Photo Credit: Sugar & Soul Photography

Today’s wedding planner interview is with Emily of Feast & Festivities, based in Manitoba, Canada! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’m Emily Janzen, the owner and creative director behind Feast & Festivities event studio, located in the heart of Canada. I am inspired by the traditions of bygone eras and believe that the sharing of milestones with close friends and family is one of life’s greatest privileges.

Read the full interview after the cut!

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How did you get into wedding planning?

I completed University for my Marketing and Entrepreneurship degrees, not knowing what type of business I wanted to own yet. I decided to pursue a career in the corporate world as an Account Manager at a marketing firm, with hopes a business idea would come to me one day. I have always been very detail oriented, creative, and focused on making everything look pretty. Eventually I realized I gravitated towards planning events, and voila, it was what I needed to be doing and haven’t looked back.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love being involved in planning and designing events from the very early stages. After much brainstorming over unique details, the best part is seeing it all come together and hearing guests gush over how beautiful the day truly is.

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

I’m process driven, so it only made sense to me to spend a lot of time on my business plan and brand in the very beginning and make them solid before anything else. While in some ways my efforts paid off in having a direction to follow and a strong brand image, if I could go back I would dedicate more time to networking and marketing in the early days. I know there are a lot of entrepreneurs out there that can have an idea and run with it and market themselves before hashing out details and they find success in it. There is a balance between planning and just doing, and it’s hard to find!

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

Automotive racing (specifically autocross). I’ve been racing a Honda S2000 (and other fun vehicles) for several years now. It’s a fun challenge, especially when competing against my husband.

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Any great stories from working with a client?

There was a wedding where the bride and groom knew their friends and family weren’t big into dancing, but regardless, wanted a bunch of people on the dance floor at least once. I agreed to help convince guests to join them following their dance with the wedding party. While they were dancing my assistant and hustled behind the scenes asking friends and family to join the newlyweds on the dance floor. Tough crowd! But it was just the nudge some needed and we successfully filled the dance floor. We even joined in, too!

What is your current favorite color combination?

Oh gosh, there are so many colour palettes I am currently swooning over. I’ve loved all the pastels with gold and rose gold the past couple years, but I’m ready to bring other metallics into the mix like copper and silver, along with COLOUR!

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

I get really excited when clients want to go with a mix of table shapes and sizes at their reception. Mixing rounds with rectangles can make for a brilliantly designed room. It shows so much character and invites guests to see more beauty in the space. I’d also love to see more couples choose fall or winter weddings, or evening and brunch weddings.

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

Honestly, hire a month-of/day-of coordinator at the very least. You have put a lot of effort into perfectly planning your day. Please don’t spend it supervising set-up, chasing groomsmen to pin on their boutonnieres, asking your bridal party to move decor from ceremony to reception, fielding vendor questions, or accidentally seeing your finance before you walk down the aisle. Having a professional dedicated to making sure everything runs smoothly is the best investment for an enjoyable wedding day.160326gt3562Photo Credit: Gabrielle Touchette Photography

Thanks Emily! For more information about Feast & Festivities, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or heads straight to their website.

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