Happy 2017! The fresh new year is here and our fresh new website & blog has been updated. Why today? I felt compelled in launching this new website and blog on my birthday as I enter a new chapter in my life. Birthdays have always been one of my favorite times of the year but this year felt different for me. Scared? Yes for sure! Excited? Not even! More like mortified. However I did see this as an opportunity for me to give myself a gift in what I have always wanted to do and has always been on my list to do for Premier Soirees. I wanted to update the website and blog in order to show the growth that we have gone through the past four years. I'm thrilled to get 2017 started and eager to see what lies ahead for Premier Soirees but before I go on, I wanted to spend some time with the past four years and see where we've been through.
Premier Soirees was literally born out of my love and passion in creating happy moments in people's lives. I know it sounds cheesy right? But I must tell how happy and satisfied I get every time I look into my couples' eyes and see them enjoying their wedding day with their families and guests - that is the reason why I do what I do. To see those grateful faces beaming with so much love, laughter and enjoyment fills my heart with so much warmth and joy. It was definitely a giant leap of faith starting this journey but I trusted my husband when he pushed me over that ledge that I was deathly afraid of looking out from.
The past four years has brought on many cheers, tears, success, failures, good and bad reviews, lessons learned, challenges, changes in styles, automation in workflow, expanded our team of 2 and growth. We took advantage of the down time and learned about different aspects of this business and determined where improvements can be made in order to make a better experience for our clients. We were fortunate enough to do a 2 day wedding workshop and learned from one of the industry's finest Nancy Park of So Happi Together, participated in an online self-paced training through Wedding Planners' Gathering led by Angel Swanson of Love and Splendor and recently completed the INSTA180 class that Jasmine Star conducted on how to use Instagram effectively for your business. We loved learning from all these great professionals in this industry and hear what work and what didn't. I would say that one of the best things that I have learned from all of them is understanding and accepting that quality is far more important than the quantity of weddings or events that I do every year. This was a huge struggle for me to overcome but having spent this much time in this wedding industry, I realized that focusing on quality over quantity allowed me to focus more on each client and improved my client experience far more than what I was expecting. #shocked #lessonslearned
So what's next in 2017 for Premier Soirees?
We're excited to launch our new updated website and blog. We have many blog posts coming especially in the comings days/weeks after our launch to help all those newly engaged couples in their wedding planning. Don't forget all of our 2016 weddings and events that we are excited to share.
We're also elated, over the moon to share that we were voted as one of WeddingWire's 2017 Couples' Choice Awards. This award demonstrated our continued commitment to excellence and honors Premier Soirees as being in the top 5% of wedding professionals on WeddingWire.
This is all thanks to a community of people who have supported our journey - our families and friends, the community of wedding and event vendors that I have been very fortunate to work with, the wonderful clients that I have the blessing to work with and for, my amazing team whose dedication and loyalty have been a true blessing to me and of course no doubt my biggest supporter and cheerleader, my husband. The one who cheers my success and comforts me in my failures - THANK YOU to everyone. Cheers to 2017!