If you’re planning a wedding
or big event, hiring a planner should be first on the list of to-dos. A professional planner will guide you through each step of the process, and most importantly, execute your vision. In addition to extensive knowledge of what makes an event successful, their connections to other vendors will minimize your research and allow you to fully enjoy the experience. Meet Antonia Baker, one of our preferred planners, who’s refined skillset comes from years of management in the corporate events world. She has some great tidbits of advice, including her take on downtime – and how a life changing experience taught her to appreciate everyday moments.
What’s the name of your business?
Antonia Baker Experience
How would you describe your job?
When did you start your business?
March of 2018
Why do you love your job?
I LOVE LOVE, and taking care of couples as they start their new lives together – being a part of their foundation.
How did you originally get into wedding planning?
I worked for 15 years at GEICO in their Event Marketing department and planned corporate events.
Describe a typical workday.
Meetings, e-mails, and networking.
How many weddings/special events do you have under your belt?
Before opening my own company I worked under another planner, so over 100 events!
What is the biggest challenge for you and your business?
Making sure I am there for all my brides, whether it be phone calls, in-person meetings, even their bridal showers. I really try to be a part of every aspect of their planning process.
Do you have any big business plans for the future?
I would love to own my own Event Planning Firm and equip other planners in learning the business, building their brands, and assist them in starting their own companies.
What is your favorite thing about Airlie?
The location!!! Its absolutely gorgeous and the fact that there is lodging on-site.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
LOL a doctor, I always knew I wanted to help people.
How would your friends describe you?
Funny, caring, very positive, loving, direct, genuine.
Do you have any hobbies?
Relaxing with my two daughters! I really try to chill on my downtime; it’s very important.
One thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?
I am very sensitive at times, my feelings can get hurt quickly but I do a great job at hiding it.
Are you a sports fan?
I love to watch gymnastics and cheerleading competitions.
To which product or service are you most loyal?
What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
Game of Thrones
If you were a character in a movie or TV show, which actor/actress would play you?
Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner of course!
What is your favorite song at the moment?
Beyonce’s remake of “Before I Let Go.”
Do you have any pet peeves?
Hair in the sink!
Speaking of pets, are you a dog person or cat person?
What was your most memorable vacation?
Vegas for my 37th birthday!
What is your favorite food?
What is the most life-changing experience you’ve ever had?
My four year old was born early and was in the NICU for almost three months, it really changed my life and made me appreciate every day moments.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be YOU – that’s what people love and what attracts them to you.
What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Buy an SUV, I need more room in my car for all my wedding gear.
If you had a super power, what would it be?
Time Travel, so I can be everywhere at all times.
Learn more about hosting a wedding or special event at Airlie by clicking here
. Contact Northern Virginia Wedding Planner Antonia Baker here
. Photo credits: M. Harris Studios.