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Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Phoenix Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle, from Simply Refined Events.
Why do couples love working with you?
Couples love the fact that I keep it real…things can get pretty tense during the planning and I have a way of calming the waters so to speak. I am their reality check as things can get out of hand, I am their voice of reason, their encouragement, and their biggest cheerleader. No matter if they hire me for full service or what we refer to as Day-of, I always go above and beyond and they know it and appreciate it.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
The thrill of pulling it all together come wedding day. Yes, I know that is not the norm for most, but I come from the operations side of the business and I love that aspect of it. I love putting together the timeline and coordinating all the vendors coming and going and orchestrating the entire production, yes I said production because that’s what it is and you have one shot to make it right.
How did you get started?
I always smile when I get asked this question, I worked my way up through the trenches of the Food and Beverage Industry. I have held just about every job from server to banquet staff to Director of Catering at some amazing resorts and Private Country Clubs. I know this industry inside and out, I can do just about anything on the operations side – well maybe not everything but I know enough, you probably wouldn’t want me cooking your dinner but I can put down a dance floor and set up a stage if needed.
What 3 words best describe your company?
Passionate, Reliable, Experienced.
What is your favorite part of the wedding planning process?
Hard to choose what I love most about the planning process as I enjoy all of it, but I suppose it is the uniqueness of every wedding, nothing is ever the same or repetitive. I think I would get bored if it was always the same.
What budget range do you cater to?
All budgets. I always say everyone has a budget the only difference is the number of zeros on the end.
Not enough words to thank you sufficiently for all that you’ve done the past 16 months to ensure we had a spectacular, beautiful wedding day!
-Emma & Sean
EVERYTHING was amazing!! Best Wedding Coordinator in the business!! Our day had so many details and nothing was missed! Exceptional service!!
-Whitney & Michael
Michelle with Simply Refined Events did an AMAZING job! In addition to the planning process, Michelle’s day-of service was phenomenal. I just cannot imagine how we could have coordinated everything without her. We were fortunate to find her.
-Jen & Ryan