A common question I receive from inquiring couples is “When should we hire you”. It’s a great question, and my routine answer is “as soon as you would like some help.” While I still believe that is the best answer to the question, I wanted to use this blog post to shed some more light on why I answer the question the way I do.
I looked back at our 2015 calendar and dug down deep to remember my grade school math lessons and I did some calculations. I discovered that our “average client” hires us 8 months before their wedding.
With that being said, that "average" is really comprised of three different scenarios/types of clients
The first type of client knows they want the help of an experienced professional right away. This client usually hires us when they begin planning their wedding, or right after they book their venue. We help this client set their budget, find their vendors, and we set them up so they have a clear, action oriented planning process/to-do list to move forward with. This “type” of client, hires us on average 11.5 months before their wedding.
The second type of client hires us in the middle of their planning process, typically when they are stuck with a problem. That problem could be the fact their budget is getting away from them, they can’t find a vendor, or they are simply getting nervous and are wondering if they are forgetting something. We help this client get control of their budget, tweaking plans if necessary. We organize their vendor team, and fill in the missing pieces with our vendor reccomendations. We build and communicate their timeline, provide a plan/to-do list for the remaining planning time, and we provide the much needed re-assurance that everything will be okay. This “type” of client usually hires us at 7month mark.
The third type of client usually hires us in what I call the “oh-shit” stage. Sometimes they come to us because work has gotten crazy, and they still have a lot to be done. Or, sometimes their heads are just swimming with details and concern and they are wondering who is going to take care of things day-of. We help these clients with the remaining items that still need to be done and we dot the I's, and cross the T's of all of the items they took care of before they came to us. We confirm details with their vendors, and we basically ensure everything is dialed in and ready to go. This “type” of client usually hires us 6 weeks before their wedding.
Regardless of when clients hire us, we begin working with them right away. Of course we love it when clients see us in the beginning as we are able to provide the most assistance, (and that is why we are here). But regardless of when couples reach out, we work hard to ensure everything is in order, and we take the burden and pressure off of them and get them on the right track to enjoy what is left of their planning process. It is never too late to seek a little help. We are here to provide peace of mind to our couples and their families and our goal is for our clients to enjoy everything the day has to offer.
If you are planning a wedding and interested in learning how we may be of assistance, please send us an email, or give us a call. We would love to schedule a consultation to learn more about your plans and share how we can help.