Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Burbank Majors.
Nicole, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started with The Wedding Planner, which I watched nearly every day one summer as a kid. I loved the idea of playing a part in one of the happiest days of people’s lives.
However, as college approached, I felt the pressure and desire to do something more traditional. I chose the route of a doctor so I could help people and be financially independent. Independence and impact were my two priorities, and still are, but are achieved differently now.
I soon regretted rushing into this choice when I thought more about what my life would look like, realizing that I wanted different things and had different interests. A personal development class was a big turning point, where I learned a lot about myself and discovered that a career in hospitality was better suited for my personality type.
A quarter-life crisis later (to put it simply), I dropped out of college, started working three jobs commuting across San Diego via public transportation, and contemplated how to combine the causes I care about with my career.
Eventually, I made my way into hospitality with the goal of becoming a meeting & event planner. Though I very much enjoyed the hospitality industry, learned a great deal from each role I held, and formed lasting friendships along the way, I still hadn’t achieved the independence and impact I was looking for.
During this time I had the pleasure of assisting a good friend with wedding coordination and floral design before taking on my own weddings and becoming a certified wedding planner, as well as working on the side for a national bridal show company and a local photo booth company.
I fell in love with the wedding industry but feared the pursuit of something new, and with much deliberation, I decided to go for it. Owning my own business has helped me to achieve the goal of independence by allowing me the flexibility and freedom to enjoy the kind of lifestyle I want.
I have also been able to impact others by contributing to local non-profits and partnering with other vendors who give back. I couldn’t be happier to combine my passions for coordinating events and humanitarian/environmental causes and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this little business of mine.
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?
No way! For a long time, I was just trying to survive and had put any goals I had on the back burner. My life was more like treading water than anything until finally, I had some direction when I began working in the hospitality industry. I hadn’t finished a formal education so I decided to work my way up in the hotel business over time. I took good care of my guests, took on leadership roles, and jumped at any creative opportunity I could. I became more confident and communicative and finally came to a position where I could take bigger steps toward my goals.
Eventually, I was working a few side jobs in the wedding industry in addition to a full-time job as a catering and conference services coordinator at a busy boutique hotel and began to get overwhelmed. I had the choice to continue down the comfortable and stable hotel path or venture into the unknown territory of starting my own business. I am fortunate enough that my husband has been such a supportive, encouraging partner through this process and has made it all the more possible for me to pursue this dream.
I have also been astounded by the wonderful community of small business owners in this industry and am thankful for how we continually learn from each other and lift each other up. When I first had the idea to work in the wedding industry, I thought I would be going at it alone, but having this community of loved ones and other entrepreneurs has taught me that with all the ups and downs in this career pursuit, I am not alone in any of it and that is encouragement enough.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Nicole Burbank Events – what should we know?
Nicole Burbank Events is a wedding planning and floral design business for the adventurous, the young-at-heart, the old souls, the wild souls, the quirky, the artists, the lovers. With customizable planning packages to fit any lifestyle and an eye for timeless design, I can eliminate the stress and add the magic to the big day. From the beach to the mountains, I am happy to travel anywhere to help others tie the knot. Our clients also use their special events to contribute to amazing causes.
To pay it forward, N.B.E. donates 5% of profits to local charities and offers a discount to service professionals. As a firefighter’s wife and having many military friends and family, I understand the hard work and sacrifice required of service members and their families. When I was considering the wedding industry for my career path, I also wanted to support causes close to my heart so I have partnered with some incredible local non-profit organizations. Nicole Burbank Events is about making memories and doing good with style and fun.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Forming a bond with my clients from the beginning has been a really enjoyable part of my business. Our first “consultation” is more so a time to get to know each other. If we jive well then we have better communication and more ease throughout the whole planning process.
By connecting with each other on a personal level, I believe my clients can trust me more so they can simply enjoy their big day, carefree. When I started coordinating weddings on my own, I was a little nervous about how I would react if there were any issues the day-of (as we know there always are).
Thankfully when I have been presented with the inevitable hiccup, I remain collected and go right into problem-solving mode. This mentality and attitude create a calm and productive environment for everyone involved so nothing stands in the way of having a beautiful day.
- Website: www.nicoleburbankevents.com
- Phone: 619.922.8317
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/nicoleburbankevents
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/nicoleburbankevents
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