Thursday, February 2, 2012

Livin' the Dream: Kristen from Miss Prissy Paige

Talk about good timing. My next guest, a blog friend from wayback, literally just launched her wedding consulting business YESTERDAY. How cool is that? This is Kristen and her new baby is called Miss Prissy Paige.

Tell us a little about your business…

I’m the founder and owner of miss prissy paige, a full service wedding consulting business. From creating a wedding budget to contract negotiations and invitation design, I cover the whole sha-bang!

I offer a variety of wedding packages that are geared to the DIY bride who needs a little help along the way, to the busy professional who can’t spare a proper lunch break to plan her big day.

At the end of the day, my business all boils down to this: big dreams. small details.

How did you know you were ready to go out on your own? Was it always your plan or did you have a light bulb go off in your head?

I’ve always wanted to be a wedding planner, especially after seeing J-Lo in “The Wedding Planner”. I knew I could do that – and then I found my Matthew McConaughey and had my dream wedding! So those who plan, CAN wed!

After our nuptials, I faced reality…I needed something more. I needed to be creative. I needed to be passionate. I needed to be excited again.

I talked about starting my business on our honeymoon, at the airport, in the car and with the support of my husband and family I told myself – you will do this! Then our world turned upside down; we moved from Virginia to Georgia.

But, as the saying goes “when you know, you know”. And I knew. Moving to Georgia was a blessing in disguise; it gave me the time and focus I needed to start miss prissy paige.

Do/Did you have a mentor or someone in the biz to give you guidance? How did you learn the ropes?

I’m inspired by Amy Atlas and Preston Bailey. I love seeing the beauty they create with candy (I have a SERIOUS sweet tooth) and flowers. Their blogs are my first stop in the morning!

Becoming a wedding planner was a natural fit for me, especially since I’ve been coordinating logistics as meeting planner for a trade association in D.C. for the past five years. I majored in hospitality tourism management in college, so I’d say that details and planning has always been in my future.

How do you plan on getting the word out on your business?

Quite simply, word of mouth. I think that’s the most trusted and let’s be honest, cheapest way to get your name out! I know I take the recommendations of my friends and family over the internet, who doesn’t! I want my brides to feel like they are planning their wedding with their best friend, and if my best friends are referring me, then according the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, I’m now best friends with my brides!

My other marketing initiative is to send handwritten notes to family, friends, co-workers, etc. Everyone is bombarded with e-mails, so I think a surprise note in the mailbox will help set me apart. I work from home and I love going to the mailbox every afternoon, silently saying a prayer that someone send me a note or a card!

I’m thinking about offering a little gift if someone sends a bride my way. So readers, if you live anywhere from Maryland to Georgia and know someone who needs wedding help – from planning to designing, let me know!

What do you think your biggest challenge will be in running your own business?

I think my biggest challenge will be setting myself apart from the zillions of other wedding consultants available to brides. I hope my DIY attitude and my attention to detail will set me apart and garner me new opportunities as I grow. I also think that I offer flexible wedding packages that can be tailored to fit with any budget. Since I’m a startup trying to branch into the industry, I can also offer my undivided attention to my clients.

How do you plan to stay motivated when things seem slow?

Luckily, my passion is in weddings and people are always falling in love, so I hope I don’t find myself in a slow time. I imagine the first year will be focused on getting my name out and finessing my skills. I’d love to take more classes in graphic design and even take a stab at html and website design. I also provide custom “embellishments” in my etsy shop that can be tailored for weddings or parties, so any quiet time will be focused on building my inventory of those.

What specific part of your new business gets you most excited?

I’m excited about EVERYTHING which is why I finally decided to take the plunge into starting my own wedding consulting business. But I have to say, I’m most excited to see my first bride walk down the aisle. I’m not a crier but I feel like at this moment I will be!

*Thanks so much to Shannon for featuring me on her blog! It’s so important to support fellow business owners and I felt so honored to be included in her “Livin the Dream” feature. Especially since I just went public with my dream, YESTERDAY! Its all about timing, right?!

Congratulations on your big launch Kristen! It seems the planets aligned to make your big dreams happen. I can't wait to see all of your hard work pay off.

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Lauren said...

Shannon- I am LOVING this series this week! So inspiring! Obviously I love Kristen too! :)

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

Thanks Shannon for including me in your series! :)

Leigh said...

I smiled the whole time while reading that- Kristen's excited them was just jumping off the screening!


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