Meet the Planners :: Kim PetytFriday, July 25, 2008
Name: Kim Petyt
Location: Paris, France
Company Name: parisian events
Number of Years in Business: 2
How did you get started in wedding planning?
I have a background in corporate and non-profit event planning, but after I ran into all kinds of hurdles while trying to plan my own wedding in France from the United States, I realized that I had found a niche. I’ve always been a nut for weddings, so after I moved to France, I began studying, researching, volunteering - anything that I needed to do to be able to get the knowledge base and experience that I knew was necessary in order to run a successful wedding planning agency. Et . . . voila!
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
Like many new business owners, I was afraid to say “no” to certain opportunities in the beginning - even though the fit wasn’t right, or there were lots of warning alarms ahead of time. I was over eager to please and got burned very early on. So I think if I had to start over, I wouldn’t be so naive.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Bach’s Rescue Remedy. It’s great for the whole bridal party! Four drops under the tongue, or a few drops rubbed into your temples keeps everyone cool and mellow when those pre-ceremony jitters set in.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
Maya Angelou once said (not to me personally - I wish!): “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
Audrey Hepburn because she has been my idol ever since my mom kept me home from school in the 3rd grade to watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the 3 o'clock movie. There’s nothing that I could say about Audrey that hasn’t already been said before: her style, grace, charm, compassion - she epitomized everything that I ever wanted to be “when I grew up”. I’d love to have a chance to speak with her just once.
I’d also like to have Jesus, the man, over for dinner. I think I’d probably be the world’s worst hostess if he actually came, but I’d have SO many questions that I would HAVE to ask, otherwise I would miss my opportunity. I’d love to see him (Him?) just hanging out like a regular guy, drinking a beer and chit chatting with the rest of the guests. I would love for him to sort out the historical fact from the fiction for me, and I’d like to get his take on all the different religions in the world. I ALSO think it would be the ultimate social coup!
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Polka Dot Bride, Polly Vous Francais, and Junebug Weddings