How did you get started doing this type of work?
I work with my sisters and we have a very large family. My grandfather on my dad's side had 42 children. (Yes, papa was a rolling stone!) Growing up we were always hosting family dinners, so on a regular Friday night a small family gathering consisted of 40-50 people. Then we begin with birthday parties, graduation parties, baby showers, and then one of my sisters got married. That was the beginning of what we have found ourselves loving to do each day.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We do weddings and many birthday parties. That is balanced out with other events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and wedding rehearsal dinners.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I am proud to say that we had the opportunity to work with Disney World of Orlando on a Fairytale Wedding! Everything from a horse & carriage arrival to the ceremony, to The Grand Duke bringing the rings down the aisle, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse joining the lovely couple to dance with them and cut the cake. It was absolutely amazing!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure that whomever you choose as your planner that after your consultation you feel like you two could be best friends. Over the course of your wedding planning, you will get to know each other so well that you will truly feel like best friends when it is all over with.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish my customers were able to truly understand what all goes into planning any event. For a wedding on average 120 hours go into planning an entire wedding from start to finish. For planning any party or event on average 75 hours go into planning. It is important to understand that the more guests you have the higher your cost will be. Planning an event can be costly, so be prepared with a reasonable budget for your event.