Frequently Asked Wedding Planning Questions
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A: We know this is your first question. Budgets are important. We would encourage you to give us a call or email us to set up a one-on-one appointment so you can give us a good feel for the services Hitch can help with to save you stress.
Our Diamond Level is $2400 and our 1 Carat package starts at $2950. With four different packages and add-on options, the average couple spends around $3000-4000.
A: We are only as involved as you need us to be! If you have most of your wedding vendors booked, but you’re having trouble finding a string quartet, a photographer in your price range, and an on-site hair and makeup stylist, we’re happy to send you contacts for all of those! You can book your vendors – or we can. Some reasons you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner:
- If you aren’t able to get into your reception space until the day of your wedding and you know you’ll be short on time and help. Don’t stress. The Hitch team can set up your centerpieces and head table decorations for you!
- If you don’t really have an eye for centerpiece design or details. That’s fine! We’ll show you options for centerpieces and you pick what you love! We’ll give you options and you pick your favorite budget-friendly choice. Easy as that.
- If one of your main goals is to have FUN on your wedding day. Hire a wedding planner. We will be an informational clone of you. After all our meetings and communication, we’ll know where things go, who is supposed to be where, we know how you wanted the room layout, we know you wanted a special flower to lay by the memorial table, we’ll know how to dismiss your tables for the buffet, we’ll field the calls from your vendors so you don’t have to take calls while you’re getting your hair done, we’ll ask the questions you haven’t even thought to ask yet. We’ll check in with all of your vendors so they know what time and where to arrive and set up. You can take a deep breath because we just know. We’ve talked about it.
- If you have too many people (Moms? Aunts? Personal attendants?) who want to lead your day. If you need a ring master and someone to delegate tasks, hire Hitch. You may have the helpers, but we have the leadership skills…and YOUR best wishes at heart.
Check out our Wedding Day Designer for more ways we can help!
A: This is what we specialize in. We roll up our sleeves and do the work exactly how you planned it. We pack the totes full of decorations, we rent your “extras” if needed, we pick them up, drop them off, decorate, carry, hang lights, swoop fabric, light candles, put out cupcakes, make sure your flowers are fresh in the centerpieces, put down your dance floor, set up the chairs for your outdoor ceremony, tie on your pew bows for the aisle…and pack it all up and put it all away after your dance. Any rented decorations typically can’t be returned until Monday (when the store opens again). What family member wants to wait around with a dance floor in their truck until Monday? We do. We’ll return it all for you, no problem.
We plan weddings mostly in Brookings and Sioux Falls, but travel all over South Dakota. We’ve done several weddings in Custer State Park and we’ve even planned a wedding in Coronado, California. If you’re an adventurous couple who wants a destination wedding, we’ll go anywhere with you! We have a travel fee, but enjoy seeing and setting up at new places!
A: Of course! We’ll go through our wedding worksheets and you only mark the services of the things you’ll need help with. No packages full of services you didn’t want. Only a la carte options for you to choose. And yes, you can bring your own stuff that we’ll work into the centerpiece and room design. We WANT it to be personal for you!
A: A 50% down payment will book your date in our calendars! From there, we break it down into two payments leading up to the big day. The final payment isn’t due until 15 days after your wedding, so you have time to enjoy your honeymoon and relax without getting invoices in your inbox.
A: We have two options for choosing your centerpieces. You can either look at our gallery of centerpiece options online and show us what you love from Pinterest, photos, magazines, etc. From that inspiration, we’ll put together an awesome variety of centerpieces that you chose! We have several members of Hitch who have an eye for design! OR you can book a “centerpiece showcase” with Hitch! For a “centerpiece showcase”, we set up lots of centerpiece options we think you’d like based on what you’ve told us. Bring in your family and bridesmaids and help mix-and-match the elements until you love it! Maybe you decide that some of your centerpieces are tall, some are short, some have fresh flowers, some have silk, and maybe some use your grandmother’s vases. Together, we’ll decide how many of each design you like and what fits your budget. It’s one of our most popular services! This way, you’ll know exactly what to expect the day of your wedding.
A: Let’s get together and go through the Hitch wedding worksheets together. But at a basic level, Hitch Studio can do any/all of these services:
- Meet with you to learn exactly what you want your wedding day to be like
- Come with you to venue visits and walk-throughs (both ceremony and reception sites)
- Provide wedding etiquette advice and solutions
- Knows who the best vendors are – and which ones to avoid and send you options
- Help with budget, timelines, room layouts and more
- Bring big ideas to help inspire you – and ways we can make it happen
- Act as the liaison and point-of-contact for wedding vendors
- Help prepare a “rain plan” for your wedding day – and know when to start making those arrangements
- Decorate your guest tables, head table, outdoor patio, coordinate rentals, set it all up and take it all down.
- This is by far, not an encompassing list. We can do almost anything to help make your day less stressful. Just ask!
A: Set up a complimentary appointment today to find out more and meet the Hitch team!
A: Just like you’d hire professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants, electricians, etc.) for other areas in your life, planning a wedding is no different. We’d be honored to be the expert you hire to help manage the details of the best day of your life. We want to know every detail that’s important to you. We want to connect with you and your families. We want to over-deliver. Let’s meet and make sure we’re the right fit for you!
A: Venue managers are in charge of everything venue-related: staff, facilities, tables and chairs, food and beverage, etc. Their main job is to take care of the venue. As a wedding planner, our main priority is taking care of YOU! Wedding planners facilitate the timeline for the day, coordinate with all of your vendors, plan, organize, design, keep an eye on vision, and offer vendor recommendations. We can even decorate your wedding reception tables and ceremony, and take everything down at the end so you don’t worry about a thing. Plus, the decor is FREE when you book one of our packages.
A: We refer to this package as our “Diamond Level” package. It’s so much more than just help on the day of or month before the event, though. We start planning with you about 6-12 months ahead of time and help guide you through seamless wedding planning decisions and become your go-to with questions from anyone (family, vendors, etc.), which equals less stress for you!
A: Absolutely! We are very comfortable working around your schedule and planning in advance for your trips into town or even setting up video calls and phone calls to accommodate any family who’d like to join the meeting as well.
Hiring a wedding planner is a big decision. We get it. We hope you choose someone who you trust completely and truly gets you. We LOVE our job and we want you to LOVE working with us! We want to amaze, delight, and exceed your expectations. I can honestly say I become friends with many of the brides I work with, staying in touch long after the wedding day is over! Oh! Some other words of wisdom: As much as I love making sure you have the wedding of your dreams, I truly hope your marriage is even more beautiful than your wedding. If you look forward to handing over any hard parts of wedding planning to an expert, contact us today!