Event coordinators that concentrate on creating a seamless experience, paying extra attention to all the details that make each wedding and social celebration splendidly unique.
Business Name: Gather Event Planning and Consultation
Proprietor: Katie Wilgus
1. What does your business do/sell?
I plan weddings and social events. 95% of our wedding work is for “day of” coordination. I really love to do family events like Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and more. These events are really exciting to plan because this is usually the first big event since a client’s wedding. I enjoy the challenge of helping the family come up with an event that will outdo their friend’s event.
2. What inspired you to start your business?
I have a background in non-profit work. I was always planning events as part of my job. Once I had my daughter, I wanted a way to use my skills, be challenged, and be able to spend time with my daughter.
3. When did you open in Beaumont Village, and why?
This is the neighborhood I grew up in. In 2007 when we were looking for a house, I wanted to come home. I wanted to come back because the neighbors are friendly and this is a close knit community. This area is pedestrian and bike-friendly. Once we were settled, I opened Gather at the end of 2009.
4. What makes your business unique?
Personal attention is given to each client. I purposely stay small to take care of the client. I strive to be not the biggest – just the best! I offer unlimited email and phone time to all clients. It’s rare for me to book more than one wedding per weekend. I do that so I can offer full attention to that client for their big event.
5. What is the most interesting thing you’ve done in your life?
My most interesting experiences have already been mentioned in previous business features: I spent a month in Europe by myself, and I have had 2 kids. So, my fallback is that I purchased and restored a historic building in a small Oregon town. I was even able to get it on the National Historic Registry.