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Meet Trailblazer Kara Chambers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kara Chambers.

Kara, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I never knew I had a knack for event planning and design until I started planning my own wedding in 2015. My now-husband was on a seven-month military deployment in the Middle East, so immersing myself into all things “wedding” was the best distraction I could have asked for. After we said our “I dos” in May of 2016, I really missed the days of designing tablescapes, visualizing floorplans and coordinating logistics (weird, I know). A few months later, I put my fears of failure and self-promotion aside and started my own event planning company. At the time, I had a full-time job at a startup tech company, so Chambers Creative was more of a fun, creative outlet for me (or as the cool kids say, a “side hustle”). Fast forward three years and two kids (under two!) later, and here we are! What started as a nice little hobby is now my main passion and focus, behind being a mom to my boys. By devoting more time, energy and marketing toward Chambers Creative I have reaped many benefits, but none as rewarding as seeing the finished product come together after months of conceptualizing every detail. I love the look on my bride’s face when she sees her vision come to life! I know this is just the beginning for Chambers Creative, and I feel more than blessed for the opportunity to play a part in someone else’s “happily ever after.”

Has it been a smooth road?
Has it always been a smooth road? Of course not. My main struggle has had more to do with self-doubt than anything else. I’ll see posts on Instagram of gorgeous events from other wedding planners and think, “Wow, I will never be as talented as them” or, “Should I even try to compete in this market? What will people think if I fail?” I quickly learned how toxic that mentality can be. Everyone in this industry has a different niche and style, and I just really needed to lean into and embrace mine. What one bride LOVES, another may find tacky or off-putting. It’s all about listening to your client and doing your best to make THEIR wedding dreams a reality. I like to think that’s what sets me apart from others: my ability to listen and connect with couples. Of course, I want that perfect, stunning “Instagram-worthy” shot of a massive floral installation cascading from a crystal chandelier in the golden hour sunset. But the reality is most brides don’t have an unlimited floral budget or even care about those costly details. They simply want to marry the love of their life in front of close friends and family. I never want to lose sight of that.

We’d love to hear more about Chambers Creative.
I offer either a “Month-Of Coordination” package or a “Partial Planning” package. It can be as hands-on or as hands-off as the couple desires. Personally, I enjoy being involved in the style and design process where I have an input in color schemes, theme, event flow, decor, etc., so the Partial Planning package is my favorite! I am most proud of my pricing. Comparatively, I offer a very budget-friendly option for your planning and design needs. I believe the wedding industry has gotten out of hand in recent years… It’s as if a vendor hears the word “wedding” and automatically tacks on an additional 30% to their services. I’m a strong believer you can have your dream wedding while staying in budget, and I aim to help my couples accomplish that.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up, I was a competitive diver from age 5 to 23. I attended Purdue University on a diving scholarship and was a two-time All American. In diving, the “little things” are critical. The difference between a perfect entry and a subpar dive is minuscule… a matter of inches. I believe my meticulous nature has transferred over into my professional career, as in the event planning industry, you can’t overlook anything. It’s ALL in the details! *I also grew up loving music — thanks to my dad always blasting ’70s rock in the car — so don’t be surprised if I bust a move on the dance floor at your wedding!*

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