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Image by Artisan Photography

The Inspiration

That’s me, Janet, pinning on a boutonniere. I’d performed this task no less than 300 times in my career but this was the most important boutonniere—because it belonged to my groom. I thought that day would be hard for my perfectionist personality. Meaning, giving up control! I’d been planning and coordinating events for over 10 years at that point but this was my most important one. I had planned every last detail and enjoyed it all. I thought it would be difficult to turn “my baby” over to the wedding day coordinator but I had to follow the advice I give to my clients—I had to stop being the planner and start being the bride. If not, I wouldn’t truly enjoy all the fruits of my 10 month planning labor. So I did just that. I let go and trusted the professionals I hired to execute my plans. Our wedding was lovely. But most important it was worry free. I soaked in every smile, laugh and hug I received that day and truly experienced “my day” to the fullest. I wanted other brides to have that same carefree day I had, thus the launch of Hitch Without A Glitch. My hope is this site will provide my experience, skill set and knowledge so you confidently choose me as your day coordinator for a glitch-less wedding! 

 
Image by Ashley Calderon Photography

Image by Ashley Calderon Photography

 

Biography

Janet Marhover started her event planning career in the non-profit sector. Coordinating diverse fundraisers since 1999, she learned the importance of organization, leadership and how to make an event successful. In 2005, she transitioned into wedding planning where she found her passion. With her 10 years at the helm of a bustling event venue, she assisted in the coordination and execution of over 1,500 weddings. Combined with her non-profit fundraising experience, she has over 18 years in the event planning industry. Janet stays on top of current trends by attending trade expo’s and network meetings with professionals in the field. This insight is passed onto clients in hopes of creating their perfect day.

Away from work, you’ll find Janet with her husband, Jason, eight-year-old son, Trey, and two canine daughters, Daisy and Lily. Together they enjoy traveling throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest visiting family. Janet also holds the titles of “flag football mom” and “Minecraft protégé” as her son tries teaching his favorite video game. And if you have a slight addiction to watching reality TV shows (with special focus on wedding reality) then you and Janet will get along great! 

 

My Experience

The way I see it, I’m applying for a job. Albeit a one day job, I feel you have the right to view my resume like any future employer of mine would. I want you to have the confidence that my years of event planning experience are transparent and can be verified. 

Val Vista Lakes Events, Banquet Manager {2005-2017}

  • Supervised the sales and management of the banquet facilities for social, corporate and non-profit events
  • Assisted clients with logistics and coordination of their event
  • Generated $4.7M in revenue via 1,500+ events during tenure
  • Created and implemented a comprehensive strategic marketing plan that included digital advertising initiative and communication outreach
  • Spearheaded website and social media development

Make-A-Wish FoundationDevelopment Manager {2003-2005}

  • Responsible for the development and management of the agencies special event fundraisers comprising of internal, external and cause marketing
  • Created and managed event budgets to ensure financial success
  • Raised annual net revenue of $700K
  • Formed and cultivated new donor and volunteer relationships within the community

Big Brothers Big SistersSpecial Events Manager {2001-2003}

  • Planned and executed six special event fundraisers and annual direct mail campaign
  • Assembled and managed advisory committee for each event
  • Secured corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations
  • Generated nearly $300K of the agencies $800K operational budget
  • Implemented donor acknowledgement and recognition program

Junior AchievementProgram Manager {1999-2001}

  • Coordinated and led the annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event
  • Assisted with day-of coordination of agencies five additional special event fundraisers
  • Generated net revenue of $100K
  • Managed the daily operations of seven elementary school economic programs
  • Developed and implemented volunteer training orientation and recognition programs

Education and Affiliations Include:

  • Purdue University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Psychology
  • International Special Events Society (ISES), Member since 2009
  • National Association of Catering Executives (NACE), Member since 2005