We had the pleasure to be invited to the home of the talented and absolutely lovable Jeannie Ward of the Wedding Jeannie. In the interview, we got to meet her husband, Mitch, hear their adorable love story, and get a taste of her delicious home-cookin’! More importantly, we learned her inside scoop – What are the MOST common mistakes when planning a wedding?
who’s Jeannie Ward?
From her site |
Owner, designer and principal consultant, Jeannie Ward has been granting discerning couples, elegant weddings of distinction since 2000. Her creativity and talent as a trained floral designer, combined with her ability to plan multiple events flawlessly, make Jeannie your only choice for wedding planning in Southern California.
Jeannie’s POSITIVE “CAN DO” ATTITUDE and sense of humor, allows her to accomplish things that seem impossible to others. Her calm demeanor, and dedication to her clients has made her one of the most favored planners of Southern California’s most sought after vendors and venues. Her respect and reputation is known throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, San Diego and beyond.
Jeannie Ward answers: What is the MOST common mistake when planning a wedding?
how did you become a wedding designer/planner?
My mother was a wedding planner and designer that helped Latina families with their florals, veils and photobooks. I swore I never would become one and started my career as a paralegal. I was super detailed and managed multiple properties for a non profit housing corporation. But I wanted to be able to be home with the kids so I started floral design. I studied in the Phil Rulloda School of Floral Design. After, I focused strictly on floral design for weddings and events. My talent and reputation grew quickly by word of mouth referrals. Soon, I was helping brides find vendors. I built a database of contacts. Then, I found myself, 7 years ago, designing and planning weddings!
you’ve been amazingly successful. why do you think you’re different than other planners out there? what made you a success?
- As a Hispanic that grew up in LA, a place with every culture known to man, I understand multi-cultural weddings. I am willing to learn and I respect every culture. I specialize in weddings with multiple ethnic backgrounds and religions.
- I don’t just plan weddings. I can design them from beginning to end.
- I know EVERYTHING in the industry in and out. I’ve become an expert in my industry. Other planners call me for advice weekly.
- I don’t do things halfway. I do it to be the best. I have a passion for it.
- I’ve been certified.
- I love to do all the “risky” events.
what advice do you have for brides in selecting their wedding planner?
- View the website | Find what makes you excited in their work on their website.
- Meet in person | See if they’re right for you. Does it feel like a good fit?
- View their references/reputation | You’ll spend 6 months-1 year with the person. They’re your adviser and confidante. You need to feel very comfortable with them, feel that you can trust them.
what would you say makes the BIGGEST impression on guests at a wedding?
- A great bar
- Delicious food
- INTERACTION! | Now, this is the biggest thing. Engage your guests. You must have things like a photo booth, candy station – get your guests excited with food stations, appetizers, interesting things that they’ve never seen before.
Take good care of your guests and they’ll be happy, very happy at your wedding.
you and your husband are SO adorable. what’s your secret to a lasting LOVING marriage? any advice on how to build a strong marriage?
We’ve been married 21 years and what has always been a constant is how CRAZY we are about each other. We are excited everyday when we get to see each other. Our thoughts:
- If you’re not crazy in love today while you’re engaged, there’s no way you will be in 5 to 20 years. It must have already started in your relationship.
- You need to know how to put yourself second. Both of you have to do that.
- Communicate everyday. If something is bothering you, get it out NOW so it doesn’t fester or make itself worse.
- Kindness is key. Use manners. Be polite. Be considerate like you would with anyone else.
- Do NOT forget to be his girlfriend. Touch. Laugh. Dress up for him. Keep doing little things for him. Be the couple you were when you were first dating, always.
- Always remember, the relationship comes first. Have fun. It’s about us first, not the career, the house, not even the kids.
- Choose your battles. Some things are just not worth arguing about.
- Talk and be HONEST about your expectations.
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Jeannie, we had a wonderful WONDERFUL time with you and your husband. You two are an amazing couple and we hope we’re as adorable as you two are after 21 years of marriage.
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