Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Jennifer Allen. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Jennifer, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
On Tuesday, July 22, 2010, Tavarous asked me to be his wife. I was surprised, elated and so excited! Fast forward five days later and we were standing in the Court House getting married! My mom took the pictures on her cell phone and my Tavarous had on the same clothes he proposed in. I was looking really chic in my $15 white linen dress from Wal-Mart. This should have been the happiest day of my life, I was about to marry the man of my dreams and our forever would officially start. RIGHT? Not quite, I felt rushed and just another number in City Hall. To top it all off my now husband left for deployment the exact same day we were married for 10 straight months! Talk about intense. I said no worries I will keep myself busy by planning the most EPIC wedding EVER!!…. I quickly learned that my definition of EPIC meant expensive, time-consuming, and stressful! Every time I would start planning I would become overwhelmed and frustrated trying to put together the wedding of my dreams and maintain a realistic budget; not to mention I was worried about my sweet husband overseas. Once he came home I was no closer to planning a wedding than I was before he left. Years passed, our love grew and so did our family (we are the proud parents of two little boys) but I never stopped “trying” to plan a wedding. Finally, I decided that I was done planning and that I wanted to make getting married simple and affordable for other couples so that they did not have to stress and at that moment Just Elope was born. We focus on what is important –Getting you married without a single worry! Trust me we have been there. I wish that when we decided to get married there was a company that offered an entire elopement, professional photography and could accommodate us on short notice!
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
Jennifer Allen is the owner and creator of Just Elope LLC, which specializes in unique, intimate, and creative micro weddings and elopements. Since its launch in 2017, Just Elope has booked over 260 weddings, and counting. Just Elope has been featured on the CW33, Good Morning Texas, NBC 5, and Essence Magazine to name a few. Aside from Just Elope, Allen is also a Certified Women’s Empowerment (Wife Coach) and Marriage Coach. She prides herself on not only planning weddings but helping couples plan their marriage and wives find their purpose. She offers pre and post-marital education by providing practical and creative ways for couples to have a thriving marriage/ relationship while making sure they can accomplish their dreams as individuals. In addition, Allen recently released her first couple’s interactive workbook #RelationshipGoals which is filled with date ideas, budgeting activities, an intimacy tracker, and more.
Can you talk to us about how your funded your business?
MY 9-5 is what helped me raise the capital for Just Elope. Going to work every day was my hustle while I ran my business. I saved the money I made from my business to pay off debt, build savings and eventually quit my full-time job.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
I had to unlearn taking people at their word. This is a business, get everything in writting.
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- Youtube: Just Elope TV
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