LSWE Mentor Program

Interested in a mentoring program at the LSWE home office?
Below is some information regarding our programs!

Photo Credit: Java Rose Photography
When I started my wedding planning business, I was so lost. My previous experience had been in wedding officiating, which is obviously still in the wedding industry– it has nothing to do with planning. The amount of things that I thought were obvious about wedding planning, I was soon to learn was completely wrong. I began like most hopeful wedding planners – by completing a wedding planner certification program online. And it’s not like I don’t recommend completing one of these programs, but I was left feeling pretty unsatisfied and out about $2k.

For most of us, learning by doing is the best way to gain experience. The problem is, to gain experience you need an awesome portfolio and to gain a portfolio you need experience. It’s such a catch-22 and I racked my brain trying to find ways to get the hands-on experience I needed to learn, grow and build a profitable business.

I networked with all the vendors I had met while officiating weddings. I attended more networking events. I reached out to other local planners for lunch to pick their brains. I planned styled shoots to build my portfolio. I set stupid low prices on my DOC packages to book any couple crazy enough to hire me. Mind you, I have four little ones and was still working in restaurant management for 50+ hours a week while trying to get my business off the ground. I was working my tail off!

I wish back then I had someone to mentor me, but other than a handful of planner friends that were totally sweet to me and advised when they could, I really had nobody to show me the ropes.

Fast-forward to now…

I am very lucky to run a profitable wedding planning business that works for me and my family. I get to do what I love, create my own schedule and spend quality time with my family. I have the opportunity to meet the most wonderful couples and their families. I have the honor of being a part of people’s most exciting, most special day of their lives. My circle of people are full of creatives that love taking on independent projects with me like styled shoots or travel ventures. It is a great life!

For the past couple years, I have started taking on mentees and helping them learn the wedding planning business alongside of me. And although I’d love to say it just serendipitously happened, using this education degree is definitely coming in handy. It has been so rewarding to be able to offer up-and-coming wedding planners the type of advice and experience I wish I could have had when I started. 

Sooooo…

Without further ado, I am rolling out the official Lillian Suarez Weddings & Events Mentor Program. This is a hands-on, tested method that I will offer to 5 – 10 aspiring wedding planners per year. Why only up to 10? Because if someone is actually going to learn from me, I need to be able to focus on a small number of people at a time. This will be a true mentor program geared toward providing mentees with what they need to successfully enter the wedding planning industry with confidence and grace.

Interested? Keep reading!!

Photo Credit: Johanna Dye Photography

At LSWE, we understand that you are trying to attract and book clients in an already overpopulated wedding industry. You can get a lot of FREE tips on wedding blogs, but we believe that every business is different! You may already be in the industry booked with clients, but are wondering how to take your business to the next level. You may just have started the industry and are not sure how to go about getting clients. Wedding professionals can benefit from the help of mentoring and one-on-one coaching from an experienced planner. In our mentorship program, you’ll work with us one-on-one, and we will give you the exact process and strategies you need to be able to:

  • Make real money in your business
  • Set prices that work with your brand
  • How to attract clients
  • How to book clients
  • Attract a constant stream of clients on auto-pilot
  • How to market your business
  • And the steps you should be taking to be seen

Areas We Can Cover During Your Mentorship

  • Business start up – choosing your business name, creating a website/logo and setting up your business correctly

  • Pricing – the many different pricing structures and what works best for you

  • Marketing and Branding – creating a strong marketing plan and cohesive brand

  • Creating your Service offerings

  • Blogging and SEO

  • Social Media for Business – how to get started and build an auidence

  • Styled Shoots and how to get your work featured

  • Building a Portfolio – that will reflect your style and target market

  • Content for your website

  • Time Management & successful ways for running an at home business

  • Developing key Business Templates eg. run sheets, pricing guide, services list, styling proposals

Mentor Programs Available

One to One – Business Boost | 90 minute Session

This is perfect if you are in the early stages or first year of your business and need help with a specific goal or area you might be struggling with. 

  • 90 minute in-person consultation at the LSWE home office

  • Tailored to one specific area of your business that you need support with

  • You will be given a questionnaire to complete prior to our discussion

  • An action plan for you to work on afterwards and a follow up meeting to check your progress

  • $180.00

6 Months of Mentoring | 12 x One Hour Sessions

This mentoring service provides weekly support to give you the confidence to achieve your goals. Whether you are just starting out or have hit a challenging time in your business, our sessions can be entirely tailored to your needs. 

  • 12 x One hour in-person consultations at the LSWE home office

  • Focus on up to 3 key areas of your business that you are needing assistance with

  • Detailed strategies for you to work on following each session

  • Unlimited email support, guidance and encouragement for 6 months

  • Access to a private Facebook group with other mentorees and Event Planners

  • Access to my own business templates (such as client questionnaires, styling proposals, run sheets, service brochures etc.)

  • $720.00

9 Months of Mentoring | 18 x One Hour Sessions

This mentoring service provides weekly support to give you the confidence to achieve your goals. Whether you are just starting out or have hit a challenging time in your business, our sessions can be entirely tailored to your needs. 

  • 18 x One hour in-person consultations at the LSWE home office

  • Focus on up to 3 key areas of your business that you are needing assistance with

  • Detailed strategies for you to work on following each session

  • Unlimited email support, guidance and encouragement for 9 months

  • Access to a private Facebook group with other mentorees and Event Planners

  • Access to my own business templates (such as client questionnaires, styling proposals, run sheets, service brochures etc.)

  • $1,080.00

*If the above services are not quite what you are after please feel free to send me a message and I can tailor a service to fit in with your needs. Payment can be made via Venmo (@lilliansuarezevents) or by using the PayPal buttons above.

We moved from our previous space, please take note of our address: 437 Sandy Whispers Place Cary, NC 27519. We are in a private residence, and the entrance and parking for our class is free but not abundant. Please either park in the Stonewater Clubhouse parking lot. The LSWE home office is three doors down! Consulting sessions typically runs about one hour and individual mentorship courses can last from one to two hours. Consulting sessions and mentorships are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you are unable to make a session, you are welcome to make up the session at a later date. Please notify us at least 24 hours ahead of time if you are unable to attend.

 

Please visit www.calendly.com/lilliansuarezevents to schedule a mentor or consulting session with LSWE!