Obviously, every wedding is a very different entity, which is why I don’t offer one-size-fits-all packages. However, since it drives me absolutely crazy when a potential vendor’s website provides no pricing information whatsoever, here’s a rough idea of what I charge for each level of service. Contact me for your free initial consultation, and within 48 hours, I’ll give you an estimate tailored to your specific needs. Also, astute readers might notice a difference in pricing between weddings and other events. This is only because weddings tend to be bigger and more complicated than most other events. If you’re having a fairly small wedding, your estimate will be adjusted accordingly. Having been a victim of the “Oooh! It’s a wedding! $$$$$$$!!!” phenomenon, I promise to not pull that crap on you.
Consulting – $50/hr, 1-hour minimum
Are you overwhelmed and don’t quite know where to start? Do you have a really awesome idea but no clue how to make it happen? Is the thought of making a realistic budget causing you to break out in hives? Do you have a handle on the planning process, but still have a few questions? If so, this option might be for you. We’ll work through whatever is causing you grief. Consulting can be done over the phone or, if you’re in the Pittsburgh area, in-person.
“Day-of” Coordination – Starting at $750
Technically, I don’t offer day-of services. This option is more like “month-of” coordination, since there’s no way in the world that I could just show up the day of your wedding and rock it out. This option is for the couple that has their wedding planned, but doesn’t want to worry about anything on the actual day. It includes a meeting about one month prior to the wedding date, a walk-through of the ceremony and reception venues, confirmation with all vendors two weeks before your wedding, creation of a wedding day timeline, managing the rehearsal, and start-to-finish coordination at your wedding. And by “start-to-finish”, I literally mean that I’ll be the first one on the scene and the last one to leave, no overage charges.
Partial planning – $1500-$3000 (pricing depends on length of contract and size/complexity of the wedding)
This is for the couple who wants something in between the standard “day-of” coordination and full planning. In addition to all of the “day-of” services, you’ll get a planning timeline, budget advice, vendor research/recommendations (based on the information you provide during our initial consultation), scheduled monthly hour-long meetings or phone calls, additional email support as needed, keeping track of RSVPs (and hunting down those who cannot be bothered to respond), and review of all vendor contracts.
Full planning – Starting at $4000 (pricing depends on needs of client)
Full planning can start up to 18 months prior to your wedding date. This option can vary a lot between clients, but whatever you need, I’m on it. Examples of services typically provided with this option include budget development, vendor and venue research/recommendations, contract negotiation and review, site visits, attendance at vendor meetings, keeping track of all wedding-related documents (contracts, receipts, communication with vendors, etc) and RSVPs, and unlimited access via phone, email, or Skype. I can also run interference between you and pushy relatives, listen to you vent about how postage rates are going up right before your invitations are being sent, and help you add (or weed out) ideas on your Pinterest page. This option also includes all “day-of” services.
Crafting help – $30/hr + materials
If you want a hand-made look but are craft-impaired, feeling overwhelmed by the projects you’ve selected, or break out in a rash at the thought of entering a Michael’s (or all three!), let me come to the rescue! I’ll do everything from helping you select a project to completing the final product. And we can work together, or you can hand everything over to me and go enjoy a glass of wine with your soon-to-be spouse.
My passport is current and I’ll happily go wherever you need me to go. There are no travel fees associated with weddings less than 25 miles from Pittsburgh. Beyond that, I ask that you pay for a hotel room from the night of your rehearsal to the night of your wedding (usually 2 nights), meals at the IRS per diem rate, and either mileage at the IRS per diem rate (if it’s within driving distance) or airfare and a rental car. Whatever I pay is what you pay, and I promise to find the best deal I can. If you’re using multiple out-of-town vendors, I’m cool sharing a hotel room, especially since I don’t envision spending a lot of time in there. Something tells me I’ll be fairly busy