After a 30-year career in the educational field, I recently retired and chose the travel and event planning industry—specifically weddings—as a post-retirement field. Determined to enhance my knowledge, I enrolled in The Bridal Society—the nation's leading wedding planning certification program. Having completed the program, I have the ability and knowledge to assist you with accomplishing your dream wedding.
I am among a specialized group of professionals that have gone through a thorough training of the wedding industry. As an expert, I have the necessary skill set to assist with both budget review and management, contract negotiations, wedding coordination using a personalized monthly checklist, assist in vendor selections using a vetted procedure, and oversight of the wedding day with a defined timeline. Because I am a certified Wedding Planner, I also have the support of thousands of other wedding planners and access to monthly continuing education workshops.
In addition to my professional knowledge, I have gained hands-on knowledge as a travel agent since 2007. My work as a travel agent has allowed me to unite my travel and wedding planning skills, all in pursuit of my professional reinvention. For instance, because of my extensive travel agent experience, I can assist couples with destination weddings. I can also set up an online "honeymoon wish registry" using my website. Through that registry, guests can purchase vacation gifts for the couples rather than household items. The registry ensures a couple's perfect honeymoon—including meals, airline upgrades, spa treatments, helicopter tours, entertainment, and flowers for their suite—but most importantly helps to offset the typical honeymoon expenses.
Also, for many years, I have been passionate about arts and crafts and began volunteering for various functions where I was able to display my creations. After receiving numerous compliments from family and friends, I decided to pursue business ownership that would encompass my creative ideas for festive celebrations. Pop Celebrations by SJ coordinates all types of events and provides unique customized décor that includes welcome bags, party favors, and tablescapes to match a desired color scheme or theme.
Ultimately, my mission is to provide thorough and detailed planning to ensure a client's vision, and expectations are accomplished.