Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing
When Christine Kingery attended IUPUI, she studied in the tourism, conventions and event management program. Internships provided excellent experience. For instance, she coordinated the 2008 500 Festival Parade. While interning at the Indiana State Museum, she also got a taste of wedding coordination and learned just how much she enjoyed helping brides create magical memories.
Several years ago, Kingery landed a job at a local law firm as a human resources coordinator planning special events. One day a secretary at the firm asked Kingery to coordinate her daughter’s wedding. Kingery eagerly jumped on board.
“My job is to take the stress off the bride, the mother of the bride and anyone who tends to get bogged down with all the little things,” says Kingery, owner of Christine Kingery Events. “Having that one person at your wedding whom you can ask anything of is essential so that the family can relax and enjoy the day.”
Kingery says she often gets hired when the bride starts to recognize how much work is involved in pulling off the details. And, Kingery says, it’s the details that make the difference. Kingery starts by creating a master timeline of the wedding weekend. She offers three bridal packages: full wedding planning, partial wedding planning and day-of wedding planning. With every package, Kingery coordinates the rehearsal until the last dance at the reception.
“I work with all budgets,” says Kingery, who recognizes how hard it is to find an event planner in Indy who’s budget friendly. “I’ve had brides come to me in tears because they want a beautiful wedding but can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars.”
“I get such a rush when I send the bride down the aisle with her dad. That’s my favorite moment,” says Kingery, who is thankful to her husband Charlie, her parents and her in-laws for tag-teaming the care for her 4-year-old and 17-month-old children so she can enjoy her dream job.
In recent years, Kingery has noticed a new trend. It used to be that everyone wanted May, June or July nuptials. Now, however, the “hot” months to say, “I do” are September and October, partly because barn weddings are so in vogue and people seek to achieve that rustic, fall look.
Whatever it is your heart desires when it comes to your wedding day, Christine can bring those wishes to fruition. Call her at 317-506-0117, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find more info at christinekingeryevents.com.