Things to Know
1. What are the benefits of working with a Wedding Planner?
First, it’s important to understand that not all wedding planners are created equal. There is no barrier to entry in becoming a wedding planner so it’s very important to do your due diligence before hiring one. Look for experience first, passion for the job, strong industry presence, and a positive reputation.
There are many reasons to hire a professional as within any field. We are the experts and it’s our job to help our clients “get it right”. We know what is going to be important to you in the end. From saving money, to maximizing time, to obtaining creative ideas and direction, to preventing costly pitfalls, and ensuring you are including reputable vendors in your plan that won’t disappoint — there are so many reasons to involve a professional! Unfortunately, too many couples don’t fully understand the benefits of working with a wedding planner and feel like it is not a justified expense only to later find themselves disappointed with the outcome and the money they did invest in this once in a lifetime celebration.
By working with an experienced and reputable planner you basically have a guarantee that your vision for your wedding will be brought to life as you imagined it and that all the time and money invested in the day results in an wedding celebration without regret. The role that an experienced planner plays is similar to that of a designer and project manager rolled up into one. A planner asks all the right questions, listens attentively so that they can understand a client’s priorities, and then with the knowledge creates a plan of action, offering insight, design ideas, suggestions, advice, contacts, and on-going support to ensure that the wedding comes together in the most efficient, enjoyable, and impressive way!
2. How does DreamGroup set its fees?
There are a number of factors we take into consideration when quoting on a wedding and as long as you are comparing apples to apples you will find our fees very competitive. It’s important to understand that with experience comes a greater level of capability in meeting and exceeding expectations resulting in a superior level of service with less room for error. We’ve experienced all too often the scenario whereby a couple initially opted for the lesser expensive/experienced planner only to come back to us at a later date asking us to save them and turnaround the unfortunate planning experience they have found themselves in.
Some of the variables that affect the planning fee include:
-Are we are acting as the lead designer or involving a separate independent professional designer in the floral/decor plan?
-Is the wedding a local or destination wedding? Destination weddings require a higher investment of planning time and travel.
-Are there any pre/post events taking place that also need to be managed?
-Are there multiple venues being used for the ceremony and reception?
-Does the client live locally or out of town, affecting the number of hours spent attending in-person vendor and planner-client meetings.
-Is the preferred venue an all inclusive venue like a hotel or restaurant or is it a “production style” venue like a private residence, farm or park with a tent installation required? Many additional planning hours and logistical variables come into play when building a venue from scratch.
-How many guests are attending the wedding? More people requires more support on the day to manage guest flow and activities.
-What are the overall logistics and caliber of the wedding? Higher budgets means more time managing expectations and all the vendors and people involved in bringing that wedding to life.
DreamGroup sets its fees on a case by case basis and we will provide a Quote for our Services after we meet and learn more about your individual expectations and requirements. We offer a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients so that we may better understand what level of support is best suited to your plan and budget.
It is important to acknowledge that working with a wedding planner is a luxury, but one that pays for itself by ensuring that you are going about things in the right way — involving the right people, receiving the best value, and maximizing your time and energy by doing things in proper order. A 50% deposit is required when the contract is signed, and the balance is due four weeks prior to the wedding day.
3. Can DreamGroup plan Cultural Weddings?
You better believe it! We LOVE planning all types of weddings and have tons of experience working with various cultures including, but not limited to Chinese, Indian, Jewish, and Persian weddings. Weddings are a perfect opportunity to pay respect to and celebrate a couple’s family and its traditions. It is especially exciting when a couple from two different cultural backgrounds are coming together, allowing us to interweave aspects of both cultures into the wedding ceremony and reception. It makes for a most unique and personal wedding experience.
4. When should a couple start working with a planner?
Ideally, we begin working with a couple 8-14 months before the wedding which allows enough time to develop a plan that everyone is excited about and move through the tasks in a relaxed, enjoyable, and productive way. That said, we have planned weddings in as little as 3-8 weeks and have begun working with couples as much as 18 months before the wedding. Anything earlier than that is not recommended as styles, ideas, and situations change with time and although we love planning weddings, we don’t love planning the same wedding twice.
5. Does DreamGroup accept referral fees or “kickbacks” from vendors?
DreamGroup does not accept referral fees from any vendors at any time. In the event that we are offered a referral fee we respectfully decline the offer and ask if this “kickback” might be forwarded in the form of a discount to our clients instead. Our vendors are recommended because of the valuable products and services they offer our clients, not because they pay us to do so. We stand behind our recommended vendors and these vendors know that when we introduce our clients to them it is because we respect and appreciate their attention to detail, dedication, and proven outstanding performance. In this way, DreamGroup is able to build a respected and strong working relationship with its vendors. In return, we can expect the absolute best from them time and time again.