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Featured Planner: The Wedding Belle

Posted 1/4/2018 by 17.
Filed under: Featured Vendor | Wedding Planning |

We’re excited to introduce our new series featuring talented professionals we are privileged to call our partners. What a better way to launch than with an interview with Robyn Martin, principal and owner of The Wedding Belle. Robyn is retiring this year and deserves well earned recognition as a paragon of etiquette and style in the Oklahoma Wedding industry for many years. We’ve loved working with Robyn and are excited to see her legacy continue with the new owner of The Wedding Belle, Stephanie Hill, who has worked closely with Robyn for many years.  

Here are some things Robyn had to say to us, along with some inspiring images of some of our favorite events together!

 

What did you love about working in the event industry?

I loved taking a bride’s ideas and expectations and turning them into even more than she envisioned.

 

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I was very hands-on, invested, and made every little detail a priority. 

 

What were some of your favorite things about working with Marianne’s Rentals over the years?  

[Our relationship] was a partnership. We powered through together with all challenges we faced over the years, whether it was a difficult location, weather or logistics. We always figured it out!  I love a challenge. Put me in a space that you can’t imagine how it can be transformed and I couldn’t be happier! Marianne’s gave me the tools and products to make that happen. Their inventory allowed me to design on a level I did not dream of early on in my career. What a ride!

 

 Photographs taken by Traina Photography

 

Client’s always want to know about the budget, what would you tell them about the cost and value of booking your service? 

Professional Planners/Designers are trained to “recoup” their fee for their clients through the strong relationships they have with vendors which benefit the clients in perks, discounts and consideration as well as “saving” them from costly mistakes!

 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise? 

PLEASE hire a wedding planner/designer who is professional, has training, ethics, experience, and vision.  You need someone who is unflappable, who has great relationships with vendors in the local industry and who knows how to run a business like a business. 

 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs? 

Are they insured?  How much experience do they have?  More importantly, industry professionals should be asked their opinion of the planner/designer.  They are the ones on the front lines with them and they know who performs and who doesn’t.  A great planner makes everyone’s experience better!  Client and Vendor alike! 

 

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

I want to thank every client who ever hired me! You either allowed me to have fun or you taught me a lesson! I want to thank every vendor I ever worked with! You either allowed me to have fun or you taught me a lesson! I paid my dues, I reaped many rewards and I was incredibly blessed by amazing clients and wedding professionals. I had the best time of my professional life and I wouldn’t change a thing!  But, now, I am going to rock grandbabies who are still young enough to rock, I am going to enjoy all six grandchildren as they grow and blossom as well as the rest of my family who have been so gracious and patient over the years. I am going to read, walk and/or swim every day and I am going to cook! But, mostly, I am going to be thankful to God for all He has given me. 

 

 Photographs from left to right taken by Candi CoffmanJosh McCullockSherry Lynch

 

Click here to see more of Robyn's work with Marianne's Rentals!  Although she is retiring from actively planning events, she is sharing her experience and wisdom in the event industry in her new business, Belle Savvy.  Her services include business coaching and consultation for the event industry and other entrepreneurs.  She is available both hourly and by contract and for lecture series for small groups. We want to extend her a heartfelt "Thank You" from Marianne's Rentals for her amazing work and contribution to our industry and our shared portfolio over the years. Thank you Robyn!