Please take a moment to read this before hiring Robin and her team.
How did you become a wedding planner?
I’ve been an Administrative Assistant at Lehman College of the City University of New York since 1985. Over the years, in my capacity as an Administrative Assistant, I helped plan and coordinate a city-wide conference for the City University of New York and have planned quite a few retirement parties and office celebrations. On a personal level, I’ve planned birthday celebrations, baby showers and, most recently, weddings. I love a well-planned party.
It was in the planning of a co-worker’s wedding, that I discovered my love for wedding planning. Planning her wedding was a labor of love and she and her (now) husband encouraged me to pursue wedding planning professionally. I decided that I would begin planning for early retirement and turn my creative passions, work experience and organizational skills into my own business.
I enrolled in Lovegevity’s Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) during the planning of their wedding and earned my certification in wedding and event planning. After that, I enrolled in the Institute of Wedding and Event Design (IWED), where I earned my accreditation as an event designer. I have further honed my design skills by completing the Preston Bailey Signature Wedding & Event Design course. In April 2013, I became a proud member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and I haven’t looked back since.
We love your services and your portfolio; everything sounds fantastic… so can you tell me what sets you apart from all the other wedding planners?
I have a real heart for weddings and a deep respect for marriage. I love being married and I love everything about weddings…I guess I’m a romantic at heart. When I married my husband in 1992 we didn’t have a wedding. I didn’t have the resources or the support so we just got married in the empty living room of our brand new apartment. We rented some chairs, purchased some drapes and that was that. I really wish I could have had a beautiful wedding ceremony but since I didn’t…I want to make it my business to ensure that you have what I did not.
I want your wedding to be everything you want it to be and an event that you, your family and your guests, will remember and cherish for the rest of your life. You’re only going to do this once and I believe that the success of your wedding is all in the preparation and the execution. I’m committed to helping a bride accomplish that. I believe that by specializing in Wedding Day Management and the styling of the big day I can provide couples with a valuable service for a modest investment.
Will I lose control over my wedding?
Absolutely not! This is YOUR wedding and our job is to make it everything that YOU want it to be. Our mission is to ensure that everything that you’ve spent months planning is executed just as you envision. At the end of the day, all we want is to make your wedding day everything that you imagined and then some.
This sounds wonderful but it also seems expensive; are we going to be able to afford this?
You can’t afford not to! You spend so much time planning your wedding, visiting venues and meeting with vendors; it’s taxing and very time consuming. You should enjoy the remaining period of your engagement and the months leading up to your wedding day. Pick your venue, hire your vendors and then turn over the paperwork and the minutiae to us! We’ll handle all the behind-the-scenes details that make a wedding a successful production and you and your fiancé will have time to enjoy your engagement and celebrate with your friends and family.
Who do you work best with?
We work best with couples who want to be hands on with the planning of their wedding but realize the value in being able to relinquish the follow-through to a trust-worthy professional on the wedding day. Couples that work with us want to really enjoy the engagement period leading up to their wedding day and, on the actual wedding day, be able to relax and be truly present at their wedding, knowing that a qualified wedding professional is handling the many moving parts of the day.
So many couples say that they don’t remember the details of their day because they were so busy running here and there, worrying about “everything” getting done. We pride ourselves on taking that stress and distraction away from them.
Will you work with the vendors I’ve already found or really want to work with?
That’s our job! We are team players and will work with all your vendors to make your day a success. We’ll reach out to your vendors on your behalf, follow up with them on details for your wedding day and coordinate everyone’s schedules for the day. On the wedding day, we will ensure that everyone is fulfilling the services you contracted with them for and be there, as the contact person, so that you’ll be free to relax and enjoy.
The venue says they have a wedding planner; can’t I just use their services to plan my wedding?
As your personal planner/coordinator, I will provide services specific to your needs on the day of your wedding. A venue coordinator is convenient and helpful but he/she works for the venue; often that person cannot lend their time and attention to individual clients on an on-going basis. As your planner/coordinator, I work for you and will be available to assist you, as needed, throughout the wedding planning process and particularly on the day of your wedding. As your planner/coordinator, it is my job to deal with the details of your wedding and carry out the tasks necessary to execute your vision.
What forms of payment do you accept and do you have a payment plan?
We accept cash, credit cards, bank checks, money orders and PayPal…whichever is most convenient for you. If requested, we are happy to work with you in establishing a payment plan to fit within your budget.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, I have a general liability policy.
Do you take more than one wedding per day?
No, my team and I are totally focused on you on your wedding day. All of our time, energy, and resources are dedicated to you on your day.
How do you keep in contact with your clients?
My clients have all my contact numbers. If I am unable to speak with you at the time of your call, I am committed to returning your phone call by the end of the day, even if it’s just to schedule a time for us to talk. I am also committed to answering all e-mails within a 24 hour window.
What happens if there is an emergency that keeps you from being present on my wedding day?
I have several qualified and talented colleagues that can fill in on my behalf, at no cost to you.
This sounds like everything we’ve been looking for, what happens next to start the process?
Awesome! The next step is for you to call me at 888-702-9702 or email me to set up your complimentary “get acquainted” consultation. I want to hear about your needs and see if we’re a good match.
Can we contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?
Absolutely! I’d be happy to put you in touch with previous clients. You can also look at some of our client testimonials right now!
We have a few more questions before getting started; can I call you to discuss further?
Yes. In fact, we highly encourage all of our clients to schedule a complimentary consultation so that we can get all of your questions answered and make sure that we’re a great fit for one another. Again, please feel free to call me at 888-702-9702 with any questions you many have or you can email me to discuss your needs and desires.