All About Events owner and Sr. Designer, Carolyn Arthurs, was born and raised in New Orleans. Known for her flare for event design, personal attention to detail and unique style, she has been recognized in New Orleans Weddings Magazine, New Orleans City Business, The Jefferson Journal, and Special Events Magazine as an authority on special events. You may have also seen Carolyn and her work on such television shows as MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 and TLC’s Mind Your Manners.
"To give you a little background on me, I have a unique array of experience. I’ve been in the event industry for over 19 years, starting out with the Saints Hall of Fame at a very young (I won't say the number) age. I always had more than one job. People said I lacked direction and needed to choose one thing, but I wanted to do it all! I've worked some "normal" jobs in the industry. I worked for Jazz Fest, Jazzland Theme Park, and The New Orleans Music Industry Foundation as an event coordinator. I helped open Treasure Chest Casino and the Zephyrs ballpark. But then I've also been a casino showgirl, a ballroom dance instructor, a French Quarter jazz singer, and a cruise ship lounge singer. I've been a choreographer and a photographer's assistant, a magician's assistant and a hypnotist's assistant. I was personal assistant to a chef, I was a grant writer and a gaming researcher. I was a sales girl at Planet Hollywood, a fragrance model, and even modeled spray on stockings at Saks 5th Avenue! What people didn't realize, back then, is that I was on a path...soaking up the big picture and little details of every job I did. I’ve drawn from each one of those experiences as I’ve evolved into an Event and Wedding Designer.
I started All About Events in 2003, focusing on social events, not including weddings. I evacuated to Los Angeles from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where I lived and worked for 4 years. With this disaster and the following economic downfall, I found myself reinventing All About Events more than once, with the addition of weddings as well as talent management. My restructuring and revamping of All About Events brought national attention and has been covered in the Wall Street Journal and on MSNBC. I’ve worked all over the country and in Puerto Rico creating and managing events.
I moved back to New Orleans to be with my family after my mother passed away in 2009 and currently live and work in the Faubourg St. John. I now focus on the niche of the “Destination New Orleans” wedding and event industry. I strive to make sure that my clients and their guests not only have the quintessential New Orleans experience, but do so with style and authenticity. Unlike most local wedding planners, I also make sure that my guests understand what each custom means and its significance to the city. When they raise their hankies for the second line, they know that it stems from the traditional jazz funeral. When they see a fleur de lis, they understand that it represents not just The Saints, but our French heritage and, where appropriate, the Christian symbol of purity and the Trinity. I turn to local artists, vendors, and musicians wherever possible and work to make sure they are paid fairly and recognized for their talents in support of our rich culture. Having been one of them, I have an understanding and appreciation unique to the event industry. This, along with my experiences in Los Angeles and around the country, has made me an Event Designer just as unique to the city as its food, music, and dialect.
My goal with All About Events is to bring the client’s vision to life, to create unforgettable events, and to do so with the professional edge of the L.A. style and the southern grace of the La. life."
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