Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Kim Moody Design
In honor of a very special project that she’s helping us with TOMORROW, we are introducing you all to Kim, the owner of Kim Moody Design today! Kim is one of our extraordinary wedding planners & designers. She and her team offer wedding services like no other planning team in our area!
Tell us a little about your company!
Kim Moody Design is a full-service event planning and design team, creating elegant, fresh celebrations for modern couples. We have been planning weddings for over a decade and have a team of full-time planners so that you can rest easy knowing your event is in the hands of an experienced professional. With two office locations (in Blackstone and Richmond), we pride ourselves on being able to offer many more services than your typical wedding planner. Kim Moody Design offers floral design, linen rentals, decor rentals, in-house invitations, calligraphy services, and much more!
How did you get started in this business?
I (Kim) have always been extremely creative and detail oriented, and after graduating from the Interior Design program at James Madison University, I began subcontracting for architects and engineers. I ran their job sites during the peak of the construction/remodeling boom from about 2004 to 2008.
Prior to that I’d helped with a few weddings for friends and family and, in 2004, I planned the first one on my own. I continued to do one to three per year for paid clients for several years, and then each year after that our wedding workload basically doubled! Luckily, when the bottom dropped out of the remodeling industry, our wedding business was picking up pretty heavily.
Our studio has been exclusively focused on weddings since 2008. We’ve expanded our offerings so much over the past decade it’s hard to even remember the “early years” anymore, but we feel very blessed to have such an amazing team continue to provide our clients with unmatched service and design skill since 2004.
We have a handful of things that make us different than any wedding planner in the state outside of Northern Virginia.
The first is that Kim Moody Design operates with a huge team of staff members to create incredible events weekend after weekend. We have a year-round, full-time staff of at least four planners and a HUGE support staff of part-time, well-trained event helpers.
The second is that we own a commercial building which house our offices, design studio, warehouse storage, linen rentals, and floral studio. We are no small operation. The amount of things we can provide in-house for our clients is unmatched by any other planning team that we are aware of in the entire state. This translates to saving money for our clients as well as providing them with an ever-growing quantity of new looks for their big day! We can save them in rental costs, delivery fees, and setup costs by managing so much of it in-house!
The third is by our vast experience and proven track record. You can’t have the level of clientele we deal with if you don’t serve them well and exceed their expectations. To be able to have one planner committed to this as a full time job is a huge accomplishment, but to be such a large studio with such a successful track record means we do our job well and love our clients, always putting their needs first!
Over our decade of beautiful weddings we’ve developed SO much of an infrastructure we’ve been able to streamline our process and provide our clients with an enormous level of resources to draw from for their big day! 🙂
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Where do we start?! Think of it this way: your wedding is the single largest party/celebration/event of your life with SO many of the people you love there to celebrate. Your main job is to enjoy the company of your guests and be “present” in each moment of the whole day. Hire experienced professionals, and you will not regret it! We do over 50 weddings each year, so we know how to manage the logistics for you to make sure you and your family are not stressed, as well as to create a truly amazing overall experience for you and the love of your life.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
It is very rare that we are able to stop thinking about work and actually get away, but when we do, we like to spend our time at the lake! No one can work 24/7 and not get burned out, so we truly value the little time we do have 🙂 We think it’s very important for all vendors in our industry to remember to take the time to relax and wind down!
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
We have some fun information on all of the planners on our team as well as all of our support staff on our website. We invite you to read more about us at www.kimmoodydesign.com! Specifically, a little known fact about me (Kim) is that I’ve always had an incredible drive and strong work ethic, but my family believes much of that started when I was on the men’s high school wrestling team. I was extremely committed to working as hard as (or harder) than any of my male teammates to keep up with the pack and not be lost in the shuffle of standouts I practiced with each day. I was a 3-season high school athlete to maintain my fitness and, at the time, could run many miles without getting winded and strongly complete nine or more pull-ups like G.I. Jane. 🙂
Thank you, Kim, for answering our questions! To learn more about how KMD can make YOUR wedding or event flawless, please visit www.kimmoodydesign.com.
Featured image: Left to right: Honeylyn, Kim & Mary Ruth — the dream team!