Today we’d like to introduce you to Bethany Smith.
Bethany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up helping my mom put on events for our church. I loved the behind-the-scenes work that made an event, even just a simple ladies luncheon, so special. When I got to college, I didn’t want to limit myself to choosing a major that was specifically for event planning, so I chose the safe route and majored in Business Communications. During my college years, I worked for several companies in the event industry: Seattle Met Magazine in their Events and Marketing Department, The Invisible Hostess (Seattle’s leading wedding planner), Pixster Photo Booth (San Diego’s #1 photo booth company), and more. After I graduated, the fear of surviving in an expensive Southern California city loomed and I decided to get a standard 9-5 office job. I worked in the corporate world for three years, bouncing around from job to job that didn’t treat me as a peer, but as their slave. I decided that was enough and I Googled every single event coordinator, venue, hotel, and catering company I could find an email address for and began writing them. I asked for volunteer opportunities, part time work, full time work, the name of someone with a connection, anything I could get my hands on to help me dip my toe into the event world of San Diego. I had a few phone conversations, but ultimately a beautiful venue in downtown San Diego offered me a very part time position.
I accepted with open arms. I said yes to every shift they offered me, even if I already had made plans. The venue manager, who also owns her own coordinating business, took me under her wing and let me assist her on her weddings. We talked about my goals of one day owning my own business. She told me that I’d be meeting many different people that attended these events, and word of mouth was going to be my best friend when starting. She told me to start thinking of a business name because its business would come sooner than I thought it would. And boy, was she right, because not three months later I booked my first client to be their month-of wedding coordinator! I’m almost two years into business now, and I have already doubled the number of events booked for 2020 than I had the year prior, and we are only a few weeks into the new year. Good things are still to come as I have multiple ideas that are in the works on how to grow my business this coming year!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For the most part, my journey has been pretty smooth. I’m very blessed! However, every new business struggles in the beginning. Clients don’t want to hear that you are a brand new business because they think you’re unqualified. What is hard to convey is that, even though my business is new, I’ve been in the industry for over a decade, perfecting my skills so that I can give the client the best event they could dream of. You just have to connect with the clients that believe in you.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Pink Bubbly Events specializes in day-of coordination, with services starting a full year to one month out. We take over all the fine details of any event so that you can relax with your feet up and not stress in the final moments leading up to your event.
We’re a little different than other coordinators, as we don’t have set packages. The timeframe we work with you is customizable to fit your needs and budget. I believe that each couple is different and every event is different, and as such, each planning process looks different.
I’m most proud of the genuine relationships I build with my clients. We are so invested in each other with our communications, goals, fears, and lives that after all is said and done, we have become real friends after the planning process. I love meeting and sharing in this journey with them.
What were you like growing up?
I was a very confident child. I grew up participating in the arts: I took over ten years of piano lessons and performed in recitals; I took dance, acting, and singing lessons; I performed in school and community musical theatre performances; I was in every school choir. Growing up preparing to showcase the skill and enjoying every second of it prepared me to be a confident adult, able to communicate well in front of strangers.
- Website: www.PinkBubblyEvents.com
- Phone: 619-500-PINK (7465)
- Email: Info@PinkBubblyEvents.com
- Instagram: @PinkBubblyEvents
- Facebook: facebook.com/PinkBubblyEvents
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