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WHICH WEDDING PLANNING SERVICE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you are planning a wedding in Minneapolis, St. Paul, surrounding areas of the Twin Cities or Western Wisconsin, we have different levels of services to suit your needs. No matter which level you choose, we will make sure you are not working your own wedding.
Wedding Management (a.k.a Day of Coordinator or Month of Coordinator)
Whether planning your wedding is something you have always dreamed of doing, or you are just the Type A go-getter who likes to get things done, you’ve got this part down! But, you also understand you need to let things go on the day of the wedding to someone who knows your vision and has got your back so you can enjoy the results of all your hard work. A Keyed Up Events Coordinator can ensure that you and your new spouse will have the time to take it all in.
The Perfect Key (a.k.a Partial Wedding Planning)
We call this package The Perfect Key, because it is our most popular one, and it has all the services most clients are looking for. While you are still doing the bulk of your planning and vendor communication, we are available to you during the whole process, give you more detailed checklists and customized recommendations, and guide you through some of the more difficult aspects of wedding planning. If you have the time to plan your wedding, but recognize you haven’t done this before and want some help along the way from an expert, this is a great option.
Full Service Wedding Planning (a.k.a. Hello new best friend!)
Planning a wedding can be hard and time consuming. If you don’t have time to talk to between 6-15 vendors individually and want to be able to message your planner to ask about or look into something rather than do it yourself, this could be the service for you. You turn over most of the planning and communication to us, plus get extra or expanded services in many areas. We will truly be partners throughout the process. If you still need to choose a venue, this is where we really shine!
Intimate Weddings (a.k.a. Mini, Tiny or Micro Weddings) - Custom pricing
Looking to have a wedding of 50 people or less, but still need help in planning and executing the day? Contact us with more details and we will be happy to offer you a custom quote. Plus, we know a lot of great venues in the Twin Cities to hold your small wedding!
Finding the Right Wedding Planner is a Big Deal
Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life you will ever have, and partnering with a Wedding Planner to make it happen is one of the most important decisions you can make. This is someone that you are trusting to guide you with advice based on their experience, to help you get the most value out of your vendors, and be in charge on the wedding day so you can actually step back and enjoy it. You should definitely ask a lot of questions when choosing a wedding planner. We've answered a few for you to start.
Why do I need a Wedding Planner or Day of Coordinator if my venue comes with one?
A venue coordinator is there to make sure that the venue and everything that they are providing is set up and ready to go, and to manage the building throughout the day. If the venue is providing the food and/or bar, they may also be managing that as well. The venue Coordinator typically will not set up or take down any of your decor, manage your timeline or cuing the wedding party for the ceremony. If you aren't sure about what the coordinator for your venue does, be sure to ask them.
How do you set your pricing?
We have been in business since 2013 and have done almost 200 weddings. Our pricing is based on our experience, the tools you have access to during the planning process, and the time we help you plan and execute your wedding. This is a full-time business for Dana, and she also pays her Coordinators and Assistants a good wage in order to have the best people available for your wedding. We keep our prices competitive with other wedding planners in the area, but they are set to cover our costs and make a profit. We will never oversell our services to you.
Do you offer any discounts or custom quotes?
There are some venues we are on the preferred list at, so clients who are booked there may get special pricing on one or more of our packages. We may also have special offers from time to time, which can typically be found on our social media channels, like Instagram. We have spent a good amount of time putting the services included in our packages together, however because every wedding is unique, we are happy to talk to you about which services are right for your needs and do a custom quote.
How do you create the timeline?
Between six to three months out from your wedding, we create a timeline in our online platform where we put all of your vendor information, as well as other details. We can then both continue to update the timeline as we go along so by the time the wedding has arrived, everyone is on the same page about what will be happening and when. This timeline is very detailed and will be shared with all your vendors and whatever family or wedding party you want. We aim for as few surprises as possible.
Do you charge extra for rehearsal or travel fees? All of our packages include rehearsal coordination. We will work with your officiant to ensure everything will run smoothly, and introduce ourselves to the family and wedding party so they know who to come to with questions. If your wedding is outside of the 612 / 651 / 763 / 952 area codes and/or over 60 miles from the 55408 zip code, there will be a $100 travel fee, and a room rented at an agreed upon motel/hotel within 15 minutes of the venue, or a stipend for the market rate of a hotel in the area, for each night needed.
Will you put greenery out on tables or displays? Yes, we can place simple greenery or garlands and move them as needed, as long as we are given time to do so. What we cannot do is create centerpiece displays, with either real or fake flowers, on the day of the wedding. We are happy to put out whatever your florist has created, or your DIY pieces that are already put together, or tran transfer some pieces from the ceremony to the reception space. We will not go on ladders to hang or remove anything from the ceiling.
Do you breakdown decor?
Once the dance starts or dinner is over, we will begin packing up decor you own in an unobtrusive manner so as to not disturb guests. Your florist and/or rental company should come back to pack up and remove their items. We will also work with a friend of family member to ensure gifts are moved to a safe location and whatever decor you own goes into someone's vehicle. It is our goal to get you packed up as much as possible so there’s nothing left to do at the end of the night but grab your new spouse and leave!
Does the caterer bus the tables and do the trash? For many of the venues, yes they do. But if your caterer doesn’t stay all night, or isn’t the in house caterer, or you are at a venue where you can bring your own alcohol, then maybe not. You need to ask the venues and the caterer and the bar service what they do and don’t do. Your Coordinators are not responsible for clearing up plates, napkins, utensils or drinkware from appetizers, dinner, dessert or the bar, changing the trash, or sweeping and mopping up after the event.