“After interviewing every wedding/event planner listed online, in the yellow pages, and those referred by other vendors, I discovered Moxie Events online and at the Oregon Bridal Show. We clicked at our first meeting, and I knew she could help us execute our “vision” for the wedding of our dreams. Shelly starts by asking lots of questions and listening very, very well. She keeps a portfolio of her own past events, as well as ideas from other events, magazines, etc. Shelly made sure that I was on track with negotiating contracts with other vendors, and gave me lots of support and suggestions in that process. We had several on-site meetings well in advance of our event in order to identify any set-up issues–our ceremony and reception were at two different venues, and set-up at the reception site was an extreme challenge for all involved.
We initially hired Shelly for day-of coordination only (due to budget and my belief that I could “do it all”)…however, as our event became more complicated and my confidence in Shelly increased, we kept giving her more responsibilities and the value was well worth it. I only wish I had hired her for clean-up, too! The value in having Shelly coordinate your event is that she brings ideas and experience to the table. I have no idea what pitfalls are out there; she “slings the lingo” with all of the other vendors, she knows what an 8-top is, what size linen is required to fit that 8-top, and how many 8-tops can fit into an X by Y reception area; and she’ll listen to and empathize with your emotional rants and raves, and then provide a thoughtful, professional SOLUTION (ranting doesn’t solve problems, after all).
In looking at photos from our wedding, and in recalling our own experiences, my husband and I completely agree that hiring Moxie to coordinate our event was one of the best decisions we could have made. I cannot recommend Shelly and her staff highly enough–they made our dreams into a reality, with moxie!”
– Leah Callahan, Moxie Bride