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Central Florida's Best Choice For Stress-Free Event Planning

By Elisha Neubauer

Nikki Case was successful in her corporate job. But, she found herself feeling unfulfilled, yearning for something more than the usual monotony of the manufacturing industry. As a project manager for a Fortune 500 Company, Case had a serious set of tools available to her, but knew she wanted to do something different with her life. She wanted to combine her corporate management skill set with her creative personality. Finally, she found the perfect combination.

"Event planning is really a natural fit for me," says Case. "It allows me to be creative and work with people while using my Project Management skills. I love the satisfaction of seeing an event come together, sometimes in adversity, while exceeding the clients and guests expectations."

The above picture was taken by PSJ Photography

Seeing the benefits immediately, Case realized quickly that event planning allowed her to combine her strengths, while simultaneously making her more available to her family and giving her the opportunity to be her own boss for once. Plus, it blended a few of her favorite things: Target, home-improvement projects, and looking towards the future.

Today, Case operates Heart and Arrow Event Planning in Orlando, Florida. She brings with her another event planner, Taymir Terrell, a Miami native who relocated to attend the University of Central Florida. "There is nothing more rewarding for me than being able to design beautiful and unforgettable events," says Terrell. "I look forward to working with people and making their dream event as effortless as possible!"

When it comes time to hire an event planner for your big day, it can be daunting. But, Case has a few pointers that may help relieve some of the stress of making the big decisions. "Knowing right away how much assistance is needed is difficult to gauge if is something you don't have experience with," says Case. "I'd say initially, it almost always comes down to the Bride's budget."

The two pictures above were taken by Tara Libby Photography at Wild Acres Villa

At Heart and Arrow, they make it a point to sit down with the Bride, ensuring they ask several key questions to really understand the services the Bride truly needs. "I try and advise them based on the information given to me and explain the value of having a Planner," she states.

According to Case, having a planner for a modern-day wedding is almost essential. "For one, most planners are actually able to SAVE you money," she tells us. "We know the vendors and know the level of services they provide. Because of that knowledge you will get more bang for your buck." Case insists that they are there to help keep you on budget and make sure you focus on the essentials.

"Secondly, dealing with multiple vendors, creating timelines, and ensuring that everyone is on the same page can be stressful and yet is crucial to the success of the event." But, perhaps the most important factor that comes from having a planner onboard is that they act as a buffer. "The last thing a Bride wants is to be bothered by problems or questions from vendors on their big day," details Case. "The Bride should be there to relax, have fun, and enjoy her soon to be husband with her family and friends, not worry about where the Photographers meal is at or that the Caterer is having an issue."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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