I pride myself in offering full service planning which means the number of times we meet, chat on the phone or communicate via e-mail is unlimited. While communication through e-mail is weekly (if not daily during some portions of the planning) our in person consultations are always at your convenience of location and timing. My office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am EST to 5:00pm EST. Weekends are typically reserved for events and family time, but I fully understand when exceptions need to be made for weekend appointments. Beyond our planning meetings, I am always in attendance for consultations with venues, caterers, florists, rentals, decor, invitations, attire, etc.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
DO YOU HELP ME CREATE A BUDGET?
Of course! One of the very first steps in our planning process is sitting down together to create a budget based on the scope and scale of your event. Pricing for my services is based on these elements so we build that cost into the budget as well. We also discuss your priorities and which areas are most important to you and for guest experience. These priorities serve as a guide while I create an itemized proposal of realistic estimates for every facet of the wedding or event. Using our online planning tool, we update the budget throughout the planning process from estimates to actual costs, payments made and a schedule of remaining balances due.
I WANT OTHERS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING PROCESS (MOM, FIANCE, ETC), IS THAT OK?
Absolutely. When we first chat, Skype or sit down together, we will discuss who your key decision maker will be. This person, whether you or a family member, will have the final say on all decisions in regards to budget and aesthetics.
I LOVE DIY ELEMENTS, BUT I DON'T HAVE TIME TO TAKE ON THOSE PROJECTS. DO YOU HELP WITH THAT?
It’s my pleasure to take this burden off my clients! I handle everything from wood staining, invitation stuffing, welcome bag assembling, gift tag stamping and favor wrapping. It’s another reason why I only work with a limited number of clients per year – to ensure I have the time and space to handle these personal-touch projects for my busy clients.
DO I HAVE TO USE YOUR RECOMMENDED VENDORS?
By no means- I love working with new people and new spaces! My trusted list of preferred partners is curated from working with seasoned professionals on multiple events. It consists of who I believe is the best of the best because of the experience they give my clients in the planning process and on the day-of. Those strong relationships help save my clients both time and money.
WHY MARTEL EVENT?
Martel is my maiden name and homage to my late father, Paul Martel, who I believe ingrained in me a heart eager to help others and put their needs before my own. I’m also convinced that the legacy you bring in to your marriage before your wedding day is just as important as the one you build from that day on. In addition, Martel comes from the French word “marteau” meaning hammer so I like to think it’s a subtle nod to hammering out all the fun details.On a lighter note, Martel is just plain easier to say than Schachinger (pr. sack-in-jer 🙂