Meet the Planners :: Candice Dowling

Friday, May 08, 2009

connecticut wedding planner

Name: Candice Dowling

Location: Connecticut

Company Name: Jubilee Events

Number of Years in Business: About a year and a half

Website: eventjubilee.com

Blog: eventjubilee.com/blog

How did you get started in wedding planning? 
It was something that I’ve always wanted to do, and studied art and design in college. I worked in business for about two years and grew to really dislike my job. I was at a turning point in my life when I lost my job – I knew that it was “now or never,” and if I wanted to make my dream a reality, I needed to take the leap and start my own business. I haven’t looked back since.

If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently? 
I would have started sooner. Let me repeat that: I would have started sooner! To all you out there with the same desire to begin doing for yourself – there is no time like now. Don’t wait. Sure, it is scary. Sure, there is a ton of uncertainty. And of course it is a TREMENDOUS amount of work, but in the end, the gains outweigh the sacrifice.

What's your favorite item in your emergency kit? 
Safety pins and double-sided tape. Although my arsenal of Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, and Midol does come into play at every event!

What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received? 
I’ve received so much business advice, from colleagues, friends, family, and other professionals. When I began my business I was determined to absorb as much information as possible and spent almost six months developing my brand and the backend of Jubilee Events. One of the first books I read was The E-Myth by Michael Gerber, and while it is a challenging read, I found that its message became the foundation of my business. Gerber says that the reason why most small businesses fail is because owners tend to work in their business and not on their business. To me it was a powerful message. Yes, I am an event planner, but I am also a small business owner. I spend equal time dedicated to both.

Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why? 
Pablo Picasso and Betty Friedan. I chose Pablo Picasso because he is my favorite artist. I studied him pretty intensely in college and developed a love affair with his work. I admire how he used art to serve a higher, political and humanitarian purpose. Betty Friedan is one of my personal heroes and I would love to talk with her. I keep my copy of the Mystique on my desk and find as I get older I understand it more and more.

What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com? 
Simply Stated by Real Simple Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, and Style Me Pretty

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