Fequently Asked Question's
We understand we may not jive like "wine and cheese" with everyone so we want to share as much of who we are as possible with you. Please take a moment to learn about us and the type of client we work with best. Hopefully you like "wine and cheese" because we cannot wait to hear from you!
What makes The Events Boutique different?
Our experience CANNOT be rivaled. Our team has over 20 years of relevant industry experience.. (We did not plan our sister's wedding and overnight call ourselves event planner extraordinaires. We worked really hard at it. We are honest and care deeply about the ethics in our industry. We are hopeless romantics, extremely organized, accurate, artistic, energetic, stylish, and REALLY fun to be around! We believe that
the best events are designed with you and your personality in mind along with our experience and support. Our clients choose us wisely and we choose our clients carefully, because we believe that it is necessary to have a genuine connection between the planner and the couple that they will be servicing. We are dedicated to our industry and education – we attend trainings, conferences, seminars, and workshops to continually master our skills. We serve on the Board of Association of Bridal Consultants and are members of WIPA and EPA. We take our responsibility of creating an experience that you will remember seriously. We believe in Quality not Quantity! You have one single chance to have an epic wedding or event. Trust in our experience.
How long have you been in business?
My business first launched as Uneekli-Yorz in 2007, planning social and corporate events and creating custom gifts. In 2010, I rebranded and launched The Events Boutique, a full service design house. We think it better encompasses who we are and what we can do.
We have a DBA, a Tax ID Number, Business License, and carry full Liability Insurance. ($1 M per occurance/$2 M aggregate).
What types of weddings do you accommodate?
All Religions, Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly, LGBT, Military
What types of services do you offer?
Full Planning, Partial Planning, Wedding Day Management, Consultation Only, Floral, Specialty Bar Styling, Confection Buffets, DIY and Etsy Projects, and Semi-Custom Invitations.
Where do you plan weddings? Can you plan our Destination Wedding?
We are based in Southern California and plan wedding and events from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs to San Diego and Las Vegas most frequently. We work with vendors in each territory full time who are very active in the wedding industry. However, we love to travel worldwide to plan and execute your events, so don’t hesitate to ask. We love destination weddings! We have worked with many couples that don’t live in their wedding city. We have structured our services so that our couples always has a planner near their host city. With modern technology there are many ways to connect with each other and we make sure we get to know you and your desires as we plan your event.
We love what we have seen so far but weddings can be expensive. Can you work with our budget?
Do you remember the last time you went job hunting and the salary listed was always always "DOE" a.k.a Depends on Experience? The more experience you have the higher your salary merits. With different levels of planners within our organization, we can work with most any budget.
We like to create custom proposals so you get exactly what you want. We do however offer a complete list of comprehensive packages to serve as a basis and take the guessing out of your planning. We can revise these packages to your specifications adding and removing items until you are satisfied. Additionally, we offer discounts for multiple services booked with us.
If you are however shopping for a Wedding Planner or other Event Services on the basis of price alone, we are probably not a good fit for you.
We think you are exactly what we are looking for. How do we begin?
Our initial consultations are always complimentary. This is a chance for us to get to know each other to see if we’re a good fit to work together. Simply fill out the form on our Contact page or email us. If you are considering us for your Floral, please fill out our Questionaire and include that in your email.. We will contact you will our first available appointment to discuss pricing.
How many weddings or events will you coordinate per day?
Each of our Coordinators and Designers will only work one wedding or event per day and only 2 per week to give you individualized attention.
Will you be at my actual wedding day?
Absolutely. The wedding consultant you’ve contracted with will personally be at your event along with an assistant or assistants depending on how many guests you have. If you have chosen one of our Associate Coordinators, a Master Planner will also be with you every step of the way leading up to your event.
How do you dress for our event?
All of our consultants and assistants will wear professional black attire and come with an emergency kit.
Will you eat and drink during the reception and how comfortable will you make yourself?
Event days can turn into 10, 12, and even 14 hour days, vendor meals during your reception are much appreciated. However, we are there to do a job and take it very seriously. We will absolutely not drink any alcohol or join your guests on the dance floor no matter how much we love that song!
What additional types of events do you service?
Anniversaries, Baby Showers / Milestones, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Corporate Events, Debutante Balls, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, LGBT Weddings / Ceremonies, Proms, Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s
The Most Asked Questions of them All.......
Why should I hire a wedding consultant?
For many couples, it is their very first time planning a wedding. Weddings are not what they were 5 even 10 years ago. Planners are no longer considered a luxury but a necessity. There are complex logistical matters such as the timing of events, catering contracts, parking situations, and knowing which vendors are reputable. We are here to guide you and to take care of all of these concerns. Even if you only desire "Day of Coordination" the earlier you book your planner the earlier you will receive guidance and the better chance mistakes won't be made.We are able to help save you time and money as well as your sanity so you can actually enjoy your wedding day!
I have a Venue Coordinator / Catering Coordinator. Why do I still need a wedding coordinator?
I was a Venue Manager and a Catering manger in my past life so I can say with 100000% certainty they will NOT do what your Wedding Planner or Wedding Coordinator will do for you. Venue and Catering Managers work for your venue or catering company. Your Wedding Planner or Coordinator works for YOU. On your wedding day, their focus is delivering their contracted services, exclusively: ensuring the venue set up is accurate [tables, chairs and place setting only], the food is out on time and that tear down happens seamlessly. In addition, a Venue Coordinator or Catering Manager often departs once the meal is served. This may be an important consideration if your are looking for support to set up your décor prior, mange your vendor team, and/or manage your event and timeline from set up through tear down. For example cueing your DJ for speeches, cake cutting, or the first dance are outside their scope of responsibilities. And remember: while you may have worked with one individual throughout the planning process, there is no guarantee that you will be provided with that same individual on your big day!
My DJ said he can coordinate my wedding!.
Be weary!!!!! I like to take pictures but I would never try to convince you to let me be your photographer. Think about this scenario...Can your DJ line up and cue the bridal party down the aisle and cue your music at the same time? Can your DJ coordinate with the caterers to get your food out on time and find out where your vegetarian meals are? Will your DJ arrive 3 hours beforehand to set up all the DIY you purchased on Etsy? Do they know where the flowers go or how to pin a corsage? Let's be realistic, they won't be able to jumble the madness if 5 guests show up without RSVPing if they are making announcements and timing your music. Leave your DJ to what they do best, playing awesome music,MC-ing, and getting your guests pumped up and off thier seats and onto the dance floor.
I can ask my family and friends to help!
Think about this, if your family and friends are helping you, are they part of the celebration or part of your vendors? There is a term for that... :friendor". It's a very BAD word in the industry. They will ignore their duties and want to hit the dance floor and the bar. The won't know the answers to your vendors questions and will not be able to properly organize your day. They can actually make it worse than not having a coordinator at all. You have planned and planned, and have budgeted a lot of hard earned money to turn over the reins to an ametuer, let a professional manage your day. We are great at anticipating your needs, your vendors needs, and very importantly can troubleshoot in a matter of seconds. That's why you hire a planner with EXPERIENCE. The best gift you could give yourself is peace of mind and leave all your worries behind.