When she left Dominica to pursue a degree in dental work she never imagined that she would eventually move back to Dominica seven years later and start of one of the most trending event planning establishments on island, Wandy’s Event Planning.
Wanda Dorsett originally hails from the quiet community of Marigot and considers herself a homegrown girl with big city dreams. I first learned of Wanda through social media and after months of stalking her Facebook page we finally had an opportunity to sit down and talk. I found out that her daughter Shyanne was the main influence in her returning home and the rest was destiny.
“I always knew that I wanted to start my own business but I never knew or had an idea of what it would be. I said clothes? No. Shoes? No. I would be buying those things for myself, things that I would like and generally just because you would buy something does not guarantee that other people will buy it.”
Growing up, Wandy was the name Wanda was called and it stuck.
When I asked her what was the defining moment that she realized her true passion Wanda says, “eight months after I redecorated my apartment in England, I moved back to Dominica and realized I had just spent a fortune decorating and now here I am packing these things away so I realized that I either had to do either interior decorating or events planning.”
Upon weighing her pros and cons as to what would be her main priority (considering the healthy pockets she had from moving) she decided to choose to invest in event planning and décor.
An event planner is the person who plans and executes the event, taking responsibility for the creative, technical, and logistical elements.
“I just decided, you know what, I can do this! I began by selling exotic gifts and stationary as well as employing someone (which did not turn out well). Then I decided to turn to events planning,” said Wanda.
The process of planning and coordinating the event is usually referred to as event planning and which can include budgeting, scheduling, site selection, acquiring necessary permits, coordinating transportation and parking, arranging for speakers or entertainers, arranging decor, event security, catering, coordinating with third party vendors, and emergency plans.
As to her experience in the industry thus far, “honestly there were times I think hmm, this is not working for me, I was not making any money and would do one or two events a YEAR.
Now this was my seventh year so I figured, change again! So I prayed about it and said ‘ God please bless me with at least six events a year!’ and it worked. I guess he saw that I was willing and now I am booked up for the whole year.”
Her daughter Shyanne says,
The event planning business is a lot of hard work and dedication and my mom has always been passionate when it came to interior decorating it’s no wonder she found her true calling in events decorating. It took a few years, but my mom and I worked with different strategies to help the store, which originally sold Home Décor. This was until she became interested in Events and Wedding Planning. My mom took risks which makes me a very proud daughter so when the business finally took off I was even more proud that all her hard work had finally started to show amazing results, she makes everything look beautiful she makes it all look easy and it’s because she loves what she does.
Of her plans for the future, “It’s my intention to get a bigger place and I want to get to a point where people walk in and everything they need is available to them; center pieces, vases, etc.”
Wandy’s brings to you an experience unlike any other service. “ The Wandy’s experience is different…it’s more high fashion. Sometimes I’d go to an event and see the little details that others missed that I would not. And it’s these little details that matter.”
Helena and Daniel Alexander say,
“We will be forever grateful for Wandy’s Home Décor.
It was at Dominica’s FIRST WEDDING EXPO we meet Wandy, with her creative display,
we knew immediately she was the one.
Instantly, we started planning for our big day and she made the entire process so easy and stress- free.
During our meetings, she seemed to know exactly what we were looking for without trying too hard and made everything feel so easy. She was amazing with all her creative ideas and suggestions. Our day was beautiful because of her great talent.
Knowing what Wandy’s Home Décor has done for us and how she dealt with everyone, we only recommend high praise for her professionalism and her cute personality she executed.
We highly recommend hiring Wandy’s home décor as your best wedding planner.
Our wedding was on the 13th July, 2013 and thanks to Wandy’s Home Décor for making our wedding a BLAST!!!”
Her critique of the event planning in Dominica? “It’s growing as people watch more TV and are influenced by social media. One of my recent clients even had the idea of a B.E.T. awards ceremony which was right up my alley.”
When asked for advice to a younger Wanda she said, “Stick to your pricing, Do NOT say yes to people and you know at the back of your head that you’re going to pay for things out of pocket.”
Iva Campbell says,
“Wandy’s did an excellent job decorating my business function. Great team and very professional. I highly recommend Wandy’s for your next event.”
Her useful advice to young event planners? “Update your contracts regularly, I just recently updated mine and this is because little gaps can cause big problems.” Wanda says she was speaking from personal experience.”
And her most rewarding experience so far? “When after the wedding the couple comes to be satisfied. I cry at EVERY WEDDING.”
Wanda gave some of the top characteristics she thinks future event planners should have “reliability and patience are crucial. What I see happening is event planners here don’t stick to time and people still hire them! And most importantly go for it as long as you have the passion.”