Continuing our Central PA Wedding Vendor Spotlight series, let us introduce you to Maria Achenbach, owner of Hidden Gem Events.
What type of business is it?
Wedding Planner/ coordinator
How long have you been in business?
A little under a year
Hours and location? (physical location if you have one)
Appointment usually, based out of central PA!
Tell me about your business - what do you do?
I'm a full service wedding planner. We can do as little or as much as you need planning wise. We have a few packages that you can choose from so we can cater to your needs. I'm here to make any of your events stress free and memories that will last a life time.
Tell me about YOU! Why did you choose to do what you do?
In High school I worked for a country club. My manger asked me to come in one Saturday early to help set up for a wedding. It was so much fun. Than at the end of the evening, the bride came up to my manager and said this was a dream come true, he pointed to me and said I could not of done it without her. So she came over to me and gave me a big hug and said you made my dream day come true. In that moment I know I wanted to be a wedding planner. That moment at the end of the evening is what I live for! That moment makes the who planning process worth it!
Who was/is your biggest supporter in starting your own business?
Vendors that I have worked with and my family!
What other local wedding vendor do you just LOVE! Why?
The Kitchen Table, amazing food, the staff is awesome, they love what they do. Historic Acres of Hershey venue. Such a beautiful venue my favorite in the area. DJ Mast Entertainment, he's such a great DJ his passion shows at every event.
Outside of your business, what are you passionate about?
I love my family. They mean the world to me and I only want to make as many memories with them as I can, as we never know when our time is up.
What are your social media links? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
FB: Hidden Gem Events
How do you make a couple's wedding day better?
I listen to their wants and needs. Then I make recommendations. Their visions and purpose is number one in the planning process!
How long before a couple's big day should they contact you to book?
As soon as they are ready to plan, never to early!
Thanks, Maria, for being a part of our Central PA Wedding Vendors blog series. Best of luck on your new adventure and making your dreams, and the dreams of couple's across PA, come true!