* What sets your service apart from other planners?
I was born and raised a Virginia Beach gal and I take great pride in making my clients feel at home in my hometown. About 70% of my clients no longer live in Hampton Roads, so when they are away I take it upon myself to make sure everything they need is done, as if they are here. I really take pride in helping each client make their wedding a unique event for their guests. I take great care and work diligently to make sure that every bride and groom have their own personalized experience and to make their day exceptionally special.
* How did you get started in the wedding industry?
A big factor that influenced my decision to move into the wedding industry had to do with being raised in the social events industry. My grandparents owned a large food distribution plant that allowed them to travel up and down the east coast to attend banquets and conferences. I was often allowed to travel with them and see these events that helped create my inspiration to become an event planner. Also, my mom was very involved in event planning and owned her own catering business. Since I grew up in this environment, I have always loved the little details of the events that make them so unique and extraordinary. So when I graduated college and went into the corporate event world, I immediately felt like this was my calling. My company has continued to evolve and grow along with our clients
* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?
I have experience in various areas outside of wedding planning ranging from non-profit organizations such as Susan G. Komen to P.R. Marketing and Brand Launch Events as well as radio promotions and corporate planning. I’m very grateful for these opportunities and for the ability to expand my experiences. I work to apply what I have learned from these experiences to my company and staff to help my business grow and develop. I enjoy putting my time and effort into helping these other organizations or companies because of the positive effect they have on society. Also, I believe my staff, which consists of a wide variety of women, provide a tailored experience to my clients and enable them to interact on a personal level.
* Words of advice.
I have a few words of advice. Don’t let your friends’ opinions take control of your decisions for your wedding. They can give great suggestions, but what it boils down to is what you want for your special day. Take the time to remember why you’re getting married. Next, make sure you spend as much time planning yourmarriage as you do your wedding. Last but not least, finding inspiration online is always great but making it your own is what will make the wedding a unique and fun experience.
* Why is having a planner a must?
There are so many aspects to an event planner that people have no general knowledge of. We are responsible for many big and little pieces of the overall puzzle that help it come into place at the end. All of the wedding details are equally important and make a difference. I help bring all those choices to light with each client so they know what to expect and what they want for their wedding. Between the arrangements of seating to the confirmation of vendors the week before, we help the bride and groom out with as much as we can. Planners help greatly with the client’s piece of mind but we also make sure each client has a unique experience catered to their preferences.
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