This is one of Marisa Manna’s favorite quotes, and entirely appropriate for her work as owner of for So Eventful in Healdsburg. She adds it to her email signature, and has seen it come to life as she has planned hundreds of successful weddings through her career.
She might make this a quote of her own, however:
Ok, so it’s not anywhere as romantic as Tzu’s statement, but for a couple seeking happiness, it’s advice well taken. Being deeply in love is a joy, but being stressed about a wedding ceremony and reception brings an unnecessary burden.
It’s also a pragmatic approach to putting together an event that can be much more consuming than many people realize. While some planners go for the romantic pitch – fluffy, finery and fantasy – Manna and her team focus on the facts.
“As a special event coordinator and wedding planner, my duties are to plan, organize, coordinate, promote, and facilitate special events,” she says. “Whether your needs require full-service planning, day-of coordination or something in between, you’ll receive prompt and professional service.”
The company specializes in details, from the invitations, cocktails, wine list, music, flowers and menu, but also etiquette, product and service selection, and ceremony and reception trends and traditions.
To punctuate how serious the business is, Manna has completed formal training and holds a certification as a Beverly Clark Wedding Professional. This demanding 14-part program educates wedding planners on the many diverse aspects of planning a modern wedding, and requires that they pass proficiency testing before being awarded the course certification.
“We’ll help you add those special touches that reflect you as a person or couple and make your day unforgettable for both you and your guests” Manna says. But just as important, she notes, “With customized services to fit your needs, So Eventful allows you to be a guest at your own event.”
So Eventful, 107 North Street, Suite E, Healdsburg, 707-385-9632, so-eventful.com.