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How would you describe what you do?

We are dream makers who have mastered the fine line between fairy dust and reality. On the creative side, we make things beautiful and create a true testament of our clients. On the grind, we get things done and really create a path to make what may seem like an overwhelming number of tasks, into manageable steps. We are everything from designers, to managers, to financial advisors and at times, love counselors – all rolled into one. What do we do? We make people happy, period.

 

How long have you been in the business?

Le Festin Events has been operating in the Central Coast since 2010, but I have been in the events planning industry since the year 2000. With my team, collectively, we have over 30+ years of experience spanning from weddings to corporate events. We started young!

 

What is your philosophy of a wedding planner and their role in helping brides and grooms plan their wedding?

My personal philosophy in helping couples plan, and the philosophy which the company is built on, is “1 part fun, 1 part balance, 1 part glue, and 2 parts love.” Sometimes, couples have an idea of their “wants” and can get very lost in the fantasy of styled shoots and Pinterest boards, or we do also encounter couples who get so caught up with the budget that they forget to dream a bigger picture. We want to create that equilibrium; have couples think out of the box and aim high for a beautiful personalized wedding, while still keeping them in their financial comfort zone. In every consultation, I tell my clients off the bat that we are here to offer our services sincerely, give a hand to hold, but by the same token, we will also be very honest from the moment the planning process begins. I think it is extremely important for any wedding planner to show their clients creative options, while still keeping them grounded. Those are the fun and balance parts, but at the end of the day, it comes down to composure and love. A wedding planner needs to truly know their business and love what they do, from design, to logistics, to working with couples and colleagues, because if things don’t go as planned, you need to be able to keep it together and continue to come back for more!

 

Do you offer packages:  If so, what are they?

We do offer set and custom packages. We have everything from Day-Of, Month-Of, Full Plan to Custom. For clients who many not necessarily need a package due to their event type, we also offer a variety of a la carte services.

 

What is your most popular package and why?

Our most popular package is the Month-Of. It is pretty comprehensive and clients truly feel that this helps them more than a Day-Of. It is essentially everything a couple needs to get them started on the right foot, with help on layouts, budgeting, logistics and professional advice along the way. 30 days before their wedding, we take completely take over finalizing items and they can pretty much just relax and focus on themselves.

 

Are you able to counsel me on wedding etiquette?

Absolutely, and quite frankly, I think more couples should ask their wedding planners tips on etiquette. Let’s not even get started with guests, because I wish guests asked for etiquette advice too! I grew up in a household that was very fun and filled with art and music, but my parents always expected us to be in the best behavior, especially in social occasions. Although I am happily known to be the “funny” and “crazy” (the good kind of “crazy”) wedding planner in the Central Coast, I hold etiquette in very high regard. If you have an etiquette question, or a dilemma on how to approach a touchy wedding subject, sister, do I have the answer for you!

 

How do you charge?  What are your rates?

We charge based on a couples’ wedding needs, but our base Day-Of Package starts at a little over $2000, and our Full Plan service is usually based on budget, but starts at $6500+

 

Is there anything else you would like me to know? 

Yes. Just advice to wedding couples. Never underestimate the enormity of what it takes to run a wedding. A wedding planner or coordinator is one of the best investments made while in the early stages to happy ever-after. 

 

Testimonials:

“Where do we even begin… words cannot express how truly grateful we are to you, for all that you have done to make our dreams come true. Thank you for creating a wedding that was more beautiful than we had ever dreamed of. Thank you for your advice, guidance, love, support, energy, vision, drive, hard work… the list goes on and on. Because of you, we now have incredible memories to cherish the rest of our lives. You made our dreams come true and we love you. Thank you for everything.
XOXO" - Mr. & Mrs. Doering

“You are simply amazing. I don’t think we could have done this without you. A million thanks isn’t even enough to let you know how much you mean to us. Your team was amazing, and our guests were just floored at how beautiful everything was. Because of you, John and I were able to take in the beauty of the day. I have to admit, I was able to watch you with my bridesmaids while things were getting set up, it was like watching a movie. We were so impressed by how you handled everything. Boss! Your talent and definitely, your humor got us through the past 8 months. We love you!" - Melissa

“You were AMAZING at the wedding on Friday!  I truly have no idea what we would have done without you...you tied everything together and we didn't have a care in the world at our wedding other than having a blast! Even with snafu in the kitchen no one had any idea!  Our guests raved about you as well! Thanks again!  You da bomb!" - Julie 

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