Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Brittani Elizabeth Photography for her extremely helpful and reoccurring blog series, Tuesday Tips! In an effort to explain to her own brides, Brittani had me discuss my wedding planning packages to outline the difference between a wedding planner and a venue coordinator - completely different things!
I had such a fun time catching up with Brittani over coffee and a stroll through Hershey Gardens where she was kind enough to take this headshot of me! Check out the differences between some of the Laurel & Elm services below!
As far as Laurel & Elm services go, our day-of coordination package is geared more towards couples who are planning their weddings themselves but want the added security of the Laurel & Elm team on the day of to make sure everything runs as smoothly as they’ve envisioned! I start by familiarizing myself with your pre-selected vendors and create an extremely detailed timeline to outline your day. We have a venue walk through for both ceremony and reception sites to go over the timeline and finalize any details and then meet again to direct your rehearsal and run the show on the day of! Although you are the primary planners of the event, I never limit any communication, so as long as you’re a Laurel & Elm couple you can ask for guidance, vendor references or just call me to vent any time you want! I love hearing from you all and getting to know you better throughout their planning process!
FULL SERVICE PLANNING
An overall wedding planner helps with everything you can think of – and everything you didn’t think of – which is the important part ;) Full service planning clients can expect conceptual development + event design, sourcing and ordering of decor, monthly to-do lists, budget management, detailed floor plans, 10 in person meetings, invitation assembly, hotel block coordination, welcome bag delivery, vendor management, online planning portals, day – of coordination and the list goes on.. This is definitely the “soup to nuts” package and the combination of both of my loves, designing AND organizing.
STYLING + DESIGN
My styling + design package is something that I recently added a few months ago and I’m so excited about it! I learn a lot from my amazing clients and in an effort to always be catering my services towards what I think could benefit clients in the future I created a separate styling package that cuts out some of the planning but also doesn’t come with the same price tag as full-service planning! Styling + design covers everything and everyone aesthetic. That means full event design for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception and the coordination and communication with all of the vendors that contribute to the look of your day. This usually includes as many items as photography, videography, floral, rentals, clothing, jewelry, stationery, and lighting. This package includes setting up of all of the decor and coordinating aesthetic vendor arrival and then returning at the end of the night to take it all down! We style it so that it looks like the weddings you see on Instagram and Pinterest so that all of those details are accented just perfectly! A lot of my couples choose to combine this package with day-of coordination so that our team is there during the whole day as well.
Brides, if you haven't already checked out Brittani Elizabeth Photography, head on over to her website! Brittani is extremely talented and such a great resource for her couples!