Meet Headline Media & Events!
Rachel Collins founded Headline Media & Events in March 2016 becoming her own boss lady! They provide coordination and planning for corporate and social events along with branding and media consulting for athletic programs and athletes!
This unique company is all about featuring you and making sure you shine!
Whether it’s helping plan a special event or building your exposure as an up-and-coming athlete, Headline is there to help!
Rachel loves seeing couples true personalities & creativity shine on their big day and not being too caught up in the traditional aspects of a wedding! She’s sure to make your special events newsworthy!
Why did you decide to start your own company?
I’ve been an independent contractor in events for a little over a year, and in March 2016, I decided to formally organize my work as a business and start pursuing clients of my own. I wanted something that provided the feeling of ownership, the flexibility of schedule, and that I could build at my own pace. I love communicating with different vendors and seeing what they have to offer. Just recently, I have learned about the history of comedy when hiring a comedian for an event. How many people can say they get to hire comedians and learn about jokes? Not many! This job is totally unique and I love that every day is different.
How did you come up with the name of your company?
My mom has been a professional writer for most of my life, almost exclusively for newspapers. I never wanted to be a journalist, but I always the writer’s bug. I felt that Headline Media & Events encompassed that piece of my past and lead into our tagline, Featuring You, well. Whether it’s creating a better social media presence for an up-and-coming athlete or hosting a wedding that people don’t stop talking about, headlines and buzz are always the goal.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
I love the moment when clients realize that hiring me was absolutely worth it. That may come when they get a lot of recognition from recruiters for a particular tweet or when a couple knows that their anxieties have been alleviated, but it’s always a fun experience.
Do you have a favorite story related to your business?
The first wedding I ever assisted on was a beautiful event at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. No details had been left out by the planner I was working under, and the bride and groom could not have been cooler or more relaxed. About halfway through the reception, the bride approached the planner and myself and quietly whispered her ring had broken. She then extended her hand and there it was (or wasn’t) – her large diamond solitaire was sans stone. She remained completely collected and asked us not to tell her husband. We gathered the bridesmaids and all half danced/half searched until we found it in the middle of the dance floor. I was then tasked with taking it to their hotel room safe, and in the cab on the way over, I realized I had a diamond worth my entire college tuition in my pocket!
Do you have a favorite type of event?
Guests should leave a wedding saying or thinking “that was so (bride) and (groom).” Couples get far too caught up in what a wedding has to be or should be and don’t let their creativity or personality show. I love Emily Post as much as the next person, but as a newlywed myself, I can say that cutting out a lot of “traditional” wedding things made our day far more enjoyable.
Is there anything you’d like our readers to know about you personally?
My husband and I recently married at the DC War Memorial and then forewent a reception and took all our guests to a Nationals game in a suite. It was a treat getting to be a guest at my own wedding and just relaxing with friends. We got to about 50 Nationals games a year, so it was also a lot of fun getting the full VIP experience – a wedding gown can get you just about anywhere!
Headline Media & Events, Coordination and Event Planning, Media + Public Relations
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