EVENT PLANNER: New business to host local bridal show

Published 11:11 am Wednesday, December 31, 2014

QUIN GREEN | CONTRIBUTED TYING THE KNOT: Pictured are Andrea and Chris Bezgela, literally tying the knot during a wedding in Fuquay-Varina planned by Q&A Events/Formals.

TYING THE KNOT: Pictured are Andrea and Chris Bezgela, literally tying the knot during a wedding in Fuquay-Varina planned by Q&A Events/Formals.

A new business in town offers a one-stop shop for those planning a special event, and in March, the business will host a local bridal show, showcasing vendors that can contribute to such events.

The newest addition to Washington’s arsenal of small businesses, Q&A Events/Formals, which is owned and operated by Quin Green of Washington, offers planning and direction of all types of events, including weddings, corporate events, baby showers, graduations, family reunions, church events, formal events, birthdays, anniversaries and other parties, Green said.

Green, a graduate of East Carolina University, decided to start her business in Washington due to a need for an event planning business in the area, she said. What started as a hobby — throwing parties for friends, helping host events at church — grew into a passion and, with her Hospitality Management degree from ECU, she decided to turn that passion into a career.

“It was just something I did because I loved it,” Green said. “My friends would throw a party, and they would ask for help. I started helping out people, and I just thought it would be something fun to do. I loved the organizational skills required to do it (event planning), and it’s something that enables me to be of service to somebody else. I love people and helping them pull their thoughts together and taking them from vision to implementation.”

Green said she offers everything from invitations to linen rentals, table and chair rentals and décor, and she works with several photographers and caterers. With a vision to be a one-stop shop for event planning, Green has a vast network available for outsourcing different components of any event, she said. She even has ordained ministers at her disposal for those who do not belong to a church or know a pastor or priest, and when it comes to formalwear and attire, Green has the ability to rent or sell items needed by a client, she said.

On March 8, Q&A Events/Formals will host a bridal show, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Civic Center in Washington, featuring a long list of vendors in the event industry, Green said. Vendor spaces are still available and vendors interested do not necessarily have to be tied to the wedding industry.

“It’s open to anyone who would like to showcase that would be appropriate for any kind of event planning,” Green said.

Green said all women attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free honeymoon — something Q&A is giving away for the bridal show. One focus of the show is to bring awareness to Washington as a wedding destination, Green said.

“This would be a nice place to start bringing more awareness to all that Little Washington has to offer,” Green said. “It (bridal show) is meant to bring awareness to what Q&A has to offer and to Little Washington as a wedding destination.”

Green said her business gives clients a “Mayberry, hometown feeling,” and each client is treated the same, regardless of budget or event. Green hopes to create memories for her clients that will last a lifetime, she said.

“To me, you’re not just a number,” Green said. “You’ve entrusted us to share one of the most memorable days of your life, and we don’t take that lightly. I want you to know I value you as a customer, and it shows through in my actions and how I conduct business with you. Making sure you’re happy is what I’m there to do.”

For more information, call Quin Green with Q&A Events/Formals, located at 1550 W 5th St., Washington, at 252-916-0759 or 252-375-3534.