This week it’s time to meet Alina Molita, a certificate Miami wedding planner. Follow the interview below to know more about Alina.
1. Why Did You Get Started in This Business? How Long Ago?
10 years ago I got into this business by accident. I was a legal secretary at the time, helping a friend plan her wedding. In just 3 short weeks I had her entire wedding planned. We looked at each other and said, Now what for the next 8 months? It was right then that I realized, I need to do this. I loved seeing how relieved she was, it made me feel good.
2. How Was It at The Beginning?
When I first started, it was, of course, intimidating. It’s an honor to assist someone on the biggest day of their life! It’s a start of a beautiful new chapter in their lives and I want to make sure they start it with a bang!
3. How Did You Become Successful or Bootstrapped?
Thankfully my drive, problem-solving skills, creativity and love for people has really propelled me to do well in this industry. I cannot sleep until I know the couple has more than what they expected in a planner. When you hire me, you can rest assured that there will be no wondering about how your event will be.
4. What Do You Sell?
I sell you security and peace of mind! Thankfully I have been blessed to be able to be a part of over 200 weddings and that has given me so much insight and knowledge.
5. How Many Weddings Do You Do a Year?
I typically do over 20 to 40 events per year.
6. What Makes Your Product Unique?
I think what makes me unique is that I honestly believe in the dream of marriage and the fulfillment that comes with it. Thankfully, my best friend’s parents were one of my role models. When I was 17, I asked her dad, how is it that you two are still so happy and in love? He answered me with,” We don’t live two separate lives. We do everything together, we go on dates, we spend time away from work and the kids and bond. But most importantly we are honest with our feelings.” Back then it didn’t make much sense, and I probably thought something like, Yikes! That sounds boring. But, now that I too am married with two small kids, I am so thankful for that moment. It breathed life into what I wanted in a marriage and has molded it completely.
7. What Is The Most Important Thing in Your Product?
The most important thing to me is that moment that I see when the couple has that twinkle in their eye. That little glimpse into their soul and how wowed they are at that moment. Everyone deserves a fairytale day. I want to help you live in that moment and remember it forever.
8. Who Are You? Bio, Kids, Husband, Passions and Hobbies.
So here’s a little about me. I am a wife, mommy, daughter and to some a therapist or a prankster. I really love to have fun and I don’t take myself too seriously. I am a crafting junkie, huge sports fan, Go Dolphins, and a lover of all things art and music.
9. Your Weaknesses
Is chocolate considered a weakness? If so, that’s on the top of my list. But really, it’s my family. I am a true Miamian, born and raised. Coming from a big Cuban family, it is always so full of love. They are the ones I live for. Especially my babies. They’re the reason I work as hard as I do.
10. Have You Had Any Difficulty? What Was The Worst Moment?
The worst moment I ever had was when I had a client refuse to order a tent for an outdoor venue. We were guaranteed rain, and I had the tent ready to be paid for the day before the wedding. All they needed to do, was say, ok go ahead process the payment. But they refused. The believed the skies would clear up the next day. They didn’t. There was rain, upon rain, upon rain. All the guests were wet. Uhhh, not my favorite day. I wish I could press delete in my brain somehow. Bad, bad day. Hahaha. They were probably my most complicated clients.
11. Something You Regret? You Take Back?
My biggest learning moment was when I had a client refuse that I attend any contract signing meetings. Typically, I go with my clients to sign up with their vendors, or at the very least review the contract before they sign. That way I can help out with any questions and concerns that only a seasoned planner would know to ask. However, they did not want me to go. At the end, there were a lot of issues because I was not privy to exactly what was and was not included from all the vendors. Now I make it requirement that I review all contracts because I do not want there ever to be a disservice to the client.
12. The Best Moments?
My favorite moment can’t be just one. It’s all the times I’ve had to look away during the First Dances, Father/Daughter. I get super emotional when I see too much love happening hahaha. It’s also all the times that the couple and their family members have come up to me crying and thanking me for their amazing day.
13. If Clients Want to Hire You, What is The Process?
When a client wants to hire me, it’s simple. We set up a time to chat and go over all the ways I can help save them money by hiring an event planner and help assure them of how stress-free the process can be. Regardless of which planner you hire, you want to make sure you feel confident in their abilities and that you can trust them.