Meet Wedding & Event Planner Danielle Bobish!
Brides tend to think they can plan their own wedding. This can be done, however, it’s probably best to have someone that could help for coordinating everything, especially the day of the wedding. It would allow you to be way less stressed and enjoy your special day! We interviewed Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events and were impressed by her down to earth and bubbly personality. Danielle was recently the recipient of the 2012 BizBash Readers Choice Social Event Planner of the Year and also picked for The Knot Best of Weddings 2013!
1. Please tell us about your business and how you got started as a wedding/event planner?
My first career was as an actress (doing mostly musical theater). When I decided to leave show business it was extremely emotional for me. I knew I needed to find something I enjoyed doing just as much as performing (which was my passion). I took a job as an assistant to an event planner and very quickly became an associate planner. I grew up with a mother who had her own catering company so it was in my blood. I have always been surrounded by this industry and just needed to focus on finding what was right in front of me.
2. What’s your favorite part of the entire wedding planning process?
I love the design process. Every couple is so different and we love to help them realize their vision in the venue they’ve chosen.
3. If you could give only one piece of advice to a bride/groom, what would that be?
Prioritize. Everyone has a budget. You have to really think about what is most important to you and make some sacrifices along the way.
4. What are some trends you’re seeing this year?
We’re seeing a lot of love for “rustic” weddings. Mason jars, chalk boards, clusters of small arrangements rather than large floral centerpieces.
5. Name 3 favorite NY Outdoor Venues and Indoor Venues:
NYC venues with Outdoor Space that we love are:
1. The Hudson Hotel
2. Le Parker Meridien, NY
3. 620 Loft and Garden
NYC Indoor Venues that we love are:
1. Gotham Hall
2. Trump Soho
3. 24 Fifth
6. Fill in the blanks: I love working with a couple that…
Want their wedding reception to be fun!! So many people are so focused on perfection that they actually impede the fun at their own wedding. It’s wonderful when a couple wants everyone (including themselves) to have an amazing time and wants us to create something that doesn’t scream “stuffy”.
7. What is the biggest strength that you bring to your clients?
8. What’s the most eccentric or strange request you have ever received from a bride or groom?
You know, I never really find any request to be strange or eccentric. I’m a big believer that there are no rules. We pride ourselves on our ability to create something unique and special. Our job would be pretty dull if we had to do the same wedding over and over again. Eccentric requests keep us on our toes!
9. When you walk a venue, what are the top three things you look for?
1. If a client has a specific theme or color scheme in mind I want to make sure they’re not “fighting the room” or that they’re not going to have to try to hide pieces of the existing décor. You want the room to compliment your vision.
2. Lighting. What lighting comes with the venue. Are the existing lights on dimmers? One of the most important elements of any event is lighting. You can decorate all you want but if it’s not lit properly it won’t have the right impact.
3. Flexibility. How easy is the venue to work with? Are they going to give me road blocks every step of the way? If the client wants something is it going to be “no way” before even saying “let’s see what we can do”?
10. What are your top tips for clients watching their budgets closely?
1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Prioritize!! Set your budget and categorize in a spreadsheet. If you wind up not spending everything you allocated for that live band that was really important to you, then you can put that left over money toward the photobooth you wanted but didn’t HAVE to have.
2. Keep track of every purchase for the wedding. A lot of brides constantly go out and buy random knick knacks that they find and think may work but don’t realize that all of those small purchases add up at the end of the day.
3. Be realistic. Not every budget can encompass a full 3 course sit down dinner with a cocktail hour and viennese station. It’s so hard to have to compromise your dream but it’s also important to be realistic with how far the numbers will stretch.
11. What advice can you give people who are on the fence about hiring an event/wedding planner?
A planner can bring you so much value. We know the most reliable and talented vendors suited to different situations. There’s a lot of information out there. How can you possibly know where to begin as someone who doesn’t do this on a daily basis. There are so many little details that people don’t realize have to be done. It’s not just about making things pretty. There’s a lot of organization that happens on our end. Then when it comes to managing the event: Are you going to be the one to cue the music to start the ceremony? Are you going to be there to load in and double check the rentals for your loft wedding? Are you going to manage set up while you’re supposed to be in hair and makeup?
12. What’s your current obsession right now?
I really enjoy the idea of bringing the outdoors inside and then inside outdoors. There’s nothing more amazing then entering a room to find a forest of trees and lanterns. Or to find little living room vignettes at an outdoor event complete with chandeliers hanging from the trees.
13. When you aren’t doing this, what are you doing?
Spending time with my family. Making time for my daughter and my husband is my number one priority. I love spending time as a family doing things like pumpkin picking, playing outside or just going to brunch. I’m a lucky lady that I can be a mom, a wife and an entrepreneur.
14. What is a random, interesting fact about you or your business?
I have a musical theater background. I was a professional singer/dancer/actress for many years prior to becoming an event planner. My company name and the inspiration for what I do is all based on my theater experience.
15. Please name some vendors you love working with.
I love working with anyone who is a team player. I never want to hear from any vendor “that’s not my job”. We all want the same outcome . . . A seamless event. I work with so many amazing vendors it wouldn’t be fair to name just a few.
Curtain Up Events is the brainchild of Danielle Bobish, who discovered that her background in professional theater was the perfect training ground for planning events. The parallels were obvious as theatrical productions and large affairs share the same key elements: costumes, lighting, set design, precision timing, and a multitude of details to coordinate. Why not bring the excitement and expertise of professional theater to the world of event planning?
Since 2005 Danielle has helped her clients stage unforgettably dramatic events — without all the drama. Through Curtain Up Events, Danielle has planned and managed both intimate and large-scale affairs throughout the Tri-State area garnering a number of industry awards along the way. CUE has been recognized as a Bride’s Choice by WeddingWire.com, selected for The Knot’s Best of Weddings, and is a recommended wedding planner by Crystalized Swarovski Elements.
Danielle is a graduate of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in musical theater. She then forged a successful acting career in the world’s most competitive talent pool, performing on stages from New York City to Los Angeles and points in between.
Danielle is currently Co-Chair of the Event Planners Association, NYC Chapter. Her work and creative ideas have appeared in numerous print and online media including The New York Times and Brides.com. She also played a key role on the event team for an episode of “My Celebrity Wedding” which aired on The Style Network. Curtain Up Events has also partnered with The Wedding Channel and The Knot in planning some of their most high-profile industry events.