We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Holder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amanda, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Two words: self. care.

I’ve really prioritized self care over the last few years, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My number 1 goal with my business is to be my best self for my clients, so that I can produce the best work. But the reality is, life can be challenging; and it’s so easy to become overwhelmed, exhausted, or anxious. Introducing self care into my life as a regular, essential part of my routine has allowed me to take time to rest and recharge so that I can truly be the best and healthiest version of myself for the couples I work with.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the key factor that separates us from other wedding planning businesses is the environment we create at our events for our vendors. Any successful wedding planner out there has executed bold designs, orchestrated seamless events, & fostered great relationships with clients. And while those are all amazing qualities, I think more light needs to be shined on all the folks that work together to make the wedding happen.

Whether we’ve worked together before or we meet the week of the wedding, it’s so important that everyone feels like they’re part of a team! We all want the same thing: to give the couple the best day ever. Expressing appreciation for every last participant in a wedding day is a top priority for myself and my team. We want our vendors to walk away feeling just as excited & fulfilled as our newlyweds!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I absolutely love the Central Coast, there are so many different things to do! It may seem like a collection of small beach towns & suburbs, but there’s a lot more than meets the eye!

I’m lucky enough to live very close to some of my favorite restaurants! To name a few: Sidecar Cocktail Co. have some of the best cocktails in town (they even teach mixology classes!), and the patio at Luna Red is the perfect place to sip some Sangria on a warm summer evening. Taste Craft Eatery has probably the best Mac & Cheese around, and if you’re in the mood for Italian (which I often am), Giuseppe’s is the place to be.

One of my favorite places in the world is The Dog Beach in Avila. I go there as often as I possibly can with my dog, Bella. It’s definitely one of my top choices for self care.

Our cute little town of San Luis Obispo is known for our Thursday night Farmer’s Markets, so that’s definitely on the list! There’s live music, delicious food, and I always run into a few friends walking around.

And finally, if it’s summertime, you can’t miss Concerts in the Plaza. Right in the heart of downtown SLO, local bands play live music every Friday evening and it’s all completely free! Folks from all over the community come out to dance, drink wine, and just enjoy the summer sun.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to shout out each and every member of the group, San Luis Obispo Wedding Planners. Even as one of the 2 founding members of this group, I never could have predicted just how impactful it would be on my life. These ladies have all collectively and individually been there for me in times of struggle, and lifted me up even higher in times of success. They’re badass event planners, kind members of the community, and simply amazing friends. We look out for each other, we stick together, and I’m so grateful to work alongside this group of women.

Website: https://amandaholderevents.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandaholderevents/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-holder-44942021/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amandaholderevents

Other: https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/amanda-holder-events-san-luis-obispo/6db09602b8f6a915.html

Image Credits
Ellie Koleen Photography / Mackenzie Hollar Photography / Austyn Elizabeth Photography / Yvonne Goll Photography / Carly Martin Photography / Mike Radford Photography

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