Happy Friday! We are so excited to be featured on Chicago Wedding DJs blog. We worked alongside their fabulous team at the ChicagoStyle launch party. Read through our interview below or find the original here! Claire Weller explains how she got started and why Big City Bride is so unique!
Q: What first inspired you to help wedding couples as a Chicago Wedding Event Planner for their wedding celebration?
A: I’ve always had a heart and a mind for creative projects…but never saw myself working alone as an artist. With a love of people and a smile for hospitality, I thought I’d give weddings a try. Being a wedding planner allows me to love on people, be creative and celebrate amazing moments! What more could you hope for?
Q: What inspires you today?
A: Happiness. It’s so magical to be a part of a very happy day. The happiness I see on wedding day is unlike any other…it’s powerful and palpable and emotional…and the reason I do this job!
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: I love wedding day. I love that through the months of planning my couples become dear friends and I get to make sure they have the best day of their lives. All of the stressful planning and tiny details come together for an unforgettable day. My adrenaline pumps, I have endless energy, I never stop smiling and I’m in my groove all day long.
Q: What the best advice anyone has ever given you?
A: Never give up. We always joke that you must collect your “no’s” before your “yes’s”! It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you’re persistent.
Q: What advice do you have for our readers?
A: Figure out what is important to you and stay true to your priorities. Every bride is different and therefore so is every wedding. Remember to focus on what matters to you.
Q: What are your favorite aspects of a wedding reception?
A: I love any moment charged with emotion. Father of the bride speeches, best friend toasts, first dances, when a couple sees the room for the first time…. it’s all amazing to me!
Q: You are a planner with Big City Bride. Tell me about the company and what makes Big City Bride unique?
A: We are a team and I’m so lucky to have the support of 5 other planners. We all work full time in our Lincoln Park planning studio. We share our experiences, knowledge, contacts and ideas. We support each other through planning and on wedding days. Wedding planning is not an easy job so I feel blessed to have a strong team alongside me.