National Wedding Planner Day – Magical Monday

In celebration of National Wedding Planner Day being October 4th, and the Fairy Godmother team being in Las Vegas, Nevada at Wedding MBA, we thought we would share a few little things about the wedding business!

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Colleen – What was it like following your passion and building your own business as a female entrepreneur?

Amazing! To look back at what we have created in just 6 years makes me smile. They say if you truly love what you are doing you will never work another day in your life. What I didn’t realize is what a Fairy village we would create. One of my favorite parts is being able to mentor and coach my team. Working with them and seeing them grow is so much fun!

As I was building Fairy Godmother I didn’t think of myself as a business entrepreneur I just knew I wanted people to know who Fairy Godmother was, I wanted us to be peoples first choice when it came time to plan their event. It wasn’t until other entrepreneur’s started coming to me for advice that I realized had something to give.

I love working with new businesses. I am mentoring a newer business right now it has been fun to see some of the positive changes. One of my goals is start a Fairy Godmother mentoring business where I will take on mentoring a new business for 90 days at time. I am looking forward to doing this and helping others to succeed. I feel lucky to be a part of this “happy business.”

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Denise – What makes being a wedding and event planner different than being a professional in any other industry?

Being in the wedding and event industry has its challenges, but there is nothing better than seeing months and months of hard work come together to create the most perfect wedding day. Watching all the hard work unfold is one of the most rewarding experiences that this business has to offer. In this business you continuously get closer to your clients and that is what makes their wedding so special and unique, watching your work bring your client’s dreams to life is such a magical feeling.

Planners work with many different kinds of clients and vendors. The wedding industry is extremely social and being a planner is probably the most social vendor category in this industry. Many of us choose this career because we thrive on the excitement, the challenge, and the madness that happens on the wedding day. We live to solve problems, keep everything on time, and manage vendors without breaking a sweat. These are all the things that make being a planner so unique.

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Cassandra – What is the most rewarding part of being a wedding and event planner?

The most rewarding part of being a designer and planner is seeing and hearing all of the memories that the event is a basis for. That one moment that everyone will talk about or the grandma that made it to the wedding for the lasting photos. Not to mention that moment in planning when you see the flicker in your clients eyes and you know they’ve realized what you’ve been dreaming up together really is a possibility.

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Reagan- What advice do you give couples who are looking to give a more unique touch to their event?

We always ask for the personal details of how our couples met, interests that they share and fun hobbies that they may have! We like the guests to think that pieces of the wedding exemplify the relationship to a “T.” There are so many different moving parts to a wedding that are open for these personal touches, the possibilities are endless!

Try personalizing small items at your wedding for a unique touch. Such as customized paper napkins with a motif or your initials. Personalizing the back of your chairs makes for a great picture or even projecting your logo onto the dance floor. Really dig into your personalities, find both your passions and incorporate them into a design or experience! Example, if you both really love donuts, why not have a huge donut bar or even have someone on site making them fresh, hot and ready!

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Janet- Coming from within the industry, how does being a wedding and event planner differ from other jobs?

Oh my, there is such a difference between a wedding planer and a catering manager/supervisor.

Details, details,details and time, ie., going with the bride and maybe groom and other family members to choose the DJ, flowers, food, linens, photographer, videographer, caterer, venue, etc. Keeping on top of the details and the vendors and follow up are critical in making the event a success.
Building a relationship and gaining trust with your bride or the individual with whom you are planning an event. The planner is responsible for the whole pie not just a piece or portion of it. It’s a lot of details, hard work and fun at the same time. It’s exciting.  Even though stressful at times, I call it the “Happy Job.”
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 Marissa- Is there anything that couples tend to forget when planning, or should firmly stand their ground on, during the wedding planning process?

I think couples tend to stray from what they truly want while planning the wedding in order to appease family. While family is important, couples should stand their ground on what they want for their big day. The wedding should represent the couple and their unique wedding vision.

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TJ – Why should couples hire a wedding planner?

There are a multitude of reasons as to why someone should hire a wedding planner, but it is easily summed up into the pure fact that they help create a seamless event! From being in constant contact with all the vendors, to making sure that the day runs according to a strict timeline, wedding and event planners do more than just send your bride-to-be down the aisle, they are ensuring that your big day is absolutely stress free and perfect!

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Thank you to all of our clients and friends for allowing us to celebrate such a fun day, we adore each and every one of you!