Meet the Planners :: Ivy Robinson

Friday, March 27, 2009

north carolina wedding planner

Name: Ivy Robinson

Location: Charlotte, NC

Company Name: Ivy Robinson Weddings and Events

Number of Years in Business: 6

Website: ivyrobinson.com

How did you get started in wedding planning?
By default! I was interning at CNN in Atlanta and my friend was one of the event planners for Microsoft. We both moved back to Raleigh, NC and she hired to be the creative partner for a linen/event company that was a family business. From there I learned all the aspects of planning events and mixed it with my design background and voila! I became a wedding planner.

If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
I reflect back to the day I left a salary job and jumped into the wedding planning scene full time. At times I would think, "what the hell did I just do, am I crazy?!?" I had no business plan, and just worked hard and still work hard today. I wouldn't change a thing!

What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Mints! It never fails . . . right before the ceremony the bride and/or groom always ask for a mint. They want fresh breath for that first smooch as Mr. and Mrs.!

What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
Missy McLamb, who is a photographer and a savvy business lady that I admire, once told me to find my weakness and fill that void in my company. When I started my company, my philosophy was a quote I once read : "If you do what you love and love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life."

What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
Without a doubt, I would have Jackie Kennedy Onassis at my dinner party! I have always loved her style and sense of fashion.

Katie Couric - I used to want her job on the Today Show before I became a wedding planner! I think we would have lots of laughs . . . it would be an entertaining dinner party for sure.

What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
dailycandy.com, asksheshe.com, and Southern Weddings

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