Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Dubrovich.
Hi Lisa, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Do you believe in serendipity? That things happen for a reason and when they are supposed to happen? Well, I do. Because my road to becoming a wedding planner started in a very serendipitous way.
I planned my daughter’s wedding. A Halloween wedding at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Nice, huh? Granted, I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I knew it had to be classy and not the “typical’ Halloween “pumpkin”-y thing. I also had just retired from teaching, so being organized, loving the nitty-gritty details, and always having a plan B was inbred in me! The theme? Well, if you’ve seen The Shining do you remember the eerie picture of Jack Nicholson with all the glamorous party people from the 30s? That was the theme. Elegance in a haunting, throwback way. And it worked…until it didn’t. Until the “wedding coordinator” at the hotel never helped with décor set up or clean up, never created an itinerary, and simply vanished after the cold soup was served. Thank goodness for an amazing DJ who basically coordinated the whole night. (DJs are HUGELY important!) I had no clue what a real wedding planner actually did—but I learned it way too late and the hard way that I had needed one.
Skip to a few weeks post-wedding. A friend of mine from the gym accosted me in the parking lot shouting, “We need to start a wedding planning business, right now!” She was an assistant professor who was teaching a wedding planning class at Metropolitan State University but wasn’t a planner herself. She owned a travel agency! A student of hers assumed she was a wedding planner (good assumption, right?) and asked her to plan her mother’s second marriage. Necessity is the mother of…you know the rest. And that’s how my career as a wedding planner began. Only this time I became certified to finally know all the things I didn’t know before. We incorporated and co-owned a full-service wedding planning business. That was over ten years and one business partnership ago. Now I own my own company and still love it! So, serendipity? Yeah, I’m a believer in it!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Remarkably, it has been a pretty smooth road. I can honestly say I haven’t run across a “bridezilla” yet!
I think the Pandemic really threw all of us in the wedding industry a curveball. One thing that I learned, though, is that couples realized their primary wedding priority and that came down to being able to celebrate–really celebrate–their love and special day with friends and family. If that couldn’t happen because of COVID, they were willing to set aside their personal desires and postpone to have the kind of wedding that really shared their love and commitment to one another with the most important people in their lives.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a business owner, a certified and insured wedding planner & coordinator, but above all, I’ve built my business on building relationships. Even as a “day of” coordinator, I start building that special relationship with my couples many months before their big day. Sometimes it begins over a year before the wedding. I’m very proud of that distinction. I warn my couples that I will not become their “mother”–but rather their “cool aunt” who they can vent to, share their doubts and fears with, laugh with, and depend upon to have their backs. I know my age and experience lend itself to that role and I am thankful it does!
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Covid-19 taught us all to be patient, to really discover what’s important in our lives, and how much love means. The sorrows it brought with it also awakened the true human spirit and how we really cannot live without one another.
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