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Valley Wed is a unique wedding show offering couples a handpicked selection of exceptional wedding pros in Western Mass. It's designed especially for couples that want to go their own way, but they don’t want to go it alone.
Meet Tanya, owner of Tanya Costigan Events, offering wedding planning
and event design as well as flowers, invitations and decor rentals.
When did you start your business and what's your favorite part of your job?
I started my business in 2010 after planning events, as a volunteer, for the public schools and Boys & Girls Club. Weddings make me swoon and was a natural path for me to pursue.
My favorite part of my "job" (I don't really like calling it a job or work because I love what I do so much) is the design and styling. I love transforming the space and seeing how happy and excited you are when you see it!
After your first meeting with a new client, what do you want them to leave knowing?
That not hiring at least a "day of" manager is a HUGE regret couples have after the fact...and at that point it's too late. I wish I could bottle up the words my clients express to me at the end of the wedding day. "I don't know what we would have done without you," "I'm so glad we hired you," "I loved being able to just enjoy knowing you were taking care of everything."
What makes you different from other vendors in your field?
I offer free wedding planning workshops throughout the year. These Engage Workshops are hands-on learning opportunities for brides-to-be on different wedding planning topics. I also offer floral services, decor rentals and invitations. Plus I love sending little sweet somethings to my clients during the year...just because :)
After the wedding, what's the best compliment you could hear about your work?
I think I answered this above...and those words are music to my ears. I love to see the relief in the faces of my couples. Moms typically love my services, too, because most times my tasks and responsibilities fall to them on the wedding day. They like to enjoy, too.
Share one true gem of advice…something every couple needs to know about planning a wedding or the big day itself.
(Besides hiring me to care for your wedding!) Invest in a great photographer. It's the one physical thing you will have from your wedding day and it will last forever. You don't want to regret skimping on photography. It is a huge priority.
Show us two things you are really proud of…professionally and personally.
Professionally: Having my work published in print! Mingle Magazine published my Will You Bee My Bridesmaid shoot in their January 2016 issue.
Personally: Having two kids in college, preparing for their future.
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