Our wedding planner interview today is with Erika of Wedded Designs from Denver, Colorado!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Wedded Designs is a premiere full service wedding and event planning company. We have planned and coordinated weddings, special events, and corporate events. We are happy to be planning your event and want to create a memorable experience. Erika Swift creates memories and helps with making your dreams come true. With a passion for planning, creating,designing, and coordination, Erika has created stunning events, memorable weddings, and priceless moments. Making sure everyone leaves feeling like they’ve experienced something magical is her goal, and she reaches it each event. Your wedding day is a big event in many lives and should be celebrated as so. Here at Wedded Designs everyday is a celebration and is to be treated as so.

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How did you get into wedding planning?

When I was younger, I planned out everything I possible could, from the daily meals, grocery shopping, family events, picnics, etc. I knew I wanted to plan and coordinate everything and I knew this was something I really wanted to get into. I was in a meeting with my guidance counselor and she explained that my passion was coordinating events and got me into a certification program. When I turned 18, my mom took me to City Hall and for a birthday gift, got me my business license for my business. I started working that business that night.

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What’s your favorite part of the job?

Everything! Weddings and events are my favorite…every part of it. I believe in really making things happen and that is what wedding and event planning is all about. I think my ultimate favorite is knowing that I have helped a bride and groom create their special day, to be apart of that joyous occasion.

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

Learn your business. Work with someone who has already been in the business for a while, work with vendors on events they have coming up. This way you know the ins and outs of that person and their field of passion. Being able to know and understand your worth as well is very important and use your experience to grow and keep learning.

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

I have twins {boy/girl} so doing anything related to kid things is something I do on an off day. I love to read, cook, and I love spending as much family time as I can. Anything related to and for my family makes the time I spend with them so enjoyable.

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Any great stories from working with a client?

I have a niche for finding things no one can find, either personally or professional. One bride in Vegas wanted a Farsi speaking Imam (basically a priest) and she had given her request to her DJ and he reached out to the vendors he had worked with in the past. After hiring Wedded Designs, she explained that she wanted to surprise her soon to be husband with a Farsi speaking Imam, so I started my search. Before the day was over with, I had found her the Imam she wanted. I love finding unique things for brides that makes their day special, however, finding something unique and meaningful makes it even better.

What is your current favorite color combination?

Oh…it used to be black, ivory, and red, but now I am a bold and color person! I love red, pink, and orange. Another one is black and pink, or purple and pink. Peacock Blue with teal is a lovely color and its sits so beautifully. I think the colors of traditions are moving out and bold, popping colors are coming in. sometimes a color may not seem like it will work, but there are many and lovely colors that go together when they don’t seem like a good match.

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

I would love for the money dance and the garter toss to be tossed out. A few traditions I think that will work are your own. Dancing a country square dance with your bridal party as your first dance is fun, introducing your bridal party with little secrets and clues is a great way to “break the ice”. These are a few but I would love to see more non-traditional traditions surface.

Thanks Erika! For more about Wedded Designs, check out their WeddingPlannerLove profile, or head straight to their website.