Designing, orchestrating and simplifying the wedding experience for couples
An industry expert, Kate Christensen, owner of Kate & Company in Chandler, has been planning events in the Valley since 1983. From corporate events and conventions to intimate birthday dinners and destination weddings, Christensen and her team have the experience and knowledge to handle all the fine details that are involved in creating a beautiful and memorable wedding experience.
Consider a Wedding Consultant
Depending on whether the couple wants to actively plan every aspect of their wedding from rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception, a wedding consultant may be something to consider.
“A lot of couples just don’t have the time to research all that is entailed in planning a wedding such as invitations, caterers and florists,” says Christensen. “It can be very overwhelming.”
While most large hotels and resorts offer wedding planners as part of the venue package, there isn’t typically someone designated to help with the decisions that don’t take place on the property.
“It’s what we live and breathe,” Christensen says. “We’re here to support, enhance and complete the experience.”
With the average cost of a wedding ranging between $27,000 and $30,000, wedding consultants can usually negotiate prices with vendors and work within a budget. They can provide full service planning, wedding day coordination, final touches assistance and offer hourly consultations.
“We understand the value of the overall budget and can make it affordable without losing the vision and the inspiration from the couple,” Christensen added.
Range of Services
If you’re thinking of hiring a wedding consultant, an initial meeting with Kate & Company is complimentary. For brides desiring full wedding planning, services include planning sessions, email and phone communication, etiquette advice, a personalized wedding checklist and detailed timeline and budget development and management.
Also included are things like customized wedding design, assistance with invitation and menu selections, event day itinerary, and on-site coordination.
The wedding consultants at Kate & Company are always thinking ahead and come prepared.
“We take the responsibility off the bride, the mom or the bridesmaids and keep everything on schedule,” Christensen says. “If the ceremony concludes earlier than expected, we communicate with the staff at the reception site to ensure everyone is ready for the arrival.”
A wedding consultant can assist in reviewing vendor contracts and confirm responsibilities prior to the big day. They can also supervise collection and organization of gifts and distribute flowers and bouquets to the bridal party and attendants.
Hourly consultations are ideal for those DIY brides and couples in need of a few recommendations and vendor advice.
Kate & Company launched Wedding Wednesdays at the start of 2015 at SoHo63, a hip and historic wedding venue in Downtown Chandler.
These complimentary monthly workshops are intended to educate couples, bridal party and family on various topics each month.
“One recent workshop was focused on how to design a table centerpiece by saving money and reusing items,” Christensen says. “These are unique opportunities for brides to gain invaluable knowledge from local wedding experts.”
Following the wedding, many newlyweds continue the celebration on to the honeymoon. The team at Kate & Company can provide custom honeymoon planning to destinations all around the world.
“Most of our clients are looking for an all-inclusive honeymoon,” Christensen says. “We help prepare the itinerary, arrange ground transportation and book the activities, while creating a very individualized experience.”
While many would argue the true cost of a wedding consultant is invaluable, the price ranges from $1,000 to $3,500 and varies on an individual basis.
Christensen and her team of professionals are devoted to the industry. Their job is to represent the couple and to always keeping their best interest in mind. She reminds her staff regularly not to recreate what’s already out there but to be inspired.
“We do it with grace and happiness,” she says.
Learn more about Kate & Company by visiting KateAndCompanyEvents.com or by calling 480.403.4611.