Today we’d like to introduce you to Cori Gibaud.
Hi Cori, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Always a pleasure! Growing up, my life was spent as a part of the ‘behind the scenes’ for hundreds of global worldwide events while on tour with my family. I was always fascinated with what it took to pull off a production — how all the pieces of so many talented people could come together to compose a masterpiece.
I never dreamt I would end up in the event industry myself — much less the wedding industry. But all that changed in 2017.
Planning my own nuptials reawakened a love for events, and my family would often joke that I should be a wedding planner. At the time I was working as an administrator for a local financial firm, and I was unsure on life after marriage — whether I wanted to continue a career or pursue life as an at-home mom. Deep down, I knew I wanted both — work I was passionate about, and a family.
This is where my hunk of a man comes in. Entrepreneurship was a foreign idea to me — many people simply hear “unemployed” when it comes up. But that wasn’t the case with my husband, Jonny.
For women who want to have a family, it is often a journey of self-discovery when you decide to start a family. How can you truly know whether you will want to continue working after the sleepless nights and inevitable life changes a baby brings? I believe you can only find out once you have tried.
My husband is one of those die-hard dreamers. He spent his 20s creating and building several businesses from the ground up, one of which continues to be our greatest success 13 years later. When we met, he heard my own dreams and encouraged me to step out and start my own business. With him by my side believing in me (and handling our marketing, branding, web design, and the like), I had the courage to take the first hard steps.
I started off by being an independent contractor with a venue in The Crossroads as a venue coordinator and very quickly started to book “Day of” weddings outside of the space.
The first year was the hardest — I worked around the clock networking in the industry, researching and learning everything I could about wedding planning, and putting in the blood, sweat, and tears. Looking back, that first year was like pushing a bolder off of a hill, and all the years since have naturally resulted from that time giving it my all.
Once we added family to the mix, having a business became even more rewarding as we continued to expand but on my own time and schedule. I have since learned that you can do both — no one woman should have to choose between family and work you are passionate about.
It has been such a privilege to plan with so many amazing couples. We deeply value our clients and our vendor relationships, and have so many exciting dreams for the future of the wedding industry here in Kansas City and beyond.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As an eternal optimist, I see everything in hindsight as “smooth”. Our primary struggles as a company have been related to COVID postponements and the constant changes to event regulations. We will be glad when we can put this behind us fully, and I know everyone feels the same.
We’ve been impressed with Composure Events, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As you know, we are a wedding planning and design company based in Kansas City, and our brand is for the modern, high end and high style couple. We offer the full range of wedding planning services — from our FullyComposed package which touches every detail to our GrandFinale “Day of” Coordination for your final stages.
Behind the scenes, our team crafts and coordinates each event and experience with obsessive care and thought to pull off smooth and impactful memories that last a lifetime. We work exclusively with vendors and venues who share our obsessive passion and unrivaled attention to detail. Each of our member priorities lie in caring deeply for our clients and ensuring the event is created for them — not the other way around.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Networking is invaluable in the wedding industry. Whether it is stopping by a business to say hi, or throwing a Soiree for our vendor friends — we care deeply about cultivating relationships with vendors in the industry. On wedding days, all our staff are trained to first take care of our clients, and secondly care for all the vendors working the event, and we are grateful to say this approach has been one of our greatest bragging rights.
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