It's time for another fabulous wedding vendor interview, and this week we're joined by the lovely and talented Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events!  Jamie is a fantastic wedding planner, and contributed to last week's post about why you should hire a wedding planner.  We've done several weddings with Jamie, and they've all been great!  Jamie, I hope you're ready -- here come the questions! Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events, Washington DC Wedding Planner

How did you get started in the wedding business? I majored in Event Management in college and always imagined how exciting it would be to plan weddings.  I never actually thought it would become a reality, though!  I began my career doing corporate events but knew that weddings were my passion.  It truly was the planning of my own wedding which inspired me to pursue my “dream job.”  I fell completely in love with the planning process and didn’t want it to end once I got married.  The rest is history! 

What do you do when you are not working? I love spending time with my family and friends.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying going to the pool with a good book and relaxing in the sun.  Trying new restaurants, traveling, Pilates and pedicures also make me happy.  I have a bit of a J. Crew obsession so it’s always fun to indulge in a little retail therapy! 

How would you describe your approach to weddings? If I had to pick one word to describe my approach to weddings it would be… personal!  It’s so important that the wedding is a reflection of the couple and their own personal style.  I really take the time to get to know my clients; their favorite foods, hobbies, where they grew up, how they met, the proposal.  These are the things that help me in finding ways to make the day unique and all about the bride and groom.  

What inspires you in your work? My clients inspire me!  I love meeting them for the first time and hearing all about their vision and seeing their excitement.  I also find inspiration on blogs and in magazines.  It’s fun to see creative details and find ways to expand on them and make them your own.  Colin Cowie inspires me -- he’s a genius and his events are always fabulous.  I would love to be a guest at one of his parties!

What do you find the most rewarding about your job? This is a tough question.  There are so many rewarding aspects of being a wedding planner.  The personal relationships I have with my clients and with vendors is definitely one of the best parts of my job.  Getting to know my clients and seeing their emotion on one of the happiest days of their lives is amazing.  Being surrounded by so much love and happy people- who wouldn’t love that?!   

What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I wish everyone knew how beneficial hiring a wedding planner really is.  A wedding planner will save time, provide peace of mind and will assist in creating a realistic budget and time line.  I have wonderful resources and a large network of talented (and dependable) vendors.  I work hard to help my clients find the best vendors to fit their needs; those who compliment their style and can work within their budget.   

What do you think sets your company apart from other wedding planners? I’m not sure how other planners approach their business but I’m really devoted to personal attention.  My goal is for each of my clients to feel as if they are my priority and for them to be able to really enjoy the planning process.  I want them to be able to look back on their wedding day and feel as though they wouldn’t have changed a thing.   

What do you love about weddings? The details!  I love seeing the way a space is transformed with lighting, flowers, lounge furniture, and fun linens.  I also love seeing the groom’s face as the bride walks down the aisle.  It gives me butterflies every time!  

What do you hate about weddings? I hate when they’re over.  Seriously!  I get attached to my clients so the wedding day is bittersweet for me.  I’m happy for couple but at the same time, a little sad because I know I won’t be able to talk to or see them as often.  I also hate how sore my feet are by the end of the day!  

What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? I have a few.  A bride who wore a short dress with hot pink shoes, a professional mixologist behind the bar and a live painter capturing the entire reception.

What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Enjoy your engagement and the planning process.  It goes by so quickly and is such an exciting time.  Have fun and remember that everything really will come together and your day will be all that you imagined and more.   

Who is your favorite artist or band? I go through phases.  Something about the summertime makes me want to listen to Dave Matthews.  I love upbeat music -- Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Britney (guilty pleasure!)… anything that makes me want to get up and dance!

What is the worst song of all time? “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by Baha Men.  Maybe not the worst, but it’s pretty bad!

Open mic, final thoughts: I can’t say enough how important it is to have fun and not lose sight of the reason you are planning a wedding.  Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and do something a little different.  The special personal touches are what guests will remember long after the day is over.

[EVAN] Thanks, Jamie!  It seems like we share the same passion for our clients, and that really comes out in your work.  Fabulous advice and insight here, and everyone can check out what Jamie's up to on her blog.  Adios!