From Start to Finish

Whether you are planning a grand affair or entertaining an intimate group, this course will help you create and orchestrate an event from start to finish. Over six weeks, you’ll learn tips of the trade, local rules and regulations and how to build vendor relationships for executing successful events. Whether you are an event planner, a small business owner or a non-profit who hosts events, this class is for you.

Taught by Ashley Rhodes, a knowledgeable and extraordinary local professional, recognized by the Inn at Palmetto Bluff for her talents and skills in hospitality, food and beverage and venue management. You won’t be disappointed!

Dates & Times
5 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, August 4 through September 8, 2022

Culinary Institute of the South, Room 212
1 Venture Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910


Registration will open July 1. Please check back here for a link to register.

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More about the Course

Designed for leaders and/or directors who need a deeper understanding of how to create and orchestrate the following with a specific goal or message to market: festivals, expos, rallies, fairs, tributes, tournaments, workshops, conventions, conferences, exhibits, private concerts, fundraisers, seminars, etc. Topics will cover the five stages of event planning and the five C’s of event management, how to draw a floor plan and more.

More About the Instructor

Ashley Rhodes is a household name in the Lowcountry for event planning and design from Charleston to Savannah and everywhere in between. Ashley’s unbridled dedication to her clients and loyal professional partnerships continue to be the foundation of her success in the Lowcountry. Her smart designs, savvy project management skills and affable Southern approach to special events exemplifies her powerful energy and spirit. Ashley is one of the most sought-after wedding planners in the region, and her luxury events consistently appear in dozens of print and online publications. Ashley is truly an expert at her craft, creative, gifted and her invaluable knowledge and experience in the Lowcountry will guide you to create amazing events! Visit to view her portfolio and press coverage.