Today’s wedding planner interview is with Nicole of Behind the Curtain Events, Inc., based in Amityville, New York! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Behind the Curtain Events, Inc. is a boutique full service event planning company. Our tag line: “We treat every event like it’s our own” is our mission statement because we pride ourselves on delivering a unique and intimate service to our clients. We know how planning a wedding is probably one of the most important events in a client’s life and we do not take that for granted. While it’s nice to make a profit, that is not our first priority. It’s our reputation and making sure the bride and groom have the wedding of their dreams (within their budget, of course!)
I started out in television and fashion styling. I worked with many celebrities and on-air talent for the last decade and was directly involved in large-scale productions such as award shows and live/taped television programs. I know the stress of a big production and I also know that it takes a team to pull it off, which is why my vendor relationships are so important to me.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding planning?
I am a type A person; very organized, was (and still am) the one planning vacations and parties in my personal life. I started planning parties for my friends and family, which turned into bigger events, like their weddings! I was finding their venue, dress, hair/makeup, florist and was also the one on the day of, putting out small fires (because they didn’t have a wedding planner-they had me!) So it dawned me on one day that maybe this was my calling in life. I finally decided to make a career change into event planning. While it was scary at first, I have never been happier. I love, love, love wedding planning. It fits with my personality because I’m used to being organized and prepared for anything and everything from my experience in television so this career is truly perfect for me.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I don’t know if I can pick one. First off, it is such a privilege to be a part of someone’s wedding. It is quite possibly the single, most important event in their life, so that alone is pretty amazing. But I love being creative and to see all of these tiny pieces come together to create a beautiful wedding is probably the best part. Words can describe the décor and the dress but they can’t really describe the emotion, happiness and excitement that the bride, groom and their guests feel!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
“Because you’re handed a cactus, doesn’t mean you have to sit on it”…. starting a business is difficult. There are so many aspects you have to wrap your head around- lawyers, accountants, marketing, social media, websites, clients, vendors, etc. Do your research and create a timeline to achieve your goals, that way you won’t feel so overwhelmed in the beginning. Things will go wrong from time to time, so plan for the inevitable and don’t sit on the cactus!
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
My husband and I bought an old colonial house in the east end of Long Island so for the past three years, renovating and decorating it has been my main hobby. It’s really fulfilling to knock down an old room and rebuild it from the ground up to your tastes and likings—I guess I should admit a huge part of this joy involves shopping—whether it be for home furnishings or clothes. I also love to travel. I made a vow to myself 7 years ago that I would visit a different country every year—so far I’ve kept that promise!
Any great stories from working with a client?
Recently I went venue shopping with a client and the contact at the venue thought it was hers and my wedding we were planning. We all had a good laugh!
What is your current favorite color combination?
I really like Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. You really can’t go wrong with any combination of it but I do love it with cream, peach and a lighter pink. It just exudes vintage romance and you can pull it off in the spring or fall!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I love the rustic, vintage, garden themes that are ever so popular. They’re really easy to do on a budget and create a warm, romantic atmosphere.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?
Pinpoint 2-3 things that are non-negotiable to you (such as great food, a band, huge floral arrangements, etc). Once you know what those 2-3 must haves are, you will have an easier time budgeting on the less important items and that’s where you can save some money and still have the wedding that you want!
Thanks Nicole! Do you need help planning your Long Island or NYC wedding? If so, please be sure to check out Behind the Curtain Events’ WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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