Vendor Spotlight is on Elegant Engagements; a full-service event planning/design firm located in Cape Cod lead by the talented Allison Wildes Liset!
1. How did your business come to be?
After graduating from Northeastern in Boston, I worked the meetings, convention and trade show circuit for many years. Although traveling the US, Canada and Virgn Islands was a wonderful experience, I longed to settle in one place and establish a home. I had spent every summer of my childhood on Cape Cod so it was a natural choice. After gaining so much experience in executing events for thousands of attendees on the convention circuit, I was looking for a more intimate experience in event planning and weddings seemed like a natural fit in the destination market. The full service design, coordination and planning agency – and business name – was conceived at our kitchen table over Sunday breakfast.
2. What are the services you offer?
At Elegant Engagements, the majority of clients take advantage of a true full service approach meaning they phone us when they first get engaged, share their wish list for their wedding weekend, and we make it ALL happen. From designing their wedding website, to ground transportation for their guests, to perimeter events surrounding the wedding and of course the wedding itself. There is nothing we won’t tackle for our clients! We also offer abbreviated levels of service for moms & brides who want to have a significant hand in the planning process – every relationship is customized to our clients needs and evolves over the planning process to a comfortable pace for everyone involved.
3. Where are you located and how far are you willing to travel to provide your service?
Our office is located on Cape Cod, in Sandwich, the first town over the bridge. We predominately work in the harbor towns of Osterville and Chatham, where the majority of private home rentals and resorts are located. We tend to exclusively focus on Cape & Islands events however we have have been known to travel for repeat family weddings to other parts of the world, which is our pleasure.
4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?
Depending on the venue or rental the bride is seeking, most clients will need 12-18 months advance planning to secure a Saturday night in peak season. Likewise premium bands and photographers book more than a year in advance as well. If a client is hosting an event at private home, there is much more flexibility in date availability due to our relationship with local vendors.
5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?
At Elegant Engagements, we pride ourselves on becoming a part of our families throughout the planning process. We are 110% invested in the outcome of every wedding we execute. Many clients say they cant believe we had any other weddings the entire season because of the immediate response, nurturing relationship and level of service our team provides. You will feel listened to, respected, joyful and most importantly RELAXED thought the experience. Our goal is that each wedding feels seamless, spontaneous (even though every detail has been intricately planned) and of course is 100% reflective of our couples wishes and personalities.