Photo Credit: Anne Victoria Photography

Today’s wedding planner interview is with Brittany Nelson, Owner, Planner and Designer at Simply Gypsy Events, based in Duluth, MN! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

A friend was describing me once and she said: “You’re a type-A boho; a free spirit that gets sh!t done!” And she is right, that sums me up perfectly. I’m a creative that loves her freedom, and I love sharing my freedom by taking on roles that help people, like wedding planning. I take on the coordinator and planner role so you and family and guests get to enjoy the celebration. Simply Gypsy Events is a boutique wedding planning company based in the Midwest, mostly in MN and WI. We do love destination weddings too! We were in California and Italy this year.

Read the full interview after the cut!

Photo Credit: Bottle Rocket Photography

How did you get into wedding planning?

I’ve always been a party planner. From holidays and birthdays to friend gatherings and just because parties. I love putting together details and being a host, I love to see people enjoying something I’ve created or put together. Wedding planning had crossed my mind once or twice when I was gypsying around the world searching for my calling, but it wasn’t until I started planning my own wedding that I was reminded why I love planning events. During that time I also realized my desire to help other couples in the process because I know it is hard to work and have a real life and trying to plan a wedding.

Photo Credit: Bottle Rocket Photography

What’s your favorite part of the job?

There are so many parts and emotions that come with planning a wedding. I love the initial meeting and beginning stages of learning a new couple and their desires for their wedding day – it really gets you excited about the process. I also, of course, LOVE the result – the putting together of the whole wedding weekend. It is exhilarating and after becoming emotionally involved with a couple and their experience, it is a wonderful moment seeing their dream come to life.

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

Learning to take it slowly has been the hardest part. When you can see yourself doing amazing things in the future, you don’t want to wait for it – so, learning to be patient when it comes to the progression of my business has been a big lesson. I would also recommend to new planners a few things: get some experience with another planner, be honest with clients, and do the work for starting a business: do a business plan, a marketing plan, etc.

Photo Credit: Ali Leigh Photography

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

I absolutely love to travel and go on adventures, read and write, go to concerts. My husband and I have a little house in the woods, so any outdoor or homesteading activities are fun for us. We also have two little pups that get a lot of love from us too, I’m a very proud rescue-dog mom.

Any great stories from working with a client?

Every wedding has something fun and memorable about it, but this year’s best was Alec & Katie’s Amalfi elopement. The day included millions of stairs and a lot of walking, AMAZING views, gelato, stray cats, and even Italian woman serenading the couple as we walked along the marina for photos. It was such a fun and memorable day!

Photo Credit: Availeth Photography

What is your current favorite color combination?

My all-time favorite color is blue, so that is always a favorite. I really love seeing neutral palettes with pops of color like burnt orange or emerald green.

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

Can we just leave the whole “trend” thing behind? I really love when couples use their life and their relationship as inspiration for their wedding. It becomes so authentic and I love hearing “This is so Them!” from guests. Your wedding is an outward expression of your love so make it something real.

Photo Credit: Anne Victoria Photography

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?

Don’t forget to plan for what comes after the wedding. There is going to come a point in the planning process, usually the week or so before the wedding when you say “Why didn’t we just elope?” or even “I don’t care anymore, I just want to be married.” During this engagement, it is important to prepare for the long road ahead, not just the celebration. Take pre-marital counseling, work on your future budgeting and savings goals, keep dating each other, go on a pre-wedding vacation. Living happily ever after takes a little planning and perseverance.

Thanks, Brittany! For more information about Simply Gypsy Events, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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