Here are some of the most common questions couples have:
Can You Tell Us More About Yourself?
Absolutely! I am an endangered species: The Native New Yorker. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and have lived abroad in Europe (Berlin) for some time. I am happily married to my German husband and we live in Ditmas Park with our two chubby rescue cats. I am a hopeless animal lover and a cocktail enthusiast. I love classic mixology and make the perfect Manhattan. Travel has always been a huge part of my life and am lucky to have had the opportunities to travel and live abroad. Traveling extensively teaches you so much about yourself but even more about other people and cultures and I hope that my experiences make me a more well-rounded person and skilled business owner.
How Long Have You Been a Wedding Planner?
I have been working as a wedding planner for 5 years. I started doing freelance wedding coordination for several catering companies throughout NYC. That is when I realized I had a knack for planning and coordination and it quickly snowballed from there. It wasn’t until January 2015 that Lifestyle Maven Events was established. Since then, I have been loving every minute of it!
Why Did You Decide To Become a Wedding Planner?
It is one of the few careers paths where you need to be highly organized, creative and also have a wide skill set. I have always thought of myself as a Jill of all trades and being a wedding planner allows me to tap into those skills while constantly learning new things and developing a wider skill set. I learn more and more from every wedding and every couple I work with. It is sincerely such a great and rewarding job to have.
Why Is Your Company Called Lifestyle Maven Events?
I feel very strongly that a wedding should fit your lifestyle and not the other way around. While I love weddings, I am not entirely enamored by the wedding industry. As a former bride, I hated being told what I needed to do, buy, wear, etc. I love working with a couple who allow their personalities and styles to shine through on their wedding day and decided to choose a name for my company that was reflective of that. I have also, always loved the word maven and Lifestyle Maven Events just clicked with me.
Do you specialize in anything?
Absolutely! In the last few years, we’ve established that our true calling is raw space weddings and events. While we love All weddings, we especially love being able to use our creative ingenuity and know how to create a beautiful wedding from scratch at a raw space. Some of our favorite raw spaces for weddings in NYC are The Green Building, 501 Union and The Central Park Zoo.
Do I Need to Hire a Wedding Planner?
Most couples today are working professionals with full social and family lives and are simply too busy to plan a wedding with its many details. Wedding planning can be overwhelming and stressful when you do not have the time that is needed to put into it. Statistics show that the average wedding takes approximately 250 hours to plan–that is equivalent to 6 full work weeks! Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life and it makes sense to hire a professional to assist you during the process. We have secure vendor relationships, and work with only the best wedding professionals so that you can rest assured that every member of your wedding team will be giving their all to make your wedding an authentic and beautiful reflection of your marriage union.
Can I Afford a Wedding Planner?
Absolutely! Because of our valued relationships with vendors, wedding planners often save you money. Many times preferred vendors will offer discounted prices to our brides. Also, we will work with you to develop a realistic budget and help you produce your dream wedding within that budget providing budget-friendly ideas and suggestions.
What Does a Month-Of Coordinator Do?
A Month-Of Coordinator oversees all of the events of your wedding day and rehearsal. We will meet with you approximately 1-2 months before the wedding at the ceremony and reception site to discuss how you want everything set up. We will prepare a wedding-day itinerary for you. We attend the rehearsal and at that time take charge of your place cards, guest book, programs, unity candle, etc. so that they can be in place prior to the wedding. We touch base with all of your vendors prior to the wedding day, and we stay in close contact with them during the day’s events (particularly the caterer, photographer, videographer and DJ or musicians). We handle any emergencies that may arise, and basically take the entire burden off your shoulders for the day so that you, your family and friends can enjoy and savor every moment of your wedding day. We are there to make sure that everything goes smoothly and according to plan. A Day-Of Coordinator is a must for every bride!
My Site Comes with a Coordinator. Do I Really Need to Hire a Coordinator?
We speak to a lot of brides who find themselves confused about the role of their site coordinator versus their wedding planner. Simply put, the site coordinator can be helpful, but they work for the venue, whereas we work for you. We will always have your best interests at heart and want to see you happy. We work with you prior to your big day to ensure that your vision comes true. We will also be in contact with each of your vendors to keep everyone on schedule, which is not the job of the site coordinator.
Still Not Sure Hiring a Wedding Planner or Coordinator is Right for You?
Take advantage of our free consultation! Just visit our contact page and let us know when you would like to meet. Each consultation takes about a 1 hour. This is a great opportunity to get to know us and ask any questions. You are welcome to bring your future spouse with you to this initial meeting and every meeting thereafter. Don’t have time to meet? Set up a Skype consultation anytime.
“Lifestyle Maven Events was our day-of wedding coordinator. Alison’s input in both our wedding ceremony and reception was vital. We had quite an elaborate schedule of events lined up throughout the evening — Alison and her team made it possible for us to focus entirely on having a lovely and special time on our big day (instead of diluting parts of the romance and having to be scattered by making sure things go smoothly!). What more can one ask for on their wedding day? Our wedding was magical, which would not have been possible without Lifestyle Maven Events’ assistance.” – Angelika, The Highline Hotel & The McKittrick Hotel