Meet the Planners :: Ashley BaberFriday, April 17, 2009
Name: Ashley Baber
Location: Atlanta and Virginia
Company Name: Ashley Baber Weddings
Number of Years in Business: 6
How did you get started in wedding planning?
I credit my wedding planning career to fate. I have a science degree and was headed in quite a different direction in my life as I started planning my own wedding. I truly fell in love with the process and transitioned careers to learn all I could about the industry. I was so fortunate to make great contacts and gain referrals quickly to start my own business.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
I would take more time to establish my niche before starting. I would have more of a plan in place for who I wanted our consistent client base to be and would have specifically targeted those brides.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
I use safety pins, scissors and Shout Wipes at every wedding. I also love tape for a number of things including taping loose cards to gifts as we load them up at the end of each wedding. It ensures the bride and groom will know who they need to thank for which gifts.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
I have such supportive friends, family and colleagues that have really encouraged me every step of the way which has helped so much. However, I love the advice I got from a friend and make-up artist to "never wear cheap shoes" and use this quote from Aristotle as my business motto: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."
Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
I would have both of my grandmothers who truly have made me the woman I am today. Neither of them lived to see me as a successful, married woman and I miss them so much. They were both the strong, Southern woman I strive to be. I don't ever recall ever spending time with the two of them together and I think it would be an absolute hoot!
What are your favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Snippet and Ink and Elizabeth Anne Designs.