Michael Monday’s

My greatest professional honor…

Being named the Vice-President of National Bridal Service. The President has been a mentor my entire career. (The story is in the opening chapter of “Wonder-filled Weddings.”) Mr. Wright advised me early on: “It’s better to be important to a few, than nobody to everybody.” As a result I’m intensely loyal to chosen designers and vendors and they bend over backwards for my brides.

Michael Nolte and Gary Wright

The greatest part of being a Father…

Is to have three daughters! God certainly knew what He was doing when those were my gifts from Him. I love that my girls still come to me for serious talk (and of course occasional cash!)

Michael Nolte with Daughters in front of Store

The greatest compliment given me…

“You’re the same guy off stage as you appear on stage.”

 

When it comes to teaching newcomers to the wedding industry…

I tell them to narrow their niche. There is over-saturation of bridal stores and a ton of wanna-be planners. Be sure you are a specialist as opposed to “everything for everybody.” I only want to work with authentic people who have realistic budgets for their dreams. I am honest back and we brainstorm together. It’s so much fun!

In high school I would be described as…
Creative, driven, pushing the envelope. From class president, to productions, speeches and proms….”Go big or go home.” (Some things never change!)

 

I got lucky…

By having parents in an original marriage that made college degrees for all three of us a kept promise. As a first born, only son, I majored a bit in “social life,” and my sisters are much smarter than me.

Henry and Shirley Nolte

What I’ve learned about love…

There is a difference in “love” and “commitment.” One is a feeling, the other is a choice. I’m not a quitter, but there have been plenty of times I wanted to bail. Any married couple that says otherwise is lying. We’re at 39 years for having honored our “choice.”