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When should I hire a wedding planner?

My favorite is to start just after "I do." This allows me to suggest the right venue and vendors based on your desired wedding budget, and to ensure that we are best able to maximize that budget according to your needs, wants, and must-haves. That being said, I am happy to assist you wherever you find yourself in your wedding planning journey.

Can I hire you if I've already hired some of my vendors?

Of course! I am happy to pick up where you left off and coordinate with any of your current vendors to ensure no detail is unaccounted for as your wedding vision comes to life. I also have a list of preferred vendors so I am happy to curate a list of potential options that match your budget, aesthetic, and personality for all remaining vendors. 

Do you offer any smaller packages?

I used to, I had partial planning packages for years and I discovered that I really enjoyed diving into the nitty gritty details with my couples. I want to be a part of every step of the way and I find that the wedding becomes more cohesive when that happens. Not to mention, wedding planning can become a full time job- so let's help remove some of that stress for you! All that said, I only offer full service now- believe me, you won't regret the countless hours of wisdom and guidance! 

What is the payment structure for your packages?

There is a 25% Non-Refundable Retainer due upon booking. Then 50% payment due 90 days prior to event, and a final headcount and payment due one week before event.


What is a retainer? Why am I being asked to pay one?

A retainer is typically a non-refundable payment made as part of a booking confirmation (in addition to a signed contract, stating the terms of our agreement.) I ask for this in exchange for reserving my services for your specific date—meaning I am 100% yours! You have the peace of mind that I we won't book anyone else that weekend- phew! 

Are you licensed & insured?

Yes! Many venues require a licensed coordinator to be hired. This is important to make sure you are working with a professional who will follow through and make sure your day runs flawlessly.

I don't live local, will that be a problem? 

Not at all! In fact I would say 99% of my couples don't live in SLO County. Many live in other parts of CA or the country and beyond. I am very familiar with planning most of the wedding remotely through emails, phone calls and video calls. Of course typically couples will have a trip or two planned to visit prior to the wedding, we will maximize this time to conquer any "in person" meetings such as table mock ups, site visits, catering tastings, hair and make up trials- etc. But rest assured I am here and your local "eyes, ears and hands" for planning. 

My mom want's to help, is that okay? 

I know this is an exciting time for everyone in the family- not just the couple! I am very accustomed to working alongside you as a couple as well as family members. My main priority is you as a couple, but I understand often times parents/family are helping pay for the wedding so I always keep this in mind as we communicate and plan. I want your family to feel just as excited, stress free and involved in planning. 

Can I book "Full Service Wedding" and book "Full Weekend" later if needed?

Yes! I often have couples who are not quite ready to take the plunge for full weekend yet, they are still determining budget or how many events they want. We can always start with the wedding and add on the full service weekend package over time if that is a need. No problem! When you book me for a wedding I don't book other events that weekend. It's all about YOU!

Where can I read more Zest it Up Reviews?

Wedding Wire, Facebook, Yelp 

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