As many of you know, I have become a very regional event planner. I seem to be traveling all over. I kind of pride myself on it. Personally, I think that the more you see, the better you become. It makes me more well rounded. I have the opportunity to work with all kinds of people, all manner of venues, and all styles of events. I meet new vendors and get to know their background. I get to work with clients from all walks of life. I consider myself very lucky.
But, I do have my home base of Auburn, Alabama. The great thing about Auburn is that it has allowed this regional business to thrive. While I may not spend all my time doing events in Auburn, I can easily get to Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery. When I say easily, I mean that. Last week, I was in all 4 of those cities over a 48 hour time period. I just choose not to think about the amount of gas I used :).
I say all that to preface my dive into the Atlanta market full scale. I have been working with Atlanta vendors for years now. I have great relationships with them and love to work with them anytime I can. I got to thinking that while they are great and travel anywhere I ask them to, it would make more sense for me to actually have an event in the Atlanta area so that logistics (and delivery charges) aren’t so bad. Thus, I have begun my journey – so to speak. *I’m not looking to officially move to Atlanta. Like I said, it’s easy for me to work anywhere.
I have to give major thanks to one Nancy Erickson of Classic Party Rentals. Nancy and I have become good friends despite me always throwing her (and the fantastic Classic staff) a curve ball with nearly every event I bring her. Nothing bad, but always a few interesting bumps. For some reason, she has become a loyal Invision supporter and cheerleader (which I’m totally fine with). She has gone above and beyond to help me create good contacts in Atlanta and learn the lay of the land in terms of the Atlanta events market. As in, she has set up appointments for me at various venues around the city to meet the venue’s event staff and to see the space, even let me crash at her beautiful house. Um, hello? Could anyone be nicer? Needless to say, I would be nowhere in the ATL market research without her.
So, last week and this week I have spent 2 days visiting different spots in town, touring their facilities, meeting their event staff, and dropping off my marketing materials. I’m sure I will be doing this same song and dance for the next several weeks as the fall wedding season has yet to start – giving me this down time.
Since I have seen too much to put into one post, I’ll spread out my findings over many posts and let you all know what I think of them. You are all invited on my venue introduction!