Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Williams Flores.
Jessica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always loved children. Growing up in the South Bay (Manhattan Beach), I started babysitting in middle school and high school and worked as a nanny/babysitter when attending college.
After college, I worked in the television entertainment industry and owned my own floral design business called Themes. We worked all over Los Angeles. We specialized in weddings and events. I would work on the weekends and continued to babysit. Later I married and became my favorite role of all, a mother.
I had stopped working when my daughter Luna was born. I was attending a wedding with her when she was just 6 months old in San Francisco. It was an amazing event and they had two sitters there to help with the children which was great, I was thrilled!
My daughter being so young, couldn’t watch the movie they were showing in the other room and they didn’t have any other activities. I had brought toys for her to play with but the sitters had to come back and forth to get me from the reception while I was eating dinner so that I could soothe her. I ended up having to spend a lot of time in the room with my daughter instead of enjoying the reception.
After attending the wedding, the idea came to me. I decided to put all the things I love and my work experience together and L.A. Wedding Sitter was born.
In planning my own wedding, I really wanted an adult-only event and wanted my guests to enjoy our reception. I realized I wanted to create a solution to have a classy event, have your guests with their children included, and able to attend this momentous occasion.
I put my vision to work and started building the brand. My first event was for a close friend of mine with 20 little guests attending. It was a big success and I hit the ground running ever since.
When I first started the company L.A. Wedding Sitter was the only on-site, Los Angeles-based, wedding childcare service. I have been a stay at home Mom of two while running the business. I am the PR, marketing, advertising, planner, in charge of booking the events, and one of the on-site sitters at almost all of our events that I can attend. Building this brand and company is my third child I need to be there and love being a part of each event.
Now we work events all over Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and San Francisco (S.F. Wedding Sitter) over the past 7 years.
L.A. Wedding Sitter has been ensuring brides, grooms, hosts of parties, corporate companies and their guests, that you can have a child friendly event – just a room away.
We provide full supervision for the little guests with toys and games for all ages, decorating cupcakes and cookies for dessert, arts and crafts, tv’s with movies, Wii video games, face painting and karaoke, which are all included in our service. We transform a room into a kids club lounge/party area on site.
Guests, especially out of town guests with children, are thrilled to have this service and everyone leaves happy. Most of my clients and their guests have never experienced a service like ours before. Every event has been filled with praise and gratitude for our service.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Building the brand, starting with the logo and getting the insurance and certificates, legalities, professional staff was pretty smooth.
It was a little challenging at the beginning introducing this new idea to major hotels, venues, party planners and building a name for the business. I was pioneering a new niche to the wedding industry market.
I am so grateful to my team of sitters and their dedication to my vision and success. Without them and their passion for children, we wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s not an easy job. Every event is different and brings new challenges. We keep hearing what a great idea and business we have started, and it makes me smile and look forward to the next event.
Over the years we have built great working relationships with event planners and high-end hotels and venues that think of us first when it comes having children attending.
Please tell us about L.A. Wedding Sitter.
L.A. Wedding Sitter is the solution on your special day, not just a babysitting service. We specialize in creating a fun, classy, chic, supervised environment on-site for children, newborns up to teens. We want our clients to be confident and their guests to rest assured that their children are safe, nearby, and happy.
Its is the client’s big day! They want to invite everyone to be a part of this special occasion, but the big dilemma is “Do we invite the kids? How will we manage them and keep them entertained so their parents can enjoy themselves?”
In the upcoming years ahead we are looking to expand the company to other cities nationwide. Starting in the new year, look out for OC, SD, and Palm Springs Wedding Sitter® coming soon!!
- Website: la-weddingsitter.com
- Phone: 310-804-4561
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: la.weddingsitter
- Facebook: lAWEDSIT
- Twitter: @laweddingsitter
- Other: https://m.weddingwire.com/biz/l-a-wedding-sitter-los-angeles/13422ca39e8eb31a
Personal Photo by: Kristen M. Hastings soulfryfilms.com
All other L.A. Wedding Sitter Images by Jessica W. Flores LAWS LLC