29 Apr Meet the Dream Team: Kayli W.
As a full service event company, our love for food and celebration inspires us to create dreamy dishes and unforgettable gatherings. Our passion for catering and entertainment, no matter what the event may be, inspires us daily to create personal relationships with our past, present and future clients.
None of this is possible without the combined efforts of our team. Each month on the blog we will be highlighting a member of the Dream Team and hope that you will have a greater sense of the love we have for what we do daily. The next team member we’re featuring in the series is Kayli Westmoreland, Wedding & Event Specialist. Learn more about her below.
How long have you been in the industry?
About 6 years! I started out at a rental company.
What made you want to get into the industry?
I have always had an eye for design and planning, so I knew I wanted to get into weddings before going into college.
How do you stay on top of everything? Any organizational tips or tricks?
I’m naturally a pretty organized person, but if I had a couple tips & tricks to give the first one would be just to get a specific task done (one at a time), as soon as you get it. Trying to complete multiple things at once can lead to mistakes and your brain is jumping back and forth, which is just automatic chaos in my opinion. Also, keeping your work space around you clean is big. I really believe that when your environment is messy, your brain is not as clear and focused.
What are some of your favorite current trends in the industry?
This one is a hard question only because trends change all the time. I will hop on the newest and biggest trend and then look back a year later thinking, what in the world. If I had to pick right now though, it would be alternative or unique signage, whether that be for food displays, seating charts, or other event signage needed. We did a wedding last summer that used sea glass for their name cards and it looked so good! I’ve also seen broken terra cotta pot pieces, salt blocks, neon signs, and specifically built structures incorporating cool and interactive displays for seating arrangements. I just love the idea of adding a special touch with signage because it creates that extra something and can really resemble the couple or hosts of the event.
If you could give one piece of advice to couples planning a wedding, what would it be?
I know it’s so much easier said than done, but don’t let the planning stress you out. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, just remember why you are getting married in the first place. Also, get the planner. It really does take off so much unnecessary stress, letting you and your significant other enjoy the engagement period.
What are some of the challenges you face when planning an event, and how do you overcome them?
Last minute changes. This happens all the time. A change might seem minuscule at times, but in actuality it changes the logistics for a number of different things and can be rather difficult, especially if you are on site for the event and only a couple hours away from the start. Fortunately, we deal with this enough that our team thrives off solutions! Everyone has different strengths and if we can’t come up with the best solution for a problem, we can rally together to figure out what will work best. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?!
What is one of your favorite memories from one of your events?
Gosh, there are so many, but if I had to choose it might be one of the more design heavy events that I’ve done. We had a mad scientist themed event that was rather large. It required our entire team! The event required several food stations with mad scientist themed decor and food items. Our kitchen team came up with some really cool food items. One of the stations was even interactive and included cloches and lots of smoky items really creating that mad scientist vibe. Every station ended up looking like a mad scientist space incorporating a ton of woods and metals, scientific books and papers, tons of beakers and scales, and much more. These were by far the most fun stations I have ever gotten to design! We also got to put our entire event team in white lab coats with goggles and black gloves to really tie it all together. It was so much fun!
What’s your favorite part about your job?
You get to see a lot of places that you otherwise probably would not get to go. There are also so many people you have the opportunity of meeting. The community within the event industry might be the best part!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I’m from Murfreesboro, so I’m pretty much always there on my off weekends hanging out with friends or with my sister and fur nephew, Otis. I’m typically shopping, at a dog park, or at the lake in the summer.