Miriam: Hi Nora! I am interviewing businesses adding a special touch to Columbus weddings! Your business, “Party Planners Plus” represents the Best of Columbus wedding planners! Share with us how you help your clients?
Nora: Helping my clients have the best event possible is important to me. I think this can be answered with one of our many reviews (that make me cry with knowing I helped make their day a success)
Kym wrote: “I hired Nora with Party Planners Plus to be my “day of” coordinator. This was my and my fiancé’s second marriage. We had the added responsibility of 4 children between us and I was feeling overwhelmed about making sure everything about the day would go smoothly and as planned.
Hiring Nora was absolutely wonderful. Upon our first meeting, she put me at ease immediately! I wasn’t sure how much assistance I needed from her. After listening to my concerns, she was the one to suggest “day of” coordinator…which as it turned out, involved so much more that I expected. I found a list just for brides and grooms she sent me extremely helpful. Nora was always available by phone and email. She accompanied me to the final venue meeting, the rehearsal, called and coordinated all of the vendors. She even allowed me to drop off centerpieces, etc. that she then set up exactly the way I wanted! Nora was well prepared with a sewing kit as well as an arsenal of other “fix it” gear! Any “glitches” that occurred (like missing buttons on the men’s shirts) were no big deal.
The timeline she put together was perfect. She put everyone at ease. On the wedding day I truly felt like all I had to do was show up, which was such a gift! The biggest testimony to how valuable she was to us was when at the end of the evening my new husband said to her… “When Kim told me that she was hiring a wedding planner, I thought it was totally unnecessary- and now, after the fact, I don’t know how we could have done it without you!” All 6 of us, as well as our guests, have Nora to thank for the stress-free evening that marked the beginning of our new lives together!
Miriam: How early should a couple contact you at Party Planners Plus?
Nora: Miriam it depends really on what the couple is wanting. For our Full Planning Package, 12 to 18 months is good. Also we can start as soon as the couple is engaged and begins their planning.
Miriam: What are 3 important things a wedding planner does for a bride?
Nora: Our Brides/Couples are always told from the first free consultation that we can take most of the stress away, but we can’t take it all. Having that little bit of nervous exciting stress (I call it) in the last week of planning keeps the excitement alive even as they make the trip down the aisle. Giving guidance is a second important point that happens during the planning process. This is always appreciated by our couples. Most over-think their details and we are there to keep them grounded in their budget. We explore budget options with them and help them choose what is important. Then we share in the excitement they get when those decisions free up funds for the extras they want. A third point is having someone present the Day Of is priceless to Brides/Grooms and their families.
Miriam: Do you offer various planning packages?
Nora: Party Planners Plus offers several packages. Three of our most popular is our Partial Planning Package, Day of Coordination Package and our Simple Day of Coordination Package. We also design an exclusive package for couples. We offer all of our couples a payment plan that helps them secure us for their event and not feel overwhelmed.
Miriam: How many meetings do you have with a bride/couple?
Nora: We offer unlimited email, phone and text for couples. In person, that depends on their choice of package. Generally we meet several to two or three times.
Miriam: What calamities would you say couples avoid by using a wedding planner?
Nora: Having done well over 100 + weddings I can answer this truthfully…. Using a wedding planner helps to fend off arguments and disagreements with family and bridal parties. It happens though, and really just having an outside shoulder to lean and cry on helps keep everyone happy.
Miriam: Thank you Nora, for your time and helpful information! How can brides looking for the best Columbus wedding planner get in touch with you for your expert help?
Nora: Couples can email, text or call us. They can fill out a contact form from my websites below and that works great!
Party Planners Plus
Proud Winner of the 2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-2016 Wedding Wire Awards
Proud Winner of “The 2014 & 2016 & 2017 Best of The Knot Award”
Creator of the Annual Bride’s Seminar