Tell us a little about your brand?
Distinctive Events by Karen is a professional full service planning company experienced with wedding of all sizes and budgets. We are experienced at handling the many aspects that events can bring. We take great pride in understanding the vision our clients have for their special day and bringing it to life. When a couple entrusts their most special day to us, we consider it a privilege that we don’t take lightly.
What inspired you to go into wedding design ?
Before pursuing a professional career as a wedding planner, I have always had a love for planning and designing. Everyone knew who to go to if you wanted to make things pretty.
After planning my wedding which turned out to be a huge success, I decided to launch my own business. I got certified as a Professional Wedding Consultant through Penn Foster and have been enjoying working with our couples ever since.
Describe the Distinctive Events by Karen method of planning?
For us, we are more concerned about quality as oppose to quantity, which is why we do one wedding per weekend. We are detailed oriented and obsessed with going above and beyond for our clients. For most brides, planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience, being able to offer guidance and clarity while staying true to their vision and personalities is an incredibly rewarding experience.
What is your favorite part of the planning process?
I have so many favorite parts from seeing the joy on parents faces to seeing the guests all having a great time. But my favorite part is usually the initial consultation where I get to focus on the couple and hear their vision for their special day. This is very important to me because my goal is always to make each couple’s dream a reality. I believe that the first couple of meetings is essential for laying a solid foundation that will carry throughout the entire process.
What is your favorite thing about weddings?
This is a great question, my favorite part is the ceremony where the couple says their vows and is eventually joined as husband and wife. In today’s society, a lot of attention is focused on the gown, décor etc which is great, however the marriage really begins after all the partying is over. I love when I work with couples who are very much in love and have a strong and realistic foundation of what marriage is all about beyond the glitz and glam
What are some of your favorite venues in Houston?
We are blessed with so many beautiful venues; I will have to say the Westin Galleria and Hotel Zaza are my favorites currently. I have worked with these two venues and have been repeatedly blown away by their exceptional service and attention to detail.
Why should brides hire a planner?
Like I stated previously, most brides are not aware of all that goes into planning a wedding, so you find that they rely on friends and family members who end up not following through, or they forget key details of the wedding. I think every bride should have a planner or coordinator to help ensure that all aspects of their wedding is handled efficiently and accurately. Also it’s important for the couple and their loved ones to have the opportunity to kick back and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. I have been a guest at weddings where the couple is busy handing details at their reception, that’s always makes me very sad.
Any advice for brides to be on the planning process?
I will say have a clear idea of your budget, guest count and vision. Work with a good planner who you are comfortable with and stay on track with wedding planning tasks. Once a good foundation has been established earlier on, the rest should be a little less stressful and hopefully she can relax and enjoy the process.
Any trends you’re most excited to see this year?
Well I am excited because there is a lot more creativity going on overall. Brides are no longer sticking with what is traditional or comfortable. They are pushing the limits with their ideas, colors, style etc and vendors are stepping up to the plate. So that’s very exciting.
When you’re not planning weddings, what do you love to do?
Cuddling with my daughter and husband watching her favorite cartoon. Parents of toddlers can relate, you pretty much watch what they love and with time you start to enjoy it. lol
If you could travel to any destination right now, where would it be?
Well my husband and I are thinking our next family vacation should be to Europe. We are big on traveling now because we want to expose our daughter to other cultures around the world. We recently visited Dubai and she loved it, we learnt a lot too because the culture is very different from what we are used to in the United States. My other reason for wanting to travel around is food. I am a big foodie and I love trying new dishes from other cultures.
What is your favorite Guilty pleasure?
I hate to admit it but currently enjoying some pastries from La madaleine. Their palmiers, coconut macaroons, raspberry white chocolate cake are to die for. I work hard so I also indulge often. Lol
Tell us Something that recently inspired you?
I am a people person; I enjoy talking to people and hearing their stories. I get inspired by people who daily fight to overcome adversity and struggle to reach their goals. It keeps me humble and grateful
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