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A wedding planner is not a Google planner
Some couples still have doubts about the benefits of hiring a destination planner: for budget reasons, or fear of losing control over their wedding organization, but generally because they do not see the benefits.
My job is to assist you in the budgetary, operational, logistical and artistic organization of your event, without being lost in translation. Throughout the organization, I am your pressure relief key and central point of contact for all vendors and your loved ones if necessary. And on D-day? Well I took care of the behind the scene, set up and coordination ^^
My objective ? That you only keep in mind the fun part of the planning (selections of themes, decor, suppliers, etc.) and of the big day (enjoying with your loved ones).
Your Ambassador to your vendors
My previous and current clients know this too well: I double check each vendor contract – which they meet and choose from a pre-selection list made according to their aesthetic, artistic and budgetary criteria.
Because, I am a destination wedding planner expert since 2010, I know how to save you money (and does that make my fees profitable ?!)! Because yes, it’s also my job … (1) You have access to vendors, you wouldn’t even dare asking a quote. (2) I negotiate any options and prices if possible. (3) I avoid unpleasant surprises as D-Day approaches by managing the full budget allocation. (4) I check the balance payment requests on D-day or after …
In short, the budget is under control, through all the organisation.
During a crisis time
A wedding planner is your proactive advocate for when your plans are about to be changed. Since 2010, I had to manage 3 cancellations during the organization due to break-ups (:( ), and some postponements for example due to health issues for one of the key guests. I make all my resources available, finding new availability among the booked vendors and know which new ones will be suitable in case of modification. As a destination bilingual planner, I find flexibility through my network and relationships to help reduce the additional costs of modifications.
``Stay Positive`` Packages
For my clients, I started the postpone challenge beginning of February 2020. Then, from March 19th, future brides and grooms – non Héra and Lutèce – contacted me via my website, Instagram, Zankyou and WeddingWire for emergency assistance. Indeed, since the creation of my agency (May 2010 😉), I have been offering an “à la carte” service, including consultation calls service…
So I created two packages to respond more quickly to the different needs of couples.
• A wedding gift? Offer one of my packages below to one of your loved ones soon to be married •
Limited costs: you benefit from my advice and my help without committing to a formula. Like all my other services, I can tailor-make according to your needs!
Appointment only by phone or video, weekdays and weekends.
Coup de PouceHelping Consultation
Personalized answers to your questions
Help with contract renegotiation arguments
For 5 hours: 230 € VAT
For 10 hours: 490 € VAT
Postpone first! I know this is heartbreaking but it is only postponed. (1) This saves you from financial inconvenience. (2) And above all you spent hours, weeks and months or a year organizing everything, so don’t lose everything!
And you will be even happier to celebrate your marriage after having passed this health crisis. In addition, you have more time to refine your D-day and prepare your big day schedule!
I know it’s difficult but you have to be flexible and patient. It will surely allow you to be better prepare for this day that always goes by too quickly! (1) Think among yourselves about other dates or other periods. (2) Contact the town hall (and religious center) for their availability, (3) then contact your main vendors (venue, caterer, photographer) and secondary vendors. You can create a Doodle, it greatly facilitates the dates availabilities and avoid any translation issues. (4) Notify your guests without delay, and coordinate the other providers on the new date.
You risk having cancellations among your guests, so if you wish, you can also probe your main guests!
We are all hanging on latest news from our government and on the health situation improvement. As you noticed, the news can change overnight. So, I cannot advise you to postpone your wedding if it takes place in August, September or later 2020 at this stage. But stay informed and communicate with your vendors. Don’t forget to probe your main guests, if they have no constraints… But so far, French boarders and US boarders are closed until further notice, and no more than 10 persons can be reunited in France until June.
And above all, my advice is to plan your plan B now! You will be able to activate it easily as soon as possible if necessary.
Only in case of cancellation. Above all, keep in mind that your vendor is also a delicate position, having to face a total cessation of their activity and therefore an extraordinary delicate period for their business.
If your vendor has not engaged any work related to your wedding (unlike a wedding planner for example), and if a contractual clause stipulates cancellation costs including in the event of force majeure, you can ask to have it applied. But be aware that according to article 1218 of the French Civil Code, “there is force majeure in contractual matters when an event beyond the control of the debtor, which could not have been reasonably foreseen at the conclusion of the contract and whose effects cannot be avoided by appropriate measures, prevents the debtor’s performance of his obligation ”. But it is in the interest of your vendor to do everything to keep a good customer relationship and bad opinions about his business will not be favorable to him. Be patient!
Stay positive! If you don’t have a planner or coordinator as bulwark, then above all maintain good communication with all your vendors. They want your event to happen as much as you do, believe me (this is my case for my future newlyweds 2020).
Why not add a surprise, a touch, or an activity of all this upheaval on D-Day?
Take the time for yourself, because even a big day postponed will arrive very quickly and passes even more quickly.