It’s smart that you’re considering a Wedding Planner, especially when you’re just getting started with your plans. Wedding planning can seriously become a full time job—it takes the average couple hundreds of hours to plan a wedding on their own. And when life is already keeping you both super busy, why not let an experienced planner step in to give you some help?
This is an exciting time for you both, but it can quickly become a stressful time when you don’t know where to start, where to go, or what weddings actually cost. There are so many details that surround planning a wedding (and managing a smooth wedding day) that it can become difficult to keep up with it all.
When you have me as your Wedding Planner, I’ll help you save time, and help you save money. That’s because, as an experienced planner and established planning company, I have great relationships with vendors and suppliers, and can often negotiate deals that you might not be able to get on your own. I’ll guide you through the planning process, help you find your perfect venue, and recommend vendors and services that are the best fit for you and your unique wedding. I’ll work out logistics, maintain communication with your vendors during the planning, and coordinate them as a unified team on wedding day. Best of all I’m here for you to support your decisions, to calm your nerves, to answer your questions, to guide you through the process, and to allow you to have fun during your planning AND on your wedding day. Visit our Testimonials page to see what other clients have experienced when working with us!
Well, as a company the biggest difference is that Dreamday Weddings & Events is both a wedding planning and a true wedding design firm. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of both worlds for your wedding! What sets us apart is our customized approach to planning combined with our signature design process…And we are THE go-to planning company when it comes to doing a wedding at an unconventional venue or an off-site (non-banquet-type) location.
I’m different from other wedding planners in several ways. To start, this is my full time job. I’m not working another job and planning weddings in my spare time. This really affects your planning experience because I’m able to give you the personal attention you need during this important yet hectic time of your life, and I can respond to you in a timely manner. I know that as an engaged couple you want answers right away!
I’m also a Master Bridal Consultant™. This is a designation that I have earned from the Association of Bridal Consultants, and a credential that is only earned through extensive requirements that prove experience, knowledge, and expertise. There are currently only 76 Masters in the world. For wedding couples, this means that I’m knowledgeable about every aspect of weddings and events—traditions, wedding styles, ceremonies, flowers, entertainment, menu planning, etiquette, photography and videography styles, transportation, lighting, production, logistical planning, invitation design…the list goes on.
That know-how enables me to make all of those elements come together seamlessly for you. It allows you to have a cohesive wedding team, instead of vendors working independently of (and sometimes against) each other. The fact that I can be an overall resource for all the elements of your wedding is a huge advantage for you as a couple. That is how I’m able to save you time, energy, and money, and how I can guide you through every phase of your planning. For you, it’s that extra reassurance you need and the inside-scoop on everything wedding!
Being a combination of both a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Designer is what really sets Dreamday Weddings & Events apart.
A Wedding Planner works on the organization and logistics of your wedding. Here is what you can expect when you choose me as your Wedding Planner…I’ll get lots of input from you, make recommendations to help you have your dream wedding, match you with the best vendors for your event, be a resource of information to keep your stress levels down, guide you through your decisions, take care of the planning work to keep things organized and save you time, and make sure everything comes together seamlessly on your wedding day. Of course, with Dreamday you can choose to have us do as much or as little as you want for your wedding planning. And you are always in control of every final choice and decision.
A Wedding Designer works on the aesthetics of your wedding. Here’s what you can expect when you choose me as your Wedding Designer… I’ll create your complete wedding experience—engaging all of the senses and concentrating on each element of your theme and atmosphere. I work with your wedding style (or help you develop one) to create an original wedding design concept for you. From the moment your guests arrive, to the moment we send you off at the end of the evening, your wedding will be a cohesive event sprinkled with elements that will make it distinctive of you.
I cringe whenever I hear this because it’s so misleading for newly engaged couples who are told that they don’t need a wedding planner because those services are included at their venue for free! What we do for you is completely different from what a banquet/event manager or free on-site coordinator will do for you. Here’s how…
Let’s address the FREE services thing first… They’re not really “free.” You’ll pay either in hidden fees or mark-ups (think inclusive wedding packages) or vendor kick-backs that invisibly wind up in your cost (and someone else’s pocket). Not only that, you’ll pay with the aggravation and disappointment you’ll feel from not getting the help you’d expected. And consider this—if you have any problems with someone or something from the venue, there is no one to advocate for you. Their loyalty and responsibility is to their venue first. After all, they gave you the service for “free,” so why should they make it up to you?
Banquet/Event managers and venue on-site coordinators are great people, and they are an important part of your vendor team. They are responsible for renting you the space, managing their service staff, and providing food & beverages. It is not their job to match you with vendors who have been researched for you and who are the best match to your event. Instead, they might give you a list of their “preferred” vendors for you to contact yourself. That is not wedding planning.
The venue’s on-site manager / coordinator will not be available to coordinate any other aspect of your wedding, nor will they attend vendor appointments with you, help with design details, be available for your many questions and emotional support, or be at your ceremony site if it’s not on their property. It’s not that they don’t like you, they just don’t have the time because they’re dealing with probably hundreds of weddings each year. When you work with Dreamday, we do all of that for you. We also conduct a ceremony rehearsal to organize your wedding party, and create a detailed timeline that outlines your entire wedding day (not just what happens at the venue and what pertains to their staff).
First, your Complimentary Get Acquainted Session is free. This is an opportunity for you to ask us your questions and to share your dreams and ideas for your wedding. It’s also a time for us to get a full understanding of the services you’re looking for so that we know exactly what your expectations are for your wedding planning and wedding day. Plus, it’s a time to get to know each other a little so we can be sure this is a good fit for both of us. Because every couple and every wedding is different, we really can’t quote you a price until your Complimentary Get Acquainted Session takes place (which can be done in-person, or by phone if you are outside of our local area).
Investment: What we can tell you right now is that we never charge a percentage of your total budget. Instead, we charge a flat fee determined by the planning services you choose and the specific details of your event such as location(s), size, special requests, logistical challenges, etc. For your wedding planning peace of mind, we combine our services into a custom created program to fit your needs and wishes. To give you an idea of budget, our clients on average typically have a total wedding budget of $30,000 to $100,000+ for their weddings. Pricing for our full service planning starts at $4200. All planning and design work is provided by Master Wedding Planner, Christine Terezakis who will also be on-site to oversee and orchestrate your wedding day.
When you’re ready to book your wedding date with us, we’ll do a contract and collect a date retainer fee to reserve your spot. To make things convenient for you, we do offer a payment plan, and we accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards.
We do not accept kick-backs or commissions from any of the vendors we refer. We feel this is an unethical business practice. If it is offered to us, we ask the vendor to pass the savings on to our clients instead. We also don’t recommend the exact same vendors for every event we work on, as other companies might do. Our goal is to recommend vendors that are the best match to your personality, your wedding budget, and your event style.
Don’t worry, you have the final decision of which vendors will be hired for your wedding, and we are always open to the discovery of a vendor or service introduced to us by our clients. We’ve also built an extensive portfolio of talented wedding and event professionals over the years, which can easily be matched to your event.
This is such a fun question to answer! I’m certified by Sandals and Beaches Luxury Included Resorts™ with the same training a travel agent receives. My certifications include Certified Sandals Specialist and Sandals WeddingMoons Specialist.
I also served on a private panel of ABC Bridal Consultants that provided input requested by Sandals executives for developing their current, newly updated wedding packages and service offerings. I can help you book and plan your honeymoon or destination wedding at any of the Sandals or Beaches resorts in the Caribbean. I can even accompany you to assist on-site with your destination wedding. I love helping couples plan their romantic getaways, so visit our Honeymoons page to find out more about what Sandals has to offer, and let’s get your spot booked right away!
If our services are what you are looking for, the next step is to contact us to request your Complimentary Get Acquainted Session.
Here’s how our process goes: Once you’re on our schedule for your Complimentary Get Acquainted Session, we’ll ask for some additional information that you’ll send back to us prior to your appointment. During our meeting, we’ll get to know each other, we’ll hear your thoughts and expectations for your wedding, and take a closer look at our services to help you determine what meets your needs the best. After your private session, we’ll customize a program just for you! Once your program details are agreed upon and you’re ready to get started with your wedding plans, we’ll do a contract and collect a date retainer fee to secure our services for your wedding day. Then we’ll get your first planning appointment on the calendar, and it’s off we go to plan and design your wonderful wedding!