My Venue Has A Coordinator. Why Would I Need A Wedding Planner?
Venue Coordinators are solely focused on the activities that are specific to the venue. They are responsible for making sure that the room is set-up according to the terms of the contract and that the banquet event order (BEO) is filled on your wedding day. Among other things, they cannot help you navigate some of the delicate family challenges that can arise during the planning process, you can't hire them to run wedding errands for you, they may or may not refer you to wedding vendors. They are talented professionals who are focused on ensuring that the venue is protected while providing a space and top-notch service for your wedding day festivities.
As your wedding coordination team, we have a singular focus: YOU. We are your advocate, your sounding board and your support system. We will be the team guiding you with insight and advice, protecting your interests for every aspect of your wedding, including the venue. Example: Did you discover that the ring-bearer threw his shoes out of the car on the way to the church? Who are you going to call? Certainly not the venue coordinator. You'll call us and we'll take care of it. (note: This really happened at one of our weddings).
Are Rehearsals Part of the Package?
Absolutely! There is no way that we will agree to manage your wedding day and not be part of the rehearsal. Rehearsals are typically our first opportunity to meet your wedding party and put names to faces. Rest assured, we'll be there, even if we're just sitting quietly in the back of the room while the church director educates everyone on the rules of the church.
Our Church/Synagogue/Temple Has Guidelines That Must be Followed. Are You Okay With That?
Yes, I am. My church has guidelines as well, so on a personal level, I can relate to respect for religious tradition and protocol. Also, as a Distinguished Graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants professional development program, it is my professional obligation to respect the traditions of religious institutions and I will always honor the rules and protocols of your house of worship.
I Have Friends & Family Who Have Volunteered to Help You on My Wedding Day. Is That Okay?
We love it when our couples have a strong network of supporters for their wedding day, however, for liability reasons, we cannot utilize volunteers to assist our team with wedding day management and execution. We always recommend that those who want to help you be designated for assisting you with getting dressed, serving as hostesses (more common with our Southern brides), ushers or being the people responsible for transporting any large gifts that you may receive on your wedding day. These are roles which will allow them to contribute and then free them up to enjoy the festivities.
What is Your Professional Background?
My very first job was a cashier in a local grocery store (I learned patience), my next job was in the sales office of a major department store (I learned the value of customer service, a positive mindset and the importance of teamwork). My next job was as a Meeting Planner at a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company (I learned how to manage large budgets, plan, design and execute special events and how to use technology to increase efficiency in planning). My final position was in Information Technology as a Project Manager for one of the top ten global consulting firms where I learned to manage complexity, build partnerships, manage challenging personalities in a rapidly changing environment and the art of grace under pressure.
Integrate my corporate experience with the knowledge that I acquire thru continuing education via wedding industry workshops, conferences and mentoring and you have a full picture of the skill-set that you acquire when you contract my company.
Do You Offer Full Planning?
No, we do not offer full planning. Our first wedding back in 2001, started with day of coordination and we've found that it's the best fit for us and the couples who choose to work with us. Our couples are super-stars when it comes to planning and they are looking for that one team who can pull everything together and be rock stars when it comes to execution.
I Read in a Bridal Magazine That We Should Negotiate Pricing For Every Service We Book. Do you Negotiate Pricing?
I love bridal magazines, they are great for inspiration and planning tips, however, they do a disservice to the wedding professionals when they tell couples to negotiate price with wedding service providers. Wedding Day Dash does not negotiate pricing. Our pricing is fair, reasonable, and consistent with current regional standards.
Imagine if you had to negotiate your salary each week in order to be paid for the work you do for your employer. Your ability to provide for yourself and your family would be compromised. We, just like our clients have fixed costs to pay in order to support our families. We work best with couples who value our experience and the service that we provide and we are not the right fit for couples who are only looking for the cheapest cost.
What Are Our Payment Options?
We accept payment by check, money order or major credit card. We also offer bi-weekly and monthly payment plans.
You’re Asking Us to Invest in You….How Do You Invest in Your Business?
EXCELLENT QUESTION! The investment that I make in myself and my business begins with the words that you're reading and the website that you're on. I would never expect people to invest in me when I am not investing in myself. Whether it's the few months that I spent working with a brand coach to discover how to take what was in my heart and transform it into a visually appealing design or attending a course on creating contingency plans during emergencies for event planners, I never stop investing in business. You matter to me and the experience that you have with me began the moment that you entered our website. Every word written is original content, straight from my heart.