We had the good fortune of connecting with Marnetia ReFour and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marnetia, what do you attribute your success to?
There have been many elements that tie to the success of the Bridal Design Box, but none more important than understanding our foundational goals as a brand. Every decision that we’ve made, every partnership that we’ve created, every product that we’ve released all ties back to our foundational goal of being the resource that engaged couples can use to have their dream wedding while maintaining their financial peace.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Creating the life I’ve always wanted is what I’m most proud of! Creating a life where I work for myself, I create my own schedule, and I’m sustaining myself by just doing what I love to do. As an aspiring wedding designer, all of these things seemed so far out of reach and even impossible. To think that I could build my own salary working for myself is an unattainable dream in some circles but I’ve worked hard to get where I am. In the beginning, there were many wedding professionals and/or vendors who wouldn’t take me seriously as a credible planner and designer. For Brides to feel comfortable booking with me, I had to work harder to build rapport and trust with them because I didn’t have an extensive portfolio or hundreds of photos to post on social media. I only had me and the confidence that I had in myself to be able to perform and then some. It hasn’t been easy at all but through my consistency and my commitment to truly serving my clients, I established ReFour and After Wedding Design House to be a reputable and trustworthy business. I established myself to be a dedicated and caring wedding professional. Each Couple I took on knew they were working with someone who would be 110% in their corner, whether that be having hard conversations about what our budget allows or having hard conversations with vendors who are not meeting expectations.
As a wedding designer, I have always prided myself on being able to stay true to my aesthetic which is what my Brides are drawn to. Instead of a million flowers in tens of variations hanging from the ceiling, I might go for one to two flower types and thoughtfully place them for a clean, chic look. Instead of going for full on color, I tend to design from the neutral wheel and add pops of color from there. Instead of tens of elements to complete the table design, I might reach for 3-4 elements and really play on these. The foundation behind my designs is to keep things simple and clean and let each element have its own purpose and story.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My hometown of Atlanta is such a diverse and beautiful city, especially for artists and those in creative industries. One thing I always recommend doing in any city is riding the ferris wheel! I’m a big city girl and I love the twinkle of city lights at night so it’s always the most beautiful thing to me when I’m able to get up high on a nice evening and enjoy the views on the ferris wheel. If you’re really lucky, it’s super fun to try and name all the buildings in the skyline. The next stop might be the Atlanta Food Truck Market in the Upper Westside for good Vegan foods and vibes. There is always a DJ/Live music and at least 5-10 food trucks featuring some of the best Vegan foods in town. I follow that up with good ol’ Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Inman Park. They have some really great almond milk based flavors. I might even suggest going to Peter Street Station on a Thursday night for a good comedy show. This space is super cozy and 100% built by the employees. There’s even a hidden art gallery in the back with cool paintings for purchase. The morning after, you can’t leave the city without experiencing brunch in Atlanta (Saturdays and Sundays are the best days for this). My personal favorite for brunch, Atlanta Breakfast Club where the chicken & waffles is bomb. But beware of the long wait time here or join the waitlist from Yelp if you have limited patience like me.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Certainly! My husband has not only been my greatest life partner but also my greatest business partner. He has challenged me in ways that have created a stronger CEO in me and stretched me in ways that have allowed me to implement new strategies and tactics to our business model.
Planner/Designer: Marnetia ReFour, ReFour and After Wedding Design House Second Designer: Bridal Design Box Photographer: Sarah Harms, Sarah Harms Photography Venue: Brick & Ivey Arbors: Asante Amaning, BHR Co. Embroidery (on blankets): Jane & Bill Friddell, Ladybug Jane Gifts Makeup: Mandra Cotton, Inner G Spa