QC Career School

Great Expectations

Shelly Yon

event decorator, event planner, wedding planner

Shelly Yon

Aiken, SC

"One cannot have too large a party." Jane Austen

Great Expectations is a service business that is dedicated to customer satisfaction by taking the responsibility and stress of planning an event or wedding from a client in order to give them an enjoyable experience. Great Expectations does this by partnering with customers to give them a unique and personal experience by listening to their needs and wants in order to plan the event of their dreams. Whether you are looking for full-service planning or day-of coordination, Great Expectations will approach any event with personal touches, organizational excellence, and great attention to detail.

Great Expectations is a Christian owned and operated business. It is owned and managed by its sole proprietor, Shelly Yon. She brings her organizational skills and creative ability to any event and is working to become a certified International Event and Wedding Professional (IEWP) through the QC Event School. Shelly first began planning parties, events, and weddings for friends and family while studying to become an English teacher at Converse College. After teaching for almost four years, she realized that her passion for event and wedding planning was continuously growing and she decided to end her teaching career in order to follow her dream of becoming a full-time event and wedding planner. Shelly's endless creativity and passion for planning enjoyable and personal events gives her clients the unique experience that they desire for their events and weddings.


Great Expectations caters to the individual desires and needs of each customer and the specific event that they want to have. We are able to do this by offering a range of service packages and individual services such as consultations, day-of coordination, decorating, and full service event and wedding planning.


"Even though our wedding took place around 500 miles away from her location, Shelly kept herself updated on all the plans for our big day. On the wedding weekend, Shelly was a calm and ever-helpful resource for us; her organizational skills and friendliness were key in having such a memorable day."

Andrew Gunter