Maggie, the owner of Maggie’s Misc Events, describes herself as a “planner, designer and wedding day BFF.”  We couldn’t agree more!  Your wedding coordinator  should be your ally when it comes to planning your wedding day!  We know that any brides who have Maggie as their wedding day BFF are in excellent hands!

Maggie's Misc Events Wedding Planner 2Tell us a little about your company!

Maggie’s Misc Events is a wedding planning + design boutique located in Richmond, VA specializing in fun, stylish weddings for the modern couple. We are passionate about people who are passionate about marriage.

How did you get started in this business?

I am originally from East Tennessee, raised just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains. During college, I was actively involved in several non-profit organizations. I have worked with Habitat For Humanity, the American Red Cross, and Relay For Life, to name a few. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience I gained with these organizations and also discovered a natural passion for planning and organizing events. A couple of years after graduation, I began my career with Chmura Economics & Analytics as their Event Planning & Design Consultant. During my time there, I planned corporate conferences, parties, focus group meetings, luncheons, and more. I was also in charge of their graphic design and marketing materials.

I dreamed about becoming a wedding planner for years after I graduated. I am naturally very organized and detail oriented but also have a passion for creativity. It wasn’t until I planned, designed and styled my own wedding, however, that I was hooked! There is something about weddings that is almost magical! They are a fantastic blending of the two sides of my brain: organization + creativity. I come alive when these two worlds collide.

When I left Chmura, I started making handmade items on Etsy and found that many of my clients were, in fact, brides. I made wedding guest books, birdcage card holders, menus, vintage decor, and more. Last year I finally made the decision to combine my planning experience and fondness for design and start my own wedding planning and design boutique. It was one of the best decisions I ever made!

What differentiates you from other businesses in your field?

Part of my business model is about giving back. I donate 10% of all profits received to benefit underprivileged children and am even currently working on a pro bono event for a local non-profit.

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Why do you like working with weddings?

I believe in marriage, what it means and what it stands for. Making the decision to get married is one of the biggest decisions two people ever make. It is a beautiful commitment from one person to another and an opportunity to love someone else. Weddings are the first step to this lifelong commitment. I enjoy watching two people who were at one point strangers, fall in love and become lifelong partners. Weddings are a fun and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this commitment!

What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?

Most of my difficult situations have not been with the bride but with her family. I have yet to have a client that did not have stress put on her by outside sources, which in turn, typically hurts her or her fiance (or both).

I simply remind the bride that I am there for her, that she is marrying her best friend and to remember what is important. I also can act as a non-biased, third party that can help mitigate the stress and opinions. It helps having someone who can stay calm in these situations. I once had a MOB tell me, “You know what I like about you Maggie? No matter what is going on you are always ‘serenity now.'” To me, that was a very flattering compliment. Sometimes I become not only the bride’s wedding planner, but her counselor and even friend.

Maggie's Misc Events Wedding Planner 3From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?

First and foremost: ENJOY THIS TIME! Do your best to not stress over the little things and remember to take moments and opportunities to celebrate and enjoy each other. Maybe even plan a little day trip away – just the two of you. Find moments to get alone and relish in the moment.

Second: Talk to each other about marriage stuff prior to the wedding, not just wedding stuff. While your wedding is wonderful and exciting, it is only one day. Marriage lasts a lifetime. Have those conversations on how to have healthy conflict, how to budget, and what debt each of you are bringing in to the marriage. While these conversations might not be fun, they can save some heartache down the road.

Third: Even if you plan your own wedding, you should always use a day of coordinator. You don’t want to have to worry about event set-up, directing the wedding party, clean-up, or any last minute “hiccups” that may occur on your wedding day. Let someone else worry about that stuff for you!

What do you like to do when you are away from work?

I spend my leisure time: enjoying my husband and our pets (a goldendoodle and two long-haired cats), crafting, thrift store prowling, exercising, gardening, giving back, reading, traveling (I may or may not have an addiction to cruising), watching endless reruns on Netflix, and pushing myself to constantly grow as a person.

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What would we be surprised to learn about you?

I have an irrational phobia of crickets.
I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 21.
I am allergic to gluten.
I enjoy acupuncture.
I once tried out for a TV personality job.
I do not believe in condiments. I could, however, eat Ketchup on just about anything 🙂

Thank you, Maggie, for answering our questions! To learn more about Maggie, visit  www.maggiesmisc.com.

Photos by Shalese Danielle Photography