Planning Parties Big And Small

Alana Folen
Wednesday - November 24, 2010
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Kramer, Ogawa and Chung work magic together as Fete808

We all know that there’s no better time for a party than the holidays. And now that we’re in the midst of this festive season, it’s no surprise that the amount of office parties, family gatherings and corporate events is endless. Who knows, a proposal may even be just around the corner for a few lucky gals as well! Are your muscles tensing at the mere thought of the necessary planning that goes along with all the fun?

Relax. Enter Fete808. Founded a little more than a year ago by good friends and event specialists Darnelle Chung, Connie Kramer and Ivy Ogawa, Fete808 provides a fully customizable service for planning private parties, weddings, corporate or promotional events - turning any vision into reality.

“We primarily do weddings, but we’ve also branched out to corporate events, baby luaus and retirement parties,” Chung says.

Ogawa adds, “The bread and butter will always be wedding services, but there’s also other demands for holiday parties.”

The women all have backgrounds in business and work hard to make sure that weddings and any other events go off without a hitch.

“Planning a wedding has so many moving parts and vendors want to know all these little details that need to be pulled together,” Chung explains. “A lot of these brides have jobs, families, kids and other responsibilities that they have to tend to, so that’s where we step in.”

Chung is the detail-oriented and self-proclaimed “Type-A personality” of the bunch, making sure all deadlines are met. Kramer oversees many of the creative aspects of the business, including floral arrangements and design ideas. As for Ogawa, she serves as the middleman and handles the website.

“We balance each other out very well,” says Kramer, who was born and raised in Los Angeles and worked for many years in film and television production. “The triad of us work very well together and we bring all of our strengths to all the events that we do.”

These entrepreneurs recommend setting aside nine months to a year to plan a wedding, but they say they can work with any time line or budget. In fact, in just six months they planned the wedding of Michelle Raab and Angus Mitchell, son of Jolina and Paul Mitchell, the late hair stylist and product magnate.

“It was beyond any wedding anyone could ever imagine,” Chung states. “We actually had to move the earth. It was in Hilo on a private farm that had no level land, there also was no electricity or running water. But it was extravagant; there was even a fireworks show. After that we can do anything!”

“We have a lot of vendors we work with and with whom we have good relationships, so anytime anyone needs a recommendation we always have one that we’re ready to give. We work out of our homes and we meet clients where it’s convenient for them.”

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