Happy #WeddingWednesday, Planner Friends! It’s that time of week again! I love getting to introduce to you the fabulous members that we have in The Bridal Society. Today on The Bridal Society’s blog we have a Society Planner Spotlight featuring Monica Sabedra of Events by Monica.
Monica has been an event professional for 5 years and a Certified Wedding Planner with The Bridal Society since 2015. She recently left her position as a Catering Sales Manager for a hotel so that she can begin her own wedding and event planning company. Her primary reason for doing so is to continue working in the industry that she loves but to also have extra time at home with her 3 year old daughter and husband.
Get to Know Monica
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
I was inspired by my own wedding planning experience because I enjoyed the entire process and felt like I was being drawn toward the wedding industry. I was married in 2013 and was working as a manager of a hotel spa. Shortly after my wedding, I asked for the opportunity to explore the catering and events department. Although I had to start with an admin position, I was promoted within the year to Catering Sales Manager.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I love being the person that helps the couple (and family) enjoy the day. Providing the relief to them that I can handle all the little details so that they can fully take part in one of the most important and memorable day of their lives. On a side note, is a great way for me to get out my love/obsession to organize everything around me! 🙂
How has your certification and membership with The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
Being a part of the online forum has given me the extra insight and experience from my peers. More recently, taking the continuing education courses have been so valuable toward my confidence in taking my own business to the next level.
What does your average week look like?
Since I am starting out, I spend 1-2 hours a day researching venues and vendors so that I can create relationships. My goal is to make 1-2 appointments a week. In order to grow in my knowledge, I commit to at least one activity per week that will help me gain more experience either in the wedding industry or general business and marketing. This has been mostly webinars and online courses such as the continuing education that is offered by The Bridal Society. I also currently work part time for a wedding florist where I am meeting local industry professionals that she works with.
What is one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
My phone! It is how I communicate with my colleagues, vendors, and have a screen-shot of the day’s itinerary. I also take photos throughout the day for my portfolio and social media accounts.
What type of client do you attract?
I tend to attract the young professional – someone who is focused on their career and does not have too much time for the extra details of wedding planning. They are looking for someone who is confident and knowledgeable whom can simplify their life… and that’s me! 🙂
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
When the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Whether it is during first-look or down the aisle. The time almost stops for a moment. It never gets old.
What advice can you give and/or have you received that you can pass on to new/existing planners?
Build great relationships with professional vendors. They are your best source for referrals AND make your life so much easier during the wedding planning as well as day-of.
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Not everything will turn out perfect, but that is why I am there to keep it all under control. At the end of the day, those little things do not change the fact that it is your special day and you are now married!