Welcome to our “Day in the Life” series! We feature wedding and event planners from around the world with many different levels of experience. If you would like to be featured, download our questionnaire here and email your responses and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to feature South Florida wedding planner Kathleen Kepler today!
Name: Kathleen Kepler
Business Name & Location: Weddings by Kathleen, South Florida
Years Working in the Event Industry: 3 years
Years Owning Your Event Planning Business: Almost 3 years
I work out of my home. I actually have three part-time jobs and I work out of my home for all three jobs – secretary and bookkeeper to my husband’s business, office manager for another company, and then my wedding planning business. I usually eat lunch at my desk. My day typically ends by 6:00 pm but I work anytime I need to. I am an empty-nester so having these three jobs are a blessing!
How did you get started in the industry?
I started my wedding business after I planned my daughter’s wedding which was in March 2010. After planning her wedding for an entire year, I found I had a passion for wedding planning. All of my daughter’s vendors said I would make a “perfect wedding planner” after working with me and seeing how organized I was for my daughter’s wedding. I decided to pursue it and tried to work as an assistant to other wedding planners. I found they were not really using me much, so I decided to go to a local college to get certified as a wedding planner. Then I started my own business on my 53rd birthday! I don’t really advertise, it is more of a “referral business.” I was also featured on the Today Show with Marlo Thomas and David Tutera regarding starting my wedding planning business at the ripe old age of 53! I have also published a wedding guide that is sold nationwide.
Where do you find design inspiration?
I am not a designer; I am more of a planner. If I need to give inspiration to my brides on wedding ideas, I refer to magazines, the web, and Pinterest. I love Pinterest. It was not around when my daughter got married and I think it is a great resource for brides planning their weddings.
What are your favorite online resources for your business?
Kathleen, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story and a day in your life. If you are an event planner and would like to be featured, download our questionnaire today and email it to us along with a photo. If you aren’t sure about being featured, take a few minutes to read how it can help your business.