Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAY OF AND ESSENTIAL PLANNING?
That is a great question and one we get quite often. Our Day Of or Event Management starts about 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding. We will work with you on timeline and connect with your vendors to make sure everything is in order for the day of your wedding. Our Essential Planning Package offers much more! We start the planning process with you the day you sign your contract. We will send over a preferred vendors list, welcome packet and questionnaire, and we will hold your hand every step of the way. Our goal is to pay for ourselves in the process by finding you the best vendors at the best price while staying in or under your budget. The best part of the Essential Planning Package is our "Day Of Inventory". You will have access to everything in our inventory for use on your wedding day. We will also completely set up and take down your event so your friends and family are off the hook that evening. We truly believe that everyone should enjoy the best day of your lives as much as you!
I would say 90% of the couples who book with us choose the Essential Planning Package!
WILL I STILL HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER MY WEDDING IF I HIRE YOU AS MY PLANNER?
Definitely! We will do as much, or as little, as you want us to do during the wedding planning process. We always ask you what you want and we then make our suggestions to you.
DO YOU TAKE ON MORE THAN ONE WEDDING PER DAY?
I love this question and the answer is mostly, NO. Due to the remaining COVID reschedules we have had to hire an assistant to help us manage some of our reschedules since we can not be in two places at the same time. Moving forward into the 2022/23 season we will only take on one wedding per day. I personally want to get to know each couple so that on your wedding day you are able to relax and know you can trust me to take care of all the wedding day details.
DO YOU OFFER CORPORATE OR SOCIAL EVENT PLANNING?
Our diverse portfolio of business and social events range from organizing small business off sites to 800 attendee conferences. With a hospitality background, Dogwood Gatherings and Events understands the importance of branding an event to reflect your company’s values and mission to its employees and customers. We can provide customized services to execute all aspects of your event. From managing conference schedules to handling event attendee list, we create one of a kind event experiences for your company.
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HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PLANNERS?
We are a husband and wife team and by working together we keep costs low so you can afford to have the help and attention to detail you deserve on your wedding day! The average couple (without a wedding planner) spends over 300 hours planning their wedding. Much of that time is spent looking for vendors and then meeting with one after the other until you find the perfect one. As wedding planners we have already done the homework and have formed relationships with quality vendors. By getting to know you we can then direct you to one or two vendors that match your personality as well as your budget. This service alone will save you many hours! You can then use those hours to work (make more money), spend with your fiance, spend with your family, and more. Plus, we are often able to find vendors or venues that couples have never even heard of!
THIS SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! SO HOW DOES THIS PROCESS WORK?
That's great! We look forward to chatting with you more. Typically we would set up a coffee meeting (or phone call if that's more your style) so we can make sure our personalities match. From that point I will send over a contract through our client portal and once that is signed I will take a 50% deposit up front. Once all the particulars are in order the fun begins with a Welcome Email and Questionnaire. Once I have received this then we can dive into the planning process!