We had the good fortune of connecting with Millicent Butcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Millicent, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Being in the wedding industry was always my goal. I started out with an internship assisting events in college and knew I had to pursue this. After working for multiple venues over a few years, I knew I wanted to work for myself and be more on the event production side than the venue sales.

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?
I provide engaged couples with peace of mind for their wedding days. I manage their event, and a lot goes into this. Creating a timeline, floor plan for their specific venue, working with all the vendors that they have chosen and uniting all vendors as one team for this couple. I have another offer with multiple vendors for couples that really don’t have the time to search for everything they need that day. Making sure everything is successful. I’m most proud of the relationships I form with these couples, we really get to know each other during on of the most wonderful times, and sometimes the most stressful. Starting your own business takes a lot of courage in my opinion! I still feel like there is so much I want to do and achieve to better my business. I’m currently working on adding a catering vendor to my package so that the couple won’t even have to worry about choosing that! Overcoming the biggest challenge of just getting my name out there was a little scary, but I have so many wonderful gals that shared my company with their friends and family. And now, my previous brides are passing along my name to their engaged friends. It’s wonderful.. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way, and any self-help/starting your own business book will tell you, GET INVOLVED! Join local groups, or international groups, or Facebook groups to get to know others in your industry. Get to know them, build relationships and learn everything you can from them. I’d like others to know that I truly go above and beyond for my clients and I’m looking forward to my company growing.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My personal favorite thing to do in Houston is the Butterfly Museum! We would start breakfast at Snooze to really get some fuel for the day. Butterfly Museum and take our time to see all the different butterflies, and the on duty Iguana that also resides in the pyramid. We would absolutely take a walk around Herman Park, maybe a little picnic snack and relax. We would absolutely do some shopping one of the days, and a pool day at the Marriott Marquis for a different day. Hopefully some live music would be going on at The Rustic and we’d be able to have a nice meal there while enjoying some live music! Can’t forget some good Tex-Mex at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation!!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My experience of working for others knowing I needed to do things my own way in order to feel successful. My husband has also been a crucial piece in the starting my own business right before a pandemic. When I told him what I was thinking he was all in and we make it work while he is a full time student, both working part time jobs as well as starting and owning a business.

Website: www.mjmplanning.com

Instagram: @mjmplanningandcoordination

Facebook: MJM Coordination & Planning

Image Credits
Daria Ratcliff Photography Nate Messarra Photography – Headshot

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