Nashville wedding planners talk about their experiences organizing events
Nashville area wedding planners
Laura Ullrich, owner
The Savvy Sophisticate
Tina Player, owner
Rachel Duke, owner
A Fairytale Wedding
What's the advantage of hiring a wedding planner for your big day?
Laura Ullrich: "I'd say stress reduction for the bride and her family."
Tina Player: "Experience. I'm familiar with vendors and give clients quality work at an affordable price. We do the planning, research and leg work to create that special moment for the client."
Rachel Duke: "It's a lot less stress, it can save you time and a lot of times, we end up saving you money."
How do you charge for your services and what's the cost?
Laura Ullrich: "I do flat fees depending on what the couple wants. The cheapest thing I do is $800, which is day-of coordination with two meetings before the event."
Tina Player: "The cost is set, and I go over that with the client, using a rate chart."
Rachel Duke: "I average up to $2,000, depending on what they want."
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?
Laura Ullrich: "I think it's difficult if they aren't realistic. If people are realistic with their budget, it isn't a big deal."
Tina Player: "It's not difficult; it's just a matter of getting down the budget and finding the vendors that fall within that price. Then I guide them through the whole process."
Rachel Duke: "It sometimes can be a challenge. We try to find the look they want in a reasonable range or as close to it as possible."
What makes your service stand out from what other wedding planner's offer?
Laura Ullrich: "My organizational skills. I'm really good at handling high-stress situations, too."
Tina Player: "My service is very personal. I take a personal interest in everyone."
Rachel Duke: "I like to go with a more modern approach. I get hired by brides who want to do something different."
Can you describe one funny, horrifying or memorable experience that happened at a wedding you planned?
Laura Ullrich: "I planned a wedding in three weeks because the venue canceled and they couldn't find anywhere else to have it. We moved it to the parents' house - it was a nightmare."
Tina Player: "One time, I had a pair of men's tuxedo pants that fell because they weren't fitted tightly enough."
Rachel Duke: "I had a bride who had her florist friend do her flowers. I didn't find out until the day before that I'd have to have them delivered to my house. Eleven centerpieces fell apart and I stayed up until 5 a.m. finding and fixing new flowers."