Frequently Ask Questions - Wedding Planner

Q:  Why should I hire a Wedding Planner?

A:  Planning for a wedding or special event can be a truly exciting time; however, there are so many details that go into making a beautiful event run smoothly. Most couples these days are working professionals and are simply too busy to plan a wedding with it’s many details. Wedding planning can be overwhelming and stressful when you do not have the time that is needed to put into it. Your wedding is such an important – and expensive – event in your life: it makes sense to hire a professional to assist you during the process. We have all of the relationships, and work with only the best wedding professionals, so you can rest assured that every member of your wedding team will be giving 100% to make your wedding fantastic.  And best of all – having a Wedding Planner means that you (AND your friends and family) can relax and enjoy all of the amazing experiences and emotions that come on your wedding day without being stressed. There are a million other reasons, but chances are, if you’re reading this, you already know why you need a Wedding Planner!

For many couples, it is their very first time planning a wedding. They are confused as to where to begin, how much everything costs, and how to choose vendors. Planning a wedding is not only about choosing your colors, flowers, and menu. There are logistical matters to attend to such as the timing of events, parking situations, and knowing which vendors are reputable. We are here to guide you and to take care of all of these concerns. We are able to help save you time and money as well as your sanity so you can actually enjoy your wedding day!

Most of our clients tell us that hiring a wedding planner was the best investment they made for their wedding.

Statistics show that the average wedding takes approximately 250 hours to plan, (that is equivalent to over 6 full work weeks!).  A Coordinator can save you time spent researching and planning.  A Coordinator can also help you prioritize your vendors, get your budget in order, provide qualified vendor referrals, accompany you to vendor meetings and know what questions to ask, review vendor contracts, negotiate on your behalf, and save you money.  Not to mention a Coordinator provides creative décor and design ideas!  And that final month prior to your wedding, a Coordinator will confirm your vendors, make a timeline, run your rehearsal, and be there to make sure that you, your family, and friends enjoy a totally stress-free day!

We are the best! Service, service, service is where we begin our relationship with our Brides and Grooms. We are passionate about creating; planning and designing weddings while our clients are getting an amazing experience. We are about Brides and Grooms getting the wedding they have always dreamed of and an experience they never thought possible.

We're here to help you stay on track and get organized, refer reputable vendors, supply a wealth of resources, negotiate on your behalf and carry out your vision. New Beginnings will ensure a quality and memorable event and let you celebrate and host the event, stress free.

More than ever in these current economic times, having someone who knows how to get the maximum return on your investment is invaluable. Having the help of an experienced professional planning your wedding, can result in a wedding day that meets the expectations of your dreams without breaking your budget.

Q: Are you certified as wedding planners?

A: We are certified through the NYC Sheffield School of Wedding & Event Planning. Since New Beginnings' creation in 1998, we have become the "go-to" Wedding Coordinators and advisors for many wedding professionals because of our extensive knowledge and expertise.

Q:  What separates New Beginnings from other wedding planners?

A:  Simply put, we are experienced professionals who love having fun and create amazing events for our clients. We have planned, coordinated and been involved in over 400 weddings and events to-date and managed guest lists from 40 to 450 and budgets from conservative to no limits . We specialize in culture specific and diverse weddings, honoring and celebrating traditions. We believe in a detailed, up-front approach to the planning process all while having a good time. Vendors often tell us that they love working with our team because we are on top of every detail and keep everything running smoothly, yet remain calm, enthusiastic and personable. We only take a limited number of events per year so that we can give each of our clients the time and attention they deserve.

Q:  What makes New Beginnings different?

A:  We focus on more than just your wedding day- we want the entire process of planning your wedding to be a joyful one for you, your families and guests. We are honest and care deeply about the ethics in our industry. We are fun, artistic, energetic and stylish. We believe that the best events are designed with you and your personality in mind. We choose our clients carefully, because we believe that it is necessary to have a genuine connection between us as your Planner and you the couple that we will be servicing. We are dedicated to our industry and education – we attend trainings, conferences, seminars, and workshops to hone our skills. We take our responsibility of creating an experience that you will remember seriously. We believe in Quality not Quantity!

Q:  What makes New Beginnings unique?

A:  With our many years of experience, our friendly demeanors, and our ability to “think outside the box”, we have earned a reputation as one of the top Wedding Coordinators in the Spokane, Coeur D’ Alene area.  We believe in translating your vision into the perfect wedding or event.  Our upbeat personalities and strong work ethics is what makes New Beginnings a wedding planning powerhouse!

Q:  My friend had a Wedding Coordinator who bossed around the wedding party and vendors on her wedding day – will you be doing that?

A:  Oh no, that is not the way we operate! We believe in vendors working as a TEAM with one common goal: “The Success Of YOUR Wedding”! We want you to have a beautiful and wonderful wedding and we work together with your other vendors to create it for you. As for the wedding party, we are there to guide them on the wedding day, helping them and answering any questions… not to boss them around. We believe in fun and stress-free weddings for everyone involved!

Q:  Will I lose control of my own wedding after hiring a Coordinator?

A:  Definitely not!  Your wedding is YOUR event, not ours… we are there to help and guide you through the planning process, not to take over.  We will give you as much or as little help as you want. 

Q:  I am concerned about being involved with the planning process and losing my vision in the process. Can I still hire a Planner and be involved? 

A:  Absolutely!! Our best weddings are designed with your vision, style and personality in mind. This is YOUR wedding and having your input is absolutely critical to the overall outcome. In fact, we want you to get excited about planning your special day. It is solely up to you what you want your level of involvement to be. Our role is to execute the vision you have for your wedding and provide insight and feedback along the way to make the process smooth.

Q:  My reception is at a hotel that has a coordinator. Why do I need a separate wedding coordinator?

A:  That is an excellent question that we get from Brides. We love the coordinators that work at the hotels, or other venues; however we always want to be sure clients know in advance what role they play for your wedding. Hotel coordinators answer your questions about the policies of the venue, assist with menu choices, and process your paperwork.  Many times on the wedding day the venue coordinator is not there or leaves early. The venue coordinator will not set up your many personalized items such as your favors, seating assignment names, sign in book, gift box, champagne flutes, and other personalized items that you would like set up on your special day.  

In addition to the items mentioned above, New Beginnings, at a recent wedding had one of our coordinators deliver lunch to the bride and Bridesmaids. They picked up the bouquets from the florist and delivered them to our bride so that she would have them for her "get ready pictures" that were at a different location. This is just a few items that we did for this particular client the morning of the wedding. Months leading up to the wedding, we negotiated all our clients vendor contracts (including the hotel), helped with finding the perfect place for her wedding dress and accessories, ordered the "save the dates" and invitations, designed the entire décor for the wedding, and many other services that hotel coordinators do not do.

Q:  What does a wedding planner do?

As little or as much as you need. From the initial budget planning to supervising that the last detail of the reception happens on schedule, a professional bridal consultant personally brings experience and knowledge of the wedding industry into your wedding plans - which can be the difference between an event that comes together and one that does not.

Q:  How soon should I book your services?

A:  It's never to early to reach out to us. Weddings that are more than 15 months out we book on retainer. We take a retainer to hold your date and wedding coordinator until you get to 15-month out. Once you hit 15 months out, the designing and planning is on! We usually fill dates in the more popular wedding months of May, June, August, September, and October anywhere from 6-14 months in advance, however your date may still be open. Contact us today to check availability.

Q:  I am planning my wedding in 6 months, is that too late to hire a Wedding Planner?

A:  We love a good challenge and the answer is NO! We’ve planned elaborate weddings in less than 4 months, so it can be done. 6 months will fly by if you blink too long, so that will require us to plan and coordinate your wedding quickly and efficiently to make it more manageable for you. Our “Celebration” package is designed for the couple that needs a Wedding Planner within 6 months of their wedding. You’re still involved but it’s not overwhelming because the planning is organized so that all you have to do is show up!

Q: Are you Licensed & Insured?

A: Yes we are. We hold a business License in Washington state and are insured. Many venues require your vendor to be licensed and carry a liability insurance to be allowed on to the site the day of your wedding. Don't take a risk when it comes to your big day. Check with your venue and vendors even if you don't hire us we want you to have a worry free wedding.

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