Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Connecticut Tuesdays: Cr Socials

Cr Socials Event Planning is owned and operated by Carisa Lockery - a planner based in Wallingford, CT.

July 2010 marked Cr Socials' third year in business - and it's been a milestone year.

As Carisa explained to me, she came to this line of work after many years of experience working with clients.

She had her first job in an ice cream parlor when she was 15. Two years later she went on to be a restaurant hostess and a waitress. A job she held for six years. After graduating college, she went to work for a pre-press printing company where she had a large part in catering to employees of Polo Ralph Lauren. She moved on to be an Account Coordinator for an advertising agency - and ultimately decided that she wanted her own business.

Carisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Albertus Magnus College and is currently on her way to a Master of Business Administration degree.

One of the things you notice first about Carisa is that she is very outgoing.

I had the pleasure of meeting her earlier this summer when CR Socials became the newest member of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce.

Her laugh is infectious, and she puts you at ease immediately.

Listening to her talk, it was very clear to me that she takes pride in what she does - and all you have to do is look at the photos I've posted to see that it's all in the details as far as she's concerned.

When we talked about this feature, Carisa had this to say.

"Cr Socials Event Planning takes pride in the dedication to our clients. Our mission is to provide each one with the undivided attention he or she deserves so that the event is exactly what was imagined."

Any time I write a feature, I find I spend a lot more time doing my homework than actually writing.

This feature was no exception - although I have to say that Carisa made it very easy for me by having a great blog and an interactive Facebook page. She shares a wealth of information on both - from wedding rehearsal tips to frank discussions about budgets to features about weddings and events she's co-ordinated.

Needless to say, one of the questions that Carisa hears most is 'why do I need a wedding planner?'

If you are on the fence, I recommend you read this quiz-style blogpost.

Cr Socials Event Planning caters to all types of events.

From intimate social gatherings to elaborate birthdays and special occasions, to the wedding of your dreams.

The emphasis is always on providing customers with a stress-free environment. Providing outstanding service to each individual client by meeting their specific needs in a creative, professional, and accommodating way.

Carisa will work with any budget and ensure that you are not overwhelmed.

Her level of involvement is for each couple to decide. Some will want the full package and some will want what is known as 'Day of' co-ordination.

Do you see the smile on Carisa's face in these last two photos?

That's exactly the kind of smile she wishes to put on yours!

Her personalized service will make you feel as though you are a guest at your own event - and you really can't ask for more than that!

Carisa Lockery
Cr Socials Event Planning
850D S. Colony Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(located within FloraBella Florist)

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