Wedding Planners in Raleigh, NC to Reschedule Your Big Day Stress-Free
Why You Need a Professional Wedding Planner Now More Than Ever
Whether you planned the entire wedding and had to cancel due to Coronavirus, or you just recently got engaged and haven’t started planning yet – there are wedding planners in Raleigh, NC to reschedule your big day stress-free. Skip the drama by putting one of the most important days of your life into the hands of a professional. Breaking down the budget, selecting vendors, scheduling meetings, answering emails and calls, and creating a timeline are just a few of the difficult tasks wedding planners will take right off your plate. In a time when work and family need your attention more than ever, hire a NC wedding planner who will help prepare you for happier days (curveballs included)! Keep scrolling for a breakdown of different types of wedding planners in Raleigh, NC and answers to frequently asked questions.
Types of Wedding Planners in Raleigh, NC
Month-of wedding planning services (formerly known as “day-of”- but we’ve since vetoed that phrase) are focused on stepping in to run the wedding weekend. This includes managing the vendors, scheduling the timeline, and directing the flow of the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.
Full service planners are more involved in the overall plans, and shaping the entire event. This is usually a longer term relationship – and ideally would even include venue tours, vendor selection, budgeting and management.
Wedding Design involves the artistic creation of the event aesthetic – every step of the way. So your early meetings might involve mood boards and sketches, your preferences, and the planner would work directly with the tactile vendors such as the stationer, florist and rental companies to create the overall look and feel.
Do you like the idea of just showing up at your wedding – without having to plan a single thing? You can, thanks to the new service by McLean Events. After an interview in which she learns about your relationship, values, and style preferences, you leave it in her hands. Then, just show up to your wedding, and be wowed!
Frequently Asked Questions – Wedding Planners in Raleigh, NC
Q: My venue comes with a coordinator, so I don’t need a wedding planner, right?
A: Wrong! Almost without exception, the venue coordinator’s role is limited to details concerning the venue – such as managing the in-house food and beverage or coordinating arrivals and departures of off-site vendors. The day-of coordinator makes the wedding timeline run smoothly and flawlessly. But you’ll want a professional wedding planner who knows the best local vendors, and will organize and create your dream wedding design! So at the very least, you will still need a month-of planner. Click here for a list of our preferred Heart of NC wedding planners.
Q: Real talk – what are the different price points?
A: Weekend coordination services average around $1,500 to $2,500 or so based on the planner’s experience, and time of year. Full-service wedding planning is usually a flat fee ranging between $6,000-12,000, or a flat fee plus a percentage of the overall budget. You’ll get the most value by hiring a planner before you do anything else, but even if you get into planning and realize you need help, it’s never too late to call in a pro.
Q&A with NC Wedding Planner Gina Myers of La Cosa Bella Events
Q: How did you get into wedding planning? What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Q: How have you helped NC couples navigate the chaos of wedding plans this year?
A: Through my relationships with vendors and communication skills, I’ve been able to postpone/reschedule couples to a new date in about a day. I start off with getting possible time frames from my clients, then I contact the venue and request 2-3 open dates within their time frames. From there, I email and text vendors to get a date that works for all and ensure that deposits move to the new date and get new contracts that show the revised date.
Cancellations are much harder because it’s emotional and disappointing for not only my clients but for their vendors. Throw in return or partial return requests for deposits and negotiating final payments, and it’s even more complicated. I do my best to be transparent and open with the venue and vendors if there’s a potential for cancellation. It’s easier for all involved if they know it’s a possibility and this ends up benefitting my clients. The worst thing you can do to a vendor is surprise them with a cancellation.
I have also created an all-inclusive Elopement and Intimate Wedding Package. My thought was two-fold. If a couple has already planned a big wedding, let’s make this super simple as they most likely won’t have the bandwidth to start over potentially from scratch. Secondly, any venues and vendors that are part of my package would have some revenue stream which would be a win-win for all. It’s recently been getting a lot of interest.
Q: Why should NC couples hire a professional wedding planner?
A: A wedding planner reduces stress and takes on the hard parts of planning. Vetted vendors are presented for their selection saving so much of the client’s time. Available venues are presented that are within their budget saving stress. Most of my client’s want to ensure that they, and their Moms, are able to relax and have fun on the day. I do my absolute best to make the planning process enjoyable. In addition to saving the client’s time, I’m their advocate. I’m their planning partner and I’m also emotionally invested in the success of their wedding day.
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