After giving Quincy some great Valentine’s Day tips, Maria DeGalleford helped us understand why it is so helpful to hire a wedding planner by answering few, more in-depth questions for us.
You mentioned we are currently in “Prime Consult” season. How far in advance would you advise someone to begin planning a big event?
The ideal timeframe for securing everything is 12-18 months prior to the big day.
The Hampton roads area is a destination location, with a lot of out-of-town clients as well as military clients and vendors and venues book quickly.
Although we will still be booking some of the smaller details up until 3-6 months, clients may not have as many options. We make monthly checklists to make sure we stay on track and that nothing is missed.
What is the craziest proposal you have helped orchestrate?I haven’t had anything too crazy in terms of proposals. We have had time crunches or bad weather. One client wanted his hotel suite decorated with candles, rose petals, specialty foods, the whole thing. However, the hotel was brand new, and check-in was a bit delayed. We actually had to move at lightning speed to pull it off. I think we were ripping plastic off of stuff and throwing it all together in 20 minutes. We passed them in the hallway but she had no idea who we were, the end result was beautiful, so it worked out.
Another client insisted on this area of beach near the jetty. It had been raining on and off all day. He was adamant that the beach would be the best, so we had set and reset a few times during sprinkle showers. I swear when she showed up the skies cleared.
Are there any aspects of a wedding that the bride and groom might not be aware of that they need to include or plan for in the wedding?
Most couples plan for the setup but never for the breakdown. The end of the night breakdown is usually always an after thought. Lots of friends and family want to help “Set-up” but no one wants to stay for the breakdown after a full day of event prep and celebrating.
We handle all aspects of the breakdown and pack everything up and return it the following day. No one is waiting around to load up their car. We usually have a good assortment of rentals that need to be returned, the couple’s personal items and then random things that guests have left like shoes, cell phones, etc. Sometimes that pile is really odd.
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