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Budget for your Dream Wedding with An Event to Remember

by Sally Merrill

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Figuring out your wedding budget is no easy task. That’s why we are breaking down how to budget with the expert herself, An Event to Remember. If you haven’t learned by now, weddings can be pricey and most likely the most significant event you will ever host. After you dream up your fairytale wedding, decide how much you’re comfortable spending. In addition, determining your must-haves and non-negotiables will help determine where to spend the majority of your budget. This might sound like a lot of work, but An Event to Remember is here to break it all down for us and the services she provides so that you can have your happily ever after.

What wedding planning services do you offer?

We offer full-service wedding planning, partial-planning and coordination services. I feel it’s the perfect trio of packages that can serve a wide range of clientele!

Coordination

Our wedding coordination package is more extensive than most planners because we want to ensure that our couples have an easy planning process, even during the times when we are not working directly with them. In order to do this, we arm our clients with the tools and expertise they need as they plan their big day. This service allows you to sit back and relax!

Partial Planning

This service is for the client who wants comprehensive support and expert planning and design guidance throughout the entire process in order to create an unforgettable event. This gives you the opportunity to have your planner attend and assist select venue and vendor appointments. We’ll review, amend and negotiate contracts, help design the overall theme, manage your expectations, meet with you for planning appointments and provide you with outline updates throughout the duration of your engagement.

Full Service Wedding Planning

We handle every detail of your wedding from budget management to decor design to vendor contracts. Enjoy unlimited communication with An Event to Remember and have fun in the process! This allows us to customize every detail of your wedding with the fusion of current wedding trends, traditions and your unique style. This service fits clients that are looking for a custom wedding experience.

 

Let’s Talk Budget

What does your budget management look like?

For me, budget management starts at the consultation. We assess the client’s wants and needs and the established budget or even help to establish a wedding budget. I also provide a spreadsheet that keeps your wedding expenses organized while tracking your budget. Your package level determines our involvement during that process.

What factors do you consider when allocating the wedding budget?

I like to get with my clients to establish their must-haves and necessities for the wedding, any venue information and catering interests. At times, we’re hired at the beginning stage or after the venue or other vendors have been contracted, so a combination of all of that information will give me the insight to allocate the wedding budget appropriately.

What’s the difference between a wedding coordinator and a wedding planner?

The biggest difference is the amount of time that’s provided in the services. Coordinators make sure everything you’ve done up until they take over is in good shape. Hiring a coordinator to take over the month before your wedding gives them time to tweak any details and follow up on loose ends.

Wedding planners are all about the logistics, from vendor referrals and contract negotiation to day-of execution of your vision. Some planners also provide design or styling services, helping with the creative specifics of your wedding day.

What additional fees might the couple not expect?

Fees that may not be on the clients’ radar are service fees and after hours pick-up fees. Service fees may be added to the catering and/or bartending invoices. These are not considered gratuity or tips but rather expenses accumulated for the administrative and staff costs. As for after hours pick-up fees, some venues require all rentals and personal items to be removed at the end of the event, so that will require your rental staff to return at the end of the night to retrieve the rental items. In our current environment, I’ve additionally been educating my clients on inflation and how it has affected the wedding industry.

How does vendor payment work?

Our clients are invoiced directly by each wedding vendor. With our partial-planning and full-service wedding clients we are hands on when it comes to managing your budget. We ensure our clients are invoiced correctly and facilitate introducing our clients to newly booked vendors.

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