Do I really *need* an event planner?
Well, no. However, while I can change the oil in my car, alter my own clothing, and cut my own hair, I choose to utilize the services of a mechanic, seamstress, and hairdresser, because all of them make my life easier. I have faith that you can plan an event, but I’m confident that I can make it less stressful for you. And on the day of your event, I guarantee that you’ll have more fun just enjoying the party than you would if you had to worry about all of the details.
So, what do you do?
I figure out what you want and make it happen, whatever that might entail. I’m definitely willing to offer options and suggestions, but the final decision is yours to make. You need someone to find a venue, attend a cake tasting, or recommend a DJ? Done. You need someone to talk a drunk relative away from the bar, figure out what permits you need to have your pet pig in attendance, or tastefully arrange your fake skull decorations? Done. My job is to allow you to truly host your event without *running* it, which means you get to eat, drink, mingle, and hang out with your guests, while I work behind the scenes to make sure everything runs flawlessly. At the end of the night, your only thought should be, “Wow, that was exactly what I wanted!”
I think you charge too much. Justify yourself.
First, that wasn’t a question, so I’m not sure how this even ended up on this page. Second, I agonize over how much to charge. I’d love to be able to help you for free; alas, the bank won’t waive my mortgage payments and the grocery store won’t just give food to me. When working with each client, I base my rates on how much time and energy I will end up putting into their event, which is why I don’t do packages. Not every client or every event will require as much effort, so after we have our initial consultation, I’ll create a proposal just for you. I also don’t believe in “day-of coordinators” – to truly make your event a success, I need to get to know you and the vendors you’ve chosen. I need to visit the venue before the actual event, to get the lay of the land. I might need to research whether you need any special permits or figure out a rain plan for outdoor events. And on the actual day-of, I’ll be the first person on the scene and the absolute last to leave. All of that adds up, which is why I never book more than one event per weekend.
What about things other than weddings?
Most definitely! Give me a reason to throw a party – anniversary, birthday, Halloween, having a baby, not having a baby, retiring, graduating, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, getting engaged, buying a house, moving away, Thanksgiving, the Superbowl, fundraiser, getting divorced, getting published, being baptized, It’s Wednesday!, someone’s bar/t mitzvah, class reunion – and I’m all over it.
I want to do [x] – are you my people?
Yes. Well, unless I find out you want to do something like a simultaneous butterfly release and sparkler send-off, at which point I’ll suggest an alternative to inadvertently setting butterflies on fire. Seriously – I love working with whatever inspires my clients, and if you come up with something with which I’m not familiar, I will gleefully utilize my mad research skillz.
What sets you apart from other planners?
I pride myself on not having My Vision for how your party should look. I also do my best to make sure you don’t end up yielding to the pressure to adopt Someone Else’s Vision. Your event should be based on Your Vision of how it should look and feel, and I’ll work with you to make sure that happens. Especially if Your Vision involves a zip-line, because I’ve always wanted to try that.
Do you get anything from the vendors you recommend?
Hell to the no. If I suggest a particular vendor, it’s because I’ve worked with that person before and had a positive experience. That’s the sum total reason for my recommendation.
I don’t want to hire you until we’ve met – is that cool?
Um, it’s actually one of my requirements. I won’t sign a contract with anyone until we’ve met either in-person (which is definitely my preference) or via phone or Skype (for non-local and/or exceptionally busy clients). All potential clients are guaranteed an on-the-house getting-to-know-each-other meeting.
Do you offer any discounts?
Clients who are either active duty military or veterans will receive a 10% discount. Please let me know if you fit this description!
Do you travel?
Most definitely. I’m located in Pittsburgh, and any event within 25 miles of the city has no travel fee. For those further away, I only ask that you cover travel and lodging costs from the day before the rehearsal to the day after the wedding. And whenever possible, if it’s possible for me to stay with a local friend, lodging is covered. No extraneous fees, no nonsense.
Will you hold my date?
Sort of. You’re allowed to call Temporary Dibs on a date, and I’ll email you if another potential client wants the same date. You have 48 hours to reply and declare Permanent Dibs (i.e. officially book the date). If I haven’t heard from you by then, the second person gets that date.
I noticed you have a blog – how does that work?
In addition to posts not related to specific events, I do my best to blog about every event I work, with two exceptions: (1) The client doesn’t want to be featured or (2) The photographer won’t provide me with images. If your event fits neither exception, I promise to make you internet-famous as soon as I can!
Are there any websites you’d recommend?
Actually, yes. I love Offbeat Bride for couples who are a little (or a lot) quirky. You’ll feel right at home there! The Broke-Ass Bride is fantastic for folks on a tight budget, and I’m also their advice columnist. A Practical Wedding gives good, practical (duh) suggestions. When it comes to finding vendors, WeddingWire has a fairly extensive list, while Pittsburgh Wedding is obviously more Pittsburgh focused. And if you’re looking for a group to support you and provide advice, the boards on Weddingbee are great, as is their blog.
How do I get in touch with you?
Head on over here and send me a message!