- When did Elegant Affairs open?
Although I have been doing weddings since 1995, Elegant Affairs Wedding Services was officially born in 2008 after I completed my Professional Consultant Training, obtained my Federal I.D. number and registered the business with the State of Ohio.
- Who started the business?
I, Carolyn Catchings, started the business.
I am a retired Human Resources Director from the State of Ohio. I worked for the State of Ohio a total of 30 years.
I am a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. ABC is the only organization dedicated exclusively to serving wedding professionals and brides worldwide since 1955. www.BridalAssn.com
In order to maintain my professional designation and membership in the ABC, I have to attend training every year.
Elegant Affairs Wedding Services is a family oriented business. The Staff has worked with us since the inception of the business and is professionally trained.
- Inspiration behind the concept?
For 19 years I have consulted with and coordinated weddings for family members, friends, and friends of friends. Many of them would suggest that I start a business but I would respond if it becomes work, it will no longer be fun.
As I started thinking about retirement from the State of Ohio, I decided I would become a Professional Consultant/Coordinator because that is what I love to do and Elegant Affairs was born.
We believe every bride should have the wedding she has always dreamed of. We offer affordable packages and allow them to make payments.
What services does Elegant Affairs offer?
We offer assistance with:
Bridal Showers – Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinners – Ceremony – Reception & Reception Sites
And Anniversary Celebrations
Finances: Maintain and Allocate Budget
- Dresses & Formal Wear – Dressmaker/Alterations
- Floral Designers
- Invitations & Supplies (personalized aisle runners, guest book/pen, unity candle, cake knife/server, embroidered ring bearer pillow, printed napkins, printed wedding programs, wedding card holder, etc.)
- Photographers (featuring photo booths)
- Rentals (floral arch, candelabras, tables, chairs, tents, etc.)
- Transportation (limo/party bus service)
- Travel Agent (honeymoons and destination weddings)
- Wedding Favors
- Save the Date
- Buffet Style Dinners
- Plated Dinners
- Action Stations
Wedding Day Management:
- Emergency Kit
- Communication System
- Outdoors with Tenting
- Ballroom Lighting
- Color Scheme
- Guest Accommodations
- Guest List Management
- Etiquette and Protocol
What makes Elegant Affairs different?
For the brides who work full-time and/or don’t have time to plan their weddings, we do all the legwork. Hiring a Professional Consultant/Coordinator is like one-stop shopping. The brides and grooms-to-be just show up for meetings, make decisions and pay. On their behalf we promote “stress-free planning.”
Elegant Affairs is a female minority owned professional small business. The majority of our service providers are minority small business owners. We strongly support other small business owners.
What’s new on the horizon?
I believe everyone should be able to marry the person they love. In anticipation of and due to the recent court rulings on gay marriage in preparation I have conducted training for my staff. Elegant Affairs Wedding Services is looking forward to serving those brides/brides-to-be, and grooms/grooms-to-be.
For more info, please contact:
Carolyn M. Catchings, PBC™
“Elegant Affairs” Wedding Services, LLC
Member, Association of Bridal Consultants