You probably have a lot of questions, and that’s okay, so have past brides and grooms who’ve worked with us. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most popular questions we get asked along with their answers below. If there is a question that you don’t see listed, please contact us and we’ll get back to you with the answer.
Why do I need a wedding planner? Isn’t all this information online or in a magazine? Online wedding planning sites and magazines are designed to appeal to the masses. They are not specific in their advice because that would exclude certain brides. A wedding planner has insight and experience that cannot be conveyed in a generic wedding planning website or magazine. If you want specific detailed advice that pertains to your wedding to make your planning easier and your wedding day more fun then you need SDWE. Our planners are professionally educated and trained in special event planning.
I’ve heard of people hiring wedding planners before but then they do most of the legwork- calling vendors, booking appointments, etc. How does SDWE work?
We have different levels of service. Full service planning and Day of Management. We customize each of our programs based on the couple’s expectations, some couples want to be more involved than others and ask us to provide vendor recommendations but that they will contact them for further information. We then introduce these couples to these vendors. Other clients want us to help them each step of the way, researching all vendor options and providing them with pricing and details and setting up their meetings. For all our full service planning clients we help them discover their wedding theme and design. We’re happy to work both ways and design our wedding planning programs based on the client’s expectations around our service.
I’m interested in hiring a wedding planner but I don’t want my wedding taken away from me. I have very distinct ideas. Should I hire a wedding planner?
Take a look at our portfolio. You’ll notice that the weddings are not carbon copies of each other and in no way cookie cutter. That’s because each wedding we plan is based on the couple’s personality, style and budget. We want our client’s input to design their wedding. In fact it is essential. We facilitate the planning of a wedding by offering you our professional opinion of which vendors and resources would be a good match for you. We don’t take your wedding away from you; we want you to get majorly excited about your wedding. We find even brides that like to have control over their wedding really appreciate having our team involved because the details are all organized concisely for them and they can easily review the plans for their event without feeling overwhelmed. You can still be the star and know all the details without having to “DO” the details.
I’m really worried about sticking to my budget. Does SDWE manage my budget? Can you get me discounts with vendors?
Even the biggest celebrity weddings have a budget and we know how to help you stick to yours. When you start to work with us we create an initial estimate budget for what we think your event is going to cost based on the expectations and details that you share with us. From there we tweak it as we go coming back to it often when we secure a vendor for you. We recommend you to vendors within you budget but we also make sure they match your personality and style. It’s so important that they are a good fit for your wedding day and that your expectations are met. When it comes to discounts, if we receive those from a certain vendor we pass those on to you. We cannot guarantee that we can get you discounts but we will ask for upgrades whenever possible.
What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding designer?
A wedding planner plans and coordinates the logistical details of your wedding. This person refers you to your venue and your vendors and coordinates them all to come together to create one cohesive team for your wedding. A wedding designer designs what your wedding will look, feel, sound, taste and even smell like. A wedding designer takes all aspects of the senses and makes sure that your wedding design is striking an emotion and will leave a lasting impression with your guests. They don’t just help you decide on the color of your table linens or the size of your centerpieces they help you create an overall theme and atmosphere for your wedding and insure that it is infused into each element. SDWE plans and designs both. Our full service customized wedding planning program includes a décor consultation.
There are other planners that are cheaper than SDWE. Why shouldn’t I go with a cheaper planner?
We are of the mindset that you get what you pay for. Imagine a white t-shirt, you have the choice of getting one from a big box store like Wal-Mart or you could get one from a higher end store like Saks Fifth Avenue. There are a couple of distinct differences between these two t-shirts:
1) When you enter into a high-end store you have an associate’s undivided attention to help you find a t-shirt that is the perfect match for your personality, style and budget. They make sure that it’s the right fit and they’re alongside you to field any questions and offer you tips like which accessories would look great with the shirt. In a cheaper store there are often staffing issues and you do not get the same kind of attention. If you can track someone down they are not knowledgeable in regards to this particular request because they deal with everything from house wares to kids toys
2) The quality of the shirt is obviously going to be much different. Compare a cheap shirt against a high quality shirt and you can immediately see and feel the difference. It becomes even more evident as time goes by which shirt holds up better.
The same is true when it comes to wedding planners. We plan weddings full time. We don’t have other jobs that we’re juggling and we’re not working on your event late at night or in between pop in’s from our corporate boss. Our full attention is on our clients and providing them with a couture experience as we plan and design their weddings. Cheaper planners have to run more volume through their businesses to break even so that means more distraction again. We are very specific about the type of bride and groom we want to work with and we are more concerned with the connection between our client and us being a good fit than accumulating a volume of clients. Our services are designed for the discerning bride and groom. It always saddens us to receive an email from a bride who has gone with a cheaper planner and has realized that it has been a waste of money because their experience is not aligned with what she needs. We are continuously educating ourselves on the latest event trends and meeting the crème de la crème of the wedding industry so that we can pass on our expertise to our clients.
Why should I go with a wedding planning team vs. just a wedding planner?
At SDWE we are a team. We have full time staff that works around the clock for our clients. We each have our own expertise and add a new and exciting element to our client’s events with our input. Like they say, 2 heads are better than 1. It’s true when it comes to wedding planning. When there’s only one person planning and designing your wedding the ideas can get stagnant and some are impossible because of a lack of resources. With our full team as your team, the possibilities are endless.
Both my fiancé and I have busy careers. We want to get married in only 6 months can SDWE plan a wedding that quickly?
We love a challenge and the answer is YES! We’ve planned elaborate weddings in less than 3 months so it can be done. You’ll be saying “I Do” in style before you know it and it won’t take over your entire life with SDWE on board. We are here for our clients so that the wedding planning process doesn’t become like a second job. Although we’ll have to work more quickly. We’ll provide wedding planning in small pieces so it’s manageable for you. You’re still involved but it’s not overwhelming because the planning is incredibly organized and done step by step right up to the wedding day where all you have to do is relax and enjoy it.
I went to so many weddings last summer but they were all the same. I can’t remember one from the other. I don’t want that to happen to mine, how can SDWE help me?
We totally understand what you’re talking about. You don’t want a cookie cutter wedding, you want to say WOW, and that’s exactly our specialty. When our brides and grooms walk into their wedding day they are presented with an atmosphere that is a complete reflection of their combined personalities. The guests are WOW’d and your wedding becomes the one everyone compares with other weddings. How do we get to this point? Our couture brides and grooms sit down with us for a design meeting. It’s really fun and it helps you get on the same page with your likes and dislikes. Together we come up with a concept for your wedding that is innovative and exciting. Our travels and connections mean that we know about the hottest new products in the event industry right when they hit so we infuse your event with ideas that have never been seen by your friends and family before.
I don’t want to ask my friends and family to set up my décor on my wedding day, how can SDWE help?
We include a team of professionals who setup and teardown all your chosen décor. We’ve had friends and family try to help in the past but we kindly direct them towards the cocktail hour because they should be enjoying themselves at your celebration, not working. Many venues need all your décor out of their space within hours of your event wrapping up and it makes us shiver to think of bridesmaids pulling off chair covers, groomsmen moving chairs and a bride dismantling centerpieces. Part of the mystique around your wedding is that you’re going to be able to walk into this completely transformed space created just for you and your guests. We don’t want you or any of your guests to see behind the scenes and ruin the experience so we take care of this for our clients.
I’ve planned everything myself for my wedding but I want to make sure everything happens the way I’ve planned it. Do you just do wedding day coordination?
We do provide wedding day coordination and management so that you can just enjoy being the beautiful bride. We go over everything with you before your wedding, create an itinerary and confirm all your vendors. We make sure that the weeks leading up to your wedding are not nights filled with you having nightmares about things not going right at your wedding but instead, sweet stress free dreams of your magical day. On the wedding day our team is there to orchestrate all your plans so all the details that you’ve spent months planning come to life.
Relax and Leave the Details to Us!