Welcome to Love Lead Inspire, my little corner of the world wide web dedicated to wedding industry education, business coaching + a side of enthusiastic speaking! I'm Ashlee Erlinger, Weddings Extraordinaire and lover of all things covered in frosting!
Are you considering a career in wedding planning? Come learn the ups + downs, the ins + outs + all the magical (+ not so magical) moments of being a wedding planner!
This class is for you if you want to:
-Know what it takes to get started
-Get experience & build a portfolio
-Expand your schooling or industry knowledge
-You aren’t sure you want to work for someone else or start your own business
COMING APRIL 2020
This is the second installment of Ashlee's wedding planning course! This class is for you if you've taken Wedding Planning 101, have a wedding planning biz or have been in the industry + want to elevate your services.
- Tips + tricks of building the ultimate wedding day timeline
- The basics of event management AKA the Day Of Wedding Coordinator
- How to improve communication with clients + vendors
- Dabble in design skills
- And more magic
COMING AUGUST 2020
Chat one-one with Ashlee to discuss business questions, challenges, directions etc. Coaching is intended as needed on a short-term basis.
Sessions are based on an hourly rate over the phone.
Mentoring is a long-term coaching relationship with Ashlee where look at where you are + where you want to be, + how we will get you there. Mentorships can be weekly, bi-monthly or monthly + provide on-going support. Mentorship packages start with 6 one-hour phone sessions + must be used within 8 months from initial session.
Are you hosting a conference and in need of an enthusiastic industry expert to inspire your attendees with spirited warmth, humor + real life business experience? Then I am your gal pal! I have a wide range of heart felt topics that engage + elevate that I can’t wait to share! Let’s chat about your goals!
I first met Ashlee through a styled shoot I was asked to participate in several years ago. At that point my wedding design business was in its infancy and I was still figuring out the exact direction I wanted to take. Ashlee and I became fast friends, as I imagine happens with most she encounters. After that first shoot Ashlee also became a huge mentor for me, always available to provide insight and advice specific to the industry. She provided invaluable assistance when I was developing my client contracts and figuring out the processes to help my business run smoothly. She is always there with love and support but also solid, experience based feedback. She has referred several brides my way and we have since collaborated on additional shoots. Ashlee is a wedding guru as well as a valued confidante and friend.
I’ve known Ashlee and had the privilege of working with her on and off for the past 4 years. She’s been an industry leader in wedding planning and a great mentor and friend to me over the years! Just recently I launched my own wedding planning business and Ashlee was 100% supportive! She continues to take time to coach and mentor me through starting up and running a successful business. She’s knowledgeable, honest, sincere, FUN and a great resource to have in my corner! I’d highly recommend reaching out to Ashlee if you are considering joining the wedding industry and finding success!
I reached out to Ashlee when I decided to seriously pursue a new career. Ashlee’s overwhelming support made me feel brave to try something new. She is a genuine listener and rifts effortlessly on my beginning vision. She asks me the right questions to help me find my footing to take big steps towards my dreams. Ashlee has been a huge influencer and mentor for me and my new business.
Thanks again for all your love and support. You are an amazing person!
The Wedding Planning 101 class was fabulous! Ashlee has a vault of knowledge and she is incredibly passionate about the industry. The class covered a lot of information that was delivered in concise chunks that are easy to absorb and the structure was clear, logical, and effective. (Just like wedding planning should be ;)) Ashlee’s passion truly connected and inspired me and I can’t speak highly enough of this course.
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed everything about the class! It was so eye-opening to see how SSD got started and your experiences that led to start your company. It was so motivational for me – and the present, you’re so sweet and thoughtful…thank you very much!!
thank you SO much to you and the other SSD girls at the class last night! It was fun and inspiring, and I feel like I learned a lot a left with some amazing resources!
As a future DIY bride, and someone who wanted to go into event planning, Ashlee was the one person I stalked. She was a walking Pinterest board combined with a fairy godmother. When I heard that she was offering a Wedding Planning 101 Class- I jumped at the opportunity. Cherry on top was that I got engaged after signing up for the course, so it ended up working out perfect. Her class was fun, interesting, and informative. I left excited and inspired to get started. Her knowledge helped me through wedding planning, as well as giving me a direction with event planning. Ashlee is the best in the biz, and her intel is priceless!
A little about how we got here! I joined the event industry in 2004 and never looked back. I got bit by the entrepreneurial bug early on since my parents both owned businesses. So after learning the wedding ropes, I launched Signed Sealed Delivered Events with the intent to provide couples and their families a joyful planning experience throughout the engagement.
SSD Event’s Addicted to Love brand complete with heart shaped sunnies, has become well recognized throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area to couples, their families, and industry vendors alike which makes my heart swell bigger than the Grinch’s.
I’m super proud that our hopelessly devoted wedding planning team has brought home some serious accolades starting with Rookie of the Year. We’ve subsequently been the two time winner of Rockstar of the Year, the seven time winner of Wedding Planner of the Year, and most recently, I won the Mentor of the Year.
And if that wasn’t humbling enough, SSD Events has been featured in several blogs and publications. These include The Knot, St. Louis Bride, St. Louis Best Bridal, Westchester Bride, Bespoke Bride, Inspired Bride, Perfect Wedding Guide, The Planner’s Lounge, Aisle Planner and Vow to Be Chic. I’ve also been featured in the following podcast interviews: The St. Louis Podcast, the Perfect Wedding Guide Podcast, The Wedding Report Podcast and Shameless Laundry.
I’m a huge believer in team work makes the dream work and community over competition! And I’m a member of the Off White Wedding Collective and the St. Louis Wedding Planner Collaborative.
While creating “happily ever afters” was my first passion, helping others live their dreams became a close second! I find joy in educating aspiring planners and cheering on fellow business owners. After so many years of doing it for fun, I bought the domain and HOORAY! Love Lead Inspire was born!
On a personal note, I live in my hometown of Belleville, IL with my love connection Jason, our baby Gunnar and furbaby Holly.
In my off time, when I’m not soaking up baby snuggles (of both the human and fur kind), I strive for domestic goddess status by baking heart shaped desserts (always with sprinkles), growing plants, crafting homemade valentines, and expressing a never ending home decor obsession.