Meet the Planners :: Tabitha DantzlerFriday, October 03, 2008
Name: Tabitha Dantzler
Location: "The Original Town of Nashville" (North Carolina)
Company Name: Elite Bridal Concierge
Number of Years in Business: 2.5 years
How did you get started in wedding planning?
My passion for wedding planning and event design initially grew out of a passion for floral design. At the time I did not realize it, but everything I had done since finishing my first degree (including learning the art of floral design) had and still is preparing me to run my own business from working in sales and marketing to promotional event planning to conducting social research. It was not until I got laid-off from my job that I loved the most and where I worked as a marketing coordinator and event assistant, that I realized I truly had a passion for the event industry. After leaving that job, I began to reflect on what I genuinely wanted to do next. I took some time and over that time I begin making flower arrangements and selling them, while I began researching the event industry. Before I knew it, I was laying the foundation for my company.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
Honestly, I'm not sure what I would do differently. As mentioned above, everything I have done seems to have prepared me to do this, even down to losing that job I loved the most. At that time, it was difficult trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but when I look back at everything I have done up to this point, I can see how the dots are starting to connect. For example, my first job out of college taught me how to run and manage a business. My education in psychology and sociology taught me how to deal with people, establish positive rapport with them, as well as conduct research. My second job out of college provided me with hands-on experience in the event industry from planning and coordinating events to how to market and promote a service. And if I had never lost that job (a blessing), I probably would not be running my own business. God has a plan for all of us and that's the plan I want to follow. So, I can't say I would do anything differently as I believe everything happens for a reason and in the order it is supposed to.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Safety pins are my favorite item and I can do a whole lot with them. Here's an example of how crafty I am with safety pins. When I was around 7 or 8 years old my grandmother kept me after school and during school breaks. To make a long story short, she had a load of white sheets. I think she did a load of laundry a day or something. Anyway, I would take a flat sheet, stand in front of a full length mirror, and with a load of safety pins turn that sheet or two into a very stylish and fashionable dress. Seriously, you could not see the safety pins. She always thought I was going to do fashion design.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
The best business advice I have ever received was to clearly define my target market and to charge what I am worth. I will add to that by saying that it is also important to keep evolving.
What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
I would have my grandfather who passed November 2004. I love him and miss him SO MUCH and boy did he spoil me! That man was a GRAND . . . FATHER. There was nothing he would not do for his children, grandchildren, or the person who needed a hand. I say he was grand because he was a father figure to many who did not have one. He died at the age of 80. At his age he still drove, went and came as he wished, and managed to still do some carpentry jobs from time to time. He was a carpenter all of his life and worked for himself. He could build anything. It would have been nice to have him here to build the chuppah/wedding canopy with that me and my dear constructed recently (he would be so proud). I would have my grandfather at the dinner party just to be in his presence and listen to him share one of his stories one last me. Of course, there has to be rice at the dinner table. I think my love of rice came from him. He wanted rice everyday with his dinner and I eat it almost everyday.
The other person I would like as a guest would be Nelson Mandela. The man is a breath of fresh air, enough said!
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
This is hard as I try to stay posted on a few of the same blogs several times a week. If I had to pick just three blogs, I would say that I love the following blogs:
Keith Cephus Photography - He possesses a creative gift for photography that is out of this world. I literally drool over his work.
Scarlett Lillian - Another uber-fabulous photographer whose work I'm in awe of.
The Blog by Southern Weddings Magazine - This is an awesome source for wedding inspiration.