Q&A with Wedding Planner Erika Swift
Certified Wedding Planner Erika Swift is a dedicated business owner devoted to her clients. She excels in event planning and time management, and understands there’s more to weddings than the pictures. She takes away something from each wedding she plans, growing professionally and contributing to the industry she loves. She holds a Bachelor’s in Event Management with a minor in Hospitality, Tourism, & Lodging. Here is what she had to say about her brides and business.
1. Why did you start your business?
I’ve always wanted to be a business owner, and it made sense to start my own planning business since the majority of event planning jobs were at places like Disney. At the age of 18 my mom helped me purchase my first business license. Once I found out more about the wedding planning industry I knew I had to make my own path.
2. Tell me about your ideal bride.
My ideal bride is creative with a flexible budget. She doesn’t want to plan her wedding alone, but she wants to be involved in the process. I work with many crafty, do-it-yourself brides who challenge their own creativity. They invest in the elegance of their weddings.
3. What sets you apart from other planners?
I bring a unique wow factor to each wedding! I am firm in my philosophy about investing in your celebration, and I do not believe in piecemeal weddings. I ensure each event I plan runs seamlessly.
4. As a business owner, what keeps you motivated?
The title “Mommy” motivates me. I have two sources of motivation…five year old twins to be exact. They keep me going in the morning. I want them to have a better life than I did, and I want them to understand the value of hard work.
5. What are your favorite save the date and invitation tips?
Send budget-friendly save the date cards as soon as you know your wedding date, and include your gift registry information so guests have additional time to purchase a gift.
Mail invitations at least eight weeks before your wedding day or 10 to 12 weeks before your destination wedding. If parents are hosting your big day mention this on the invitations.
Written by Tiffany Gillespie of Winery Weddings and To the T Events. To the T Events is a premier lifestyle event coordination and catering company based in Philadelphia, PA.specializing in elegant weddings and upscale corporate events, as well as elegant private events.