You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers!
Why should I hire a wedding planner when my venue provides an event coordinator?
That’s such a great question – and one that we get quite a lot.
A wedding planner is there to guide and assist you with your planning, make sure all of the details are taken care of on your wedding day so you can relax and enjoy the process. Your venue’s coordinator is there to manage the venue on your wedding day. They are basically there to show you where the dimmers are and assist with anything specifically venue maintenance related. Though some may provide you with some minor assistance, such as a list of vendor names or setting up your wedding favors, they don’t provide planning services. A planner can assist you with finding vendors that fit your style and budget, creating a budget, proper etiquette, wedding design, making decisions, finding rooms and arranging transportation for out of town guests, and taking care of unexpected things on your wedding day, like steaming the bridesmaids dresses, directing vendors and so much more.
The bottom line is that an independent wedding planner is there for YOU and will watch out for your best interests. And the event coordinator that is provided to you with the venue is really there to protect the best interests of the venue.
If you’re still not sure what the differences are between your venue’s coordinator and an actual wedding planner, please feel free to connect with us. We’d love to answer any questions you might have!
Can you work within my budget?
Well, that depends on a lot of different variables. Since every bride is unique in what she wants for her wedding we’d prefer to talk with you about your vision personally to be better able to answer this question. But to give you some quick stats, our full service brides typically have budgets starting at $85,000 and going up from there. Of course, we do work with couples on smaller budgets that just need assistance with month of wedding coordination.
How much do you charge?
What is included in your fee — phone calls, meetings, e-mails?
Depending on the services requested, in person meetings are included. Our full planning services include unlimited phone calls and emails. While most of our brides prefer to keep in touch with us through email, we’re happy to communicate by phone or in person.
What area do you work?
Most of our weddings take place throughout the Hudson Valley including, but not limited to, Westchester, Dutchess, Greene, Ulster, Columbia and Putnam Counties. We love to travel so we can certainly plan your wedding outside of the Hudson Valley! As Sandals’ Specialist, we even plan Destination Weddings throughout the Caribbean.
Do you get a kickback from the vendors you recommend?
You can rest assured that we will never accept a kickback from any vendor that we recommend to you. You will also not see any increase in fees by our preferred vendors. We understand that this is standard practice in NY, so we do get this question frequently. But that’s just not how we do things here at Elite Wedding and Event Planning!
Can you recommend vendors who fit my style?
Yes! We work with some of the most talented vendors who each have their own unique style. We personally select and recommend the vendors that best fit your style.
Can you get me discounts with vendors?
Since we don’t take kick backs from vendors they are often willing to offer our couples some of the best rates!
What style of weddings do you like the most?
We love to be creative and come up with something new and fresh for every wedding so we have a long list. Our aesthetic is a mix of traditional elements, vintage touches, and garden-like vibes. We love to create a simple and natural feeling for the guest experience with a little bit of wow factor without being too over the top!
What service do you offer?
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Do you work alone? Or will you have lots of staff with you on my wedding day?
There is always at least one lead planner and two assistants at every wedding. Depending the size and details of your wedding there could be more.
How many weddings do you plan on the same weekend as mine?
Most of our couples choose to have a complete wedding weekend (Friday night rehearsal, Saturday wedding and Sunday brunch) so, unlike other planners, our lead planners choose to only do one wedding a weekend. We prefer to give our undivided attention to each of our clients and working with more than one couple in a weekend just doesn’t give you the attention you truly deserve on the most important day of your lives.
Will you help me plan the rehearsal dinner and my Sunday brunch?
Absolutely! Most of our couples prefer to have us assist with both so they can relax and enjoy every event with their guests.
Will you be at my rehearsal?
Of course! We want to make for sure that no detail is missed and that starts with your rehearsal.
Do you provide a wedding day emergency kit? What’s in that anyway?
Yes, we do provide a bridal emergency kit. And we’ll be bringing a lot more than you think you will ever need! Garment/linen steamers, hair dryers, tissues, a toolkit, nail files, aspirin, mints, toiletries, first aid kit, and the list goes on and on. We’re constantly adding new items to the kit.
Are you a certified wedding planner and/or designer?
Yes, we are Preston Bailey Certified Designers. And we’re also members of the Association of Bridal Consultants.