Meet the Planners :: Heidi Hughett

Friday, February 06, 2009

monterey bay wedding planner

Name: Heidi Tinuviel Hughett

Location: Monterey Bay Area, CA

Company Name: Couture Celebrations

Number of Years in Business: 4

Website: couturecelebrations.com

Blog: couturecelebrations.blogspot.com

How did you get started in wedding planning?
I have been in hospitality for 19 years. I starting as a server and working my way up through management until eventually I was a food and beverage director at a faculty club/conference center. I also spent seven years in the kitchen as a professional cook, and three years as a food and beverage manager at a high end resort where I was part of many weddings. With my second child on her way, I decided to leave corporate hospitality management and start my own company. Weddings had always been my favorite part of the business, so I decided to make it my focus.

If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
Started earlier! I was lucky to start with a good size vendor file after being part of the wedding industry in the area for many years, but I wish I had the confidence to start earlier. I always knew I was born to do this!

What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Duct tape, Shout wipes, pre-threaded needles, and my tag-it gun for instant bustle fixes

What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
Always treat your vendors the way you want to be treated. They are all equally important parts of the team.

Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
Preston Bailey because he is so much fun and Audrey Hepburn because she was so fabulous!! A few bottles of bubbly and that would be one sensational night.

What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Snippet and Ink, Style Me Pretty and Weddingbee

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