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If you just got engaged and you’re nervous about trying to navigate the tricky world of wedding planning, consider this: Maybe you don’t have to. Chrissie Sue of Events by Chrissie Sue can help you with everything from theme conceptualization, colors, and centerpieces to coordinating all aspects of your wedding with vendors as a day-of director. Whatever your needs, Chrissie Sue has more than a decade of experience and a true passion for what she does. Here’s the scoop on her business:
Q. Tell me a bit about the history behind Events By Chrissie Sue.
A. I began my career in the events and hospitality industry 15 years ago and spent the last seven and a half years working for Colwen Hotels, most recently as the Director of Catering for the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn at Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA. I loved my tenure there, but wanted a different work/life balance. After being encouraged by so many, I decided to branch out on my own to expand my portfolio. I’m now able to continue doing what I love while maintaining the flexibility I was searching for.
Photo courtesy of Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and JS Photography
Q. What kinds of services do you offer brides and grooms?
A. I’ve developed relationships with many reputable vendors, including DJs, photographers, florists, and cake bakers, in all tiers and types, and I make sure to match each client up with the appropriate vendor based on vision and style. I work with people I know and trust, understanding that there’s a different style for every customer. I also provide guidance on wedding etiquette, overall budget, and scouting of venues.
Photos courtesy of Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and JS Photography
Q. Describe the packages you offer.
A. Events By Chrissie Sue offers four services “DO IT ALL”, “BE THERE”, “DESIGN IT” and “GUIDE ME”.
“DO IT ALL” Full Planning + Design: This service provides the most cohesive event design and styling, event production and event day direction with guidance through each and every detail. It also includes the “DESIGN IT” and “BE THERE” services.
“BE THERE” Month of Event Direction: This service is for the host who intends on completing all of the planning on their own, but would prefer professionals to direct and execute their vision on the “day of” allowing themselves to relax and be a guest at their own event.
“DESIGN IT” Event Theme + Styling: This service is for the host that is looking for cohesive creative design + styling assistance somewhere along the planning process.
“GUIDE ME” Consultation + Advice: This service is for the host that wants to be actively involved in the planning and design of their event, but may not have the time or resources to do everything and would benefit having assistance for a set number of hours with particular elements of the planning process.
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Q. What makes your company stand out among other event-planning companies?
A. The biggest difference is that you’re working with me, Chrissie Sue! I’m uniquely passionate in all aspects of my job. Besides having extensive industry experience, I execute timely planning while maintaining budgets and deadlines, negotiate with vendors while providing assurance that even the smallest details are on point with each client’s theme and concept, and advise on decisions that bring the greatest impact to the event. If you’re my client, I save you time, reduce your stress, and give you an enjoyable planning experience. Working for Colwen Hotels, I’ve personally received many accolades such as: Best of Weddings 2014 through 2019; induction into the Hall of Fame by www.theknot.com; Couples Choice for 2016 and 2018 by www.weddingwire.com; and named the 2017 Marriott International Catering Sales Excellence Team of the Year for America’s East. These prestigious awards are customer-driven and require vendor qualification to even be selected.
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Q. What’s the benefit of an event-planning company?
A. Clients often have multiple people contributing themes, opinions, budget, etc., and an event-planning company can assist in navigating the wedding journey and figuring out what’s most suitable for each individual client. We help determine the overall budget, concept, and theme, making sure clients know how much money they want to spend vs. what they can afford, how many guests they want to invite vs. how many they should—things like that.
Q. What’s the best thing about your job?
A. Being able to express my very best self. I develop fabulous relationships with each of my clients, while creating and executing lifelong unforgettable experiences and getting to bring their visions to life.
Chrissie Sue Chubka
Director of Events/Owner
Events By Chrissie Sue
Visit her website: EventsByChrissieSue.com
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