I recently had the opportunity to meet a unique wedding planner/designer/coordinator. Rebecca Grant with New Creations Weddings pleasantly surprised me with her background in “Asian-Pacific weddings, specifically Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian and Samoan wedding customs.” Meeting Rebecca and hearing about her services was a big plus for me because of the many Asian weddings I have officiated. I have incorporated many customs and rituals into my Asian weddings from the Japanese Red Thread Ritual to a Chinese Tea Ceremony to the Filipino Veil and Cord Ceremony. Having Rebecca to call on for input about Asian customs, traditions and rituals will not only enhance my knowledge about this topic but will also enrich my couples’ ceremony experience. Please enjoy my interview with Rebecca.
“What made you decide to become a wedding designer/coordinator?”
I struggled a lot after High School with what I was going to do with my life. I bounced around from job to job, but none truly fulfilled all my interests and talents of design, organization, loving to work with people, and throwing parties. No job seemed to cater to all my interests- until wedding planning came along. When wedding planners started gaining popularity, I looked at what I already loved to do, and knew that this was the job for me! Since then, I haven’t looked back and have been enjoying planning weddings in Hawaii and Seattle for over 6 years now! I can’t imagine doing anything else!
“What is your favorite part about designing/coordinating weddings?”
I absolutely love my couples I get the honor to work with-that is by far my favorite part. I get to work with couples and their families sometimes in excess of 1 year during one of the most pivotal, emotional times in their lives. I get the privilege of working with extraordinary people that I probably would have never met, and end up being good friends with them even after the wedding! When I work with a couple, my utmost responsibility is to truly tell their love story in one great day. I want guests to leave seeing the couple truly represented in every aspect of their wedding, and know the couple better than they did before.
“How long have you been doing this?”
I have been blessed to be a wedding planner for over 6 years now. Hawaii was home to four and a half of those years. Then, after moving back to the Seattle area, I launched my business here in November of 2009.
“What do you feel sets you apart from other designers/coordinators”
With my background in planning weddings in Hawaii, I was so honored to be submerged in the ‘melting pot’ of culture that Hawaii is so famous for. Because of this background, I am Seattle’s only planner who specializes in Asian-Pacific weddings, specifically Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian and Samoan wedding customs. I have presented to a group of peers through Wedding Network USA here in the Seattle area to teach fellow wedding vendors about Asian wedding customs. I absolutely love the richness and traditions of multi-cultural weddings, and feel so incredibly lucky to be so comfortable and familiar with these customs and traditions on the couples’ wedding day. Many other planners have to learn these traditions, and still don’t know the ‘why’ behind it. I not only know the cultural reasons behind why traditions are done, I know how to handle them, and have them be an important feature within the couples’ wedding day.
“What is your approach with couples?”
My approach to working with couples is as unique as they are. I will be as hands on (to the point of choosing all of your vendors and booking them for you), or hands off (giving you a list of preferred vendors and setting you free) as the couple wants me to be. My passion is for full design, which truly sets my design mind ablaze with ideas. Working within the couples’ budget, I will design an ‘inspiration board’ for them making sure I am in tune with the direction they want to go. Everything else for the wedding and reception take shape from there. It is a fun way to see where we started and how it took shape to reality to truly represent the couple.