Today we’d like to introduce you to Meaghan Hildinger.
Meaghan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started Big Day Coordination because “my brain was bored” and I wanted to have something of my own to be proud of. Because my brain has always worked more on the logistics-side than the artistic, design-side of things, I was looking into project management. During an entrepreneurship class for my MBA coursework, I found myself continually coming back to the wedding industry for business ideas. I launched Big Day Coordination in April 2017—and booked 30 weddings in the first year!
Even as a teenager, I had a love for events. I was Band Council President in high school and planned fundraisers, dinners, and banquets. My first jobs were in the restaurant & catering industry, and then as event & bar staff for an event facility. Professionally, my background is in business & marketing — I have a BBA in entrepreneurship from the University of North Texas and will earn my MBA in December 2018. After college, I worked as a flight attendant for American Airlines, and then in higher education, planning & coordinating events such as alumni receptions and graduation ceremonies.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I launched Big Day Coordination, my husband, friends, & family all agreed that this career was a great fit. Though I was 100% confident in my ability to successfully manage weddings, one of the biggest struggles was feeling legitimate and believing in my worth. I was honest with my first clients, letting them know I was “just starting out.” After the first few weddings and some amazing reviews, I became a Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society, which helped my insecurities. Positive client feedback also improved my confidence and view of my worth — during every wedding planning process, the bride has looked at me and exclaimed how glad she was to have hired me. That’s encouraging enough for me!
Another challenge has been finding “balance.” I have an incredibly supportive husband, David, but it has been difficult balancing the business, graduate school, personal relationships, involvement in our church community, and keeping our home a place of peace. Because of David, groceries magically appear in the fridge and we don’t have to eat fast food for every meal. He is so quick to step up and assist with the business-side of Big Day Coordination or fill in the gaps in our personal lives when I’m unable. He also makes sure that I go to sleep even when “I’ve got so much to do” and gifted me a massage membership at Soma Massage in Denton.
Please tell us about Big Day Coordination.
Big Day Coordination is a wedding planning & event coordination business based in Denton, Texas and servicing the DFW metroplex. I’m the owner & a Certified Wedding Planner and am currently training a team of Associate Coordinators.
We specialize in planning assistance, planning coaching, and month-of coordination (commonly called “day-of” coordination). I’m proud of our relatability and connection with clients. We work alongside them to empower them to plan their perfect day, rather than planning it all for them. As I mentioned, I’m much more logistics-minded and don’t consider myself a designer, so my strength is to help our clients think through all of the logistical implications of their “Pinterest-inspired” wedding. We also produce a very detailed timeline, which we’ve received many compliments on from clients & vendors alike. There are some great things in the works for our clients, like complimentary access to our décor inventory—but all of our future plans are another story for another day.
Overall, our goal is to bring peace & order to the wedding day so that the lucky couple and their loved ones are free to make memories.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Well, that’s just not a fair question! I have tons of wonderful memories from childhood — I grew up in a Christian home that was very loving, and now that I’m an adult, I realize how blessed I am. I grew up on 13 acres with lots of animals and we took family vacations nearly every year. Too many great memories to choose a favorite.
Perhaps a related memory, though, is when I announced to my parents that I had planned out my birthday party — I must have been 11 or 12. I had sketched out (not very well—remember, logistics-minded!) this grandiose extravaganza fit for a queen with “action stations” across our property to keep my guests entertained. My plans didn’t come to fruition, as they were about as involved as a wedding reception. Maybe, we should have known, then, that I should go into event planning!
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