1. What are the benefits of working with a wedding planner/designer?
There are so many reasons to hire a pro as within most fields. We are the experts! From saving money, to maximizing time, to avoiding pitfalls and costly mistakes, to obtaining ideas and direction, to ensuring you are including reputable vendors in your plan that won’t disappoint — there are many reasons to involve an expert! But the easiest benefit to understand is that by working with an experienced planner you will help guarantee that your vision is brought to life as expected and that all the time and money invested in the day results in an experience without regret. The role that an experienced planner plays is similar to that of a designer and project manager rolled up into one. A planner asks all the right questions, listens attentively so that they can understand a client’s priorities for their wedding, and then creates a plan of action, offering insight, design ideas, suggestions, advice, contacts, and on-going support to ensure that the wedding is brought to life in the most efficient, productive, and spectacular way!
2. How does DreamGroup set its fees?
There are a number of factors we take into consideration when quoting on a wedding and as long as you are comparing apples to apples you will find our fees very competitive. It’s important to understand that with experience comes a greater level of industry connection and know how and as a result will provide a superior level of service with less room for error.
Some of the factors that affect our fees include: whether the wedding is a local or destination wedding, event size, whether the ceremony and reception is being held at one venue or in separate locations, whether the client lives locally or is planning from abroad, whether the preferred venue is an all inclusive venue like a hotel or restaurant or a “production style” venue like under a tent for example, on a farm, or in a park whereby many additional planning hours come into play in building the venue from scratch, and finally, the overall logistics and caliber of the wedding.
DreamGroup sets its fees on a case by case basis and we will provide a Quote for our Services after we meet and learn more about your individual expectations and requirements. We offer a complimentary consultation to all prospective clients so that we may better understand what level of support is best suited to your plan and budget.
It is important to acknowledge that working with a wedding planner is a luxury, but one that pays for itself time and time again by ensuring that you are going about things in the right way — involving the right people, receiving the best value, and maximizing your time and energy by doing things in proper order. A 50% deposit is required when the contract is signed, and the balance is due four weeks prior to the wedding day.
3. Can DreamGroup plan Cultural Weddings?
You better believe it! We LOVE planning all types of weddings and have tons of experience working with various cultures including, but not limited to Chinese, Indian, Jewish, and Persian weddings. Weddings are a perfect opportunity to pay respect to and celebrate a couple’s family and its traditions. It is especially exciting when a couple from two different cultural backgrounds are coming together, allowing us to interweave aspects of both cultures into the wedding ceremony and reception. It makes for a most unique and personal wedding experience.
4. When should a couple start working with a planner?
Ideally, we begin working with a couple 8-14 months before the wedding which allows enough time to develop a plan that everyone is excited about and move through the tasks in a relaxed, enjoyable, and productive way. That said, we have planned weddings in as little as 2-6 weeks and although we don’t recommend it it’s totally possible with our experience and connections behind us and we have begun working with couples as much as 18 months before the wedding. Anything earlier than that is not recommended as styles, ideas, and situations change with time and although we love planning weddings, we don’t love planning the same wedding twice. 🙂
5. Does DreamGroup Productions accept referral fees or “kickbacks” from vendors?
DreamGroup does not accept referral fees from any vendors at any time. In the event that we are offered a referral fee we respectfully decline the offer and ask if this “kickback” might be forwarded in the form of a discount to our clients instead. Our vendors are recommended because of the valuable products and services they offer our clients, not because they pay us to do so. We stand behind our recommended vendors and these vendors know that when we introduce our clients to them it is because we respect and appreciate their attention to detail, dedication, and proven outstanding performance. In this way, DreamGroup Productions is able to build a respected and strong working relationship with its vendors. In return, we can expect the absolute best from them time and time again.