Questions you might want to ask Kiyoe before meeting her in person.
Your name is very unique. What is your background?
I was born and raised in Japan and have a grandfather from India. When I was 18, I came to the United States to attend Emory University in Atlanta and graduated with BBA in Business-Economics.
How long have you been planning and executing weddings and events?
I have over 10 years of experience creating dream weddings as well as many years of event planning expertise. My event planning career started when I joined Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) in Atlanta in 1995. A few years later, TBS sent me to their Tokyo office to oversee marketing of their Japanese operation where I also planned and executed many corporate events throughout Asia. Later, I joined a PR agency where I further developed my experience in event planning. After getting married at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, I decided to follow my dream of starting my own bridal consulting business in April 2003.
You need both creative and organizational skills as well as focus on the details to be a great planner. How did you learn those skills?
Those skills are something you are born with, and I'm so fortunate to be one of those people with such skills. I remember planning my day's schedule hour by hour during class at school. OK, I may not have been a perfect student but I just had to have my day precisely scheduled. I never thought back then that such a skill would come in handy later on in my life.
What do you love about wedding and event planning?
I truly enjoy the planning process. Developing my clients' ideas and concepts and making them come alive is so much fun! And what's more fun than to see the end result? On the day of my client’s wedding or event, I get to witness their visions come true and be a part of their excitement.
Is wedding planning your full-time job?
Yes, from day 1. I take this job very seriously and give 100% to my clients' weddings and events. If I had another job, I could not do that.