Ivy League Affairs

"From Ceremony to Celebration!"

Frequently Asked Questions

My mom and/or family friend are planning my wedding, why should I hire a Wedding planner?

I always love to answer this question. First keep in mind that rehearsal and wedding day can be stressful for you already. Your family and friends will make decisions that will affect one of the best days of your life. These decisions may not be in your best interest or the vision that you have of your wedding day. So instead of relaxing and enjoying the day you have to be concerned with helping your mom with a catering issue or giving directions to a vendor because your friend doesn’t know the area. Trust me on this one, I have seen it all too many times. Planning a wedding should be an exciting and special time for you and your family. There are so many little details that go into making an event run smoothly. Let us take care of all the details from setup to cleanup and let your family and friends enjoy being guest. As professionals our team knows how to balance the logistics of your big day. We love handling the little details and helping you create a portfolio of loving memories.

 

What makes you different from other wedding and event planners?

It’s simple, we are experienced wedding professionals who understand that each client is different. We not only use our knowledge of wedding planning but we learn from our clients as well. We pride ourselves in our years of education from the event planning industry. We love to have fun and bring to life blissful events for our clients. We only take a limited number of events per year because we want each client to get the attention that they deserve. Our lead consultant is a certified wedding planner through the Association of Bridal Consultants. We also have a wonderful team of event assistants that perform a labor of love to help bring each event to life.  

 

Do you get a commission or receive discounts from using preferred vendors?

No, first of all we feel that this is an unethical practice and we value our clients trust more. We have established professional relationships with vendors in our industry by collaborating on events. Every now and then they run a promotion for their business. We pass those promotions on to our clients in order to help them save money. We are always open to working with new vendors

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The venue that we contracted with has an event coordinator. Will the venues “free” on site coordinator provide the same services that you offer?

Whenever I hear this I cringe. On-site coordinators say they will handle everything. What they mean by “handle everything” and what a professional wedding planner means by handling everything are two totally different things. An on-site coordinator means “handle everything” that is part of the service that they provide. In other words if your flowers are delivered 3 hours before and are damaged or the wrong color, or the limo goes to the wrong venue, or the grooms tuxedo is missing the pants a wedding planner would know who to call and how to fix each problem. The venue wouldn’t be concerned with any of this because it doesn’t affect them. However as your wedding planner we would have all the detailed information to iron out any problems that may arise. We would also work along with the on-site coordinators to make sure your day runs smoothly before, during, and after your celebration.

 

Do you think that we could afford a wedding planner?

Yes of course you can…actually you can’t afford not to have one.  If you want to truly enjoy your wedding day hiring a wedding planner is PRICELESS, even if it’s only for a day-of-coordination service.  Our job is to create the wedding of your dreams while staying within your financial comfort level. We help you save by offering better reasonable priced alternatives and negotiating with vendors on your behalf.  Any discounts we can negotiate, we will pass on to you, our client. We use our expertise to keep you from making costly mistakes.

 

What do you charge for your services?

We offer packages that you select based on your needs. Our prices are competitive with other professional wedding consultants in our area and they are listed on our detailed package info sheets. We also offer a payment plan, so that you won’t have to worry about paying one lump sum. We’d love to present our options to you, so call us today. Plus I love to talk about weddings and who better to talk with!   

What forms of payment do you accept and do you offer a payment plan?

We accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. We have an automated billing system that will bill you monthly. This way your payments are broken up into smaller increments.

 

We’re interested in a Sandals Luxury – Included TM  destination wedding or honeymoon. Are you able to help us plan that?

We sure can. Michole is a Certified Sandals Specialist which means she was trained by Sandals Luxury Resorts TM to understand what each property has to offer. She is able to help you select a property that suits your honeymoon needs. We love to travel and additional fees may apply to cover travel expenses.

 

We love what you do, so what’s next! How do we get started?

The next step is to contact us so that we can schedule a Complimentary Consultation.

During our get acquainted meeting you will hear an overview of our company and what we do. You get to share your aspirations for your big day and we get to listen. Then we will share with you and help you determine which of our services meets your needs the best. After your consultation we will customize the details for you. Once the details are agreed upon and a contract signed, we will collect a retainer fee to secure our services for your wedding day. Next we’ll get your first planning appointment booked on our calendar and that’s where all the fun begins!

Our goal is to make sure that you are comfortable with your decision for us to help you bring your big day to life!