Meet the Planners :: Simone Hudson

Friday, January 16, 2009

pittsburgh wedding planner

Name: Simone Hudson

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Company Name: 5Senses Events Design

Number of Years in Business: 2.5

Website: 5SensesEvents.com

Blog: lilorangebook.blogspot.com

How did you get started in wedding planning?
I started out planning parties in LA and moving into PR events in New York. Weddings are a natural progression for my love of celebrating, living life to the fullest, and being around happy people. My favorite part of a wedding is being the last person the bride talks to before walking down the aisle. It’s a pure and unhurried moment.

If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
If I could start over, I would have sought advice from my contemporaries as well as my elders. My contemporaries would be more free-spirited in vision and thought while my elders would have provided the traditional business sense that keeps one grounded.

What's your favorite item in your emergency kit? 
Deodorant, especially in August.

What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received? 
“My goal is to own a business, not to own a job.” - Liene Stevens.  As common sense as that seems, it really spoke to me. Also, you are interviewing your clients as much as they are interviewing you – it has to be the right fit both ways.

Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
Hmm . . . first the dinner party would have to be on the veranda of a plantation style house near the sea and I would want my grandfather Stephen and my mother, who’s been deceased since I was 5. I would want my mother because I do not remember her and I’d love to see if I am like her. My grandfather- because my mother and I were the apple of his eyes and she died very young and he never saw me past age 12. I’d love for him to see me now.

What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
La Tartine Gourmande – J’adore food and traveling!, Once Wed, and Swanky Tables.

{photo by Joanne Bartone Photography}

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