What geographical area do you cover?
I cover the greater DC metro area, including DC, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland. Some basic travel and lodging fees may apply for areas farther than 25 miles from DC.
I’m also available for events in the NYC area. I lived in New York City for 14 years (in Brooklyn for 10 of those) – I know the vendors and venues well and also have two adorable nephews and lots of family there, so I always have a free place to stay (and love any reason for a visit!).
Will you travel?
Absolutely! I will travel anywhere for cost – i.e. no additional travel fees, just the actual travel expenses like flights/train/hotel.
Why do I need an event or wedding planner?
I find that most people who choose to hire planners highly value their time and peace of mind. But there are a variety of reasons a wedding planner could be helpful to you. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the process and could use some guidance, organization, and assistance. Maybe you have a busy job that you love and simply don’t have the time to plan your event. Maybe the thought of creating a budget spreadsheet sends chills down your spine. Maybe there are some challenging relationship dynamics among families, and a neutral third party would help keep the stress levels low. Or maybe your horoscope predicted that your event planner would be a kick-ass, curly-haired woman and I therefore fit the bill. Most important, it’s not just your event that should be fun – the planning process should be fun. You should work with vendors (planners included) who make the experience of planning an event an enjoyable one. It’s my job to not only get it right, but to make it a positive experience for you.
Why do I need a Month-Of coordinator?
Unlike my answer above, I believe everyone needs a day-of-coordinator (or what I call month-of coordinator). And that’s because events = fun. However, managing your own event?  Does not = fun. On the day of your event, you want to be able to actually experience your party, your wedding, or your gala. You want to enjoy it, kick back, relax, and celebrate. You can’t do that if you’re worrying about all the tiny details, or if you’re the point-person who everyone comes to when something goes wrong. That is my job. I am a planner by nature and practice, and I hired a day-of-coordinator for my own wedding because I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to really take a step back and appreciate the day and the event.
Will you make me use specific vendors?
Absolutely not. Some planners accept commission for referring clients to specific vendors. I am not one of those planners. I want my clients to trust me and I think accepting commission negates that trust. I will certainly give you recommendations for vendors who are a pleasure to work with and have a high quality product or service, but I will never force a vendor on you.

Photo by Chris Ferenzi