During the complimentary consultations we have with new potential clients we are often asked how/when/why Melanie and I started YPB, so we thought we would go ahead and share that and answer some other frequently asked questions for today’s blog entry. So here is our story:
Melanie and I met back in 2007 when I started dating her then-boyfriend's, now husband’s, brother. About a month into meeting her she got engaged.
When we met I was working for a large corporation in downtown Portland planning their employee events. She was also an event planner for a non-profit. While we loved what we did for a living, we both hated where we worked. We knew there was a better, more satisfying way to earn a living.
During that same time we got our first experience with the Portland wedding industry. While the planning part was easy and enjoyable as we both had so much experience organizing events, seeing the price tags associated with every part of the wedding industry was very eye opening. Having to watch Melanie stress about money and compromise on her vision and her dreams for her big day, just to stay on budget was heartbreaking. Again, we knew there had to be a better way to plan a wedding.
So in the midst of planning Melanie’s wedding, we built our company. We sat down and spent a lot of time talking about what kind of company we wanted to build. In our current situations we felt our employers were lacking integrity, transparency, competence. So we made those our cornerstones. We also felt that wedding industry as a whole lacked affordability – well affordability for our bank accounts anyways, so we made that a priority as well.
We wanted our company to be a company everyone could afford to use because we felt everyone deserved to have a beautiful, well run wedding with minimized stress – regardless of their budget. To put it simply, we wanted to be the type of company we wanted to work for and the type of company we wanted and could afford to be a patron of.
So here we are five years later.
In the last five years we have grown considerably due to hard work and the amazing support and referrals of clients. Additionally, Over the last five years we have met awesome, talented, passionate women who, just like us, love what they do and what to share their passion with everyone.
The company has expanded and now has a total of four different divisions: event coordination (Your Perfect Bridesmaid), floral design (Your Perfect Blossoms), hair and makeup (Your Perfect Look) and stationery (Your Perfect Papery).
All five of our divisions are founded on the same principles: integrity, transparency, affordability. We are committed to helping our clients not only have the wedding of their dreams but to also be able to afford and enjoy the planning of their dream wedding.
Five years and 100+ weddings later we are thrilled and so proud of the company we have built – the company we are still building. We hope to continue to help our clients and we hope we have a chance to partner with you on your special day as well.
We have been keeping track of some of the other frequently asked questions from our initial consults and we thought we would answer those here as well:
I see your signature package includes 4 in person meetings. How soon after we sign your contract do those meetings start? We can start meeting just as soon you need to. The meetings are driven by the needs of the client. That is obviously unique to each person. All you have to do is simply email us and request a check in meeting. Each meeting usually tends to run about an hour and we try to ensure every question is answered and that you leave confident whatever stage of the process you are in.
How many coordinators will be at my wedding? Both the Signature Package and A la Carte options include 2 coordinators. Should your wedding require extensive set up we are able to add additional coordinators for $30 per hour. Often times the additional help is only needed for set up, usually 2-3 hours. We are able to determine if extra coordinators are needed at the check in meeting where we talk about your ceremony and reception decor.
What are your prices? Part of being transparent is putting all of our prices on our website. So for each of our services the pricing will always be available on our site. For coordination services, clients have two options. They can choose to by a certain amount of time at our hourly rate of $90/hr or they can choose our Signature Package which is $900 for up to 9 hours of service. It also allows clients to receive 50% off pre-planning services should they feel they need some extra help. For more information on our rates and services click here: http://www.yourperfectbridesmaid.com/#!yourperfectbridesmaid/c4tv
What is required for a deposit? 50% of the total proposal is due in order to reserve your date. The remainder is due 2 weeks prior to your wedding. Additional hour or services can be added at any point and will be added to your final total due 2 weeks prior to the big day.
What vendors do you recommend? Do you charge for your recommendations? We have worked with many vendors and we have a list of preferred vendors that we really enjoy working with and trust 100%. We do not charge for our recommendations and are happy to point you in the right direction or answer any questions you may have about each vendor - or tell you who may be the best fit for you personality wise. All you have to do is ask, we are always happy to answer any and all questions at any time!
Do you accept credit cards? We do. We use square so we are able to accept credit cards with a 3% processing fee. Please let us know if you prefer to pay by card or check.
Do I have to use the other services you offer? No, not at all. Every YPB service is availableindependently, meaning you don't have to use us for floral services if you are using us for coordination or you don't have to use us for coordination to use us for hair and makeup services. Our goal is to be available for the services that you need most. We strongly feel that you should be able to hire whatever wedding vendor you feel works best within your overall needs and of course, your budget. Sometimes that vendor is us, sometimes it's somebody else. We price each of our services fairly and competitively and we pride ourselves on providing superior customer service and an outstanding final product.