We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Helmstetter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, how does your business help the community?
In addition to creating beautiful experiences and memories for our clients and their guests, I have also founded an online gift registry called The Good Beginning where couples and families can register for donations to their favorite organizations in lieu of or in addition to wedding or baby gifts. Since 2016, we’ve helped couples and soon-to-be parents raise close to $750,000 for causes that are near and dear to their hearts.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business started out with a very small vision of helping a few couples each year plan their weddings in 2007. Since then we have helped hundreds of couples plan multi day celebrations all over the world while creating lifelong memories for them and their guests along the way. We’ve grown into a multi faceted global business and brand are no longer simply a wedding planning firm. We are now a celebrated event design and planning firm that’s been recognized as one of the best in the world by publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Elle Magazine and Martha Stewart. In addition to events, we are a team of sought after interior designers, entertaining experts and curate beautiful gifting, stationery and more in an effort to simply help people make their lives that much more beautiful. Running a business has it’s challenges but I can’t imagine doing anything else. When I began I simply wanted to plan parties and with growth I’ve had to learn how to manage a growing team, evolve for demand and take on new roles and opportunities that always come with growing pains, yet are well worth the work. At the end of the day, I simply want to make the world as beautiful as possible. Be it through a celebration, an effortlessly designed home, a well curated gift or connecting individuals with causes that change the world. Every effort and step we make at Beth Helmstetter is intentional, delightful and filled with meaning. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
While I wasn’t born in Los Angeles, I am an Angeleno through and through. I love this city with every fiber of my being. When friends come to visit, I never miss riding bikes on Venice Beach, cocktails at Soho House or wine tasting in Malibu. I love to have lunch at Jon & Vinny’s, cocktails in Laurel Hardware’s Mezcal Room and Brunch at Beverly Hills Hotel. While there are so many amazing coffee shops in the city, Intelligentsia in Silverlake is still my go to. And while there, I’d never let anyone I love miss out on trying a bagel from Yeastie Boys. Any friend of mine would love to shop on Abbot Kinney as much as I do and we’d take a shopping break with lunch at Gjelina. My favorite hole in the wall is Silver Lake Ramen and my go to for live music is the Bar & Lounge at Hotel Bel Air.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My business would be next to nothing without the dedication and commitment of the team of women who support me. Madeline Hunter is my Senior Event Producer who ensures our celebrations are planned and executed flawlessly. Marsi Lopez is an Designer and Producer on my team who collaborates with me on all of the Event, Interior and Experience designs we have the opportunity to create. Kellie Kewin supports the entire team administratively and manages our finances while also supporting The Good Beginning and our newly launched online shop. And Marisa Asadurian is the Director of Operations of The Helm by Beth Helmstetter, an educational resource specifically designed to help other event planners elevate their design and planning business.