Today our interview is with Pear Planning, based in Buffalo, New York! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
PEAR strives to help the team, the community, the office and not for fame or attention. We are here to lead the group in front of us, not those watching behind us. Those watching will soon forget what we have done, but those in front of us will remember what we’ve done for them long after we are gone. Our mission is to create Buffalo, New York as a desired destination event location and expose untapped and underground raw talent.
How did you get into wedding planning?
I was actually hired as the Corporate Event Coordinator at an event firm, and the day I started, they asked me to create and run the wedding and social event division! I always say I didn’t choose weddings, they choose me!
What’s your favorite part of the job?
The time management – I love being able to coordinate the logistics between each vendor and use my experience and planning skills to manipulate time and events to create the most unique and satisfying event anyone has experienced. That not only includes the clients, but guests, vendors and service providers.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
Gosh, where to start! First would be – you don’t learn anything until you experience it yourself..it is ok to learn as you go, just be sure to ACT like you know what you are doing 100% of the time…Do NOT panic. People hired you to be the trouble shooter – if you act completely calm in a situation, they will trust you. And at the end of the day, this job is all about trust.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Well – I kind of just go with the flow – whatever is a good time at the time is something I want to be doing. There really isn’t much I wouldn’t do. I love playing sports, going to museums, community service, a window shopping stroll down the local retail strip, craft day with my girl friends, cooking, painting, thrift shopping (love finding a diamond in the rough!), musical concerts…
Any great stories from working with a client?
They are all great – from crying to hugging to fathers telling me that I was the best investment they made for the wedding, each client has their fairytale stories, just like every loves story has their own. Each unique, but each wonderful.
What is your current favorite color combination?
Tangerine, coral, apple green, espresso brown, ivory and cream.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
The only trend I tell brides to leave behind is giving away little organza bags full of M&M’s away as favors. I can’t pull myself to do it for them! And I do like the alternative of the in lieu card. My only advice to brides wanting to do a tradition that is something old or something new, is to research the meaning behind it. The more you know the better, and finding out why we toss the bouquet and garter, may give you a better appreciation for incorporating it into your special day!
Thanks! For more about Pear Planning, check out their WeddingPlannerLove profile, or head straight to their website.
Any questions or comments for the team? Leave them below!
Photo credits: TiffPhotography and Rich Paprocki Photography