We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Truong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Outside of creating a great end to end experience for couples and guests alike, vendor management is just as important. Maintaining good relationships with the venue, photographer, etc is the key to executing successful weddings. Wedding planners & coordinators may have to manage at least 6-7 vendors per event! And there comes a point where we have to rely on each other for support and encouragement, because our common goal is to deliver a great experience for the couple.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a wedding planner & coordinator based in Los Angeles, CA but serve all of California and destination locations as well. I’m focused on providing a quality end-to-end experience for couples and their guests, as well as vendors. What’s different about me, is that I also have a 9-5 job based in Enterprise Sales & CS, which may deem impossible for others, but has been a well-rounded experience for me. I’m fortunate to have a job that can support my financial needs, but also sees the vision I have for myself as a business owner and supports that. Having a customer-centric background that’s focused in sales teaches me to not only set high goals, but operate with integrity. There’s a lot of parallels between both ventures, and I’ve definitely woken up on days where I felt like I couldn’t continue doing both, but what drives me are the incredible couples I’ve gotten to know. It’s not easy to put customers first, or deliver on client’s needs, but I choose growth one day at a time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely start off with some local spots. My favorite places involve the beach, or a long drive with a coastal view. Seal Beach and the San Onofre Bluffs are great places to go.
We’d also head to DTLA for some good meals and drinks.
Girl and the Goat: originally based in Chicago (one of my favorite cities) and to name some must-have dishes: Pork Liver Mousse, Roasted Beet Salad, Chickpea Fritters, and the Roasted Oysters
Daedo Sikdang: probably some of the best KBBQ I’ve ever had
Drinks: Arts District Brewery, Wolf & Crane, Shoo Shoo Baby, and Lock and Key (for later in the night)
We’d attend a concert at the Forum, and to end the trip, a nice drive up to Cambria or Napa for wine tasting, food, and good company!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shout-out the friends who’ve been unwavering in their support since Day 1.