Hello! Thanks for visiting our new blog! I thought we could take this opportunity to get to know each other better.
I am Stephanie Day, the owner and primary event manager for Stephanie Day Events. I love events – but really, you have to love events in order to do this job. You also have to love planning, and being organized, helping people and being on your feet for 10+ hours! That’s another post.
I realized a long time ago that I enjoy creating programs, developing procedures and managing it. While working full time in Higher Education, I was able to develop a variety of different programs for the Alumni Association, connect people together and throw a party or two! This is where I learned how to run an event from inception to clean-up. I loved it! This was more than 15 years ago.
Enter my (now) husband who I met on a blind date. Yes, we both had excuses to leave after happy hour but we ended up shutting the bar down. While many people find planning a wedding stressful and overwhelming, I had the best time. It really helped that I knew how to run an event and just had to add the emotions and etiquette into the plan. It was a great wedding (if I do say so myself) and now looking back over time with a lot more experience, I wouldn’t change a thing.
As my husband and I began to plan our future together (cause that’s what I do!) we knew we wanted to move away from the city and start a family, which meant a long commute into the city. We also knew that while I wanted to stay home with babies, I still needed and wanted to work. Hmmmm…I can plan events and I can do that from home! But how?
Since I only had my own wedding as experience with weddings, I started working as an apprentice for a friend who had an established wedding planning business while going through the certification process with the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). For 2 years, I was able to get the hands-on experience with Heather while learning how to run an event planning company and wedding etiquette through ABC. While still working full-time, I officially launched Dream Day Planners and coordinated my first wedding in 2006. It’s been a wild ride! Sprinkled in with weddings have been milestone surprise birthday parties, anniversary parties, non-profit fundraising events, business meetings and most recently travel planning.
In 2015, we are officially launching “Stephanie Day Events”! While offering the same great service, we wanted to expand the corporate, non-profit and social side of the business. This re-branding of the company has been an adventure and it has really forced me to analyze the focus and priorities of the company. I’m excited to see where it takes me as I add two coordinators to the team as well. I’ll introduce them in a future post!
I enjoy getting to know my clients, their “story” and understanding the best ways that I can help them. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Management. I use my psych degree so much!
I enjoy my family – my son and daughter amaze me daily and I learn so much from my husband who I thank for his love and support. Our doggies and 160 year old farmhouse keep us busy.
I enjoy chocolate and cheese which forces me to enjoy running too.
I enjoy the flexibility of having a business I love while being able to volunteer at my kids’ school.
I enjoy my clients and the trust they have in me to manage one of the biggest days of their life.
I enjoy life.
Love what you do; Do what you love.