Following My Dream to Help Others Create Theirs
POSTED 03/07/2017 11:26:20 AM
One of the questions I get asked the most is why did you start your business?
It was my own wedding that sparked my love of event planning. In the course of planning and styling my own wedding, I found that I loved the attention to detail that was involved in creating the day of my dreams. I even went as far as sewing tiny beads and snowflakes on to my place cards, which earned me the nickname ‘Monica.’ And yes, one day I will have my own headset!
I have always had creative flair, but a creative career was never something I’d considered, apart from a fleeting thought about working in floristry when I was at a careers fair. I told myself to stick with my chosen career path of teacher training; I had already completed a business degree and was studying for my PGCE in Secondary Education. I felt I had started down that road so I had to follow it through.
A woman without a plan
2 years later, after I had my children, I found myself feeling disillusioned with my career choice. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have a ‘plan’, and I constantly asked myself ‘where do I go from here?’
From fate to franchise
But fate intervened, as it so often does in life. While planning my sister’s wedding, I met with an event planning company based in London. I made a brief remark about wanting to style weddings, and here I am, 4 ½ years on, running my own events planning business!
I joined the company as a franchise for the South West, and in the 3 years I was with them, I learned my craft. I learned everything from event planning and preparation to how to build eye-catching centrepieces and develop good relationships with suppliers. But the most important thing I learned was how to stay ahead of the competition and how to make people choose you for their event.
Going it alone
In 2015, I felt the franchise wasn’t for me anymore, as things were moving in a direction that I didn’t want to go. So, I took what I’d learned and made the leap into starting my own business; Once Upon A Table was born.
Over the past 18 months, the business has gone from strength to strength. We have forged some excellent relationships with local venues and suppliers, which has resulted in us creating some amazing weddings.
Creating the perfect day
When people ask why I love what I do, there is no easy answer. I adore the freedom, creative and otherwise, of working for myself. I love to meet couples that are just starting out on their journey through life together, I love developing ideas and products, decorating venues and ceremony rooms, and seeing the end result when it all comes together.
The icing on the cake, pardon the pun, is knowing that the beautiful things I’ve put in place delight my clients every single time, and help to make their dreams of their perfect day come true.