What are your qualifications? Have you been professionally trained?
I have been educated and trained in the business of weddings and events by the Association of Bridal Consultants, a world-renowned association located in New Milford, Connecticut. I also have an extensive business background as an Executive Assistant working with CEO’s and Vice Presidents of major corporations. I have over 20 years of combined experience with weddings, business and private party planning.
How did you become a Planner?
When my husband and I renewed our vows, we planned everything: the ceremony, reception, flowers, photography, videographer, etc. Because I did not know any wedding professionals, I found all of my vendors online. Our pictures were disappointing, the video was horrible, and the flowers fell out of my bouquet. I started thinking about how I could help other couples avoid the same disasters. That’s when I did my research, completed the Professional Development Courses through the Association of Bridal Consultants and started my business.
Do you have something that you specialize in?
We specialize in large weddings for 900 guests, smaller more intimate weddings for 50 guests, and everything in between. We have extensive experience and a broad knowledge base of the complexities of tented weddings and events, hot air balloon rides, butterfly and dove releases, and many other creative ideas for you and your guests.
We already have a coordinator at our venue that will help us with everything we need. Why should be consider hiring you and your Team?
On-site venue ‘wedding planners’ do not actually assist you in the planning of your wedding, outside of making sure the reception site is staffed, food and beverage is provided and the décor you provide is set up. And even then, depending on the scope of your décor, you may have to provide the venue with assistance in helping them set it up. Taking the reins comes easy to a professional planner. They say they have a list of “vendors” they can recommend to you so you don’t have to shop around. The truth is most of these vendors pay to be placed on their list, are not the caliber of vendors you need on your special day, or they are not the perfect vendor for you and your style. Brides and grooms are often misled by the terminology the venues use. The reality is, the on-site “event/wedding planner” should be called the “venue event manager,” as that is their true role. Therefore, their focus is going to be on their staff, the kitchen, the food presentation, the stock, the set-up, the break down and those types of details. They are not going to meet with your vendors with you to ensure you ask all the right questions; they will not be calling your vendors to make sure they are paid and confirmed; they will not be doing your running for you; they will not be at your home or Bridal Suite making sure you have plenty to eat and drink, distributing flowers, sewing something that has gone wrong with the dresses, etc. They will not be at your Rehearsal to ensure the ceremony runs smoothly. I could go on and on, but most importantly, they will not have developed a personal relationship with you like we will. The trust that is built during the planning process with us carries over into a relaxed, enjoyable wedding day. After everything is over, you will be so glad you hired the experienced professionals at Dream Wedding and Event Planners to help you every step of the way.
How do you assist in planning a wedding and what services do you provide?
We research and recommend quality ceremony/reception sites and vendors that match your style and fit within your budget. We work with your vendors, the ceremony location and reception site management to ensure that everything is coordinated and arranged as planned before, during and after your event. We are present throughout your special day to assist in accomplishing the festivities as scheduled and provide you with a detailed Timeline and Production Schedule prior to the wedding. For more information see our Wedding Services andWedding Portfolio. We have seven fully trained Wedding Coordinators on our staff that can assist in the coordination of your event.
Can I afford an event planner?
Price is affected by the services that you select and the complexity of your event. It is my responsibility to keep your expenses at or even below your budget ceiling. People often ‘go it alone’ because they do not think they can afford a professional to assist them, or they are not willing to risk their vision with someone they do not even know. Well, the truth is, you cannot afford not to. Risk is what planning is all about, and it is more of a risk to go into planning any significant event without a professional. Invest wisely in your wedding by ensuring that you are being well taken care of throughout the entire process so you can relax and end up with wonderful memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Who do you work best with?
I work well with all personality types. It is important that your family, friends, and vendors associated with your wedding feel that I am approachable and cooperative. My theory is that we are all a “team” working together to make your event perfect. Being pleasant and flexible is at the top of my list.
Will I lose control of my wedding if you are planning it for me?
Not at all. My goal is to give you the peace of mind that comes with trusting we are taking care of every detail and event scheduled on your wedding day. During the planning process, I will give you guidance and suggestions, but you make all of the final decisions. I will handle as little or as much as you would like.
Will you work with vendors I have already found or people I really want to work with?
I will gladly work with any vendor, friend or family member you select for your special day. I have hundreds of fine venues and excellent vendors in my database that I can refer, but you are free to select the vendors of your choice.
Do you take credit cards or can we have a payment plan?
Absolutely. We take all of the major credit cards and will work with you on a payment plan that is convenient for you.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes we most certainly do. We can provide proof of insurance if you would like.
Do you take on more than one wedding per day?
I personally will never take on more than one wedding per day. Your wedding is my only focus, and I want you to rest assured that you will be well taken care of from beginning to end.
This sounds like everything we have been looking for. What happens next to start the process?
The next step is for you to call me at 734.582.0200 or send an email to Dream Wedding Planners to set up a Complimentary “Get Acquainted” Consultation in the comfort of my office. Because each and every couple and their wedding is unique, we will discuss your style, the ideas you have for your wedding day, and how we will make your vision a reality. We can then determine together which services will best fit your needs.
May we contact some of your former clients to see what it is like to work with you?
Most definitely! We already have recommendations on our website Testimonials page, but if you would like to contact them by email or phone we will supply you with that information.
We have a few more questions before getting started. Can I call you to discuss further?
Yes, we highly encourage our clients to schedule a complimentary consultation so we can get all of your questions answered. Please feel free to call me at 734.582.0200 to get started.
What areas do you provide services for?
We will travel to any destination. However, the majority of requests are for services in our home state of Michigan, particularly for these cities: Birmingham, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Troy, Canton, Plymouth, Novi, Northville, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Madison Heights, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Southfield, Auburn Hills, Milford, St. Clair Shores, Brighton, South Lyon, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Grosse Pointe, Franklin, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Grosse Pointe Woods.
We also have experience in planning and coordinating weddings on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel.