We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicola Seymour and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicola, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson I have learned in my business career is to be patient and love what you do. You have to have a passion for the business you are doing. For me my business requires lots of details, Planning, organization and again lots of patience and love.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started Event Planning after my wedding 18 years ago. After the long nights and selecting of linens, flowers, cakes, the cost, the list go on. I didn’t even think there was such thing as event planner. I just thought I’m getting married me and my fiancé talked about ideas, he’s busy traveling and working I’m ok with just getting everything done. What really go me started was when the venue said don’t worry everything will be fine our planner will handle everything. After my wedding I learned planners for venues are for for the venue a to make sure the flow is correct for the venue not the personal details and wedding party lineup etc that the bride really need helps with. Family member can do it but they or not professionals to handle any last minute details. So after my wedding I decide to research, take some classes & training and got into the business to help someone to not go through a stressful day of wedding. I have learned lots of lessons from knowing your worth and the services I provide it has a value. I found the events I do extra on, discounts, or do at a cost for promotion or just to make client happy or the ones goes unappreciated or client expected too much or that you suppose to do certain things. So I quickly learned not everyone is my client even though I try to work with everyone and the budget only because I understand. But the time, sacrifice, and love I put in ALL my events, I don’t feel bad anymore if a client don’t book me because I know what I bring to the table and what I can do. I want the world to know I want to make money but my love and passion for seeing the joy on a client face snd the end results of a beautiful event make me proud that I have done what I am put here to do.
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.
If a best friend is visiting. Wow this is hard for me because my best time is Jamaica where I’m from. Living in Atlanta is the next best thing to home the nature, trees, mountains, Atlanta just missing the beach lol. I’ll start with my Proprty I have as a vacation home is very secluded on 2 acres with a pool, a magical getaway minute from home. I’ll welcome them with a tropical rum punch as they get bags carried in to home. I setup a private chef for lunch and dinner on the deck over looking the pool as we talked and catch up. Depends where they coming from I’ll see if they want to hang out that night. Next few days will be filled of touring Atlanta’s roof top bars, restaurants, belt line, water parks, and trails
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to thank GOD without him nothing I do would have been possible. I also have to really thank my family for understanding me and the process. I thank them for the support and missing important events in our life’s because of my commitment to an event. My husband, children, family & team staff also been a great help. I really want to thank my husband for just picking up the loose ends and got my back on things I might have missed. My family is everything with my business