Yes. My hours are Monday-Thursday from 10:00am to 7:00pm CST and Friday 10:00am to 1:00pm CST. During these times, you can expect a response within 24-36 hours. As weekends are usually wedding days and my focus is committed to providing full attention to your wedding, weekends and after hours are by appointment only.
I use Aisle Planner as my planning software system (it’s pretty awesome). It is a comprehensive planning system that we both have 24/7 access to and can communicate within. Here we will create your wedding designs, budget, timelines, guest list, seating chart, room layout, and even a wedding website, among other things! When not communicating in Aisle Planner, our primary method of communication would be email in between our scheduled meetings and phone calls.
I serve mostly Houston and Galveston, but I’m willing to travel and have even planned a wedding in North Carolina!
No! I always make sure I can give my couples the attention they deserve on their day and leading up to it!
Short answer: No. I offer something more valuable, Wedding Management.
Long answer: “Day of” Coordination doesn’t exist. The term implies that someone will show up on the day of your wedding and make sure everything goes according to plan. How would they do that without knowing the plan ahead of time? They can’t. Which means they need time to prepare (usually 4-6 weeks worth) and now the term doesn’t make sense right? So people started calling it “Month of” Coordination. Better, but that usually starts 8 weeks before.. so again, the term doesn’t make sense. I could go on about how a huge part of the industry is trying to change the language, but the bottom line is: it is a misleading term that does not encompass the proper time and effort it takes to plan the behind-the-scenes intricacies of your wedding.
Yes! All couples pay an initial retainer (this secures their date on my calendar) and then depending on the time until the wedding we can set up what works best for everyone (ex. monthly, quarterly), with the last payment due 30 days before your wedding. You will get payment reminders via my software system so it’s never a surprise (we can also set up reminders for your other vendor payments too!).
I only take a limited amount of weddings a year. It is very important to me that I am able to give my clients the attention they and their weddings deserve, and booking several weekends a month does not leave much room for individualized attention in the weeks leading up to your wedding.
Absolutely! Honestly, I prefer to be included in this part as it can make the rest of planning go SO much smoother! There are so many venues to choose from and having someone who knows the space requirements for what your ideal wedding will look like can be very helpful. Just because a venue can hold 250 people does not mean it will have the flow you are looking for or room for that 10 piece band you want. Also, knowing what to look for when it comes to what is included and what is not, can save you money down the road!
It may sound cliche, but every wedding is different. You could have the same guest count, venue, etc.. but your wedding will have different elements than the couples before you and the ones after you. That’s what makes them so special! My proposals are as individual as you are – I may have a streamlined process to make planning simple, but your experience is far from cookie cutter. I don’t have pricing on my website because I can’t fit every wedding into the same numbers and the last thing I want to do is cause confusion during an already confusing and stressful process!
Not with me! It’s YOUR wedding! (I already had mine ha!) I am there to guide you through the planning process, not commandeer it. It’s your choice how involved everyone is and your decision is the final decision.
Your venue coordinator most likely has many clients and many upcoming events he/she is juggling simultaneously, possibly several the same week as yours. Most onsite venue coordinators are just too busy to devote the time and attention necessary to attend to the details of your wedding. While a venue coordinator is a planners ally, a venue coordinator and a wedding planner are two completely different jobs. The venue coordinator is ultimately there to serve the venue. A planner is completely focused on you and dedicated to your wedding vision and is there solely to make sure that it comes to life on your wedding day.