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What is the difference between an Initial Meeting and A Consultation? During an Initial Meeting, it’s really an opportunity for you to “interview me” and for us to get acquainted. We will discuss your wedding vision and determine what planning services you may need. A Consultation is a time where I would offer advice, referrals, budget assistance etc. and there is a fee for this service.
What made you want to be a wedding planner? I was asked to help in the wedding department at a resort where I worked as a Training Manager and I quickly fell in love it with. You can read more under the About Me page.
Describe the most challenging wedding you planned and how you handled the problems that came up: Well it was a moment with who I now call Mom-Zilla and it was awful. The bride was in tears because her mother pitched a hissy about the music that she wanted to listen to (among many other things) and I simple went up to her as she was screaming explicits and stomping her feet at the DJ and I said “Okay, Okay calm down. I have a real dilemma here. How can I fix this? Do you want me to have the DJ play the music that makes you happy or your daughter happy? I mean after all it is her wedding and she request this song." Let's just say it diffused the situation and I brought the bride back out to enjoy her reception.
How would you rate your problem-solving skills? I have been planning events for 18 years so it has become second nature to me to handle issues.
How would you rate your communication skills? I am a very good communicator and my client's have also told me that I have a calming nature.
Are you a certified wedding planner? If so, where did you get certified? What is your educational back- ground? Yes I am certified through the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants. I have also taken many continuing educational courses to keep up to date. In addition, I have an extensive background in the resort industry which means that I have learned what it takes for every person involved in the execution of your event, to do their jobs.
How long have you been in business? I have been planning events for a little over 8 years and began my own company in 2010.
How many full-scale weddings have you planned? Too many to count!
How many wedding clients do you take on in a year? Well because I offer a wide variety of services, I take on a lot, however full scale weddings require more attention so I look at it on a case by case basis. I also have an amazing team of people to assist me.
Is wedding and event planning your full-time job? YES, I am totally committed to my company.
Getting Down to Business
If our event is outdoors, what contingency plan would you have for bad weather? It all depends on location but that will be something that we will certainly discuss.
Are we required to book only the vendors you recommend or do we have the freedom to hire some- one even if you haven’t worked with them before? You can certainly book vendors that you prefer however I highly suggest the vendors on my preferred list because they will be familiar with your venue, I know and trust them personally and you will likely save money.
Will you be present at all of the vendor meetings and will you assist us in reviewing all of the vendor contracts and making sure everything is in order? This all depends on the planning package that you choose.
Will you invoice us for all the vendor fees or will we need to pay each one of them ourselves? If you are choosing an All-Inclusive Ceremony Package, Elopement, Etc. I do the invoicing for you. If you are planning a large scale wedding, you will receive contracts and invoices from each vendor.
For the vendors who will be on site the day of our wedding, can I provide you with checks for final payment that you will distribute to them? Absolutely. We will keep track of what is due and go over those details at a final meeting.
If issues arise with the vendors before, during or after our wedding, will you handle them or are we responsible for this? Obviously I will try to diffuse any issues that arise at the event however, we will not be responsible for your contracted vendors.
Will you handle every aspect of the planning or can we do some things on our own? In other words, what parts of the planning will we be responsible for? I have packages designed to fit as much or as little assistance as you might need so it all depends on what you choose.
Will you be the person on site the day of our wedding or will it be another planner? How many assistants will you have? Again, this depends on which package is chosen so I can better assist when we know more of your needs.
Once we book with you, how quickly can we expect to receive the contract? I typically have it ready next day.
As changes are made to our plans, will you update us with a revised estimate and updated contract? Yes
What is your payment policy? Do you accept credit cards? We accept cash, checks, money orders and credit cards. There is a 3% Processing Fee for all credit cards.
How much of a deposit is required to book your services? When is the final payment due? The payment plans are based on your package. Typically the deposit is 50% of the package price. The final payment is due with 7-14 days of the event date.
Are there any fees that won’t be included in your proposal that we should be aware of? There are no hidden fees. I try to keep everything up to date based on your selections and changes.
What is your refund or cancellation policy? This varied based on each event and will be outlined in the agreement.