Cathy received her certification through The Bridal Society back in December of 2016 after relocating her life and business to Atlanta, Georgia from Texas. After years of planning beautiful weddings under Cathy Nugent Weddings, being featured in numerous online and print publications, and being awarded Wedding Planner of the Year for 2017 by The Bridal Society, Cathy launched her new company, A Hosting Home, this winter with her husband to help others design their spaces with intention – whether it be their wedding day, parties, or hosting in their homes. Cathy also serves The Bridal Society as our blog manager and alumni retreat planning manager.
Get to Know Cathy
Tell us about yourself and your business.
Well! My name is Cathy, and I’m a certified wedding planner and southern belle blogger based out of a small(ish) town outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Marketing, a certification in Advertising, and a certification in wedding planning from The Bridal Society. On top of running my own business, I also serve has the Blog Manager and Alumni Retreat Manager for The Bridal Society.
However, most people know me as the Monica Geller of my friend group – a coffee connoisseur and dog mom with a huge heart for hosting and an eye for design. I’m a sucker for pretty place settings, southern charm, and the little details that speak from the heart and make all the difference. My heart for hosting has been beating since I was a little girl, and this journey of mine all started with a dream of giving couples and their families a truly magical and memorable wedding day full of celebration. The heart behind what I do with A Hosting Home is simple. My goal is to help others be intentional on creating a space to gather and celebrate all of life’s most precious moments – whether that be a couple’s wedding day, a party, or even something as simple as hosting friends and loved ones in the home. I wanted to combine my love for styling spaces and hosting with heart with my husband’s passion for creating and wood working to help others design their own space with intention. A Hosting Home is the ultimate source for styling and inspiration with our specialization in handcrafted decor, furniture, and wedding ceremony backdrops.
Photos: Kesia Marie Photography
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
Although my heart for hosting has been beating since I was a little girl, my journey with weddings actually started with a sass-infused wedding blog that I had started in college in my downtime working as a teaching assistant for an upper level advertising course. As myself and friends were starting to get engaged, I was tired of people seeing planning their wedding as a prescription for stress. I knew I wanted to help.
I started having a dream of helping brides plan their special day with intention – helping them design and create a space for them to gather with their friends and family to celebrate one of life’s most precious days. Soon enough, my blog took off . (Even my students had found it!) As time went on, it grew into spending my office hours in between grading helping friends plan their weddings for fun while I planned my own. With that, Cathy Nugent Weddings was born and my business has flourished into what it is today.
Photos: Noble Sparrow Photography
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
As cliche as it sounds, my wedding day was the best day of my life. So, what I really love most about being a wedding planner is helping give couples their own best-day-ever that they can look back on and cherish during their lifetime together. I believe everyone deserves that special day.
How has your certification and membership through The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
Getting my wedding planning certification with The Bridal Society was the best thing I could have ever done for my business. Not only did Laurie’s teaching and the course itself give me the knowledge and confidence I needed to take my business to the next level. But, the continuing benefits and education that The Bridal Society offers has also allowed me to stay fresh and be the best I can be for my clients. Thanks to The Bridal Society, my business has taken off so much more than I could have ever imagined.
What does your average week look like?
My average week is often spent juggling my roles of wedding planner, wife, and business owner. While many people know that I’m a blogger for my wedding planning business, not many people know that I am also a ghostwriter for other creative professionals. I typically schedule consultations and meetings for two days out of the week and spend the other three writing content, answering emails, client work, and other administrative tasks. Meanwhile, weekends are reserved for weddings, events, or time with family.
What is one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
There are two things I can’t live without on any given wedding day. You’ll always find me carrying my clipboard with the wedding itinerary packet and my apron filled with pens and any essential items I need to carry around out of my emergency kit.
What type of client do you attract?
I have been so incredibly fortunate to work with some of the best couples a wedding planner could ask for! While they have ranged in age and seasons of life, they all have had one thing in common – their weddings have been focused specifically on curating meaningful details, gathering together with their families, and celebrating.
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
While I love all the details that go into a wedding day, it’s never those. It’s not the venue, the decor, or even the dance parties that follow at the reception. It’s always and forever that special moment right after the ceremony when the couple walks out the doors as a married couple. That moment that they’re so overwhelmed with raw emotion- that kind of raw emotion that makes you laugh and cry at the same time because you finally married that one person your whole being loves and can’t live without. It’s my favorite thing in the world, and it’s one of the many reasons I absolutely love what I do!
What advice can you give or have you received that you can pass on to new or existing wedding planners?
My biggest piece of advice that I can give to new planners would be to invest in yourself and keep learning. I’m a firm believer that if you’re not learning, you’re not growing. And, in order to grow your business, you need to be constantly learning and sharpening your skills. Get your certification from The Bridal Society, go to workshops and conferences, invest in coaching or a masterclass, and keep growing your skills to be the best you can be for your clients.
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
Remember what’s truly important to you! Sometimes couples can get so lost in the nitty gritty details of their wedding day that they forget the reason why they’re planning in the first place – they’re getting married to the one whom their soul cherishes! If you constantly remind yourself what’s truly important to you on your wedding day, the decisions become so much easier.
Photos: Gossett Photography