Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Hansen.
Hi Kristen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I planned my own wedding in 2011 and loved it. I had always thought of event planning as one of those dream jobs that aren’t very realistic until that point. After seeing how many moving pieces have to come together to make a successful event, I realized that planning and coordinating is a vital role, definitely not as frivolous as I’d believed before I was in the thick of it. After my wedding was complete, I dove in a few short months later, opening Flawless Fetes and working bit by bit to build it into what it is today! Nine years later, we’re still learning new things with every event, evolving our approach and growing with our client base.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Struggles? In the event industry? In a global pandemic? Nahhhh! In all seriousness, we’ve been very lucky to have had minimal cancellations during the Covid crisis. Most of our clients rescheduled their dates for later or opted to scale down their weddings to have safe celebrations. Prior to this year, our path had been fairly smooth. I had my son in 2014, so navigating keeping a fairly young business alive with a newborn was interesting for sure! The other big milestone was bringing on our planner, Allison. Relinquishing control is hard for any business owner who has put blood, sweat, and tears into building up their company and its reputation. Thankfully, Alli is the perfect fit for FF and has since grown with us and made our business better than ever before!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m very proud of the fact that we make every effort to have each wedding we work on be different. A lot of planners and vendors in general drive home a specific aesthetic that is reflective of their style. While that’s great, we prefer to see every couple really representing themselves and their unique relationship. That in turn, is going to have our look and vibe being a bit all over the place – and we wouldn’t have it any other way! No cookie-cutter weddings on our watch!
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I actually also own a small mobile bar called The Cabooze! My husband and I entertain a lot, so I designed it because, well, I wanted it for our own parties! Being in the events industry already, I was familiar enough with the way things work to make it it’s own little side hustle, which was a lifesaver during the pandemic when weddings were not happening for months. We were still able to make small stop bys and micro-events happen with the bar to allow people to honor milestones that otherwise would have gone uncelebrated!
- Day of Coordination – Starts at $800
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.flawlessfetes.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/flawlessfetes
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/flawlessfetes
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