I have to admit - with a smaller budget I wasn't initially planning to hire a planner. However after meeting Lori for our initial consultation I was SOLD! Lori and her team at Elegant Affairs was the best investment we could have made for our big day. I knew I could do most of the planning myself - but gosh was it handy to have her non-biased and honest opinion just a quick email away. I also wanted to ensure that both my mother and mother in-law could enjoy our wedding WITH us rather than everyone being stressed out and overwhelmed.
Lori did a fantastic job throughout the entire process. She has flexible packages to accommodate your needs and budget. As an A-type personality and project coordinator myself I thought I had covered all the bases, but quickly learned how little I knew of the wedding industry despite having Pinterest in my back pocket. With Lori’s knowledge of the area and referral vendors we were able to budget appropriately and think critically about which parts of our day were most important to us. This included advice on invitations, flowers, linens, theme, and any DIY projects my creative mind could conjure. Which ultimately allowed us to maximize our budget and get the best value for our investment. Outside of the advice she provided as we made our major decisions, I felt that Lori was truly invested in making our day unforgettable and never felt that I was competing with any of her other weddings in terms of her capacity to respond in a timely manner. She became my friend – that was ALWAYS there.
Lori handled all the logistics and politics that go along with planning any major family event – pushed her sleeves up with confidence and got in there to tackle my woes. Her responsiveness and professionalism were top notch even when dealing with some of our more challenging vendors. Her genuine personality blended well with our entire bridal party including ‘the moms’ and was a joy to be a part of our wedding day. The wedding day itself was absolutely perfect and went off without a hitch, mostly impart due to my confidence that Lori would handle anything that arose and we could truly enjoy our incredible day. She went out of her way to assist in day of pickups and last minute arrangements, made sure we had cocktails and that we ate but at the same time was discrete so guests would hardly have noticed she and her team were there. My now husband was very impressed – and said at the end of the night she was worth every penny and more.
Final verdict: Even with a small budget and not needing a planner – you absolutely NEED Lori!!!
~Megan & Brandon, September 14, 2013