Antonia Baker Experience is a luxury wedding and event planning concierge company based in Fredericksburg Va, but serving mainly the DMV area, with expertise in multicultural and destination planning.
What are 2 trends in the event planning industry that you’re excited about?
- Intimate Weddings – smaller and grander
- More diversity – publications being more aware
What are some tips for creating an elegant and memorable event on a tight budget?
Candles and draping
If you had unlimited resources, what would your dream client and event look like?
Oh my gosh!!!! I love clean, white, greenery with gold accents. That is my fave – just clean and pretty.
How important are your relationships with vendors and what are some ways that you successfully cultivate and ensure good rapport?
Extremely – I actually think how you work with all the vendors is top in making sure the event is a success.
What advice would you give someone who needs to plan a fundraiser but isn’t sure where to start?
Come up with a vision and budget and what you will need to execute your plan.
What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for you personally or professionally?
I am really excited to make my business a firm and hire more planners and being able to empower other women-owned businesses.
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?
I have always loved planning and definitely my first styled shoot I was hooked. It took me a year to build content and build relationships.
What’s the first event you can ever remember planning and how did it go?
Planning my corporate holiday dinner for about 1,000 plus employees over the course of three weeks.
What are some things you wished you knew before starting your businesses?
Know my worth and the power of saying NO 🙂
What’s the most surprising or unusual request you have ever received from a client and were you able to fulfill it?
I had a friend call me for a horse for his birthday shoot in less than 24 hours and I was able to make it happen in like an hour.