What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My current process involves a lot of open communication and feedback opportunities for my clients during our time together. It all starts with a free, 30 minute consultation, where we discuss their needs and what services I can provide to them. Then, after figuring out what is best for the client, we move forward with an outline of the work to be done, when they can expect it to be completed, and any details I need from them to make their experience completely unique.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, and venue rep experience at a popular wedding venue here in NOLA. But probably what has been most valuable to my work as a planner has been my experience gained as a Registered Nurse. I have a variety of unique skills that have been awesomely transferable to my planning business, such as I'm great at communicating with people during stressful situations; I think fast on my feet while keeping cool; I'm extremely solution + detail oriented; and I'm good at predicting possible problems, while pre-emptively formulating solutions for them. (Whew!)
I'm also one of those rare breeds whose right and left brain operate almost equally, so I've also got a kick-ass creative side and love to use my imagination. I love it!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My prices and options cover a wide range and vary by package, with the lowest priced option starting with my lagniappe packages ($95) and my highest priced option starting with my day-of services ($950). I do everything from help you curate the perfect wedding day timeline and managing your RSVP, to event design and day of coordination!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was planning my offbeat wedding on a budget and struggled to find vendors who not only fit my personality and needs, but accommodated my budget. I also worked as a venue rep for a local NOLA wedding venue, which inspired me to start coordinating my own events.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I plan weddings, as well as other events, so I have worked with a variety of clients. Clients who have an idea of what their vision is for their event; clients who have no idea of what their vision is for their event; and clients who change their mind mid-planning of their event. Whatever you can dream up, I'm here to help make it a reality! And I especially love if its something incredibly unique!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Currently, I'm most proud of my handmade gifts that I give to my brides- I love to work with my hands! I'm also working on a photoshoot that I'm really excited about.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I always tell clients to trust their gut. If you are uncomfortable with someone- despite great reviews- you intuition might be telling you something. There are a lot of wonderful wedding planners here in New Orleans. It's important to pick one that is in-line with both your vision and your budget. Never hesitate to ask questions!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Before they reach out to any vendors, clients should have a solid understanding (and commitment) of what their budget will be, and which things they will splurge on versus save on. For instance, photography may be a splurge item, while flowers may fall into the save category. If you go into planning armed with the knowledge of your budget and your priorities, it's a lot easier to make selections, and avoid feeling trapped into vendor relationship. Also, clients should have at least an idea of what their style and vibe is when it comes to their wedding. For instance, if you know you're feeling a relaxed, rustic theme, choosing vendors that are in-line with your vision will be that much easier. And don't feel like you're stuck into something just because you can't find what you're looking for. Get creative! And make your wedding truly about you.