Today’s Expert: Carolyn Arthurs from All About Events – New Orleans
January 31 2018
Carolyn Arthurs is All About Events and weddings in New Orleans
All About Events – New Orleans is owned and run by Carolyn Arthurs, a New Orleans native with over 20 years of event management experience. Their weddings are lively, full of character, and exude fun – perfectly capturing the New Orleans atmosphere.
The company specializes in destination New Orleans weddings and their signature theme is the culture and vibe of the amazing city. Having recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, planning weddings almost exclusively, Carolyn is proud of the way her business has grown to this point.
“Now weddings are 90% of my business and I focus on Destination New Orleans as a way to give back to the city.”
Although she’s been in the event planning industry for over 20 years, her first wedding was in 2007 after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. She planned the entire wedding remotely from California and it was a huge success. So much so that the couple still keep in touch with her to this day.
This wedding was a huge success, despite it being her very first wedding. Her business was started with no financial help from outside sources and she lovingly built it from the ground up. Being a female entrepreneur and overcoming the many challenges that any business person faces as well as some that were unique to her business is something that she is incredibly proud of and both the growth and progress of her business and skill-set has reminded Carolyn that she is extremely lucky to be doing what she loves most despite the challenges that have arisen from time to time.
Credits: Tiffany + Todd | Twirl Photography – All About Events New Orleans
Carolyn’s dedication to giving back to the city by way of booking destination weddings in New Orleans was, in part, inspired by Hurricane Katrina and the events that came after for her personally. Carolyn started organizing events when she was 18 for non-profits and organizations. In 2003, she started All About Events as a way to let her personal style and creativity flourish as she felt limited by the options and visions of the people she worked with. She wanted to find a way to expand her own vision. Originally, weddings weren’t part of her plan for her business as she felt they too were limited in creativity and style, and at the time, in the area that she lived in, they were!
“I learned so much, but what I learned that was most important was that weddings don’t have to be cookie-cutter and redundant.”
When Hurrican Katrina hit, Carolyn evacuated to Houston with what she had; 5 days worth of clothing, her All About Events things, her dog, and her fish. She drove to California and found work at a rental company as a supervisor of events setups. It was at this company that she realized weddings don’t have to be cut and dry with a boring singular vision. There are many options and many variations available and as she reflected on the current state of New Orleans, she realized that her business might not have an immediate future in parties or events but there would certainly still be people getting married. That’s when Carolyn decided to focus on creating unique and exciting New Orleans destination weddings.
Carolyn added weddings to her events website and got her first call to plan a Jazz fest weekend wedding in New Orleans. From that moment, it seemed like everything just fell into place and currently, weddings are 90% of the business All About Events receives.
Her background is in show business. Her ideas are larger than life and exciting, however, she can materialize those ideas on a budget, making her weddings unique, practical, and cost-effective. She’s had experience and learned from the best in the business, allowing her to use her skills to create events and weddings that cater to everyone’s tastes. She customizes her events for both locals and out of town guests.
As All About Events has grown over the years, Carolyn has added interesting services to her website. Couples and event hosts can order welcome gifts for their guests and have them delivered to the hotels where they will be staying through a service called HotelWelcomeGifts.com.
They also organize the Second Lines, including the permits, routed, handkerchiefs and brass band…making them a truly well-rounded event organization company for anyone planning on a unique New Orleans experience.
Browsing through their portfolio, I found myself completely drawn to the fun in just about every photograph. The couples not only look absolutely enamored with each other but they’re having a great time celebrating their love. From walking the streets to dancing on the sidewalks, these weddings are full of life and full of character.
Carolyn brings in all of her favorite trends into her weddings, giving her events a distinctive style while still ensuring that each couple’s tastes and personal choices are reflected in their wedding. Her favorite trends at the moment are rich, dark colors. She loves mixing reds and blacks with a touch of mixed metals here and there. Taking a scroll through photos of her previous weddings you can feel the warmth that the combination of dark colors and rich elements gives.
A STUNNING PORTFOLIO BY ALL ABOUT EVENTS NEW ORLEANS
Credits: D’Arcy + Kevin | Twirl Photography All About Events New Orleans
Credits: Kayla + Darius | CR Photography – All About Events New Orleans
Credits: Rebecca + Sean | Photography by Dark Roux – All About Events New Orleans
GET IN TOUCH WITH CAROLYN ARTHURS
To get in touch with Carolyn Arthurs, please visit her website’s contact page. Scroll through the portfolio and list of servicesto find more information. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Pluswhere you’ll be immediately inspired by the New Orleans style.
Originally Posted on www.totallydazzled.com’s blog 1/31/2018: Totallly Dazzled Featured Expert: Carolyn Arthurs