Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares what she learned from meeting Renee Strauss. star of Brides of Beverly Hills.
The Wedding MBA 2013 once again kicked off in Las Vegas with speakers from The Knot, Wedding Wire, and more. Whenever I attend a conference, I am looking for education and inspiration, hopefully with a few laughs along the way! If I can meet someone I like...Yeah! If I can meet someone I respect...Even better!
The celebrity speaker at this year's WMBA was Renee Strauss, star of TLC's Brides of Beverly Hills. When I saw her on the list, I smiled! My mom and I watched the pilot episode together, and we both thought she was just so like-able! Like a friend that you could giggle and gossip with, Renee always seemed to be genuinely excited by each person that walked through her salon doors. You had to wonder....Would she be that infectious in person...???...
YES! Yes, yes, oh my God, yes! Renee is a little dynamo - Petite and adorable, with a personal style and glamour that you just have to be envious of - Not to mention that gorgeous hair and lip gloss that I am desperate to get the name of! But what struck me the most - beyond how much she just loves what she does - is how long of a career she has had, and how she transformed herself from the daughter of the owners of the first kosher restaurant in Beverly Hills to one of the most recognizable and sought after bridal experts in the country!
Here are just a couple of things that really stood out for me...
Little Known Fact - Did you know that Renee Strauss handled the costuming for the 1991 remake of Father of the Bride.
Quote of the Day #1 - "Do the job, get the job..." In other words, be willing to take on jobs that you may not have initially thought of. And when you do accept work, do it to the fullest extent! Give all of yourself joyfully, go above and beyond, and do so without ego!
Quote of the Day #2 - "I never say no, I say no problem..." The world is full of "no". Often times I find that when people say "no" to me, it isn't really because the answer is no, but because they don't want to put in the time or effort to make "yes" happen. It's such a shame! I love saying yes, and try to always come from a place of "let's make this work" as opposed to "let's make this easy."
Lastly, and most importantly, Renee stressed the importance of infusing your business with yourself. That's why I named my company "Andrea Eppolito Events" - Everything I do is based on a personal connection. I want to have a real connection with all of my couples, and for them to understand just how much of my heart and soul I really put into making their event wonderful.
One final word about Renee...After watching her speak and doing our little meet & greet I went off to another session. I was in there for about an hour, talked to a few other attendees, and as I was making my way out I noticed that there was still a line waiting to meet her. And there she stood - happy, smiling, bubbly and just full of joy! She didn't have to stay that whole time, and she certainly didn't have to greet each and every one of those people with such an enthusiastic "thank you for coming out" and hug, but she did.
And that speaks volumes about who she is, and why I am such a fan.