We had a chance to chat with Melissa from Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design . For the many of you with small children and other careers, she might be an inspiration for you! Thank you so much for your time Melissa! We know it’s valuable. ;)
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I’m Melissa Nemitz, the owner of Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design. I’m the mom of a very busy toddler and the wife of a fantastic man and father. As the owner of the company, I take pride in our concierge style service and I truly believe that a wedding planner is there to enhance and realize the true vision of brides and grooms alike.
2. How did you get into wedding planning?
After graduating from Culinary School in 2007, I was a personal chef and I worked in catering. I did all of the hands on cooking and serving, and I also managed client relations and event planning. I got married in 2009, and although I knew I could handle it myself, I chose to work with a wedding planner of my own. Our wedding day was fantastic, but I hit some bumps along the way with my planner and I knew there had to be a kinder, gentler way. About a year after my wedding, our daughter came along and I stayed home with her exclusively for 14 months, all the while thinking about and researching the process of becoming a planner and business owner. When that 14 month mark hit, I called my husband and said “I’m starting the business today!” and I haven’t looked back.
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
I truly love being immersed in every aspect, but my favorite part is seeing a bride’s eyes light up when I suggest something she hadn’t thought of before. I love bringing fresh ideas into the mix, and seeing them grow into a flowing theme throughout the wedding day. Also, people ask me “isn’t it hard to work so many weekends?” Before I found my passion, that was an issue for me, but now, I honestly get giddy about going out on a Saturday or Sunday to be a part of the excitement, whether it’s a planning day or the day of an event.
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
It takes time, and it’s ok to say no. You won’t plan the wedding of every couple you meet with, and that’s ok. As much as it’s an interview for the couple who’s meeting you, it’s an interview for you as well. A planner-client relationship really needs to “click”. You’ll be a big part of these peoples’ lives for an average of 9 months or more, and it needs to feel good for everyone involved.
5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I love to cook and explore new recipes, and I love to just have quality time with my family, no matter what we’re doing.
6. Any great stories from working with a client?
I have a bride who couldn’t believe that every vendor we met with in one day mainly looked at her during their conversations, even though I was there, as well as her fiancé. It was cute to see her discover that the bride really does get all the attention!
7. What is your current favorite color combination?
I’m working on a style shoot right now with a tangerine and turquoise inspiration, and I’m also loving the combination of pale yellow and pale blue together.
8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I’m really enjoying the “DIY” look, even if you really didn’t DIY! It’s nice to see things being repurposed for a more elegant purpose, without looking gaudy or over-the-top.
Check out more of Melissa’s work on WeddingPlannerLove or on Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design’s site.