Planning a wedding today is much different than how weddings were planned even a decade ago. Pinterest and Instagram have given rise to seasonal trends and over-the-top wedding designs. As you plan your wedding day it’s all about creating a tribe of vendors that will bring the feeling of your wedding day to life. Not necessarily the look. This is where having a planner plays a major role in your big day. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Cathy O’Connell with Celebrations of Joy Events.
How did all start for you?
I was a corporate executive managing design and marketing in the commercial interior design world and wanted to do something more meaningful! I went back to seminary, got my Doctorate in Divinity but then realized that being involved in a church would be a lot like corporate America and I started marrying people instead! Once clients found out I had such a strong design and project management background I started getting asked to plan weddings not just marry the couple! One thing led to another and 15 years later we have a thriving business (or will once again once weddings start happening again!)
What is your vision for your business in the future?
I am looking forward to growing COJ Events into an even more incredible business serving many inspiring couples. At the same time, we are about to launch www.gayweddingplanning.com as a resource for gay wedding couples throughout the world, and as a training source for vendors who want to work with gay couples. I’ve also started a talk show called LGBTQ+ Wedding Conversations airing on Facebook twice a month!
How do you go about attracting your ideal clients?
Having the intention of what and who that ideal client is. Positioning ourselves in the right marketing arenas that support our ideal clients.
What advice would you give a couple searching for your type of service?
Talk to lots of people, ask lots of questions, and hire the planner with whom you feel the best personal connection. Never hire a wedding planner on price.
What is your relation to the LGBTQ+ community? Any advice for LGBTQ+ couples?
Proud and active! Hire vendors who don’t just talk inclusivity but who show it in their actions and presence.
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