Kelly Simants, serial Entrepreneur, has been in the wedding industry since 2001. She has created a full life-cycle of brands – from proposal planning for dudes, to wedding planning, to birthday parties for kids…her brands offer planning services throughout each of life’s major milestones. She also has a passion for consulting wedding professionals and is a nationally recognized speaker in the wedding industry. She loves to share her expertise, not only the event industry, but also from the business world as she was previously a Director of Human Resources for Starbucks Coffee Company.
Planning for Dudes was established after seeing a huge need for guys to have a little bit of help with the planning of their proposal.Even the world’s best craftsmen should consult an architect before building a house they hope will stand forever. If you want a proposal to be your own handiwork, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ll draw up a stellar blueprint and make sure you have the right tools for the job.
Serving Dallas, New York City, Seattle, and Destination couples, the Sweet Pea Events team is trustworthy, fun and creative. We will delight you with the ultimate peace of mind and extraordinary service!
We provide one-stop shopping for all of your party décor needs. We create and deliver the décor to your doorstep, you set it up, and we pick it up. We can also provide event planning services if you’d like us to plan the party from start to finish.
Thursday Therapy is a fun, laid-back networking group where wedding professionals meet, mingle, and share. We promote a culture of camaraderie, collaboration, and cohesion within the wedding industry. Join us in one of our many cities where Thursday Therapy is hosted!
We pride ourselves on the following values:
we love learning and want to share this knowledge with you
we make a promise for an unexpected level of quality
we treat everyone with kindness and an open mind
we have integrity in everything we do
we promote the spirit of collaboration
we share in honest and trustworthy relationships
we want to laugh with you
Kelly Simants loves starting businesses, and is a true serial entrepreneur in the wedding industry, with over 13 years experience. She is Co-Owner of Sage Wedding Pros, a consultancy committed to creating financially and operationally sustainable businesses in the wedding and event industries. Kelly Simants joined Sage Wedding Pros in 2009 and partnered with Michelle Loretta to develop The Simple Plan, an easy-peasy approach to writing business plans for the wedding industry. Kelly’s background in training and development, as well as her 13 years experience in the wedding industry enabled her to lead the charge for taking The Simple Plan on a national tour for the last 5 years. Her expertise lies in the people components of an organization’s training, organizational design, leadership development, employee relations, staffing and strategic planning. In 2008, she also co-founded the wedding industry not-for-profit, Get Hitched Give Hope. Kelly is also a nationally known speaker in the wedding industry, and has enjoyed presenting at The Special Event, NACE, ISES, Society of Wedding Professionals, and Toss the Bouquet.
Outside of Sage Wedding Pros, Kelly is also the owner of Sweet Pea Events, a wedding and event planning business with offices in Dallas, Seattle, and NYC. She also has created two separate businesses under the Sweet Pea Events umbrella: Planning for Dudes, a proposal planning service for guys, and Parties on the Porch, a décor rental business. Before starting her event planning businesses, Kelly worked for Starbucks as a Director of Human Resources for their Supply Chain Operations, as well as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a Human Resources Analyst.
Kelly loves spending time with her husband, Chris and their two crazy boys, Carson and Cole. In the very little free time she has, she enjoys tennis, wine tasting, and traveling. And, of course, dreaming up the next new business venture!
Kelly loves helping small business owners to realize their full potential. She has been consulting in the wedding industry for 5 years, and her expertise is in Human Resources so loves talking shop with other entrepreneurs to help them grow their team, create systems and processes, etc. Her favorite aspect about consulting is helping people to quit their full-time jobs, and make their small business dreams a reality!
If your organization or association is looking for an experienced Speaker, Kelly is available to speak during an hourly lunch or a half-day session. She enjoys lending her experience and advice to fellow entrepreneurs and business owners. Some of the topics she loves to speak on include:
How to Hire, Train, Develop and Lead Superstars to Grow Your Business
Strategies for Licensing or Expanding Your Business Into Other Markets
Always Be Promoting – How to Stay Visible in Your Market
Marrying Your Ideal Client with Your Niche and Pricing
Please contact Kelly for speaking fees and additional information. She would love the opportunity to speak for your organization!
As the Owner of Sweet Pea Events, Kelly leads a team of event professionals with offices in Dallas, New York City, and Seattle. They are trustworthy, fun and creative event professionals who will delight you with the ultimate peace of mind and extraordinary service! Sweet Pea Events also specializes in destination weddings, specifically to Cabo, Mexico.