Raleigh area wedding coordinators talk about planning the perfect event
Raleigh wedding planning experts
Tamera Davis, owner
Cherished Moments Event Planning
William Kiser, general manager
Ingrid Clay, owner
What's the advantage of hiring a wedding planner for your big day?
Tamera Davis: "Reducing stress and saving money."
William Kiser: "It relieves stress, we can help them with their budget and keep everything in scope."
Ingrid Clay: "It saves time and allows the bride to enjoy the day instead of worrying about vendors or planning."
As a wedding coordinator, what are some of your job duties?
Tamera Davis: "It can range from finding vendors to coming up with design concepts to planning the entire event from start to finish."
William Kiser: "We manage the entire function from start to finish."
Ingrid Clay: "I'd say the time line, vendor relationships and making sure the bride and groom are happy."
How do you charge for your services?
Tamera Davis: "It depends on the complexity of the wedding, how many guests there will be and the location. I typically use package prices."
William Kiser: "We have packages. Our full-service planning and directing package is a percentage of the event. The rest of our services are a set fee."
Ingrid Clay: "I have three different packages, depending on how much they want me to be involved. It's usually a 10- to 20-percent fee based on the budget. I also have hourly charges."
How do you help a couple manage their wedding budget? Is this difficult, especially if a bride has her heart set on a specific plan?
Tamera Davis: "I like to be very creative. I recommend other ideas that can give them similar looks for less."
William Kiser: "We do a series of questions that help us anticipate their needs. It's sometimes easier if they have a specific plan so we aren't projecting things at them they don't want or need."
Ingrid Clay: "I can always make the budget work, and I suggest alternative ideas that are lower-priced or I look at other places in the budget that I can pull from."
Can you describe one funny, horrifying or memorable experience that happened at a wedding you planned?
Tamera Davis: "At my last wedding, the bride almost tripped coming down the aisle and her mother forgot her own dress at home, which was two hours away. Thankfully someone was able to go back and get it."
William Kiser: "I was doing a wedding at a hotel. We had an intoxicated gentleman in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts when the rest of the guests were in formal attire. He was quickly whisked away, but we had a wedding crasher!"
Ingrid Clay: "We were all at the rehearsal dinner when the bride and groom stood up and canceled the wedding."