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Meet Jenny Stecklair of Stecklair Event Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Stecklair.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The first time I coordinated a wedding was for a friend about 8 years ago. When she asked me to help…. I didn’t realize it meant setting everything up, creating a timeline for the day and making it happen throughout the wedding. As we sat down after the rehearsal the day before, I found out this was a lot more than I bargained for. But, I loved it. As I scrambled to set everything up, ran around checking in with the bride and groom, parents, bridal party and DJ to keep the night moving according to schedule. After the long day, I drove home smiling; I couldn’t believe I actually pulled it off, and loved it.

From there, I went on to coordinate for several friends. Then about two years later a friend of a friend was wondering if I was available, and was actually willing to pay me. And it just grew from there. As I coordinated weddings, I saw that a lot of event spaces and backyards didn’t have enough lighting for an event. So, I told a bride I could provide market lights for her. She said yes, so I went home and told my husband we had a few months to figure out how we were going to do this! We made some stands, added hooks to long poles and ordered lights. What she paid for the lighting covered most of the expense.

The more I coordinated, the more I heard about brides looking for Farm Tables. So, again, I sent home and talked to my husband, and we decided to give it a shot. I had stumbled into coordination, we figured out how to make the lights work – why not just try?

So, we spent many a night and weekend out in the garage sawing, sanding, building and staining. We started with 10 tables, then 20 more, then benches and cocktail tables and cabanas. Then figured we might as well order a few different chair styles to go with the tables….and here we are.

My husband has built 100’s of pieces of furniture we have rented out for 100’s of weddings. Not bad for a web designer! Ha

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Owning a business is an emotional rollercoaster. You go from the high of an inquiry and sent contract, to the low of your empty inbox or an issue at a job site. From the time the truck goes out until it comes back, I am so stressed! About 95% of the events we do are weddings, so there are no do-overs or second chances. That brings a whole new element to the work we do. Throw in the high stress for brides and emotional charge of the day! We always try to keep that in mind at every event we are a part of. We try to be careful, but it’s still pretty stressful.

Our business has slowly evolved as we added a handful of pieces at a time and ordered a few hundred feet of lights at a time. Because we have grown slowly, we have not added the stress of taking out any debt. We have always used the profits to grow our business in a risk freeway. Slow and steady wins the race, and that philosophy has served us well. It’s been tempting to try to keep up with every other event rental business, but we have decided to only offer a few specialty items that we can guarantee are good quality products we can stand behind.

It’s also been a lot of hard work, but I am so glad that it’s something my husband and I have been able to build together. Through our efforts, we have been able to see what we are made of, capable of. There have been times it would be nice to just check out and take off, but I am so thankful for what this business has taught us about hard work and ourselves.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Stecklair Event Company – what should we know?
We offer hand-crafted farm tables and benches, as well as a few chair options and market lighting for events. We have recently added another more modern table style, but the farm tables are what we are known for.

As a company, I am so proud to be able to say that WE, the Stecklair’s, have handcrafted every single Farm Table, Bench, Cocktail Table and Cabana. Not many rental companies can say that. My husband is thorough and meticulous, so he was thoughtful about how the tables were built. We always say that our goal is to have rentals that don’t look like rentals. We don’t just drop off rickety, banged up tables, but carefully assemble, clean and touch up every table we rent out every time.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I would say that we Stecklair’s are tenacious. We just don’t quit. When I set my sights on something, it’s hard for me to give it up, even if I should. I will just keep working at it and I feel like setbacks fuel me to just push harder. Good for business I guess, may be a little challenging in an argument!

Fortunately, my husband has the same drive and determination. He still works another full-time job doing what he loves, but he has worked tirelessly right along with me to make this business what it is, one nail at a time.

Contact Info:

Styled elopement photography in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California. Design and coordination by Aly Schengel of Luna Wild.

Image Credit:
Eden Day Photography
Christine Tustin Photography
Kylie Chevalier Photography
Willmus Weddings
Jamie English Photography
Gantes Co.

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