Erica Prewett, Founder Chief Planner of A Big To Do Event, Inc. started planning events when she was in the second grade. Anything mix-and-mingle related, she is the epitome of “born with it.” She went professional in the field in 2000 and founded A Big To Do Event, Inc. in 2005. With a fetish for checklists (admits she dreams in spreadsheets), instinctive time management, unimaginable organization and a pristine sense of flawlessness make her a coveted right-brain planner with a sophisticated manner for any type of event. We’ve mentioned it before, but her favorite part of the process is overhearing her clients receive praise and cheers for their party-throwing taste and know-how.
Lila Wilson joined A Big To Do Event, Inc. in late 2011, dying for a way to combine her favorite things—a fresh interior design degree, a love for list-making and logistics and an avenue to constantly meet new and exciting people. Whether making dreams come true at the end of a rose petal-packed aisle or the ins and outs of an elegant and poised corporate event, she loves the details of the planning, truly enjoys herself at all types of gatherings and finds her own reward in the end result that manifests of a job truly well done.
Yes… but will you like us? You can match-make all day long with the perfect planner on paper. But we have to like the way each other “smells” – we have to gel in person. That’s why we recommend an in person meeting. In the meantime, Erica and Lila dug deep to share some of the quirkiest parts of their personality, so you’ll really know who you’re working with.
Ok Erica, what does your right brain crave during crunch time?
If I’m feeling healthy, Almonds. It’s amazing how a handful of almonds can curb the 2:00 appetite. However, all bets are off if I’m not in a healthy eating mode. I may or may not have bags of peanut m&m’s hidden in the office…
We’re betting your closet is in immaculate order…
Actually it’s not! That is one of the areas in my personal life that I would seriously hire someone to do an overhaul for me. I do have pants together, jackets together, dresses together, etc., but as far as color-coded? Forget about it!
Do you read anything other than Excel files and to-do lists?
I am an avid follower of all Vince Flynn books – especially his series about a Black Ops CIA agent named Mitch Rapp who saves the world from terrorists and bad guys in general. I have read the entire series and just finished the latest book Kill Shot recently.
Whose tweets do you halt your game plan for?
My favorite twitter conversations comes from a fellow wedding planner in Indiana, Saundra Hadley (@planningforever) because I love her wit and sense of humor. I also love following Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump). I’ve always been a fan of hers and enjoy the glimpse into her daily life – makes her seem much more normal!
Okay, so where do you go for your own happily ever after?
Anywhere with a beach and spotty Wi-Fi. I have to have sun and water in order to fully relax. The mountains are fine and all, but I’m a beach girl. And, let’s be honest, I have to be able to check email if necessary. But I don’t want full access because then I won’t be able to unplug (literally).
What does a hopeless romantic wedding planner put at the top of the list for all-time greatest movies?
It’s a tie. Gone with the Wind and Pride and Prejudice… they get me every time.
Be honest… how many pairs of heels do you own?
22. Clearly, it’s time to go shopping!
So during a long and laborious event day, what do you turn to for stress-relief snacking?
I can really get myself into trouble here. I love to bake, but I try not to, because I’d eat the whole thing… In fact, I am slicing into a carrot cake as we speak.
Coffee or tea?
Sweet tea. Morning, noon and night. I may be lost without it if I ever have to move out of the South.
As a logistics person… dishwasher or hand washer?
I try to stick to hand washing for the big stuff, but I’m messy and sometimes getting water all over me loses out to the easy, convenience of the machine.