(Video) 10 Steps To Become a Wedding Planner
What an amazing and successful webinar we had with award-winning wedding planner, Jamie Lipman. Jamie is the owner of Absolute – the full wedding and event planning service.
If you were unable to join us, listen as Jamie shares her 10 Steps To Become a Wedding Planner.
04:19 Proclaiming your passion 08:29 A huge component to being a successful event planner 13:49 Jamie’s favorite event tool to help stay organized 26:10 The importance of not getting distracted 30:34 Reviewing the 10 steps to become a wedding planner Do you have the event planning career that you want? Get a step closer with eventplanningblueprint.com Thanks for joining us,
Melanie: So before I introduce Jamie, who is our guest tonight and who is going to share some insights into how to become a wedding planner. We have already done the sidebar stuff, so I know you can hear me, I know you can see me, and if you can’t I’ve just put the instructions on the side there. We are going to have some questions at the end, and so if you do have any questions that you want to post. We are going to be very respectful of your time and Jamie’s time. I try to keep these within 30 minutes for the content, and then 10 minutes of Q&A. So just pop those into the sidebar on the right hand side if you do have any questions, but closer to the end just so we don’t miss any, and we’ll get to as many as we can.
Let me see here, what else, I just wanted to cover couple of things. I am going to skip my intro because I think most of you already know who I am, Melanie, from eventplanningblueprint.com, and if you haven’t seen my site, please go and visit it. Make sure you sign up for our free weekly advice. I don’t do any spamming, and if I have any specials I warn you about them beforehand, so you know there is extra emails coming. It’s just pure content that I send. Again, thank you guys so much for being here. Jamie, thank you for joining me and being patient with the technical flubs we’ve had this evening.
Jamie: It’s okay.
Melanie: So I want to introduce Jamie. Some of you may have recognized her. We didn’t do Webinar; we actually did more of a Skype interview before, which is kind of like a Webinar I suppose. Jamie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Planning, and she’s also been planning and producing her own events for more than ten years. She’s got an award-winning company called, absolute, and she’s based in South Florida, which is also where she grew up, so she knows that area like the back of her hand. I took Jamie’s “absolute Truth” right from her website, so I’m going to quote it. It says, “I’m living my dream, and that dream is making your dream, your imagination gone wild event, a reality. Whether that ideal event takes place in an impressive ballroom with romantic grandeur, or backyard with exquisite rustic details, our boutique one-on-one approach to event planning will ensure that every moment and every detail is uniquely and absolutely yours. Ideal is synonymous with absolute.” That is why I asked Jamie to come and be our guest here tonight and share her insights because, Jamie, in my opinion, is synonymous with passion and creating unique events. So again, Jamie, welcome and thank you so much for joining us tonight.
Jamie: Thank you for having me. This is so fun. I’m scared that nobody can hear me or see me, or I’m feeling like I should be hearing them. It’s always awkward to look at the screen, and not look at the face.
Melanie: I know. That’s why you have me in a little box down there. You can just look at me and we’ll just have some casual conversation.
Jamie: Don’t judge me if I keep going like that to look at myself in the box.
Melanie: That’s okay, I think everyone does that in Webinars.
Jamie: Hi everyone, all hundred thousand of you that are out there, or maybe just five of you, whoever.
Melanie: We have got quite a few people on the Webinar tonight, so there should be a lot of questions at the end I suspect. So, Jamie, let’s get into some of the 10 steps to become a wedding planner. [3:25] In your opinion, and they don’t have to be in any specific order, but what are a couple of the critical ones to start with?
Jamie: Well, definitely your left foot. I’m just kidding. I couldn’t help myself. You can certainly consider me an authority; this is what I do after all. These are some steps that stood out to me. Certainly in no particular order but, just looking back at my career, my professional life so far, even my time spent in college cultivating this passion that I have about event planning, these are things that stood out to me of steps that I have taken, or things that really were key in my success, and continued success. The rest of it is not in any order, but what stood out the most was recognizing, and kind of proclaiming, your passion for what you do.
At the end of the day, there are so many of us out there. There are so many event planners, so many photographers, so many videographers, florist, everything under the sun when it comes to the events industry, and especially a huge saturation here in South Florida. I always tell my clients and people that I speak with, the difference in talking to me and our company is the passion that we have. Anybody that talks to me for a couple of minutes or seconds about event planning, can certainly see that and comments on it, and so I’m really proud of that. I know that’s what makes us a stand out. So I definitely say, certainly don’t be afraid but celebrate the passion that you have, because it could be what separates that person, that client, from hiring you over somebody else they’re talking to.
Melanie: That’s great. [5:17] Do you think that you can build that passion, or is it something that’s just innate and you just have it or you don’t?
Jamie: I think that it’s been in me since, I mean you talk to my parents, who might be even on this Webinar actually, and they will 100% tell you that I have always been like this. Just filled with passion, and I definitely think it’s something that you can grow, but there has to be something there though. If you think you really have the interest, and for sure you have to throw yourself into whatever it is that you love or think that you’re passionate about, there’s no way to learn except by doing that all in. I’m a huge believer in that. I can’t say one way or the other. I don’t want to put anybody off that doesn’t think that they’re feeling a huge sense of passion towards maybe event planning right now, but for me, 100% it’s been there for me from the start, never ever wavering.
Melanie: Yeah, I like that you pointed out not to be too hard on yourself too, because sometimes passion comes and goes, right? It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue.
Jamie: Yeah, although mine is here to stay, okay?
Melanie: You’re 24 years old.
Jamie: So to all my clients out there, I’m here and filled with passion for you and your event.
Melanie: I love it. [6:31] What other points do you have that you think are really important to become an event planner?
Jamie: Well I just kind of said it before, but throwing yourself into it. Definitely every experience that you can possibly handle and be a part of to get your sea legs so to speak, there is no better way to know and certainly to forge that passion, then to just to immerse yourself in all things surrounding that particular field. Obviously in this case, event planning. So thinking back to even high school, is really where and we can we go back way further than that, and know that I was always the one that planned all of my friend’s sleepovers, parties, and what not, but really I guess where it started counting, was in high school by being a part of the student government, planning every pep rally, prom, and homecoming. Then just taking that excitement and passion for it and going into college, and actually being a part of that major. With or without the experience in the classroom, it was subpar to say the least.
So I took it upon myself to intern, and any job that I could find having something to do with the events world and event planning. I made own my education happen, but I took it upon myself because no one’s going to do it for you. I really had a clear direction towards what I wanted, and the experience was going to be mine. It was going to be hugely beneficial for me, and that is why I encourage a 1000%. You definitely, no certification online is going to teach you that skill. It’s a title, but you have to immerse yourself in order to have the skill. So that’s something else.
[8:29] Another huge, huge component of being successful at any trade, but certainly in this industry, is networking and building your network. I’m a huge networker and I hate even putting that name to it, because it’s something I just enjoy. I enjoy talking to people, I enjoy meeting people, I enjoy being in great surroundings, and we’re in the events world, so what are we doing when we’re networking? We’re at new hotels, we’re at new restaurants, we’re at openings of places, and special venues that have popped up. They want to showcase what they have to people that can put on events. How’s that not fun to be there and to be a part of it, to be talking to other peers in your industry, or people that want to be in this industry, or potential clients?
In this business that I do, everybody is a potential opportunity. So even having my eighth cup of coffee at Starbucks for the day, sitting next to somebody at a bench could be the brother of a girl who just got engaged, and we’re just conversing and he takes my information back to his sister, and there you have it. So certainly knowing that everyone is a potential opportunity, and those relationships are key. It is about who you know.
Melanie: Yeah, and I like how you reframed it too, especially about networking. Just to have fun with it and that the term networking can often bring on some anxiety for people. I actually don’t mind it, and I like getting out and meeting people, but every once in a while you’re like, “Oh I don’t know, when I go up to that stranger what am I say going to say to them, how am I going to approach them?”
Jamie: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt, but on that note, if you go in – and of course it can be intimidating and everything like that, [10:19] but I’m very much a believer in an organic approach, and just an organic relationship, friendship, working relationship, or whatever it is. I really don’t want to be bombarded with somebody’s business card in my face, and I don’t want to do that to anyone else. I do not like to force our services down anyone’s throat. You know, a much more memorable to somebody who just knows me, who likes me, and that’s the thing in this business and my business, I’m selling myself first and what I do second. It is about building those relationships and certainly what feels natural and what feels right, because that’s going to last a lot longer than anything else. You have no idea when those relationships will come back to you, those chance encounters, those networking events, and you know, be bringing your business down the road.
Melanie: Yeah, I really want point that out again because I think you said something really important there, [11:12] that you sell yourself first and your business second.
Melanie: That’s really important information for people.
Melanie: Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve already been in business for years, it doesn’t really matter.
Jamie: Yeah, all entrepreneurs certainly, and really if you are an entrepreneur, what you do is who you are. I’m totally proud of that, I’m fine with that, and I don’t consider that bad. There is no separation, so I’m proud of what I do and I’m proud that it is an extension of who I am.
Melanie: Yeah, absolutely. [11:40} What other steps do you think helped you get started or will help our listeners, or watchers in this case, get started in wedding planning?
Jamie: Organization, and as cliché as that sounds, you can never be organized enough to be an event planner. Borderline anal-retentive, OCD, all of these things that might come with a stigma, are truly celebrated in my life. I’m all of those things, and I always tell my clients that you want your event or wedding planner to be like that. Because if we’re not carrying every single detail, and on top of every single detail, crossing every T, and dotting every I, who is? That is our job, so when you think that you’re truly organized, you’re not.
You have to say on top of it on a daily basis, so it requires patience and your own system, but I am definitely the master of my disorganized organization. So much of it is up here, but you have talk to your systems in place for the people that work with you, and to keep setting yourself and your business up on success. That is just crucial. It requires so much organization, so many notes, and just nothing is too small to note.
Melanie: Sometimes it’s organized chaos?
Jamie: Yeah, not sometimes, all the time.
Melanie: All the time organized chaos.
Jamie: You consider yourself like an artist with what you do, so it’s your own your work and something to just be proud of – as long as it’s effective.
Melanie: Yeah, absolutely, [13:26] and do you have a couple of specific tools to help you stay organized and extra uber-organized?
Jamie: Yeah, I have this whole team of little worker bees that work around the office and I just threw up things at them all day, and just tell them, “Get this organized, take care of this.” No, I do, I have our system in place. I use this great tool online actually called, Planning Pod. It seems to just be a perfect little mecca to house all of my client’s details, checklists, budgets, and floor plans, and what not. I’ve been a really big fan of it actually, so I’m glad I could give it a little shout out because I think it’s a great tool.
Then we have our great systems, like physical systems. I’m a big note taker and I’m super old school like that. As much as I keep up with modern technology and have all the gadgets, I love a piece of paper, a pen, and crossing things off. So as to not embarrass myself in front of my clients with my chicken scratch, boy handwriting, I have nicer, more beautiful kind of packets and stuff to create notes on, and folders. It’s pretty, all pretty stuff to make them happy and feel special.
Melanie: I’m glad you mentioned Planning Pod, because Jeff has been on with us a couple of times and he’s going to be doing a Webinar with us probably in the new year. Their products and programs are amazing.
Jamie: It’s been very, very instrumental for us lately, so that’s cool. I’m glad there’s a connection there. [15:08] I’d say another big kind of step, it is in line with what I said of just throwing yourself into it, but even interning. There is probably people out there that are listening that maybe might be doing something else altogether, and how do I make that career switch, or how do I know, or what not? So I’m a huge, huge proponent of interning and internships, and no, not for the free labor. It is truly for the experience, that’s how I got started. I interned whatever and with whoever would take me, just so that I can see every aspect that I could to make sure that this is what I wanted to pursue, and that I have the longevity for it, and the drive for it.
We’ve had people that have reached out that are doing something completely different, or maybe are thinking of stepping into it, or have in some form, working for a hotel, or whatever it is, that asked to shadow along for the actual events. You know, just be there for the 15-16 hour days and see if they have what it takes at the end. So I definitely think that’s crucial, you know for right now, shadow, intern, and just get your feet wet.
Melanie: I’m going to just ask you quickly about that because I get a lot of questions about interning or shadowing, because that’s how I got started as well in the industry. [16:34] Do you have a couple of suggestions, like one or two at most, for ways that people can get that experience when they don’t have any other event experience?
Jamie: Right. Well truthfully, girls, guys, or whoever that reach out and we’ve kind of taken on board in whatever capacity, I don’t care they have experience or not. That means nothing to me. It’s so much more their attitude, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to be accommodating and do. It’s hugely enthusiasm but that’s so important to me. It’s a personality thing, you know, this is so personal what we do, it’s so intimate with our clients, and with the people that we work with. It’s so unique, and I’m looking for that certain someone who’s always around, whether they work for us full-time, part-time, intern, whatever it is, or who want to just come on board or an actual wedding. I am less interested in the experience that they have.
I think that companies are a huge place to get started, you know, event planning companies – and just exactly that, be proactive, be a go-getter, ask them, “Hey do you have any events upcoming that I can just tag along with? It’ll be another set of eyes, another set of hands, and I want to see it for myself if this is really what I want to be a part of, and what I’m working towards every day.
Melanie: That’s great, yeah, thank you for sharing that and I would agree that attitude is everything, and having that. I love doers, you know people who are action takers and no excuses and just get out there and do it, and make sure it gets done.
Jamie: Absolutely, that actually kind of touches on another point a little better going into. [18:18] Another step that I was thinking is just that, you know, understand that the glamour of the actual event itself, certainly doesn’t happen without the unglamorous day in the office filled with paperwork. Also the unglamorous side of chained to your desk in order to keep punching numbers and information out through email, and text, and this and that. Just today before this, this was an office day. I was like hair up, and sweat pants, and did not leave the desk at all. I could sit here all day, every day for a straight 24 hours just to keep myself up with being organized with the amount of paperwork that goes into pulling off these one-time affairs and one-time events.
There are some different people that I have no problems about whatsoever because they don’t know, but there are some different people that have come wanting to get involved that are really just seeing, “Oh, you plan wedding. Oh, you plan events. Oh my God, how amazing and glamourous, how beautiful and I can’t wait.” You know, “When is the next one?” and that’s just what we do all day, every day. We do, we do everything that we do is to work toward that weekend event, and the next weekend’s event, but there’s so many points to cross, and so much work that has to be done in communication. That is a constant in order to have a flawless event.
So for us, the event is the icing on the cake, you know, it’s actually all the work that’s put into it that I actually truly enjoyed, just because I am so OCD , I love to cross things off, and I love my lists, and it’s a huge sense of accomplishment. So I love that whole process up to it, of just staying organized and putting things together, but it’s important not be flogged that it’s just high heels, ear pieces, Jennifer Lopez, and all that stuff.
Melanie: I have to agree, I love the planning stage as well. It has always been my favorite piece, more than the execution side of it.
Melanie: If I could hire people just to execute the event, that is my dream, and that’s usually how I’d do it, but the planning side I’m like, “Hands off, I want it all.”
Jamie: Yeah, I know, by the time it comes to the actual event and execution, it’s so instinctual. We have such a relationship built up with our clients, with the people involved, we’ve built a great dream team and support system, that all of the hard work you’re living it then. You know, I just can run with it unlike those sixteen hour days, it all unfolds. Everything that you’ve been working so hard towards is all one experience, and one thing can’t happen without the other, but I do love the planning process and then I’m proud of seeing it unfold.
Jamie: Yeah, I said before too when I was talking about being organized to have patience that’s required. [21:32] That really deserves to be its own step, because again, I keep like referencing my parents if they’re listening or not, they’ll just die laughing, because I always going off, I was the least patient human being ever, and I don’t know where this came from, but I have like a serine something around me that I have the world of patience for this business. Maybe nothing else, but for this business and my clients, I just rock that. I ride that wave because, it is absolutely essential.
You’re in a business that’s based on all emotion and irrational, so you’re dealing with a lot of different personalities coming at you. Gone are the days that it’s just about meeting with the bride or groom, now you have mom, dad, sister, and friend, or in a corporate setting with many, many people on the executive board you have to answer to, whatever it is, there are a lot of personalities all day, every day. Everybody is so different which is what we know, and what we celebrate. So we have to accept that everyone requires their own set of patience and kind of cadeling, and personality adaptation is crucial, but don’t be put off if you’re an impatient person because again, that was me and I can do this really well.
Melanie: Yeah, one last tip.
Jamie: Let’s see, I’m nearing the end of the list here, [23:04] but I think that having or establishing your own signatures, or trademarks, or traditions, whether it’s tangible or intangible, whether it’s the way that you initially represent yourself and talk to a client, whether it’s in your style, whether it’s the way you send out your paperwork, or the way you follow up, whatever it is, but to have kind of your signature traits. It’s just added, again details, which is just crucial in this business to make you be a stand out, to make yourself memorable. You have to be a memorable, of course for selling ourselves and you hope you’re memorable enough, but it doesn’t hurt to have those little add-ons just to make the person on the receiving end feel that much more special.
They can always effect however, maybe it’s the way you get business the next time because something that you do on the actual wedding that effects all the bridesmaids. A few months later that bridesmaids getting married and she’s excited because she wants that same thing to happen to her. Even if it’s something as simple as giving everyone t-shirts on the day of, a special t-shirt as a little token. I don’t know, you know, you bring special candies on the day of or anything, it could be anything.
Melanie: What are the things that you do – one or two things that you do?
Jamie: I have to tell everyone my secrets? No, I’m just kidding.
Melanie: No, we want your insights.
Jamie: [24:28] There are so many things, I love that, I mean, you know from me in everything personally and professionally, it is all about details. So even stopping the morning of every wedding and getting Munchkins for the brides and bridesmaids, maybe they didn’t eat anything for the whole year in preparation for their wedding, and they may not even touch them, but it’s just my own little, makes me happy. I always stop, and they have ton of food as their getting ready, but no matter what, it’s like my own tradition, I stop and I get Munchkins. It’s a little sugar rush for them, it’s not something that everybody gets anymore, and as they get older it’s a thing of the past, it provides a little nostalgia when you see it. It’s such a small little thing I’m throwing at you guys, but you know something like that I do every single weekend.
Melanie: Nice. I like the small touches. I think they’re really important.
Jamie: Yeah, and there’s a million things along the way. That’s something I feel very confident in and there’s no shortage of making our clients and everyone surrounding them feel extremely special at all times.
Melanie: Yeah. So Jamie’s got a few more tips for us, but in the meantime if you guys have any questions up until now, please put them in the sidebar and the chat bar on the right side, and we’ll get to them as soon as she’s done. I’m so sorry, Jamie, I just wanted to get that going before we finish up.
Jamie: Yeah, absolutely. [25:53] Something else that was standing out to me and certainly has through the years is that a huge key to your own success and being an event planner is to not consider yourself anything but, to not take on any other titles along with that. You’re an event planner, I am a wedding and event planner, I am not a florist, I am not a hair and makeup artist, and an event planner, and I’m not a production designer and an event planner. I’m an event planner. That in itself, and be most important in my mind, job for sure but you need to know what you do, and rock it. Absolutely kill it. I need to be the best event planner.
No matter how good you are at what you do, when you kind of, you know, because everything touches each other in this business. I mean, certainly I have learned more about florals and photography than I have ever imagined in my wildest dreams, but it still doesn’t make me expert in that field. When you know kind of fool yourself and to others into thinking that you are, it becomes something that inevitably falters. I know what I am, I know what I do really well, and I will continue to kill it as your event planner. I will hold your hand and bring you to the best florist or designer, and I will help pre-qualify and exchange ideas, and build upon your vision and this and that, but I will let that expert do what they do best.
So it’s really important to recognize who you are in this business, and what is your ultimate role or job is, and just go balls to the wall with it. Also, to follow that up, I say the same thing to my bride and grooms, part of why they bring us on board or any client, is there’s a lot of noise in their head. There’s a lot of friends that have maybe gotten married, or family members, or relatives, and then this and that, and they have a lot of input, ideas and thoughts, sometimes aggressive and sometimes not. It becomes too much noise, even if they think that they are supporting with too many ideas and too many thoughts. You hire us to kind of center all that make sense of things, and this and that.
It would be so overwhelming and stressful to concern yourself about and try and grab all of it to make sense of it. So I say the same things to entrepreneurs out there or people that are having their own business, don’t concern yourself with what anybody else is doing, or what other planners are doing, or other start-up companies, or this and that. Because it’s too much noise. If you’re trying to be anything but truthful to how you would do things, how you feel about things, it’ll shos – It’ll show completely in your work, or lack thereof, or anything. [28:50] So just follow your thing. Follow your thing, get yourself a couple of great people around you that you trust, consultants on whatever you know you need to consult on, whether it’s financially or just to vent too or whatever. Your own kind of go to small network of people to just give you the encouragement that as an entrepreneur like you’re on the right path.
I don’t concern myself with any other event planning company is doing. There’s enough business to go around, I wish you luck, and that’s the end of it. I’ve got enough on my plate and enough to think about, and doing what truly works for me has proven to be a success so far, so no time to concern yourself with any other part of it.
Melanie: Yeah I agree, and like you said, it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing, or the fact that there is other competition, and there is going to be competition, but on the other side of it, you’re also competition for other people. So just do what you’re passionate about and what you’re good at, and like you said earlier, just find your signature and focus on that and your passion. You don’t even need to worry about it. Just work hard.
Jamie: Yep, those are my points. You can bottle them up, sell them to your friends.
Melanie: We have covered 10 points before we get to the questions, we have time for a few questions. I’ve got a couple here so, I’m just going to run through the 10 points quickly just to reiterate them. [30:18] So these aren’t in any particular order or necessary in the order that Jamie went through them – So recognizing your passion, throwing yourself into it, networking or building your network and having fun with it, we did add that one in as well, so making sure that you do have fun when you’re out there meeting people, intern, volunteer, or shadowing, is really important to get started. Also the importance of the quote-on-quote unglamorous day, so that day when you’re in your sweatpants in your office, putting things together, doing paperwork, or maybe it’s just doing the financials after the event, and catching up on stuff, having patience, having your signature or your trademark on not just the event, but your business as well and your services, and not be anything but an event planner.
So like Jamie said, she’s not a florist, she doesn’t do anything, she is an event planner, she is a wedding planner, and she owns it, and sticks to it. Last but not least, don’t concern yourself with the competition. I think those are 10 amazing points on how to become and stay an active event planner and wedding planner. Let’s get into the questions; we have time for a few questions. So, Jamie, the first question is, in my business I’m a full service event company specializing in small weddings with guests of fifty or less. My question is, how do I let other potential clients know about my services? That’s from Trista. Thanks for the question, Trista.
Jamie: Thanks, Trista. How do you let other – I’m wondering if she means to grow beyond if she wants bigger events or what not, but whether she wants bigger events or just wants consistent business,[32:16]it definitely is about networking and throwing yourself into other groups or opportunities that could provide more business because you’re just getting to know a whole new lot of people. I think I really touched on it as I was talking about the importance of networking, and how knowing that everybody and every situation that you’re in is a potential opportunity for you and the growth of your business. Just do a killer job at it, which I’m sure you are, because word of mouth, there’s nothing more powerful. That one person at that wedding, guest, or a family member, whoever, you do an amazing job, you give them a pretty stress-free, carefree experience and they’ll remember that and they’ll talk about you.
Melanie: Great, yeah word of mouth and referrals are number one for any business, especially when you’re in a service business like event and wedding planning. Thanks, Jamie.
So the second is from Sam and her question, I’m sorry, I’m assuming Sam is a woman and I shouldn’t do that, so his or her question is, how do you get your first client when you have little or no experience?
Jamie: Well, I started in this business on hotel side of things, so I was the in-house event specialist and that’s how I grew and where I started. That was my foundation. So when I first decided to start a business, my first client came from the actual hotel, that had decided to go with that property, and a large part due to me being there as the representative. When I wasn’t any more, in order to work with me, they felt comfortable, that relationship was established, they had to hire me, and that’s how that grew.
[34:05] I don’t think there’s a set way. I think that just if you pursue it, it’s going to come. If you position yourself as an event planner, I can’t stress to you the importance of social media. Because when I was kind of teetering on should I go back to property for a little while and just get maybe a couple more years on a under my belt, or am I ready to start the business now. It was because of social media, people reaching out on Facebook that have been in my past that had just seen activity or things I was saying on there and reached out asking me if I do events, and now I had the opportunity to move around in order to do them. I wasn’t just stationed at one property, and that is also how my business grew at the same and what really made me move forward full steam ahead with starting my business. So it’s going to come, just stick with it, somebody you know like a friend, take on what you have to right away just to know that you’ve done one and you have the bug.
Melanie: Yeah, and I actually started with interning as well, so I’m glad you brought that up because I’m always telling people when they ask me questions like that, is go out and get volunteer experience like internship. I was on some boards and some committees for events, and I didn’t necessarily want to plan those types of events in my business, but it’s really great information and experience to help me move forward.
Jamie: Definitely. There’s certain parts, whether it’s corporate or social related events, where you know underlying there’s a lot of the same steps that need to be taken. So whatever it is that you get the opportunity to be a part of, absolutely take it on, because you might surprise yourself and think that you wanted to do weddings every day of the week, and then realized very quickly after one that you want nothing to do it and you want to go into the corporate world of it. You like still putting things together and the planning process, so take any opportunity that, not just is presented to you, but that you have to go for as well.
Melanie: And go get it. This isn’t a question but more a comment, so Ronnie is saying, “Am I allowed to tell my daughter, Jamie, just how proud I am of her?
Jamie: That’s my mom.
Melanie: That’s so sweet.
Jamie: I knew that was going to happen.
Melanie: Ronnie had a few other comments on here, something about her brother, and I was like, “What is going on?” and now it all makes sense. Very cute.
We’ve got time for two more questions so we are going to get to them, and one of those questions is from Tiffany and she’s asking, “Is it important to get your business license before you start promoting your business?”
Jamie: Absolutely, yes. I definitely did that and also to make yourself feel real, to make yourself feel established and that it’s actually happening. So that’s the first part of the puzzle, and I’m glad, that’s a really good question and I’m glad that she brought that up. I knew, I took about a month in between leaving a property that I was at when I felt that I was about to start my business. I was taking that month to entertain all opportunities that were coming my way, through social media, and the properties I was at, and the business I was getting. It became very clear to me how easy it was to turn down other opportunities with places, in order to start absolute, and I immediately went to get myself to turn myself into a corporation, and get my licenses, and know that this is real. This just happened and there’s paperwork, and the government knows, and I’m in business.
Melanie: Yeah. It’s legit.
Jamie: Yeah. It’s legit.
Melanie: It makes we want to break out into “Too legit to quit” Ok, I’m not going to do that even though I think I just did. Yeah, sorry, I kind of interrupted you with my horrible singing.
Jamie: I’m fine. I liked it. I enjoyed it.
Melanie: So the last question, just for time, if anybody else has questions then feel free to send them into us at email@example.com and we’ll still get to you provided there on the live one today. If you’re watching the recording, then sorry, but you have to be on the live recording to ask the live questions. And the last question comes from Ingrid. So Ingrid’s asking, “Do you charge your friends to plan their event or just take it as experience?” That’s a good one.
Jamie: I wonder if Ingrid is actually like code for one of my actual friends who is writing that right now because I have been in and been the wedding planner for so many of my friends weddings. I’m only speaking from my own personal experiences, I don’t typically charge my close friends, especially if we’re close enough that I’m in their wedding, to be their wedding planner, and they are damn lucky because the only person who is not having so great of a time is me. It’s pretty difficult to separate the two and to kind of play that role of bridesmaid or maid of honor and also a wedding planner, and I’ve done it quite a few times now and for me I just kind of prefer one or the other. I’m obviously really grateful and thankful to have such great friends and to be included in their weddings. They always do wonderful things for me as well in return. I’m just thankful that they appreciate the service that I give and they are really respectful on my time and what not. Then they’re all absolutely beautiful, so I get to take their pictures and throw them up on our website, and we did that. So I get what I need out of it as well.
Melanie: That’s a good point though because, you know, I think it is really a great place to get some experience if you’re just getting started out. Because your friends and family trust you, and you know them really well, and you’re not as nervous as with a paying client, but like you said, take some pictures, get that experience, and put it your website so you can show it off.
Jamie: Yeah, everyone’s experience with it will be different with it for sure. Sometimes it could be worse, more stressful, but definitely consider it for what it is and it’s more experience and more exposure.
Melanie: Jamie, thanks so much. Thanks everyone for the questions, as I mentioned we’re out of time here. I just want to be respectful of everyone’s time because we normally just do this for about 40 minutes at most. So if you have any other questions again, just feel free to send them into firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer them there. In the meantime, I am actually going to just screen share here because I want to share Jamie’s website with you so that you can go and visit her there. Let me just get through this, and there we go. So you can see Jamie’s is here. Visit Jamie and the absolute team at the theabsoluteevent.com.
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Jamie, again, thank you so much for being here. I’m just going to get back on here so I can see you. We really appreciate that you shared the 10 steps to become a wedding planner, and your passion always shines through and I love having you with me and just sharing your insights, and your knowledge, and your expertise. Thank you again.
Jamie: Thank you. It’s always good to see you. I love connecting like this. This is how we keep up with each other. We have to do Webinars.
Melanie: Yeah, it’s fun though. It’s good. I love it.
Jamie: It’s really fun. So I hope everybody enjoyed and email us, look at our website, check us out, and get in touch.
Melanie: Absolutely, you’re welcome. I have a bunch of thank you’s coming in from Leticia, Ingrid, and a few others. So you guys are very welcome. Glad you could join us, and our next webinar will be in two weeks, so watch on my Facebook page at Event Planning Blueprint for that and I’ll also mention it in a couple of the blog posts, so if you’re not already on my email list, make sure that you are. Again, free information weekly and we’ll get you the information for the next live, free webinar. So have a great night. Thanks Jamie, we’ll talk soon. Bye everyone.