acqueline Vazquez is Owner, Planner, and Designer of Lifetime Events by Jacqueline. Jacqueline’s passion in the industry grew while assisting in many events ranging from birthdays to weddings. She decided to increase her knowledge by taking the Weddings Beautiful course. This was the beginning of Lifetime Events by Jacqueline. Now with over 10 years of experience, and still an active member of Weddings Beautiful Worldwide, she credits her instructor and mentor, Nancy Tucker with sharing her knowledge and wisdom. If it wasn’t for Weddings Beautiful Worldwide, Jacqueline would have not had the foundation of excellence she continually executes in each event.
In addition to planning/designing, Jacqueline is an instructor, speaker, and mentor in the wedding industry, and has received several awards, nominations, and designations. She believes in building strong and trustworthy professional relationships in the wedding/event industry, and is an advocate for education and excellence.
Her aspirations, “I would like to follow in the footsteps of my mentor Nancy Tucker, and inspire others to achieve their goals with excellence.”
1. What was the inspiration behind this particular wedding?
It was a Hindu wedding inspired by love and family.
2. What were the objectives of this event, and how were they met?
This wedding was a “Day of” service which started 1 month prior.
Other than having a successful and memorable wedding, the objective of the event was to ensure the venue is at least in equal condition to the beginning its use. The venue space was an empty canvas, and everything from rentals to catering was brought in (over 10 vendors in total). In working with a large group of vendors communications is key in the success of the event.
3. What noteworthy challenges arose, and how were they overcome?
In working with vendors it is extremely important to build a relationship and work together as a team. When there is a vendor who is not a team player, it becomes a challenge. My company has learned throughout the years how to successfully work with challenges. During this particular event there was a vendor who did not want to be a team player. They did not want to speak with me prior to the event, and they were trying to find reasons to make my job difficult. I handled the situation very carefully because I knew if I didn’t the vendor would have walked out. Having control and patience as a professional may be a very difficult task, but once achieved you are able to deal will any situation. I spoke with the vendor several times in a mild manner, and made sure they knew I was working with them not against them. By midway through the event, the vendor realized my goal was the success of the event not being consumed by the negativity they were trying to cause. The vendor realized they would start participating as a team member, and by the end of the evening they were thankful how we successfully executed the event together. Always keep your cool for the unexpected.
4. If you had to do it all over again, what would you improve this time?
Since that wedding my “Day of” package starts 2 months prior in order to give me time to communicate with all vendors, and develop a relationship prior to the day of. This will allow me to capture the challenging vendors beforehand, and express how important teamwork is for the success of the event.
5. How did your training with WB help you on this particular wedding?
The training I received from WB definitely assisted me with understanding the different aspects of being a planner. A planner is not just someone who makes things pretty. A planner is a professional who is knowledgeable in the planning, coordination and design, in addtion to being an expert communicator. WB showed me that I could be the best planner if I educate myself and applied good standards, in addition to how to be a team player. My WB instructor, Nancy Tucker, has been my mentor since I first took the course. She has inspired me to be the best.