Today, we're pleased to bring you an interview with super-positive planner Trisha Cranor of Working Brides! We've been working with Trisha for a long time, and we're so happy she agreed to let us grill her. Trisha, strap yourself in -- this may be a bumpy ride!
How did you get started in the wedding business? I started out while planning my own wedding. I was quite busy working two jobs so I met a few planners and I just wasn’t happy with any of them. So I continued planning solo, yet I felt like there had to be a planner out there for me. So I interviewed a few more and still I felt like at that time they were very close-minded and strict. That’s how Working Brides came to be. I wanted a planner that could be fresh, open, available without crazy restrictions -- professional yet fun! Planning a wedding should be fun! So before I even walked down the aisle, Working Brides was born.
What do you do when you are not working? I am embarrassed to say, but I love reality T.V. So, if I'm not working you will find me lounging on the couch watching Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teen Mom, or Kate plus 8! I am obsessed with multiples... crazy, I know. Especially since I don’t want kids! I also LOVE to read, so I often can be found with my nose in a book. When I really have time, you will find me at a poker table at the nearest casino in West Virginia, Atlantic City, or Las Vegas! I am a Texas Hold 'Em addict -- I just love it!
How would you describe your approach to weddings? My approach is light and fun, yet realistic! If it can be done I will find a way, but if you simply don’t have the funds to accomplish it I am straight up. I want to show and give my clients all that they desire and can afford. Taking you to the Ritz if you don't have the budget is just not my way. I like my girls to feel free to call or email just to vent if need be. For them sometimes that’s what they need. On a normal day with vendors I am about the business, yet for my clients its checking items off our to do list and laughter!
What inspires you in your work? I am inspired by the end result. Not just that it's gorgeous a wedding (I love décor, and color, and flowers, and bling, and candles, shall I go on?), but the thanks and tears that clients shower you with when its over! The biggest compliment is “Thank you for taking all of this on so that I could truly enjoy and take in the magic of this incredible day”. That final goodbye on the wedding evening is inspiration for the next weddings to come. I am not only inspired, but also honored that they selected Working Brides to be a part of it.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? Honestly I think its just what I said before, the heartfelt thank you’s! I love hearing from a Father or a Groom, “I really didn’t think we needed a planner, but thank you so much for keeping her sane and level headed”.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I wish that every client could have two weddings, one were they did it solo and then one with a planner! I think many people truly have no idea of how much a planner can do to make their lives so much easier.
What do you think sets your company apart from other wedding planners? Truly its laughter and fun! This isn’t rocket science planning a wedding, nor does it need to be constant bickering. Have a plan and execute it accordingly. There will be some unexpected turns, but you keep moving and remember the end result is you and your fiancé’s life after all of this is over. So keeping my clients on track, but in away that they simply glide through planning is my approach.
What do you love about weddings? What don’t I love is a better question. I truly LOVE what I do and am so happy to have found it. I love the 1st glance that the groom has of his bride! I love when a groom allows his emotions to show. I love taking the newlywed couple into their reception space for the first time without guests inside! The bride’s reaction is always priceless! She is always blown away by the end result of all of her décor visions and magazine cutouts come to life! I also love surprises for the bride or groom from me or from them to each other. I love the families coming together and dancing the night away! I really love the dancing, some people crack me up and that’s always fun!
What do you hate about weddings? Oh so you will ask me that! Well I really hate tardiness on the wedding. This day cost however many dollars and being behind on the schedule will cost the bride and groom their valuable party time! I hate to see that happen. I also really dislike vendors that don’t look neat and put together. I don’t care if you are delivery the cake and think no one will see you, be presentable. Waitstaff have clean hands and crisp shirts!
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? I once had a bride surprise her now husband with a song she wrote and sang! It was so sweet and unexpected; even I was left out of the loop! So romantic!
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Well two things -- chose the areas that matter the most to you and allocate money to them immediately. For example, if you love stationery, or if you must have a band or an elephant. Make sure you get those “must haves” budgeted first.
Second, I like to tell the bride and groom to chose your battles. Not only with each other but also with your families. Although it is YOUR wedding, everything will not be 100% your way. So remember what truly matters to you and if your groom insists on wearing purple Chuck Taylors, maybe you should consider letting him so that he will let you order the uber chic lounge furniture! Or, if your mom has to make the wreaths for the front of the church out of pinecones, maybe you let her have that one!
Who is your favorite artist or band? Can I say I love the Jonas Brothers??? No honestly I don’t! I am a big fan right now of Drake and Carrie Underwood, two totally opposite types of music! It’s a bit crazy, but I love hip-hop and am turning into a person who likes country. Mainstream country I guess! Oh, and I love NKOTB, yes I said it and I am not taking it back! Oh, I am dork!!
What is the worst song of all time? WOW, there are so many, how do I chose... the chicken dance!
Open mic, final thoughts: To all the couples and families out there planning a wedding, just keep in mind the end result is a union of the bride and groom and the families! Don’t let all of this craziness (and it gets crazy) cloud your thinking and your ability to be rational. Have fun!!
[EVAN] Thanks, Trisha! You obviously love what you do, and it's always fun working with you. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us!