A professional party thrower, Rebecca Gardner knows a thing or two about turning a gathering into a memorable affair.
Named one of the top wedding planners by Vogue, Rebecca has established herself as an expert in the wedding industry. Her playful, whimsical style is apparent in everything she touches -- from the events she designs to her beautiful website Houses & Parties. Rebecca talks to us about her story and her passion for planning fun and fabulous parties around the world.
Tell us about your introduction to the world of event planning?
Oh, I've been planning parties since I was a little girl. Parties are my secret weapon for making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and making memorable occasions with all those that I love.
- What inspired you to start on this journey?
- Well, they always say, "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."
Our homes are often a reflection of ourselves. How would you describe the style of your home?
I have an off-beat 1947 International style house in Savannah. It's designed for entertaining with low pools of lamp light, comfortable upholstery for conversation and a bar in the living room.
Parties are my secret weapon for making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and making memorable occasions with all those that I love.
- What would be a perfect wedding destination for Spring? Autumn? Tell us why!
- How about Kyoto in the Spring among the cherry blossoms? Crunching in the changing autumn leaves in Upstate New York? Summer weddings need a cool destination, no one likes to be hot in an evening dress.
- Any tips for recently engaged couples that are starting their wedding planning process?
- First, decide your guest count. That will dictate venues.
- Describe your ideal dinner party
My dream dinner party involved all of my closest friends in one room with icy martinis, Pink Martini and unabashed laughter.
- What are your 3 favorite pieces from Collecto?
- This collection of cheese knives which would be beautiful on a passed cheese course instead of dessert. This murano blown glass vase with a giant bundle of floppy tulips in the foyer. This collection of library classics, my "to read" list is loooooong.
Well, they always say, "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."