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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from potential clients, answered by me, Courtney:

 

Do you have experience with same-sex/LGBTQ weddings?

My crew and I are extremely experienced with same-sex weddings, and we feel it is imperative that you choose a planning partner who is.  All of the planning literature we have crafted is inclusive, and we like to challenge heteronormativity and gender roles in the wedding industry on a regular basis.  To add, as a company, we have a strict rule that we would never recommend a vendor to ANY of our clients that wouldn’t work with ALL of our clients.  

 

How long have you been a Wedding Planner?

I started working with my first client in early 2008, and my first wedding was in September 2008 at Orfila Winery in Escondido.  I have personally done over 350 weddings since!  My team also has a few hundred weddings under their collective belts.

 

DON’T YOU OFFER “DAY OF”?  I JUST NEED SOMEONE TO COME AND SET STUFF UP.  It'll be really easy, i promise!

I really, truly, and wholeheartedly believe that no successful wedding was created in just one day.  I can promise you, it is worth the investment to book a true planning package in most cases and for most weddings.  This is why the base level of service that I personally offer is a professional "month-of coordination" package, aka The Base Package (**late 2017 addition - we are currently crafting a Big Day (Day-of) package that will be headed up by Lead Coordinator, Johnny Montes).  Weddings are expensive, and I totally get that.  It seems like every time you turn around, your budget is sky rocketing.  Sound familiar?  I understand when people want to save costs by booking "just day-of".  The truth of the matter is that professionalism and experience comes at a higher cost, and I think of wedding planning as an investment into one of the coolest days of your life.  

Big kick-ass parties aren't cheap, especially when you add free-flowing booze, a great meal, and killer entertainment.  My team and I pull that all together, and manage all these pieces with ease and grace.  We are prepared for everything; and I do mean everything.  I am usually more than happy to customize based on needs, but please know, if you aren’t interested in a planning partner, and just need a true day-of coordinator to schlep your stuff, set up escort cards, and send people down the aisle for the ceremony, I’m probably not the best fit (insert sad face here).   I am always happy to offer suggestions of trusted colleagues to contact; mostly newer Coordinators who offer this pared down "day-of" to gain experience in the wedding industry, but some seasoned vets who enjoy just making it all happen.  Just know, with any of my packages from Base to Plus to Luxe, I am NEVER looking to take over your wedding.  It is still YOUR wedding.  I can just help to make it the best version it can be.  Please do contact me with any package questions, especially if you think we will be a good fit.  

 

Do you offer design packages?

I feel like so much of design in the wedding industry is regurgitating weddings found on blogs and Pinterest, and telling clients what their wedding "should" look like, and I am not about that life!  You may not realize it, but you already know what you like; you just might need a little help pulling it all together, and my planning packages include all the help you need to create the look you want within your particular budget.  It's all about finding the perfect vendor Dream Team to achieve your dream wedding.  While I know so many Wedding Planners are design focused, and that is a serious amazingly fun part of the job, most of my clients come to me to help them plan their wedding and design an overall experience, rather than JUST focusing on the pretty stuff.  Let's talk about what you want your wedding to look AND feel like!

 

How many people do you work with?

I always bring at least one additional Coordinator to every wedding with over ~40 guests.  The rest just depends on the individual wedding, and what it entails!  We always make sure we are fully staffed to execute the wedding as it needs to be executed.  My “assistants” are actually fully trained Wedding Coordinators as well!

 

Do you do weddings in __________ {insert city or place here}?

ABSO-FREAKIN-LUTELY!  Since we are based in San Diego, we are most often doing weddings here and our 2nd home, Palm Springs; but we are available for travel in and out of the U.S., and welcome destination weddings and creative and unique celebrations anywhere in the world!!   If you are looking for someone to execute a smooth, memorable, and fun event, while helping you add your own personal style and twist, please consider adding us to your vendor team, no matter where you are getting married.  Destination weddings are not always about finding someone local to direct you to their vendors, it's often about appointing a Manager to your vendor team who can lead the day with confidence and ease, and make you feel like a guest at your own wedding!

 

What is your favorite part of planning weddings?

I love helping each client find, discover, and create his or her “perfect day”.  Every single one is different, as they should be.  We attract really awesome, fun, and unique clients- bar managers, restauranteurs, graphic designers, CEO's, hotel general managers- our client list is vast and for the most part, creative.  Having a guest seek me out and tell me it is the best wedding they've ever been to is the proverbial icing on the (wedding) cake.

 

What is the average guest list you work with?

As far as guest lists go, as a team, we have done weddings ranging from no guests (elope!) to 450 guests.  I would say our average guest list is anywhere from 60 to 200 guests, but again, I am confident that we can manage just about anything.

 

Can I afford a Wedding Planner?

It may sound cheesy, but can you afford to NOT have one?  You are more than likely spending a good chunk of money on your wedding day.  Having someone there to guide you, help you stay organized, recommend tried & true vendors, establish a timeline that works, flows, and makes sense, manage the wedding day, be your advocate, and so much more is a small price to pay for your sanity.  And no, your Venue Coordinator is not the same thing.  I’d be happy to give you some examples of how they vary, while still being an important part of your day.  A large majority of my clients have said that my fees were the best investment they made for their wedding, and the best engagement gift they gave themselves. 

 

Are there any hidden or extra fees in your packages or pricing listed on your website?

No.  As long as the services you are wanting fit within the package parameters (and most people find a perfect fit in one of the packages), they are all-inclusive and you will not incur any additional fees.  Custom packages may be available as well.  Always feel free to ask!

 

What is your payment schedule?  

I require a non-refundable retainer fee to secure your wedding date- this is typically 40%-50% of your chosen package price.  It gets submitted along with your signed contract, and it retains my services for your date.  The remaining fees are due 14 days before the wedding.  

 

Do you offer discounts/can you match the price of ______ vendor?

I feel strongly that my pricing is fair and competitive for the level of service I offer, and so do my clients.  The package prices have been derived from my professional experience level, and the amount of hours that I put into each wedding and client relationship. I do not compare my pricing to that of other Planners, and will not be able to “price match” quotes from other service providers, since everyone’s experience level, reviews, package inclusions, and customer service philosophies/practices will vary greatly.  I provide something that nobody else does- me!  And I’m a wedding gangster.

The truth is simple, I don’t try or want to be the cheapest, I try to be the best.

Please feel free to take advantage of my free consultation to see if we are a good fit for each other.  That way, you can more closely examine if the investment is worthy for your wedding.

 

Why are you so awesome?  And will you do our wedding?

I don’t know, I was born this way!  Email me and let’s meet up to see if we are a good match!

 

As always, if you have any questions about package pricing or ANYTHING else, feel free to contact me!  Don’t be shy.