The photo above started it all.
It was from my older daughter’s wedding, and I made the decision to become a wedding planner just a few months after this photo was taken.
And now, some 15 years later, I have made another decision: this will be my last blog post, and I am retiring from wedding planning and consulting.
I will finish the weddings I have booked for 2019 but will not be taking on any new weddings. It’s time for me to have more weekends with my family, to do some traveling, and to have some adventures that are on my list! I will continue to teach in Temple University’s Wedding Planning and Certificate Program, because it was invaluable to me when I started in the business, and I am happy to continue to give back.
It’s been a great run, and I have loved the business and the many friends I have made, both within the industry and also those who have trusted me with their special day.
I know how lucky I have been.
To my colleagues in the wedding world—my mentors; venues; musicians and DJs; photographers; videographers; florists/decorators; caterers; hair and makeup artists; invitation and stationery designers and suppliers; lighting experts; hotels and their huge staffs; servers, bartenders, chefs, and more in the “back of the house;” clergy/officiants; rehearsal dinner locations; cake decorators; clothing designers; bridal salons and men’s formal wear shops and their expert consultants; tent providers and installers; computer gurus; valet parkers; and all the publications who generously published my work in a number of ways; and all of those who you never see—my unending thanks. Behind the scenes there is a whole world of people who help to make a wedding day run seamlessly. To say that I couldn’t have been in this career without you is a huge understatement. You make the magic happen, and I am grateful that I have had a chance to work alongside you.
I thank the couples and families who allowed me to plan their weddings and share in such a memorable moment in time. I know how privileged I have been to have the opportunity to work with you. You have enriched my life and my career.
And of course thanks to my family, who invariably learned more about weddings from me than they ever wanted to know.
And lastly, my gratitude to you, my readers. Please stay in touch. I look forward to hearing from you as I enter my next exciting chapter. Stay tuned!