San Antonio wedding planners give tips about creating the perfect wedding
San Antonio wedding planners
Amanda Spakes, owner
Weddings By Showtime
Lindsey Powell, owner
Sharlene Alexander, owner
The Planning of Elegance
What's the advantage of hiring a wedding planner for your big day?
Amanda Spakes: "It's less stress the day of the wedding and during the planning process. It helps you budget and it saves time."
Lindsey Powell: "Sometimes it's really stressful to plan a whole wedding, especially if you work a lot or already have kids. It's nice to have other opinions and feedback."
Sharlene Alexander: "It avoids a lot of mishaps and lowers costs."
How do you charge for your services and what's the cost?
Amanda Spakes: "We have all- inclusive packages that have our fees built in. A typical starting price for 150 people would be $10,000 to $12,000 and that includes location, the cake, security, catering, tables and chairs and almost everything you can think of."
Lindsey Powell: "I charge 10 percent of the total cost of what they hire me for. I charge $10 an hour if I have to meet with vendors. I don't charge to meet with people the first time, but if they have me do a lot, I will charge $10 an hour after that."
Sharlene Alexander: "A $10,000 wedding would cost about $2,000 for my services, but that does not include rentals or the food, flowers or supplies."
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?
Amanda Spakes: "Before they even fully book with us, we give a pretty solid estimate. We'll have gone through every little detail, so there should be no surprises when they book with a package."
Lindsey Powell: "It gets very difficult. The very first meeting I ask for a budget. You just have to find different vendors who will help you out, and use alternative sources."
Sharlene Alexander: "I'm a very crafty person. I can make the most of any [budget]."
What makes your service stand out from what other wedding planners offer?
Amanda Spakes: "The customer service. Once the customer books with us, we don't limit the number of visits they have, and I give them my personal cell phone number. It's attention to all the little details."
Lindsey Powell: "I'll work extra to help out even if they don't have money for a wedding planner. For instance, I do free e-mail consultations. I'll also hang decorations for free if they already have them but can't afford to have someone do it."
Sharlene Alexander: "I like to think that I do weddings on a budget. I own most of the supplies, so I don't have to go to a rental company."