You’ve found your soul mate and you’re ready to begin the planning. I’m sure you’re looking through wedding magazines, have vision boards on Pinterest and are reading many fabulous wedding blogs. With so many options, you quickly became overwhelmed! Here are some frequently asked questions to help you through the beginning stages of your planning.
On average, you can expect to spend hundreds of hours planning your wedding. While this is a very exciting time for you as a couple, the many details and decisions can quickly become stressful and overwhelming. You don’t know how and where to start, who to contact, how much things cost. An experienced planner can save you time and money. We have great relationships with other wedding and event professionals and suppliers who give us better pricing than what you would receive. Our recommendations will be based on your unique style, budget, and the best fit for you. A planner will answer your questions, guide you in the right direction, calm your nerves, and allow you to enjoy the planning process and wedding day.
Carmen Mesa Weddings and Events is both a planning and design company. One of the ways that I am different than other wedding planners is my experience and education. I am one of only 71 Master Bridal Consultants ™ in the world, a designation that is earned from the Association of Bridal Consultants through rigid requirements that prove experience, knowledge, and expertise in the wedding industry. I have 20 years experience in the wedding/event industry as a planner and floral and event designer.
This is my full time job! I don’t plan weddings on the weekend or my spare time. You will receive personal attention in a timely manner. My focus is on you and your wedding.
I love everything weddings! My knowledge and experience with wedding styles and traditions, flowers, entertainment, menu planning, photography and cinematography styles, lighting, invitations, transportation, etc…..will save you time and money, not to mention peace of mind.
The services we provide for you are completely different than what an in-house coordinator, banquet manager, catering manager will do for you. Let’s start with the fact that they work for the venue – not you. Their loyalty and responsibility is to their venue first. They are responsible for renting you the space, managing their staff and providing you with food and beverage. If your ceremony site is not on their property, they will not be there to conduct the rehearsal. And they most certainly will not communicate with all of your vendors ahead of time to ensure an easy flow on your wedding day. There are many in-house coordinators that do a great job managing their venue, but it isn’t their job to assist you with all the details, timelines, etiquette, etc., that goes into planning your wedding.
As your wedding planner, we work for you. Here are some of the things we will do for you that an in-house coordinator won’t do:
- Recommend vendors based on who is a right fit for you, not who is on their paid “preferred vendors” list
- Attend vendor meetings with you and ask the right questions
- Review all your vendor contracts for errors or potential problems
- Help you combine all the design elements into your overall wedding style
- Be available to offer emotional support and answer your many questions
- Create extensive timelines that detail your entire wedding day, not just at the venue
- Communicate with all vendors and make final confirmations
- Assist you with invitations and stationary etiquette
- Provide you with custom planning resources (i.e. Rsvp tracking, table seating diagrams, etc)
- Conduct your ceremony rehearsal and organize your wedding party
- And……much, much more……..
Hiring a wedding planner will give you peace of mind that your wedding day will be planned and managed by an experienced professional, and will guide you along the way to help you avoid costly mistakes. Your investment is an insurance policy that you, your family and friends will be able to relax and enjoy your wedding. A wedding planner is part of your total budget, not an additional expense. The question is not, “Can I afford to hire a wedding planner”? – but rather “Can I afford NOT to hire a wedding planner”? Please visit our Testimonials Page to read what past clients have expressed about their choice of investing in our services and their experience in working with us.
We offer a complimentary one hour “Get Acquainted” initial meeting where you can ask questions and share your ideas for your wedding. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit and to make sure we are a good fit together.
Our services are customized according to your needs because we believe every couple and wedding is unique. We charge a flat rate according to the specific details of your wedding and offer three levels of service,
- Full Service Planning & Design
- Partial Planning & Wedding Day Coordination
- Final Stage & Wedding Day Coordination
Couples that we work with have a total wedding budget of $25,000 to over $100,000.
Your contract will specify your payment details, but typically we require an initial retainer fee to secure your date. Payment plans are available, with final payment due 60 days prior to the wedding date. We accept cash, personal checks and most major credit cards.