Each month we will introduce a wedding professional to you that is at an exciting and pivotal time in their career.
Introducing Georgina Rose Events. Georgie is a Wedding Planner, and a badass one at that. We love her marketing strategy and she's come out with a brilliant bang! This girl is definitely one to watch and we're excited to see what the future holds for her. For anyone new to business Georgie has some great advice and for those who are in the thick of it, we're sure this will take you down memory lane with the excitement starting a business brings about...
We asked Georgie a few questions about her experience in business so far, and here's what she had to say...
Why did you start your business?
As cliché as it sounds, I have always wanted to work in weddings – but running my own business was not top of my list of things to do!
I have worked in golf clubs, hotels and most recently for a catering company where I really learnt everything you could possibly know about weddings.
The company grew bigger and bigger and unfortunately was taking over my other important job – MUM!
So, I also have a little side hustle (Simply Social) helping people with social media. This happened to grow enough to give me the confidence to quit my job and go for it!
Therefore starting another business doing what I do best – Weddings – was a no brainer.
What was your light bulb moment when you decided to start up?
I think it was actually making my social media pages and packages for Georgina Rose.
I had so many messages and lovely comments about it being so different that it really made me realise I can do this. I knew I had a huge network of support in Whitewed and in my personal life, so the light bulb well and truly went on!
What made you take the plunge and go full time?
For the social media, I told myself I wouldn’t go for it, until I could match my salary. This happened a lot quicker than I imagined so taking the leap to quit my job, gave me a lot more time to focus on Georgina Rose Events.
I haven’t looked back since.
What have you loved so far?
I love being in charge of my own time. I never have to feel bad about when or how I work. However, the thing I love the most is meeting up with people. Be it suppliers, couples, friends – I just love to grab a drink and chat, knowing that there is no time limit.
I have learnt so much more about different sides of the wedding world, and you would be surprised about how much you can learn by just asking!
What challenges have you faced that you weren’t expecting?
I think the biggest one for me is finding my voice. If you know me, you will know I’m quite ‘banterful’ and enjoy that professional but friendly vibe. When I first started writing my website and branding, a few people (thanks mum) were not on board with words like badass and side chick – however I am so glad I stuck to my guns!
Finding that niche and marketing to them has really helped set my business apart and I love that I can be myself.
Has there been anything that you were expecting to find tough but it’s not been that bad?
I was definitely worried about not being part of an office and that working alone would be really hard, but I am now in week 4 and I haven’t actually had 1 day at home!
I think acknowledging what your weakness could be (staying in bed and eating chocolate whilst replying to 1 email) and making clear actions to not (booking meetings!) is really important.
Who cheers you on?
I am very lucky to have family and friends who told me to go for it! No second guesses, don’t look back, it will all work out in the end.
Also my daughter (6 going on 26) is my number one fan. If you are lucky enough to have met her, you will know she is just a sparkle of joy! She never moans when we are off to site visits, meetings or wedding fairs – we even have an understanding that she says yes to all sweet offerings and passes them to me. She makes me want to prove to her that I can do ANYTHING!
I also have a whole team of supporters in Whitewed, and I’m not just saying that because it’s for the newsletter! The community of Whitewed has really helped me to feel welcome and part of a group all striving for the same goals. I know there are people out there that are cheering me on, and visa versa.
What did you want to be when you were older when you was a child?
I’ll give you the exact list…
Vet (age 3-4) Then learnt you had to put your hand inside a cow and I was out.
Princess (age 4-7) Found out animals don’t actually help you clean – out.
Paramedic (age 7-8) Saw a drunk person throw up – out.
Then, after watching J-Lo in the wedding planner, that was it for me! She had a headset, bum bag full of equipment and a cute Italian Boyfriend – SOLD.
Best advice you’ve been given.
This is one I always tell my Bride & Grooms – The guests don’t know what you had planned!
If the string quartet doesn’t turn up, no one knew they were meant to!
Missing a cake? I’m popping to Patisserie Valerie, getting some iced number and pretending it was always meant to be that.
Something will go wrong on the day (be it big or small) but dealing with it quickly and understanding that only a handful of people know it went wrong will free you of that dread.
You cannot do the day again – so embrace it!
We absolutely love Georgie's enthusiasm and drive. To know more about Georgina Rose Events check out her page on our directory and be sure to give her a follow on social media. Her stories are one to watch!