.
Thanks Bonnie! For more about Bliss Events, check out their WeddingLovely profile, or head straight to her website.
Any questions for Bonnie? Leave them in the comments below!