We are back with another Vendor Spotlight to kick off your week. Whether you just got engaged or have already started planning your upcoming wedding, I believe that hiring a wedding planner will take the stress off your BIG DAY and you’ll be able to have piece of mind and live in the moment! Today, we are featuring our good friend, Erika Hernandez of EH Social Events. I’ve personally worked with Erika on numerous events and she is not only resourceful but details oriented and super creative!
RPB: So Erika, please tell us about your business and how you got started as a wedding planner?
EH: Since I can remember I’ve always been drawn to creating; as a child I looked forward to Saturday morning craft classes at the local craft store. As I got older I grew a passion for colors, textures, fashion, music and celebrations. Being such a creative person and having so many interests only lead me to explore different career paths that never made the cut. So, I decided to open a small party store where after some time I realized that I was close to my “calling” but not completely there. After three years, I sold my store, went back to school and EH Social Events was born. It’s over 8 years now and I’ve never felt more complete doing anything else.
EH: Being able to see my clients’ vision come to life, and the process it takes to get there.
RPB: If you could give only one piece of advice to a bride/groom, what would that be?
EH: The secret formula to any successful wedding is to do the math, be creative, stay organized and have fun!
RPB: We love seeing themed weddings. What are some trends you’re seeing this year?
EH: There so many trends I’ve in 2013 but my favorites would have to be the use of patterns in wedding decor and fashion, the roaring 20’s I know we’ve all seen a lot of and although they didn’t make a huge presences this year, I got to say food trucks.
EH: Addison Park in Aberdeen, The Waterside in Weehawken, and The Stonehouse in Warren.
RPB: Tell us the most eccentric or strange request you have ever received from a bride or groom?
EH: Nothing has surprised enough to consider a request eccentric, so you’ll have to stay tuned.
RPB: When you walk a venue, what are the top three things you look for?
EH: Call me crazy but the first thing I look for are emergency exits, fire sprinklers, elevators and any other safety factor that sometimes people overlook. Your guests’ safety and comfort is just as, if not more, important as how pretty the location is. Then I look at the square footage and the structural decor of the space.
RPB: We know you are resourceful. Tell us what are your top tips for clients watching their budgets closely?
EH: A budget is a “MUST” and not a mental one but one on paper. Making sure you follow and stay within the budget you set for yourself is so important. Write everything down and make sure you keep receipts for everything you purchase, even of the smallest things you may think aren’t a big deal. Also, shop around, someone always has a better deal.
RPB: I know a wedding planner is an essential part of planning a wedding. What advice can you give our readers who are on the fence about hiring an event/wedding planner?
EH: Follow your instincts! If in your initial consultation you don’t feel comfortable with this person, than find someone else. If you can’t imagine this person being your new best friend or extended family member during your planning process then they’re not a match for you.
RPB: Complete this sentence: I’m obsessed with…
EH:…DIY projects because it’s the only thing that keeps me sane!
RPB: When are you up to on your free time?
EH: That’s a tough! Besides being a mom, I would have to say redecorating my house. I always have some project going on at home.
RPB: Tell us an interesting fact about you or your business?
EH: I don’t retail for anything! Hahaha… I’m a save a dollar Queen.
ABOUT EH SOCIAL
EH Social Events specializes in designing and executing fabulous social celebrations and special events with sophistication, style, and signature details. From product launching to themed events; weddings or social gatherings, we believe your event should have character, creativity and be a reflection of you. EH Social Events provides the best of both design and execution through our completely customized planning service. We can provide full-scale event management or can coordinate individual aspects of an event. Visit our WEBSITE to learn more about us and our services!