A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview one of my wedding planner friends, Rebecca of Events by Rebecca! She is an absolute gem and I love her heart for her work and her clients!! She brings to life so many beautiful weddings and her attention to detail and desire to serve her couples is truly inspiring! I asked her some questions about how she got started in the wedding industry as well as for some advice for future brides! I hope you find this helpful!!
1) How long have you been doing wedding coordination/planning/designing?
Events by Rebecca has been open since April 2015 so we are coming up on our 3 year anniversary! Which is insane to me quite honestly. However, this has been a work in progress since I was 12. I knew as soon as I was old enough, I would work within the industry. I have been in weddings (working for venues, other coordinators, internships, etc.) for a total of about 9 years, give or take.
2) What about wedding design and coordination made you decide to go into this field?
Like I mentioned, this has been a work in progress since I was 12 years old. I was a flower girl in my Aunt’s wedding and that’s when it all changed for me. I was obsessed with all the florals, the photos, her dress, and just everything that came together that day. In particular, I remember her coordinator, well honestly I’m not sure if she was a professional coordinator, the person in charge at the church, or what, but she was amazing. I immediately understood that this could be an actual job. So I started answering the age old question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” with I’m going to own my own wedding planning business. Everything I did from that point on was with the end goal of launching Events by Rebecca. It was the perfect opportunity to blend my love of styling a beautiful space and putting my creativity to the test along with my insane attention to detail, multi-tasking skills, and obsessive tendency to logically and efficiently plan almost everything. It literally felt like I was looking at myself, in job-form haha!
3) What is your favorite thing about your job?
The hugs I get. I know how weird that sounds, but there is something about the hug from a bride, still in her gown, soaked in sweat from tearing it up on the dance floor all night and that look in her eyes of pure, radiant JOY. That’s a rare look. I’ve been fortunate to see that look in my personal life a few times, but I mostly see it on wedding days. And to have that look directed at YOU because of all your hard work to make their day beyond what they could have hoped for, man. I’ll tell ya, it’s what gets me through the not-so-great weddings and endless days/nights of running your own business (which often has you questioning your sanity). THAT’S why I do what I do.
4) What advice would you give to a bride who is planning their wedding?
Hire a professional planner I know that sounds like a tacky sales trick but it’s not. I don’t care who you hire, but hire SOMEONE. Not a friend who does events for the corporation she works for (they are different, trust me), not your mom, not your Maid-of-Honor. HIRE, meaning pay money, to have someone make this experience an enjoyable one. There’s a reason it’s a full time job…. it’s WORK.
5) Why is having a wedding planner/coordinator so important?
See above haha! No but seriously, let’s put it this way. I AM a professional planner, and I will be hiring another professional planner when my own wedding day comes. It’s just not something you should have to do while trying to actually enjoy your engagement and wedding day. Let someone who isn’t emotionally invested, help!
Bonus question: What is your favorite wedding trend that is going on right now?
Hmmmm honestly I don’t know how trendy they are now, but they will be in 2018 and we are seeing them being built into the planning and design process right now, marble and copper accents. LOVE. Even further, put those together! But the trend I would really love to see catch on is donating your wedding florals to a shelter, retirement home, or hospital the next day. Here in Sacramento, we don’t have very many pickup options for this yet which I would love to see change! We work with our brides, when they express desire to do this with their leftover florals (centerpieces or bouquets) to hand deliver them ourselves. It is just the best so see how happy it makes the people at some of these places that often feel quite dreary and depressing. It’s a great way to give a second life to the florals you spend so much money on and give a little hope to those who get to enjoy them as if they are brand new!
Rebecca, thank you so much for sharing your heart and advice with us!
Be sure to follow Rebecca on Instagram here for inspiration, more wedding planning tips, and examples of her work! I really hope you found this post helpful and if you have been on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, I hope this helps you make the decision to go for it!