Lately I’ve been getting asked a lot of great questions about myself and my planning background, so I’ve decided to make a blog entry about it:) Getting to know who your wedding planner is and how experienced they are is very important in choosing the right wedding planner – and I am happy to be able to share with you all! Here are some of the more popular questions I’ve been asked.
What made you want to do wedding planning as a profession?
Call me cliche, but the first time I ever saw the movie The Wedding Planner, I wanted to be a wedding planner. I can remember watching the movie thinking to myself “Wow, that would be such a fun job to have”! I was only 14 at the time, but the idea stayed with me on and off throughout the variety of jobs I’ve held (pageant franchise manager, marketing assistant and customer service coordinator). When I planned my own wedding I had a BLAST. Pinterest and Etsy became my favorite websites, and I went to about every wedding event within San Diego County I heard of. My wedding was awesome, but after it was over I couldn’t help but feel let down. The lingering idea of beginning my own wedding planning business grew stronger over time, and Love Marks the Spot was born:) I’m so glad I decided to start my own business, there is something extraordinary that happens when you work with a group of people to create an event that encompasses a couple’s love for one another. Nothing else compares to it.
What packages do you offer?
I offer three “typical” packages that most wedding planners offer. Full Service Wedding Planning, Month-of Coordination and Week-of Coordination. We also offer a Wedding Design package for couples looking for help to “jump start” their planning process, as well as a Bare Essentials package for couples specifically looking set up help on their wedding day. You can read more about our packages here. If you don’t see a package that quite suits your needs, I am happy to work with you to create a custom package.
Do you work with an assistant?
Absolutely. My assistant helps out at each wedding. She has a degree in interior design and is absolutely amazing at helping pull things together. My #2 assistant is my husband. He is also pretty amazing;)
What sets you apart from other wedding planners?
I have a wide variety of job skill sets that have helped me get to where I am now. I have a full background in customer service – so I am used to dealing with a variety of people, and I have the ability to remain calm under circumstances that others may not. For instance, I used to work for a pageant franchise and I would help execute 3-4 day long pageants and the events surrounding them. I always joke that if you can deal with pageant moms, you can deal with anyone (kidding, I love pageant moms, they are great:) I am also not afraid to get my hands dirty and get down to work. My main priority as a wedding planner is not to get paid, but to help alleviate stress and to make sure that your wedding turns out to be even more fabulous than you ever imagined.
A few fun facts about me:
- My husband and I have been together for going on 7 very happy years
- I love yoga and recently became addicted to pilates as well
- I am a native Washingtonian (hated the rain – love San Diego!)
- Cooking = one of my favorite things to do
- I enjoy rollercoasters like no other
- I have three cats that serve as my children (for now)