Mar 9, 2010

Calling all wedding planners

by Cat Hewett

Every little girl grows up picking out songs, looking at white dresses and planning out the day when the “Miss” in front of her name becomes a “Mrs.” Some of those little girls grow up to plan other women’s weddings and Liberty now has a society for them to grow their craft.

Thirty-five female students attended Liberty’s Wedding Planners Society’s first meeting Thursday, Feb. 25.

The Wedding Planners Society President Kelley Elyse Rucker started the meeting with prayer and then shared her testimony with the girls in attendance.

“This has been a prayer (of mine) for so long, just starting a society on campus where we can graduate and have experience on how to be a wedding planner,” Rucker said.

Both Rucker and the Wedding Planners Society Secretary Anna Ginn had planned to go into law before discovering their passion for planning events.

“I got a job with Alumni Relations on campus and I got to help them plan some of their events,” Ginn said. “I found through that experience that I really enjoyed (planning events) and that it was something I could do for the rest of my life.”

The Wedding Planners Society is partnering with Andrea Webb of the Central Virginia Bridal Guide who will be assisting the Society with field trips and training sessions, according to Rucker.

“We just want you guys to experience the presence of someone else (who wants to pursue the same career as you),” Rucker said. “When you are sitting in the midst of girls who have that same passion and that same drive (as you do), it really encourages you to keep going. It really encourages you to do everything you can to be successful.”

Rucker said that another goal for the group is to give future wedding planners experience in the industry and to connect them with other professionals in the field.

“We want you to be so connected with different businesses and professionals that you can even put your resume in and talk to them and say, ‘Hey, I would like to work with you in the future,’” Rucker said.

Rucker has already started her wedding planning career by planning her roommate Christen Walker’s wedding that is currently set for May 16.

The Society held a meeting on March 4 in DeMoss 1104 at 7 p.m., and their next meeting will be the Semi-Formal Induction Ceremony in the Executive Dining Room in the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall on March 11 at 7 p.m. The Society’s other events include a field trip to a local bakery, a Bride’s Garden Party in Appomattox and four training sessions.

Students interested in joining the group can contact Rucker at or the Liberty Wedding Planners Society Facebook page.

Contact Cat Hewett at

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