Happy #WeddingWednesday, Planner Friends! It’s that time of week again! Today on The Bridal Society’s blog we have another amazing CWP to share with you. This week’s Society Planner Spotlight features Ana Maria Restrepo of Color My Dream.
When asked to tell us a little bit about herself and her business, Ana said, “My company was created with the mindset: service the client as best as possible. The client comes first and the client must receive, from the moment he hires Color My Dream, a dedicated and detailed delivery of all wedding services they have purchased. The client will receive a welcome gift, personalized checklists and a thank you for hiring us note, and then we will start a planning process tailored to them. Color My Dream offers a wide range of wedding planning services, whether the client is newly engaged, has already begun to plan, or only needs help the day-of.
This is a team effort. My company has grown, and I work with my husband. He does the accounting, he is in charge of the website, and he helps me setup depending on the wedding. I work with interns too. I like to give new people aspiring to become wedding planners a chance to see what events are like. So, when an event comes along I have an average of 4 people with me.”
Get to Know Ana
What inspired you to become a wedding planner?
My Mom! My parents currently have a 36 year old business. It is a hotel in Colombia. My mom created beautiful Corporate Events for clients such as The American Red Cross and Texaco.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I love seeing months of work come together and to create a once in a lifetime experience where I make my client and their families very happy.
How has your certification and membership with The Bridal Society helped you and your career?
The certification through The Bridal Society changed my life, I have learned about the wedding industry in such a way that I can deliver the results my client wants. It has provided credibility for me, people take me seriously, and they realize I know what I am doing and that they can trust me.
What does your average week look like?
Each day I work from 9am to 7pm. I spend my mornings working on client to-do lists, and in the afternoons I meet with my clients. Once a week I like to dedicate time to my people – these would be my vendors. They are like family, and without them nothing works.
What is one item you can’t live without on a wedding day?
I cannot imagine any wedding day without my phone. I need to keep my vendors up to date and look out for any last minute changes the client may tell me about.
What type of client do you attract?
I attract two different types of clients – the 30’s busy executive bride that cannot make it to appointments; and I also attract the moms of the brides. They usually love to be heard and love to be able to have a person they can trust who guarantees they will be able to enjoy the wedding day.
What is your favorite moment on wedding day?
I would have to say my favorite moment is seeing the bride walk down the aisle. Her happiness has no comparison!
What advice can you give and/or have you received that you can pass on to new/existing planners?
My biggest advice is that reviews will not kill you. You must learn from them. They will teach you what if any changes can be done to the service you offer.
What advice do you have for engaged couples?
I would like to tell engaged couples to focus on your future. Don’t let wedding planning be a reason to disagree. It isn’t worth fighting over, and at the end of the day you’ll be married to your best friend.
The Bridal Society gives a special thank you to Ana for giving us an inside look into her life and business. If you are a TBS Alumni Member who is interested in being a part of our Spotlight Features, please be sure to visit the members only section of The Bridal Society website to check out our Diamond Membership Benefits.