Hi! im 26 and I own a wedding service company in md. I am the like poster child for starting with nothing. I had my second child last year at 25. Their father decided parenting wasnt for him and split. I am very anti daycare so I was at first a stay at home mom and had to move back in with my mom 🙁 I had nothing. I was even on food stamps. But what could I do? I had no college education, I had two young kids, I had no one I trusted that was home to watch them. My mother has been a cake decorator since before I was born, working as a bakery manager at a foodlion. but she always wanted to own her own bakery.
I felt that I needed to try to do something asap to try and make a living, while raising my babies (they just turned 3 and 1, both having the same birthday of 2-24, crazy huh, lol) So I bought a website and advertised my moms cake business. Then we got into the catering business, then we added linens, then uplighting, drapes, everything. Now we are working on looking for a space to turn into a hall. My dream is to offer a one stop shop for the bride and groom.
But i did everything with no outside education. and in under a year. It was harder though, I remember times where, between the business and kids, I would get maybe 3 hrs of sleep a day because I would stay up researching how to do this and the best procedure for it, and wheres the best deal on that. I also worked for free with event coordinators throughout md on weddings to gain experience, and I shadowed everything they did. Then I called and visited local small venues and offered them commision to allow me to become a preferred vendor of theres, while making sure my services and prices were better quality, better tasting and more affordable than the leading big league guys, which made my already small profit, even smaller at first. But it was all worth it.
I love what I do. I am such a sap for romance. With so much anger, hate, death and violence going on, what better enviroment to be in, than to be a part of such love! I will be tearing up before the actual bride or groom lol. But what I guess my point is, if you want something bad enough, you can have it. So many friends and family told me, “yea right” and ” you better slow down” and ” you cant do all that” but its all fuel for my fire.
The bible says when your young, to attack life like a lion. well, “Growwwl” lol, its not all peaches though. its hard to juggle tastings, consultations, kids, and some kind of social life. Im still trying to figure out where the heck am I going to put 480 ft of steel pipes and tons of yards of fabric, for the draping kits that are coming. But God hasnt left me hanging yet, so I am grateful and say, Bring it on…
anybody that tells you, that you cant do somethng, or wont amount to anything, %^&* em! All the mean things they say, eat it, because youll be crying all the way to the bank! 🙂