Jessica Mitschele of Modern Grace Events
How did you get into event planning? I got into wedding planning after working at a local wedding dress shop. I’d help brides find the perfect dress but kept finding myself helping them with design ideas, finding vendors online and even problem-solving issues. I realized that a wedding planner helps couples with all aspects of their wedding day and that’s when I decided I wanted that to be my career. Events happened after we got the hang of wedding planning. We love helping people, companies, etc. plan an awesome party whatever the occasion may be!
What is your best advice for achieving a timeless, memory-making event? Best advice would be to not sweat the small stuff and realize the importance/”the why” of the event. If you’re hyper-focused on the little details (leave that to us!), you’ll miss out on being present on the day and making memories in the moment.
What is your biggest reward in being an event planner? What is the biggest challenge? The biggest reward is being the one who gives people’s love story a time to shine and to facilitate the start of a happy marriage! It’s so rewarding and so incredible to see our couples tie the knot, and know that we made it all possible for them to have their perfect wedding day that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The biggest challenge I would say is availability. We have shifted to only taking on a limited number of weddings a year to give our clients more exclusivity and attention so it’s always hard to turn people away when you’re wanting to help them with their dream wedding, but you are already booked. It’s a bummer but it’s best for the clients we do have!
Most memorable event project? They all are memorable in their own way, but probably our first-ever wedding because it was packed full of excitement, the unknown, travel (it was a destination wedding!), and surprises. It was an incredible experience and also taught us a lot.
Favorite Arizona-based vendors: We have a whole list of awesome trusted vendors, but some who continue to exceed expectations time and time again are Ashley Rae Photography, Atlasta Catering, The FotoBooth Bus, Magro and Dang Fine Rentals.