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If you have been following this Vendor Spotlight series closely, you have certainly noticed a common thread of advice from just about everyone we have interviewed ... every top professional strongly recommends that you consider hiring a professional planner.
We asked Christine Steffes to share her wisdom with you ... read this one twice ... here are some great pointers from one of the best!
Your Business Name: Get-Christine Event Planning
Your Name: Christine Steffes
Your Web Address: get-christine.com
Your Business Category: Wedding & Event Planning & Coordination
What common mistakes do you see couples making?: Not having a rehearsal or assuming one isn't needed; not creating a budget or attempting to stick to one; not making a plan for decor; and listening to friends/relatives rather than doing what they actually want (within reason).
What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?: Decide in advance what means the most to you, set a budget, and stick to it. Sacrifices can always be made, but knowing what should and shouldn't be sacrificed and why should be the first decision made so as not to burst bubbles later. Being pushed into a "tradition" by someone else, can cause resentment later, and create bad memories for all involved.
What don’t couples know about your business category that they need to know?: It seems that many people don't know the true value that comes with hiring a planner and coordinator. It also seems to me that people don't realize that a planner doesn't necessarily always coordinate. I find that it's better to hire a professional who provides both services, and knows the difference. I think this relates to people not realizing the true value in this profession, as they think the planning process is much easier than it often times turns out to be. Truthfully, it's not even that the planning process is hard, so much as it is time consuming. If the couples/clients I work with are full time workers, this leads to them having very little free time with which to plan out their wedding or event. Then add to that the fact that many people don't actually enjoy the planning process at all, or even being creative enough to envision how their event should be designed. Who wants to spend the limited amount of free time they have doing something they don't enjoy? Hopefully, people who eventually find me. :)
What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask?: With regards to me and my services in particular, I would say that more people should ask me (or other coordinators) if certain services can be swapped out for others. With regards to planning a wedding, I highly recommend that couples ask EVERY venue what is included in their pricing, and I also encourage couples to pay in full if possible and when doing so to ask if the vendor would discount them slightly for paying in full early.
What's your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?: If the budget is the most important thing to you, keep your guest list SMALL! Or find a venue with a really good all-inclusive package where the food/beverages are not outrageous. OR, consider hosting an early morning ceremony and a brunch reception. Brunch food and booze can be much cheaper in price than dinner. The bulk of what couples planning a wedding spend their money on is food and catering companies charge per person, making it pricer to invite more people.
What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did?: I can't say that I have ever worked a wedding that I would describe as unusual, but the most interesting and different wedding I have ever worked would have to be the one that Ryan and I photographed for a Moldovan family. I had no idea what all was being said for most of the day, but the the universal theme of love was absolutely ever-present the whole day and that really warmed my heart.
What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?: Truly, all of the weddings I work have one very memorable part of them because I genuinely love what I do, and I love love! The most recent extremely memorable wedding I worked took place in the Raleigh Rose Garden. The reason I found this one in particular to be so memorable is because within the ceremony script was the love story of the couple and it revealed how they used to take evening strolls in the very same rose garden because Kirby, the bride, lived near by when they met. Also mentioned in the ceremony was that their initials had been engraved in the fresh cement of the park right behind the rose garden, an act of expressing their love that also took place during their relationship's beginning, and still exists to this day.
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