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Ceremony & Planning / Wedding & Event Planners
Interview with Jillian Wicht
If you could spend the day with one person, who would that be?
If I could meet one person and spend the day with them , I would chose David Tutera. He is everything that I hope I can one day be. Not only is he a phenomenal wedding planner, he is an amazing person. He gives SO much to people and that is so important. To me, planning a wedding is about making someones dreams come true, to exceed expectations, and to be not just a planner, but a friend. David is a perfect example of the ideal planner!
What do you love most about your job?
I have this unbelievable passion about weddings and events that inspire and drive me to not be the “cookie cutter” planner. I love making peoples dreams come true. I love saying yes when everyone else is saying no. I enjoy taking a very strange wedding theme (ex: leather and lace) and turning it into a gorgeous, elegant affair that has everyone speechless. I love watching the groom tear up as he sees his bride walk down the aisle. I am truly passionate about weddings. I will put blood, sweat, and tears into events that I plan to ensure your fairytale becomes a reality. Whether you have been planning your wedding since you were 5 years old pretending with your Barbies, or a 40 year old who has not the slightest idea whats “in” on the wedding front, I can guarantee I will be with you every step of the way. I’m much more then your wedding planner, I’m your friend.
How did you get your start in the business?
I started off planning all my friends birthdays, showers, bachelorette parties and weddings. People would always compliment me and would refer me to friends of friends. Soon I decided that wedding and event planning was really my passion. I also have this love for scrap-booking. I wanted to somehow incorporate scrapbooks into the planning process and that’s how Celebration Stories was created. My clients all receive this beautiful “wedding story”. It showcases everything from the couple dating, to the engagement, to the entire wedding planning process. Its a wonderful keepsake item that you can look back on and remember every aspect of your big day!
I graduated high school a year early with honors and went to college and received my Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. After working in the field for about a year and a half, I decided that that line of work was not meant for me. I began to plan more and more events and became a part time driving instructor to fill in the free time I had. Soon, my schedule was becoming full of weddings and other events and Celebration Stories was born. I couldn’t be happier! I have planned 138 various weddings and events and look forward to planning 138 more!
Do you have Kids or Pets? Tell us about them.
I am 27 years old and currently live in Coon Rapids with my wonderful fiance, Sean and our two great kids. I have a beautiful 5 year old daughter named Skylar and a wonderful 10 year old step-son, Dade. We also have two furry children, a purebread German Shepherd named Kratos and a husky/shepherd mix named Ridik. We enjoy our weekly “family nights” and can be found cuddled up on the couch watching the latest 3D movie, building Lego creations or having Nerf wars!
Are you involved in Charity work?
Even though I plan tons of weddings and put 110% into everyone of them, my favorite weddings to plan are those thru charities. I recently planned and coordinated a wedding for a soldier who came home after a VERY long deployment. I am also a proud member of Wish Upon A Wedding. It is such a rewarding and fulfilling organization to be a part of! There are so many ways brides can help the less fortunate and really make someones day! I always give my clients ideas such as donating left over food to food-banks or donating their dresses to those battling breast cancer or my favorite, donating bouquets to elderly, terminally ill, or sick in the hospital. Its all about the simple things!
Learn a little bit more about Celebration Stories:
Celebration Stories is much more then your average wedding and event planning company. Whether you’re planning a large extravagant wedding, a quaint birthday party, or a corporate event, you will get to enjoy every moment as all of the details and tasks are handled professionally so you can just focus on celebrating your special day. With five different package options to fit every budget, we can assure you a stress free, beautiful celebration day. As an added bonus, Celebration Stories creates personalized “stories” for every client as a memorable keepsake so that your big day can be elegantly remembered forever. Everyone deserves to have beautiful celebrations!
I believe that everyone should have the wedding of their dreams regardless of their budget or other various limitations. I strive to treat every event I plan as if I am planning it for myself. I strongly think that it is the little details that make an easy going, memorable event. Let me deal with the hassles of planning your event so your special day is just that…yours. I work closely with multiple vendors to make sure you get the most for your money!
Owner/Lead Consultant of Celebration Stories
Contact Celebration Stories
Contact: Jillian Wicht
10582 Drake Street NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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