Where do I learn more about you? And how long have you been planning events?
Check out our Meet the Team page and then schedule your complimentary consultation here! Kate has been planning events as a hobby for her whole life, but officially resigned from her former career to go full time with event planning in 2015. If you want to read more about Kate, read her introductory blog here!
Why do you like planning events so much?
I could write a book on this but I’ll spare you. One of the reasons (yes, it’s going to be cheeseball) is that we honestly and truly love love. There’s so much love and yet somehow never enough too, so we really enjoy being able to be a part of other people’s milestone celebrations that are just oozing with love and caring. Plus, we know how quickly milestones in life can fly by so we want to both help our clients appropriately celebrate each one and also enable them to be fully present so that it doesn’t seem to go as quickly.
What kind of events does Kate & Co. work on?
We primarily design, plan, and style life’s most momentous milestone celebrations like weddings, birthdays, mitzvahs, anniversaries, and social get-togethers! We also work on a very limited number of non-profit galas but typically do not plan corporate functions or any meetings as that’s a whole other ball game best left to the companies who specialize in that. We’re always happy to pass along recommendations for corporate planning companies though, just get in touch!
What’s your style? How does that fit with your clients’ styles?
Our style is elegant, romantic, and understated with a touch of modern trendiness. Check out our gallery, Instagram, and Pinterest pages to get a feel for our style through our real events and inspiration. Clients hire us for our aesthetic but we always take their preferences and personal styles into account when creating a design so that the event perfectly reflects the client.
Where are you based? Will you travel?
We’re in Scarsdale, NY which is an adorable village in Westchester county just outside of New York City. We primarily serve the tri-state area and New England but we’re avid travelers and would love to fly across the country or around the world with you!
Why did you name your company Kate & Co. Events?
Funny you should ask, there are actually a lot of reasons and they’re not just because it’s a cute name! The first is that Kate’s not the only person keeping this business running, there’s Alex and a whole host of others including assistants, our families, friends, clients, and friendors. The second part is that we believe in community over competition, both Co. words! And lastly, we love staying in touch with clients after their events and therefore out company and community is ever-expanding.
What is the difference between day-of coordination and your month-of coordination service?
In our books they’re exactly the same, but running a seamless event requires about a month of preparation on our part. We need that extra time before the event to adequately collect and organize all the details, touch base with each of your vendors, prepare a timeline and layout, and attend to all the other little loose ends!
Do you have a specialty?
Our specialty is listening to what our clients aren’t saying or what they may not be able to verbalize and coming up with a design or a plan that perfectly fits what they were imagining and hoping for! And with that, our bread and butter is raw spaces (like outdoor tents and plain interior spaces) where we can create bespoke designs, working with clients from the very beginning until the last thank you note is popped in the mail!
Do I need an event planner?
You may need one or you may not. Planning small family gatherings and celebrations is usually no biggie and could totally be DIY-ed but as your guest list or budget increases, the time involved in planning a certain caliber event will increase exponentially. That means you’ll need to spend more and more time and there will be so many details to manage in the weeks leading up to the event and especially on the day of. We are dedicated to events full-time whereas you have your own jobs, duties, families, and friends to spend time on and we provide a security blanket of sorts that will leave you feeling completely relaxed and confident throughout the whole process!
But can I afford you?
Event planners are professionals who you hire for their experience, networks and connections, and their respectful but candid opinions. With that experience and network, we may have access to special pricing not publicly available due to our relationships with vendors and venues as well as knowledge of where to source the highest quality items for the best price. So we’ll usually be able to provide invaluable resources and recommendations to offset our fees!
My venue has a coordinator, isn’t that good enough?
Venue coordinators are great, they know the ins-and-outs of the venue and will make sure that all the venue staff are performing their specified duties, may help with coordination of certain activities happening at the venue, but at the end of the day they work for the venue. An event planner will be working for you, not the venue, and therefore will always have your best interests at heart. We’ll make sure your vision comes to life with every planned design element and is right on schedule so the whole event runs seamlessly and is gorgeous. For weddings we’ll be at the rehearsal and church ceremonies running those too!
When can we start working together?
That’s completely up to you – your budget and how involved you want us to be will dictate when and in what capacity we start working together! For full planning or design, we’ll usually get down to business immediately since there will be a lot of ground to cover and we always prefer to get things done as far in advance as possible; it feels good to check things off the list! For month of coordination and day-of management, we’ll do some upfront work right away but we’ll really start working closely with you about a month before the event or wedding to ensure we have plenty of time to get all the details wrapped up. If you just need a consultation, we’re happy to do that at any time on an as-needed basis!
Do you carry liability insurance? What about event insurance?
For liability insurance, absolutely we do! Our company carries a two million dollar general liability policy and will check that all your other vendors carry a similar policy. We don’t carry event insurance as that’s a policy that you, the event host, need to carry to protect your investments in case there’s an emergency and have to postpone or cancel the event. There are plenty of great insurance companies we can recommend for this though!
We’re falling in serious like with you, how do we book a consultation?
Just send us a message and we’d love to schedule a chat over coffee, wine, or a little treat!