Karing Occasions plans wedding and events, large and small

Karen Rainey feels like she has always been helping organize events, and it was something she was meant to do.

Karen Rainey demonstrates during a BNI group how she  tucks up the bride’s train for the reception - one of the many details large and small which she attends to for a wedding.

Karen Rainey demonstrates how she tucks up the bride’s train for the reception – one of the many details large and small which she attends to for a wedding.

“I love to get involved in things, and it really does seem like I am always helping someone plan something,” Rainey said.
After helping plan weddings, showers, parties, craft shows, fundraisers and other events for years, Rainey went through training to further hone her organization and planning skills and officially became a professional wedding and event planner early this year.
“I’ve done it for so long for free; now I’m going to make a living doing what I love,” she smiled. Her business is Karing Occasions.
She has worked several events since turning professional and has been working with wedding venue Agape Ranch.
“I plan personal and corporate events, whether big or small, and I can do as much or as little as you want, for both large and small occasions. Some people want me to just make arrangements with a venue, but other want me to recommend or help choose the venue, wedding/event theme and colors, caterer, cake, food, and the band or DJ – just about everything for an event, including, for a wedding, the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.”

Karen Rainey speaks to a BNI group about her new business, Karing Creations.

Karen Rainey speaks to a BNI group about her new business, Karing Creations.

She also can help plan bridal showers, and as a Pampered Chef dealer can personally produce a Pampered Chef shower if they desire.
Rainey provides couples with list of vendors, if requested, as well as business cards of other businesses that can help the new couple get established in their new life, new home, etc. but the couple is always free to choose any vendor they wish.
Rainey has three levels of wedding packages available. Call or email her, and she will email you her list of services. However, clients are not limited to the packages as she can custom design a package with add-ons that the client chooses.

An example of unique settings she arranges for serving food at rehearsals suppers, receptions, showers, parties and other events.

An example of unique settings she arranges for serving food at rehearsals suppers, receptions, showers, parties and other events.

“Most of the work of a wedding planner occurs on the day of the wedding,” Rainey said. “For the big day, I prepare an itinerary for everyone, including vendors, so everyone knows when and where they are expected to be doing what.
“I have someone at the venue early to greet vendors and oversee the set–up. I coordinate when the candles are lit, make sure the guest book is set out, when bride and groom have their first dance, when the cake is cut and so on. I don’t do the decorations but I have assisted when needed. I have even cut the cake when there was no designated person to do so. I will also direct the walk-through of the rehearsal unless the venue stipulates that their employee handles that.”

Although Karen Rainey does not provide decorations or flowers, she checks to make everything, like guest books and flowers (right) are set out in the correct places and and arranged attractively.

Although Karen Rainey does not provide decorations or flowers, she checks to make everything, like guest books and flowers are set out in the correct places and and arranged attractively.

She added, “I don’t want my clients to have to worry about forgetting something. My main job is to make sure it is their most memorable and happy day by taking the stress off the bride and groom and their families.”
The same goes for taking stress off the organizers of parties, galas, charity and other events.
She reminds brides that for a formal wedding they should call a planner and start booking a venue 9-12 months in advance because of the demand for weekend dates at the larger venues. A simple wedding at a smaller venue can possibly be booked in 3 or 4 months.
Rainey accepts jobs within a few hours of the Denham Springs/Baton Rouge area. She can go further if requested, for a reasonable fee for travel expenses.

By Helen Wale Turner