Frequently Asked questions
Why should a soon-to-be bride and groom consider hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator?
The biggest reason to hire a wedding planner is to remove the stress and burden of planning the event, finding vendors, creating decorations, and setting up and placing it on the shoulders of a professional. You should be able to enjoy your engagement, the days leading up to your big day, and fully experience your wedding without having to worry about anything other than having a wonderful time. Hiring a wedding coordinator also ensures your friends and family members can do the same. We provide peace of mind that your event will run smoothly, and everything will be as you envisioned.
My family's friend is a wedding director, or will my church director be enough?
Church directors are GREAT!!! If you are having only a traditional ceremony at a church and no big reception afterwards. They do a wonderful job lining everyone up prior to the ceremony and getting you to the front of the church.
However, you should have a full day-of coordinator for your event who is not a family member or family friend. Professionals will know how to handle major weather issues, if vendors show up late or don't show up, if a centerpiece breaks, or if the cake falls.
Also, if it’s a family member or friend playing the role of coordinator or director, will they be okay missing all the big moments while they are behind the scenes and not able to "party" with the rest of the family?
How many hours does it typically take a professional to plan a wedding from start to finish (including travel, meetings, communication, planning, and day of event)?
Month of Planning with Day-Of Event Management: 40+/- hours involved
Partial Planning Services including Day-Of Event Management: 70+/- hours involved
Full-Service Planning including Day-Of Event Management: 313+/- hours involved
What makes your event planning services different from other event and wedding planners?
All wedding planners work hard to make sure your event, party, or wedding is as exactly as you imagined it. Our difference is our personal investment and connections we build with our clients. We treat you like family. We don’t want you just as a client but a lifelong family friend, flying back to the Nest for all of your special events.
We take the time to get to know each of our clients as individuals to ensure the event we design is truly a representation of their ideals and goals. We always accept input from our clients—it’s your event after all! We strive to make every event a memorable one you and your guests talk about for years to come.
How early should couples plan their wedding? At what point should they hire a wedding coordinator?
There is a surprisingly long list of details that go into coordinating a wedding and many of them require time, so choosing a date at least 9-12 months away is ideal. This helps to make sure that the venue or vendor you desire is available on your date of need, including the wedding planner. You should hire a wedding coordinator as soon as possible so they can begin handling the extensive list of details for you, allowing you to live in your moment without the added stress of planning.
Even if you are an excellent planner yourself and only wish to have someone help the day-of when you’ll be too busy getting married to handle an issue that arises—you should contact a planner as early as possible. Not only do you want to make sure they will be available for you on the day you will need them, day-of-wedding planners still need to meet you prior to the event to gather all of your planning details and get to know the vendors you have selected so they can make sure everything goes according to your plan.
What exactly do you do as a day-of event coordinator?
More than many people realize! We will meet with you about a month prior to your event to discuss your designs, vendors, venue, catering, decorations, event schedule, and all the other details that make your event happen. We introduce ourselves to your vendors and let them know how to reach out to us on event day and make sure all the details go according to plan.
What exactly do you do as a day-of wedding coordinator?
Everything no one else wants or likes to do, not when there is a wedding to attend! Day-of wedding coordination is more than just showing up on your big day and taking over. We prefer to meet with our love birds at least a month in advance to go over your plans, décor designs, venue, vendors, and budget. We help you to create schedules for all involved for the remaining time until the big day and formulate a day-of timeline. We also direct the rehearsal, keep all the vendors on the "same team" during the event, work through any family disagreements throughout the planning and event, all while giving lots of ideas and advice to make your event everything knot average!
What events do you handle?
If it can be planned—we can do it! We design, plan, and coordinate bachelor/bachelorette parties, bridal showers, weddings, birthday parties, Quinceaneras/Sweet 16’s, baby showers, fundraisers (like galas, auctions, raffles, casino nights, charity walks, and more!), corporate events and parties—including company picnics, awards ceremonies, grand openings, holiday parties, ground breakings, and so much more.
What is décor enhancement and event design?
We are skilled in more areas than just event planning and event management or coordination. We can also help create the décor and arrange it in a dream come true manner—beyond just flower or table arrangements. We aim for more than picture perfect; we help you get all the “bells and feathers” you desire within your budget to make your day a lasting memory.
Can I order flower arrangements or table rentals through you?
Yes! We can assist with floral arrangements, decorations, event rentals (from tables and chairs to sound, lighting and dance floors), and even provide you the connection to a desired vendor. If there is something you think we can help you with, just give us a call and we will see what we can do for you!
Will you work with vendors we have already selected?
Absolutely! We have preferred vendors we recommend to those who have not already picked out a desired venue or vendor and can always work with any vendor you may have already hired!
How much to even planning services cost? How much does wedding planning cost?
Event planning costs can vary depending on the size of the event and they types of services you need to fully bring your event to life. The same goes for wedding planning costs. Call us or fill out one of our online forms to schedule your free 30-minute event consultation to get a better idea of what your event needs and what to budget for.
What areas to you service?
We mainly plan and coordinate events where we nest—North Carolina; however, we have been known to spread our wings to design and manage events beyond our nest.