Where are you?
I am located in New York City and regularly manage events in all 5 boroughs, Long Island, New Jersey and upstate New York. I am also a Southern girl in the Big City so I travel for reduced rates to North Carolina, the Tennessee Valley, and the Atlanta area.
Will you do weddings elsewhere?
Of course! I love to travel, and I am happy to go anywhere to work on your big day. I have traveled to foreign countries to work on weddings, and just across state lines. Wherever you are planning, I can easily to be on site. Please contact me with your destination for travel fees. (I will always try and get you the best deal, and I only charge the actual cost of the travel).
Do I Need a Coordinator?
Short answer - yes. It doesn't have to be me, and it doesn't even necessarily have to be someone you hire - but I think it should. Perhaps your family and friends will stay on top of everything and run your day, but outside help is better. I will care about your day and still be responsible for all the moving parts. Sometimes friends and family don't want to give up personal time with the couple and there are less exciting but vital jobs to do (did the caterer arrive, are the cars out in front, etc.). It's better to have a coordinator who gets assistance from your party than to have overwhelmed friends and family wishing they had someone else to be in charge. I say that my DOC business is regret-prevention, because no one is ever sad they got a wedding coordinator.
Do I Need a Wedding Planner?
"Need"? Nope. People have been getting married for years on their own. Many couples decide to hire someone so that they have some inspiration, organization, and help. The time saved and the shoulder to lean on may be a good choice for you if you aren't sure what you want/how to go about it or if you don't have time to spend on all the wedding details.
Are you going to tell me what to buy/who to use/what "makes a wedding"?
No. I am not the boss of you. I am happy to give advice and guidance (it is what I am here for) but it is your wedding and the only thing you have to do is get married to the person you love.
Do I need to spend a lot of money to need/use a wedding planner?
What you spend on your wedding is up to you. I have worked on $75,000 weddings and $8,000 weddings, and they were both lovely. I don't believe that anyone should go into debt for their wedding, but what you spend is your business. I am happy to help you make that money go as far as possible, and I often help couples keep track of what they are spending. I like to think of my fee as insurance for all the other money you spend.
What does a planner/coordinator do?
Anything that you need me to. From picking out colors, to tasting cake, writing escort cards, calling the wayward florist, telling your aunt she can't sing at the reception, making a color coded overly detailed timeline, helping you with the budget, finding the coolest photographer in New York, pinning on your grandfather's corsage, telling you what Martha Stewart says about receiving lines, fixing a broken bra strap, loading presents, and maybe doing the electric slide. If there is anything that you don't want me involved in, that's okay - it won't hurt my feelings. There will always be something that comes up that you don't anticipate, but I am there to cover it.
Do you work on (LGBTQ, interfaith, non-faith, bowling alley, Catholic, steampunk, Jewish, outdoor, whatever) weddings?
Yes. I support marriage equality, and only recommend vendors who do. If a culture or tradition is important to you, I will learn all I can about it and try to make sure that it is incorporated in a respectful way into your day. If you want to do something out of the ordinary, I'm up for it.
Do you do other events besides weddings?
Yes. That's how I got my start - planning client events for companies. I also love working on other family events: birthdays (including kids parties, oh the craft projects I could do! ) showers, anniversaries and more.