These are some of the most frequent questions we get from couples starting their planning process. We hope these answers help you along the way! If you have more questions you think would be great to see here, please let us know by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It all depends. We know, you hate that answer. Unfortunately, it’s true. Determining your budget will depend on things like: How much do you want to spend? How many guests will you invite? What date do you want? What weekday and time of day do you want it held? What are your priorities? (great food, more people, great photography, etc.) These all factor into your wedding budget. According to theweddingreport.com, the average spent per wedding in the DFW area for 2016 was $31,381. With an average of 180 guests attending, that means couples spent an estimated $175 per guest. This number might be a place to start. Multiply your estimated guest count with $175. What do you get? From here you can at least decide if you want to start lower or higher, based on those questions we already asked you. Of course, if you don’t want to figure it out on your own, check out our Full or Elite Service Levels. We’ll do all the budgeting for you!
Today’s wedding typically takes 250 planning hours to make the bride’s vision come to reality. That includes finding, hiring and keeping up with an average team of 18 vendors over a period of 6-15 months. These vendors typically include your ceremony venue, reception venue, officiant, caterer, florist, baker, entertainment, wedding stationer, calligrapher, rental company, photographer, videographer, transportation company, hair and makeup artist, bridal salon, alterations company, tuxedo retailer and rehearsal dinner venue. With all of this, planning a wedding can become a full time job. There are so many options out there, for venues, djs, bands, photographers, flowers, invitations; the list goes on and on. Plus, you have to plan it all while maintaining the rest of your life and working within a budget. A wedding planner does this on a daily basis, while you are doing this for the first time. You can absolutely benefit from using a planner because of their industry knowledge, experience and negotiation skills. The only real question is what level of help would you prefer? You can see how we structure our services to fit the different needs out there on the Wedding Day Help and Wedding Planning & Design pages.
You are probably looking for our Wedding Day Management service. To truly do our job well, we cannot just show up the day of your wedding and run things. We believe in prevention of problems, not just a quick clean up of an emergency. We need to know your preferences and wedding day vision, so if something comes up that day, we can make a decision with your best interests in mind. We need to know who your vendors are and make sure everyone is on the same page before we even get to your big day. With this package, you enable us to truly tie up all the loose ends before your wedding so no one has any emergencies to deal with on the big day. The key difference between our services and others is that we not only handle the end of the process, but no matter when you hire us, we meet immediately to give you vendor recommendations and a strategy for your planning process. This serves to get you on the right path so you can enjoy the planning process, and we’ll be there if you have any questions.
The earlier the better! Hiring a planner earlier in the process allows you to take better advantage of their education and experience. Plus, the earlier you begin the planning process, the more options you have. We recommend beginning your planning process 12-15 months out from the wedding date, but we’ve certainly worked with less time. Many of our clients, especially those looking for wedding day help only, typically hire us 6-9 months out. Of course, the other factor is what your wedding date is. Be aware the two busiest months in Texas are June and October, so those weekends book very quickly!
Absolutely! We work with couples all the time that are not local to their wedding venue. We’re happy to help plan via Skype, phone or even planning around your travel schedule. Please talk to us about this in your initial consultation so we can come up with the best strategy to suit your needs.
My venue coordinator (DJ, photographer, etc.) says they can help me and I don't need a wedding planner. Can I just depend on them?
When someone offers you planning or coordination services, you need to get specific with them to find out exactly what they are offering and how that works with the other services you are hiring them for. For example, if they are a venue coordinator, they may have the same training as a planner, but they may not actually run your rehearsal or ceremony, just give you advice during your venue planning meetings. A DJ might have a coordinator on staff to help execute your plans, but are they helping you actually plan your agenda for the entire day or just the flow of your reception? We are always happy to help answer this question, so please don’t hesitate to let us know what you are comparing our services to and we’ll be happy to break it down with you. Just a note, when looking at the education of a planner (or someone offering planning services), some reputable certification courses are provided by American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Association of Bridal Consultants.
It is crucial that the wedding planner you choose is someone you like and trust. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them and if you’re not comfortable with them, it could lead to a very bumpy road. Our biggest concern is that you get the wedding of your dreams and to do this, you need to have the right people working for you. This is why we do not charge for your initial consultation. It is the time we both use to get to know each other and make sure we both click before moving forward. This is a two-way interview and we both get to ask lots of questions. (You can also check our different lead planners on our Meet the Team page.) If we feel that we’re not the perfect match, we will be happy to recommend another company we think you would work well with. Contact us to schedule this consultation. We do have times where the planner you interview with may not be the planner that is available or the best fit for you, so if that is the case, we provide another meeting for free for you to meet that planner if you so choose. It’s up to you!
When you contract with Each & Every Detail, you will know who your lead wedding planner is. They will be with you throughout your planning process and on your wedding day. We want to make sure you are comfortable with your planner and would never switch your planner unless an emergency required it. Also, the assistant wedding planner on your wedding day may be another full service planner in our group or one of our trained assistant wedding planners. They will always be a professional, not just untrained staff or an intern.
With each wedding a unique combination of budget, style, number of guests, venue choices and numerous other details, we have found we constantly need to adjust our rates to reflect the true value for each client. We prefer to meet with you, get all the details and give you a custom quote based on the service level you prefer, any changes needed for your wedding and the planner you select to work with. We know that you prefer to know the price “up front” but we don’t want to mislead you with a “starting at” price only to have you surprised by a quote when we sit down to meet. When you contact us, we’ll send you a short list of questions that will help us determine which planner would fit you best and give us a few details about your wedding. At that time we can give you more of a price range if you’d prefer to find out before setting an appointment. Just let us know when we contact you and we’d be happy to discuss it. Go here to get started.
We LOVE the non-traditional weddings. If you want to do something different, just call us and let’s talk about it. It’s your wedding; you should have it your way! We believe love is love and we are happy to offer our services to all couples for weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, vow renewals or other wedding-related events.
Yes! We love to provide tips and advice to all engaged couples. We know we can’t work for everyone, but we want everyone to enjoy the planning process. We publish these tips on our blog, Facebook, Pinterest and we also occasionally offer free info sessions. Please follow us through the social media channel of your choice to catch what might interest you.
Absolutely! We’ve been fortunate to work with many photographers and they have been kind enough to share their work with us. You’ll find their names and a link to their website within each gallery or, for our other photos on our site, go to our photography credits page.