Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of hiring a wedding planner or consultant?

Planning for a wedding is an incredibly exciting time; however, there is an innumerable amount of detail that goes into making a once-in-a-lifetime event run smoothly. With a busy career and personal life, it can be difficult for couples to find the time and resources needed for such a task. 

Lisa Pleasant Events has the knowledge structure needed to locate the most reputable vendors, negotiate prices and contracts, handle the countless details, and greatly reduce stress throughout the planning process. 

Most couples tell us that hiring a wedding planner was the best wedding investment they made.

We are thrilled to be able to help save you time and money (as well as your sanity) in order for you to spend time enjoying one another during your engagement and on your beautiful wedding day!

What exactly does a wedding planner do?

Planning for a wedding is an incredibly exciting time; however, there is an innumerable amount of detail that goes into making a once-in-a-lifetime event run smoothly. With a busy career and personal life, it can be difficult for couples to find the time and resources needed for such a task. 

We are the middle women. We worry about vendors showing up, rentals and deliveries arriving on time, directing guests, and setting up so you don’t have to.

We are the secretary. We organize timelines, budgets, VIP photo lists, and song lists; we keep track of vendors and their contact information, and help with contracts, hotel block rooming lists, you name it.

We are a neutral party, a therapist and a mediator. We respectfully do not care too much if a family member gets a bit out of sorts over something that you have planned the way you want it, and will take one for the team if needed. We are here to give you exactly what YOU want on YOUR special day.

We see the bigger picture. When planning a wedding, it is so easy to become overwhelmed with the tiny details, that sometimes the bigger picture can get overlooked. We are here to help you take a step back and focus on the details AS WELL AS the bigger picture.

We are your risk mitigators. Every couple should be able to relax and enjoy their wedding day, and especially be able to enjoy one another. It’s much harder to do that when you have a million people running up to you with questions and mini-disasters when all you want to do is soak up the happiness and enjoy yourselves. Our job is to handle the questions and mini-disasters for you and make sure you have as many happy moments as humanly possible.

We have access to the best vendors in the area, and through our connections even get discounts with some of them! We will save you time by directing you to the vendors we think will fit you best. We know price points and styles of plenty of vendors, saving you the time of researching and comparing them.

We keep your best interests in mind. Did the rainy weather ruin your beautiful outdoor setting? We arrange it indoors, equally as beautiful, in no time flat. Did a bridesmaid’s hem come loose? We sew it into place. Did you forget to bring something? We've got your back.

Your happiness is our number one priority and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that your big day is all you hoped for!

Most couples tell us that hiring a wedding planner was the best wedding investment they made.

We are thrilled to be able to help save you time and money (as well as your sanity) in order for you to spend time enjoying one another during your engagement and on your beautiful wedding day!

How much do wedding planners cost in NC?

Wedding planners can range in price, depending on experience and services offered. You might be able to find some “day-of coordinators” for $500 on Craigslist, for example, but they are likely planners with little to no experience who will rely on you to provide all timelines, etc. Full planners, on the other hand, vary from a flat fee to a percentage of your budget (typically anywhere from 15-25%). Our prices for consultation and partial planning are at a flat rate, not including travel or customized packages, but our full planning is based on a percentage of your venue(s) and vendors.

What separates you from other wedding planners?

Have you ever heard of an economics and math major-turned-planner? Ever seen an architectural program to create an event floorplan? We have, and we take pride in these things. Our team ranges from a variety of backgrounds, from English, mathematics, and economics, to video production and hospitality. We come to you with all sort of ideas, creativity, and various perspectives. Every planner has been very aggressively trained in keeping to the type A style of organization, meaning that there is no room for error.

We have more than one team member. If (God forbid and knocking on wood) any emergency should ever arise, we have backup. Our notes are kept in the same format on our spreadsheets so that, if there ever were to arise a need to fill in on your big day, we can jump in without skipping a beat. This, to date, has only happened once when one of our planners had an unexpected death in the family. The event went perfectly and the family gave a rave review.

In order to give each of our clients the time and attention they deserve, each of us only takes a limited amount of work per year. This gives us the opportunity to focus on you fully in the months leading up to the big day. We truly believe each wedding is unique and we want to honor that by giving you the attention you deserve. We make it a priority to stay up to date on the wedding world, and really listen to and execute our clients’ thoughts, dreams, and ideas.

Most importantly, We focus on quality- not quantity. We enjoy spending our time working with you while perfectly executing and personalizing your wedding, rather than hurriedly planning dozens and dozens of "one look fits all" events. We feel a deep sense of pride, accomplishment, and happiness when we watch our couples enjoying one another on their wedding day instead of stressing about the details. Not only does every couple deserve to make their dream wedding into the wedding of their dreams; but they also deserve to enjoy it! The best part of our job is making that happen.

What is the Difference Between a Wedding Planner, Wedding Consultant, Wedding Coordinator & Event Designer?

Great Question! We'll break it down for you the best we can... as we offer ALL of the above.

Wedding Planner/Full-Service Coordinator:

A wedding planner or full-service coordinator (a.k.a. the Bride's new best friend throughout the planning process) is there from start to finish. Wedding planners are generally the first person you call after you get engaged (well, aside from friends and family).

Once you've chosen and hired your planner, you might give them an idea of your vision (or lack thereof) for your wedding day. From there, the planner usually takes the reigns and helps you find the perfect photographer, caterer, baker, florist, décor rentals, invitations and more.

Depending on your time constraints and budget, the wedding planner can be involved in every little decision, and essentially "take over" when you're to busy to deal with putting in 150 hours to plan your wedding OR they can play more of the consultant role (which we'll get to next).

Wedding planners can help you stick to a budget, create timelines for you and your bridal party, and contract properly with some of the best vendors in the area. They attend most meetings and consultations with you because one decision you make with a florist, for example, may affect three other vendors. You say you want something and they make sure that all the elements are in place to make it work. Their vast knowledge and experience is an invaluable asset to planning the wedding of your dreams. The full-service planner/coordinator will be there from start to finish on your wedding day and may even help you plan and guide your rehearsal & rehearsal dinner as well.

Wedding Consultant:

The wedding consultant is just as it sounds: a wedding professional to consult with while planning your wedding. Some wedding consultants will charge you by the hour, while others, like us, have consultation packages in place. If you are not afraid of contacting vendors, arranging meetings, sticking to your own budget, and conducting your own rehearsal and wedding day, then wedding consultations may be your cup of tea. While most consultants do not include your time lines and budgets, we consider these part of our consultation, so we are not just giving you information, but providing you with a complete blueprint of your event.

Day-Of/Month-Of/Weekend-Of Wedding Coordinator:

This is the trickiest area to define, as each wedding coordinator has their own style, packages, procedures & ideas of what Day-Of Coordination really entails. Regardless, wedding coordinators are pretty much a God-send for your wedding day. I have been told time and time again by my brides that their wedding coordinator was truly the most invaluable investment they made.

For us, the closest we have is our partial package. We do not call this a “day-of” package, because what we provide is so much more than that! You will meet your planner as soon as you book us, no matter how far in advance that might be. Our philosophy is that it is much easier to prevent a mishap than to try to fix it on your wedding day. If we meet before you start booking your vendors, you will have a better idea on what you need, such as the number of hours you will likely need a photographer or videographer, the time to book your hair and makeup artist(s), all of your time lines, what to think about for design and setup, etc. We can also pass along discounts to you from the beginning. We meet with you one or two months before your big day to go through everything once more before contacting all of your vendors for you and relaying information and logistics (did your band or DJ know to bring a lapel mic for your officiant, for example?). We guide you through your wedding rehearsal, we set up, we manage vendors, we avert mini-disasters without you even knowing they were on the horizon, we make wedding day timelines for you and your bridal party, we play therapist, we play janitor, we play best friend... we are there for you every step of the way on the first day of your happily ever after.

If you come to us a month or two before the wedding, even if you have all of your vendors secured, we still do everything above, reviewing the details of your orders with other vendors. Did you ask your bakery to bring an extra box for the top layer of the cake? Did you remember to include grandparents in your floral order? We take the same amount of time planning with you, just in a more condensed time frame. We will help get and keep you on track with all of your to-do’s before the wedding, a list of items to bring for us to set up for you, etc. We will still confirm with the vendors you've hired, create a wedding day timeline for you and your wedding party, and make sure you have everything covered for a flawless event.

Event Designer:

The event designer takes care of the "look and feels" of your wedding, rather than the planning logistics. Event designers are the creative genius behind the décor at a beautiful event. They set up, tear down (sometimes), and are generally not present throughout your wedding's events.

At Lisa Pleasant Events, we consider design as a part of our packages, no matter which one you go with. We help get those creative juices flowing, help with event design, and also collaborate with other local event designers, rental companies, and florists to create your dream ambiance. If you're a DIY'er, you can consult with an event designer for inspiration, ideas & how-tos. If you aren't, an event designer is a must-have for a beautiful event, large or small.

Do you offer day-of wedding coordination?

Yes, depending on how you define this. We have found that, in order to truly pull of a flawless event, this requires more than just showing up on the day of your wedding. Please see our description above to learn more about what we include in our partial planning package!