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. :)

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.