Today we’d like to introduce you to Tionna Van Gundy.
Tionna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Wedicity – Wedding Day Detailing stemmed from my love of details, events and organization. Although I’ve been planning weddings in Chicago for 7 years, I’ve been in the event and wedding industry for about 12 years, originally starting out in Ohio.
As a young girl in a large Ohio-based family, I took the natural role as the organizer of the family and regular details. This lead me to my first “company” as a child when I passed out Mickey Mouse business cards to my neighbors to plan birthday parties around the area. From the thought of my first “business” (which I had coined the name “Party Time Planners”), I always had a keen eye for detail and an entrepreneurial drive.
After having worked on the events side of association and destination management, hotel and venue operations, I worked under a successful wedding planner for a few years to gain the knowledge and skills that it takes to lead a strong wedding based event business. The move to Chicago was exciting as the wedding market in the city is very lively with such a vast amount of talented vendors to work with.
Five years went by as I operated my wedding planning business under my own name when in 2015 I founded Wedicity – Wedding Day Detailing, which focuses on city-based weddings for couples of all backgrounds and their wedding day detail and design needs.
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?
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work!”- Colin Powell
If being an entrepreneur was easy, everyone would do it! The process to get where I’m today was not easy but loving what you do and having persistence is key. It’s about constantly learning and trying new things.
Re-starting a business in a new city is hard. No one knows your brand, your level of experience or quality of work. One of my biggest obstacles was getting my name recognized and finding new clients. I’m still on this path but as the years have progressed, its become a little easier. With every day, I just keep at it and stay positive!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Wedicity – Wedding Day Detailing – what should we know?
Wedicity – Wedding Day Detailing is a wedding planning, detailing and design company based out of the West Loop of Chicago. We focus on city weddings serving couples of all backgrounds, religions and orientations. Wedicity offers full service wedding planning from details to design as well as day-of coordination services.
I’m most proud of the range of couples we’ve planned weddings for and how we are able to take their love story and make it into a unique celebration that is so reflective of the two people being wed.
We truly dedicate ourselves to each and every client. Every detail matters, and the experience we have in the event industry elevates our service levels, attention to those details and we accept nothing short of perfection!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My inner drive; that flame. You may call it persistence, determination or grit. THAT is what pushes me every day to do more, try harder, and be the best version of me even when times are tough. You’ve got to have a mental toughness and a drive so strong that nothing will stop you!
- Address: 171 N. Aberdeen St. Chicago, IL 60607
- Website: www.wed-icity.com
- Phone: 614-432-2334
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wedicity_chi/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wedicity/
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/wedicitywedding/
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