My name is Kate Walski and I own Sweet Themes LLC, an event design company. We offer full wedding design services and decor rental items.
I first started working in the wedding industry about 15 years ago. I worked in a hotel in the sales and catering office and then I did event and wedding decor for a production company in the Traverse City area. After I graduated from college, I moved down to the Detroit area where I did event production and coordination, worked at a bridal salon and also for a floral design company. I returned to the Traverse City area 8 years ago and began doing freelance event work and finally started Sweet Themes 2 years ago.
We don't define ourselves by one particular style. The essence of our business is that we will work with any style, any vision and we love the diversity, challenges and opportunities that brings. We do events from rustic to elegant and everywhere in between. We especially love theme events and creating unique designs.
As an event designer, I love placing the last few decor items and then looking around and seeing how all of the individual parts have come together to create a beautiful setting.
Some of my favorite trends from the past few years are all of the personal touches that couples have been putting into their weddings. I love all of the personalized signs and special items that they use to make their wedding unique to them. I also love doing furniture for weddings and creating additional lounge areas whether they are inside on soft furniture or wooden benches around a campfire outside. I think those elements add so much to an event and create additional spaces for guests to enjoy and feel more at home.
I would advise couples to come to us early in their decor planning process. And that timing is different depending on the couple. Some people want to plan their decor a year out and some start a few months ahead of time. Regardless of when that timing is for them, we would love to be a part of it from the beginning. We have so many items for couples to rent and I find that sometimes they come to us after they have bought things that they will never use again. We also can suggest ideas that maybe they haven't seen on Pinterest yet. We can help create unique designs for them. We really enjoy being a part of the decor planning process from the very beginning.
When couples begin their planning process, I think it is great to get ideas from places like Pinterest, but I would also say to really look to your vendors to help you design your wedding just for you. Listen to the professionals and get their advice and they may have some really creative and unique ideas for you. Also, manage your expectations. Pinterest is notorious for giving brides pictures of exquisite centerpieces and linens that have often times been staged but really aren't practical for actual weddings or are well over the average wedding budget. Use those photos as inspiration, determine a budget for your wedding (including your decor) and then sit down with your vendors and show them your inspiration and budget and let them make suggestions on what would work best for you. Some people are hesitant to tell designers what their budget is, but that is one of the best things you can tell them. For most brides, the financial aspect is a determining factor and your vendors need to know what they are working with.
Northern Michigan offers some of the most amazing venues and it has its own unique culture that makes living and working here so wonderful! It's a small town feel yet there is so much to do around here! I love getting to know the other vendors well and being part of a great event community!