Talk about a turn of events! ¬†This week’s featured expert was on his way to a career in journalism, when he decided it wasn’t for him. ¬†During a short stint as a merchandiser at Pottery Barn, Shawn Rabideau found he had a knack for table decor and room design. ¬†Soon, his talents were recognized and he jumped at an offer to do just that, full-time, in an event planning role. ¬†It developed into such a passion that in 2004, Shawn decided to strike out on his own, founding New York-based Shawn Rabideau Events & Design, a full-service event production, floral design and lifestyle company. ¬†With a long list of celebrity, corporate and charitable clients, Shawn’s had such success that he is considered one of today’s leaders in the event planning industry. ¬†We couldn’t wait to wrangle a few precious minutes to sit down and chat about his experiences!
How has the industry changed since you started?
The internet, reality television and the economy have changed the industry.¬† There is more competition than there was before, brides believe what they see on TV and they are spending less and planning more on their futures than they are on the occasion.¬† I think we have to work a bit harder than we did a few years ago.¬† But I think it’s also super-rewarding! Read the rest of this entry »