Today’s wedding planner interview is with Robyn of Blue Skies Events Nola, based in New Orleans, Louisiana! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Robyn Sedgebeer and I have been in the Hospitality industry for about 8 years. I started off my career working for the Walt Disney World company in Orlando. I work at the Contemporary Resort and also shadowed a couple weddings at the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian. When I returned home I started working with a local wedding planner. I worked with that company for about a year and a half and then realized I need to finish school. I graduated with a Hospitality Degree. I then started working with a catering company. I thought to myself to become a great planner one must know all aspects in a wedding. I worked with the catering company for almost 3 years. In September on 2014 I decided it was time to start my own event planning company, so I did just that. I quickly got everything together and before I knew it Blue Skies Events Nola was an LLC. It has been my dream since I was a little girl to be a Wedding Planner and it is excited every day to be living that dream.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding planning?
My family has always been in the Hospitality Industry so I have been around it my whole life. During high school I would be a Bridal Attendant for them and just fell in love with everything Wedding. The rings, dress, decor, food, everything about a wedding was amazing and I loved watching everything come together. I then thought to myself this is what I will be doing when I grow up.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part about being a wedding planner is watching all your hard work come to life. When the bride and groom see the room for the first time there is nothing like moment. Just the smiles and excitement they have to see the year of planning come to life is really a special moment and I cherish it every single time. That moment NEVER gets old!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
This industry is really hard to “fit” into. With being young and with a new company I work everyday to prove myself not just to other but to myself. You have to always keep your head up high and realize this is what you are meant to do so do it and do it at a 110% everyday.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I love to be a part of my city. I have grown up in New Orleans and have lived here my whole life (besides the year replacement after Katrina and 7 months during my Disney Program) but yet every day I learn something new about this city. On my off times I love to just be a tourist in my own home town. There is always something to do in New Orleans and I never get bored from it.
Any great stories from working with a client?
I always love to make a connection with all my couples. I treat every client like they are my family. I think it’s important to really have a connection with them in order to make the event a success. My couples are so fun to work with it’s hard to choose just one story but I love when the groom makes an initiative to surprise the bride on the wedding day. Usually the bride has more to do with the wedding then the groom and sometimes it gets crazy for them. It’s so sweet when the groom realizes that and surprises the bride on the wedding day with a special something. One of my grooms surprised the bride with some out of town friends that weren’t able to come, but last minute the groom arranged their way to show up. It was such a special moment for both bride and groom and definitely something they will never forget.
What is your current favorite color combination?
My favorite color combination is Navy, White, and Gold. Those colors to me are so classic and never go out of style.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I recently went to an event and they had a Selphie Wall and thought to myself how awesome is this. The photographer would take a picture of the guest and then it was displayed on the wall in front of them. So fun and a new way to do a Photo Booth. Every client of mine is so different and that is what makes this job so much fun. It is something new every single day.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?
Hire a Planner! Whether it is for Full Planning or Day of Coordination. There is nothing worst then something going wrong on your wedding day and you have to fix it. Hiring a planner they will fix the problem before you even or if ever find out about it. Leave it to the wedding planner to stress out not you. All I want for brides and grooms to do on their wedding day is drink champagne and enjoy the last hours on being “single”.
Thanks Robyn! Are you getting hitched in the Big Easy? If so, please be sure to check out Blue Skies Events Nola’s WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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