Two weeks ago I had a phone consultation with a potential (now, a new) client. They live 2,000 miles away, so meeting in person was out of the question. It’s always nerve-wracking trying to figure out how to ask the right questions of one another so that you feel comfortable with each other (both as potential planner and as potential client). I asked the couple a bunch of questions (why they were having their wedding here, for example, and what they wanted the day to look like… My favorite answer was to my question of what they wanted their guests to walk away thinking: “That was the best wedding ever!” But I digress…). Then it was their turn to ask me.
The groom had obviously prepared, because his first question was a doozy. “What sets you apart from other planners?”
I have to admit, I said out loud that he was asking the hard questions! It’s so difficult to compare one planner to another. But I really liked my response, and I wanted to share.
There are three things that make me unique among planners in San Diego. Some planners share one or two of these with me. But I think the combination of all three is what makes me special.
- I believe in exceptional service. I take on a maximum of two weddings per month, and never schedule two on the same weekend. This is by design, for a number of different reasons, including that I want to have enough energy to really make your wedding day amazing. But it also means that you will be my only client for the week of your wedding. That entire week leading up to your wedding day I’ll be able to focus on your wedding (I may still be talking and meeting with other brides and grooms, but as yours is the only wedding I’ll have for that whole week, you’ll be able to get almost all of my attention!).
- I am realistic about costs. I’d never, never tell a couple that they couldn’t have a wedding for their budget. It’s all about prioritizing and making alternate arrangements, but I’ve seen beautiful weddings at every price point. I’d also never tell a couple that they could have a wedding for X amount, while knowing that it will cost them X+. If I’m given a budget, I’ll do everything in my power to stick to it. You’ll also be heavily involved in any budget changes, if they do arise. I will work every bit of magic to get you the best wedding day possible within your means, and I am realistic with my pricing. I may not be the cheapest wedding planner out there, but I work hard to give all of my brides and grooms the best value, and the benefit of my years as a nonprofit gala planner.
- I’m not just a coordinator. I’m an Event Designer. This means that I do more than just tell people what to do on your wedding day (seriously!). I can help you conceptualize your wedding style, find pieces that will fit within your overall look, feel, and budget, and tie it all together. I also own boxes and boxes of unique and vintage decor (as well as some standard pieces) to help my couples make their vision come to life without breaking the bank. And don’t forget that I design event-related paper goods, too!