What is a wedding / event planner?
Why do we need a wedding planner?
What will a wedding planner do for me?
I have my maid of honor, bridesmaids, family and friends to help me, why do I need a wedding planner?
My caterer offered to plan my wedding, how are their services different? What about a reception site planner?
What happens during an initial consultation?
I have a good idea what I want my wedding to be—how can I be sure you won’t “take over” my wedding?
How do you charge for your services, and why don't we charge a percentage of the wedding?
Do you accept “kickbacks” from vendors you refer?
I have a list of specific tasks I would like my wedding planner to perform—do I have to buy a whole package?
Who took all those amazing photos on your website?
 

 
What is a wedding / event planner?
A wedding / event planner is a professional whose organization skills, event experience, and vendor contacts will create your ideal wedding or event, allowing you to enjoy your special day.
 

 
Why do we need a wedding planner?
Different couples need a wedding planner for different reasons. Most couples who hire a wedding planner have some characteristics and situations in common:

  • They have demanding schedules – work, social, or personal
  • They are concerned about the time commitment and stress associated with planning a large event
  • They want their engagement period and wedding day to be relaxing and joyful
  • They want someone to find the best vendors within their budget and to handle contract negotiations with vendors
  • They want to avoid common – and often expensive – wedding pitfalls and receive valuable information and creative ideas that will help them save time and money
  • They are not sure how to express their joint sense of style and need a creative director to manage the process
  • They are planning a large, complicated or unusual wedding
  • They are planning a wedding in New Mexico from elsewhere
  • They are planning a wedding outside of New Mexico from home
  • They are experiencing difficulties managing family interests and need an advocate to help create the wedding of their dreams
 

 
What will a wedding planner do for me?
Your wedding planner takes on many roles during the course of planning and executing your wedding:

An Organizer
We will keep you on track throughout the planning process so that you can relax and enjoy your engagement. Also, through extensive contacts in the wedding business, we can match you with the right professionals, from caterers to florists, to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

A Financial Manager
We will assist you in creating a wedding budget. We will then keep accurate financial records that help you stay on budget and provide you with creative ideas to make the most of your budget dollars.

A Creative Director
We will work with you to realize your vision and style. With our help, you can achieve a highly personalized and unique wedding that your guests will remember.

An On-Site Event Producer
We are there on your wedding day managing the details so that you don't have to. From set-up to tear-down, we are coordinating your vendors, solving problems on the spot and bringing everything together just the way you imagined.

An Advocate
We understand the stress couples experience as a result of the planning process and we work to alleviate it. We run interference, help you with etiquette questions and talk you through wedding day jitters.

A Mediator
Caught between "ex"-families and "step"-families? As an independent third party, we can often smooth ruffled feathers and mediate disagreements.
 

 
I have my maid of honor, bridesmaids, family and friends to help me, why do I need a wedding planner?
Your maid of honor, bridesmaids, family and friends all deserve to play a special part in your wedding. In order for them to be able to fully enjoy this special day with you, they shouldn't need to worry about decorating the venue, having the ceremony start on time or managing your vendors. They should be with you, enjoying the special moments from getting dressed to having their photographs taken with the wedding couple.
 

 
My caterer offered to plan my wedding, how are their services different? What about a reception site planner?
Your florist or caterer may be a natural at event planning. They may have invested in the resources and staff necessary to fully plan and coordinate your important event. Great florists and caterers are naturally energetic and creative individuals, whose years of expertise as a wedding vendor make them uniquely qualified to add event planning to their repertoire. Just remember to interview and research them as you would any wedding planner.

Many reception locations offer you the services of an on-site planner. Remember that they are there to see that everything runs smoothly at the location. They usually depart right after the ceremony and allow the banquet manager to take over for the reception. Also, they are not usually a trained wedding planner. It is important to find out if they will be contacting your vendors to confirm load-in, set-up and tear-down details and whether they will work with you to develop an event timeline.
 

 
What happens during an initial consultation?
It is important that you feel comfortable with and trust your wedding planner. The initial meeting is a time for the couple (and any other important parties) to meet with and get to know us and for us to become familiar with your wedding dreams. We can answer your questions and create a custom package that fits your needs. We will also show you some of the tools we use to help keep couples on track during the planning process.
 

 
I have a good idea what I want my wedding to be—how can I be sure you won’t “take over” my wedding?
We believe your wedding should speak volumes about who you are as a couple. We can’t do that without input from you. You make all the decisions. We are here to provide answers to your questions, do the legwork that you don’t have time to do, and to coordinate and manage your wedding day.
 

 
How do you charge for your services?
Every couple’s needs, ideas and budgets are different. We establish a flat fee per wedding based on the services that you require from us and we can customize a plan that works within your budget. A flat fee rate means that we will complete the work you ask us to do, no matter how long it takes us to complete. In the future, if you find that you need additional assistance with other tasks, such as wedding gown shopping, stuffing and addressing invitations or personal shopping, you may simply add them to your wedding planning package.

Why don’t we charge a percentage of the wedding?
A wedding planner who charges you a percentage of your total wedding budget has no incentive to find you the best deals on your florist, invitations, décor, etc., the higher your bills are, the larger the profit. Since we charge a flat fee, we work to negotiate the best prices for the highest quality products and services.
 

 
Do you accept “kickbacks” from vendors you refer?
No, just the opposite. We work for you! Not only do we look out for your best interests by recommending vendors for the quality of their products and services, many vendors will offer you a discount on their services because you are working with Celebrations!
 

 
I have a list of specific tasks I would like my wedding planner to perform—do I have to buy a whole package?
We are at your service. If you have a list of specific things you need us to do, run it by us and we’ll create a package that’s all yours.
 

 
Who took all those amazing photos on your website?
We would like to thank these talented photographers for the images on this website. The images remain the copyrighted work of these photographers and may not be duplicated in any fashion.
 
Jones Photo Art
InSight Foto, Inc
HeartSong Photography