Bliss Events wants you to be wedding wise about all things related to the coordination process. Here are a few helpful tips to digest, share with your family, print and mail to grandma, send to friends, or bookmark for a rainy day.
Why hire a wedding coordinator?
Statistics show that the average wedding takes approximately 250 hours to plan (that is equivalent to over 6 full work weeks!). A Coordinator can save you time spent researching and planning. A Coordinator can also help you prioritize your vendors, get your budget in order, provide qualified vendor referrals, accompany you to vendor meetings and know what questions to ask, review vendor contracts, negotiate on your behalf, and save you money. Not to mention, a Coordinator provides creative décor and design ideas! And that final month prior to your wedding, a Coordinator will confirm your vendors, make a timeline, run your rehearsal, and be there to make sure that you, your family, and friends enjoy a totally stress-free day!
What makes you qualified to be Professional Wedding Coordinators?
For starters, we have nearly 50 years combined experience planning events, with about 28 combined years planning weddings. Rachel has a degree in Interior Design, Ashley and Korie have been event planning since college, Paige has worked in operations and venue management, Rachel has worked in hotels and understand the operational side of venues. In addition, Rachel has completed the Special Events and Meetings Management program at The University of California San Diego. We all attend professional wedding and special event association meetings and conferences, gaining education and knowledge about current industry trends. Rachel is a Member (and former Board Member) of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) and has been a guest speaker at UCSD, USD, SDSU and San Diego City College on the topics of owning a small business, branding and marketing, and Wedding Coordination. Since Bliss Events’ inception in 2004, we have become the “go-to” wedding coordinators for various media (TV, magazines, radio) because of our extensive knowledge and expertise.
I am already working with a Catering Manager at my venue, and he/she is very helpful. Why do I need your help?
Typically, Catering Managers at hotels or venues have the job of overseeing the wedding details that are directly related to the venue (and sometimes the food and beverage as well). It is not in their job description to confirm your vendors, run your rehearsal, oversee the vendors on your wedding day, cue you down the aisle at your ceremony, and make sure all of the day’s events are running according to schedule. As professional Wedding Coordinators, our services supplement the services offered by your Catering Manager, Banquet Manager & Staff, and other vendors.
How can I determine which Coordination “Package” I need? What if I don’t see exactly what I am looking for in one of your Packages?
No worries! We are here to help. Once we are in touch with you, we will ask a few questions in order to learn more about your upcoming wedding. Then, we are happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation. At the consultation we will discuss your wedding and your Coordination needs, as well as answer any questions you have about Wedding Coordination. After learning more about your needs, we will determine if a certain package is a good fit, or we will customize something to meet your needs.
I am planning a destination wedding in San Diego, but I live in another city/state/country, can you help me?
Yes, we can! In fact, about half of our clients do not live in San Diego County – they live all over the world. So we are very comfortable with out-of-city/state/country clients and communicating via phone, e-mail, FaceTime, and Skype.
How many weddings do you plan per year? Per month? Per weekend?
By choice, each Coordinator plans approximately 10-to-20 weddings per year – a combination of Full Service, Month-Of, and Custom Coordination clients. We typically plan no more than three weddings per month each, with no more than one wedding per weekend each. We are firm believers in not over-committing ourselves, so we control our workloads in order to give our clients the time and attention they deserve!
Do you have ideas on how to make my wedding special, unique, and memorable?
Do we ever! One of our favorite parts of our jobs is working with our clients to brainstorm and create whatever is necessary to make their weddings extra-special and tailored to their personalities, likes, and desires. This is one of the main reasons we keep ourselves up-to-date with what’s current in the wedding industry, so we can offer creative and unique ideas for our clients’ weddings and events.
What makes Bliss Events unique?
944 Magazine San Diego named us “Queen of Matrimony” for a reason! With our many years of experience, our friendly demeanors, and our ability to think creatively, we have earned a reputation as one of the top Wedding Coordination companies in San Diego County. We believe in translating your vision into the perfect wedding or event. Our upbeat personalities and strong work ethic combine to make Bliss Events a wedding planning powerhouse.
Is the Coordinator I meet with (at my complimentary consultation) going to be the same Coordinator I work with the entire time, or will I be assigned a different person?
The Coordinator you meet at your consultation is the same person you will be working with during your entire wedding planning process! On your wedding day, your Coordinator will also have a few Assistants to help.
How do you determine which vendors to recommend to each of your clients?
We tailor all vendor referrals to fit the specific client based on their style, personality, and budget. After meeting with you and getting to know more about you and your wedding, we send you vendor referrals that are selected especially for YOU!
Will I lose control of my own wedding after hiring a Coordinator?
Definitely not! Your wedding is YOUR event, not ours. We are there to help and guide you through the planning process, not to take over. We will give you as much or as little help as you want.
My friend had a Wedding Coordinator who bossed around the wedding party and vendors on her wedding day – will you be doing that?
Oh no, that is not the way we operate! We believe in vendors working as a TEAM with one common goal: the success of your wedding. We want you to have a beautiful and wonderful wedding and we work together with your other vendors to create it for you. As for the wedding party, we are there to guide them on the wedding day, helping them and answering any questions, not to boss them around. We believe in fun and stress-free weddings for everyone involved!
How long have you been in business? Do you have liability insurance?
Bliss Events was established in April 2004 and is fully insured.
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