How far in advance should people start planning their event?

From a personal perspective, the earlier the better, but if I were to put a number on it I would say about three months in advance. A lot can happen in a short amount of time, and being steps ahead of anything in life, is generally a wise thing to do. Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

What tips do you have for first time event hosts?

The biggest tip I could give to a first time host is to put their trust in me. I have a lot of passion for this line of work, and I am here to make sure every single guest leaves satisfied and happy. The pressure should fall on the coordinator of the event, not the host who is there to entertain their guests.

What tips do you have for selecting the perfect event space?

The perfect space comes from the event details. The details are an incredibly important part of any special occasion. Something as small as a cake table could determine which room would be best for the event. My tip is to be as descriptive as possible, and to let your imagination influence you. Don’t be afraid to be extravagant.

What tips do you have for sticking to a budget?

My tip? Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your options. Constant communication between the host and planner will ensure a mutual understanding as far as the stages of food service or any additions to the event. My job is to accommodate you.

How important is it that hosts visit the potential event space?

I think it’s a great starting point for any event you have planned. Seeing the venue first hand allows you to see decades of experience within four walls. You have a view of the kitchen that produces world class dishes and service that dates back to the late 70’s. Being here allows for a more creative approach in the planning process.

How do you create the perfect atmosphere?

With friendly faces, lighting and timing. A soothing and welcoming environment with the appropriate timing is something that I make sure my staff focuses on with every event.

What’s the biggest mistake people make in event planning?

Not enough research. The most important details are sometimes the smallest things. So don’t put the stress on yourself. Don’t forget to get suggestions from family, friends, and colleagues. 

How should hosts choose Décor and Entertainment?

By coming in and seeing the space. Measuring the space and working together. Seeing what the venue has to offer is number one. Making a blueprint is the hardest part of any special occasion. The sweat and long hours is the easy part.

What’s the Golden Rule of Event Planning?

My Golden Rule is to go above and beyond. To push for the best. To me, working in the restaurant industry for as long as I have has shown me the importance of every position. No matter the size of the event. It can be 10 or 100, each event and its guests will experience service that they will remember and tell friends about. The Atlanta Fish Market has a hidden gem in private events. Put your trust in us, in me.

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