Richmond Wedding Planner Spotlight: XOXO Weddings and Events, LLC
We are so excited to officially introduce you all to one of our greatest friends in the industry, Angela! She has recently taken the leap to do what we all knew she was MEANT to do . . . . start her own wedding planning business, XOXO Weddings and Events! XOXO Weddings and Events is a Richmond wedding planner.
Tell us a little about your company!
XOXO Weddings and Events, LLC provides wedding and event planning services that offer you comfort and ease, knowing your special day will run smoothly. Anyone can plan a party or a wedding, but knowing you have a professional at your event to implement your detailed plans while you enjoy the biggest day of your life with your family and friends is not only important – it’s a necessity!
How did you get started in this business?
When I married a long time ago, I didn’t know what I was doing and made a lot of mistakes that I could never change. If I had known better, I would have hired a wedding planner to help guide me along the way. I didn’t want any bride to ever make the same mistakes I made, so I started my career in weddings and events at a beautiful local venue. I moved on to the hotel side, then over to rentals for quite some time and decided it was time to start working towards my dreams and goals. Hence, the creation of XOXO Weddings and Events!
What’s your favorite wedding story?
Wow, that’s such a difficult question to answer! Truthfully, every wedding is unique. You may use the same vows, the same colors, and even the same venue, but what makes it unique is your love story, your families and friends, your special touches on the tiniest of details. I don’t have a favorite for that reason alone. They are all special.
Why do you like working with weddings?
There is nothing more rewarding than making a couple happy on their wedding day. I adore my couples and that makes it super easy to work so hard for them! The hugs, smiles and thank yous that I get at the end of the night makes every minute worth it!
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
The most difficult bride I had once was one who literally could not let go of the control on her big day. No matter how hard I tried, how hard I worked, she was so nervous and freaked out, that she just couldn’t turn her brain off and relax. She kept coming into the tent and trying to set up and boss the staff around. I finally got her maid of honor to help me get her inside with a nice mimosa sitting down to get her hair and makeup done. When I went up to check on her, I looked her in the eye and told her “I’ve got this, you relax and enjoy your day now” and her nerves went away. At the end of the day, she gave me the biggest hug and said thank you. That’s all I needed. We have been friends ever since!
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Since I’ve been the wedding venue coordinator, the catering sales rep, the rentals sales rep and now, the planner, I’ve seen it from all different angles. Best advice I can give is don’t get too many people involved in the decision making process. Let this be about you and your fiance. When you have lots of opinions in the room, it makes your decision harder and it also prolongs all of your meetings and tires you out.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
There is truly no right or wrong answer here. If I have the date available, I’m yours. If I’m not, I will help you find a wonderful planner comparable to my services. I have couples that book me two months before their day and I have some that book me one year in advance.
What inspired you the most / where do you find inspiration?
Don’t we all find our inspirations from Pinterest? Haha! I find inspirations daily from many places – social media, family, friends, brides and grooms, wedding friendors, magazines (Yes,I still buy them and read them!) and shops. You can get your creative on anytime, anywhere.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I love watching my awesome teenage kids play sports! I’m that crazy mom yelling from the sidelines! I love the beach and I love going to dinner and a movie with my amazing husband. We love playing with our pup, too!
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I love to sing karaoke and I’m actually good at it. ; )
Thank you, Angela, for chatting with us! If you’d like to learn more about all that Angela can do to make your wedding or event amazing, please visit www.xoxoweddingsandeventsllc.com.
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