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Vancity Vendor: Jodi Marie Events

March 13th, 2015 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Jodi Marie Events

Photo by Natahsha Priya Photography Jodi Campbell lived and breathed weddings even before she planned her own. She worked as a Decor Assistant for years and was immersed in the wedding industry, which she loved. It was when she planned her own wedding that she got even more hooked and there was no turning back. Friends started asking her for help with their weddings and she couldn’t say no. She realized she was in her element and decided to switch gears and create her own wedding planning business, which has been going strong since 2007.

Jodi Marie Events offers Day of Coordination and Full Service Wedding Coordination services. Day of services start at $700 and full planning starts at $2,100. To view in detail the services she provides, click here. She also offers consultation services by the hour if you only need a little professional wedding advice. At $30/hr it’s pretty affordable. To find out more information about Jodi and her business, visit her social media links below:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Caleb Bender Photography

A Few Words With Jodi…

How do you accommodate brides with lower budgets?
“My packages are priced reasonably so that brides of all budgets can afford to hire someone to assist with their wedding day. I strive to work within each bride’s budget, regardless if it is high or low. I do a great deal of research to ensure that I can get the best price and quality on vendors for my brides. When I personally got married, I didn’t have a huge budget to work with. I did a great deal of research, and was able to have a beautiful wedding for a very reasonable price. I work to the best of my ability to make sure each and every bride gets a high quality wedding for an affordable price.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Chara Berk Photography

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“Since I’ve been young, event planning, organization, and assisting others have been strong attributes to who I am as a person. When I began exploring the idea of doing wedding planning as a career, it felt so natural that I knew it was something I simply had to do. I love helping brides achieve the perfect wedding day, and I will stop at nothing to make that happen. I go above and beyond the job description to ensure that a couple’s wedding day is everything they have dreamed of and more. It is this passion and drive that sets me apart from others in the same field.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Elle & R Photography

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Andrew Lukianiuk Photography What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love being able to take the stresses of the wedding day off the bride, bridal party, friends, and family members. It is very important to me that a bride is able to relax and enjoy her wedding day, and I love being able to make this happen. I take care of all of the little details so that a bride only has to focus on getting married, spending time with family, and simply enjoying her day.”

Where do you draw inspiration from when styling? Is there a particular style you execute well?
“I draw inspiration first and foremost from the bride and groom. In my first meeting, I ask questions about who they are, what they enjoy doing, and what inspires them. Then I ask what their overall vision is for their wedding day. Once I know what the bride and groom are envisioning, I work to create ideas that are unique to them. Each wedding is different, because each couple is different. It is important that a bride and groom are showcased for who they so beautifully are on their wedding day. For example, if a bride and groom really love the outdoors, an idea would be to create an outdoorsy-themed wedding that truly demonstrate what they love to do on a daily basis. The options for each couple’s wedding are endless, and I’m more than happy to help a bride and groom style their wedding to match their personalities, visions, and interests.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Andrew Lukianiuk Photography

How do you handle unforeseen problems on the wedding day? Can you give an example of a problem that you solved on the spot?
“I handle unforeseen problems on a wedding day by staying calm and recalling what the bride and groom would like done. During my meetings with couples prior to their wedding, I ask the bride and groom what they would like me to do if a problem, big or small, comes up on their wedding day. It is with this understanding of their wishes that I make informed decisions if or when issues come up on their wedding day.

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Elle & R Photography

Last year, I did a wedding where a few unforeseen issues came up all at the same time, right before the ceremony was set to begin. First, there was terrible traffic and I got a phone call that half of the bridal party and several family members were running late. At this same time, an unexpected downpour of rain began falling where the outdoor ceremony had been set up. Also at that same time, a groomsman’s button broke off of his tuxedo. I handled this situation by putting together a team of people to move all of the ceremony décor inside to a room that we had set aside as an alternate ceremony site in case of rain. I let those stuck in traffic know to take their time and assured them that the wedding would wait for them. Then as the ceremony décor was being moved, I sewed the button back onto the groomsman’s tuxedo with a sewing kit from my Day-Of Wedding Emergency Kit (a bag filled with many items that have proved to be useful on a wedding day). Once the delayed family members arrived, I made sure they felt calm and prepared for the ceremony. After everyone felt settled, we began the ceremony and everything else went off without a hitch. It was important for me as the Day-Of Coordinator to remain calm and composed, and to tackle each mishap with professionalism. Issues can and may come up, and it certainly helps to have a professional Day-Of Coordinator to help handle them so that a bride and groom don’t have to stress or worry about anything on their wedding day.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Andrew Lukianiuk Photography

Some people think wedding planning and coordination is an unnecessary expense, what are your thoughts on that?
“When I began planning my own wedding, I thought that wedding planning and coordination was a completely unnecessary expense. I am 100% a planner, and figured that I “had it covered” when it came to my wedding day. However, I realized that if I was the planner for my own wedding, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the day fully. By some prompting by my husband-to-be, I hired a Day-Of Coordinator to help oversee the wedding day, and I’m incredibly grateful that I did. There were a few unforeseen mishaps that happened during our wedding day, one of which could have been completely devastating. The Day-Of Coordinators that I hired completely handled the situation, and helped put everything back in order. I would have been a wreck if they had not been there. Therefore, I now know that it is incredibly important to hire a Day-Of Coordinator. It is our job to make sure that the day is smooth, that mishaps are dealt with according to the bride and groom’s wishes, and that the bride and groom are relaxed and focused on their special day.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Andrea Ball Photography

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“I love decorating all types of venues. It is amazing to see any and all types of venues transformed into a beautiful wedding that is unique to the bride and groom. I have been to hundreds of venues and it is so special to see how differently each wedding is set up.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Elle & R Photography

If you had to plan a wedding in 3 months, how would you tackle that? Any advice for brides in that situation?
“Start with the aspects of your wedding that are highest on your priority list. If your priority is a specific wedding photographer, venue, decorator, etc, contact that vendor first to see what their availability is. Once you find a date that works with that vendor’s availability, hire them right away! Then begin working on hiring other vendors that are available on your wedding day. After the vendors are hired, begin tackling the smaller wedding details, one at a time. I would also highly suggest hiring a wedding planner or Day-Of Coordinator. We can immediately start giving you suggestions for vendors, and help you with tackling both the big and small aspects of your wedding day. It is fully possible to plan a wedding in three months, just make sure you have proper help during this time so that you’re not pulling your hair out along the entire process.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Caleb Bender Photography

What is the easiest way to transform a room?
“Lighting can be an amazing way to completely transform a room. Dimming the overall lighting in the venue, and putting uplighting around the room can give the venue such a romantic feel. I also find that putting candles around a venue can completely transform the room into a space that is soft, glowing, and gorgeous. Proper lighting can even make a gymnasium or hall feel and look like an elegant venue.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Andrew Lukianiuk Photography

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Don’t stress! When planning the wedding, don’t allow stress to take away from your enjoyment. Hiring a wedding planner will immediately help alleviate the stresses that can come with the planning process. Having a wedding planner, or even just a Day-Of Coordinator, will allow you to have that extra support from the time you begin planning your wedding, completely through until your wedding day.”

Jodi Marie Events - photo by Andrew Lukianiuk Photography

All photos provided by Jodi Marie Events

Photographer credits: Elle & R Photography (featured photo), Andrew Lukianiuk Photography, Caleb Bender Photography, Andrea Ball Photography, Chara Berk Photography, Natahsha Priya Photography (headshot)

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