Amanda Event Planning is a Metro Atlanta based special event planning service. We provide event planning and event design services down to the last detail. It’s your event so relax and enjoy it while Amanda Event Planning takes care of the stress of planning an event. Whether you’re looking to plan a wedding, birthday party, corporate event, holiday party, or any special occasion, we will tailor to your needs with maximum detail, creativity, and style that will impress you and your guests.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced while planning an event and how did you overcome it?
Luckily, I’ve had really amazing clients and haven’t had many mishaps. I like to bring an emergency kit with me in case I need it. It has things like a sewing kit, stain remover – I’ve definitely learned the hard way.
One couple forgot to order cake plates and we didn’t realize until right before the reception was about to start so I ran to the local gas station and thankfully was able to improvise with what they had available. Another time, the bride was an hour late to the ceremony start, so I played little games with the guests who had been sitting there for a while. I try to make any mishaps at the very least less stressful for everyone.
What are 2 trends in the event planning industry that you’re excited about?
I’m loving the donut walls and tables and I also love the different “flower girls” that people are choosing. Like their grandmothers or their best GUY friend!
What are some tips for creating an elegant and memorable event on a tight budget?
You can ALMOST find anything cool to repurpose at the dollar store. And two things to remember…the guests will most likely remember the FOOD and the MUSIC the most. If they are having fun on a full belly, you are good to go!
If you had unlimited resources, what would your dream client and event look like?
I would LOVE to plan a wedding in a castle overseas. Having beautiful LARGE flower centerpieces, candles everywhere and the most amazing food and drink that money could buy.
How important are your relationships with vendors and what are some ways that you successfully cultivate and ensure good rapport?
Vendor relationships are so very important. Not only do you gain clients by having a loyal vendor circle, but you can also have someone to count on should you need a last-minute caterer, DJ, etc. I love being able to make my client’s day special with other vendors that I KNOW will do a great job.
What advice would you give someone who needs to plan a fundraiser but isn’t sure where to start?
I would first research what types of permits they need. A lot of times clients don’t think of the “legal” aspect of planning events. I would then contact the local small businesses to see about donations. Small businesses like to get their names out there for a good cause.
What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for you personally or professionally?
In 2020, I am rebranding and I am going to take a few more classes to make sure I’m one of the top planners in my area. I’m really excited to know that I will be doing all I can for my clients.
What inspired you to launch your own company in the event industry? How long did it take from initially having the idea to setting up and starting to attract a client base?
In my early 20’s I began to “help” friends and family plan and organize their children’s birthday parties, and that escalated to helping friends of friends. I had also been planning and organizing office events here and there. I’d oftentimes get comments like “You should be an event planner” or “this is the best party I’ve been to”. Naturally, that got me thinking that maybe I could do this for a living. Not only is it something I love to do, but it’s something I can see myself doing for a long time.
With support and encouragement from my wife and sister, I started my little business. Amanda Event Planning is fully insured and certified and seems to be taking off. It took a little while to get my wings, but I feel like I’m flying!
What’s the first event you can ever remember planning and how did it go?
My very first “big” event was a baby shower for a co-worker about 10 years ago. I was nervous because there were about 70 guests invited and we had a small space to make look amazing. I chose the “Rubber Ducky” theme and it turned out great! I always make sure to start with a checklist, no matter how big or small the event might be. A checklist helps me make sure I have everything covered.
What are some things you wished you knew before starting your businesses?
I don’t want to say it’s been a bumpy road, but smooth, no. The biggest struggle is having to utilize your own finances to get going. From branding and logos to business cards and signs, it can be pricey.
I’ve also struggled a little with finding clientele. As with anything, starting out can be hard because you want a client to trust you and if you don’t have a lot of experience under your belt or reviews on your website, it’s hard for them to trust you. Trust is most important.
What’s the most surprising or unusual request you have ever received from a client and were you able to fulfill it?
Llamas!! And it was the greatest. My couple wanted to have two llamas at their wedding for a photo op and I was able to find a place that actually had “Wedding Llamas” and it was booked with no problem. What a big hit that was!
Anything else you’d like to comment on while we have you?
My wife and sister deserve credit for being so supportive. Also, my mom. She passed away a while ago, but she was very creative and artsy and I credit her for gifting me those qualities