Meet the Planners :: Lisa GreenFriday, November 28, 2008
Name: Lisa Green
Location: New York and Philadephia
Company Name: Anderson Green Events
Number of Years in Business: 1 year for my firm, 3 years in Events
How did you get started in wedding planning?
I have always had a passion for organizing parties and events. My mother worked as a fundraiser doing several events per year and I always helped out, stuffing gift bags, managing timelines, etcetera. It wasn't until a friend of mine asked me to join her firm that I had my first taste of wedding planning. The opportunity was huge, and I had a great time learning about the industry. Through various life events (moving, getting engaged), friends and family encouraged me to start my own firm, and well, here we are!
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
My husband would consider this comment blasphemous but I wouldn't have worked at a hedge fund! While learning the ins and outs of finance has been a tremendous help in starting and running my own business, the industry didn't fit my personality at all. There wasn't a creative outlet which was frustrating.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
I have three! Shout wipes, white chalk and a pearl necklace. Inevitably with every wedding, I have to use one, two or all three of these items. They are invaluable and very dependable!
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
My parents always told me "To work in a position or an industry that brings you happiness. No matter how much money a job pays you, if you are miserable doing it, its not worth all the money in the world. Have a job that you are excited about doing every day when you wake up." I can't tell you how helpful that has been throughout my career.
What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
There are so many more than just two! I would pick Jung Lee from Fete NY and Ann Curry from the Today Show. Jung Lee is so passionate about creating events that are truly one of a kind, she brings me much inspiration (and envy for being so innovative). And Ann Curry brings so much style to NBC. She's a great reporter and ridiculously funny. Her self confidence is contagious.
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Is there anything else? While The Smart Planner is my information resource, I also indulge in A Practical Wedding and Journal of a Beach House Bride, and Style Me Pretty.