VENDOR SPOTLIGHT, CHOREOGRAPHED EVENTS:
We think Maria Brady’s weddings are so fabulous that we would share a little bit more about her company, Choreographed Events. We just know that you will absolutely love reading about our second Vendor Spotlight! The photos of her events are super inspiring, and you can catch her coordination and planning in action tonight at the below festive soiree.
So to get us started, here’s Maria’s contact information so that you can reach out to her for your upcoming wedding or next big event.
Business Name:Choreographed Events, Wedding Design & Coordination
Brief Description About Choreographed Events:
Maria Brady, former dancer and choreographer, is the creative voice behind Choreographed Events. Born in New York City, she spent years producing lavishly staged theatrical productions. Later, Maria's natural instincts transitioned to orchestrating social events.Today, she stages weddings and parties the same way she approached theatrical productions ... making sure that the bride and groom (stars) shine and live out their vision, and indulging the senses of the guests (the audience) making sure they go home wanting more,
Maria believes every show needs a director…you and your fiancé are the stars of your show, and your guests are there to celebrate you!
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How did Maria get into the business of planning weddings and events?
As mentioned before, Maria used to be a choreographer, and it was a natural transition to choreograph an event. People started asking Maria for help with their weddings and parties and soon she decided it make business. It was truly an easy transition.
Choreographed Events plans all sorts of weddings and other types of social gatherings.
As Maria states, “Whether you're throwing an anniversary party, birthday party, or simply celebrating life, we think "out of the box" to design the celebration of your dreams! Our meticulous attention to detail will come up with the perfect mix of the right elements…the invitations, the cocktails, the music, the flowers and the menu. And, you can be sure your guests will have so much fun that they'll soon be asking when they'll be getting invites to your next fete!”
Choreographed Events offers several different packages for weddings.
- Complete Wedding Planning and Coordination
- "Month Of" Wedding Coordination
- Engagement Proposal Services
What is Maria’s best tip?
The number one tip from Maria...it’s really a “keep in mind” idea. “Plan with the comfort of the guests in mind. If they don’t have a good experience, they won’t have a good time.”
What is Maria’s favorite trend she’s seeing?
Per Maria, “Moving forward, I see a lot of mid century modern. This should be hot over the next year.”
And don’t take our word for it, see for yourself Maria Brady’s talents and insights into wedding planning in this really special article from Sarasota Magazine.
Ask the Expert:
Five Wedding Planning Tips from Maria Brady of Choreographed Events
Five Sarasota wedding planning tips from Maria Brady of Choreographed Events.
August 12, 2013
If you think of your wedding as a production, then Maria Brady of Choreographed Events is your director. Maria spent years producing large theatrical stage performances before she began planning weddings and other social events; here are her top five wedding-planning tips for brides to be.
Consider Your Guests.
“Making sure guests feel welcome and comfortable is rule number one! As you plan each aspect of your event, mentally walk yourself through it as if you are a guest. Will there be water available at the ceremony? Adequate seating during the cocktail hour? Will you provide table assignments, for dinner, so guests aren’t left wondering where to sit? Are you planning an ‘ice breaker’ for out of town guests who don’t know anyone else?”
Work with Your Space
“Your venue dictates the tone of your wedding, every space has a voice. Select your space very carefully, based on the atmosphere you want to create, and plan your decor accordingly. I never fight the architecture or work against the aura of a space.”
Don’t Disregard Lighting
“I tell my clients that if they don’t consider lighting when planning an event, they are missing the boat. Not only does lighting create romance and ambiance, it can also change the tone throughout the evening, and ensure that your night is never static. Start with one kind of lighting during the cocktail reception, dim the lights for dinner and transition into dancing. As your party amps up, the right lighting will keep the energy going. And, of course, you can never have enough candles.”
It’s All About Timing.
“Many people ignore a key factor that makes or breaks a party: timing. In order to keep guests engaged, you must create a timeline that will keep your party in motion. A well choreographed event has a distinct beginning, middle and end… with no downtime. Start your ceremony on time. Move right to the cocktail reception and after 45 minutes start inviting guests to be seated for dinner. Never let so much time pass that guests are looking at their watches wondering what is going to happen next.”
Relax and Enjoy
“Hire vendors you trust so that even if you tend to be a bit obsessive about the details, you’ll know everything is being properly taken care of. The goal is to enjoy your wedding as a guest. You want to be at your best on the day of your wedding, so let go and have a fabulous time!”
Thanks Maria for being a part of our Vendor Spotlight series! Good luck with your future planning and coordination!