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frequently asked questions

more information on our process and experience

 

Jeff Loves Jessica Photography

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How often do we meet? How do we communicate?

The number of meetings depends on the level of service at which you book. I meet with coordination clients three times prior to the wedding day. For full service planning clients, we typically meet once a month, though I'm happy to tailor that to suit the needs of each individual couple. Sometimes we meet several times a month on the front end of the engagement, then switch to email-only communication until the last few months before the wedding when we pick back up with frequent meetings. We do whatever works best for us as a planning team!

These meetings can be in person, on the phone or via video chat. About 75% of my clients don’t live near me so phone and video chats are common. I am most readily available via email and also communicate with full service planning clients within our online collaborative planning portal.


Do you offer day-of coordination?

No, because I don't believe day-of coordination exists! It's impossible for you to hand over every detail of your wedding right before the big day and expect everything to go smoothly. Everyone is best served when you involve a planner earlier in the planning process. I do offer event coordination, which includes three in-person planning meetings and email support throughout your engagement, this ensures sufficient time for me to get to know you and your fiancé as well as every intimate detail of your wedding plans.


Do you help with selecting colors, themes, etc.?

Yes! While I don't offer a separate wedding design service, design is included in (and is a big part of!) full service planning. Event design is not just colors and themes, it's incorporating all of the senses to create a warm, welcoming environment an experience, a memory. Design and planning go hand-in-hand; the timing and flow of an event is as much a part of the experience as the flowers and linen colors. With full service planning I'm there to help with every aspect of design.


How long have you been an event planner?

I started in events my senior year of college at the University of Kansas. After graduation in 2005 I moved to Arizona where I worked in the media relations department for the Fiesta Bowl (yes, it was as fun as it sounds!), planning media events for college football's elite. From there I moved on to the Arizona Opera where I planned a calendar of 40 events for the non-profit arts organization before relocating with my husband to Rochester, MN in 2011. I worked at both Mayo Clinic and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in Rochester, planning corporate events and meetings. All of this is to say that I had plentiful event planning experience before diving into weddings in 2012, which gives me a great depth of event knowledge. I’m so excited to now be a part of the talented wedding industry of the Twin Cities!

 

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