What are you Looking for?

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I had the opportunity to talk with a destination bride yesterday to learn more about her plans (so far) for her wedding and to discuss how I could help.  The phone conversation focused around her questions – what can I do for her?

With 94 weddings planned since 2008, I was prepare to answer her questions and to explain why I felt I was the best wedding planner for her unique celebration.  Being thorough while answering her questions I also wanted to focus on:

  • Couples are not into ‘trends’ they want ‘tasteful’ designs that reflect their personalities
  • Couples want to share unique details focused on their relationship
  • Clients will hire a wedding planner due to the wedding planners personality, honest, trust
  • Couples want their event to be memorable – a positive memory
  • Each event is a production – design, plan, set-up/break-down

Your wedding planner can be a great resource to assist in finding local talent, caterer, officiant, photographer, stationery, bakery, and the perfect venue – within your budget.

Value vs. Price

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It’s the end of March – 2017 wedding season has begun.  With 2018 wedding inquiries appearing in my in-box from destination couples, I am noticing a pattern of questions that weren’t prevalent in 2017… How much do you charge?

Of course, the question was asked by the prior 78 couples that contracted to have their wedding planned, designed, coordinated by Lisa Kenward Events, but the question wasn’t the first question asked.   It’s not always about price.

Jean from WeddingsFromTheHeart.net  writes about her experiences and response to her clients questions…

How much do you charge?”  That is usually the first question I get from a newly engaged bride or groom.

And it’s definitely a valid question.  However, my answer is “It depends.”

Now you’re probably thinking, “why does she give a vague ‘it depends’ answer when other planners can tell us a dollar amount?”

How can I (or they, for that matter) tell you the price without knowing any details of your wedding, without knowing what you want me/us to do for you?

There way too many variables from one wedding to the next that affect the level of service I can provide for any couple, and in turn, affects ‘how much I charge.’

Do you want to end up paying too much because you’re getting things you really don’t want, or end up paying too little and miss things that are truly important to you?  Of course not.

Some things (but not all) that affect price are:

    • The size of your wedding

– A wedding for 40-50 people is different than one for 250-300 people.

  • How traditional or non-traditional your event will be

– Although traditional is in no way “cookie cutter,” non-traditional events can require more time and effort.

  • How hands on or hands off you want me to be

– Do you want me to schedule vendor appointments for you, and join you at these appointments? Or do you just want me to provide you with names and contact information of vendors that would be a good fit for you?
– Do you want help with DIY projects?
– Do you need help locating unique resources and products to enhance your wedding?
The main services I provide are planning (partial to full-service), wedding weekend coordination, and hourly consulting. But (other than the hourly consults, because well, an hour is an hour, no one couple’s planning or coordination needs are the same as another couple’s.

Unlike so many other wedding planners, I do not have a price list to hand out, and am really surprised that others do.

So please don’t think I’m trying to be secretive when I don’t immediately answer the “How much do you charge” question. Instead, let’s get together (in person, or by phone-chat), and talk a bit about your wedding needs. That way we can develop service programs specifically for you (with pricing), based on you and the wedding you want.

 

The decision to have LKE as your wedding planner shouldn’t be solely decided upon due to price.   It’s not always about price.  Your decision to contract with me should be about the value of my services – knowledge, experience, education – a trusted professional that will guide you and help you have the wedding day that you envision.

Call me, let’s chat so I can answer your question, how much do you charge?

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Avoid These 6 Mistakes When Planning

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With my “A” personality streaming thru my fingers onto this page, I wish to save you time and money as your plan your wedding day.  If you have or have not been married before and are looking for advice from a seasoned wedding professional who is willing to share ‘both sides of the coin,’ please read on.

Anne Thornley-Brown is the President of Executive Oasis International (www.executiveoasis.com), a professional team building facilitator, keynote speaker and meeting facilitator.  She wrote the attached article (link) to help those planners, coordinators and supervisors who are in charge of large corporate events.  Her insight can also save wedding couples hundreds of dollars as they begin planning their celebration.

 

Ms. Thornley-Brown discusses:

  1. Picking event dates out of the air and locking them in prematurely
  2. Leaving planning until the last minute
  3. Failing to take advantage of low and swing seasons
  4. Selecting venues before determining the shape of the agenda or the activities you want to include
  5. Failing to include taxes and gratuities in your budget
  6. Paying late and watching your budget skyrocket

http://planyourmeetings.com/6-event-planning-mistakes-that-will-destroy-your-budget/

If you are flexible with your event date, consider a Thursday event or a Sunday sunrise ceremony.  Trying to plan an event two months out can be done but your selection of available professionals will be limited.  The weather and temperature on Hilton Head Island in February and March can be very nice for an outdoor celebration.  Plan to have a strong ‘Plan B’ just in case.  Taxes and service charge should always be considered part of the cost of catering, deliveries – any type of service.  Look for these amounts on every invoice.  Paying on time as noted within the contract signed will save you stress and $$.

Of course, your “A” personality wedding planner can help you avoid the six costly mistakes discussed.

 

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If you call yourself a Wedding Planner…

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If you don’t already know, the wedding industry isn’t regulated which can be a good thing for both the client and the professionals offering a service.  And what you don’t know about wedding planners may impact your decision with whom you should contract with.  Here’s several insightful comments from Lacy Miller, an events and entertainment professional at SSL Entertainment and The Gracie & Lacy Show based in Charleston, SC.

Lacy Miller writes about how a Wedding Planner thinks, dresses, responds and juggles the tasks & responsibilities of each event.  Her descriptions and scenarios are light-hearted reflecting the passion and focus of many wedding planners.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-know-youre-event-planner-lacy-miller

When you select a wedding planner for your event, keep in mind Lacy’s comments and seek out a professional who is educated with a history of coordinating current events and has the skills and resources to get the job done.

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Accredited Wedding Planner

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In August, 2016, I shared my goal of applying for my Accredited Wedding Planner status with the Association of Bridal Consultants. My 2016 goal was to have the application and binder done by September, 2016. With many speed bumps during my progress to complete my application, I am proud to say that I mailed the binder on February 7th.  Oh, what a great feeling it is to have it DONE!! I walked into the post office with the biggest smile and left feeling relieved and proud of my accomplishments, so far. When my application and wedding binder (documenting prior weddings and publications along with community service) is approved, Lisa Kenward Events will be the only Accredited Wedding Planner in Beaufort County.

 

Update as of February 21, 2017…

Lisa Kenward has achieved the designation of Accredited Wedding Planner (AWP) with the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Lisa is owner and principal designer of Lisa Kenward Events, offering event planning, design and coordination services in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Georgia, and beyond. She is the only Accredited Wedding Planner in Beaufort County. Her extensive experience with weddings and special events advanced her thru the education program with ABC. Lisa seamlessly leads her clients through the process of planning their wedding day, rehearsal dinner, pre-event activity or post-wedding event with elegance and style. She is also a member of the Lowcountry Wedding Professionals Networking Group on Hilton Head Island.

What Can An Independent Wedding Planner Do For You?

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Since you probably haven’t been married before, you may not know what an independent professional wedding planner can do for you.  You have probably attended a few weddings before as a guest and had expectations… a ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a ‘thank-you’ gift. An independent wedding planner can do as much or as little as you need.  If they cannot or are not willing to perform the task you request, look elsewhere.  Consider your independent professional wedding planner your go-to person for unbiased answers to your million questions.

An independent wedding planner is a person that is hired by yourself to perform specific details and responsibilities prior to your wedding celebration and day-of.  This person – male or female – reports directly to you and is responsible for the logistics, deliveries, set-up/break-down, timeline and flow of your day.  They are on-site hours before your event and stay until you exit the venue that evening.  Every aspect/detail is noted on their timeline to ensure your wedding day event runs smoothly without any delays.  If there is a problem or delay or a ‘no-show’ your independent wedding planner is there to make a phone call to find a replacement.

An independent wedding planner/coordinator can share their knowledge of a venue, give you suggestions for florists, musicians, officiant, photographer, rental companies, transportation, etc., to help you find other wedding industry professionals.  The opinion of your independent wedding planner isn’t based on commission.  And, they do not direct staff at the venue but work along side the venue staff to ensure a positive result.

One of the many details not shared from couple to another is that the event will consume more hours of your day than thought.  Details that you hadn’t thought about will appear a week before your date and those details will need to be address, noted on your timeline, coordinated with the vendors and explained to your mother and mother-in-law.  Rely on a wedding coordinator who knows the questions to ask, will document the details and share the info to all parties.

Placing etiquette aside as ‘times have changed’ the expectation of a 2017 wedding couple vary and so do the responsibilities of a wedding planner. A traditional church wedding followed by a 4-hour reception isn’t the norm if you are planning a destination celebration.  Your walk down the aisle should be at a location that has meaning to you and your partner.  Search out a local independent wedding planner to ensure you day reflects your personality and expectations.

 

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Should You Follow Trends?

With everything happening in your life, do you have time to follow the trends?  If you are a soon-to-be-bride, you may or may not care about the 2017 Color of the Year or that ‘naked cakes’ are out and ‘translucent cakes’ are in.  You could be a trend-setter yourself and plan to make your own trends by focusing on what is important to you on your day.

The Knot, a highly advertised wedding website posted their 2017 Wedding Trends Report this week.  Here is my edited version of their article – an easy read because you are busy…

Reduced Carbon Footprint Fetes

Hosting an incredible wedding while also reducing the carbon footprint is on trend in 2017. For food and flowers, opt for in season and locally sourced. Earth-friendly invitations can be made by printing with soy-based inks on recycled paper. Once the guests have gone home, don’t toss the flowers. Donate to a hospital or nursing home to spread joy to others.

Metallic Dresses & Breezy Silhouettes

Metallic dresses—think tasteful gold threading and silver beading—flooded the runways during Bridal Fashion Week. Wearing a metallic dress may seem like a bold move, but it’s perfect for a sophisticated, evening affair. Also big this year, effortless dresses with flowing fabrics. They’re a must-have for providing a lightweight, ethereal vibe for destination weddings or even to wear for a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder looks will also make an appearance on the aisle.

Formal Portrait Studios

There’s a new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Just like the traditional photo booth, there’s a designated space and sometimes props, but instead of posing with feather boas and silly sunglasses, a live photographer asks you to vogue for the camera. The result is a glamorous, intimate portrait in your finest attire. Also in for 2017 is the live illustrator who walks the party sketching guests throughout the night.

The Ultimate Guest Gifting Lounge

This fun twist on the hotel welcome bag is ideal for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering them yourself, let your guests do the work. Set up a room full of swag like snacks, drinks and local sweet treats and let guests choose their favorite items. This also gives you the opportunity to meet and greet guests in person when they arrive.

Exceptional Entertainment

Have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale? Host a “silent disco” where guests wear headphones and dance to their own beat.

One With Nature

If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add oversize potted trees and shrubbery to a ballroom for an enchanted forest look. Natural elements like wood and stone can be incorporated into your table settings, and hanging flowers over tables or the dance floor creates an instant wow factor.

Image Mapping Technology

Want to turn your indoor venue into a lush garden, but don’t have the budget for thousands of flowers and potted trees? Try a new projection technology called image mapping that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Give your ceremony and reception its own special vibe by changing scenes from one to the next. You can even use this technology on your wedding cake. Not only is this trend tech forward, it benefits the environment and will save you money on flowers and décor.

Translucent Cakes

The new take on the naked cake is the translucent cake. Instead of totally bare tiers, translucent cakes have a thin veil of frosting with just a bit of the cake showing. Typically iced in buttercream, these sweet delights are topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake filling.

Furry Friends

The hottest wedding guests of 2017 have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies and donkeys to llamas and pigs, couples having rustic barn weddings are incorporating farm animals into the wedding day.

A Movable Feast

With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is starting to be replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on tradition.

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Wedding Links

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2017 Wedding Season has begun on the Island.  I can tell that ‘love is in the air’ due to the increase in articles being written and posted by other wedding planners and those in the wedding industry.  Webinars to help you plan your celebration are popping up on Google, Yahoo, Bing and Firefox.  If you are looking for helpful sites to get organize and focused, check out:

7 Tasks for a Bride to Delegate (and one she NEVER should)

http://www.melissajill.com/blog.cfm?postID=1813&tasks-for-a-bride-to-delegate-and-one-she-never-should&inf_contact_key=4da3abae7538076eef59b602563cb491535aeba7ccd717bdf562f49ae5f117c4

Veronica Foster’s blog page, ‘Behind the Scenes Inc’

https://ncplanner.wordpress.com/author/becomeaplanner/

Local magazine, Hilton Head Monthly, offering insights to all the possibilities on Island.

http://www.hiltonheadmonthly.com/hilton-head-weddings

WeddingWire.com, TheKnot.com – wonderful online resources to find tips, suggestions and etiquette from the pros.

 

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The Value of a Preferred Vendors List

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The Preferred Vendor List (PVL) from your wedding planner can be your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, if you utilize the list to your advantage…

Every professional has a list of locals that they prefer to work with.  The reason behind the PVL comes from experience, research and many phone calls made by your wedding planner to find experienced vendors – florist, cake baker, officiant, venue, transportation, photographer – that are available on your wedding day, take pride in their work and return emails or voice mail messages within a timely fashion.  Contracting with a vendor without checking on their references could mean additional stress to you or a no-show on your wedding day.

  • Don’t take the list for granted as the info will save you time – the internet will help you find a professional but can you tell by the business name what the owner offers? The PVL has the gathered information you need organized in specific categories with business names, contact info and phone numbers listed
  • Already proven successful outcomes – your wedding planner has experience with these companies and has evaluated each company
  • Local professionals ready to provide services – they can be found in local magazines, newspapers, Chamber of Commerce, and online presence; not just listed on the PVL
  • References come from your wedding planner – experience matters along with a track record and positive review
  • Their business name appears on the list for a reason – a professional in their field who responds to emails and phone calls in a timely fashion and provides exceptional service and a quality product

Did you know that some PVL are created as a “Pay to Play” document with those vendors paying fees to be listed on a PVL?  Ask your wedding planner if they receive compensation from those vendors on their PVL.  If payment is made, ask if the funds charged are passed onto to you.  Pay to Play agreements destroy the integrity of the wedding industry by eroding vendor ability to make a profit while providing high-quality products and services.

The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) require each member to sign and follow an ethical contract noting to disclose any fee paid or payment received from any source in reference to an event booked.  Noting the fee paid or funds received to the client is an important detail that should be disclosed to each client.

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How Much Is Your Wedding Planner Worth?

 Jeannie Ward, owner and principal consultant at Wedding Jeannie, wrote the following article in 2012 for the Huffingtonpost.com, The Blog. Jeannie’s article touches a subject that many clients are hesitant to discuss = their budget & the cost of services.  In 2016, if I also focus on the cost of a wedding planner and what that professional will do prior on your wedding day and day-of, I couldn’t and wouldn’t change a word Jeannie wrote in 2012.  Industry standard is the same now as it was in 2012 = provide exceptional service at a competitive price in a timely fashion.  Some professionals go beyond the standard and charge more due to their  credentials and many years of documented experience.  When you begin interviewing wedding planners for an important day in your life so far, what is your budget and how much is your wedding planner worth?

“Day-of” coordination. What is it? Many brides call or email me, asking for this service. The TRUTH is it doesn’t exist.Then why do so many brides want it? Where did this term come from? The term was introduced and perpetuated by wedding publications and blogs.

They’ve convinced the bride that they can plan their own wedding and simply bring in a coordinator to handle things for them on the wedding day. Jumping on that bandwagon were newer, inexperienced planners who wanted to build up a portfolio. So along came the $500 “day-of” coordinators.

Let’s break it down shall we? You can expect your co-ordinator to work, at the very least, 10 hours on the wedding day. Established planners charge anywhere from $50 an hour to $100 an hour.

10 Hours X $50 = $500
That sounds accurate, right?

*We’re basing this exercise on $50 an hour. Planners charge different rates based on experience and region.
Now let me explain the difference between the EXPERIENCED PLANNER and the $500 PLANNER.

EXPERIENCED PLANNER: They’ve been in the business for years, can identify every single problem before the wedding day arrives. Their experience allows them to manage 10 to 15 vendors prior to and on the wedding day. The experienced planner is also calm and resourceful, which allows them to problem-solve when things turn bad.They have an extensive vendor list that they can turn to if one your vendors has to be fired and a replacement needs to be found FAST. They has extensive knowledge in floor plans and timelines. Another advantage the experienced planner carries is insurance, which is required by almost all venues. The experienced planner can charge anywhere from $50 to $100 an hour for their expertise. On your wedding day, you can expect that your planner will work at least 10 hours.

$500 PLANNER: He or she is most likely new to the business. Their list of vendors is minimal, if at all. They have very few weddings under their belt, which means they doesn’t have much experience. Because of that inexperience, they may not be able to direct a large number of vendors requiring their leadership. Their knowledge of contracts and timelines is minimal. They may not have the insurance required by your venue. The “Day-of” planner charges $500.

Here is where it gets interesting. In order to be present at your wedding, your coordinator has to do more than just show up on the wedding day. Why? What’s so hard about just showing up? Let me pose a few questions for you to consider. Humor me, it’s all going to make sense. Here we go:

  • Should your coordinator know who all of your vendors are? Well of course they should. They would have to spend hours calling each one, introducing themselves to them, discussing their duties, delivery, set-up and start times.
  • Should your coordinator have copies of — and have read — all of your vendor contracts? In order for them to fully understand what each vendor’s scope of work is, delivery and set-up times, and even the amount of hours of service they are providing, they would have to spend hours reading and comprehending these contracts. Without these contracts, they’re not able to create an accurate timeline of your day.
  • Should your coordinator know the physical aspects of your venue? It’s essential. They have to visit your venue prior to the wedding day. Together with you and the venue manager, it’s mandatory that they perform a walk-through. It’s their job to know your venue like the back of their hand. If they just show up on your day, how do they know where the load-in bay is? How will they direct the vendors on delivery and set-up? Can they tell the DJ/band where the electrical outlets are for their use? By meeting with the venue managers prior to your wedding, they know your floor plan. They would know where there is an extra chair if an unexpected guest arrives. Oh by the way, they take hours of time getting copies of your guest list in order to know that. Yup, they would have spent time sorting out your guest list alphabetically and by table number. Pretty essential since the majority of your guests expect them to help them find their escort card and seat.
  • Should they make a timeline for your wedding day? ABSOLUTELY. I’ve been planning weddings for over 10 years, and it takes me an average of three hours to draft the perfect timeline. Yup, I’m serious. After the preliminary timeline has been made, you need to review it and confirm it’s what you want. Then changes are made and it’s sent to your venue, caterer, photographer and DJ/MC or band. Everyone follows the coordinator’s timeline and direction. Oh, and they have to be flexible and be able to adjust it as the day goes on, especially if problems arise.
  • Will your coordinator direct your rehearsal? They absolutely should. The only way they wouldn’t is if your ceremony takes place at a church. Don’t expect the venue manager to do this for you… it’s not their job. An experienced planner has taken the time to send you a ceremony diagram and gone over it with you. My clients and I work together to decide who stands where, who walks in first, last and in between. We also determine if there is a table needed for a memorial, or a unity candle. With preparation, your rehearsal should last only an hour. This ensures you get to dinner on time and start having fun.
  • Who sets up your escort cards, favors, toasting flutes, cake knife and server… and all those special little items you that require attention? Your “day-of” coordinator does. But how do they get them? The experienced planner was at your rehearsal and required you to bring them to him or her. They show up on wedding day prepared with all of these items. If your planner only showed up on the wedding day, how did these items get to your venue? Who is going to bring them? You, your mom, your friends?

We’ve addressed some very important questions and scenarios. I hope it’s much clearer for you to understand what tasks your coordinator must perform prior to your wedding day. Still not sure? Let me break down the required tasks and time spent performing those tasks.

  • Contacting your contracted vendors and obtaining their contracts — three hours
  • Reading and fully comprehending contracts — three hours
  • Venue walk-through — two hours
  • Creating a timeline to perfection — three hours
  • Assisting you in creating your ceremony order and flow — one hour
  • Rehearsal — one (more like two) hours
  • Pre-planning with the bride on ceremony lineup, guest lists, floor plans, etc. — two hours
  • Wedding day — 10 to 12 hours
  • Total hours required to PERFORM SUCCESSFULLY on the wedding day: 25 hours

25 hours X $50 = $1250.00
That’s far more accurate. And we haven’t included the costs for our assistant, our insurance and our overhead costs.

I know that every bride expects her “day-of” planner to handle all of the tasks outlined above. When it’s broken down, she is charging you $500 for 25 hours of her time. The $500 forgot include the costs of their phone, website, advertising, computer, fuel costs, paper or printer. After the costs of doing business are accounted for, you are paying them $5 an hour. That’s just crazy talk! It’s less than minimum wage. Employees at McDonald’s make more than $5 an hour.

How hard would you work for your boss if he told you he wanted you to perform the tasks of a $25 an hour employee, but he’s only going to pay you $5 an hour to do it? Eventually you will be tired and disgruntled. So is the $500 planner.

A word to “day-of” coordinators out there offering this service: If you are reading this, ask yourself, “Aren’t I worth more?” Your future is based on the reputation you build with venues and vendors. If you place yourself in a situation ripe for disaster, you place your reputation at risk. Your career will not thrive on bad reviews. For clients and the industry to value you, you must first value yourself. Offering at least “month-of” services, and charging properly for it, allows you to perform a thorough job for your clients and it raises the level of professionalism in the industry.

A word to brides who want a “day-of” coordinator: Be careful, you may get what you pay for. I’ve actually received calls from brides who thought I was too expensive. They have called me after their wedding to say, “I should have listened.” By then, it’s too late. You only get one opportunity to get it right. Don’t put the success of your wedding day in the hands of the $5-an-hour wedding planner. If you aren’t paying them what they are worth, the odds are they don’t have your best interests at heart.

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