Bre is a multi-talented lady, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for quite some time now. She is an exceptional wedding and event planner who opened her own business Forget Me Knot Weddings and Events! Not only does she have the kindest, sweetest heart, she is also a fierce and savvy entrepreneur who is killing the event planning game! Read on to hear more about her journey, and check out her website to view some of her work.
What is your name?
Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your background! What was life like for you up until this point?
Well, I was born and raised in Pacific Northwest Washington and am the youngest of four girls. My family and I are super close and growing up I was really lucky to have parents that were involved and encouraged me to be creative, travel and to never underestimate myself. I moved a lot as a kid but eventually, we settled down on Camano Island and I spent my middle and high school years enjoying the beach and small-town life with my friends. In 2011 my mom passed away unexpectedly, which pretty much turned my whole world upside down. Fortunately, I was surrounded by an amazing and loving support system and a year later I was graduated and moving up to Bellingham to continue my education at Western Washington University. About a week before graduation I decided to move to Arizona with my oldest sister and her family so away we went, and four years later we are still there! I started my business down there and have since been able to branch into working in both Washington and Arizona which has been super fun!
So you have an incredible business going, Forget Me Knot Weddings & Events! How did you get started in event planning?
Thank you! When I moved down to Arizona I knew that I wanted to get into doing events. I had finished my business degree but I wanted to have a career that I actually enjoyed – I didn’t want to end up working a job that I hated just because I had to ya know? I started interning for an awesome planner down there named Jeanne and fell in love with the industry!
What are you most proud of in regards to your business?
That it’s mine haha I know that sounds silly but I mean everything from the logo to the website to the wording of my contract has pieces of me in it and when I started this it was really important to me that people felt like my brand was approachable and fun, which I think for the most part people do feel!
Did you always see yourself doing something in this field?
No! I mean my mom and sisters and I were always kind of the unofficial planners of the family but I actually originally wanted to work with kids either as a physical therapist or as a teacher. I did a couple of rounds of job shadowing with both of those and decided neither were for me haha! When I started to ask myself “What do you enjoy doing that you could turn into a career?” it was like BAM duh event planning why did I not think of this before? So I started doing a lot of research into what that life looked like and decided to go for it!
Now that you’ve seen and been a part of amazing weddings, do you have a dream in mind when it comes to your own?
Oh man, I get this a lot. The truth is I don’t! I see so many kinds of weddings and I love so many of them that I am almost overwhelmed by how many options there are! I know for sure that I couldn’t elope or do anything super small – first of all weddings are way too much fun and also my family would kill me if they weren’t involved. The only other thing I know for sure is that the food will be bomb and there will be a bunch of it, I have seen one too many weddings with bland food and hungry guests haha!
What are the key elements of throwing a good party? Music, food, decorations, etc.
All of those things are definitely important! I think it really comes down to knowing your crowd and making sure that you cater to them and their likes/dislikes. If you know you don’t have a dancing crowd on your hands plan some other activities to get people involved – if the majority of your guests are vegetarian, then maybe don’t opt for the carnivore BBQ package. I think a good party is really defined by the vibe of the people coming and that everyone is enjoying themselves!
What has been the biggest challenge in regards to launching your business?
Balance! I go from one extreme to the other. I’ll go days or weeks where I am just obsessed about getting everything perfect and building and branding and then I get burnt out and overwhelmed so then I go days without being focused. Running a business is no joke, your success and failure is totally up to and what you put in, so finding a work/life balance is hard. As a planner I also am kind of always available so I have to be very intentional with my time away from my work calls/emails.
I have to ask… Do you like Say Yes to the Dress? Or do you feel like it’s unrealistic to the average bride?
Uhh YES! I have watched that show for years and still do! Some of it is super unrealistic and corny but I mean it’s just like any other “reality” TV show you gotta know that it’s not all real. A lot of the things they talk about on there as far as the process of finding a dress and the struggles you may face while doing so are super true though! But all that being said you do not need to go all the way to Kleinfelds for a “luxury” bridal experience, I know so many amazing bridal shops that treat their clients like queens!
Who do you look up to in your industry?
Gosh, so many people for many different reasons. There is so much talent in this business and endless unique personalities! Right now I have been focusing on my social media and how to best use my platforms so I have to shout out Morgan G Cookies and Abbie Cakes Co who just are so present with their followers and kill the social media game.
What have been the highest and lowest points of your life? What have you learned from those triumphs and struggles?
Man, this is a hard one! I like to think that my high point is now, I’m pretty happy with the life I’m building and with where I’m at with my business and in my relationships. My lowest point was probably the end of my junior year of high school through to like my first year of college. I had just lost my mom and my grandmother, and my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was battling that. It’s a lot to deal with at 17, I mean it’s a lot to deal with at any age! On top of all that I was working, finishing high school and doing some college classes through the Running Start program so to say that things were overwhelming is an understatement. I got pretty lost and distant and really didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing I was just going day to day in survival mode. Those two years were just a blur of anxiety and confusion and I still don’t know how I ended up on the other side of it all in one piece. You learn a lot about life and yourself going through something like that. I will never take time or loved ones for granted and I learned that life is so much bigger than the things happening in your day-to-day bubble. Bad things are going to happen, it’s unavoidable, what you do after bad things happen is what defines you. You can keep going and try to learn and grow through it or you can give up and you can use it as an excuse.
What change would you like to see in the world? Do you think you can help achieve that?
Gosh the world is so big and so complicated, there are a lot of things that need to change. But I think a lot of those things can be helped by people just caring more, about others, about the world itself, about the future. We get so wrapped up in our own stuff and we forget that things are SO much bigger than the coffee order the barista got wrong or the person that cut you off on the way to work. More unconditional love and just giving a dang about others would make the world so much better for everyone. I am just like everyone else and I try my best to love on those around me and to be better every day – I don’t always succeed but I’m trying and that’s all I can do!
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Hmmm…I wish I had something really juicy for this! Let’s see…once when I was in like 5th grade I threw up on the bus right into the lap of the boy I had a crush on and I ruined his portable CD player, that was pretty bad. We didn’t sit together after that haha, good thing we moved that summer!
If you could meet one person dead or alive who would you choose?
SO hard! There are like a million famous figures that would be super cool to talk to. But I would probably have to go with my grandpa’s grandma, so my great-great grandmother? I guess? See we don’t know who my great grandfather’s dad was, I dug into our family history and it’s not listed ANYWHERE all records are like “father unlisted” and he was raised by his stepfather and took his last name as a baby. So, it’s become this big mystery and I so badly want to know! So yeah that’s probably who I would pick.
Food – Dim Sum or seared scallops
Coffee Order – Venti iced sugar-free caramel macchiato with coconut milk if I get coffee but I usually do an iced citrus tea.
Song of the Moment – Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and Hard Place by H.E.R
Dessert – Cheesecake or Macarons
TV Show – My latest binge was Riverdale (don’t judge me haha) so let’s say that at the moment.
Color – Teal
Season – Fall for sure
Scent – Anything citrus
Celebrity – Jason Momoa because he’s a babe but also Ellen DeGeneres
Place to spend $$ – Anywhere haha, kidding probably Target or like a Farmer’s Market because I’m basic.
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