Our Story


An Arkansas native and Northwest Arkansas resident for the last two decades, Amanda Reed brings with her a strong background in design and a love for creative organizing.  Amanda joined the Bates Events Team in early 2011 as an Event Planner, and within just a few months, a plan to rebrand the company’s weddings division into Bates~Reed Brides, and now Amanda Reed Weddings, was born.  She has both a degree in interior design and years of experience in the field, two elements that contribute to successfully executing a detail-oriented wedding.  The Amanda Reed Experience uses a creative approach to designing and planning any event, noting “The unexpected touches and surprises at every turn truly make the event memorable for everyone involved!

Amanda makes her home in the crossroads of Northwest Arkansas – Springdale, with her husband, Jim Ed, their children, Addison and Sutton, and their Golden Doodle, Kylo. In their spare time (ha), they enjoy anything 30A, a long list of kids’ activities and sporting events, lake days and cheering on the Razorbacks.


Also an Arkansas native, Carol DePriest brings with her four years of experience in planning events in Little Rock.  This is her third year as an Associate Wedding Coordinator with Amanda Reed Weddings.  She has a Sociology degree from Ouachita Baptist University and a Bachelor’s of Interior Design from the University of Central Arkansas. Carol has worked with individual designers during her career and her years of experience give her a great discernment for problem solving.  Carol enjoys thinking outside the box and developing a design that is unique to your event.  Her mission is to provide a creative, fun, and exciting event for family and friends to enjoy together.