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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tiffanie McCoy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffanie McCoy.

Tiffanie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Hello, I’m Tiffanie. Known throughout the DMV wedding industry as Tiffanie “EventPlanner”

I started Bird of Paradise Events in 2008, my original goal was to plan corporate events with weddings secondary because my background of 15 + years was supporting high-level CEOs, Presidents, and Directors which allowed me insight on meeting planning, conferences, and corporate events. However, even after my first Bird of Paradise Events event being a non-profit fundraising gala it became clear that my calling was weddings, definitely.

I have been blessed to have had 13 wedding seasons (minus 2020 due to COVID) and that’s a lot of weddings! Of course, I’ve grown from two to three weddings a season to possibly up to 20 weddings in a season. I travel for weddings and to date, we’ve worked throughout the DMV areas, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and an upcoming 2021 wedding in New York City! My company has been featured in publications such as TheKnot magazine, Munaluchi bridal, Baltimore Weddings, and many more. We’ve grown over the years and we love the weddings and events we create each year more and more.

Tiffanie “EventPlanner” is also a brand now! That brand was created in 2018, under the brand of Tiffanie “Event Planner” I mentor and coach wedding professionals, speaker for events, host networking events, business launches, and pretty much anything related to elevating our wedding/event industry and contributing to educating our industry and focusing on #COMMUNITYOVERCOMPETITION.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Entrepreneurship is never a smooth road, in my opinion. There’s a lot of ground to cover when starting and maintaining your business. I think the biggest struggle for me was finding my niche, what I specialized in and concentrating on that, and building a brand that would represent my services and target market.

I tell these stories all the time to new business owners, incoming wedding professionals, and/or whoever will listen. When I first started Bird of Paradise Events, I thought I was going to create and make centerpieces, some stationery pieces, etc… I remember sitting in my home office printing programs that were going to be program fans… boy was that time-consuming and took more creative work than I could offer (inserts laughter). And then I remember including centerpieces as a service, it was my first wedding that was 200 + guests in Bowie, MD which means it was 20 tables. After battling with searching for materials and creating a sample I quickly came to the realization, that was a service I couldn’t fulfill. I discovered my niche is Planning and Designing, my niche is logistics management, not creating or DIY.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Wedding and Event Planner, we have many different titles that come with different roles. My role is a Planner which means I plan the weddings/events for my clients from start to finish. It’s like building a home, I come in when the dirt is laid begin framing the elements, all the pertinent elements in planning a wedding or event. I specialize in getting it done and getting it done with minimal stress to my clients, that’s my job! The ideal planning time for weddings is 10-12 months however, I’ve planned complete weddings in 6 weeks’ time.

I’m known for being calm in the storm, I have a calm but demanding demeanor which is very important when planning and managing weddings. You’re dealing with the most important day of someone’s life, everyone is emotional and there has to be a balance. Most importantly there are no do-overs for wedding planning to wedding days, all the decisions have to make sense! And that’s what I’ve been able to build a planning business that will create a safe space so to speak for our brides, grooms, and close families involved.

I’m most proud that I’ve been in this industry and had the opportunity to work with quality and qualified professionals, that has allowed me to grow Bird of Paradise Events from being just another wedding planner to one of the most sought out wedding planners in the DMV area.  Hearing professionals say, “oh, we know Bird of Paradise Events, we love working with Tiffanie Event Planner.” That lets me know that I’m doing something right!

What sets me apart from others is my style of work and how I work, knowing my niche, my limitations, and understanding that every client is not my client and I’m not everyone’s wedding/event planner. I want and I am creating quality weddings/events for my clients, I’m creating an experience even before the wedding day.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I always say you have to have tough skin, there are so many competitors in this industry but your focus has to be more on what your business will be vs what the competitors are doing. Everything will not go as you plan, don’t be scared to ask for help, do your research and get a mentor or coach.

When I started out I was discouraged quickly because I reached out to professionals who wouldn’t let me shadow them or mentor me so I started learned everything thru trial and error. However, it’s was a good trial and error because this allowed me to create and build programs such as Dinner w/Tiffanie Event Planner, A Personal Experience w/Tiffanie Event Planner all programs launched and geared towards mentoring and coaching, now I’m able to share those experiences and lessons with wedding planners and industry friends (friends is that what we call them) that are new to the industry.

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Image Credits
Corina Lupascu Photography, JB Elliott Photography, and Trene Forbes Photography & Clapp Studios.

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