Event Planner, Jessica of Plan Your Memories, who has an excellent track record of over 800+ planned social and celebratory events, chatted with us on how she is different from other event planners, her Top Tips on how clients can watch their budgets and more!
Where did the idea of your business come from?
Party planning was a big part of growing up. My mom would carefully plan each detail from the wrapping paper to the outfit I wore. After having my son and planning his birthday parties my love for party planning grew.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is meeting new people, helping them create a memorable event and the lasting relationships I continue with them.
When you walk a venue, what are the Top Three things you look for?
The top 3 things I always look for is a clean bathroom, parking (where applicable) and customer service. I believe these are the top 3 things that can be deal breakers when selecting a venue.
Name 3 favorite NY/NJ Outdoor Venues and Indoor Venues.
Indoor: McLoone’s in Long Branch, NJ, Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, NJ , Highlawn Pavillion in West Orange, NJ
Outdoor: My Moon Brooklyn NY, The Brownstone Paterson NJ, Stage 6 at Steiner Studios Brooklyn, NY
What inspires you?
My client’s personality inspires me. I like to get to know who they are what they love, where they’ve traveled, where they go for dinner, drinks even the type of music they listen to. These elements help me create a vision that I can transition into a reality.
What are your Top Tips to clients watching their budgets closely?
First is the guest list. The guest list is the main driver of budget. I tell my clients to be realistic about who they should and invite and who they want to invite. Most brides, grooms and party goers don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by leaving them out. I always suggest they make a guest list and then write down a list of 10 things they want their event to have labeling each from the most important to the least. This helps create a visual of how to allocate their budget.
What advice can you give people who are on the fence about hiring an event/wedding planner?
My business is about educating my clients to be smarter about how they spend their budget while still having a classy fun event. Interview your planner, test their knowledge, ask questions and never pay for a consultation.
What’s your current obsession right now?
Unique weddings. Outside the box weddings held in homes, restaurants, back yards, etc..Working with clients who aren’t afraid to take risks and be different.
What’s your motto?
Always Plan Your Memories each and every time!
When you aren’t doing this, what are you doing?
I am a marathon runner, aspiring personal trainer and sports performance specialist, mom and wife. My other passion is health and fitness and I love finding ways to cater my parties in healthy ways.
Tell us something we don’t know about you or your business.
I can make fondant designs on homemade cakes, I create diaper cakes for baby shower gifts, offer custom favors catered to each event and create affordable floral arrangements.
Plan Your Memories is based out of New Jersey and established in 2004. We plan memories throughout New York & New Jersey’s Metro Area. We specialize in serving people who need guidance planning parties, weddings, dinner dates, weekend getaways, travel ideas at an affordable price.
This company was built on Jessica’s passion to help brides, grooms, mom, dads, sisters, brothers and friends create affordable fabulous events that result in smiles and joy. She became a Co-Director for Central New Jersey with the Association of Bridal Consultants and helped with the Event Planner Professionals board. She has spoken at Randolph High School in New Jersey about wedding planning and has planned over 800 & counting social and celebratory events, weekend getaways, dinner parties, business meetings and more. Her services include wedding and event planning guidance, full service planning upon request, event design and consultation and event day management. She offers hourly, package rates and flat rates to meet everyone’s needs. In addition she is also an ordained minister and provides affordable wedding ceremonies throughout New York and New Jersey.
Plan Your Memories differs from other event companies because we take on any challenge, plan full weddings in under 3 months, plan dinner parties and social gatherings within a week notice, offer planning guidance, design consultations without taking over the planning process from our clients. Prices are affordable and the service is reliable…nothing is left unplanned. Jessica believes everyone should have the opportunity to have a classy event, regardless of their budget. Her clients remain her friends and see their families grow. In addition, because of their passion for helping people smile, they donate a portion of their proceeds to a charity or cause of your choice annually. Lastly, we are a 3 time recipient of the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award for 2009, 2010, 2011 and awarded the 2012 Best of Jersey City Award. LIKE us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.