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Meet Julie Miner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Miner.

Hi Julie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My first memory of starting in the wedding industry actually was in high school. My best friend’s mom had a floral shop and I use to go in and play around with the flowers and help out with wedding orders. I never thought of pursuing that and instead went to college for science. After moving to Florida and being a banquet manager, while I went to college, I realized I really loved events. I started out just by doing a few floral designs for events and then weddings. After a few years, my knowledge in the event industry allowed me to start helping my couples with their planning. I got certified through the Association of Bridal Consultants and then The Bridal Society. I have since then received my Master’s Wedding Planner Certification, opened our 1st office in Downtown Melbourne and have now moved into the Winter Park/Orlando area.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I would not say that it has been a smooth road at all. When I first started, I was a mom of two, and trying to run a business and raise two children was not easy. Even now that my children are older, there is still a lot that goes into running a business that many don’t think about. It isn’t just about the pretty that we all see on social media. Just trying to navigate social media, the constant changes in trends, the everyday ins and outs of running a business, and now just recently, the havoc and changes due to COVID-19 that have been brought on the wedding industry definitely keep one on their toes. You also realize really quickly that your weekends are no longer your own, so there are several personal events that you miss.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am creative through and through. Besides being a wedding planner, I am also a floral designer and I absolutely love that part of my career. Creating and designing for our clients is one of my favorite parts of the planning process. Choosing colors, linens, flowers, furniture, etc. just makes me so happy. I also love getting to create full and luscious arrangements. One of my favorites has to be the bridal bouquet. I am known for creating large bouquets and I am extremely proud of that. I want my bride’s to shine. My staff and I always joke around that I just can’t do small. Born and raised in Texas, maybe it just comes naturally.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Besides absolutely having a passion for and loving what I do, I feel like it is my attention to detail and my timing. I know a lot of planners say that but I really take that to heart. From being able to stand back and see the overall design, the feelings it evokes, to going around and straightening the silverware, it really is all about the details. Not to mention the timing. I believe having a solid timeline makes for a smooth and stress-free day, not only for the clients but also for the wedding professionals they have hired. Everyone is on the same page, everyone knows the timing and order of events, and when that happens, making small changes on the wedding day (it does happen) is easy because we are all working together to create a flawless event.

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Sydney Marie Photography Ardensea Harmony Lynn Goodson

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