Wedding Coordinator / Planner
Main Office Location:
790 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 256
Fresno, California 93704
Where are you in the wedding planning process? Have all your vendors and need to pull it together? Have a lot of ideas, but need to refine and find great vendors? Have no idea how to start or how to stay on budget? Wherever you are, Shelli Armstrong Events makes it happen.
Shelli listens and customizes service packages for each event. No two events are the same. She’s very creative and knowledgeable about event design, so her insight and expert ideas will bring your vision to reality—in a personalized event that runs smoothly, stays on budget, and exceeds your expectations. Shelli has just the mix you need in a coordinator: inspired and practical, kind and efficient, resourceful and fresh. She hits a home run each time.
Services offered for weddings, showers, and other social or corporate events:
Quality. Thorough. Personal.
I rebranded in 2013 and decided that using my name was a solid way for a fresh new beginning.
Not only do I care about each event I create, I care about the client as an individual. I take an enormous amount of pride in the fact that I run my business with a heavy base of principles, integrity and honesty. By creating that solid base, I'm allowed to really focus on the clients needs, and not what benefits I will receive. Even though I believe that I can always learn more, I feel that the years of experience and the number of events that I have worked give me the knowledge needed to help any client with any event.
Many people can't see the value of a professional coordinator/designer/planner because there is not a tangible product that goes along with it. This can be true if you don't hire the right person; someone without the experience or knowledge and training. Many people still can't understand that this is an actual business, but it is!! So yes, I do charge a fee for my time and services.
I started coordinating and planning events while still in high school. I was voted the "Commissioner of Social Affairs" as a freshman and found that I had a knack for organizing and planning. I enjoyed what I was doing and loved that I could be involved with something without having to be in a spotlight. There are so many pieces to an event and I am still drawn to the challenge.
I try to listen to the clients and find out who they are and what is special or meaningful to them individually and as a couple. Using creative vendors can add to your design in very positive ways! There are also the typical books and blogs and social media outlets that are filled with inspirations; however, many are unobtainable by the average bride, so I try to stay clear of using them too much. I love looking outside the box and figuring out how to tweak anything that is normal or expected. Of course not every client is comfortable with this, but I have to try!!
My favorite part of any wedding is seeing a family who loves each other unconditionally. Believe me, it's not something you see at every wedding and that to me is very sad. Watching the bond between mother and daughter as the wedding dress goes on and seeing the look on mother's face as she sees her baby girl grow up instantly in front of her eyes—priceless. Seeing the Father-Daughter dance take place and watch the father as the realization and emotion hits that this is his little girl and this is "his" last dance with her, gets me every time.
Brother of the bride telling the groom that he loves him and calling him brother right before the ceremony—the entire family cleared out a box of Kleenex in 30 seconds!
A bride got up on stage with the band and sang one of her and her dad's favorite songs from start to finish—and she wasn't a trained vocalist, but it was absolutely perfect!!!
As for unusual moments—well, confidentiality is part of what makes me good!! Haha!! HOWEVER, I have seen guests start eating from the buffet during the first dance—without a plate! They just stood there picking items they wanted and eating as they went along the buffet. It was horrible! I have also seen some cultural events that prepare food in an unusual way that I am not accustomed to. Needless to say, I bring my own snacks to events!! I've also experienced a drunk wait staff who came at me with a champagne bottle! I was more upset that he could have wasted a perfectly good bottle of bubbly!!
Love and culture! The party part is fun, I'm all for that! But knowing that there is something so strong behind it all is amazing!
To be patient. To be selfless. To appreciate family and traditions.
I tell them to expect to disagree on many things, but that's ok. This is the start to a compromising relationship! I also tell the groom that he'll get his girl back after the wedding when she's not in "bride" mode. Another big one is letting them know that they can't control everything! If a bride and groom are not realistic, then they are setting themselves up for disappointment.
To control time and weather!
Intuitive. Thoughtful. Sassy.
I have two:
"All our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to pursue them."— Walt Disney
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." —Jimmy Johnson
Focus on the things you love and not at the things that drive you crazy!
Snowboarding, traveling, attending my children's sporting and dance events.
Maybe a travel agent or a stay-at-home mom. I honestly can't see myself doing anything else!
You obviously haven't met me! Haha! I actually like to come home from a long event and sit with my feet in the pool and reflect on the event. On a day-to-day basis, I will snuggle up with my kids and just listen to them talk.
I eat at Wassabi (Sushi Restaurant) as least 2 to 3 times a week! It's walking distance from my office and I love their lunch specials!! As for the occasional splurge, well, it generally only happens when I'm out of town, so I like to find where the locals go!
- Central Coast Beach Area and San Luis Obispo
- Fresno Bakersfield and Central Valley
- Paso Robles and the Central Coast Wine Country
- Santa Barbara Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.
“My big day was great!! Everything turned out beautifully. I received compliment after compliment of how beautiful and wonderful my wedding was. I had my own vision for it, but Shelli always offered insight and I valued her opinion. She also helped sort out many details and informed me about many things I did not think about. Shelli did a great job in always making me feel at ease during this process. Shelli is exceptionally organized! She is wonderful to work with and a joy to be around. Through this experience, I feel liked I have gained a friend, not just paid a person to coordinate my wedding. Shelli is wonderful!”
“Shelli helped formulate the overall design and offered suggestions to make our wedding beautiful while remaining within our budget. Shelli is extremely reliable and on top of her game. Everything went perfectly. She did an excellent job of taking care of us. She even delivered our gifts to our house so no one had to worry about it. Shelli will always go the extra mile to make sure that your wedding is perfect. You cannot go wrong if you choose Shelli to coordinate events. I would recommend Shelli to anyone I know. She will probably end up coordinating many weddings for our family.”
“Shelli handles everything with grace. Always calm, cool and collected. I would give her a 10 in communication. She’s like your best friend! A very organized and brilliant version. She makes everyone feel so comfortable and important no matter what their role. She really is what a wedding planner should be.”
“I would absolutely recommend Shelli. She was probably the best decision we made when planning our wedding. We had a general theme and idea of things we would like to incorporate into our wedding but she saw the theme to fruition. She is very creative and knowledgeable about design for events. Our wedding turned out better and more beautiful than we could have imagined.
“She offered many different ideas and would always let us know the prices of things and whether or not something was going to be a little over budget before we would decide on anything. We were extremely happy with all of the vendor referrals that she provided. Every vendor that we used from Shelli’s referral was amazing and did beautiful work.
“We got married on one of the hottest days of the year. Shelli advised that we might want to rent umbrellas and misting/cooling trucks. We took her advice and rented the umbrellas and misting truck and it SAVED our wedding.
“My husband and I, along with our families, definitely feel that Shelli went above and beyond and took very good care of our guests and us on the day of our event. She is a fantastic coordinator and so much fun to work with. “
“Shelli goes out of her way to make sure every single person around her is well taken care of.”
“There is simply nothing she doesn’t do. She determined our budget and drew up spreadsheets that we continually updated so we knew exactly where we stood with the budget. We had an idea what we wanted and what was important to us and she helped guide that vision. Shelli’s team handled all the set up and deliveries. I had my own personal assistant who took care of all the details bridesmaids don’t get to: like fixing me lunch, bringing water, adjusting my dress—she literally had my back all day. If I needed anything, she was there before I even asked. Shelli and her team are outstanding. They truly do make the process smooth and enjoyable.”