Absolutely not! We are here to help YOU plan YOUR dream wedding. This is about you, not us! We’ll provide all the ideas and creative suggestions you need but we will work around your ideas and desires, not over them.
Most of our clients spend a total of between $50K to $70K on a 100-150 person wedding.
Planning a wedding can be massively overwhelming and time consuming. You start out super excited and gather together a ton of ideas and then reality sets in! There aren’t enough hours in the day, you have all these ideas but aren’t sure how to bring them together cohesively. What should you do first? What’s an average wedding budget? Are there any costs you’re forgetting about? Quickly that excitement starts to turn to stress and you’re bickering with the people you love. Sounds pretty miserable right?! Hiring a wedding planner and designer will alleviate a lot of these feelings and put your mind at rest. This isn’t our first rodeo! We know what to do and when, how to stay within budget, when your budget is unrealistic and how to design and execute an event with true wow factor. We’ll walk you through all the steps, help you with the tough decisions and celebrate with you along the way. Our goal is to make your planning experience, not only stress free, but enjoyable.
Amber says ‘When I worked at Apple and we were hiring, we’d talk about the ‘airport lounge rule’, meaning if you were traveling for business and your flight was delayed and you got stuck in an airport lounge with this person for 5 hours how would you feel about that? It’s a rule that’s never really failed me! By the time a candidate got to the interview process we already knew they had the qualifications to do the job, so it was far more about, is this person the right personality fit?’ It’s similar when looking for any of your wedding vendors. Of course you should love their style, feel confident in their ability and comfortable with the price point, but this person or team of people, are going to be a big part of your wedding planning process, and having people you vibe with is so critical to your experience. We see it as the greatest measure of success when our clients still want to meet us for drinks, long after the wedding is over!
Statistics say the average time is anywhere from 10 to 18 months. Personally we generally recommend 9 to 12 months. Of course, if you have your heart set on a particular vendor getting them booked as soon as possible is recommended. We do have clients that have booked us 20+ months in advance but we also turned around a magical elopement in 5 weeks! We definitely advise couples against making every decision too far out. Your tastes may change as you start to look more into weddings, you’ll have new experiences, weddings or otherwise, that may shape your views and you don’t want to be locked into decisions you made before having all the facts. We recommend locking down your budget and a cohesive design plan before starting to book vendors. It’s all too easy to splash out on one particular vendor and then realize that you hadn’t factored in service, tax and gratuity with the catering and suddenly that cost doubled! For most people, this is the first time you’re doing this, and it can be so easy to miss things. Working with a company like ours will make it easier to avoid these pitfalls.
Honestly this is a little bit down to you! Our goal is to provide a custom service for each of our couples, depending on what they want and need. We have some couples who lead very busy lives and trust us to handle the details for them and we check in maybe once a month, or every two months, throughout much of the planning process although it’s almost always more frequent initially as we’re going through the design process and booking vendors, and then in the run up to the wedding. We have other couples who like to much more involved in the details and like to bounce ideas of us and we end up chatting several times a week. We do like to do regular in person meet ups where possible as it helps all of us be on the same page, but we will work around your availability and what feels good to you.
It varies greatly depending on the level of experience, location, and scope of services. That’s why we always like to do a consultation and put together a quote for you based on your needs. As a general rule, our full service package starts at $7K & design at $5K.
Oh hell yes! Having had our work featured on Green Wedding Shoes, Junebug Weddings, 100 Layer Cake & Wedding Chicks, to name but a few, we have all the insider info on what these publications are looking for and will give you advice upfront and help you with the submission if you need it.
We provide customized recommendations based on your vibe and budget, and our experience. Having a team of vendors who have worked together before definitely helps to ensure there’s great chemistry on the day and that the execution is flawless. That said, some of our favorite vendors, are people we met for the first time because a client introduced us, and so we would NEVER be closed off to working with new people!
While we never say never, we generally recommend not doing this. Of course there are exceptions. If your friend also happens to be a professional wedding vendor then yes, of course! But we have seen bad things happen when family members have committed to doing flowers, or make up etc. There are all kinds of ways to incorporate family and friends into your wedding without giving them the responsibility of major pieces that will affect how smoothly the timeline of your day flows. This isn’t set in stone though, every case is different, so let’s chat!
Your budget is really critical. We have so many couples say they have no idea how much a wedding costs and are unsure, and that’s totally normal, of course we’re happy to give you advice following a consultation to understand your vision. But if you’re still saying you don’t know as we start going to into the vendor selection process it makes our job really difficult! There seems to be a common misconception that if you tell us your maximum budget we will feel free to spend it and so sometimes people want to be cagey about their upper limits but this really doesn’t help anyone. We want to be able to give you options that you are comfortable with, but we also don’t want to scrimp on things that are important to you.
The simplest way is always to reduce your guest count. If aesthetics are important to you, and if you’re still here, we’re guessing they are, then your budget is always going to stretch further for a smaller wedding. We know that this can sometimes feel impossible, especially with big families, but having an intimate wedding and then doing a celebration with more distant family members at a later date is a popular choice. Often couples will select venues where you can bring your own food and drink in an effort to make budget stretch further but there are so many hidden costs associated with backyard weddings, make sure you do your research to ensure that this really will be a cost saver in the long run.
The best way is to have a consultation with us and we’ll talk you through the options. It’s not always easy to make that decision alone.
Sometimes couples will book a partial planning or coordination service and then realize that actually, it’s all way more stressful than they anticipated and they want to expand it to full planning. While we do our best to accommodate them, it’s not always possible with our preexisting commitments so we definitely recommend making the right decision upfront if you can.
Only if you ask us to too! Just kidding, kind of! People pleasers by nature, we want you, your families, your guests and your other vendors to love us and have an incredible experience, so marching around with a clip board bossing people around isn’t really our thing! We believe the best weddings happen when you have a team of people working together who all genuinely want the best outcome for the couple. However, if you need someone to tell your Mom ‘no’ when she wants an updo and you definitely don’t want her to have one, or one of your other vendors is stressing you out, we’re not afraid to have the difficult conversations so you don’t have to!
We sure do. Fully licensed and insured.