Denver wedding planners explain the advantages of their services
Norie Hamilton, owner
Weddings by Norie
Christian Wilkins, owner
Bella Dia Events, LLC
What's the advantage of hiring a wedding planner for your big day?
Norie Hamilton: "Less stress and the freedom to enjoy your day."
Amy Marlin: "We can narrow down vendors that fit the clients' budget."
Christian Wilkins: "The client is buying the wedding planner's knowledge of the industry."
As a wedding coordinator, what are some of your job duties?
Hamilton: "I help with the rehearsal and oversee the reception. I'm at the ceremony and, more often than not, send the bride down the aisle."
Marlin: "Assisting the bride, meeting with vendors, reviewing contracts and being the point person the day-of. Whatever pops up, we're there to handle it."
Wilkins: "Contract negotiation, booking vendors, developing itineraries and payment schedules, decor and design, management of all vendors, and organization the day-of - just to name a few!"
How do you charge for your services and what's the cost?
Hamilton: "Occasionally, I'll do hourly, but more often than not, it's a flat fee. It starts at about $1,800 and goes up from there."
Marlin: "We have packages. We bill for our time, and we pass the savings on to our clients. Typically, it's $1,500 to about $8,500."
Wilkins: "I have several packages varying in price and service. My most expensive package is $4,000. Day-of services range between $1,200 and $1,900."
How do you help a couple manage their wedding budget?
Hamilton: "I help by matching vendors to [the couple's] budget. They each list out priorities, and we combine them and spend the money where their priorities are."
Marlin: "We get to know the overall budget, what their priorities are, and help them allot funds to those different categories so they're sticking to their budget. It's all about compromising and planning between the couple."
Wilkins: "One of the first meetings I have with a client is a budget meeting, where we take what they're planning to spend and break it down into different areas."
How many years of experience do you have?
Hamilton: "I've been doing this for 11 years."
Marlin: "I started in 2002. The business has done more than 600 weddings."
Wilkins: "I've been in the banquet industry for more than 15 years."
What makes your service stand out from what other wedding planners offer?
Hamilton: "After 11 years, I've done a variety of weddings. Anything from 10 people to 500 people and from a budget of $1,000 to a budget of $300,000."
Marlin: "I think our experience and how long we've been in town. We're extremely easygoing and get along with all our vendors."
Wilkins: "We're creative and experienced and bring those skills to the table to assist the client in bringing her vision to life."