Congratulations to Angie Dunbar from Stylish Events for winning the Wecora contest on Planner’s Lounge! Angie won 3 months free of Wecora for submitting her design boards. Angie is the owner of Stylish Events, a planning and design firm based in Williston, North Dakota. In today’s post, Angie shares her expert advice and top resources as a professional event designer.
1) How did you get started in your planning/design business
I started my business because there was such a need for these type of services in my area. I got married in 2008 and there was no one to help decorate or help plan weddings. My family and I did all of the work. I have also always enjoyed weddings and helped my mom who worked at a local floral shop for many years.
2) What makes your business unique?
My business is unique in the fact that there is no one else with this type of business within almost 150 miles from me, and I am the only one in my area who offers planning services, decor rentals, and decor design services.
3) What are common pain points of this industry that you see?
For me in my area, it is always cost. Clients have no idea how much services cost, and getting clients to do more than the same exact wedding with the same vase and flowers as everyone else. Clients in my area tend to lean on the simple and conservative side when it comes to planning and decorating for large events.
4) How has technology benefitted your business growth?
Technology has been a major factor in our business growth. Just having the Internet to search for products and ideas has been one of the best time-saving benefits for us. We are in a rural area and only have a few local resources, so being able to order products online and getting them here has been huge for us.
5) What tech tools are you currently finding helpful and why?
Wecora has been the number one best tech tool we have started using. It helps us pull all of the ideas from the client and what we add into one place. It helps our clients get the overall vision for their event in one place. It has also helped us grow and become more professional in the way we present materials to our clients. They really love it!
The other tech tool I have started using is 17Hats, it is great to track all of our projects in one place, stay organized and the online invoicing and contract signing has been great. Clients are paying their invoices in a timely manner and getting contracts signed much faster.
6) What advice would you give someone planning/designing their very first event?
Invest in using Wecora. It is such a great design tool. Your clients will be impressed with your professionalism, and you and your client will always be able to stay on track as you plan and design the event. Wecora helps manage the client’s expectations with lots of visuals and descriptions.
Angie, thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!
Photo Credit: Gabriel and Carin Photography