How many weddings do you plan per year? Per month? Per weekend?
Typically we take on about 22-28 weddings per year. For us that is the sweet spot, and allows us to serve the best clients that are the best fit for us & us for them and still be able to give everyone the attention that they deserve. Typically per month, in busy seasons like April-June, & September-November some months we may have 3 events a month. On wedding day, your assigned wedding planner will only have your event to tend to. If we have multiple events on a day, they are all assigned their own team so each client gets the attention they deserve.
How long have you been in business?
Our company has been around since 2002. Ashley purchased the company, I Do, I Do Wedding Planning in spring 2014, and started with the company as an event assistant in 2010. She is actually a former MVE Bride herself. While much has changed in the last 3 years, including changing our name to Magnolia Vine Events in 2017, what remains the same is our integrity, care, and devotion to each client.
My fiancé and I are very busy people and have little time to devout to planning. How involved will we be in the planning process?
For those with full wedding planning, it is up to you. We really aim to take the bulk of the work off your plate so you are able to make decisions with ease, and actually enjoy being engaged. It can be a stressful time but it doesn’t have to be. Also, us building a close and trusting relationship is essential to that as we will be your advocate during planning & wedding day.
Do you have ideas on how to make my wedding special, unique, and memorable?
Our favorite things is getting to know our clients, their story, interests and family history. These are the things that are going to make your event unique & special. We learn about you, your taste & style to be able to weave that into your wedding design. This is one of the benefits of our design service is that we ensure the details are planned well and are a true reflection of you as a couple.
What makes Magnolia Vine Events unique?
Our clients say this better than we can. They have said “building a solid relationship of friendship & trust with my planner was important to me & that was what I was able to do with Magnolia Vine Events. It made the whole planning experience easier because I knew I was being taken care of.” – Bride, Lizzie
“The use of technology helped me plan & make things easier & simpler as I lived far away & moved during the planning process”- Bride, Jennifer
“I didn’t realize the ability to juggle all the voices/relationships in planning was going to be so important. Having an impartial party helping us make decisions was necessary for family dynamics—weddings are emotional, and stressful and you need someone who can ground you. I didn’t know how important that was going to be.” – Bride, Jennifer
“Ashley and her team are logistics ninjas. There were way more moving parts then I ever realized and Ashley & her team lead me every step of the way.” – Bride, Megan
In addition to these sweet words from beloved clients, we would like to think we are fun, we are going to tell you like it is(in a nice, southern, sugar coated way of course) and that the way we plan is process driven with the design and your story at the heart of it all. Our mission is to deliver a heartfelt experience through your planning so you have a heart filled wedding day. We live that out each & every day with our clients, & creative partner vendors.
I don’t live in the state I am planning my wedding in. Can you still help us?
Living & planning from afar can be difficult and stressful but we luckily have had several clients in this exact situation have said without us the planning process would have been just that. Sydney & Josh lived in Texas while planning their wedding in Alabama. Sydney said, “the use of your online planning system & google hangouts made everything so seamless. I didn’t want to be forgotten about because I was far away & you certainly made me feel like I was right there!”
How do you determine which creative partner vendors to recommend to each of your clients?
We are so lucky that we have amazing creative partner vendors all over the country. We determine recommended vendors for each client based on style, taste, budget and availability. We do some pre-vetting for you, make our recommendations, and then work from there to build your vendor team together.
Will I lose control of my own wedding after hiring a planner?
We have heard this concern before. The answer is no! There will always be things we can take care of for you, but there will always be things you need to be the person to do. We truly believe this is a partnership with us at the helm steering you in the right directions.
What types of weddings do your planning packages accommodate?
Our clients tend to be traditional in the sense that family is important to them, they love classic things, and aren’t looking to have all the trends they see on Pinterest. They normally love a more neutral color palette, and design elements that will stand the test of time. The experience their guests have are of utmost importance. On average our brides spend between $250-$350 per guest with around 175-200 guests at their wedding.
There is a lot of talk about the “Day Of Service.” Can you share what your experience has been and maybe the misnomer of the title “Day of”?
We call our service wedding day management for a reason. There is literally no way anyone could come in and execute the plans of someone else on the day of an event. Typically there are weeks of communication between the vendor partners, client and planner to establish everyone’s needs, & wants for the big day and it is our responsibility to make them all happen in a well choreographed way. Typically weddings have at the very least 6 vendors, with our clients averaging around 10-12 vendor partners per event. We start working with you and give you tools to use the moment your paperwork is confirmed. This is the true difference.
What exactly does a wedding planner do?
We are the middlemen. We negotiate on your behalf until the proposal and contract are perfect, we worry about vendors showing up, centerpieces arriving on time, directing guests, and setting up so you don’t have to. We take that stress of off you, your mother, best friends and family so they can all fulfill the roles they should be and everyone can truly enjoy.
We are the secretary. This is where our logistics skills come to use. There is so much to keep up with while planning a wedding and it is our job to keep up with it all! We keep notes from every meeting and identify all the action items, e type out and organize timelines, budgets, photo and song lists; we keep track of vendors and their contact information; and we even help with contract language. There is a ton of paperwork when it comes to weddings and we manage it all.
We are a neutral party, a therapist and a mediator. There is always some type of situation where we are putting on our referee shirt and grabbing our whistle. Sometimes it might be battling opinions in choices made, sometimes its family members that don’t get along but we are here to take that stress off and redirect those conversations. Do you have a super “helpful” Aunt Sally who really wants to be involved and wants a task but drives everyone crazy—sound familiar? We will make sure she is loved on and tasked with something that makes her feel like she is contributing but also redirects her away from you or your mom 😉 We are here to give you exactly what YOU want on YOUR special day!
We see the bigger picture. Our job is to have the eagle eye view of your wedding plans. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with the tiny details, that sometimes the bigger picture can get overlooked. Our master checklist ensures that the littles & biggest things are tended to. We are here to help you take a step back and focus on the details AS WELL AS the bigger picture.
We put out the fires that arise. We fully believe wedding planning is marriage planning. Every couple should be able to enjoy their engagement & relax and enjoy their wedding day, and especially be able to enjoy one another. It’s hard to do that when you have a million people running up to you with questions and mini disasters when all you want to do is soak up the happiness and enjoy yourselves. Our job is to handle the questions and mini disasters for you, and make sure you have as many happy moments as possible.
We have access to the best vendors in the area. You may think, well why would I hire a wedding planner to contact this vendor when I can just do it myself? From Brides UK, they say the average bride WITH a planner spends 112 hours planning & doing wedding related activities, the average bride WITHOUt a planner spends 288 hours doing the same thing. That is more than double the amount of time spent on planning your wedding day. With a full time job, it can be a daunting task. A bulk of that time is spent researching vendors, meeting with them, secure contracts and invoices as well as the on going planning communication you will have over your engagement. We know the creative vendor partners that are going to be the best for you in regards to style, taste, & budget. We will be doing the research and heavy lifting for you rather than you doing it yourself.
We are always your advocate. Did the weather change your plans for a beautiful outdoor setting? We make sure Plan B is equally as lovely and beautiful, and arranged perfectly like it was always supposed to be that way. Did mom’s zipper break right before it was time to go down the aisle? We will sew her into that dress and no one will notice. Did you forget to get reserved signs for your family tables? Not a problem we have got them!