Meet the Planners :: Heather Hamilton-SimsFriday, April 10, 2009
Name: Heather Hamilton-Sims
Location: Houston, Texas
Company Name: Simply Jubilee Events, Inc.
Number of Years in Business: 4
How did you get started in wedding planning?
After planning corporate events for 10 years for a telecommunications company, I started designing, planning and coordinating weddings and social events for close family and friends. Once mergers and acquisitions resulted in the elimination of my position in the corporate world, my family encouraged me to take that leap of faith and establish my own event planning firm. Simply Jubilee Events was created in 2005 and has grown to design, plan and manage events in Texas and Louisiana.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
If I had to start over and do one thing differently, I would most likely make better marketing decisions and not be talked into things I didn’t need. When I first started I posted my website on every outlet possible and accepted any and every event. I would be more selective on how I promote my company.
What’s your favorite item in your emergency kit?
My favorite item in my emergency kit is eye lash glue. You never know when a teary bride will cause her eyelashes to fall off.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?
Create a company that can be run successfully in your absence and create a brand that is recognized.
Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
I would like to have Candice Olsen from HGTV’s Devine Designs and Oprah Winfrey. Candice creates breath taking interior designs that are beyond the ordinary. Her color palettes are trendsetting and I would love to brainstorm with her on how to translate those palettes into impeccable wedding. Oprah would be my other dinner guest, simply because she is Oprah. But really, I would like to discuss her best practices in creating, maintaining and expanding her empire.
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
LotusHaus, Simple and Modern Weddings, and Dynamite Weddings.