Chara Nicole’s OpenBoxDesigns is an Exclusive Wedding and Event Design Company, whose vision is to make your vision come to pass…designing weddings and events that exemplify who you are and where you are going. Chara Nicole Swodeck is an exclusive Certified Wedding Consultant and Event Designer (Click to Learn More). She has been designing weddings and events since 1999 and has worked with some of Southern California’s premier event vendors and venues. Her uncompromising eye for detail and “out of the box” thinking guarantees your event will be handled with experience and expertise. She specializes in creating events for her clients that exude their personality and exceed their expectations.

Planning your event can be one of the most exciting and stressful experiences of your life. That is why hiring a planner/designer is an invaluable step in the planning process. We are more than merely Event Organizers. Think of us more like the Creative Designer, Detailed Producer and Confident Supporter in your corner. Our relationship with qualified approved vendors and our understanding of the hidden traps of contracts will no doubt benefit your sanity as well as your budget.  We are here to plan, prioritize and produce a phenomenal event. We have worked with a plethora of cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles and strive to make your vision a reality.

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Without Chara and the rest of the amazing people behind Open Box Designs our wedding day would not have been so incredibly special. We asked for help planning our day without knowing that we would be getting a %100 personalized event complete with creative brilliance and love put into every detail. Weddings are a stressful process but Chara made it as enjoyable and easy as it could ever be with her intense organization, thoughtfulness and efficiency. She is incredibly knowledgeable and very inspiring. Every element and product of Open Box Designs was delivered beautifully and exceeded our expectations. We can’t imagine having done it without Chara!

Gray & Jenny

We had planned a mini California wedding ceremony and happened to “let her (Chara) know” about it. She miraculously whipped up an intimate and classy ceremony for us in THREE DAYS! Set us up with a photographer, and a cool art gallery as our ceremony’s setting. It was amazing!
We’ve witnessed her work at several of our friend’s weddings here in SoCal, and they were all done in excellence. So when it was time to plan our Hawaii ceremony/reception, we knew we had to have Chara plan it! She knew exactly what had to get done, and get them done in a professional and orderly fashion. She also worked through many wedding day “surprises” that arose, and handled them with poise and integrity.

It truly takes special gifts to be able to handle the stresses of wedding planning. Chara is a gift. She has a lot of wedding planning experience (and even teaches courses on wedding planning), so you know you’re prepared for anything with Chara on your side. Plus, she has a smile that puts you at ease. And when it’s time to hit the dance floor at the end of the reception, you just can’t help but be happy everything looked amazing, and that your special day went smoothly.
We highly recommend Chara and Open Box Designs! Let your memories last a lifetime!

Junior & Ashley

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