Renee Dalo has been called "the no-nonsense Mary Poppins of Wedding Planning", and it's a moniker she loves. A SoCal based Wedding Planner & Designer with her company Moxie Bright Events, Renee is also the host of the popular podcast, Rock Your Wedding Biz, and a coach for new and aspiring Wedding Planners looking to cast aside fear and step out into their business with confidence and, well...moxie.
What accomplishments would you like to share?
I've run a successful small business in a crowded market for 5 years, so that's an accomplishment of which I am very proud. Last year, myself, Jessica Carrillo and Jessica Schilling led a team of 40 wedding professionals to host a day of free weddings for LGBTQ couples. We called it "Love Wins Out", and it's still the best thing I've ever done, professionally. We married 5 couples, pretty much back to back, all day long and then at night, we hosted a group reception for them. This was right after the inauguration, and as a community, we wanted to show our unwavering support in a climate that seemed uncertain. I've been awarded the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for 5 years in a row. I've had my real weddings and styled shoots published frequently (Green Wedding Shoes, Carats & Cake, California Wedding Day to name a few) and quoted in some major publications. When I was quoted in Real Simple earlier this year, my mom finally "got" that I have a real job. :-)
If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?
Don't wait until everything is perfect to get started. Start before you're ready, and the universe will rise up to meet you. Also, there is no substitute for doing the work. You just have to roll up your sleeves and get going.
What inspired you to become an event professional?
I know this is a cliche, but my own wedding. Although I had been working in weddings for years as a hobbyist, I truly thought there "wasn't room for one more wedding planner" in Los Angeles. After some encouraging words from my own wedding planner (in Philadelphia) and the support of my fantastic husband, I decided to give it a go. I know that all of my former careers and all of my skills have led me to this work. It's this culmination of all my unique skills that allow me to succeed in this industry.