Meet the Planners :: Terrica SkaggsFriday, June 20, 2008
Name: Terrica Skaggs
Location: Golden Isles, Georgia
Company Name: Fabuluxe Events, Inc.
Number of Years in Business: We turn five in August. Party at our place!
Blog or Website: fabuluxeblog.com
How did you get started in wedding planning?
I eloped. Never had the big wedding (still haven’t), so my husband and I (ok, me) kept continuously planning our wedding which would always get postponed. I met a lot of vendors who told me I should go into this field. I took a big leap out on faith, because I was studying in legal studies at the time, and went with it. Haven’t looked back since . . . except to say “Thank God I’m here”.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
You know, I’m not quite sure. Everything I have learned has come at a financial, emotional or intellectual price. Yet, it has also helped me get where I am today, and will fuel my desire to get where I want to be. But hindsight being what it is, I would have gone with my initial idea to not pigeonhole myself with a name and concept as I did with my first name (Once Upon Your Wedding). Turning into - no, emerging as Fabuluxe - has been a real treat for me. It has allowed more of my own personality to come out in my branding, my staff and my events. That has been fantastic for me, because I feel like I have something that reflects who I am as a person.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Hemorrhoid cream and duct tape. Hands down. Back in my pageant days, we LOVED hemorrhoid cream, and I carried it over. It helps for under eye circles the day of the wedding, as well as help with my Spanx-less bridesmaids. Hemorrhoid cream rubbed on the thighs and other areas helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and prevents jiggling when they have on a less forgiving fabric.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
“If you fall, fall on your back . . . because if you can see up, you can get up”
What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
Wow - this is a really tough question because there are so many people I would love to meet in person to thank, hug, pick their brains, or just be in their presence. One would be my grandmother; she died when my mother was very young, but I have always felt connected to her. I’ve always been an old soul - and so much of this woman is inside of me that it surprises me.
The second, just literally came to me as I was typing this, now let’s see if I can do this without crying. It would have to be my cousin Rennard. From the moment I was born, he “claimed me” - always toted me around to fashion shows and concerts as a kid. He was so outrageous and flamboyant and smart and kind - everything I want to be! He had a sense of style all his own - pink hair one day, blue hair the next, mixing different textures and fabrics to create some of the most ostentatious but beautiful clothing I’ve ever seen. Back in the ‘80s, he was the one using words like “fierce” and “atrocious”. I still laugh to this day when I think of him. He died 13 years ago of AIDS, and since then I have championed that cause amongst the youth by promoting education and prevention. I still wonder what he would think of what I have done and what I am doing, and how I would love to call him and ask him for advice. Rennard was the most beautiful person I have ever met and he influences every single thing I do.
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Anything by the Sugar Girls (CasaSugar, FabSugar, YumSugar, SavvySugar, BellaSugar and GeekSugar), Southern Wedding Style and The Bridal Bar.