The more we get to know our wonderful clients, the more we realize that people do not understand what Event Designers really do, why it is of value, and what separates them from Event Coordinators. We feel it is important that we take the time to educate and inform prospective and current clients on not only who we are, but what we can do for you, and how it can positively transform your entire event experience.

What is an Event Designer?

An Event Designer designs what your event will look, feel, sound, taste and even smell like. An Event Designer creates an overall concept for your event at the start of the planning process and should ensure that every visual and aesthetic detail works cohesively. This will include partnering with your florist, lighting specialist, or bringing in special vendors that can make any specific needs met. They will charge for their concepts and time and bill for materials based on your budget or vision.

Are Designers and Coordinators the same?

NO! A designer is much like a creative director. They envision the event and ensure that every aspect of the creative process is covered. Where as a coordinator takes a more logistical stance, ensuring that vendor contracts, scheduling, and agendas are kept... the two really do need to work together and it is important to have both the right and left brain on staff in order to have a beautiful, cohesive, magazine-worthy event. The Elite Events team is composed of both Event Designers and Coordinators allowing you the client to have the most well rounded experience, all while saving you time and money.

DIY or Hire an Event Designer?

Are you thinking I can do that myself? The average number of hours it takes to design an event depends on its size but for a 250 person event, a designer can spend up to 250 hours working all the details out. It takes a lot of time because this creative team isn't just going to go buy vases and tie bows they are going to take your personality, your likes & dislikes and use their education and experience to make the event a success. Clients who end up working well with event designers are those who value something different. A good event designer won't simply recreate what you saw in a magazine. They will instead take your ideas and create something that has never been done before.

I’ve planned everything myself for my wedding but I want to make sure everything happens the way I have planned it. Do you just do wedding day coordination?

We do provide wedding day coordination. (Please see our 2 month out Package). We go over everything with you before your wedding, create an itinerary and confirm all your vendors. We make sure that the weeks leading up to your wedding are not nights filled with you having nightmares about things not going right at your wedding but instead, sweet stress free dreams of your magical day. On the wedding day our team is there to orchestrate all your plans so all the details that you’ve spent months planning come to life. When we meet we’ll also suggest some add on’s to this service that can make your day even that much more special.

Where do you plan weddings?

We plan events locally and nationally.

What is a reasonable budget for a wedding?

A valuable tip on guesstimating your overall budget would be to double the cost of your venue, food and beverage and minimal rentals for your overall budget.

Why can't I do the planning myself?

You certainly can do the planning yourself, and that sometimes is part of the fun. But it can also be a hassle: checking out many sources for each vendor category, making sure all of the details are in place and worrying about whether you are getting the best deal and whether everything will turn out all right. An ABC bridal professional has the training and experience to make it all come together while you relax.

Won't a consultant want to run the whole show?

A professional bridal consultant will work with you to handle as much or as little of your wedding as you wish. After all, it is your wedding. The consultant is there to help you and your family make the day as perfect as possible.

How can I tell if a Bridal consultant is reputable?

All Association of Bridal Consultants Members agree to uphold the ABC code of ethics and standards of membership. Look for association's logos and ask to see current membership certificates, or contact the association. Be sure to ask the consultant during the interview what kind of education and experience they have. Review their portfolio and check references to insure that the work being portrayed is accurate.

Do you have Liability Insurance.

Yes

There are other Companies who are cheaper than Elite Events, why shouldn’t I go with a cheaper company?

We are of the mindset that you get what you pay for. Imagine a white t-shirt, you have the choice of getting one from a big box store like Wal-Mart or you could get one from a higher end store like Prada or Saks Fifth Avenue. There are a couple of distinct differences between these two t-shirts:

1) When you enter into a high-end store you have an associate’s undivided attention to help you find a t-shirt that is the perfect match for your personality, style and budget. They make sure that it’s the right fit and they’re alongside you to field any questions and offer you tips like which accessories would look great with the shirt. In a cheaper store there are often staffing issues and you do not get the same kind of attention. If you can track someone down they are not knowledgeable in regards to this particular request because they deal with everything from house wares to kids toys.

2) The quality of the shirt is obviously going to be much different. Compare a cheap shirt against a high quality shirt and you can immediately see and feel the difference. It becomes even more evident as time goes by which shirt holds up better.

The same is true when it comes to event planners. We plan events full time. We don’t have other jobs that we’re juggling and we’re not working on your event late at night or in between pop in’s from our corporate boss. Our full attention is on our clients and providing them with an Elite experience as we plan and design their events. Cheaper planners have to run more volume through their businesses to break even so that means more distraction again. We are very specific about the type of clients we want to work with and we are more concerned with the connection between our client and us being a good fit than accumulating a volume of clients. Our services are designed for the discerning client. It always saddens us to receive an email from a client who has gone with a cheaper planner and has realized that it has been a waste of money because their experience is not aligned with their needs. We are continuously educating ourselves on the latest event trends and meeting the crème de la crème of the event industry so that we can pass on our expertise to our clients.

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