This WeddingPlannerLove interview has me singing, “All you need is love.” Please tell me I won’t be the only one who will be finishing off my day humming a Beatles tune. Shannon and Vikki are the two talented ladies behind All You Need is Love Events, and they shared so much with us today. Thank you both!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
We are Shannon and Vikki – we love sunshine, being event planners, our brides and grooms, and our husbands. We find inspiration everywhere and love creating the most perfect day for our clients. We are best friends and lifetime business partners. We LIVE for the memories that make our brides and grooms smile. We cry at EVERY – yes, every – wedding ceremony.
We started All You Need is Love Events out of a great love of weddings, style, brides, and simply being able to work together to create the best day for our clients. There are two of us side by side, every day, so you get each of our styles, ideas, coordination, and organization for every event.
Keep singing “All you need is love!” with me after the jump…
2. How did you get into wedding planning?
A simple love of weddings drew us to this business. We both have always agreed that we had to love what we did and when we both got frustrated in our normal 9-5s, we did something about it. We both have a passion for events and with Shannon’s endless creativity and Vikki’s diligent organization, as well as both of our combined love of everything wedding related, it was the perfect partnership.
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
The wedding day! Seeing all the work, sweat, tears, love, and energy put into that one day is truly an incredible feat. We love seeing the bride look at herself in her dress for the first time, seeing the way her future husband looks at her as she walks down the aisle, listening to the heartfelt words of love and affection at the ceremony, and then showing off the style, ideas, and energy of the couple in the reception. No two weddings are ever the same – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
The biggest lesson we have learned is how much hard work every single day of the week this is. People think we just work Saturdays for weddings, but we are truly working 7 days a week. We go through dozens of emails a day and are consistently making ourselves available for our clients. We often plan weddings for more then a year in advance so we must make sure that it is our number one priority that each client feel special and attended to. Along with that, there are lots of marketing and outreach events we go to, events that support our vendor-friends, potential client meetings, vendor meetings, design meetings, and many other day to day things to do! And that’s just the wedding planning part – we are also running a business, which means we do all the payroll, invoices, accounting, marketing, bookkeeping, advertising, blogging, etc! It’s definitely not easy, but if you love it and have a passion for it, it’s 100% worth it!
5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Vikki: I just moved to Downtown LA with my husband so we love to be out in the city, exploring new restaurants and bars, seeing live music, going to museums and just taking the metro and seeing where we end up – really soaking up the city life. Plus, we love to travel, so we’re always planning our next big trip. In our down time, I love to cook, hike, and relax by the pool!
Shannon: My husband and I just bought our first home so most of my down time is spent making home improvements! We also just added a new addition to our family–our golden retriever Barkley, which truly has been one of the best things we have ever done! I try to spend whatever freetime I have hiking, spending times with friends and family, reading, relaxing by the pool, and watching my favorite t.v.shows (obsessed with Mad Men and Breaking Bad)!
6. Any great stories from working with a client?
One that sticks out though is we did a wedding at the Skirball Center this past wedding season. The bride was Greek Orthodox and the groom was Jewish. Due to this, the couple decided to have two ceremonies. One was held at a Greek Orthodox church downtown, the other at the Skirball Center. Members of both sides of the wedding chose not to attend one of the ceremonies due to religious beliefs. While this saddened the bride and groom, they knew it was part of what they were signing up for when the decided to unite their families. The ceremonies were lovely and guests found their way into cocktail and then reception. At some point in the evening, the groom asked us if he could say a thank you speech. This was not in our “timeline” (as a wedding planner, the timeline is the holy grail) but we of course knew it had to happen. The DJ was asked to turn his music down as the groom made his way to the middle of the dance floor. He looked at his guests and told them how thankful he was to have them here, how it meant the world to him, and all of the other things we hear most grooms say to their guests at a wedding. But then, he turned to his bride and said, “Thank you for teaching me that love has no color, no religion, no boundaries. Thank you for uniting our families and even though there will be challenges, we will create a new family and teach them that love truly is all you need.” There was not a dry eye in the house. When we spoke with the groom afterwards, he thanked us for naming our company All You Need Is Love. He said it was truly the perfect name for people helping love unite for eternity.
7. What is your current favorite color combination?
Current favorite color combination! Wow, there are oh so many! Right now, we are loving mint and peach for that summer garden wedding. It’s fresh, it’s fun and everything and everyone just looks so great in those colors! We also have a lot of couples choosing to do slate gray and pops of bright pinks right now – very California summer. And of course, we always love anything with yellow.
8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
To be honest, one of the things that we often say to our clients is that the theme of your wedding should not have to do with the latest trends but more so should reflect you as a couple. If anything, we would want to see couples leave behind a sense of who they are together and try not to follow any “trends!”