Today is a special day for me. One year ago today my life changed for the better. I had just completed my certification for wedding planning and officially decided I was going to start my own wedding planning business.
Originally, I was planning on finding wedding work at a venue or under another successful Austin-based wedding planner. During the certification course, my mentor, Laurie, said, “why build up somebody else’s business when you can build up your own?”
That question changed everything for me.
I’ve always known I would be a business owner — I’m entrepreneurial by nature just wasn’t sure when it would happen. After the first day of the course, I spent the night brainstorming a name for my soon-to-be business. I Googled “wedding-related words” and started combining different words to make a catchy phrase. Believe it or not, the first one I came up with was Love Me Knot.
You’re just as surprised as I am! How was it so easy for me to come up with something so perfect? It’s only been 15 minutes! Is this really happening? Did I really just choose a name that fast?
I called my boyfriend and mom with exuberance and texted about 30 of my closest friends asking for their opinions. It was a hit — they all loved it. Since then I’ve gotten tons of compliments, usually in the form of “the name of your company is so cute” and “that’s so clever!”
A New Leaf
Shortly after, I quit my full-time job to spend my time focusing on building this business. It took close to two months to prepare for my business launch, which was February 14. I had to build a website, find a graphic designer, and craft my social media presence. The next two months were spent meeting with vendors and touring over 80 venues in the Austin area. I’ve made several great vendor connections, and, of course, met some wonderful couples.
I feel so lucky that I started out my first year in business with three beautiful weddings. It’s incredible how invested I feel in my clients and the happiness I feel sending them down the aisle. It’s a special relationship unlike anything else. I’ve listened to them panic about the big day, watched them disagree with their parents, and helped them through numerous personal problems.
They put all their trust into me — their wedding is in my hands. It fuels my life, and I truly love this job.
My favorite wedding moment this year was walking my second couple back to their hotel room at the end of the night. The lights were on; vendors were packing up. The bride & groom had said their goodbyes to their closest friends and family. It was time to get some rest; they were to wake up 5 hours later and catch their honeymoon flight. That two-minute walk down the long hotel hallway was a moment I’ll never forget. The love and gratitude they gave me, confirming that their wedding was perfect, made me feel so touched to be their planner. I was the last person to see them on their wedding night - how special is that?
Reflecting back personally, I have gained so much confidence throughout the year. I am so ready to take on the next year with persistence and grit to make it even better than this year was.
Thank you so much to my newlyweds, Emily + Marcus, Kati + Brandon, and Megan + Joshua, for allowing me to be part of your wedding day this year. I love you all and wish you bright and happy marriages.
Thank you to my mom for helping me make the decision to join The Bridal Society, and for constantly whispering in my ear throughout my life to be an event planner. You were right like you usually are!
Lastly, I want to thank my boyfriend, Ross. Without you, none of this would have been possible. You have supported me in more ways than I could have ever imagined and allowed me to drop everything to fulfill my dreams and do what I love. Thank you so much, I love you!
This has been such an joyful, stressful, and overwhelming journey. Starting a business from scratch isn't the easiest feat, but it is totally worth it.