I hired Meg as my wedding planner when I realized I would be out of town for work the three months before my wedding and needed to delegate out a lot of the groundwork. In a world with Google and Etsy and Pinterest, I found sometimes there was just too much information and too many options, and I needed someone to take my half-formed ideas, do the initial digging for me, and present me with a much more useful, manageable, appropriate, personal set of options. She helped me figure out a location (and even know where to start looking) and then coordinated with the site for floorplans, contracts, etc.. She helped me find our cake baker/artist, she helped me find someone to do my make-up, she helped work through dozens of iterations of our menu before we finally found what we wanted (a combination of sentimental favorites, DIY standards, and some fancy sweet and savory pastries with my favorite flavors and fancy non-alcoholic beverages she catered herself). She had a number of suggestions for DJs and bands and photographers. Even though we ended up going with a self-made playlist, and a harpist and photographer who were both family friend, going through the options she offered was what made us feel comfortable that we were making the right choice, and paying a reasonable price. She helped us figure out decor to fit the tone we wanted to set. She knew the backdoor tricks for getting professionally measured for a dress I was ordering online and avoiding gifts we didn't need. She kept me on top of deadlines, which ended up being really important for things like dress alterations and vendor deposits and contracts. She helped us navigate invites and registries. I feel like the three most important things I got out of hiring her as a wedding planner was 1) the ability to make sure I was free to enjoy the wedding itself, because someone else had it under control, 2) the ability for my husband to enjoy himself thoroughly at the wedding itself, because someone else had it under control and he hadn't had to be my sounding board for mundane details through the planning phase, and 3) the ability to collect and hash out ideas with someone who took into account my tastes, budget, and attitudes. Her prices were very reasonable, and she was available and insightful for a summer of planning-by-email. It was a perfect day, and I had a great time, my husband had a great time, our families had a great time, and the guests had a great time.
My only reservation in giving a 5-star review was that, the day of the event, Meg's assistant got appendicitis. Not only did we not have that extra person on hand for re-stocking the buffet, clean-up, etc., but then Meg herself left two hours into the reception to be with him in the hospital. Everything worked out (with the appendix and the reception), and I know she can't plan for every possibility, but I did feel bad (when I found out later) that my Mom and a few other relatives had to duck away intermittently to help with kitchen duty, when I'd specifically hired a wedding planner to make sure they could just have fun that night.