My Background

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

I started my first office job when I was 17. (I know, you're already rolling your eyes). But if you knew me when I was in high school, you would understand that it was a perfect fit. My weekly planners were color coordinated (matching my Google Calendar, of course) and putting things in order was, well, my thing. I worked with an education consulting company that highly valued staff development and connecting with others. I mean, the company slogan is "Bringing the best out in people" so how could I not love it? That company not only instilled worthy values in me, but gave me a taste of what the best of "Corporate America" had to offer.

My second year in the office I was entrusted with managing some of the company's internal events (think executive meetings, conference calls, office parties, material ordering etc.) As soon as I was exposed to event planning, I was in love. The color coordinated calendars, detailed event entries, and travel challenges excited me. Everything had it's own place and served a purpose. I quickly learned you can always find space in a busy schedule for the people you value.

As I continued on to college I was able to use my planning skills in whatever atmosphere I came into. You name it, from vacations to parties to events to surprises, I loved to organize and execute it all. I did so in not only my personal circles, but in my involvement as an officer in organizations at Texas A&M. During that time I also dabbled a little in floral design though a horticulture minor, and I got to be behind the scenes at various events throughout the university. I saw people come together for a common purpose, whether it was to celebrate scholarship awards, another football game, or even to see a new art installment. That's when my eyes were really opened to the world of personal event planning and the impact it had on those who were involved.

However, all good things must come to an end. My time of exploring the events industry felt like it had been cut short when I graduated. When I walked across the stage and was awarded my degree in sociology I had no idea what was next. And I know every college graduate says that but no, really, I didn’t have the slightest clue.

What I did know was that I still loved to plan. If anything, it was the one consistent skill I enjoyed and developed throughout my time at the education consulting company, and in college.

And being a professional event planner is every A-Type personality’s dream, right? So I thought to myself, why not try it out? It was then that I decided to try my luck in the industry. I started work in venue operations at a wedding venue in Dripping Springs, TX and at the same time I began my work as a wedding coordinator, rounding out my experience in all sides of event planning.

I have truly found a love in this work we call coordination. It’s fun, challenging, and so rewarding. Plus - to see a newlywed couple, a business, or community pull off an event that celebrates connection completely stress free - that’s priceless.

So that’s what I do. I feel. I organize. I plan. I execute. And I make sure it goes off without a hitch.

I create events centered around connection. And that’s something you can plan on.

Happy planning,

Shelby Kirchner

Plan On It ATX


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