Meet the Planners :: Jody Taylor-SmithFriday, July 11, 2008
Name: Jody Taylor-Smith
Location: Seattle, WA
Company Name: Good Taste Weddings and Events, LLC
Number of Years in Business: Event planning? Um, over two decades! (I started when I was 10). I added wedding planning to my repertoire in 2002.
Blog: My, what Good Taste you have!
How did you get started in wedding planning?
As a corporate event planner for many years, I was often asked to get involved in planning weddings for friends and clients. Eventually, it struck me as a good idea to actually get paid to do this work and so a few years ago I added it to my menu of services and voila! Here we are today.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
Fortune has smiled on me business wise. In my personal life, if I had to choose one thing, however, it would be that I would have met and married my husband, Paul, many years earlier.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Valium. Just kidding. I’m pretty fortunate; I rarely have to break into the emergency kit but when necessary, I’m always happy to have good old fashioned bandaids. Give me a few bandaids, a paper clip, and a glue gun and I can fix anything.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
I have gotten so much advice over the years (some good, some bad) but the ones that stand out are:
1. Always bring the doughnuts.
2. "Show class, have pride and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself." - Paul "Bear" Bryant
3. “Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead." - Ben Franklin
4. “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often." - Brian Tracy
What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
1) I would give anything to have dinner with my late daughter, Kelsey Miles. She died suddenly on Valentine’s Day 1996 at the tender age of seven. I’d love to hear what heaven is like and look at her beautiful wings . . . .
2) Oprah. She is such an amazing woman with an amazing story. She is someone I admire greatly – from her meager beginnings to her powerful status as a cultural icon. Plus, as a side note, I’m publishing my first book that I think she’d love to include in her book club selection. :)
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Weddings by Socialites (Kelly McWilliams)
Style Me Pretty (because my business partner, Maude May’s fabulous favors are featured in their little black book!)