What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
One hour of in-person consultation is included with most packages. It's important for me to get to know my clients so that I can best serve their needs. Developing an understanding of my clients' style of doing business and entertaining helps me to determine the best approach to her/his needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I attended Fashion Institute in Los Angeles, and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UC San Diego. My past professional experience in event planning and marketing includes gallery management, political fundraising, nonprofit fundraising and management, elite and professional sports hospitality and wedding/event consulting.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Yes. Our packages range from the very basic concierge services to full planning. Our Partin Package starts at $275 with full planning services up to $2,000. We also offer our Toute de Suite weddings for those last minute couples who just can't wait! This package starts at $975. Tiny Weddings are all inclusive and range from $6500-$10000. We offer many ala carte and custom services as well.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My family didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up but my mother had an innate sense of elegance and charm. Every birthday or dinner party had those special and lovely touches that my mother would come up with on her own. I suppose she was the original DIY hostess. I learned this trait from her at an early age and it carried with me through schooling and into my professional life. My parents also were in the restaurant business which result in my intuitive ability to manage food and beverage service providers, caterers and bartenders. My clients find this particular skill and expertise to be extremely helpful and rare in a party/wedding planner.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked on projects with major political campaigns, for significant nonprofits and professional sports companies. I have worked with clients who have budgets of $5,000 and clients where money is no object. My preference is to work with DIY clients who have big style and modest budgets. It's a challenge that I can always meet.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Sarah and Rene found me on Thumbtack about three weeks before their February 26 wedding. Sarah was worried that without a coordinator her ceremony would be disorganized and that she would run late. Rene, her fiance, wanted to ensure that his bride was as relaxed and happy on their wedding day as possible. I worked with them for a very short time to finalize details and communicate with their vendors, oversee their rehearsal and ceremony. Our team also took care of all of her reception decor setup and ensured that her vendors were fulfilling their contractual obligations and were doing everything the way that Sarah had planned.
I enjoyed very much working with Sarah and Rene because I could see how happy that they both were not to have to worry about the details of their special day.
I received a text first thing the next morning from Sarah in which she expressed how happy and grateful she was to have found Partini and how much she appreciated all that we did.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Experience comes with time. Always consider the number of years that a professional has spent in their field. Also, what I always tell my clients, when it comes to deejays and photographers is "you get what you pay for."
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Always be prepared to share your budget. The best professionals will be the most busy and they won't have time to spend playing guessing games with you on your budget. Go in with an amount you want to spend but always have a number in your head that you are WILLING to spend. Start your negotiations from that number. Also, please remember that people should be paid fairly for the services and work that they provide. A good party professional will pass on a gig if they don't think it's worth their time.