Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Designer Andrea Eppolito is known for creating weddings that entice the senses and come to life with soul, passion, personal touches, and impeccable service. Touted as one of the best wedding planners worldwide.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Weddings in Las Vegas Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Las Vegas wedding planner Andrea Eppolito, from Andrea Eppolito Events.
Where have you been featured?
WedLuxe, Brides.com, Style Me Pretty, Junebug, Carats & Cake, Reverie Gallery, New York Times, LA Times, Little Vegas Wedding, etc.
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
My couples are looking for a very personal experience filled with unexpected touches, My clients are driven my their guest’s experience, and are relentless in the pursuit of unique ways to share their love story.
Why do couples love working with you?
I love what I do, who I do it for, and who I do it with. Technical skill can be taught, but passion is impossible to fake! My couples know that I adore them, and I work tirelessly to ensure that at the end of their wedding experience they are overjoyed, feeling as if they could not want for anything more!
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
I get to impact people’s lives, to make the world a slightly prettier place than it was when I found it. I don’t believe in doing anything small, and so the ability to help a couple convey their own story in a way that they may not have thought of is a really special gift that I don’t take lightly.
How did you get started?
I got a job in high school working at a wedding tradeshow and one day with brides was all it took; I was hooked! I dedicated my entire education and work history to studying hospitality, food and wine. I learned photography and design, worked with videographers and lighting techs so that I could understand how each element of a wedding would impact the others, and how to blend those sensory experiences so that a moment would become a memory.
What budget range do you cater to?
On average, my clients spend roughly $1500 – $2000 per person, with some starting at $750 a head, and others spending over $3000 and beyond.
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
We always start with a conversation, a coffee date, or a Skype. Anything to help determine if we are a good match. I am less interested in designing and working during this initial call and much more concerned about whether or not we like each other. Do we get each other? If you’ve contacted me, then I believe you already like my work. And so now it is simply a question of whether or not we fit as people. Once we fall in love with each other we get the “business” out of the way, and then we plan!
Andrea gave us the wedding of our dreams. We connected with Andrea through our venue (Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas) and from the first lunch we had with her, my parents and I knew that she would make our wedding truly special. What she produced was above even our wildest, most spectacular dreams! Andrea listened to our vision for a romantic, wistful, traditional Jewish wedding and gave us everything we envisioned and more. Every detail was thoroughly thought out. Her vendor suggestions were spot on. She was organized, professional, energetic, and fun! Leading up to the wedding, so many people, knowing what a large production it was going to be, asked if I was stressed about the big day. My response was always “No, we have Andrea!” Having that piece of mind when my husband and I were about to embark on such a large life event was worth every penny. Knowing that we could show up for the wedding weekend and not be worried about any detail was such a relief. Andrea has a lot of wonderful qualities. She’s detail-oriented, she’s creative, she’s a great listens. However, Andrea’s best quality is her huge heart. She truly wants her couples and their families to be happy and she is always aware that this is one of the most important days in your life. She makes you feel like you are the most important person in her life at the moment, and that is not an easy feat. I can honestly say that Andrea is a friend and we will stay close even though our big day has passed.
-Sammy & Ian
If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, just wait until you hire an amateur.” (Red Adair). Andrea essentially functioned as the architect, engineer, and construction manager for the entire wedding planning process. My wife and I had a relatively relaxed and chill attitude about the wedding. We wanted a wedding in Vegas, and we wanted something memorable for all of our guests. We wanted an experience. As an accountant and lawyer couple, that’s as far as our creativity and imagination could take us. Everything that followed was the birth child of Andrea. Andrea took that shred of information and turned it into a theme and vision. We trusted her, and gave her creative freedom, and were very happy with where she took it. At every step of the process, she was not the kind of planner to take “her vision” and make “her taste” … “your wedding.” She put together the right team of vendors and suppliers. She provided us with ideas an inspiration, even when we seemed confused and indecisive. During the wedding itself, we had several minor emergencies and one major emergency, which she handled and addressed very professionally. If I were to win the $1.3 billion Powerball and get married all over again, I would definitely go with Andrea for the second go around (with the same partner, of course). Overall, very happy and satisfied. She crafted and managed a wonderful experience. It is so nice to see people out there who are so disciplined and passionate about their work and the people they work with.
-Anna & Angelo