We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeannie Young Savage and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeannie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When initially starting the company and the first few years of growth, I had just given birth to my daughter. Business was slow but steady. I was able to juggle time with her and work where I was able to sleep at 11pm at night. However at the 7 year mark, business was great and I lost the balance. I put work first over every thing. It got worse in the 10-12 year mark as I was not sleeping much. I was staying up till 3am or 4am on many nights. I would find my NY clients responding to my emails as it was 7am their time. I thought by bringing on other staff, it would help alleviate my work load but it didn’t. The company just took on more events, and hence more responsibility for me. I realized all this when my daughter was finishing junior high and I didn’t participate much in her weekend activities as I was working weddings. I could blame that I was the sole provider but that was just an excuse for me not to set better priorities and boundaries for my Clients. I don’t think there’s a perfect answer or formula to balance. I think there are always uneven tilts and sometimes family life is compromised. For me, I just have to do a better job once awareness has been made.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Established in 2003, Details Details is a premier full service event planning and design company specializing in distinctive weddings and lavish events. We are honored to have our weddings featured in People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine and Say Yes to the Dress TV show. Although we have had Celebrities and Professional athletes as past Clients, we pride ourselves in servicing Clients of all demographics and religions. We have planned Jewish and Muslim weddings and cultural weddings. We have serviced 4 day events with 1200 guests to planning an intimidate Chinese tea ceremony for 12.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take her to Montage Laguna Beach, its one of my favorite places in the world. Not just for the best pink skies at sundown, but great food and service. She would have to explore Fashion Island Center, for shopping and South Coast plaza for the most posh boutiques. I would have her enjoy a skinny margarita and crab enchilada at Javier’s Gourmet Mexico in Newport Beach. And we would need to brunch at Din Tai Fun for the tastiest steamed dumplings and pear lychee martini. If she wanted a heavier dinner, a rib eye steak or seafood tower at Mastro’s Ocean Club patio during sunset. Not too far away is Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland, where we could spend days on rides, churros and boysenberry pie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I greatly admire Nisie Vorachard form Nisie’s Enchanted Florist. She was already an established business when I started my career as a wedding planner. She is the definition of Girl Boss, where she has expanded her business during Covid while many closed down. She does floral for peoples home, and businesses, and produces beautiful weddings all over Southern California while creating an online business to ship flowers across country.
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