F. A. Q' S
What package or level of service do I need?
Planning a wedding can be a HUGE amount of work. There are countless hours of research, vendor emails and phone calls, decisions to be made, contracts to review and sign. You probably suspect that you need a planner to help navigate through the process, but on what level?
A good determination of your planning needs is to ask yourself the following questions.
- How much time do you have to plan a wedding?
- Have you ever planned a large event?
- What specific areas do you need help with?
-Full Service Planning-
If you have never planned a large event, live out of town, lack the time to plan or simply want the knowledge of a professional planner, the Full Planning pakcage is highly recommended. The Full Planning package provides couples a highly personalized wedding plan and professional guidance throughout the entire process. It is very reassuring knowing a professional has all the details covered
-Design + Month of-
If you are confident in your organizational skills, have some time to plan but need help creating a beautiful and cohesive event, the Design + Month of Coordination would be a perfect fit!
-Month of Coordination-
If you are an organizational rockstar, have a knack for design and have all the wedding planning and design aspects covered, however, you and your family want to simply enjoy a relaxed and stress free wedding day the Month Coordination is exactly what you need!
Have you ever worked at my venue?
Austin and the surrounding area has hundreds of venues to choose from and we have coordinated at many of them! We have created beautiful events at The Prospect House, 800 Congress, The Wild Flower Center, The Driskill, Canyonwood Ridge, Articulture, The Sanctuary Space, Ma Maison, Addison Grove, Chateau Bellevue, The House on the Hill, Thurman’s Mansion, Mercury Hall, Horseshoe Bay Resort, The Union on Eighth, Laguna Gloria, Stonehouse Villa, and Camp Lucy to name a few!
If we haven’t worked your chosen venue, it is not a problem I assure you! We will take the initiative to visit the venue, meet with the managers and review any venue contracts and clauses.
How may weddings do you coordinate a year?
We are here to be the eyes and ears on one of the most important days of your life. It's important for us to understand our client's visions and needs. We are able to accomlish this by working very closely with a limited number of clients each to about 10 per year or 2 per month, per planner.
How do I reserve my date with Lovely Day?
If you are interested in working with Lovely Day and we have your date available, we will set up an in person meeting or a phone call to get to know each other and learn about your planning needs.
If we are a good fit and want to move forward, a signed contract and 50% deposit is required to hold your date.
Do you provide "Day of Coordination Only"?
We want to provide our clients with a truly seamelss event and the ability to enjoy the wedding day they have worked so hard to plan. We have found that "Day of Coordination" services do not allow us the time to thouroughly review all your planning details and create professional timlines we need in order to execute a well planned event, and as a result we do not offer "Day of Coordiantion".
In order to pull off a truly seamless event, there are many hours of pre-wedding prep work. In our professional experience it takes about 6-8 weeks to review all your contracts, walk through the venue with your vendors, create detailed floorplans and timeline, and correct any planning mistakes you may have made along the way. Most importantly, every aspect of your planning will be reviewed with a professional eye, therefore preventing any mishaps from occurring on the day of your wedding.
The Day of Coordinator will show up to run the largest, costliest, and most important event you will ever host with a timeline and plan they have recently familiarized themselves with. The is less than advantageous for the bride and groom, their guests and the coordinator.
This Day of Coordinator would also be implementing a nonprofessional's timeline and planning and in most cases it is very likely that there are details left undone. The Day of Coordinator ends up putting out fires that could have been prevented had every aspect of your planning been reviewed with a professional eye.
How long have you been planning events?
My first experience in wedding planning was in college, I was studying theater at the time and working weekends for an event planning company here in Austin. Though it was hard work, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment! Shortly after, I graduated with a BFA in directing from Texas State University and moved to NYC to further study theater. I directed plays and of course living in NYC had several jobs. One of my jobs was a freelance make up artist for Laura Mercier. I ended up traveling over NYC and Connecticut doing bridal make up, and again found that I absolutely loved working with brides! It was so fun and special to be apart of making someone’s important day extra beautiful.
After NYC I moved to L.A. with my husband where I ended up becoming director of the White Sands Film Festival for 4 years. This was an amazing and challenging job where I raised money, wrote grants, organized volunteers, film judges, created marketing ideas along with the creative director and managed weekend long festival events and after parties. After four years, I decided to take some time off to care for my then baby and toddler boys.
In 2013 my husband and I moved back to Austin, Texas where I created Lovely Day Events. The decision to create Lovely Day was natural seeing that I had been involved in planning events and shows for over 10 years and had always enjoyed working with brides and their families.
I absolutely love my job and am so blessed to have worked with the most amazing couples and vendors in the Austin community. I am always honored to be apart of someone’s important day and can’t imagine doing anything else!
Will you make choices for me?
We are here to help you navigate through the wedding planning process by offering professional and experienced advice. This is your wedding and we will never take over and make decisions for you,.
We work very hard to recommend talented and professional vendors within your budget, however you are more than free to choose another vendor.
Your wedding will be a reflection of your tastes and styles and we will help you achieve what you are looking to create!
What type of clients do you normally work with?
Typical Lovely Day clients are fun, modern couples who prefer highly personalized events over traditional weddings. They are intersted in on-trend design and want their guests to have a fun and intimate experience and feel taken care of. Lovely Day clients value professional guidance throughout the planning process.
Many of our clients are busy professionals from NYC, Chicago and DC and are looking for someone who can be the eyes and ears for them in Austin and for guidance within the Austin market.
Lovely Day couples recognize the value of investing in high quality vendors to make the entire process of planning as smooth as possible. Typically, there is very little DIY projects and our clients would rather have professional vendors set up rather than having their family and friends work on the day of their wedding.
Our typical client loves design and all the fun elements that go into a wedding but understands that the most important element of the wedding is the love and commitment they are sharing and time with their family and friends.