We are thrilled to be launching Thursday Therapy in Tucson, Arizona, in partnership with Kim McFate, owner of Simply Elegant Events. (Thursday Thursday is our nationwide networking events.) Kim is such a great connector that we are excited to watch her connect wedding pros with one another in a calm, casual, fun environment. Join Kim at the launch this April 23!
Here’s a little more about Kim, her business, and her thoughts on networking in our industry…
What do you do?
Simply Elegant Events is a full service wedding and event planning company in Tucson. We primarily cover Southern Arizona and we will travel outside of the area for destination events. We have been in business for 5 years and absolutely love working with our clients to create and execute their vision and surpass their expectations. We aren’t just about weddings. We handle corporate, fund raisers, galas,holiday parties and much more.
We have a great team that is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and expertise to our clients. We are advocates for our clients and we work with our other wedding partners as a team at our events.
Tell us about the wedding industry in Tucson.
The Tucson wedding industry has grown vastly over the last decade; we are comprised of local vendors that have been in the business for over 20 years to newly trained professionals offering services to Brides and Grooms with any budget. The average wedding planned in Tucson costs around $24,000. The couples getting married in Tucson are diverse in their culture, faith, and style. Tucson has begun to host a larger number of destination weddings over the past few years. People desire the picturesque backdrop of rolling mountains highlighted by fierce sunsets. And who isn’t a sucker for a stunning saguaro? The couples who choose to marry in Tucson almost always have some tie to the city whether they met while attending the University of Arizona or if the Bride’s family resides her, chances are so do many of her relatives. Many people leave Tucson only to return to raise their families here or eventually retire in this small-town, big city we call home.
Why do you want to become a host for Thursday Therapy?
I’m so excited to be able to bring Thursday Therapy to Tucson because it creates a place for wedding and event professionals to go to relax, have fun, mix and mingle with others and just network. You never have to worry about missing something because you arrive late or need to leave early. You get to come and stay as long as you like
Why should people come to Thursday Therapy?
It is a great way to meet and learn about other wedding professionals, their businesses, develop new relationships and be able to simply network in a fun, relaxing environment.
What is one piece of advice for those new to networking?
I remember the first few times I was so nervous to go and network. Bring a friend with you that is a wedding professional as a “buddy” and be ready to share your story with others. People want to hear about what you do, but most importantly, just have fun with it.