Today’s wedding planner interview is with Audrey-Maria Cadio, Owner and Head Planner of Haute Couture Events, based in Miami, FL! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Hello guys! My name is Audrey-Maria Cadio and I am the Owner and Head Planner of Haute Couture Events. We provide Full and Partial Wedding planning, Month-Of coordination, design production and consulting services for local or out-of-town brides and for destination weddings. We also provide event planning services for Miami companies, global brands, and individual clients. I have always been passionate about event planning, especially weddings! In my opinion, This is the most beautiful job in the world, which allows me to express myself and my creativity!

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into wedding planning?

I’ve always had a passion for planning and designing! As a young girl, I was the bossy 10-year-old, always ready to plan my cousins & friends’ birthday parties or annual family reunion. Years and tons of various events later, I’ve decided it was the right time for me to create Haute Couture Events and share my expertise.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Everything! It might sounds cliche but really everything! The whole planning process is exciting and interesting. I like the fact that I can be creative, inspire other people with my ideas and design as well as creating a day they will never forget! I believe Every event, every wedding, every person is unique so I feel like it is a new adventure every time, there is no routine and that’s awesome!

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

The best advice I can give anyone just starting off in the wedding & event industry is to learn! Keep learning! educate yourself on the profession as much as possible. Go out your comfort zone, Listen to your clients, be very detail oriented (Details make THE difference).

What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

When not working on fabulous weddings and events, you will most likely find me on the beach or home with my Hubby and my cat, watching movies and cooking (my second passion after planning). I also love to travel the world and spend time with my family.

Any great stories from working with a client?

All our clients are unique and have their own amazing love story! The most memorable moments, if I had to narrow something down, would probably stem from when clients come to me and give me and my team complete creative freedom!! Flowers & Decor Design are my first passion with planning, and I have so much fun taking just specific colors and brainstorming new and exciting concepts for couples that trust me completely to design for them!! The surprise effect they have when they finally see their wedding decor and set up is definitely my favorite moment!!

What is your current favorite color combination?

I’m a huge fan of All-white Affairs, I also love Ivory, Champagne, beige, light pink and gold. Rustic Chic & Vintage are the most common styles and I love working with those. But at the end of the day, every combination we’ve made came out beautiful. My biggest inspiration is my clients. I guide them, they decide, I execute.

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I love every trend. I believe everything can come out beautiful when it is well executed, the most important thing is to keep it classy, elegant and never make it “too much”.

There are definitely two things I would love Brides to leave behind. 1- the organza bags full of m&m’s for guests favors and 2 – artificial flowers!! I personally do work with fresh flowers ONLY and my brides understand why when they see the results.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?

It is so easy to get to engulfed in the details of planning your big day. But keep in mind why you are planning your wedding. Do not lose sight of the reason! Also remember that if you hire a wedding planner, you do not need to micromanage her/him, Professionals know what they are doing, plus that might cause you unnecessary stress. You are planning a very special day that serves an introduction to the rest of your life as a couple together as one in front of the people you love! Enjoy it!

Thank you, Audrey-Maria! For more information about Haute Couture Events, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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