Meet the Planners :: Meagan GilpatrickFriday, May 01, 2009
Name: Meagan Gilpatrick
Company Name: Maine Seasons Events
Number of Years in Business: Nine
How did you get started in wedding planning?
After having worked in the fields of restaurant management, arts, customer service, sales management, human resources and retail management, I became engaged and embarked on a planning journey that led me to start my own wedding and event planning company. While planning my own wedding, I ran into so many obstacles that I hadn't anticipated. After my wedding, which was much of a do -it -yourself event, friends and others started asking me to help them plan, design, consult and coordinate their weddings. Requests came in to create floral arrangements, venue and ceremony decor, make bride's maids attire and even bake their cakes. All of which I did unofficially until I decided to leave my corporate job and focus full time on what I learned makes me the most content and utilizes my experiences, skills, talents and interests: planning and designing weddings and events.
If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
I would have consulted with those who have paved the road ahead of me - talked fearlessly with other planners. I assumed there was a large amount of competition and I didn't know a lot about the industry when I started, I only knew how to create a creative and unique event while taking great personal care of my clients. In hindsight I would have reached out for guidance in those early months.
What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
I have to choose two items: candle lighter and sewing kit.
What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
A former employer, friend and mentor taught me, "Identify what you want to have, do and be, and let those values guide your decisions." That one sentence has guided me out of many a foggy days.
Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
I would invite my paternal Grandfather, because his wisdom, wit, honesty and kindness envelope everyone he meets. Secondly, I would invite Amy Butler for her creativity, liveliness and style.
What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
1. Snippet and Ink: for color and style inspiration and to see events from around the country.
2. Sharyn Peavey Photography: so I can see what Sharyn has been up to and gaze at her sumptuous photos!
3. Samantha Warren Weddings: for Sam's candor, honesty and insight.