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“The big deal of the whole wedding is the marriage that results from it. The rest of it is just a party—yes, the most expensive and probably fanciest party you’ve ever thrown, but ultimately it’s just a party. It shouldn’t cause stress and tears, and planning it should be as fun as attending it.” —Meg, La Vie En Rose Events
When I started writing APW, I really bought into the idea that wedding planners were for rich people. Like, sure, maybe they were nice to have (though I was convinced they were mostly crazy, actually), but they were not something a normal human being could or should afford. Plus, most of the stories I’d heard about planners involved them convincing you to spend MORE of your money, not less. And really, who wants to pay for that? But two things have happened. One, the wedding industry has changed, due in no small part to you guys, acting in one large voting-with-your-dollars block. You’ve allowed sane awesome people to make a good living in the wedding planning business, and I kind of want to kiss you for it. Two, my thinking has changed. Due in large part to this new breed of sane and awesome wedding planners, I’ve realized that if you can fit it in your budget hiring someone like Meg of La Vie En Rose events in New York and the Tri-State area, is one of the best and sanest moves you could make. Let’s discuss why (other than the fact that Meg, or “Other Meg” as I call her), is a really talented, chill, awesome human being… because the most helpful thing about wedding planners is probably not what you think it is.
Why Wedding Planners Are Awesome
You probably think the reason to consider hiring a wedding planner is so you have someone to coordinate your wedding on the day of. And that’s super important. You should not think that you can both get married, and be in charge of the day itself, because it will make you crazy. This might mean you hire someone awesome like Meg, who steps in six weeks before the wedding, and makes sure you’re taken care of. Or this might mean that you ask a friend to be your wedding stage manager (like I did).
But the real magic of talented, sane, experienced planners is that not only can they make sure your wedding day happens smoothly, but that they can easily and painlessly help you put together the right wedding for you. When I was planning my wedding, I was flying blind. I did the best research I could into Bay Area wedding venues, and booked the only one I thought we could afford. And while I loved our venue, I’ve since discovered that there are a pretty easy five to ten other venues we could have afforded and might have loved, that we just didn’t know anything about. But an experienced planner like Meg knows all the venues in your area (traditional and non-traditional) and can talk about what would be a good fit for what you want. Meg can give you advice on great places to go hunting for your wedding dress (again, traditional or non-traditional), she can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of food trucks vs. traditional catering vs. self-catering. Even if you do the bulk of the planning legwork yourself and only pay for Meg to come in at the very end, having her in your back pocket is a bit like having a sassy, wise, wedding fairy godmother.
Meg of LVR: Your Wedding Fairy Godmother
For those of you in New York City and the Tri-State Area, Meg is the wedding fairy godmother you’ve been looking for. Meg planned my awesome Brooklyn book tour party as a gift to me, and she’s worked with Maddie at weddings (Maddie says La Vie En Rose Events is the very best). When Meg is your planner, she’s firmly on your team. If you’re using her just for coordination, you can still call her up with quick questions. If you are working on a more complex problem (say picking a venue or finding a caterer), you can book her for an hour of consulting for $100… well, it’s $85 for APWers, because she loves you so much. (Plus, you don’t even have to be a client to book Meg for consulting. I KNOW, GET IT.)
All of which brings me to Meg’s rates, and her APW discount:
My pricing varies based on a number of factors (location, date, size, complexity, etc.). Generally speaking, Month-of (which is really six-weeks of) coordination starts at $2,700, partial planning ranges from $3,500–$5,500, and full planning starts at $5,500. I work with couples to create a custom proposal based on their specific needs/wants/strengths/weaknesses/timing issues as well as their budget. You won’t find one size fits all packages on my website—since generally speaking, I find them to be bullshit. However, I know that sometimes you just need someone to come in and just coordinate the shit out of the wedding that you planned. Since I love APW couples, I’m offering an APW Month-of Special at a seriously reduced price: $2,014 for 2014 Month-of-coordination. That’s over 25% off the starting price. Happy New Year, APWers! Couples looking for partial or full planning will also receive this discount on the coordination portion of their custom package. So yay! We do have limited availability for 2014, so in order to get this awesome deal, it would probably be best for you to reach out to me soon!
Also, I travel—I can get shit done anywhere! I always aim to keep travel fees to a minimum, and there are a lot of places where I’ll go without charging a lodging fee. As I look out my window at the snow on the ground, I’m dreaming of weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean, so call me.
Over the years I’ve learned that wedding planners come in a lot of stripes, and it’s important to pick one that fits your personality. What I love about Meg is not just that she gets you (and will never try to push a chair upgrade on you that you could care less about). It’s that she’s talented, experienced, in command… and chill. To do a good job, lots of wedding planners are a bit intense. It’s rare to find a wedding planner that’s super chill, yet will Get It Done. Meg is that magical unicorn.
Meg <3′s APWers
But enough from me. Here is (Other) Meg, talking about why she loves APW couples, her job, cake, and occasionally getting to boss people around with a smile:
I love working with APW couples—they are by far, always my favorites! APW couples are always so in tune with the things I feel are truly important—planning a meaningful event centered on love and joy—not material things. I often find myself saying some variation of this phrase during consultations: The big deal of the whole wedding is the marriage that results from it. The rest of it is just a party—yes, the most expensive and probably fanciest party you’ve ever thrown, but ultimately it’s just a party. It shouldn’t cause stress and tears, and planning it should be as fun as attending it. APW couples get that, and don’t need to be reminded of that daily!
The philosophy at LVR Events is all about the couple. I get to know my couples from day one—I want to know more than just the specifics about where the wedding is and what they want it to look like. I want to know how they met, how they got engaged, what their hobbies and cultures are, and more. I can’t help them plan a day that speaks to who they are without knowing about them. In order to keep things personal, I keep things small. I only book a limited number of weddings each year, so that the couples that I work with are never just a date or a number—they’re people, and they’re people that I really like on a personal level. I don’t have a spendy NYC office. Instead, I go to the couple’s neighborhood at a time that’s convenient for them, and I don’t pass on high overhead costs to them!
It’s always awkward saying “this is why I’m awesome,” but here it goes—I’m feisty yet professional, I’m opinionated yet open minded, I’m a good listener, I’m a doer, I’m reasonable/rational/sane/calm, but I’m also really fun! I love helping people, and I love smiling (smiling’s my favorite). I’m low maintenance and flexible. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard about high-maintenance wedding planners—um, how does that even work? I can’t imagine being a source of stress to my couples when my main purpose is to alleviate stress! I’m also really good at what I do—organizing and people management are things that come very naturally to me. So it never really seems like work! I meet amazing couples and hear their love stories, I’m surrounded by pretty things, I make spreadsheets, I boss people around (when appropriate), I solve problems, and hello, cake (or pie, or whatever), and champagne. All of my favorite things, rolled up into one!
Anyway, I promise I’m a genuine, friendly person who kicks ass at what I do. I’m not going to look down my nose at you because you want to buck tradition, and I’m not going to bat an eyelash if you really do want to embrace the old school. I’m not interested in trying to talk you into one way vs. another—I’m interested in making what you want happen. Some planners tend to get comfortable with doing things a certain way, and end up producing the same type of event over and over. I think that’s boring. The individuality and uniqueness of my clients’ weddings is what keeps me coming back for more. Pushing the envelope and expanding my comfort zone are incredibly important to me (yet another reason APW couples have the key to my heart).
As far as I’m concerned, if you’re planning a wedding in the Tri-State Area, Meg at La Vie En Rose Events is your lady. She’ll coordinate the shit out of your wedding day, yes. But she’ll also bring ease and joy to your planning. Once upon a time, weddings were something thrown by the families (read: Bride’s mother) for the couple. Now that it no longer works that way, it can be important to have someone on your team to help take care of you. If that person is Meg, you’re one lucky couple.