By Lori Lewis
Recently I assembled a group of Wedding Planners for a photoshoot to celebrate how despite the pandemic’s restrictions and limitations, we have all been able to execute elaborate, over-the-top weddings for our clients who felt love was NOT canceled. We celebrated ourselves and our clients, and we realized what an incredible gift our services would be to any couple planning their Wedding for 2021, 2022, and beyond. Hence, The Real Wedding Planners of Detroit was born.
According to The Knot’s 2019 Real Weddings Study published in February 2020, the average cost of a Michigan wedding was $29,700.
That’s a considerable amount of money for just a one-day celebration, so why not entrust a professional to ensure that everything you’ve invested in for the Big Day is handled effectively and correctly?
For those who are just unsure on whether they REALLY need a Wedding Planner, I revisited a 2012 article titled “Should you say I Do to a Wedding Planner?” by Elizabeth Alterman, who highlights the following:
● “Planners …run interference between the couple and opinionated relatives while simultaneously averting potential disasters on the big day.”
● “Planners … provide brides with budget spreadsheets that track wedding-related expenses and can reign in potential overspending.
● [Planners]… also supply checklists to help couples stay ahead of fast-approaching deadlines.”
● “Planner[s] can also save a bride plenty of heartache by vetting everything from the venue to the videographer.”
These are just some of the attributes that couples don’t even think about during wedding planning. Before you decide to hire a Wedding Planner, answer the following:
1. Do you and your fiance work full time?
2. Are you planning a destination wedding?
3. Do you have a lot of family dynamics (or “drama”)?
4. Do you have a wedding support system, but you still feel overwhelmed by all the details?
If you answered “yes” to at least one, you need a Wedding Planner!
Meet the Real Wedding Planners of Detroit!
Each of us offers unique talents and services that fit your personality, wedding vision, and style.
Your Wedding Planner is going to become the next closest person to you after your fiance; your bond is like no other as you’ll be sharing intimate details and plans as you approach your wedding day, so you want, and need, the right one!
First step? Make sure you know your initial answers to the following; it may change during planning, but it’s the start of your vetting process:
1.What’s your style, and what do you need help with – everything leading up to the Big Day or just the Day Of details?
2. Consider your options. Do you need a Wedding Planner or a Day of Coordinator? There is a difference; Minimally, a Planner guides you along the entire wedding planning process; a Day-Of Coordinator begins between 3-6 months before your Wedding and ensures everything is executed on the Big Day.
Finally, reach out and have a conversation. I know six professional, creative, and pretty awesome ones you can start with:
Meisha Pigford is the owner of the award-winning planning & design firm, Dream Celebrations, Inc., who creates premium experiences for her clients that leave them and their guests saying WOW!
Social media: @dreamcelebrations4u
Brandi Peart is the owner and lead planner of B Posh Events. She is a wife and mother of 3 who has mastered the art of balancing family and entrepreneurship.
Social media: @bposhevents
Lorri Lewis, or as she’s affectionately called The DirectHer, is a Wedding Expert. He has been in the industry for over 20 years, including the Wedding Coordinator at Oak Grove A.M.E. Church in Detroit, Michigan.
Social Media: @thedirecther and @beforethebigdaypodcast
Brandy Lane, the owner of WillUParty Event Planning, named after her parents Willie and Lucille. She is full of energy and loves what she does.
Social media: @willuparty
Pilar Doakes of The Four Seasons Event Group is based out of Detroit, MI, but available for travel throughout the US.
Social Media: @fourseasonsevents
Crystal Marie Young has established a visible signature service of Destination Weddings. She proves that you can stand out in the event industry as a destination wedding expert—and attract the right clients—by embracing your true self. She founded Crystal Marie Events LLC (CME), a Certified Woman Owned Small Business.
There you have it, The Real Wedding Planners of Detroit. We don’t know when Rona will go away for good, but these professionals have persevered through it and delivered beautiful, memorable weddings despite it.
If it’s not you getting married, then consider giving one of the best gifts you can this year – the Gift of a Wedding Planner!