Occasions by Holly is a family owned business based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Holly Richardson, owner and president, earned her BA degree in history from Cornell College. She is a distinguished graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants’ Professional Development Program, with expertise in Planning and Consulting, Wedding Day Services and Etiquette. Ariva’s event planning experience began in 1992 , when Holly founded and organized an all night drug and alcohol free graduation party at a local Scottsdale high school, then coordinated the planning of this event for over twelve years.
In that capacity, she was responsible for an annual budget of over $25,000, organizing and overseeing the entire event, as well as supervising over 350 volunteers, and more than 1,000 attendees each year. She has provided consultation services to other schools interested in this type of event, and has authored a manual entitled "How to Run an All Night Graduation Party."
Since founding Occasions by Holly (formerly Ariva Event Planning), Holly has planned weddings in homes, private clubs and golf clubs, museums, gardens, hotels and resorts, and even a ballpark!
As a travel consultant with over two decades of experience, Holly has specialized in groups, tours and cruises. Her expertise in this type of event planning runs the gamut from school groups enjoying Disneyland to entertainers performing overseas. With a vast knowledge of the travel industry, Holly is also able to plan stress free destination weddings and/or honeymoons anywhere in the world.
Holly has been ordained as a non-denominational clergy and has the legal authority to perform marriage ceremonies, as permitted by the laws of the State of Arizona.
Our staff has planned weddings, showers, anniversary parties, graduation parties, birthday parties, holiday parties and non-profit events. You will be pleased with our organizational skills, our attention to detail, our creative ideas and our grace under pressure.
Our goal is to work with you from the initial concept of your event - whether it be a wedding or other social event or gala - and seamlessly oversee the details for you. We have our own research staff, legal staff and creative design staff at your service. We are dedicated to making sure your event is everything you dreamed it to be...and more.
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Janet · Married on 09/16/2011
Holly at Ariva Event Planning is an absolute pro. Her careful planning and experience made the wedding and pre-wedding go without a hitch, or, more accurately, the potential hitches were addressed before they had a chance to develop into a major problem. She communicated with all every step of the way, guiding and inspiriing everyone to adhere to the all important deadlines. She created a wedding day timeline that let everyone know exactly what to expect, when and where. The wedding participants were free to enjoy the occasion from the very beginning to the end.
Katie · Married on 09/16/2011
Holly did a great job of organizing our wedding and keeping us on top of our to do list. She was very helpful with ideas, and had a great list of preferred vendors that also did fantastic jobs. Holly helped make the planning of our wedding a smooth and fun event. Definitely worth it, I strongly recommend!
Kathy · Married on 04/18/2010
Holly provided wedding planning services for my daughter and new son-in-law who live in Tempe, AZ. I live in Las Vegas, NV. I can't imagine what a stressful experience this would've been putting together a "long distance" wedding without Holly's help. Yes, I was still involved but didn't have the worries of all the details that Holly's services provided. Instead, I found time to relax and enjoy friends, family, and the special moments that could've slipped away unnoticed. This great experience leaves me wondering why we didn't do this when our other daughter got married! Kathy (Mother of the Bride), Las Vegas
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