Baxter’s Creative Events

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Not only do I offer Full Service Wedding Coordination, I also offer Day of Coordination, and I customize packages to meet my clients needs.  I also offer various other decorative items to assist my brides and grooms in their decoration needs.  I have a love for people and planning weddings and when I am hired by a bride; it’s as if that bride is one of my children.  I want to make sure that they have the best wedding they can possibly have and will go above and beyond to bring their dreams to fruition.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

The first wedding that I planned and assisted with, was my sons wedding.  What really got me going was when I was employed at Navy Federal Credit Union; I had a co-worker recommend me to another co-worker of whom was getting married.  The employee that recommended me sang my praises to our fellow co-worker and she decided to give me a try.  I’m so very glad that she did give me a chance because I can’t imagine not planning weddings.

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

I planned various types of events while employed at Navy Federal Credit Union; whether it was a going away function for an employee, a manager’s birthday breakfast, local branch Christmas Events and  Halloween Party at the local branch, baby showers and numerous fundraiser’s for Relay For Life.  I have planned a few bridal showers, anniversary party, baby showers, graduation party, military retirement party and several birthday parties.

* Words of advice.

Always remember that this is your special day and that you will have moments of anxiety and stress leading up to your special day.  Try to stay calm and take some moments to unwind and de-stress.  You and the groom need to set time aside for just the two of you to enjoy each others company.  Wedding planning is a major task and can cause some stress and frustration for the two of you but it’s important to remember that it’s your special day and that you will need some alone time to just simply reflect on the two of you and nothing else.  Take a long hike, walk on the beach, a nice bike ride together or have a couples massage and simply reconnect with one another and enjoy your day without any distractions.  Planning will keep you so very busy and will sometimes drive you crazy but if you have a wedding coordinator; they will take so much of that stress off of the two of you so that you can enjoy each others company and the wedding planning process all the way through to the final exit from the reception.

* Why is having a planner a must?

We have some of the best contacts in the area with vendors and venues.  We will make sure that your wedding day will be so relaxing and stress free so that the bride, groom and their family can enjoy every single moment of the special day.  We will keep the bride and groom on track with their budget and offer assistance with creative ideas and colors to help the bride and groom plan and stay organized.

* Add any additional information you would like.

This is not a job for me; this is the best career I could have ever asked for and it’s a way of life that gives me so much pleasure.  I really enjoy meeting new and interesting people and I have worked with so many different brides and grooms and even after the wedding I am still in contact with the majority of them.  Out of all of this wedding planning I have one regret, and that regret is that I didn’t start planning weddings sooner!  I Received WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award 2012, WeddingWire Rated 2012 & 2011.  I was also a Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards Finalist “Best Wedding Planner” and was Ranked 2nd in Virginia and 39 out of 100 in the United States.

Contact Information:

Sandra Baxter, Owner
Baxter’s Creative Events
(757) 470-1735
www.baxterscreativeevents.webs.com
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Received WeddingWire’s Brides Choice Award 2012
WeddingWire Rated 2012 & 2011
ISES Member, 757 Wedding Professionals Member
Wedding Industry Experts 2012 Awards Finalist “Best Wedding Planner”
Ranked 2nd in Virginia and 39 out of 100 in the United States

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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.

***Here’s some information to check out for Antonia Christianson Events! ***

Email: antonia@antoniachristiansonevents.com
Website: www.AntoniaChristiansonEvents.com
Blog: www.AntoniaChristiansonEvents.Blogspot.com
Twitter: ACEvents
Facebook: facebook.com/antoniachristiansonevents
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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.

Check out Wildflower Weddings at www.wildflowerweddingsva.com!

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