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About Prima Eventi Event Planning and Production, Inc.

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Prima Eventi is a Pittsburgh based wedding, event planning and production firm.

Prima Eventi provides the following services:

* event planning and day-of management
* venue selection
* catering with custom menus
* professional staffs
* tents
* equipment (tables, chairs and staging)
* linens
* silverware
* decor (lighting, props, floral, balloons, fabric, furnishings and more)
* entertainment
* invitations
* table and place cards
* menu cards
* transportation
* accommodations
* valet parking
* photography
* many other event services

Prima Eventi also provides educational seminars and classes on cooking, wine and etiquette to Carnegie-Mellon University, corporations, consulting, law and accounting firms and small groups in client's homes.

Christine Ferguson speaks of the firm's founding:

"I launched Aromas Fine Catering with my brother, an accomplished executive chef, in 1997. For eight years, Aromas provided wonderful cuisine, excellent service and a tasteful and elegant approach to decor.

We learned that our clients wanted us to provide more than wonderful food. They wanted event design, project planning, estimating, subcontractors, a team of professionals and leadership to bring the event plan to fruition. I soon found that my education and experience prepared me well to meet my clients' expectations and a new firm was born -- Prima Eventi, Inc.

I take a disciplined approach to event planning and production. After training as an engineer, I believe in following a defined and documented process. My initial discussion with a new client is about clearly defining what is the purpose of his/her event and how he/she define it's success.

If the event celebrates a person, a wonderful and personalized experience that reflects well on the host and the guest of honor may be the goal.

If the event celebrates an acquisition or merger, then raising awareness of the new unified firm or bringing together two disparate management teams may be the desired outcome.

If the event's purpose is fundraising, I am mindful of both the top-line revenue equation and bottom-line profit. This requires an event that is enticing enough to sell tickets, yet carefully planned to contain costs."

Christine earned a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Planning and producing events allow her to use skills that she has developed through her life, education and business experience. Prima Eventi is a full-service event company specializing in corporate events, weddings, receptions, fundraising events and social affairs.

At Prima Eventi, we can design and plan your event, from the very beginning to the final detail or give you guidance and support as needed while you plan an event. We also offer our clients cooking lessons, wine education and tastings and etiquette training.

For more information, please visit our website.


1151 Freeport Road, No. 205
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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  • 5/5 stars

    Christine was our wedding planner and proved to be an invaluable resource to us. Her knowledge, connections, and attention to detail are unparalleled. Definitely the best decision we made for our big day.

Question and answer

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. My pricing is based on the goals of each client and time required to perform these tasks. I meet with each client - the initial on-hour meeting is free of charge - and listen to their wishes. I walk them through a planning document that serves as a template for an informed estimate. I then provide them with an estimate in writing.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

A. I plan and produce weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate gatherings, wine education evenings, and fundraising events for organizations in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.

Most of my clients request my help at the early stages of their planning and we work hand-in-hand throughout the planning process and on the date of the event and for the follow-up post event. I help them clarify the purpose of the event, help put structure to the planning process and help bring their dreams and ideas to fruition. If the client has a vision for the event, I make their vision a reality. If they prefer to have my help to envision the event, I provide a creative solution, then do the work to implement that solution.

Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I planned a wedding for a lovely couple that took place on April 12th 2014. The wedding was in a social hall at the groom's parish. This large hall was very nice, but the bride wanted to transform the space into something very bright and celebratory. Using lighting, linens, balloons and colored streamers, candles and flowers, the space was transformed and the guests had such a great time - they stayed until 1:00 in the morning!

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Consider what is important to you in addition to price. What would you like a planner to do for you and what would you prefer to do for yourself? Create a list of questions around these tasks and hire the planner that can accomplish your goals and has experience doing so.

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. I wish that my customer's knew that planning is not just for those that find events difficult or those that need help designing their event. I have many wonderful clients that come to me with their own vision and event design, then they procure my services to bring their vision and design to fruition.

Also - my job is not just to "paint a pretty picture"; my job is 10% creative and 90% making the "trains run on time". I spend a lot of time making lists and checking them twice!

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