Mara is the owner, principal planner and designer for Fuse Weddings and Events, a boutique studio serving destination brides planning their celebrations in the Park City mountains as well as social clients looking for a ‘more is more’ approach to their planning and decor. She also currently serves as the VP of the WIPA International board and also as the Immediate Past President of the WIPA Utah Chapter Board.
Mara has been a wedding planner for 12 years. She first got a taste of the event world when she did an internship at a nightclub where she helped with their advertising and radio. You’re either cut out for this line of work or not, and Mara was! She decided to start her own company for the logistics. When she had to think of a name, she realized that everyone loves a one word name, which is how she came up with the name Fuse. Although your company name is extremely important, the experience your clients have with you is truly what matters.
CREATING MAGICAL MOMENTS
Weddings are one of the top 5 most important events of someone’s life. As a planner, she is constantly thinking, “What is going to make the guests walk in and see the bride and groom in the design?”. When it comes to the wedding day, it’s an extremely rewarding feeling for Mara to see everyone dancing, smelling the food and feeling like, you are the reason they are so happy…you created this moment! One of her favorite events was when she had the opportunity to transform a concrete basement into an epic nightclub for her clients. In order to come up with these amazing ideas for her clients, she looks to industry partners, fashion, art and architecture. She says that they play a huge role in trend setting.
Mara and her now husband Chris, had been planning to have their wedding in Thailand in 2020. She was confident in March 2020 that they would still be able to go get married there with no problems. Then, they got the call that the wedding wouldn’t be able to happen. She had so many thoughts racing around in her head…How much money would they lose if the wedding didn’t happen? Would their friends still be able to go since they had already made reservations? They ended up getting married with just their parents. They kept it small and might go to Thailand in a few years to have a special moment. Being a COVID-bride, Mara felt like she could really relate to her clients because she had to cancel her own wedding as well.
SELF-CARE = SELF-LOVE
It’s important for Mara to be extremely organized and prepared. Not only is it beneficial when it comes to the event day, but it also helps alleviate stress. Mara emphasizes self-care and is big on having boundaries. On trips she doesn’t open her email in order to stop herself from overworking while on vacation. She likes to keep her day to day life separate from her work life. In her free time, she likes to go out with friends and travel. When we talked with Mara she was pregnant at the time, but now she has entered motherhood and was blessed with a beautiful baby boy!