Student Feature – Lauren Spingola
Name: Lauren Spingola
Location: Los Angeles, CA
QC Course I took: Event & Wedding Planning
My website: www.GoldenStateEvents.La
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Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m Lauren from Northern California, and I am the owner of Golden State Events! I’ve been in the Los Angeles area for over 9 years and I love it! I live with my boyfriend and our loving poodle, Penny. My whole family is still in Northern California so I visit them often. I occasionally travel that way to plan weddings as well!
Why did you decide to go into event and wedding planning? What about it appeals to you?
I’ve always been crafty and organized but I never really thought of being a wedding planner. A few years ago, I was working in administration and the restaurant industry. Our company’s Director of Events had resigned, and requested that I take her spot. I was basically thrown into event planning with no experience! Luckily, it was everything I had been looking for. I learned quickly and fell in love with the career. Ever since I’ve never looked back and have been planning weddings and events for many years! It makes me happier than anything. Seeing ideas on paper come to life, and the happiness on my client’s faces is the greatest feeling. I love creating happiness!
What’s the most important thing you learned about event planning while you were studying with QC?
I decided to take a course at QC a few years after I had begun working in the events industry. I believe we should always keep learning and growing so I took a wedding and event planning course to further my expertise, and learn how to start my own business. While taking this course, I learned a lot about the business side of the industry, like preparing a business plan and creating marketing materials. This helped immensely when starting my own business. This course was also great because I learned a lot about cultural diversities and traditions. It prepared me for a lot more than I anticipated!
Where does your business specialize in the events industry? What are your favorite types of events to plan and bring to life?
Golden State Events specializes in all types of events, from weddings to corporate events. My favorite types of events are definitely weddings. Choosing the venue, working with vendors, picking out flowers, etc, and seeing it all come to life on the wedding day is the best feeling. Details are everything! Weddings have such a euphoria about them that lets me know I am in the right business.
How do you think QC school has prepared you for working in the industry?
QC definitely prepared me to start my own business. Luckily I already had some planning experience working for other companies, but QC taught me more about the business side of the industry. It definitely set me up for success. The course also helped me find new business contacts and local venues that I could later recommend to my clients.
Congratulations on becoming a QC Event School graduate! What do you think the future holds for Golden State Events?
Thank you! My goal for Golden State Events is to keep planning more and more beautiful weddings. I want to create a lifetime of memories and happiness for my clients. Later on I’d love to own my own event venue for all types of weddings and events.