Tracey Goldstein is on a mission to bring a young, fresh spin to event planning in New York City. She is founder and chief coordinator of Polka Dot Events, a New York City-based wedding planning firm specializing in Month-Of Wedding Coordination. Tracey works with knowledgeable, planning-savvy engaged couples who want to plan independently, but need a professional to tie loose ends in their final pre-wedding month and provide on-site management on their big day. In addition to month-of coordination, Polka Dot Events also provides full and partial planning services.
Meet: Tracey Goldstein
On a mission to bring a young, fresh spin to event planning in New York City, Tracey founded Polka Dot Events as a full-service event planning company in 2007.
After taking three years to study and live abroad, Tracey moved back to the city, reinventing Polka Dot Events to focus on Month-of Coordination. Tracey has planned and managed more than 200 New York City weddings.
In addition to wedding planning, Tracey has a diverse professional background, which includes experience in marketing, sales and production. She holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University’s Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Fordham University, where she received the Entrepreneurship Award. Tracey is a former dancer, half-marathon runner and lifetime lover of cats and cookies.”
What brought you to the wedding industry?
The combination of my choreography and production background, along with my upbringing around flowers and design (my mom is a Landscape Designer), created a pretty natural path into the wedding world. Putting together a wedding has a lot in common with the process of choreographing a dance all the way to producing the show and seeing the end result on stage. Once I knew I wanted to work in weddings, I completely immersed myself in every aspect of the industry – eight years later I think I’ve learned a thing or two!
What is your favorite moment at a wedding?
I love the moment right before the bride walks down the aisle. This instant transition happens where she changes from planning/preparation mode to actually experiencing and living out her vision. It always feel so special to be part of it, the ultimate “backstage” moment.
What is the best part about your job?
Getting to see a project from start to finish. Its really rewarding getting to see how happy my clients are on their wedding day and makes it all worth it.
Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?
I really try to know my clients on a personal level and “get” them as a couple. I use that knowledge to help them plan a day that really reflects their taste and personalities.
Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.
Our Month-of Coordination service is something that I think every engaged couple needs. Most engaged couples can hire their own vendors and plan out their vision, but need help bringing it to life. We come in just at the point when all the research and booking is complete and scheduling, logistics and last minute details come into play. We take over so they can actually enjoy the wedding they planned!
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