Today is a big day for all of us at Events by Melody... We are celebrating TWO years in business!
Some of you know the story about how the company got started, but some of you do not. Since I was a young child, I always had that entrepreneurial drive. In elementary school, I would bring a box of brand new pencils to class and when a fellow student asked to borrow one, I would tell them they had to purchase one for a quarter (talk about a hustler at the age of 7!). That's not all! I would also collect rocks in my parent's front yard and sell these (well I tried, come to find out nobody wanted to purchase basic landscaping rocks -- lol).
As I got older, I always knew I wanted to start my own business but I wasn't sure what exactly that was. During my college years, I tossed around the idea of opening a doggy day care for quite a few years. However, ALL the questions kicked in like, "where do I even start?" With fear being a major factor, I decided to continue pursuing my college degree in Marketing at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After I graduated, I landed a job in marketing in the Engineering world and did that for a few years since it was secure and the normal routine. I wouldn't be lying though when I say that was SO boring. I knew I couldn't keep up the 9-5 job the rest of my life. I had dreams much bigger than this!
During my years as a marketer, I was also planning corporate events for the companies I worked for (holiday parties, retirement parties, etc.) and I really did enjoy this aspect of the job. I was also at that age where my friends were getting married so I was helping them plan and coordinate every last detail which I also really enjoyed. My friends would always tell me that I should start my own event planning business but I just laughed it off (I was still thinking about that doggy daycare dream!).
That's when in early 2016 I was bored at my FT job and made a logo and website -- the same one you're seeing now! Events by Melody was born! Well, sort of. I never actually did launch the website or promote the business until July 2016 since fear kicked in and I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing. Starting a business seemed SCARY. However, one thing led to another and I launched my Facebook page, website, email address -- you name it. A few weeks went by I had my first prospective client email (whaaaaat!?). It was a couple getting married in Duluth, Minnesota and you can bet I made the trip and fulfilled my first wedding under the Events by Melody brand.
In 2016, the company did 11 weddings and 1 corporate event. In 2017, we did 41 weddings and a handful of corporate events. This year we're doing even more weddings and had added some more corporate and nonprofit clients to our list. Not to mention, I have a whole team to back me up! In 2017, I had to spring into action and bring on some help to get through the massive growth I was experiencing. Oh, and did I mention I made the leap of faith and quit my FT job. Events by Melody is ALL I DO! To this day, I still have people ask me, "So, what is your secret?". Honestly, there is no secret except for the fact that I wake up everyday and work hard. My clients come first and I will do whatever it takes to make their wedding or event exceptional.
Cheers to another year in business! I can't thank my husband, family, friends, EBM team and clients for all the support you've shown me these past two years. I can't wait to see what the future has in store!