Archives for September 2012

Antonia Christianson Events

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

I was born and raised a Virginia Beach gal and I take great pride in making my clients feel at home in my hometown. About 70% of my clients no longer live in Hampton Roads, so when they are away I take it upon myself to make sure everything they need is done, as if they are here. I really take pride in helping each client make their wedding a unique event for their guests. I take great care and work diligently to make sure that every bride and groom have their own personalized experience and to make their day exceptionally special.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

A big factor that influenced my decision to move into the wedding industry had to do with being raised in the social events industry. My grandparents owned a large food distribution plant that allowed them to travel up and down the east coast to attend banquets and conferences. I was often allowed to travel with them and see these events that helped create my inspiration to become an event planner. Also, my mom was very involved in event planning and owned her own catering business. Since I grew up in this environment, I have always loved the little details of the events that make them so unique and extraordinary. So when I graduated college and went into the corporate event world, I immediately felt like this was my calling. My company has continued to evolve and grow along with our clients

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

I have experience in various areas outside of wedding planning ranging from non-profit organizations such as Susan G. Komen to P.R. Marketing and Brand Launch Events as well as radio promotions and corporate planning. I’m very grateful for these opportunities and for the ability to expand my experiences. I work to apply what I have learned from these experiences to my company and staff to help my business grow and develop. I enjoy putting my time and effort into helping these other organizations or companies because of the positive effect they have on society. Also, I believe my staff, which consists of a wide variety of women, provide a tailored experience to my clients and enable them to interact on a personal level.
* Words of advice.

I have a few words of advice. Don’t let your friends’ opinions take control of your decisions for your wedding. They can give great suggestions, but what it boils down to is what you want for your special day. Take the time to remember why you’re getting married. Next, make sure you spend as much time planning yourmarriage as you do your wedding. Last but not least, finding inspiration online is always great but making it your own is what will make the wedding a unique and fun experience.

* Why is having a planner a must? 

There are so many aspects to an event planner that people have no general knowledge of. We are responsible for many big and little pieces of the overall puzzle that help it come into place at the end. All of the wedding details are equally important and make a difference. I help bring all those choices to light with each client so they know what to expect and what they want for their wedding. Between the arrangements of seating to the confirmation of vendors the week before, we help the bride and groom out with as much as we can. Planners help greatly with the client’s piece of mind but we also make sure each client has a unique experience catered to their preferences.

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Plan Ahead

It’s that time of year again. The weather is changing, colorful leaves are starting to peek through, boots are being pulled out,  and sweatshirts are already being worn.

The flavors are in too, caramels and pumpkin spice….ooooh la la.

Do you know what that means?!?!?

Holiday parties are right around the corner!!! Plan in advance and save. Call us with your business name, the date of your holiday party, and let us handle the rest of your linen details and offer you an early bird incentive.  What is it you ask? 10 FREE red, green, or blue sashes if you book before October 31!

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Emily Weddings

Meet Emily Peterson with Emily Weddings!

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Our service is personal. You’re not just hiring a planner – you’re hiring a group of professionals that will cater to every detail of your day.  We not only care about your wedding, we care about you, and we want every bride to feel that from the first meeting.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

Since we are not just one planner, we all started differently.  Emily Petersen began singing at wedding ceremonies, and quickly realized her love of the industry.  She progressed to a mistress of ceremonies, and is now a Professional Wedding Consultant with twelve years of experience.  She then built her team of professionals that all share a love for weddings and each bring something amazingly different to the group.

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

You can find a little bit of everything inside our company – mothers, sales reps, dance instructors, we have it all.

* Words of advice.

Never settle.  You have one day that is all about you, and it should be exactly what you want.  We are here to make sure that happens.

* Why is having a planner a must?

We are there on your big day to represent you.  The caterer will represent their food, the photographer their pictures, etc.  We are the only vendor that is entirely and completely there to represent you.

Waterford Event Rentals, LLC is proud to work with Emily Weddings!! Check out some of her work below and on Emily Weddings Facebook page. 

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Whitney Ketcham of Wildflower Weddings

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Wildflower Weddings offers no set packages because we believe that every bride has different needs from our company.  Our services are completely customizable and allow each bride to get exactly what they need in order to plan their perfect wedding.  We also offer D-I-Y sessions and assistance to our brides that want their wedding to be more personal.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I started in the wedding industry selling wedding dresses at Maya Couture and ended up getting a job with another planner in the industry.   

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

Outside of wedding planning I have been involved with a non-profit planning their events like Wine Tastings and Fundraisers ranging from Motorcycle Rides to Skydiving with Wounded Military members.  I also have experience in planning events with sports teams at a professional playing level and corporate events.

* Words of advice.

My biggest word of advice I can give to brides is to make sure you plan YOUR wedding day.  I know we all have those important loved ones who will have input but be sure that your wedding reflects you and your groom.  Especially with the little details…from the groom’s processional song to incorporating little rituals you have in your daily lives on the wedding day.  Your wedding day should be YOURS to remember.

* Why is having a planner a must?

Having a wedding planner is a must because we take the stress of the wedding day away.  You don’t have to worry about your mom or Aunt missing any detail of the wedding because they are the ones handling everything.  Everyone you want to be involved in your wedding is and they aren’t stressing what time they need to get the bridal party lined up or if the caterer remembers to fold the napkins the way you want. Remember…we are in this profession because we choose to be, not because someone asked us to help out.

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