We had the good fortune of connecting with Britt Corrales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Britt, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Most of my Wedding and Event Clients are unaware of how labor intensive it is to be an event manager and or florist and how much of the money they are spending goes into the labor/staff, the product and the supplies used for an event. Most of the time, when a client comes to me with both a great vision and decent budget, I have to explain and educate them on how their budget does not really match their vision and expectations. Some of the issues at play is this mystery behind a lot of industry pricing and the blogs and Pinterest posts that show incredible events without the price tag. Don’t get me wrong, I believe vendors should charge what they see fair, we all should, but part of that right here in the service industry is taking the time to explain to the client WHY they need to charge what they’re charging. We have to do that because we are a service based business. What we do is art, but as much as we’d like to think people respect art in 2020, they still don’t. A majority of artists are still among the poorest of poor. People can shop online for “goods” and pick and click, they get what they’ve chosen, then and there. But when you run your business off of a service, labor and or partial service and art/design, the client has the right to learn and understand why the prices are listed as what they are. Does this mean we should invited dialogue and negotiation of the price?! Absolutely not. The prices are shared, the reasons why should be shared, if asked, but the client is not invited to negotiate the cost. At least with my business and many other event vendors I collaborate with. I have weekly inquires for events or weddings where the client expresses sticker shock until I take the time to properly educate them where their money actually goes. My time and labor is not a tangible good, a lot of event vendors don’t sell tangible goods, so it is up to us to remind the client of that and it is up to us to stick up for ourselves.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Mariposa Events Company was derived from a passion for people to gather, converse and leave the table a little bit happier and healthier than when they sat down. I am the owner and lead creative of Mariposa Events Company, but I collaborate with people from all sectors of my community. I am dedicated to my clients and this idea that events have the power to help transform those that attend. A good event will transform you- No matter how big or small the transformation, my goal is to help my clients put on events that deeply touch attendees in some way or another. That task is no small adventure and that is why when I commit to a contract with clients, I like to get to know them. I will ask about their careers, their pets, their families and their recent brewery trip. These small personal details that make up each of my clients is an indicator of how I will design flowers, tablescapes or art for them. It is an indicator of who their guests will be and what their guests will expect. These details drive how I aim my methods of service. When you sit at a table at one of my events, you are not a Table number, you are all of these personal details, you are a friend. We are an event production company that offers Planning, Flower Design, DJ services, Elopement services, Boudoir Photography and more. If you are looking for something event related, please reach out.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I’ve lived in North County San Diego most of my life, so anyone who visits San Diego usually seeks advice on where to go for Tacos or a view. Honestly I’d love to promote all my favorite views and taco shops but I also don’t want to give away all of my secrets. Here’s just a few; of you want Baja Fish tacos with a view, try Don Bravo’s in “Bird Rock.” More Baja tacos, you can get a massive one with a good salsa bar at Kotija Jr. in Leucadia. One of the best shredded Beef Tacos in a crunchy shell is hidden at the tiny but mighty Los Taquitos on Third street in Chula Vista… I cannot believe I’m even telling you all of this! If you like Nopales (cactus) Tacos try The Taco Stand, Locations in La Jolla or Encinitas. If you’re a Flautas person and or looking for Spicy Chicken Soup to die for, Jorge’s Mexican Food, in Encinitas. Wanna sit down and dine?! Get a Molcajete, Bacon wrapped Shrimp, Queso Fundido, Carnitas and cheap Ptichers of Margaritas at La Especial in Encinitas. On the go?! Grab a Surf and Turf Burrito and fill up on the killer salsa bar at Libre in San Diego. Get any of the food to go and hike in to the beautiful Ocean Trail, at Torrey Pines State Reserve!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am always inspired by people I meet, the encounters I have and the businesses in the community who do good for the sake of doing good. I am continuously inspired by dedication to underserved communities and students by the creative and tireless staff at The Sage Garden Project. The SGP is a non-profit project that helps teach healthy edible education to youth ages 5-13yrs, all across California. They offer grants that help start or support school garden programming and school cooking classes. Check them out, their mission is incredible and similar to the famous Edible Schoolyard, formed by Chef Alice Waters in Berkeley, CA. You can donate to the cause and find more info at http://sagegardenproject.
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