Monday, October 5, 2009

Face to face with Jen Warner from Ele3 Event Design & Planning

One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to meet some awesome people
whose lives, like mine, revolve around the wedding industry. With all these connections at my fingertips I can't help but want to take the opportunity to give all you soon to be brides the
inside scoop on one of my favorite wedding planning resources to date, ele3 Event Design & Planning! After dinner & drinks at Rockwell's with Jen Warner one of the 3 owners & designers of ele3 I took the opportunity to ask her all the sorts of questions about ele3 & the services
they offer. I know, exciting right? What is even more exciting is that I am going to share all this information with you and answer those questions most brides are dying to have answered! Here I will share with you our interview word for word from Jen Warner herself making it quite obvious why ele3 is number one on my list of favorites and should be number one on

Q:How long has ele3 been in business?
A: Together as a company 1.5 years

Q:What 5 adjectives would you use to describe ele3?
A: Fun, unique, passionate, creative & organized.

Q: How did You, Kate & Sherri come together to create ele3?
A: Kate & I are like sisters and Sherri is my mom so when we both realized we wanted to start a business as wedding planners we decided that instead of being competition we would be partners and let all 3 of our creative juices come together as one. We are all in different aspects of the business with makes us all compliment each other well as a team.

Q:How did you come up with the name “ele3”?
A: we wanted a name that reflected each person equally and at the same time would be unique so we took the first letter of each our our middle names; 2 Elizabeths and Lynn the add the 3 signifying the three owners. We also wanted to show that we have gone green so we added a leaf above the second "e" elongating it to remind those of our eco friendliness.

Q:What are ele3’s goals as a business?
A: We hope to Eventually have our own event design boutique so that
we can have a place to accommodate brides and have all amenities to do so.

Q: What would you say is ele3’s key to success?
A: We are definitely client oriented and detail oriented.

Q: Describe to me what ele3 can do for today’s bride?
A: we can Customize any package to the clients unique needs & wants, there are no set prices or packages. We offer great many options for rentals such as chair covers & centerpieces. Not only do we work weddings but we also work corporate events as well.

Q:What is your favorite part of working with ele3?
A: Working with Kate & mom everyday and seeing our clients the day of being thrilled with all the details! Seeing them happy makes me happy!!

Q:How many weddings & Events would you estimate ele3 does a year?
A: Our first Full season we worked 18 different events offering various different services.

Q: On the day of the wedding do you oversee the entire event, supervise vendors, troubleshoot emergencies, set up d├ęcor, and soothe nerves?
A: Pretty much all of the above!

Q: Do you provide counsel for brides & grooms on etiquette?
A: Absolutely!

Q: Do you charge for the initial meeting?
A: No!

Q: Are you present at all the vendor meetings and tastings?
A: Yes, If the client would like us to be.

Q: Do you attend the Rehearsal?
A: Yes, Our work usually starts the day before the event and we are with you from start to

Q:What professional organizations does ele3 belong to if any?
A: MWEP Michigan Wedding & Event Professionals.

Q: What is the largest wedding you have managed?
A: 350+ people.

Q: Describe a typical day for ele3?
A: When we say we are "with you from start to finish" we mean it! Depending on what services they have required we do anything from picking up flowers, day of coordinating, having the bride drop everything off to us the day before to bring the day of, to creating a timeline as best we can for the very busy big day.

Q: What is in the future for ele3?
A: Work space in downtown Grand Rapids and the blessing of more business!

Visit ele3 online today for portfolio, extent of services, to learn more about the ele3, Jen, Kate & Sherri & to contact them for you wedding!