Happy #WeddingWednesday, Planner Friends! Who else absolutely loves getting to meet our fellow CWPs? Today on The Bridal Society‘s blog, we have another Society Planner Spotlight featuring Kaycia Rhone of Kaycia Rhone Events.
Kaycia Rhone Events, Inc. is a full-service event planning company established in 2012. In addition to her BA in Marketing, Kaycia received a Certificate in Hospitality specializing in trade shows and events from Georgia State University in 2009 before becaming a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society in 2017.
Her goal is to make every wedding a unique and personalized experience for the couple and their guests. She has enjoyed all things weddings and events since a very young age, and her love for people and passion for playing hostess made wedding and event planning a clear choice for her. When she’s not planning dream weddings, you can find Kaycia chasing her energetic little toddler around or enjoying a good movie.
Get to Know Kaycia
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
Wedding planning seemed like the perfect combination of my type A personality, creativity, and desire for entrepreneurship. Whether it was through my social circles or organizations I joined, it seemed all roads led to putting on an event.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I have been very fortunate to have some amazing clients who are genuinely appreciative of my service. I work hard to help make each wedding special. When I get notes that say “you made this day special for us” or hugs from the bride’s parents, it makes all the hard work worth it.
How has your certification and membership with The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
First, The Bridal Society’s certification course was such an eye opener for me – reassuring me that I was doing some things right. More importantly, it reassured me I needed a few changes! The updates to my contract and packages have given me a stronger sense of security. The Bridal Society has also made me rethink the value of my brand. Perks like Minted, Xedo, and BBJ challenged me to think about things I can offer that the average planner doesn’t, offering more value for my clients dollar. Finally, I immediately began building relationships with some amazing planners and vendors.
What does your average week look like?
As I still work a “9-5”, my weekends are spent doing a good bit of preparing for the week. I make lists for each day- emails to be sent, errands to run, etc. and I check in with vendors/staff/clients. If I have an event, Thursday evening and Friday evenings are spent doing lots of prep.
What is the one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
My pink slim mate clipboard! Endless checklists and notes on top, phone, pen, granola bar or chocolate inside.
What type of client do you attract?
“Young and fun”- millennials who care more about the overall experience- the food, the dancing, etc.
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
When the bride and groom first see each other. Yup, it’s a cliche but it’s a once in a lifetime moment when nothing else really matters – just two people in love getting ready to say “I DO!”
What advice can you give and/or have you received that you can pass on to new/existing planners?
Build genuine relationships. I have attracted the best clients and fellow vendors by just building good, solid, genuine relationships. This is a recent lesson I’ve learned and I see it already making a difference in my business.
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
I encourage my couples to include personal touches so their wedding day isn’t a checklist of what’s trending this year, but a personalized experience. That can mean a menu item from their favorite restaurant, their favorite song, or something from their first date. It brings their guests into their world a little and makes for great memories when looking back on those wedding photos ten years from now.