Happy #WeddingWednesday, Planner Friends! The Bridal Society is like one big family, and one of our favorite things to do is to highlight our amazing members. Today on The Bridal Society’s blog, we have another Society Planner Spotlight featuring one of our California CWPs, Megan Papageorge of Sweet Peach Planning.
When asked to share a little bit about herself and her business, Megan tells us, “I’m a country girl living a big city life full of strong coffee, small dogs, eclectic buildings, colorful people and unique weddings. I enjoy owning my own company, Sweet Peach Planning and giving couples not only a special day but a wonderful engagement as well.
I also run a blog and vendor guide concentrating on community and uplifting other soloprenuers, Long Beach Bride. Currently I’m developing a subscription product for engaged women to better plan their wedding, improve their health, become financially sound and be the best they can be by the time they walk down the aisle. I spend my free time with my partner Cody and dogs Hank & Luna exploring Southern California and beyond.”
Get to Know Megan
What inspired you to become a certified wedding planner?
I have always had a great balance between organization, creativity and hard work, which I believe are all essential for planning and coordinating a successful event. I planned a few commitment ceremonies with the restaurant I worked with and was instantly hooked. After getting certified through The Bridal Society, I started my own company and never looked back.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I love at the end of a meeting when a couple looks at me and says, “Wow I feel so much better about everything.” To me the wedding day is the goal but the journey is what’s most important.
How has your certification and membership with The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
The Bridal Society Certification has been and will continue to be the foundation of my business. It taught me how to structure my packages, how much to charge, key words to use, the best practices of business, and so much more.
What does your average week look like?
I take Mondays off for “Me Monday” where I usually do glamorous tasks such as laundry and eye brow waxing. Tuesdays through Fridays I’m in my office in downtown Long Beach from 11am to 7pm where I host clients and vendors for meetings. Most weekends I am on location for rehearsals and weddings.
Living in such a vibrant town I also attend lots of mixers, venue openings, charity events, self help workshops, and community gatherings. I feel it’s important to support others and their events if you want them to support yours.
What is one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
I can’t live without a phone charger (because no matter what my phone will die!), my timeline with all my points covered in it (times, vendors, wedding party, floor plan, hashtags, food allergies, etc), and a Starbucks Iced White Mocha.
What type of client do you attract?
I attract clients with a medium budget that have a bohemian, vintage or industrial style. My clients are most likely getting married in a historic loft, urban garden or reclaimed barn. They are willing to pay for the experience and open to following the rules but also want to cut corners in small places like donuts instead of cake or succulents instead of centerpieces. My clients love live bands, vintage rugs and witty vows. They also love to follow on Instagram and comment on my stories. It’s a great way to show them what I’m up to and allows them to share each others ideas.
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
I love the feeling right after they get down the aisle. I like stepping back and stopping for one minute and remembering that it’s really cool to be in an industry where you orchestrate love stories. That these two people in a universe of millions of people found each other. It’s such a magical moment! Then I run to confirm Cocktail Hour and Reception are ready to roll. 😉
What advice can you give and/or have you received that you can pass on to new/existing planners?
If you do not mesh with a client from the beginning do not take them on, even if they are a referral or willing to pay your fees. You are signing on for a three month to two year relationship with these people. Listen to your gut if it says they are not in line with your brand and values!
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
I advise my clients to set up a planning limit on their time. For them to either choose one hour a night, a few hours on the weekend or whatever works for them but to not let every conversation be about the wedding. Yes, it is a big part of their life. However, the relationship and love comes first and still needs to be nourished over the planning process.