Question: What made you want to be a wedding planner, and how long have you been in business?
Answer: I do many types of events but I do love weddings! I love to be able to meet with a newly engaged Bride to be and watch the process goes as she grows. They come to me with much vision or none at all and I enjoy being able to complete or create that vision for them. I allow my Brides to be as hands on or hands off as they wish to be. It is fulfilling to me that my Brides can truly enjoy the process as well as concentrate on the marriage as that is the most important aspect. I have been planning events for over ten years but recently moved to the Coastal Bend less than three years ago. I contemplated moving to Dallas with my family and it’s big event scene but could not turn my back on this amazing Coastal community! Every event I have had here has turned into something bigger and better. My clients and the people I have met throughout this process have been more than wonderful to me. I decided to build my business here and “go big or go home,” and that is exactly what I plan to continue to do.
Question: What sorts of services do you offer (ie: day-of coordination, full-service event planning, a la carte planning)?
Answer: My services range from full wedding planning and weekend coordinating, which includes the rehearsal dinner as well. I also offer “a little bit of planning,” which is where the Bride may take a larger role in planning her special day and I am there to help oversee and guide her. Day of planning is also offered, but many Brides who hire me for Day of soon take the next step of “a little bit of planning” because they realize how important it is to have me by their side. I offer a personable service that is my trademark and many of my Brides and I become friends and their families are very special to me. I offer different levels for events as well. I do not offer “packages” as each event is designed just for you.
Question: How many weddings have you planned and what makes them memorable?
Answer: I have been planning weddings for over six years. From small weddings to large, they all require my undivided time and attention. My events are very detail oriented, therefore I do not like to “overbook” myself as many companies do. I enjoy giving my clients all of my time and attention with their event which in turns help the process run smoothly. From the moment I sit with a client and they share their wishes with me I am “already there.” I work tirelessly to create that for them and the most memorable moment is when they see everything in action for the first time. I love a Bride and Groom or hostess that cannot stop smiling and “good tears.”
Question: What is your secret for staying calm under pressure, and how do you deal with day-of event hiccups and problem solving?
Answer: Well, thankfully I am a very easy going and calm person. I have to stay calm in my job or I would be forever stressed out and that is no fun. There is always something to worry about or a detail that may not come to life. Clients always ask “why aren’t you stressed?” or “when are you going to freak out?” and my answer is, “Never! If I’m stressed you’re stressed.” I’m known as “Jo Cool” and that is how I intend to stay. If I had to worry about weather or a vendor not coming through for me, I’d never sleep again or plan another party. Then I’d be out of business.
Question: How do you help your clients stay within budget yet still delivery exactly their vision?
Answer: Budget is not a word I discuss lightly. I’m either given a nice “budget” or a simple budget. I know exactly what my client wants and I put the money where it needs to be. I have rerouted many weddings that were in the planning process before I was hired and made amazing events with smaller budgets. I know where to get the “wow factor” and clients appreciate me moving their money around to accomplish that. I love saving my clients money, and that is always much appreciated. Vendors I work with are always shocked to see how little I can spend to make a vision come to life. It’s called having a design eye and knowing what will work and what won’t. Events planners have it or don’t. It works best when you do.
Question: What makes the Coastal Bend the perfect city to own your business, Oh Goodie Designs, and are most of clients local or using our coast as a Destination wedding venue?
Answer: At this point I cannot imagine Oh Goodie Designs anywhere else. The people I have encountered are hungry for more and deserve amazing events. If I have learned one thing in this town it is you like to party! Everyone wants their party to be the talk of the town. I am constantly upping my game, staying ten steps ahead of the rest and outdoing myself each time. When I came to town I knew not a soul. I am so grateful to be here doing what I love in a community that I have grown to love with vendors that I love. My clients are so important to me and my vendor relationships are everything to me. The Coastal Bend is becoming that “destination” get away, because we can provide clients with the beach wedding or downtown gala that many are looking for without travelling away. Many Brides and Grooms are coming “back home” to be married and excited to show off their hometown. I’m proud to be a part of the area’s growth and rediscovery!